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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Thursday, July 7, 2005 FORUM ■ Other Viewpoints Healthier food options available for travelers El Paso Times on health, highway food: For families that eat healthy, those long car rides while on summer vacation can he a fast-foodmare. Fat and calories three times a day. There goes the cholesterol count. Yes, you can pack your fruits and vegetables in a cooler and nosh your vitamins at the various wayside picnic tables along our interstate highways. But for sit-down meals with a waitress and never-ending ice-cold iced tea, well, the advertising on billboards still screams with the age-old burger fare. Many... will be traveling by car this summer. Despite the high cost of gasoline, filling the tank is still cheaper than a family of four — or more — going by plane. So what are you going to eat on car trips between here and Disneyland or here and Sea World? Or on trips to Dallas? Or wherever? There is some relief for the parents who think that breakfast served on foam plates and lunch from little individual cardboard boxes is, well, yuck. Did you know that the people with the arches and those who broil, not fry, do offer some healthy hire. Yes, you can plan your meals between here and Aunt Martha’s. You don’t have to load up on comhos and an extra fried pie between here and your destination. Because, amid the hamburgers, theres lettuce and tomatoes just about everywhere. Wily, you might even find a carrot to crunch as the nation’s fast-food giants do offer alternatives to cholesterol. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, July 7, the 188th day of 2005. There are 177 days left in the year. Today’s I lighlight in I listory: On July 7,1865, four people were hanged in Washington. EXG., for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Lincoln. On this date: In 1846, U.S. annexation of California was proclaimed at Monterey alter the surrender of a Mexican garrison. In 1896, the Democratic National Convention opened in Chicago. In 1898, the United States annexed Hawaii. In 1930, construction began on Boulder Dam (later Hoover Dam). In 1946, Italian-boni Mother Frances Xavier Cabri-ni was canonized as the first American saint. In 1954, Elvis Presley made his radio debut as Memphis, Term., station WI 1BQ played his first recording for Sun Records, “That’s All Rigid (Mama).” In 1981, President Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. 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. Herald-Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 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 Gary E. Maitland Editor and Publisher DougToney Circulation Director Jeff Fowler Advertising Director Neice Bell Business Manager Valerie Shields News Editor David Rupkalvis DOWN, BOV... WRE SLOBBERING. As prospect of her candidacy nears, Hillary’s poll ratings are going up Ij& DICKMCrfRIS Dick Morris was an adviser to Bill Clinton for 20 years. Mail letters to: Letters to Editor c/o Herald-Zeitung RO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax them to: (830) 606-3413 e-mail them to: news® The most recent Fox News survey substantiates the truth of Abraham Lincoln’s observation that you can fool some of the people all of the time: Sen. Hillary Clintons popularity is at an all-time high, having moved up dramatically. She now is seen favorably by 52 percent of the electorate and unfavorably by only 37 percent. In the 4 1/2 years since she left the White I louse, her favorability rating had never before risen above 47 percent. These ratings are truly a landmark for her: Only very rarely did her popularity rise to the 50 percent mark during her eight years as first lady. The trend is instructive. On Jan. IO, 2001, one week before she left the White House — and a week after she was sworn in as senator — her favorability rose to 52 percent. Then, amid accusations of the sale of pardons, the theft of the White House china, and her overt solicitation of gifts, I lillary went into free fall. I ler favorability dropped to 44 percent that February, and to an all-time low of 39 percent in March. Then I lillary began slowly to recover her popularity, rising to 44 percent in November of 2001 and 47 percent on April 25-26 of this year. Then, suddenly, she jumped to 52 percent in the Fox News poll taken June 14 and 15. Why the surge? It seems that as the prospect of a presidential candidacy nears, Democrats are rallying around her. Right after Election Day last year, 40 percent of them wanted her to be the nominee in 2008. Today, 44 percent support her for the nomination. (At the same time, John Kerry has fallen from 21 percent to 17 percent and John Edwards dropped from 15 percent to 13 percent). I lillary s move to the center — including her frequent association, in public, with the likes of Newt Gingrich, Bill Frist and Rick Santorum — is clearly paying dividends. It is also likely that Bill Clinton’s constant appearances with President Bush Sr. and his highly visible efforts for the tsunami victims are helping rehabilitate his wife’s image. The linkage between Bill’s and Hillary’s images is apparent. In the Fox News poll, 38 percent of voters, including the vast bulk of Democrats, said that they would be “enthusiastic” about seeing Bill return to the White I louse as “first husband.” (Of course, 33 percent said they were more frightened by the prospect.) Hillary’s and Bill’s surges are largely due to die complicity of leading Republicans in implicitly endorsing her move to the center by appearing with her. President Bush needs to get his father to pull back on his public Bob-sey-tvvins identification with Bill and Republicans need to let Gingrich et a1 know of their displeasure with his newfound best-buddy relationship with I lillary. Those who feel that America is not ready to vote for I lillary need to think again. As the prospect of her candidacy nears, her ratings are going up, not down. However, all is not rosy on the Clinton horizon. The Ed Klein book — with its alleged revelations of Bill s current philandering— puts Hillary in a tough spot. Of course, his lack of fidelity does not bear on her qualifications to be a good president, but with the charges in the political ether, she has to deal with them. If she pretends not to notice, she looks like a fool at best and a conniving politician who values power more than having a good marriage at worst. But if she moves away from Bill in public, she loses the stardust he sprinkles on her. The prospect of seeing him return to the White I louse is clearly a key part of I lillary’s current popularity; she dares not put that in jeopardy. HOW TO CONTACT Illy! 