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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 11, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — HERALD-ZEITIJNG — Friday, July 11, 2003Forum Contact Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland 625-9144, ext. 220 Ni-w Uh ai ini- Kl s Herald-Zeitijng New Braunfels Zcitung was founded IHS2; New Braunfels I leralil 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 Gov. Rick Perry7he Bryan-College Station Eagle on Gov. Flick Perry's efforts to pass a bill making preliminary budget documents secret: Its our money, and Texans want to know how our government plans to spend it. If Gov. Kick Perry gets his way, none of us will know until it is txx) late to do anything about it. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ruled earlier this year that the governor had to release the documents and working papers he and his staff used in developing the state budget. The governor’s claim such preliminary plans could give Texans a false impression of how their money ultimately would be spent didn’t sway the attorney general. Gov. Perry wasn’t happy with the ruling, and now he is trying to do something about it. He is asking the legislature ... to pass a bill making preliminary budget documents secret. Lawmakers should reject the governor’s plan. It Is bad for Texas and bad for Texans. Who has more interest in the state budget than the pimple who pay the bills? If the governor gets his way, we won't have a clue how our money Is being spent until it is too late to do anything about it. The governor’s claim that releasing the documents would give Texans only a narrow, distorted view of budget deliberations that might cause them to make wrong assumptions is nonsense. AU of us deal with budgets in our homes and in our workplaces. Texans are smart enough tx) know preliminary figures are just that. Still, we want to know those figures, to get an understanding of how the budget is shaping up. Are programs important tx) us targeted for cuts? Are tax increases being contemplated? These and other questions are paramount to all Texans and the answers should Im* available so we can have input into the final decisions. Texans have fought long and hard for open government. Texans believe the best governmerit is one that operates in the open, not behind closed doors. With very limited exceptions, documents generated and maintained by the state and any of its workers should Im* available to any Texan who wants to see them. Perry's efforts are a naked power grail by the governor to give himself more power than Texans have been willing to give him. Texans traditionally favor a weak governorship because we think the best government is one that has the closest ties to our local communities. We want the most important decisions made by legislators who live and work in our communities, not a governor who only (Imps by on special occasions. Once we elect those lawmakers, we want them to keep us informed of what they are doing every step of the way. After all, it is our government, not theirs.Policy Letters To The EditorLibrary card fee a slap in teacher’s face I am a teacher with Comal Independent School District. I grown up here in New Braunfels all of my life and have held a New Braunfels Library card since I was 6 or 7. Recently, I found out teachers who do not reside within city limits cannot renew their library member-ship when it expires without paying the $25 fee. I was shocked! As a teacher, I probably visit and use tin* public library more than most citizens of this city! I have always been an avid supporter of most of the services and programs the library offers. Top that with all that is being taken away from us with budget problems, insurance increases, TRS decreases, etc., teachersWrite ’Em President George W Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D C. 20500 U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D C 20510 (202) 224-5922 Fax (202) 224-0776 8023 Vantage Dr., Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349-6753 John Comyn Senate Russell Courtyard 5 Washington, D C 20510 (202) 224-2934 Fax: (202) 228-2856 Austin office Jennifer Lustina, state director Beth Cubriel, field director 221 West Sixth St., Suite 1530 don’t have much left! (’barging uh $25 h) renew or obtain a library card in order to educate children of this city, well that just adds insult tx» injury! Fortunately, my four chil dren (who attend CIS!) schools) can continue to check out books with their library cards that is, at least until city council decides they should not be allowed tx) either, if they do not live in the city limits! Robin Toepperwein Seguin1(H) many chiefs in educational system Is anyone out there upset other than myself/ The June 26 article ‘'reachers pay raise would put (’ISI) deeper in the hole," states there are 80 administrators in the district. Would anyone please tell me and other taxpayers just Austin 78701 (512) 469-6034 Fax: (512) 469-6020 San Antonio office Daniel Mezza, regional director 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 (210) 224-7485 Fax: (210) 224-8569 U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith Room 2231 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D C. 20515 (202) 225-4236 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 (210) 821-5024 Governor Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711 (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 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. Guest columns should be less than 500 words. An address and telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included so authorship can be confirmed. No letter will be published until it has been 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: newsC^ what these people do? What are these administrators’job descriptions (responsibilities) and salaries? It seems tx) me that HO administrator positions is excessive to the ratio of students. I think taxpayers would be more understanding of (’ISI) if the Herald-Zeitung would acquire an organizational chart with job descriptions and salaries for each administrator. It is deplorable to pay $400 to $600 per month in taxes to live in your own home. Would anyone from the GISI) superintendent’s office like to respond?Earl Evans New Braunfels Fly U.S. flag; don’t wear it as clothing The flag of the United States is a proud symbol of our devotion to the freedomToday In History By The Associated Press Today is Friday, July ll, the 192nd day of 2003. 