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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 10, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Friday, June IO, 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 NM ’ HMH HMMM Our Opinion Play it safe when you’re in the water Last year, eight people drowned in water-related accidents in Comal County. Wed like to see that number significantly reduced this summer. T he hot and muggy Texas summers bring thousands of visitors to Comal County each summer to float our two scenic rivers or enjoy water recreation at Canyon Lake. For the most part, these excursions are enjoyable but uneventful outings. The river crowd spends hours floating down the Comal and Guadalupe rivers, soaking up rays of sunshine and enjoying the refreshingly cool water, while boating enthusiasts glide their crafts across the waters of Canyon Lake. No matter how many times you have floated a tube down a river, or taken your boat for a spin on a lake, you should never overlook the simple fact that every excursion involving water is dangerous. The tragic drowning death Sunday of a 32-year-old Houston mother serves as a haunting reminder of just how dangerous these outings can be. Not even a lifejacket could protect her from harm. We urge local residents and all our visitors alike to play it sale when they are in the water. Don’t drink and float, or drink and boat. Alcohol impairs your judgment, balance and coordination. Don’t overload your boat or go tubing or boating during or after a heavy rain. When those quick-hitting thunderstorms begin, get out of the water - fast. Last year, eight people drowned in water-related accidents in Comal County. Wed like to see that number significantly reduced this summer. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday, June IO, the 161st day of 2005. There are 204 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in I listory: On June IO, 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio. On this date: In 1801, the north African state of Tripoli declared war on the United States in a dispute over safe passage of merchant vessels through the Mediterranean. In 1940, Italy declared war on France and Britain: Canada declared war on Italy. In 1942, the Gestapo massacred 173 male residents of Lidice, Czechoslovakia, in retaliation for the killing of a Nazi official. In 1964, the Senate voted to limit further debate on a proposed civil rights bill, shutting off a filibuster by Southern states. In 1967, the Middle East War ended as Israel and Syria agreed to observe a United Nations-mediated cease-fire. LETTERS POLICY H Letters must be 250 words or less. HThe Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions. H Guest columns should be 500 words or less and must be accompanied by a photo. H Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be confirmed. Mail letters to: Letters to Editor do Herald-Zeitung RO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax them to: (830) 606-3413 e-mail them to: news@herald- Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland Editor and Publisher Doug Tonay Circulation Director Jeff Fowler Advertising Director Neice Bell Business Manager Valerie Shields News Editor David Rupkalvis MOFFET IS A WWIbHIS CWH/WINE DOWNING SIKET MBIOISAIW AREW GETTING All IMS...? ASIDE PKMW» WAH DISASSBetE' -mmem Mumm. Letters to the Editor Outraged that Humane Society killed a microchipped cat I am responding to your letter to the editor regarding the Humane Society. I am outraged by what happened to Ms. [Kristina] Fleming’s poor cat and the callous response she received from the assistant director at the Humane Society. Correct me if I am mistaken, but I believe city residents’ tax dollars pay their salaries. To whom are they held accountable? Ms. Fleming is clearly someone who loved her animal enough to (a) have it registered and licensed, and (b) have an expensive microchip implanted. Hello people — this could happen to any one of our pets. What is the point in having licensing and microchipping? Should we resign ourselves to the fact that if our pets escape, they will be killed? After all, our humane city employees don’t have to use the tools our tax dollars purchased for them to return lost pets. Are we going to allow these activities to continue on “our nickel”? Most everyone is aware of the incidents that occurred at the pound in San Antonio. Are those awful things happening here in New Braunfels? Betty Van Fossen New Braunfels Responsible employees should have their paychecks docked I extend my deepest sympathies to Ms. I Kristina) Fleming for the loss of her pet cat. I found the response given to her by the assistant director of the Humane Society quite concerning for several reasons. First of all, are these city employees so hardened by their jobs that they cannot see fit to at least try and attempt to reunite people with their lost pets? If so, perhaps they are in the wrong line of work. Secondly, I would like to know to whom these people are held accountable for their actions. Thirdly, as a businessperson, wouldn’t the actions surrounding the loss of Ms. Fleming’s cat be considered a loss of revenue for the City of New Braunfels? In order for a person to retrieve their pet from the Humane Society, isn’t there some sort of fine involved in the pet’s recovery? Should the decisions involving potential city revenue be placed in the hands of these people? I am sure that any citizen who would put forth the time, effort and money to have current vaccines, a city license and a microchip would also gladly have paid any financial remuneration to have their pet returned. Perhaps those responsible for the death of Ms. Fleming’s cat should have their wages docked for amount of the financial loss to the city. Maybe next time they will think to use the microchip scanner the city provided them with. Catherine Crislip New Braunfels When it comes to eating food, bigger meals are not better! It looks so delicious on television, that big huge plate of shrimp from Red Lobster, all 30 of them! “Eat Large at Wendy’s” is their slogan now with the “Beefasorous!” "What’s better than one pizza?” Papa John’s asks. “Two pizzas!” Taco Bell’s slogan is, “Eat Outside the