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 site.) 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 Telephone: (210) 271-2851 Fax: (210) 277-6671 GOVERNOR HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government unum mmmu n _ rn ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 RO. 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 Toll Free: (866) 687-4961 Fax: (830) 627-8895 E-mail address: [email protected] STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 ■ Judith Zaffirini RO. Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 12702Toepperwein Road #21* San Antonio 78233 Telephone: (210) 657-0095 Fax: (210) 657-0262Bush nomination must measure up to his view of court Cal Thomas is a columnist for Tribune Media Services International. He hosts “After Hours" on Fox News Channel Saturdays at ll p.m. EST. Direct all mail for Cal Thomas to: Tribune Media Services, 435 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1500, Chicago. 60611. or leave an e-mail at www. cal tho mas. com. hen Ronald Reagan nominated Arizona’s Sandra Day O’Connor to the Supreme Court in 1981, conservatives were nervous because little was known about her. Reagan assured religious conservatives they had nothing to fear. Reagan told Rev. Jerry Falwell he had spoken to her about abortion, which was the main concern of religious conservatives, and found her to be “OK” on that issue. Reagan assured Falwell and company they would not be disappointed. I was vice president of Fal-well’s Moral Majority at the time and went on ABC’s "Nightline" to express my reservations that conservatives might not like what they were getting. What I had seen of O’Connor’s record did not persuade me she would favor restricting abortion. I was right and Reagan was wrong. Conservatives were disappointed. O’Connor has been the key vote uphold ing the extra-constitutional ruling known as Roe vs. Wade. There would be other justices named by Republican presidents who also were disappointments. Anthony Kennedy was chosen by Reagan after his administration misjudged the intensity of opposition to Judge Robert Bork. Kennedy has been a disaster on abortion and religious issues. David Souter was nominated by the current president’s father after similar assurances by then-White House Chief of Staff John Sununu that Souter would be “OK” on issues about which conservatives cared. He wasn’t. Souter has been as liberal as any justice in recent memory. Despite her thin legislative and judicial record in Arizona, there were hints about O’Connor’s legal philosophy from Eleanor Smeal, then-president of the National Organization for Women. Last week, Smeal recalled she endorsed O’Connor’s nomination before the Senate Judiciary Committee because “I knew then that O’Connor, although a conservative voice, would be one who would not permit the elimination of women’s fundamental rights, including the right to privacy.” Instead of seeing this as a red flag, most conservatives held their tongues. They wanted to maintain “access” to Reagan. This history is what makes conservatives nervous about the choice President George W. Bush will make, especially when he speaks of symbolism and the potential nomination of the first Hispanic justice, possibly Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Reagan tried symbolism by naming the first woman, but he lost substance. We hear this President Bush has learned a lot from the mistakes of his father. Does this include naming a justice that reflects his often-stated views about wanting someone on the bench who doesn’t make law, but rather upholds the Constitution? We are about to find out. More than campaign promises, President Bush’s first choice of a Supreme Court justice will reveal his core beliefs. He has repeatedly said he wants someone in the model of Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia. These are men who have lived up to the noble objective of faithfully interpreting the Constitution instead of unfaithfully reading into it their personal judicial preferences. An unnamed “senior administration official told The New York Times, “The president is going to pick someone who is a true constructionist and who is correct in interpreting the law.” The left is already mobilizing to smeai whoever is selected as an “extremist,” ar “out of the mainstream” nominee who will recreate “back alley abortions” and resurrect the Dark Ages. Conservatives say they have learned from previous court battles and are not going to be fooled again. They will look beyond assurances that a nominee is “OK” and examine the substance of thai nominee’s record and philosophy. Noth ing but delivery on the president’s prom ise will satisfy them. This is the big one, the main event. If the president does not nominate someone who measures up to his often-statei view of the court and the Constitution, he can forget about conservative suppoi for anything he wants to do during the rest of his term. Even if he names someone who is eventually rejected by the Senate, he wil get significant support from conservatives and momentum for nominating another conservative. ;