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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A— Herald-Zeitung — Saturday, February 8, 2003 New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890. The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958. Doug Toney, Editor and Publisher Gary E. Maitland, Managing Editor (830) 625-9144 Other views The Poughkeepsie (N. Y.) Journal, on gas mileage standards: President Bush’s pledge to spend $1.2 billion to help develop more environmentally friendly cars is an excellent long-term investment for this country. But his short-term plan to deal with gas-guzzling cars is lacking. In his State of the Union speech, the president said the money would go to help bring hydrogen-powered cars to the market. Yet his idea does nothing to mitigate this fact: Despite technological advances, American vehicles are burning more gas than ever before, largely because of SUVs. These popular vehicles are classified as trucks, allowing their manufacturers to avoid the higher gasoline-mileage standards imposed on cars. As more sport utility vehicles hit the road, the nation’s fuel efficiency numbers are actually getting worse. And that doesn’t help reduce either greenhouse gas emissions that pollute the air or our dependence on foreign oil. That trend must be reversed. Regrettably, the Bush administration has put forth only a modest proposal. It has announced fight trucks, including SUVs, will have to gradually improve their average fuel economy by a mere 1.5 miles per gallon over a five-year period. That means an increase in fuel efficiency from the current 20.7 miles per gallon to 22.2 mpg by the 2007 model year. The standard for cars, 27.5 mpg, would not change. That proposal is inadequate.... U.S. automakers have to start changing their ways. Most of the fuel-efficient cars on the market today aren’t even made by American-based companies. Congress can help, too, by providing more tax breaks for corporations using cleaner technologies and less for those relying on fossil fuels that pollute the air.Today In History- By The Associated Press • Today is Saturday, Feb. & the 39th day of 2003. There are 326 days left in the year. Today’s history highlight; • On Feb. 8, 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated. On this date: In 1915, D.W. Griffith’s silent movie epic about the Civil War, “The Birth of a Nation,” premiered in Los Angeles. In 1924, the first execution by gas in the United States took place at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City. In 1968, three college students were killed in a confrontation with highway patrolmen in Orange burg, S.C., during a civil rights protest against a whites-only bowling alley. In 1973, Senate leaders named seven members of a select committee to investigate the Watergate scandal. In 1974, the three-man crew of the Skylab space station returned to Earth after spending 84 days in space. In 1978, the deliberations of the Senate were broadcast on radio for the first time as members opened debate on the Panama Canal treaties. In 1989, 144 people were killed when an American-chartered Boeing 707 filled with Italian tourists slammed into a fog-covered mountain in the Azores.I’d rather die free than live oppressed I was bom 203 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, on the evening of July 31, 1979, in Lacrosse, Wis. I was bom to parents who did what they could to get by and still provide for a growing child. I was attentive, yet intrigued with the wonders of the world; disciplined, yet rebellious at times. I was taught to love my God, to love my country, to fight for my beliefs and freedoms, to value life, to be honest, and to be sincere. These lessons have come to form the foundation of my life. I still get goose bumps every time I hear the National Anthem played; I still remove my hat when Old Glory passes rn a parade; but most importantly, I still pledge allegiance to my beloved nation. The blood in my body pulses in synchronization with the glorious beat of the bald eagle in flight, whose eyes are ever-looking and watchful. I am mesmerized by the beauty I find in our national standard. There is something refreshing about watching the Stars and Stripes glide back and forth as she’s slowly caressed by a gentle breeze. Each star in the union boasts the pride of the state it represents — the autonomy of the state and of my fellow countrymen who make it so great. The union of stars forever standing rigid in solidarity. Each stripe reminding me of the true American Dream: triumph in the face of defeat. Each thread that binds the great symbol of American freedom represents every person who has given his or her life in defense of our Correction A letter appearing in the Friday edition was Incorrectly attributed to Carlos Campos. A typesetting error attributed the letter to the wrong author. The letter was written by hts father, Victor Campos, of New Braunfels. Dr. Campos, who took the error in stride, did want readers to know that he does not have a 44-inch waist. nation. Just as the threads of the flag are too numerous to count, so, too, are the men and women who have given their lives to ensure that our flag can fly proudly wherever she’s displayed. I would rather die free than live oppressed. I pledge my allegiance to the Almighty God, to the United States of America and to my fellow countrymen! A Patriot Brandon Fria McQueeneyTruck drivers are given no respect The headline in a letter to the editor on Jan. 29 read: “It’s time for speed limit enforcement.” I could not believe the reader’s comments about 18-wheelers being a major factor in the 23 car pileup on I-H 35. What I would like to know is, was he there? Did he see the wreck? If not, how can he make a comment like he did? What the writer doesn’t realize is that if it were not for the 18-wheelers, he would not have this paper to read, his TV to watch, the clothes on his back, his car to drive, nor the gas that he uses in his car! If not for the truck driver, this country would come to a complete stop! I know, I used to be one! Most Americans do not know that the truck driver has to stay away from home for weeks or months at a time, away from his loved ones, not getting the chance to see his children grow up, or watch them at their baseball game or other sports activities in which they might