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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 21, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — HERALD-ZEITUNG — Tuesday, January 21, 2003Forum Contact Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland, 625-9144 ext. 220 Nkw Braunfels H erald-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 Kudos Greetings from Blue Santa headquarters. Thanks to you New Braunfels you made Christmas 2002 one of the best yet! Thanks to the most generous citizens in our community, you purchased and donated more than 80 percent of our needed gifts. Children across our community had that joyous holiday that they can only dream of come true. We served 105 families with over 345 children. Blue Santa is a New Braunfels Police Department supported program and is run by the Citizens Police Alumni Association. Our program originated in 1997 by former Police Chief Ray Douglas and was run by his wife, Chris Douglas, who works with Communities in Schools. After his retirement in 2002, myself and a great group of dedicated people jumped in to run the program. This wonderful program will continue to help famihes in our community with the help of local businesses and citizens like you. Donate to Blue Santa in 2003, and make a child’s Christmas come true! Many thanks to all who helped and donated, we could not have done it without you! Blue Santa Would like to recognize a few very special supporters: Market Place, Wal-Mart Distribution Center, Wal-Mart, Officers Association, Schlitterbahn Water Park, Noon Lions Club, Riverside Security and the employees of The Scooter Store. Your donations helped us to help the children. We hope that 2003 is as good as 2002 was! Cissy Jankowski Blue Santa Chair Today In History- By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2003. There are 344 days left in the year. Tbday’s history highlight: On Jan. 21, 1793, during the French Revolution, King Louis XVI, condemned for treason, was executed on the guillotine. On this date: In 1861, Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and four other Southerners resigned from the U.S. Senate. In 1915, the first Kiwanis Club was founded, in Detroit. In 1924, Russian revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich Lenin died at age 54. In 1950, former State Department official Alger Hiss, accused of being part of a Communist spy ring, was found guilty in New York of lying to a grand jury. (Hiss, who always maintained his innocence, served less than four years in prison.) In 1950, George Orwell, author of “1984,” died in London. In 1954, the first atomic submarine, the USS “Nautilus,” was launched at Groton, Conn. In 1976, the supersonic Concorde jet? was put into service by Britain and France. In 1977, President Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders. In 1997, Speaker Newt Gingrich was reprimanded and fined as the House voted for first time in history to discipline its leader for ethical misconduct. Ten years ago: Two U.S. warplanes fired on and bombed an Iraqi air defense radar site in northern Iraq after radar was turned on them — Iraq denied provoking the attack. Policy 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. Letters are not published until they are verified. 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] Halt affirmative action, quit yapping about diversity Affirmative action ought to be killed outright. It’s a racist policy, and it’s an insult to black Americans. Stripped of aff the hogwash rhetoric, affirmative action says to blacks: “We know you can’t compete on an equal footing, so we will award you 20 points just for having black skin. Don’t forget to be grateful to your white liberal masters.” Paternalism is insulting. Liberals try to rationalize affirmative action by extolling the virtues of diversity. Point one: We are a diverse nation with or without affirmative action. If there is a white person who’s reached majority without ever coming in contact with a black person, then the white must have been raised in Pot Hole, Mont., without benefit of television or movies. Point two: White liberals admit they covertly believe in black inferiority, since their own statement is that without affirmative action, there will be no diversity. They are saying, as plainly as they can say it, that without special favoritism based on race, blacks will not be able to compete with whites. Point three: There is no virtue in diversity. A casual look at the world will tell anybody but an idiot that those countries with homogenous or nearly homogenous populations are stable, while those countries with diverse populations tend to be unstable. Which is more stable, Sweden or the Balkans? The Balkans are a perfect example of Write ’Em President George W. Bush 160Q 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 Charley Reese diversity in action. Diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds have produced some of the bitterest and bloodiest conflicts in Europe. Our own diversity has been the source of many conflicts — often bloody, and not a few based on race. The truth is that the human race is tribal. Tribes compete and often feud. The British built an empire playing one tribe against another. Only when the people of different tribes can unite with some higher set of ideals and ideas that override their tribal differences can there be peace and strength. In short, we ought to be constantly preaching assimilation, not diversity. Diversity will kill us; assimilation will make us strong. Tile sad fate of the American Indians illustrates that point. They were nearly annihilated because they simply could not overcome their tribal differences while the non-Indian population united against them. They drowned in a wave of immigration. The present generation of Americans will meet the same fate if they don’t find the backbone to close the borders and apply some tar and feathers to all these diversity preachers. Anybody preaching diversity is trying to weaken America, either for malicious reasons or