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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 26, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4 — Herald-Zettung — Tuesday, July 26, 2005 FORUM 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 Doug Toney Circulation Director Jeff Fowler Advertising Director Neice Bell Business Manager Valerie Shields News Editor David Rupkalvis Our Opinion Playing fair, trying to win a state title w hen the New Braunfels 11-year-old all-star team took the While competition is likely to ,    WW    Mill ii: ai 11 ii nm inc: get even tougher | fleld Frjday (he Ieam admjt. from this point ; tedly had a chip on its shotting, the New I der Braunfels ll-    One    year earlier, the same year-old all-star I team reached the sectional team could have I championship game without what it takes to I a *oss before being swept by I West Sugar [.and. Last week, continue its i „ 6 ,,    ,    ,    , , ,    . New Braunfels saw a dreaded march through repeat performance as possi-postseason play. I hie. After reaching the tide game, New Braunfels lost to West Sugar Land to force an “if" game. This time, the local youngsters refused to lose. Riding the pitching and hitting of Tanner Hill, New Braunfels coasted to the sectional tide and into the state tournament. Earlier this month, hundreds of children and dozens of teams from Comal County started postseason play. When the dust settled Friday, the only team from New Braunfels to make it to state was the 11-year-olds. During its postseason run, the team played with class that started at the top with coach Jeff Dees. The team played hard but played fair. The players didn t complain when things got tough; all of their games were decided on the field of play and they finished every game with a smile. Far too often parents, fans and others forget that these players are just children spending their summers on the baseball diamond. The game is supposed to be fun and these children kept it that way. With Friday’s victory, New Braunfels puts just its third-ever representative in the Little League state tournament. Good luck to the 11-year-olds in their quest for a state title. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, July 26, the 207th day of 2005. There are 158 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 26,1945, Winston Churchill resigned as Britain’s prime minister after his Conservatives were soundly defeated by the Labor Party. (Clement Attlee became the new prime minister.) On this date: In 1775, Benjamin f ranklin became Postmaster-General. In 1908, U.S. Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte issued an order creating an investigative agency that was a forerunner of the FBI. In 1947, President Truman signed the National Security Act, creating the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1952, Adlai E. Stevenson was nominated for president and John J. Sparkman vice president by the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. In 1952, Argentina’s first lady, Eva Peron, died in Buenos Aires at age 33. In 1971, Apollo 15 was launched from Cape Kennedy in Florida. 3 NBHS coaches worth recognition After spending 36 years teaching algebra at NBHS, and almost 20 years with some very successful tennis teams, I have read with dismay the news about all the changes in the coaches positions. Before some citizens think we have lost every good coach or other extracurricular director, I want GUESTCOLUMN Columnist should be united against enemies of the USA Molly Ivins did not quite get it correctly in her column (July 16). Her opinion was written before the column came out in the New York Times that vindicated Karl Rove and any illegal information given to any reporter that would require the removal of President Bush’s adviser. This sounds very much like what Kerry tried to do when he mentioned, oh so casually, that Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter was a lesbian and fair game as she entered the political arena. The line that was most revealing was the comment that if Karl Rove cannot be proved to have committed a crime, he should be fired! Wouldn’t that have been refreshing if the impeached President Clinton would have been held to the same high expectations when he lied before a grand jury and was convicted of perjury by a judge that was appointed by him in Arkansas. Ms. Ivins still hasn’t gotten over the fact that President Bush has been elected by the citizens of the United States, twice! The liberals and Democrats have been having a fit because they no longer can dictate what their desires are on the citizens. Ivins should remember that laws are for the protection of the people and not for the protection of the government. President Clinton did not protect the people when he called an attack on the TYvin Towers in 1993 as a problem for the courts and not what it really was — an attack by foreign terrorists; then the attack on our embassies in Africa and an attack on the USS Cole. If he would have been doing his job instead of taking polls for his Letter to the Editor to call your attention to three many-year veterans. Beth Bronk is just about the best band director in the state, and she has been around for quite a while. Phyllis Fowler is the best volleyball coach in the state. David Mueller came to the Unicorns in 1980 and promptly proceeded to send an endless stream of tennis stars to the state. He is the best. I notice the school board has finally gotten some BETTY CLIFFORD Betty Clifford is a New Braunfels resident. popularity, then some kind of program would have been put into action. Instead, it fell on the shoulders of a new president. It was nine months into his job that we had to begin the first building blocks of national defense. Sept. 11,2001, seems to have faded from the conscience of liberals as they give the terrorists reasons for the evil acts on the