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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 29, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Tuesday, July 29, 2003 — HERALD-ZEITUNG — Page SAForum Contact Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland, 625-9144 ext. 220 New Braunfels Herald-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) 625-9144Editorial ‘Music Man’ a fine taste of local talent Do yourself a favor. Carve out three hours of your busy schedule, and attend one of the final four performances of‘The Music Man” at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. Tickets are $10 for children IO and under and $12 for adults. Call 627-0808 for information. If you have never experienced local theater, you need to do so. “The Music Man” is a fun-filled introduction to the wealth of musical talent we have in Comal County. You’ll be amazed at the stage presence of dozens of youngsters, as well as the main and supporting adult characters. These committed adults and children who spent months rehearsing and preparing for the three-week run of this musical are reason enough to support the endeavor. But there’s another compelling argument — to show this community's appreciation to Anne and Charles Hair. Here’s a story you may not know about “The Music Man.” Six weeks into rehearsal, the original producer left the theater and the cast in a lurch. Rather than postpone the play, the Hairs stepped up and agreed to direct the show. The community owes the couple its gratitude. Without their unselfish commitment, this production would not have hit the stage. You can show your appreciation best by going to see the play. More than 2,600 tickets must he sold to pay for the production. It would be nice to see the theater packed this weekend for every performance.Contact ’Em City Council Ken Valentine Mayor 625-7384, home Adam Cork [email protected] 608-2100, city hall Comal County Judge 609-1958, home Danny School mayor® 620-5501 Fax: 608-2026 District 1 Precinct 1 Commissioner Sonia Muftoz-Gill Jack Dawson 608-2100 620-5504 District 2 (830) 899-2948, home Larry Alexander Precinct 2 Commissioner 609-1242, home Jay Minikin District 3 620-5509 Gale Pospisi! (210)651-9672, home 625-6997, work Precinct 3 Commissioner District 4 Cristina Zamora Valerie Hull 620-5503 (210) 533-1250, work 606-9208, home District 5 Precinct 4 Commissioner Lee Rodriguez Jan Kennady 629-4901, work 620-5508 District 6 (830) 625-6739, home Policy The Herald-Zejtung 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: [email protected] Texans deserve a new redistricting plan Making the case for redistricting is easy. The current districts do not provide competitive races and, by virtue of that, the average Texas citizen is getting the shaft. That includes the minority populations. As background, we should remember following the last census, Texas received two additional Congressional seats. The leadership of the state House abdicated their responsibility and failed to put forward a plan for reapportioning the congressional seats to add for those two new districts, forcing aWrite’Em President George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, IMW 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 Lusbna, state director Beth Cubriel, field director 221 West Sixth St, Suite 1530 Austin 78701 (512) 469-6034 Fax: (512) 469-6020 San Antonio office Daniel Mezza, regional director 600 Navarro, Suite 210Louis Martinez Guest Column reluctant federal panel of three judges to redistrict. The judges took the 1991 Democratic plan and worked to add the two new seats. Even with two new seats, Texas congressional districts are not competitive. One need only look at the 2002 congressional election and see no incumbents lost, nine of the seats went un- 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 Texas State Representative Carter Casteel District office 254 E. Mill St. New Braunfels 78130 (830) 627-8820 Fax: (830) 627-8895 How to contact in Austin P.O. Box 2910 Austin 78768-2190 (512) 463-0325 Fax: (512) 473-9920 e-mail address: carter.casteel @ house challenged by another major party candidate, and that even after adding two new seats, only three races were competitive. Citizens have little incentive to vote when races are noncompetitive and incumbents have such a tremendous advantage. Another important point of concern is to make sure that as the Hispanic population in Texas grows, the minority populations are represented in Congress. Currently, they are not represented proportionately with the population. Six of the 32 congressional representatives from TfexasToday In History By The Associated Press Tbday is Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2003. There are 155 days left in the year. Tbday’s highlight in history: On July 29, 1981, Britain’s Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The couple divorced in 1996. On this date: In 1030, the patron saint of Norway, King Olaf II, was killed in battle. In 1588, the English soundly defeated the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines. In 1890, artist Vincent van Gogh died of a selfinflicted gunshot wound in Auvers, France. In 1900, Italian King Humbert I was assassinated by an anarchist; he was succeeded by his son, Victor Emmanuel III. In 1914, transcontinental telephone service began with the first phone conversation between New York are Hispanic and two are Black. With redistricting, minorities can be all but