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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 29, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — HerALD-ZeITUNG — Wednesday, January 29, 2003Forum Contact Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland 625-9144, ext. 220 Nkw Braunfels i: 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 n just occurred to me vie’ve become hi?) human Shields I Editorial-- % Don't destroy economic development for potholes Mayor Adam Cork said this week that 2,000 jobs had been lost in the past year. That means that for the past 12 months in the greater New Braunfels area, an average of 5 breadwinners a day had to go home and tell their families that they were out of work. Flextronics, Dvnacast and Kmart closures made the big headlines. The trickle-down effect sometimes is harder to detect. As more and more people lose their jobs, and the collective buying power of the community diminishes, then the smaller businesses in town either have to lay off employees or, at best, delay or postpone indefinitely the hiring of additional employees. Pile on top of that the economic devastation caused by last summer’s flooding, and New Braunfels is suffering a significant recession. This week. Council member Debbie Flume exclaimed that the city had neglected its streets, ! and shes correct. In less than five years, the city has endured two devastating floods that have clearly pointed out a need for better drainage infrastructure. In the past 20 to 30 years. New Braunfels has experienced tremendous growth, yet how many new major streets or widening projects can you remember during those years? During this week s city council meeting, Flume ; asked the council to vote on diverting economic development funds to street repairs. Her effort was defeated 4-3. Council members Robert Kendrick and Ken Valentine voted with Ms. Flume. Diverting sales tax revenues from economic development to a street repair fund is not tile solution. It s simply a bad idea. After the motion was defeated, Hume said she would start a petition drive to force the issue to a popular vote on the next city election ballot on May 3. Hume, the citizen, certainly has the right to do so. It s a constitutional and municipal right to petition the kical government. Of course, an irony exists because Hume us a part of the government she wants to petition. Hume needs 974 signatures from registered voters to get her proposal on the next city election. What about the 2.(XX) people without jobs? They surely will not be signing that petition. The money m question amounts to about $1.5 million annually. Parceled out among six council districts, that's only $250.(XX) a year per district. That s just throwing money down potholes. What s more important for the city - finding ways to create private sector jobs for our 2.000 neighbors who need them, or fixing potholes? Significant investment is needed in the city's infrastructure, but destroying the city's economic development initiative is not the way to do it. Policy Letters To The Editor What would it look like after a flood? The proposed Civic Center spanning the Comal River at Solnis Park (“Civic Vision" Jan. 23) may, indeed, be “outside the box” as an architectural plan, yet it would be very much within a flood path. Couldn’t help wondering what the site would have looked like after the 1998 flood — including the 216 vehicles parked in the two-level underground parking garage. Dick Gray New Braunfels Building over a river is a big con What would be the biggest and most obvious con to Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Jan. 29. the 29th day of 2003. There are 336 days left in the year. Today's history highlight: On Jan. 29, 1820, Britain’s King George III died insane at Windsor Castle, ending a reign that had seen both the American and French revolutions. On this date: In 1843, the 25th president of the United States, William McKinley, was born in Niles, Ohio. In 1845, Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” was first published, in the New York Evening Mirror. In 1850, Henry Clay introduced in the Senate a compromise bill on slavery which included the admission of California into the Union as a fret' state. In 1861, Kansas became building a $12 million civic center on the Comal River? Rivers flood. Vicki Ralph New Braunfels It’s time for speed limit enforcement The headline in the Jan. 22 Herald-Zeitung reads: “23 vehicles crash; none dead — motorists say fog, construction dust were contributing factors.” What is unsaid is that very likely speeding and aggressive driving, especially by the 18-wheelers, were also major factors. How lucky the “participants” were that none died this time. I have lived in New Braunfels for four years and have marveled how almost every driver passing through on IH-35 drives as though he were on a race track. The posted speed limit of 55 mph is totally ignored with most, including the trucks, driving between 70 and 80 mph and maneuvering as though there were no tomorrow. This was the case even when recent construction was under way with a posted speed limit of 40 mph due to the construction barrier dog legs/ I try to drive the speed limit at the risk of being rear-ended by the tailgaters behind me and wonder when I am going to be hit. It’s about time that the speed limit is enforced. Next time the headline just might read differently. Mike Kramer New Braunfels the 34th state of the Union. In 19(H). the American League, consisting of eight baseball teams, was organized in Philadelphia. In 1936, the first members of baseball’s Hall of