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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Friday, March 28, 2003 — Herald-ZeiTung — Page 7 AForum 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) 625-9144 Other views Fort Worth Star-Tblegram on Iraqi miscalculation: While it seems almost contradictory, war has rules — and one of the most important of them deals with the treatment of prisoners. Nothing angers an army — or a nation — more than the violation of that section of the Geneva Convention. On Sunday, the Arab satellite television network Al-Jazeera broadcast footage from Iraqi television of what was said to be captured American prisoners of war. Also broadcast was footage of bodies in uniform in an Iraqi morgue, also identified as Americans. Reports said that some of them appeared to have been shot in the forehead. Military leaders noted that such treatment of captives violates international law. They also noted that U.S. forces have taken many Iraqi prisoners — but that their photographs are not being paraded across the airwaves — and that they would not be. The coalition casualty lists grew longer Sunday as ground troops pressed on toward Baghdad, all indicating that, while the outcome of the war is not in doubt, there is much yet to be done and a price still to be paid. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Sunday that “there have to be tough days ahead. Wars are unpredictable. There are still a large number of the difficulties and things that can go wrong that are still ahead of us.” Asked whether casualties could be significant, Rumsfeld said simply: “How long is not knowable. How many casualties is not knowable. And that’s just the only honest thing anyone can say.” All but the most optimistic already knew that. But if Iraqi leaders hope that the pictures of captured and dead troops broadcast Sunday by Al-Jazeera will be psychologically damaging to the American forces and to the nation that sent them, they have made a tragic miscalculation. Today In History By The Associated Press Tbday is Friday, March 28, the 87th day of 2003. There are 278 days left in the year. Tbday’s history highlight: On March 28, 1969, the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 78, died in Washington. On this date: In 1834, the U.S. Senate voted to censure President Jackson for the removal of Policy 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. An address and telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included so authorship can be confirmed. 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] My idea of radical: Share your ideas on columnists federal deposits from the Bank of the United States. In 1854, during the Crimean War, Britain and France declared war on Russia. In 1898, the Supreme Court ruled that a child born in the United States to Chinese immigrants was a U.S. citizen. In 1939, the Spanish Civil War ended as Madrid fell to the forces of Francisco Franco. I couldn’t help but chuckle as I hung up the telephone. Laughing, I walked into the newsroom and announced my journalism career was now complete. For the first time in my professional life, I had been labeled a left-wing radical. The caller, of course, didn’t know me personally. She had never met me, and since I am relatively new to the community, there is certainly not enough history to determine with fairness where on the political spectrum my views fall. Purely and simply I had been stereotyped because of the newspaper’s choice of columnists — in particular, Charley Reese. In the past three weeks, I have had similar conversations with other readers. And those who follow the editorial page of the Herald-Zeitung have no doubt noticed the number of letters criticizing the opinions of Reese. First, it’s important to note that Reese has been one of the Herald- Write ’Em President George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, D.C. 20500 U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Dallas Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224-0776 8023 Vantage Drive, Suite 460 San Antonio, TX 78230 (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349-6753 John Comyn Senate Russell Courtyard 5 Washington 20510 Tel: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Gary E. Maitland Zeitung’s regular columnists for a couple of years. His appearance on the editorial page has nothing to do with my taking over the helm of the newsroom. He was entrenched before I came. But I must tell you, I’m as surprised by the strength of some of Reese’s recent columns as those readers who are calling and writing. I first met Reese more than a decade ago while living and working in Winter Haven, Fla. He was a staff columnist for the Orlando Sentinel who was peddling his syndicated column. He seemed like a good fit — a conservative voice for a community heavily populated by retirees. Over the years I worked in Winter Haven, I talked frequently with Reese — occasionally over lunch. His column was popular and always seemed to fold comfortably into the conservative mold. But there always was a very strong anti-Israel bent. I can honestly say the tone of Reese’s columns seems much different today. Obviously, many of our readers feel the same way. I believe that a newspaper has an obligation to present a diversity of opinions to readers. But I’m also open to suggestions about how to improve the lineup of those columnists. So if you have a favorite columnist you would want us to consider, let me know. You can send me an e-mail at [email protected], or call me at 625-9144, ext. 220. But please, no more left-wing labels. They just don’t suit me. (Gary E. Maitland is managing editor of the Herald-Zeitung.) (All e-mails are sent through the Web site) Austin office Jennifer Lustina, state director Beth Cubriei, field director 221 West Sixth St, Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Office: (512) 469-6034 Fax:    (512)469-6020 San Antonio office Daniel Mezza, regional director 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Office: (210)224-7485 Fax. (210)224-8569 U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio Room 2231 