assured additional seats in Congress. Whether we are Democrat or Republican, we cannot look at the current districts and rationally make the argument the lines are fairly drawn for competitive races. We should put partisan concerns behind us and push for a plan that will more accurately reflect the voting strength of Texas voters. (Louis Martinez lives in Corpus Christi.) and San Francisco. In 1948, Britain’s King George VI opened the Olympic Games in London. In 1958, President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which created NASA. In 1967, fire swept the USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tbnkin, killing 134 servicemen. In 1975, President Ford became the first U.S. president to visit the site of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland as he paid tribute to the victims. In 1980, a state funeral was held in Cairo, Egypt, for the deposed shah of Iran, who had died two days earlier at age 60. Ten years ago: The Israeli Supreme Court acquitted retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk of being Nazi death camp guard “Ivan the Terrible” and threw out his death sentence; Demjanjuk was set freeNorth Korea’s demands of US are reasonable Regardless of how bad a regime North Korea has, its demands of the United States are reasonable. They are four: one-on-one talks, a nonaggression treaty, economic aid and normal diplomatic relations. The Bush administration’s obstinate refusal to consider these could prove to be one of the deadliest blunders in the history of stupid diplomacy. First, talks are always cheaper than wars. Why shouldn’t the United States and North Korea hold one-on-one talks? There is no reason not to. We held one-on-one talks with the Soviet Union and with Communist China during the Cold War. Why not sign a nonaggression pact? It’s clear from the past 50 years, we have no intention of invading North Korea. After all, it has no oil. Bush’s refusal so far to consider signing such a pact sends a clear signal to North Korea that he might indeed be willing or even planning to attack North Korea.Charley Reese That would be a disaster. Somebody in the White House should sit the president down and explain to him that since he (I) included North Korea in his infamous axis of evil speech, (2) attacked one of those three countries and (3) has proclaimed a new policy of pre-emptive wars, North Korea’s fears are quite reasonable and rational. It is certainly in America’s national interests to allay those fears — unless, of course, Bush wants to go to war. North Korea is far more dangerous than Iraq. American casualties in a war with North Korea will be measured in tens of thousands, not in hundreds. It would be clear evidence of terminal stupidity to blunder into an unneces sary war with North Korea. Yet some serious people — including, most recently, the Russians — have warned we are in danger of drifting into war. As for economic aid, we’ve been handing that out to foreign countries — dictatorships included — for more than 50 years. There are even sound humanitarian reasons for economic aid to North Korea, but even if there weren’t, economic aid, like talk, is cheaper than war. We have likewise had normal diplomatic relations with regimes far worse than North Korea (Idi Amin’s genocidal government, for example). This prattle about not succumbing to blackmail is typical of the ideological blockheads in the Bush administration. It’s not blackmail. We want something from North Korea — an end to its nuclear-weapons program; North Korea wants something in return. A trade is not blackmail. Tile irony is that the North Korean regime is clearly doomed in the long run because of its eco nomic failures. Sound diplomacy on our part can make sure it goes out with a whimper and not with a nuclear bang. What worries me most about the Bush administration is it seems unable to recognize reality. The administration keeps insisting on multilateral talks, and Japan, China, Russia and South Korea keep saying to the United States, sit down with the North Koreans. In other words, our “allies” back the North Korean position on talks, not the Bush administration’s position. We already know an administration that perceived Iraq as a greater threat than North Korea has a lot of dim light bulbs to begin with. It is bad enough when any young American has to die for his or her country, but it would be an outrage for thousands of them to die because of political stupidity and stubbornness. A great and powerful nation does not lose face by acting in a conciliatory manner toward a small one. It is not weakness to avoid a useless war, especially when all North Korea wants is what we freely grant to practically all nations on the planet. So what if its leader is a nut case. He’s certainly not the only one. The president kind of reminds me of a deputy sheriff I knew once. He was arrogant and a bully, but one day he swaggered over to pick up a mental patient and got a knife in the belly. The fact that North Korea’s leader might not have all of his wires connected to the right terminals is a sound reason for dealing with him cautiously. It is never much consolation to the dead that they died on the “right” side. Since the president has ignored the wise counsel of the Founding Fathers and decided to be an imperial power, he’d better get use to dealing with nuts and less-than-pleasant national heads of state. They are probably in the majority. (Charley Reese is a syndicated columnist.) \ ;