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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 10, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A— HERALD-ZEITUNG — Friday, January IO, 2003Forum Contact Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland 625-9144, ext. 220 Nhw 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 Chicago Tribune, on security in transportation networks: Ever since Pan Am Flight 103 blew up over Lockerbie, Scotland, nearly 15 years ago, killing 270 people, terrorism experts have recognized the danger presented by a bomb in the belly of an aircraft. Still, airport security tended to focus on what passengers were carrying onto the plane rather than on what they were checking as baggage. That left a gaping hole in the air safety net. But until the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington 16 months ago forced a top-to-bottom review of airline security, not much was done to reduce this danger. Prior to those attacks, only 5 percent of checked baggage was being screened for explosives in the U.S. The debut of screening all checked baggage for explosives has, so far at least, gone smoothly and has not resulted in excessive delays at the nation’s airports. The screening is just the latest piece of the layered security system that is being built to make flying safer. The TSA has hired 56,000 security screeners, as well as thousands of federal air marshals who anonymously patrol passenger flights. For an agency that didn’t even exist until November 2001, the TSA deserves a good deal of credit for meeting this deadline mandated by Congress. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is there still are plenty of gaping holes in transportation security, particularly away from the airports in the nation’s shipping, trucking and rail industries. Although Congress ordered better security as part of the 2001 USA Patriot Act, more than a year later many specific rules and regulations still aren’t finalized. Perhaps the best that can be said of security in the nation’s extensive and porous transportation networks is this: Its better than it has been, but its not nearly as good as it must become to protect the nation.Today In History Bv The Associated Press Today is Friday, January IO, the tenth day of 2003. There are 355 days left in the year. Today’s history highlight: On Jan 10, 1776, Thomas Paine published his influential pamphlet, “Common Sense.” On this date: In 1861, Florida seceded from the Union. In 1863, London’s Metropolitan, the world’s first underground passenger railway, opened.Policy Letters To The Editor In 1870, John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil. In 1920, the League of Nations was established as the Treaty of Versailles went into effect. In 1928, the Soviet Union ordered the exile of Leon Trotsky. In 1946, the first General Assembly of the United Nations convened in London. In 1957, Harold Macmillan became prime minister of Britain, following the resignat ion of Anthony Eden. I thought the witch hunt was over... Just when I thought the witch hunt against City Councilwoman Debbie Flume was over, I opened my Herald-Zeitung to see another baseless accusation headlining the news. The complete vacuity of the supposed ethics charge against her, by someone ment ioned as a possible city council candidate, would be laughable if it didn’t appear to be part of a continuing, nearly sinister, effort to destroy her reputation by those whose viewpoints differ from Mrs. Flume’s. The truth about Debbie Flume’s character is as follows: She is a deeply spiritual, extremely dedicated and honorable government servant whose public accomplishments tell only part of the story. I have witnessed on several specific occasions her spontaneous and personal generosity and assis-Write 'Em President George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, D.C. 20500 U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchisor 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 tance to needy families in this community — acts of great magnanimity and compassion that never make the pages of any local newspaper. It is unlikely that someone so inclined toward repeated private acts of kindness would use her public position for personal gain. More likely, these unheralded, selfless acts, combined with her tireless public service, reveal her true character more accurately than the petty attacks by individuals who appear to have their own questionable agenda. Kathleen Krueger New Braunfels Rudeness impacts choice of businesses Over the last 13 years, we have seen many businesses come and go in New Braunfels. We have read advertisements and received flyers about “Shop New Braun- Fax: (210) 349-6753 U.S. Congressman 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 fels.” We tried again in December. We encountered two of the rudest clerks and check-out clerk. This is typical in the New Braunfels businesses, with the exception of the grocery stores and a few restaurants. This happens all the time. Do they run a “rude class” for clerks somewhere in the city? You may wish to quote this article from the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council, which originally appeared in The San Marcos Downtowner: “In discussing why businesses lose customers, The Pryor Report indicated that I percent die, 3 percent move away, 5 percent are influenced by friends, 9 percent are lured