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-4236 1100 NE Loop 410, e-mail address. Suite 640 cartercasteel @ house, state. tx. us San Antonio, TX 78209 Texas State Senator (210) 821-5024 Jeff Wentworth, Governor R-San Antonio Rick Perry 1250 NE Loop 410, State Capitol, Room 2S 1 Suite 720 P.O. Box 12428 San Antonio, TX 78209 Austin, TX 78711 (210) 826-7800 (800) 843-5789 Fax: (210) 826-0571 Fax: (512)463-1849 How to contact in Austin: Texas State Representative (512) 463-0125 Cartel Casteel, Fax: (512) 463-7794 R-New Braunfels E-mail address: District office: jeff Wentworth @ senate state tx us 254 E. Mill Street Judith Zaffirini New Braunfels 78130 D-Laredo (830) 627-8820 PO. Box 627 Fax. (830) 627-8895 Laredo, TX 78042-0627 How to contact in Austin: (956) 722-2293 P.O. Box 2910 12702 Toepperwein Rd #214 Austin 78768-2190 San Antonio, TX 78233 (512) 463-0325 (210) 657-0095 Fax: (512) 473-9920 Fax: (210) 657-0262 War diverting attention from domestic issues AUSTIN — There was Donald Rumsfeld on Sunday morning repeatedly warning the Iraqis that prisoners of war are protected by the Geneva Convention and showing pictures of POWs is wrong. That would be the same Donald Rumsfeld who refused to classify the POWs at Gitmo in Cuba as POWs, instead calling them “detainees” and “military combatants.” The administration initially prepared to claim Al Qaida fighters were not covered by the Geneva Convention, until the military pointed out that what goes around, comes around. We displayed pictures of our prisoners wearing black hoods, in chains and housed in outdoor, chain-link kennels. If the Republican Guard surrenders, will right-wing rkdio talk jocks who have never been near a war refer to them as “hummus-eating surrender monkeys”? Meanwhile, back at the ranch ... You need to keep an eye on the back pa^es of the newspapers and the brief recaps that follow, “And in other news today ...” There is stuff flying under the radar you would not believe. . For one thing, both the House and the Senate have passed George W. Bush’s budget, including the Molly Ivins second round of tax cuts — $726 billion, 50 percent of it going to the richest I percent of the people in this country. In the Senate, Democrats managed to repeal $100 billion of the tax cut in order to pay for the current war, but Sen. Bill Frist, Republican majority leader, says he plans to go back and take even that out of the bill. Had it not been for war, this budget would have been the subject of a huge national debate. This enormous tax cut will provide a break of $256 a year to the average working family. Almost • half of all taxpayers will get less than $100. But someone making a million dollars a year will cut a cut of $92,000. This is iniquitous. It is wicked. It is unfair. This budget does three stupid and mean things simultaneously: It cuts taxes for the richest Americans during a national crisis, cuts domestic spending that people’s fives depend on, and completely ignores the cost of both war and reconstruction. Under this budget, almost all discretionary domestic programs, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, are subject to cuts or restraints. “Discretionary spending” is such a cold, meaningless term. There is so much pain behind it, you can hardly begin to imagine. Student loans, childcare, food stamps, school lunches, job training, veterans programs, and cash assistance for the elderly and disabled poor are all being cut. That means people’s fives will be cut up. Mothers who have struggled to get off welfare, barely making it on minimum-wage jobs, will lose childcare and be pushed back onto the rolls — with their eligibility to run out soon. Young people trying to acquire job skills will be pushed back onto the street. This plan is supposed to stimulate jobs and growth. It doesn’t. Analysis by the Economic Policy Institute shows paltry job growth this year, and the plan would actually increase job losses in the long run. Even by White House estimates, the plan would produce only 190,000 jobs this year for the more than 8 million people seeking work. Since March 2001, the economy has lost 2.5 million jobs. The House “stimulus” bill offers $114 billion in corporate tax concessions, mostly in the form of 30 percent in extra “depreciation” write-offs in each of the next three years. According to Citizens for Tax Justice, the changes will wipe out more than a fifth of otherwise expected corporate income tax payments over the next three years. The bill provides $8 in corporate tax cuts for every dollar allocated to help unemployed workers. Also under cover of war, the House passed a bankruptcy law that makes it harder for individual debtors to file for bankruptcy and easier for corporations to do so. The bill is full of ugly little details, including the House rejection of an amendment to give families owed child support a stronger claim on the assets of a delinquent former spouse than, say, Visa or MasterCard. Nope, corporations first, children last. It’s compassionate conservatism. In a vote that will come to haunt us all, the Senate killed a Democratic effort to remove tax cuts worth $1.2 trillion over IO years and allocate the savings to Social Security. Now here’s a nifty little item: Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, on the first day of the war, ordered the service chiefs to provide examples in which President Bush could cite national security to exempt the military from environmental laws. The administration has already asked Congress to ease laws governing endangered species, marine mammals and air and water quality in the name of military training. According to The Washington Post, Wolfowitz suggested the Pentagon reverse its “past constraint” against having the president invoke the national security exemptions wntten into some environmental laws. Interesting: National security includes more pollution? Meanwhile, the Israel defense minister has announced he wants to push a security fence deeper into the West Bank, bringing another 40,(XX) Jewish settlers and around 3,000 Palestinians to the Israeli side. Can you say, “Land grab’?” (Molly foins is a syndicated columnist.) ;