because he or she is just stupid. Stupidity probably kills more people than malice. I agree with Teddy Roosevelt that there should be no room for hyphenated Americans in the United States. You are either an American or you’re not, regardless of where you or your ancestors came from. The game afoot, of course, is vile politicians playing one group off another for political gains. Americans ought to be outraged by this dangerous, cynical exploitation of people, but outrage is apparently as extinct as the passenger pigeon. I was outraged some years ago when I read that a Colorado public school, which had assigned students the task of writing an essay on the Fourth of July, told the Hispanic students they could write about Cinco de Mayo. No, they should not. If their purpose in being in Colorado is to become American citizens, then their independence day is the Fourth of July, not the fifth of May. If their purpose is to remain Mexican, then they should go home. It is a big, big mistake to abandon assimilation in favor of diversity. In the long run, unless it is reversed, it will prove fatal, and the United States will become the Dis-United States. So, yes, kill affirmative action, and quit yapping about diversity. (Charley Reese is a syndicated columnist. San Antonio, TX 78230 (210) 340-2885 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 P.O. Box 12428 Austin, TX 78711 (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512)463-1849 Texas State Representative Cartel Casteel, R-New Braunfels How to contact in Austin: (512) 463-0325 Fax: (512) 463-5896 e-mail address: [email protected] 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: jeff .Wentworth @ senate.state.tx.usBlair gets a ‘hear, hear’ for not ‘going wobbly’ LONDON — British Prime Minister Tony Blair is no Margaret Thatcher, but he sounded like her clone when he took to the floor of the House of Commons Wednesday during the weekly Question Time and gave a spirited defense for the necessity of toppling Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Responding to criticism of Blair’s Iraqi policy from within his own party, as well as from the Conservative opposition, Blair delivered a formidable oration that combined the intense anti-Commu-nist rhetoric of Thatcher and Ronald Reagan and a substance reminiscent of Winston Churchill’s warning about a “gathering storm” created by another dictator in the last century. Blair was asked by member of Parliament Dennis Skinner whether, during his forthcoming meeting with President Bush in Washington, he will “tell George Bush that there is almost certainly a majority of the British people against the idea of a war with Cal thomas Iraq. Will he tell him that a lot of the British people are against the war because they see it is all about America getting its hands on the oil supplies in the Middle East?” Skinner added the familiar slander that this President Bush is vain and is “concerned more about finishing the job that his father failed to complete IO years ago.” Leaping to his feet, Blair responded that if oil were the reason for war with Iraq, “it would be infinitely simpler to cut a deal with Saddam, who would ... be delighted to give us access to as much oil as we wanted if he could carry on building weapons of mass destruction. The very reason why we are taking the action we are taking (has) nothing to do with oil or any of the other conspiracy theories put forward. It (has) to do with one simple fact: the United Nations has laid down — indeed, it has been laying down for IO years — that Saddam Hussein has to disarm himself of weapons of mass destruction and that he poses a threat because he used those weapons, and I believe that we have to make sure that the will of the United Nations is upheld.” So much for getting one more U.N. resolution, as some have requested. What good would another resolution do when Saddam has failed to heed all the others? Later, Blair returned to the subject in response to another member’s call to allow the U.N. weapons inspectors to “do their job” and that member’s contention that if President Bush takes “unilateral action against Iraq, he will be defying the United Nations.” Blair said, “... the only reason we have U.N. weapons inspectors back in there is the firm stand that has been taken. Does anyone seriously believe that we would have U.N. weapons inspectors back in Iraq if there were a possibility of disarmament happening in a peaceful way? Does anyone really believe that they would be there if we had not sent the clearest possible signal'?” Then came the Churchillian part: “It is also important... to ensure that we continue to send that signal of strength. If Saddam believes for a single instant that the will of the international community has abated — that the international community does not have the solidity of purpose that it needs to see this thing through — the consequences of either conflict or prolonged conflict are increased .... If we can avoid conflict we should, but the choice is Saddam’s .... Does anyone believe that, if we do not take a stand as an international community now in respect to weapons of mass destruction, some terrorist group is not in the future going to get hold of that material and use it?” Blair added ominously, “... the threat is real, and if we do not deal with it the consequences of our weakness will haunt future generations.” The British press is awash in breathtakingly virulent anti-American rhetoric because of U.S. policy on Iraq. President Bush is mocked as an ignoramus, and America is excoriated in ways usually reserved for enemies, not friends. Into this breach has marched Blair, who has been a consistent supporter of the president’s policies, because he knows terrorism also affects Britain, which is now home to an unknown number of terrorists who wish his nation as much harm as they do the United States. Blair’s steadfastness has been his finest hour. One can hear Lady Thatcher giving a “hear, hear!” for his not “going wobbly.” (Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.) ;