participate. The truck driver lives, sleeps, eats and, if he’s lucky, relaxes in that truck. But he does this by choice, no one forces him to Eve this life! We do this for the love of the road! Compare the miles that an average American drives (10,000 to 15,000 a year) to the truck driver who drives 180,000 to 200,000 miles a year, and you will find that his safety record is IO times better! I should know, I grew up with a trucking family. I drove a truck for years and still would, if not for having two back surgeries from driving a truck. I drove for one of the safest trucking companies on the road. My father at 82 years old was still driving an 18 wheeler. For over 30 years, he was on the road with no accidents or speeding tickets on his driving record. That’s about 4 million to 5 million miles of driving! Can most average drivers out there say that for their record? Yes, there are a few bad truck drivers on the road, just as there are in cars. But don’t group all truck drivers in the same category. Let’s be fair. There are good and bad [drivers] in every group, truck drivers included. But the average truck driver on the road is the safest on the road. Tb get respect, you have to give respect.Rickey Rowlett New Braunfels 608-2100 city hall 609-1958 home mayor @ District 1 Sonia Muftoz-Gill 608-2100 District 2 Larry Alexander 609-1242 home District 3 Debbie Flume 629-2496 homework District 4 Robert Kendrick 643-1177 home (281) 686-7480 work District 5 Lee Rodriguez 629-4901 work District 6 Ken Valentine 625-7384 home [email protected] Comal County Judge Danny Scheel 150 N. Seguin Ave. New Braunfels, TX 78130 620-5501 Fax: 608-2026 Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson 620-5504 (830) 899-2948 home Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Minikin 620-5509 (210) 651-9672 home Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora 620-5503 606-9208 home Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady 620-5508 (830) 625-6739 homeBush’s aggressive doctrine is pure madness President Bush made it quite clear in his recent State of the Union speech that the United States is going to attack Iraq, with or without United Nations support. At the same time, he practiced the same kind of deceit that he accuses Saddam Hussein of practicing. His “list” of alleged violations is a distortion of what the arms inspectors have reported. The international nuclear-arms inspectors have dismissed the business about the aluminum tubing and an alleged nuclear-weapons program. Furthermore, American analysts have told journalists off the record that the Bush administration is pressuring the intelligence community to “cook the books” — in other words, to provide propaganda rather than true intelligence. Even the former head of the U.N. inspection team, Richard Charley Reese Butler, a man I don’t much care for, has accused the Bush administration of using a “flagrant” double standard against Iraq. He correctly points out that other countries, including our allies, and the United States have these weapons of mass destruction. He said going to war against Iraq would be a mistake. Nobody can accuse Butler of being soft on Iraq — Saddam Hussein hates the guy. Once again, Bush has failed to make the case that Iraq poses an imminent danger to the United States. His clever line about be ing unwilling to trust the sanity and restraint of Saddam Hussein is just misleading puffery, because Bush’s father, former President Bill Clinton and George Bush himself have done just that for the past 12 years. If Saddam is so eager to supply weapons to terrorists, why hasn’t he done so? The naked fact is that Saddam has not been tied to a single terrorist incident in the past decade. Providing financial support to the Palestinians has nothing to do with us and is not a threat to us. If George Bush were honest, he would provide the intelligence information that the rest of the world knowst Tb wit, that Saddam and Osama bin Laden hate each other and have publicly threatened each other. He has also failed to lay the evidence out that Saddam even has weapons of mass destruction. Remember, the inspectors don’t say that he has them; they mere ly say that there are discrepancies in various reports, so that a certain number of things are “unaccounted for.” For example, Hana Blue said an Iraqi air force document states that 13,000 chemical bombs were dropped, while the Iraqi declaration states that 19,000 were used. Thus there is a difference of 6,000 — but it is a difference in numbers, both of which were supplied by the Iraqi government. Perhaps the air force did drop 13,000 bombs, and the army, in artillery shells or rockets, fired the other 6,000. Who knows? Both numbers come from the Iraqi government. Why believe the smaller and disbelieve the larger? The American people should    ' not let Bush get away with the game of saying “intelligence tells us” or “defectors tell us.” He needs to provide harder evidence than claims by anonymous sources if he is going to subject the American people to all the risks and dangers of war and prolonged occupation. Of course, as I have said before, I don’t care if Iraq does have weapons of mass destruction. Many countries do. Deterrence works. It worked against the Soviet Union. It has worked against Saddam Hussein. There is simply no justification for assuming that deterrence will not continue to work. Americans had better understand clearly what a dangerous, provocative doctrine Bush is proclaiming. When he says that mere possession of certain weapons by governments he doesn’t like is sufficient grounds for a pre-emptive attack by the United States, he is in effect not just declaring war on Iraq but on a number of countries. That is madness. (Charley Reese is a syndicated columnist.Forum Contact Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland 625-9144, ext. 220Policy- The Herald-Zeitung encourages the submission of letters. Letters must be 250 words or fewer, and the Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions. An address and telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included so authorship can be confirmed. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor c/othe Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax: (830) 606-3413 e-mail: [email protected] Contact ’Em City Council Mayor Adam Cork Letters To The Editor ;