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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 15, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page HERALDZEITUNG February 2001 FORUM Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 Nuw BKAUNFGLS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfcls Zcitung was founded 1852 New Braunfcls Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Doug Editor and Publisher Margaret Managing Editor Jo Lee News Editor Other Views The Toronto on the World Trade Organization It is an article of faith among officials of the World Trade Organization that democracy follows the path of liberal ized trade as surely as U follows Which it doesnt in a tightly controlled little coun try on the Arabian peninsula with few of the niceties of democracy such as freedom of assembly and the right to Thats where the WTO has decided to hold its next min isterial meeting to map out a plan for a new round of trade The draw of it is the very lack of those democratic principles that allowed the battle in where tens of thousands of protesters disrupted the last round of trade talks two years At the key members of the Canada acknowledged that the protesters had legitimate com plaints about the lack of accountability of the WTO and the gap between rich and poor countries that has grown handinhand with freer Now those same selfstyled champions of free expression are taking refuge in an isolated country that will allow only 500 representatives of nongovernment organizations to visit during the The WTO is going into hiding HID for short in its acronymfilled world hypocrisy instead of Dagens on Its becoming more and more evident that the unity around the sanctions imposed on Iraq is Lots of fresh ideas are needed to make sure that Saddam Hussein is A great part of the responsibility must be put on Secretary of State Colin At the end of this talks will be held between the and Iraq about how the deadlock can be The role of the world organization is central but the question is if the real challenge does not lie in the hands of the new secretary of It is he who will scrape together the remains of the coali it iahe who will try to recre ate unity andthe This is no easy and excluding those who have let Baghdad win the propaganda realizes the value of him Today in History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is the 46th day of There are 319 days left in the Todays Highlight in Histo ry On 73 including an 18member figure skating team from the United were killed in the crash of a Sabena Airlines Boeing 707 in The skaters were en route to a world meet in Czechoslova In Italian astronomer Letters To The Editor Galileo Galilei was born in In American suffrag ist Susan Anthony was born in In President Hayes signed a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme In the battleship Maine mysteriously blew up in Havana killing more than 260 crew members and bringing the United States closer to war with Hospice helps patients in their final days Dear Editor This letter is in response to Jerry Daughertys letter Patients have a right to assisted suicide This letter provides a wonderful opportunity to edu cate persons who believe suicide is the only option for those dealing with a termi nal Hospice New Braunfels was organized 17 years ago to provide high quality emotional and spir itual care to patients who no longer bene fit from curative treatment and have a life expectancy of six months to a A team of registered social certified nurse a medical director and numerous volunteers are available to each patient and The team helps patients and their fami lies adjust to physical symptoms and sort through the progression of psychosocial and spiritual Aside from these pro fessional hospice patients are provided with necessary equipment and Patients need as suffer painful Hospice neither hastens detjth nor prolongs life but provides quality end oflife care that includes effective pain management and symptom This allows many hospice patients to function even as they move toward Though days cannot be added to quality of life can be added to a patients We believe patients have a right to live fully until they Hospice services will not drain patients bank estate assets and Though Medicaid and private insurance cover ser as a nonprofit communitybased healthcare services are pro vided without regard to a patients ability to This is to a large to the fantastic support of our In deciding endoflife patients might feel a loss of But hope can be redefined as hope for a painless and dignified Daugherty is cor individuals must decide for them But Hospice New Braunfels is here to Dora Lara LMSW Hospice New Braunfels Dont ban group cycling enforce laws Dear Editor Senator Wentworths Bill 238 is not good The Blanco Farm Bureau should not try to influence statewide legislation that prohibits group cycling based on local If a Blanco county farmer is unable to slow his vehi cle full coming over a limited sight road fpr group of what is other impediment on the road Blanco County needs to have signs warning vehi cles of limitedsight hills and slow vehi cles to a safe speed via speed limits to assure Driving an automobile around a line of cyclists is no different than going around a farm implement you slow down until it is safe to It is not necessary to enact new laws we need to explore the ones we JohnFarugia San Antonio Write Em SENATORS Phil Gramm Room 370 Russell Senate Office Building 20510 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282856 404 Ramsey Road San TX 78216 210 3669494 Kay Bailey Hutchison Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building 20510 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 210 3402885 Sharon election makes way for peace Writing in The Jerusalem Post the day before Ariel Sharons smashing election colum nist Saul Singer displays the bank rupt ideology of the Israeli left