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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — HERALD-ZEITUNG — Wednesday, February 19, 2003Forum Contact Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland 625-9144, ext. 220 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 Policy Kudos Many people think of the holiday season as a time of giving to those who are less fortunate. The staff and Board of Directors of the Comal County Women’s Center would like to thank each of you who contributed to our clients during the : holiday season. We had a large number of community members and organizations that contributed to the center by donating items such as toys, Christmas trees, decorations and food. There were also those people who wrapped gifts, sang Christmas carols, and hosted activities for the families. « We were able to provide for 81 individuals, both residents of our shelter and nonresident clients that are receiving services horn our agency. Your donation of gifts and time are sincerely appreciated by each of us here at the Comal County Women’s Center. We depend on the kindness and generosity of members of New Braunfels and surrounding communities throughout the year. Each contribution that we receive enables us to continue assisting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. For information on the services we provide and opportunities for volunteers, call 800-434-8013 or 620-7520. Ashley Baker Comal County Women’s Center Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2003. There are 315 days left in the year. Today's history highlight: Two hundred years ago, on Feb. 19, 1803, Congress voted to accept Ohio’s borders and constitution. (However, Congress did not get around to formally ratifying Ohio statehood until 1953.) On this date: In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama. (He was subsequently tried for treason and acquitted.) In 1846, the Texas state government was formally installed in Austin. In 1878, Thomas Edison received a patent for his phonograph. In 1881, Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages. In 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order giving the military the authority to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans as well as Japanese nationals living in the United States. In 1942, about 150 Japanese warplanes attacked the Australian city of Darwin. In 1945, during World War II, some 30,000 U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima, where they began a month-long battle to seize control of the island from Japanese forces. In 1963, the Soviet Union informed President Kennedy it would withdraw “several thousand” of an estimated 17,000 Soviet troops in Cuba. In 1983, 13 people were found shot to death at a gambling club in Seattle’s Chinatown district in what became known as the “Wah Mee Massacre.” (Two Chinese immigrants were convicted of the killings.) In 1997, Deng Xiaoping, the last of China’s major Communist revolutionaries, died. Letters To The Editor Misleading hatchet job on NASA Sorry, but I cannot stand by and not respond to the negative and misleading headline featured on the front page of your Feb. 5 issue: “NASA warned shuttle wing was vulnerable.” The Associated Press article by Marcia Dunn infers NASA to be a bunch of indifferent bozos as she opens by saying: “NASA was warned nine years ago that the space shuttle could fail catastrophically if debris hit the underside of its wings during liftoff — the very scenario that might (note “might”) have brought down Columbia.” Nine years ago? This is news? It then goes on to later acknowledge: “After receiving the warning, NASA made changes in materials and flight rules to lessen the risk of debris breaking loose.” Having been a part of the Write ’Em President George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, D.C. 20500 U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Dallas Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224-0776 8023 Vantage Drive, Suite 460 San Antonio, TX 78230 (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349-6753 U.S. Congressman NASA family for over 30 years, I assure you that little or nothing is left to chance in the manned flight program. Risk factors in any NASA program go up only when budgets are drastically decreased; however, dollar priority is always with manned flight. The potential problem was detected through routine test and analysis, nine years ago, before any flight incidents, and the problem was resolved. Since 1994, there has been no similar incident. Ostensibly a reasonable person would conclude the “fix” was satisfactory. NASA is a close-knit family, and they place high value on human life. To have some “news” reporter infer in a lead-in paragraph indifference to a known or suspected shuttle problem is, in my view, totally irresponsible reporting. I lost interest in reading the rest of the article as it became apparent Ms. Dunn’s priority was Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio Room 2231 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-4236 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 821-5024 Governor Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 PO. Box 12428 Austin, TX 78711 (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 Texas State Representative Cartel Casteel, R-New Braunfels form over substance. Paul W. Bomke New Braunfels Give right-wing columnists a try Why do you persist in publishing such a liberal editorial page in an area, and a state, with such strong