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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 15, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitiing — Wednesday, June 15, 2005 FORUM Our Opinion We salute public safety employees We extend a hearty thank you to all the public safety j employees who I work hard to protect our communities. :• T uesday, the New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club named New Braunfels Police Capt. John Villarreal as this year’s recipient of its Ed Murphy “Lawman of the Year” Award. This is the second time Villarreal has received this prestigious honor, which has come to be regarded as this county’s top honor for those who wear die badge or uniform of a peace officer. There will be other similar awards in coming weeks that will recognize both law enforcement officers and firefighters for the work they do to protect us all. When New Braunfels attorney and former County Court-at-Law Judge Ron Zipp recognized Villarreal, he said a number of qualified candidates had been submitted for this year’s award — and that this community is lucky to have such law enforcement agencies with such officers. Zipp is right. We are lucky. Villarreal might dispute whether he deserves the Murphy Award a second time when so many others who deserve it haven’t seen it the first time — and there are officers in his patrol division he has nominated for the award who have yet to receive it. It’s the same for all the other agencies in the county — the sheriff’s office, Department of Public Safety, Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Public Safety. The names of honorable men and women working hard to protect our communities is long and their service commendable. For another year, a number of good, hardworking officers have been passed by. But for all of them, we extend a hearty thank you for their dedicated work. We also thank the Breakfast Lions, the Safe City Commission and the other groups that strive to let those public safety officials know that they are appreciated. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, June 15, the 166th day of 2005. There are 199 days left in the year. Today’s I lighlight in I listory: On June 15, 1215, England’s King John put his seal to Magna Carta (the Great Charter) at Run-nymede. On this date: In 1520, Pope Leo X threatened to excommunicate Martin Luther if he did not recant his religious beliefs. In 1775, the Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental Army. In 1844, Charles Goodyear received a patent for his process to strengthen rubber. In 1849, James Polk, the lith president of the United States, died in Nashville, Term. In 1864, Secretary ofWar Edwin M. Stanton signed an order establishing a military burial ground, which became Arlington National Cemetery. In 1904, more than a thousand people died when fire erupted aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York’s East River In 1944, American forces began their successful invasion of Saipan during World War II. Meanwhile, B-29 Superfortresses made their first raids on Japan. In 1978, King I lussein of Jordan married 26-year-old American Lisa Halaby, who became Queen Noon Herald-Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Carnal (Jaunty 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 Letters to the Editor Legislators should consider consolidating school boundaries We must all encourage state lawmakers to construct and pass an improved method of financing our education system. To provide a good system may require many. This must include eliminating. Texas has more independent school districts than it does counties. Years ago when the ISD system was started it was probably a sound idea. Is it still the best way today? With a world of improved technologies and automation, we should reconsider our ways of management. The boundaries of many of these districts are now overlapping each other. T hey continue operating under their own designated command structures and budgets, which strangles our individual homeowners with excessive property taxes. In most cases, the employees do not perform daily any of the following: Teach students, drive school buses, coach athletics or maintain school properties. In simple terms, they are not where die rubber meets the road. We have too many chiefs and not enough people to do die jobs of educating our students. From 1966 to 1968, the Texas Governors Committee on Public School Education (GCPSE) attempted to redraw the school boundaries. I lowever, our legislators have failed to take any positive actions on this matter. Let’s encourage our legislators to seriously consider this consolidation of the school boundaries into school systems run by the individual counties. With this consolidation, we could make more improvements in our schools and improve the salaries of the people who actually teach our students, as well as bus drivers and maintenance personnel. Roland Ward New Braunfels Why is ‘Emperor’ DeLa/s advice not considered interference? The sentence that introduced one of the letters to the editor (June 12) raised a number of questions for me. It read: "Sen. I lutchison should keep her nose out of Texas politics.” As a voter, who is essentially a moderate and a native Texan, I lived for a number of years in another state, but never lost my interest in or concern for my beloved home state. Therefore, I am wondering if it is not possible for Sen. (Kay Bailey] Hutchison to be concerned for the welfare of her native state and still do her job in Washington? I’m also wondering why this would necessarily mean that she is an “empress?” If offering opinions on what state government is doing makes her an “empress,” does it follow that Tom Delay is an “emperor” because he was quite extremely interested in