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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 7, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Sunday, January 7, 2007 FORUM Other Viewpoints National Guard making difference at southern border The (Clarksville, Tenth) Leaf-Chronicle, on National Guard members sent near the border: Naysaycrs predicted that President Bush’s decision to send National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border wouldn’t have any effect on the number of illegal immigrants entering the country. Guess what? Its working. Since Operation Jump Start began six months ago, apprehensions of illegal immigrants dropped by 8 percent overall and 11 percent in Arizona alone. Opponents of the program claim that having the Guard there actually hasn't changed anything and that the immigrants simply are entering somewhere else along the border where the National Guard troops are not stationed. The Border Patrol counters, however, that apprehensions are down because there simply are fewer illegals making it over the border now that the National Guard is helping. The Guard is doing work that allows more than IOO Border Patrol agents to go into the field now. Among their duties, the National Guard troops have worked on roads, flown on missions and generally increased surveillance of the area. Some BOO Tennessee National Guard members have been involved in the mission since July. The Guard members at the border never were intended as a permanent solution. They are there only until the Border Patrol has time to recruit, hire and train 6,000 additional agents. The deadline for accomplishing this is the end of 2008. For the time being, though, the president should take satisfaction in knowing that his decision to send the Guard to the border is working as he had intended it to. Today in History By I he Associated Press Today is Sunday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2007. There are 358 days left in the year. Today’s I Iighlight in I listory: On Jan. 7,1789, the first U.S. presidential election was held. Americans voted for electors who, a month later, chose George Washington to be the nation’s first president. On this date: In 1610, astronomer Galileo Galilei began observ ing three of Jupiter’s moons. In 1800, the 13th president of the United States, Millard Fillmore, was born in Summerhill, N.Y. In 1904, the Marconi International Marine Communication Company, Limited, of London announced that the telegraphed letters “C-Q-D” would serv e as a maritime distress call (it was later replaced by “S-O-S"). In 1927, commercial trans-Atlantic telephone service w as inaugurated between New York and London. In 1942, the Japanese siege of Bataan began during World War IL In 1953, President Truman announced in his State of the Union address that the United States had developed a hydrogen bomb. In 1955, singer Marian Anderson made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, in Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera.’’ In 1972, Lewis F. Powell Jr. and William IL Rehn-quist were sworn in as the 99th and 100th members of the U.S. Supreme Court. Herald-Zeitung Serving Slew Braunfels and Comal County since IH52. 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. Managing Editor Editor and Publisher Circulation Director Advertising/Marketing Director Business Manager News Editor Gerard MacCrossan Doug Toney Jeff Fowler Chuck Evers Valerie Shields Keri Kirby GUESTCOLUMN New, old residents benefit from writing, remembering the past With reference to the Sophienburg column of Dec. 27, 2006, we are pleased to hear how the WVVI I Center for Servicemen in New Braunfels holds a special place in so many people’s hearts. Places like the center did not function without caring and dedicated personnel. My brother John (Harrison) and I are pleased to say that our “Nana," Mrs. Jack P (Hazel) Kauf-mann, helped operate the center. There begins some of the legacy of our family stories. We remember Nana telling stories for years about this facility and how proud she was to be helping the war effort. Her son Jack Kauf-mann Jr. was in the service, so helping was a natural thing. She told us how the ladies of New Braunfels supported the war effort and came to the center to dance and talk with the soldiers, offering what might be a touch of home to them. They baked cookies, pies and cakes and assisted in writing letters home for those who asked for help. She met a group of "boys” from New York/New Jersey who called themselves the “Dead End Kids.” They frequented the club a lot and came to call Nana "Mom.” Our grandmother still was receiving Christmas cards from these “boys” at the age of 90 — they really felt that she was their "Mom” during this war. While brother John and I were antiquing with our Uncle Jack, we met one of the Dead End Kids who recognized the Kaufman!! name and was curious enough to ask. What a special memory that was for us (and him). Let’s not forget about John R Kaufmann Sr. who managed the Seekatz Opera (theater) House in old downtown New Braunfels. He loved kids — how many of you did he let in free if you couldn’t pay? How many parents are glad that he previewed movies so that nothing risque would be shown to children? Perhaps others would enjoy readers send ing in whatever recollections they have about Jack and the old Opera House. Hey, remember the Candy Kitchen? I Etching up your horse in front of the Opera I louse? I would be remiss if I did not say that our dad, Fred A. Harrison (who was 4-F), was decorated by the war effort in collection of metal, as well as sales of war bonds. I was born after the war and did not experience first-hand what our family, as well as all the patri-1 ots in this town, did. But we all relish the tales,    MARY    BETH BOMKE Mary Beth Bombe is a New Braunfels resident. whether remembered from family or written in the Herald. Keep writing about “old” New Braunfels, as it not only brings nostalgia to the “old timers,” but it also brings a feeling of heritage and belonging to the more recent arrivals who have selected our area of Texas as their home. Glad that we can say God bless the I lerald-Zeitung. LETTERS POLICY ■ Letters must be 250 words or less. ■The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions. ■ Guest columns should be 500 words or less and must be accompanied by a photo. ■ Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be confirmed. Mail letters to: Letters to Editor do Herald-Zeitung RO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax them to: (830) 606-3413 e-mail them to: news®herald- HOW TO CONTACT 11111 United States ; Government PRESIDENT ■ George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500 SENATE ■ Kay Bailey Hutchison Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224-0776 Web: (Send e-mails through Web bite.