conservative convictions? This left-leaning tendency is woefully illustrated by the fact that you regularly publish two of the most liberal columnists, Charley Reese and Molly Ivins, that ever wrote a word, while only publishing one conservative, Cal Thomas. They spew poisonous, even treasonous propaganda in every instance. Their columns are vitriolic, and I have yet to find any readers who like them. There are many good columnists on the other side of issues, why not give them a try? Frances Shannon Spring Branch How to contact in Austin: (512) 463-0325 Fax: (512) 473-9920 e-mail address: carter.casteel @ house.state Texas State Senator Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 826-7800 Fax: (210) 826-0571 How to contact in Austin: (512) 463-0125 Fax: (512) 463-7794 E-mail address: [email protected] 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 608-2100 city hall 609-1958 home mayor® District 1 Sonia Murioz-Gill 608-2100 District 2 Larry Alexander 609-1242 home District 3 Debbie Flume 629-2496 home/work 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 homeThe time for debate is over; it’s time for war If ever there was a “time for war ” (Ecclesiastes 3:8), surely ithis is it. I If the United Nations is to be [taken seriously, the time is now [for it to act. If the United Nations J— founded on the dubious precise that flawed humanity can [be perfected by flawed human [beings — remains a toothless, [clawless tiger, whose resolutions can be defied without consequence by the butcher of Baghdad, that body will implode in a chaotic downward spiral. When President Woodrow Wil-•son sent his war message to Congress April 2, 1917, he said “the right is more precious than peace.” Wilson, who would see his precious League of Nations crumble in the face of the reality of [evil, was correct. Peace is a byproduct — a benefit — when evil is vanquished. The ’90s were a peaceful dividend paid to the West from the defeat of the Soviet Union. Right defeated evil because there were those who were willing to risk a false “peace” for victory and real peace. Cal Thomas Unfortunately, this nation was inattentive to new evils that are not only in the Middle East, but in our midst, and the threats we now face may be greater than those that confronted us during the Cold War. If we must participate in the United Nations, which so often takes positions opposed to the United States and its interests, let us do so with open eyes. If Saddam Hussein is not a fit candidate for removal from power, who is? If his crimes against humanity are not sufficient grounds to try him before the court of world opinion, what crimes would be? Fearful nations simply embolden evil. Last weekend, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched worldwide against war with Iraq. British Prime Minister Tony Blair told a group of his fellow Labor Party members in Glasgow, Scotland, “If there are 500,000 on the march, that is less than the number of people whose deaths Saddam has been responsible for. If there (are) I million, that is still less than the number of people who died in the wars he started.” Forget the Queen. God save Tony Blair! Do all of those demonstrating, including the Hollywood elitists, care nothing for the carnage visited on innocent women, children and men by Saddam Hussein? Where is their humanity? What is the difference between them and other morally obtuse people who pass by a crime victim lying in the street because they do not wish to be involved? As the most powerful nation on Earth, do we not have some responsibility to protect the lives of others? For a succinct indictment of what Saddam Hussein has wrought on this planet since he murdered his way to power in 1979,1 recommend a new book by Lawrence F. Kaplan and William Kristol called ‘The War Over Iraq: Saddam’s Tyranny and America’s Mission” (Encounter Books). The authors write: “(Saddam) has imprisoned, tortured, gassed, shot and bombed thousands upon thousands of his own subjects. He has launched wars of aggression against his neighbors and still seeks to dominate the Middle East. He has expended vast resources on the development of weapons of mass destruction. He is at once a tyrant, an aggressor and, in his own avowed objectives, a threat to civilization.” With specificity reminiscent of Alexandr Solzhenitsyn’s chronicling of Soviet atrocities in ‘The Gulag Archipelago,” the authors detail the murder of children, the raping of women in front of their husbands and children, torture, dismemberment and inhuman prison conditions. They profile the maniacal dictator in ways that any sane person would say qualifies him as a blot on the human race and a candidate for extinction. They indict nations and organizations that refuse to confront evil: ‘The debate over war with Iraq has shown that too many opinion makers, elected officials and others who guide the fortunes bf the world’s sole superpower have lost their capacity to identify evil and to act against it. Even when it stares them in the face.” When evil is opposed, it can be defeated. This is history's lesson. But if the United Nations, France, Germany and those “peace activists” among us and overseas will “see no evil,” they are doomed to have history repeat itself in a new holocaust. The time for debate is over. The time for Iraq’s liberation is upon us. The time for more resolutions by the pathetic United Nations is long past. The time for war is now. (Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.) tim goodness w tole a-faT'i friends left in tnewLd \J ;