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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas 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 Gerard MacCrossan Editor and Publisher Doug Toney Circulation Director Jeff Fowler Advertising/Marketing Director Chuck Evers Business Manager Valerie Shields News Editor Keri Kirby Other viewpoints More CHIP funds better for state’s health in long run With time running out on the 80th Legislature, Texas lawmakers made a sensible decision Thursday to put up an extra $90 million for the Children’s I lealth Insurance Program, the state’s low-cost health insurance for children of the working poor. Without the additional funding, the alarming trend that has seen Cd IIP enrollment plummet in the past few years, would be certain to continue. Lawmakers indicated that the state’s children are a high priority with the Senate following the I louse’s lead to approve measures to streamline the Cl HP enrollment system. The decision to allow children to be enrolled annually instead of every six months anti loosening of the assets test for qualification will increase the number of children found eligible for CHIP *** Immigration deal is remarkable display of bipartisanship in D.C. The announcement Thursday that the White I louse and the Democratic Majority in Congress have come to agreement over an immigration plan is a major breakthrough for United States government. Not everyone will agree with the immigration plan. Some will say that it gives amnesty to illegal immigrants, while others will argue that those who come here wanting to work deserve an opportunity to live the American Dream. Border enforcement has been a major bone of contention between the White I louse and Congress. President Bush has pushed for granting legal status to millions of immigrants. I bs fellow Texas Republican, Sen. John Cornyn, has expressed reservations about the plan. I lowever, you see the plan, there is no doubt that immigration reform is needed. The economy in Texas and other stales is dependent on an immigrant workforce. Low unemployment has employers in the state accepting workers who have crossed the border illegally. The emphasis that appears to be placed on granting guest visas to immigrant workers with certain skills appears to be good in principle. The punitive fines and requirement that heads of families return home to apply for residency would grant legal status to immigrants who have shown a desire to work and enter legally. This legislation needs to be given a chance to tackle the problems with immigration. Afteryears of discussion, there is no better plan on the table. Letter to the Editor Bradshaw, his family need to know America is proud of him To the editor: As a native of New Braunfels I read with heavy heart your front page story on the funeral of Cpl. Anthony M. Bradshaw. The life of this honorable and brave young man brings home, literally, how lucky we are to have men and women in our military who are willing to defend and bear the ultimate cost for the cause of democracy and freedom. Freedom isn’t free, its true, but tile cost often seem unbearable. A mere “thank you’’ doesn’t seem enough but I urge cill of us to tell every service man and woman that you see or know, “Thank you for your service and sacrifice.” I hope Cpl. Bradshaw family knows how proud we are of him and I hope sometime during his recent visit home, an average citizen went up and told him “thankyou.” Although nothing can take away the loss and grief his family feels right now, I hope they can find some comfort in knowing that all of us appreciate their brave son’s sacrifice and will never forget him. Heaven was made for people like him and we know he is at peace with many other good people who have>gone on ahead. When an opportunity comes again to attend the funeral of one of our soldiers, and sadly, it will, I hope that the citizens of New Braunfels, not only our veterans but all grateful citizens, will join in paying their most somber but necessary respects. To Cpl. Tony Bradshaw’s family, and I speak for countless American citizens that you will never know, a humble, “thank you." We are so proud of him cmd of you for raising and nuturing such a wonderfiil and honorable young man. May God bless you. Melissa Ludwig, New Braunfels and Phoenix, Ariz. I & 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. Today in History 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- By The Associated Press Today is Friday, May 18, the 138th day of2007. There are 227 days left in the year. Today’s I lighlight in I listory: On May 18,1896, the U.S. Supreme Court endorsed “separate but equal" racial segregation with its Plessy v. Ferguson decision, a ruling that was overturned 58 years later by Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. On this date: In 1642, the Canadian city of Montreal was founded. In 1804, the f rench Senate proclaimed Napoleon Bonaparte emperor. In 1920, Pope John Paul II was born Karol Wojtyla in Wadovvice, Poland. In 1926, evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished while visiting a beach in Venice, Calif.; she reappeared more than a month later, claiming to have been kidnapped. In 1927, a schoolhouse in Bath, Mich., was blown up with explosives planted by local farmer Andrew Kehoe, who then set off a dynamiteladen automobile; the attacks killed 38 children and six adults, including Kehoe, who had earlier killed his wife. In 1933, the Tennessee Valley Authority was created. In 1953, Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier as she piloted a North American F-86 Canadair over Rogers Dry Lake, Calif. In 1967, Tennessee Gov. Buford Ellington signed a measure repealing