which led to the toppling of Prime Minister Ehud Barak Israel should not form a narrow right wing which in the cur rent context would be Palestinian Authority leader Yassir Arafats best hope for the con The lesson is that what brings peace is not fulfilling Palestinian grievances but bringing the Palestinians to the conclusion that Israel cannot be browbeaten into abandoning its fundamental inter Singer is only partially He is right in rejecting the fulfillment of Palestinian grievances as a wor thy negotiating He is wrong to suggest that the Palestinian leadership can be per suaded to abandon its objective of taking all the land and annihilat ing Implicit in his argument is the widelyheld view that what Israel does determines the behavior of the Palestinian Under Baraks leadership he has led Israel closer to annihila Israel has relinquished land it bought with Jewish blood in CAL THOMAS order to improve its security and received only violence in Promises of violence are the only promises Israels enemies Hussein a leader of the Fatah Tanzim terror organization in the West called Sharons political platform a declaration of Islamic Jihad has promised to attack targets in Israel in the com ing threatened to carry out suicide attacks and to fan the intifada Sheikh said Fatah will concentrate its attacks inside the pre1967 Our aim is to end the he Israels enemies continue to use the language of There is noth ing in any of their statements that indicates a desire for peaceful co The Palestinian Authority information Yasser was interviewed on a Voice of Palestine program election day He called Sharon a representative of the extreme right wing in Israel and said Sharons approach to power was Strength is precisely what Israel needs at the and Sharons approach to will build the nations strength and resolve to deal forcefully with its Historys which many have failed to is that appeasement doesnt prevent It merely insures that war will be worse for the It doesnt take a prophet to see what will happen Sharon will be provoked into responding to a terrorist American news crews will dutifully record images of bloodied Palestinians who insti gated the but fewer of Israelis who were their American reporters will editori blaming Israel for Arafats propaganda machine will unleash spokesmen and women who again will claim Israel is the cause of all tension and violence in the There will be new calls for sanc tions and other outside pressure against Israel to relinquish more but no parallel call for the Palestinian side to live up to any of the peace agreements to which it has been a The Labor gov ernment and its leftist allies will then do all they can to bring down the Sharon even though the cause of the new vio lence can be laid at Labors doorstep because Baraks poli If Sharon can form a government out of a divided and espe cially if he can add to Likuds majority in the next he might be able to have a stable gov ernment and contribute to peace through He is less likely than Barak to be taken in by the give and take of the previous gov ernment with Israel doing all the giving and Arafat doing all the tak The Israeli people had better be prepared extended time of internal This is the only strategy Arafat knows and it has worked well for Theres no reason for Arafat to stop throwing human fodder at Israeli The election has shown at least two things that Israelis desperate ly want and that Baraks way not the way to reach thajt f Cal Thomas is a syndicated JEFF WENTWORTH Privacy right to know As the state increases its collection and use of personal data on the the Texas Legislature has a criti cal role in protecting privacy while safeguarding Freedom of Information rights unique to the public Concern about privacy issues was reflected in responses to the question naire in Senate District 25 More than of the respondents said they favored restricting access to personal informa tion obtained from records on the Although Texas does not have a privacy Texas Public Information Act pro hibits release of information made confidential by More than 500 state statutes require government entities to keep certain information Many of you have expressed concern about social security numbers being added to drivers licenses to assist states in the collection of child sup port If Texas had not complied with the federal it would have lost all federal funding for child support enforcement pro grams and jeopardized for the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Social security numbers can be released only to the r Attorney Generals office for When renewing or ing for a drivers you can indicate that you do not want any personal informa tion You also can opt out by writing to DPS Driver Records Box TX 787330360 or by submitting a form on the Internet at Other personal informa tion such as professional deeds of marriage licenses and divorce decrees are available to the Legislators have filed bills to strengthen existing priva cy laws and to create new House Bill 308 by Suzanna R would require DPS to notify individuals when drivers license infor mation is sold to any organi including manufac turers using it to notify car i owners of Hupp also is proposing a amendment that would guarantee that individuals rights to privacy cannot be infringed without compelling state House Bill 799 by Pete would limit information that can be released by any state agency to address and date of Senate Bill 11 by Jane RFlower would protect the privacy of medical The bill provides civil penal ties for You can follow these and other bills by logging onto or byj calling toll free 877 824 i During the 77th Legislative I will decide to support or oppose these bills based on privacy j concerns and the right to access I plan tqc examine each bill to ensure that it protects your privacy but does not provide a safe hiding place for those who would misuse the Jeff Wentworth represents District 25 in the Texas ;