'Fhen* are 173 days left in the year. Today’s history highlight: On July ll, 1798, the U.S. Marine Corps was formally re-established by a congres-sional act that also created the U.S. Marine Band. In 1533, Pope Clement VII excommunicated England’s King Henry Xiii. In 1767, John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, was born in Braintree, Mass. In 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel near Wcehawken, N.J. In 1864, (Confederate forces led by Gen, Juba I Early began an abortive of our people. There are men and women today giving their lives for that flag and for what it stands for. The thought of using that flag or anything resembling it as clothing is a slap in the face to those devoted men and women. People, you do not use the flag to clothe your body or as a diaper, as I have seen it used. "Hie flag Is a symbol of our proud heritage and should be honored as such. We veterans did not put our lives on the line so some people can think they are proud Americans by misusing the flag for clothing, Go to the library, or go on the Internet, to find out the proper use of the flag. I’m sure you will learn something. Fly the flag proudly, the proper way.I A. Dolezal New Braunfels invasion of Washington D.C., turning back the next day. In 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt became the first chief executive to travel through the Panama Canal. In 1952, the Republican national convention, meeting in Chicago, nominated Dwight D. Eisenhower for president and Richard M. Nixon for vice president. In 1955, the U.S. Air Force Academy was dedicated at l»wry Air Base in Colorado. In 1977, the Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to the Rev, Martin Luther King Jr. In 1979, the abandoned U.S. space station ‘‘Skylab’’ made a spectacular return to Earth, burning up in the atmosphere and showering debris over the Indian Ocean and Australia.It’s time to restore services to Iraqi people Some folks used to believe the Bible’s Garden of Eden was located near the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in the heart of what today we call Iraq. If it was ever there, it has been long gone. Right now, the temperature in Iraq is in triple digits. If the wind blows at all, ii blows hot like a blast furnace. Electricity and air conditioners go on and off. The water goes on and off . The flies are out. The sewage stinks. American youth who thought the “road home” led through Baghdad have discovered Baghdad is going to Im* their home bathe foreseeable future. They aren’t happy. Neither are Iraqi people. They suffer from the same heat, the same aggravating lack of reliable services, hut they also suffer from having no jobs and, for many, no future prospects. Their infrastructure is in lousy Charley Reese shape. Their srtiools are in lousy shape. Their hospitals are iii lousy shajM.*. They are living under foreign occupation They have no idea when, or if, they will get to govern themselves. Their streets are no longer safe. The euphoria of getting rid of a dictator is dissipating fast. Americans never were greeted by dane mg in the streets, as the most prowar of the neoconservatives predicted. Saddam’s brutality was exagger ated, at least in its scope, for war propaganda purposes. He never killed as many Iraqis as Amen can warmongers claimed. If he had, the country would he depopulated, and it s a strange kind of dictatorship when practically every Iraqi had a gun. There were 40 gun stores in Baghdad. I l>et that’s about 40 more than there are in Washington, D C. Fin not trying to paint Saddam as a libertarian I’m just pointing out that if you kept your mouth shut, you could pretty much go about your business. More important, in the meantime, Saddam — despite terrible sanctions fed the people; he kept electricity and telephones operative; he provided security for the people; and lie had si communications system. The unfortunate truth is that, since occupying Baghdad, we have done a worse job in all of those areas than Saddam. Our ineptness is in danger of “rehabilitating’ Saddam in t he eyes of many Iraqis. We are proving to be worse at governing than he was, and if we show too much brutality in putting down resistance, we will even erode our moral advantage. Rex-ently, an American Army vehicle ran over a 10-year-old boy. It didnt stop. That did not sit well with Iraqis who saw it happen. I hope it was the case that the soldiers didn’t realize they had hit him. A skinny 10-year-old wouldn’t make much of a hump to a heavy Army vehicle. But the Ixiy’s family thinks they knew. They think the American soldiers just didn’t care that they laid killed an iraqi child. 'Hus is the kind of incident that, under the right circumstances, can cause an explosion. The first intifada in the West Bank was started by an automobile accident involving a truck with a Jewish driver who hit some Palestinians — entirely unintentionally. Didn’t matter. Pent-up rage burst out. The question is, does our occupational government under the reign of Dad L, Paul Bremer of Baghdad realize it doesn’t have a lot of time to restore basic services to Iraqi people? I wish I had more confidence, but its rather a long time since I’ve met a high-ranking American official who wasn’t arrogant or a bureaucracy that didn’t move with the speed of molasses. We aren’t in a guerrilla war yet, and there is no reason to use the word "quagmire,” since we voluntarily stepped into this garden spot. If we don’t do it right and do it fast, even President Bush will wish he had never heard of Iraq. (Charley Keene in a syndicated columnist.) ;