the law against teaching evolution that was used to prosecute John T. Scopes in 1925. In 1980, the Mount St. I lelens volcano in Washington state exploded, leaving 57 people dead or missing. In 1982, a jury in New York City convicted the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder and leader of the Unification Church, of tax evasion and conspiracy. (Moon served 13 months in prison.) Ten years ago: President Clinton announced creation of a research center at the National Institutes of Health devoted to the goal of developing an AIDS vaccine within the next decade. The 50th Cannes Film Festival awarded Golden Palms to Japanese director Shohei Imamura for “The Eel” and Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami for “The Taste of Cherry.” Five years ago: India and Pakistan exchanged fire across their shared border, renewing fears the countries were on the brink of nuclear war over the Himalayan region of Kashmir. War Emblem won the Preakness Stakes, setting up a shot at the Triple Crown. (However, War Emblem came up short at the Belmont Stakes, which was won by long shot Sarava.) Defeatist Democrats boost enemies’ morale Supposed leaders — such as Senate Majority leader Harry Reid — declare that the war is lost. Thus, we have a video from Al Qaeda’s No. 2 nut, Ayman al-Zawahiri, rejoicing. We’ve got them now, al-Zawahiri figures. And I’d think the same if I were a jihadist. Maybe we can chalk this Democratic rhetoric up to the partisan ways of Beltway. But what happens in the Beltway doesn’t stay there. And when we’re dealing with war, irresponsible rhetoric KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ Kathryn Lopez is the editor of National Review Online ( She can be contacted at klopez(“> isn t chiefly a breach of domestic politeness — it’s a slap in the face to our troops abroad and a morale boost for their foes on the battlefield. The war critics’ attitude has been all wrong since the so-called surge began. The critics on left and right alike have refused to give the surge a chance, including prominent Democrats who initially supported the war and a Democratic Senate that unanimously approved Army Gen. David IL Petraeus to go to Iraq, declaring his efforts a failure while he was just getting started. True leaders might have considered — instead of shooting their military in the collective foot and giving moral support to the enemy — taking a deep breath and realizing that the brave sacrifices of Americans, Iraqis and our allies have earned Petraeus and his forces a chance to succeed. The last few weeks didn’t have to be like this and the summer months don’t need to follow the same pattern, building toward another showdown between Congress and the president in September. If the leaders on the Democratic side had been adult about it — instead of throwing tantrums, cheered on by the antiwar leftwing Internet — they could have might have tried something like this: “Mr. President, we don’t like what we’re seeing in Iraq, and neither do the American. We know you can’t either, but we owe it to those who have already sacrificed to give Petraeus our confidence.” And he has it. But we also can’t stay in Iraq indefinitely and we can’t continue to lose American lives. Knowing that our enemy will only be re-energized by an immediate exit, we must send a united signal to our friends in Iraq that although we want to help to make their new country work, we are not colonial rulers and we cannot be there forever. Let’s set some benchmarks — help them in the chaos of their new government to set some goals. We’re their friend and mentor but not their nation builder, which we think you agree with us on. Mr. President, we live in dangerous times. Mistakes have been made but — unified and responsible — we can avoid making fatal ones now. The war in Iraq has not been a grand success, to say the least. We can all agree on that. Americans don’t like to lose. We can agree on that, too. Now let’s go from there and try to come to a reasonable compromise that won t leave the legacy of our fallen and the Iraqi people high and dry. Had Democratic leaders in Congress taken that approach, they would have proven themselves statesmen. Instead, I fear, the majority party in Congress may be leading us to greater dangers we could have avoided. HOW 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 2409 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 21C San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 271-2851 Fax: (210) 277-6671 HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government GOVERNOR ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 STATE HOUSE ■ NATHAN MACIAS 1100 Congress Ave., Rm. E2.704 Austin TX 78701 Telephone: (512) 463-0325 E-mail address: [email protected] STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 925 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: 888-824-6984 E-mail address: jeff. Wentworth @senate.state.tx.u ■ Judith Zaffirini P.O. Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 12702Toepperwein Road #2T San Antonio 78233 Telephone: (210) 657-0095 Fax: (210) 657-0262 NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL 424 S. Casten Ave. RO. Box 311747, New Braunfels, TX 78131-17' ■ Mayor Bruce Boyer bboyer @ Telephone: (830) 221-4507 ■ DlST. 1 COUNCILWOMAI Richard Zapata [email protected] Telephone: (830) 221-4501 ■ DlST. 2 COUNCILWOMA Mark Goodner [email protected] Telephone: (830) 221-4502 ■ DlST. 3 COUNCILWOMA Gale Pospisil [email protected] Telephone: (830) 629-2447 ■ Dist. 4 Councilman Pat Wiggins [email protected] Telephone: (830) 221-4504 ■ Dist. 6 Councilman Kathleen Krueger [email protected] Telephone: (830) 221-450E ■ Dist. 6 Councilman Vacant ;