unprotected as somehow not their responsibility, but elected government’s. The media continues to call the terrorists in Iraq insurgents. My dictionary calls insurgents: “rebels, or one who rises in opposition to established authority.” The word terrorist is defined as one creating terror or causing terror, “an organized system of intimidation.” These people that bomb are not wanting to build a country. They kill only the unarmed and unprotected. If they actually fought as in previous wars, then their group would have a goal. Their goal is destruction and power by intimidation, like the dictator Saddam. The terrorists now are faced with the knowledge that this president will indeed protect the U.S. as he swore to when he took the oath of the office. Ms. Ivins should be united against the enemies of the country and not the people of the country. In case she isn’t sure of what country, I will spell it out — USA! common sense. They put Bob Rodriguez into the position of principal. Bob was my algebra student. He was the coach of the state championship soccer team. Please help him, students, teachers and parents, and he will be the best principal in a long time. Johnnie J. Hank New Braunfels minimum now to cornier IWW Iw WPilllPWI 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 Fox: (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 NOW TO CONTACT Texas Government ■ 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 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: (512) 463-0125 Fax: (512) 463-7794 E-mail address: [email protected] ■ Judith Zaffirini SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 12702Toepperwein Road #214 San Antonio 78233 Telephone: (210) 657-0095 Fax: (210) 657-0262Sacrifice freedom for security and end up with neither CHARLEYREESE Charley Reese is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. You can write to him at PO. Box 2446, Orlando, Fla. 32802. Should your personal life be an affair of state? That’s what divides libertarians and true conservatives from the modem Jacobins who falsely wear the label of “liberal” or “moderate.” The libertarian/true-conservative position is that your private and personal affairs are not the business of the state as long as you refrain from applying force or fraud against your fellow citizens. The Jacobin position is that your life belongs to the state and your personal interests may be sacrificed for the common good, which, of course, the Jacobins will define. The most recent example was the Supreme Court decision that the state may take your property not for any traditional public purpose, such as a school or road, but simply because the politicians want to hand it over to developers who will put more expensive buildings on it. The fact that a family may have worked a lifetime to acquire their home or small business, faithfully paid their taxes and obeyed the laws means nothing. To the Jacobin, the end always justifies the means. Jefferson Davis, one of America’s greatest statesmen, said after the Northern victory that a question settled by force will always arise again in another form and in another time. He was right. The same division that was present at the Constitutional Convention, that was argued almost continuously during the early days of the republic and that led to war between the North and South remains with us yet.That question is: Do you want a strong central government or a weak central government acting as an agent for sovereign states with clearly defined and limited powers? The North stood for the central government, the South for the confederation. Unfortunately, the manpower and industrial might decided the issue in favor of a centralized government. Just as several Confederate leaders predicted, this quickly evolved into empire and imperial wars. The next war was indeed a war for empire — the Spanish-American War — and was immediately followed by another war that put the lie to the claim of liberating people from Spain. That war was the Philippine Insurrection, in which we crushed those who wanted true independence. It was, by the way, far bloodier than the war against a very weak Spain. Every war since has been a clash of empires, including World War II. What Americans need to realize is that it is impossible to increase government power without decreasing individual liberty. Government power, after all, means coercing people into doing some things and into refraining from doing other things. Every law says to the citizen, “You must” or “You shall not.” Thus, liberty is lost incrementally, law by law by law. Dictatorships do not arise from dictators’ telling people what terrible things they plan to do; all dictatorial power is built on a promise of good things — safety, security, prosperity. Power rests either with the people or with the government; it cannot reside in both at the same time. Power is like electricity and is never still. It is always flowing in one direction or the other. Power is more seductive and addictive than cocaine. These are basic principles based on human nature and are as true today as they were in classical Rome. As a true conservative with a strong libertarian streak, I fear government more than terrorists and criminals. Random acts by random individuals with no army and no air force can be dealt with much more easily than actions by a government backed up by military and police power. In recent years, federal law enforcement has expanded to the point where there is now an equivalent of five military divisions armed and invested with the power to make arrests. The problem with freedom is that it is a two-sided coin. On one side is the liberty to make decisions; on the other is responsibility. I pray we have not reached the point where more Americans fear responsibility than love liberty. As many have said before, those willing to sacrifice freedom for security will end up with neither. ;