Bun.” Chili’s, ll IDR What a Burger, Church’s Chicken, Dairy Queen, Burger King, Joe’s Crab Shack, Luby’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald’s, Pizza I hit, Sonic, Subway, and most of the restaurants you see on street corners in this country want you to eat more, lots more. What’s going on here? Bigger is better? Eating more is better? Give me a break! I ve been studying health and nutrition for over 20 years. I help people lose weight. I’m asking, “Do you know what marketers are doing? They are trying to convince you to buy something you don’t need in the first place. It’s a plot, a ruse, to manipulate you into spending and eating more.” You don’t need more food! We all know you’re wasting your money and ruining your health. Eating too much is a major problem in our society. Marketers know you don’t need all that food. That’s why they’re trying to entice you, making it look so good. Never clean your plate; ask for a doggie bag! So your weight problem is not all your fault. Marketers are sabotaging your diet! Where will it end? Kathy Thompson San Marcos HOWTO CONTACT 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 SAN MARCOS OFFICE: 111 E. San Antonio, Suite 205 San Marcos 78666 Telephone: (512) 392-2364 Fax: (512) 392-2834 GOVERNOR HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government H Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. 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) 627-3895 E-mail address: [email protected] STATE SENATE H Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 Fax: (210) 826-0571 E-mail address: jeff. Wentworth @senate.state.tx.usDeep Throat was a fictional device to jazz up book ANNCOULTER Ann Coulter is an attorney. author and a columnist for Universal Press Syndicate. My only regret is that Mark Felt did not rat out Nixon because he was ticked off about rapprochement with China or detente with the Soviets. Rather more prosaically, Felt leaked details of the Watergate investigation to The Washington Post only because he had lost a job promotion — making him the Richard Clarke of the Watergate era. This will come as small consolation to the Cambodians and Vietnamese tortured and slaughtered as a direct result of Nixon’s fall. Oh, well. At least we got a good movie and Jimmy Carter out of it. Still, it must pain liberals to be praising an FBI man who ordered illegal searches of their old pals in the Weather Underground in the early ’70s. For those searches, Felt was later prosecuted by the Carter administration. Ironically, only because of Watergate — which Felt helped instigate — could a nitwit like Jimmy Carter ever become president — a perch from which Carter pardoned draft dodgers and prosecuted Mark Felt. Also ironic is that Felt’s free-love, flower-girl daughter was estranged from her father for decades on account of her rejection of conventional bourgeois institutions like marriage. Now she is broke. She lives in a house bought for her by her father (evidently skirting the standard “as long as you live in my house you’ll live by my rules" lecture) and said she decided to reveal her father as Deep Throat to try to make some more money. At Felt’s trial, Nixon gave powerful testimony in Felt’s defense. He was convicted anyway. About six months later, Reagan pardoned Felt. Nixon sent Felt a bottle of champagne (which Nixon selected from his now-infamous “Wine List”) to celebrate his pardon with a note saying, “Justice ultimately prevails.” All this time, Nixon had suspicions about Felt being Deep Throat. Others may attribute Nixon’s kindness toward Felt to Nixon’s high principle and class. I prefipr to think of it as sadism. Of course, in Felt’s defense, he wasn’t Deep Throat. There was no Deep Throat. Now we know. As most people had generally assumed, the shadowy figure who made his first appearance in a late draft of “All the President’s Men” was a composite of several sources — among them, apparently, Mark Felt. But in telling the glorious story of “How The Washington Post Saved America,” it was more thrilling to portray Deep Throat as a single mysterious individual, spilling his guts to Bob Woodward. Now that Woodward and Felt are both claiming Felt was Deep Throat, the jig is up. The fictional Deep Throat knew things Felt could not possibly have known, such as the 18 I/2-minute gap on one of the White I louse tapes. Only six people knew about the gap when Woodward reported it. All of them worked at the White I louse. Felt not only didn’t work at the White I louse, but when the story broke, he didn’t even work at the FBI. Deep Throat was a smoker and heavy drinker, neither of which describes Felt. Woodward claimed he signaled Deep Throat by moving a red flag in a flowerpot to the back of his balcony and that Deep Throat signaled him by drawing the hands of a clock in Woodward’s New York Times. But in his 1993 book, “Deep Truth: The lives of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein,” Adrian I lavill did something it had occurred to no one else to do: He looked at Woodward’s old apartment! I lavill found that Woodward had a sixth-floor interior apartment that could not be seen from the street. Even from the back of the apartment complex, the balcony was too high for any flowerpot to be seen. So unless there was a “second flowerpot,” visible from a nearby grassy knoll, the red flag in the flowerpot story is ... well, full of red flags. In addition, newspapers were not delivered door-to-door in Woodward’s apartment building but were left in a stack in the lobby. Deep Throat could not have known which newspaper Woodward would pick up. We might have known all this before 1993 if America’s ever-vigilant watchdog media had been, say, half as skeptical of Bob Woodward’s claims as they were of Juanita Broaddrick’s. Woodward and Bernstein’s former literary agent, David Obst, has always said Deep Throat was a fictional device added to later drafts of “All the President’s Men" to spice it up (kind of like everything in a Michael Moore film). Obst scoffs at the notion that the No. 2 man at the FBI would have time to be skulking around parking lots spying for red flags on a reporter’s balcony. “Theres not a chance one person was Deep Throat,” he told The New York Times. ;