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 145 Duncan Drive, Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone: (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349-6753 ■ John Cornyn Russell Senate-Hart Room 517 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-2934 Fax: (202) 228-2856 Web: (Send e-mails through Web site.) AUSTIN OFFICE; 221 West Sixth St., Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone: (512) 469-6034 Fax: (512) 469-6020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 224-7485 Fax: (210) 224-8569 CONGRESSMAN ■ Lamar Smith Rayburn House Office Building Room 2184 Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-4236 Fax: (202) 225-8628 Web address: (Send e-mails through Web site.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 821-5024 Fax: (210) 821-5947 ■ Henry Cuellar 1404 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-1640 Fax: (202) 225-1641 Web address: SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 1149 E. Commerce St., Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government Telephone: (210) ct rtuj i Fax: (210) 277-6671 GOVERNOR ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 PO. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 STATE HOUSE ■ Carter Casteel 254 E. Mill St. New Braunfels 78130 Telephone: (830) 627-0215 E-mail address: [email protected] STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 925 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone: 888-824-6984 E-mail address: [email protected] ■ Judith Zaffirini PO. Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627Business as usual, not partisan politics, is best for the country CALTHOMAS Cal Tho tuns is a columnist for Tribune Media Services International. Direct all mail for (mI Thomas to: Tribune Media Services, 435 N. Michigan Ai>e, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60611, or leave an e-mail at www. calthomas. com. In June of 2004, when then-1 louse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was trying to put the best face on Democratic intentions should they win a majority in the \ 2006 election, she issued a I “minority bill of rights.” It prom-£Tr ised that Democrats would not treat Republicans as Republicans often treated Democrats should voters put Democrats back in charge of the I louse. Pelosi promised a “bipartisan administration of the I louse” and a return to a more “regular democratic order for legislation." That meant bills would be considered under a procedure that “allows open, full and fair debate consisting of a full amendment process that grants the minority the right to offer its alternatives, including a substitute.” Pelosi promised, “Members should have at least 24 hours to examine bills and conference report text prior to floor consideration. Rules governing floor debate must be reported before IO p.m. for a bill to be considered the following day.” In the political version of what might be called, “of course, FII respect you in the morning," House Democrats have announced they intend to break that promise. They will use I louse rules to keep Republicans from offering alternative measures because they want to show voters how quickly they can pass their “first IOO hours” agenda and allowing Republicans to offer amendments or alternative legislation, they figure, would slow them down. Republicans are complaining about this, as one might expect, but after 12 years of treating Democrats as if they were subjects in a GOP dictatorship, they are unlikely to attract much sympathy. Plus, Democrats will have much of the big media on their side, which the Republicans, during their time in the majority, did not. The media treated every Republican legislative effort as insensitive, cruel and beneficial only to “the rich.’’ Don’t look for any “Gingrich That Stole Christmas" covers like Time magazine ran on former Speaker Newt Gingrich. The media will treat Democrats as caring, compassionate crusaders for the common man. I lere’s one major difference between the 1994 election and the one in 2006 and the aftermath from each. In 1994, Republicans told voters, before and after the election, precisely what they would do. Speaker Newt Gingrich did not promise fealty with Democrats, nor did he promise to practice a political Golden Rule. Voters disgusted with Democrats had given Republicans a mandate and they would ram through their “Contract with America.” Democrats promised they would practice a political Golden Rule, doing unto Republicans what they wished Republicans had done unto them. I recommended such a strategy for Republicans in 1994, suggesting that kindness and inclusiveness would serve Republicans better in the long run than a victory dance on Democrats’ political grave. That advice was ignored, contributing to Democratic anger and bitterness and to the Republican defeat last November. Democrats now face the same temptations that power always brings and the same pressures from their liberal interest groups that Republicans faced 12 years ago from their conservative interest groups. Unlike the Republicans, however, Democrats promised to behave differently. They claimed to have learned their lessons from the way they used to treat Republicans — and the way Repul licans treated them. Apparently they wi not be different, at least not until they push through their agenda that include a minimum wage increase and ethics reform. It is ethics reform that will — and should — receive the most attention. Voters have not trusted government for some time and the polls show their approval ratings for Congress are even lower than President Bush’s approval numbers. The I louse will first consider ethics rules for itself and next month plans to take up bipartisan lobbying reform legislation proposed by Rep. Marty Meehan (D-Mass.) and Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) that would create an Office of Public Integrity to help enforce the new rules. Will the Democratic leadership live u to the public’s expectations, or down to their political lower natures? Democrat have a unique opportunity to reinvent themselves and restore public confidence. For the sake of the national intel est, I’m hoping they rise to that occasio but politicians being who and what the are, I’m betting they’ll yield to temptation and conduct business as usual. Bu for the country’s sake, I hope I’m wron^ ;