Fame, including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, were named in Cooperstown, N.Y. In 1958, actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married. In 1963, the first members of football’s Hall of Fame were named in Canton, Ohio. I n 1963, poet Robert Frost died in Boston at age 88. In 1979, President Carter formally welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White House, following the establishment of diplomatic relations. Ten years ago: President Clinton told reporters he was ordering the drafting of a formal directive by July 15 to end the longstanding ban on homosexuals in the U.S. military. Five years ago: A bomb rocked an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Ala., killing Robert Sanderson, an off-duty police officer working as a security guard, and critically injuring Emily Lyons, a nurse. (Authorities are searching for a suspect, Eric Rudolph.) One year ago: In his first State of the Union address, President Bush said terrorists were still threatening America. And he warned of “an axis of evil” consisting of North Korea, Iran and Iraq. Actor Harold Russell, who received two Oscars for his sensitive portrayal of a disabled veteran in “The Best Years of Our Lives," died in Needham, Mass., at age 88. 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] Contact ’Em President George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, D.C. 20500 U.S. Senators Ray 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 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: carter.casteel @ 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.usTime to run Saddam out, and do so quickly Chief U N. weapons inspector Hans Bk* has concluded that Iraq has failed to live up to numerous resolutions calling for the disarmament of Saddam Hus-aeua'fr regime. No matter how much spin or false hope is derived imrn his report, that is the bottom hoe Opponents of any war w ith Iraq irn any reason plead for “more urn*’ m that the inspectors might locate a uut,I n(beche in a disinformation hatywLttdk. The problem with this line of m&Mmmg im that the job of the inspectors is not to prove a negative — that Saddam doesn t have banned weapons Their job is to see whether the weapons the world knows he possesses have been dismantled and destroyed Aher year* of hide and seek, it is abundantly clear to anyone for whom facia are important that he has not destroyed them because he intends to use them Cal Thomas National Security Advisor Con-doieezza Rice wrote an op-ed for the New' York Tunes last week arguing that not only has Iraq faded to live up to its pledge to disarm following the Gulf War, it has also ‘flied a false declaration to the United Nations that amount* to a 12,200-page lie ... (that J constitutes a material breach 'A United Nations Security Council Resolution 1441, which set up the current inspections program w Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Woifow itz m a speech Vt liar Council for Foreign Relation* m New York, said that terr*trtem and the threat Iraq pose* because of its “weapons of mass terror” are the same thing. He asserted, “We are dealing wdth a threat to the security of our nation and the world." In former times, that would have been sufficient reason for waging war. But in this age of timidity, the tendency is to ignore the example of Winston Churchill and embrace Neville Chamber-lain and his company of the weak. W’olfowitz nghtly noted: “It is not the job of (U.N.) inspectors to dinarm Iraq; it is Iraq’s job to disarm itself." He said inspectors “cannot be charged with a search and destroy' mission to uncover socalled smoking guns, especially not ii the host government is intent on hiding them and impeding the inspectors’ every move.” To critic* who nay there is iimuffusutni evidence for attacking Iraq, Woliowitz sa id “detector* * and other source#" had provided tlie evidence A questioner wondered, with historical hindsight into the lies told during the Vietnam War, how could the government be trusted this time. Wol-fowitz said, “I sort of find it astonishing that the issue is whether you can trust the U.S. government. The real issue is can you trust Saddam Hussein? And it seems to me the record is absolutely clear that you can’t. “Iraq has a high-level commitment to concealing its weapons of mass destruction,” said Wolfo-witz. “Instead of charging national institutions with the responsibility to dismantle programs, key Iraqi organizations operate a concealment effort that targets inspector* and thwarts their efforts.” He charged that the ranks of inspectors had been infiltrated by Iraqi agents and that Iraqi scientists and their families had laten threatened with death if they even spoke to weapons inspire tors. Other “Iraqi scientists,” he said, are, in fart, intelligence officers posing as scientists to he interviewed by inspectors. Wolfowitz declared that Saddam continues to get away with his game because he’s counting on negligible consequences for his behavior. “A process that begins with a massive lie,” said Wolfowitz, “and proceeds with concealment, penetration, intimidation and obstruction cannot be a process of cooperative disarmament. The purpose of Resolution 1441 ... was not to play a deadly game of hide-and-seek or cheat-and-retreat for another 12 years. The purpose was to achieve a clear resolution of the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass terror.” The Bush administration says “time is running out” for Saddam. D*t’s run him out and do it quickly. The timid nations may not thank us openly, hut they and we will benefit from removing this malignant tumor. (dul Thomot im a syndicated columnist, ;