redistricting here in Texas? His “sage advice” surely seemed to get the job done. Gov. (Rick] Perry actually seemed to welcome his "interest." As to a special session, as a Texan who is hoping for a remedy for our education problems, I’m anxious for Gov. Perry and all others involved to seek all the assistance and advice they can get, whether it’s from Sen. I lutchison, Tom Delay or a higher power. They need all the help they can get. Ella Chapman Dunn New Braunfels Surely boys’ bare legs are no more distracting than girls’ legs The new dress code for NBISD seems to be reasonable, but I have one question. As reported in the paper, the dress code says that boys in grades seven through 12 may not wear shorts. Please reassure your readers that the policy also applies to girls. Surely NBISD would not allow young women to wear shorts while requiring young men to wear long pants in the Texas heat. Obviously, boys’ bare legs are not more distracting to the educational process than girls’ bare legs. No school district would be that gender-biased ... right? Robert Strange New Braunfels 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. NOW TO 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 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- Texas Government yyagiBBHai miiiiiiillmi ■ 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: carter.casteel@ STATE SENATE ■ 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.usIllegal immigration is a political, social, medical issue CALTHOMAS CmI Thomas is a columnist for Tribune Media Services International. He hosts “After Hours" on Fox Neuts Channel Saturdays at ll pm. 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 If anyone needs another reason to oppose illegal immigration, to which the Bush Administration continues to turn a blind eye, how about the spread of a deadly communicable disease? According to an essay in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a form of tuberculosis that has shown itself resistant to several drugs has invaded California and is present primarily in the state’s “foreign-bom” population, a politically correct euphemism for illegal aliens. Dr. Reuben Granich, a lead investigator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, writes that treatment for multidrug-resistant TB, called MDR-TB, is expensive, costing between $200,000 and $1.2 million per person over a period of 18 to 24 months. The CDC’s Web page says TB was in decline in the United States, but that it increased between 1985 and 1992. Nearly 15,000 cases of I B were diagnosed last year, with California reporting the largest number of cases. Although the total number of TB cases has declined in recent years, the study says the drug-resistant cases “did not significantly change over the study period,” causing concern among medical professionals. The official administration position is that America welcomes the “foreign born" into this country, even those who have broken our laws to get here. We give their children free education supplied by law-abiding taxpayers and we give them free medical care at our hospitals, which is subsidized by legal residents through rising prices for health insurance and increased hospital costs (or the closing of hospitals, as is occurring in California). Granich, who works for a federal agency and might be expected not to disagree with the Bush Administration’s line on illegal immigrants, cannot tiptoe around the obvious. I Ie writes that those illegals found to have drug-resistant TB were mostly (84 percent) “foreign bom” and were twice as likely to transmit the disease to others. The study did not characterize the “for eign born” patients as illegal aliens, but what other conclusion is to be reached when the study specifies that most of them came from Mexico or the Philippines and were in the U.S. less titan five years when their infection was discovered? In 1993,29 percent of TB cases in the U.S. were diagnosed among the “foreign born.” Last year that figure had risen to 53 percent. The disease isn’t coming by wire transfer, but by human carriers coming across our borders. Granich says the presence of this highly communicable disease, which is transmitted through the air mainly by coughing and sneezing, does not warrant the closing of the borders. If the threat of terrorism and a contagious disease like TB is not sufficient to get the government to stop harassing native-born Americans at airports and begin concentrating on shutting down the flow of illegal aliens across our borders, what is? Do politicians so crave the votes of people who break our laws and the approval of Mexican President Vicente Fox that they are willing to jeopardize the health and welfare of the legally residing citizens of this country? More of us seem interested in seeing that the laws are obeyed, even if government officials who are sworn to enforce them will not. In addition to the recent efforts by members of the “Minutemen Project,” who stationed themselves aion; the Arizona-Mexico border and reduced the flow of illegals to a trickle, the police chief of New Ipswich, N.I I., has come up with a novel idea. W. Garrett Chamberlain, 36, is arrestin illegal Mexican aliens on charges of trespassing. Chamberlain told The Washing ton Post, “I’m just saying: Wait a minute We’re on heightened alert and it’s post-9/11, and I’m going to let an illegal immi grant who I don’t know from Adam just walk away?... If I find you are in my country illegally, I’m not going to worry about political correctness. I will detain you.” Let’s put Chief Chamberlain in charge of the Department of Homeland Securit Illegal immigration is a political, soda and medical issue that could come back to bite Republicans in the 2006 elections and in 2008 if they don’t get a grip on it. ;