away by competitors, 14 percent are dissatisfied with the product, and 68 percent are turned away by an attitude of indifference on the part of a company employee.” Lamar M. Petersen New Braunfels (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 Texas State Representative Edmund Kuempel, R-Seguin PO. Box 911 Seguin, TX 78155 (830) 379-8732 Fax: (830) 463-5896 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 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 PO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax: (830) 606-3413 e-mail: [email protected] ’Em City Council Mayor Adam Colk 608-2100 city hall 609-1958 home mayor® District 1 Sonia Muhoz-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 tuberkdv @ aol .com 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 Moe Schwab 620-5508 (830) 964-3400 homeDems rerunning class warfare horror show There they go again. Like the TV Land cable channel, that recycles decades-old television shows, Democrats are reprising their familiar class warfare drama in opposition to the Bush administration’s tax-cutting proposals. The central question in this debate is not whether government should decide how much money it will allow us to keep. Rather, it is how much of our money we will allow the government to spend. President Bush has deftly fired the latest shot in the tax-cut battle at several targets, including the double taxation on dividends that stock market investors must now pay. He specifically has mentioned the unfairness of taxing twice the dividends paid to older Americans. This is a group Democrats petrify regularly by suggesting Republicans want to cut Social Security, even though it was Bill Clinton who added a tax to some Social Security checks, thereby lowering benefits. In his speech Jan. 7 to the Economic Club of Chicago, the president noted how many older peo- Calvin Thomas pie rely on dividends from investments to subsidize their retirement. He suggested freeing them from having to pay taxes on money that has already been taxed once would augment their financial security. With 55 percent of Americans, owning at least some stock (compared to only 23 percent a decade ago), the president has highlighted an issue that should be wildly popular. Last fall, Rep. Chris Cox (R-Calif.) introduced a bill that would eliminate dividend taxes. Fie noted the double tax can exceed 60 percent and “even individuals whose total income is less than $28,(XX) lose more than half of their dividends to federal tax.” Democrats, led by their new House Minority leader, Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, whine about the deficit, which is caused by too much spending, not too few taxes. F’unny how the deficit never bothered Democrats while they were in the majority. If they care about it now, let them lead the way in reducing waste, fraud and abuse in government. Some Republicans, who are just as guilty as Democrats for binge spending, need to go on the wagon as well. What Democrats continue to sell is a false notion that the opportunities presented by liberty are insufficient incentives for success. That is contrary to everything most of us of a certain age were taught as children. When I was poor, making $99 per month as an Army private, working a civilian second job to pay the rent and buy food and riding to work on public transportation because I could not afford a car, I never envied the rich. I wanted to be like them. I studied how they became rich in order that I might be if not rich than at least more successful. I took college classes at night and on week ends, as my father did to improve his life. I worked hard, believing that such an ethic might allow me to have a piece of the economic pie and possibly even create new pies. I grew up learning at home and in public school that America offered opportunities, and if I took advantage of them, I could make a good living and have a wonderful life. When faced with setbacks, such as getting fired from a job, or not being hired, or promoted in one, I was taught persistence was a better road to success than griping, despair or resignation to my “fate.” We don’t teach such things anymore. Instead, we (or at least those institutions reflecting the Democrats’ philosophy) teach that anyone who is rich is robbing the poor, implying they came by their money dishonestly. This is the subtle message of the Democrats’ favorite phrase “Working Americans.” It implies the well-off didn’t work for their money, so they owe everyone else. We teach that the poor are vic tims who cannot be expected to become unpoor, much less rich. Never should they have faith they can free themselves from their present condition, lest they not need Democratic programs and thus start voting for Republicans whose policies are more likely to emancipate the poor from their poverty, along with their own initiative. America has until recently been a land that offered opportunity and promoted hard work. Now it penalizes success, encourages dependency among the slothful and subsidizes failure. Republicans mostly believe in the former. Democrats mostly believe in the latter. The public has another opportunity to decide which one it believes — the old rerun, or the new and better idea; class warfare, or personal responsibility, empowerment and the tax cuts and reduction in government spending that will make both possible. (Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.) ;