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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 22, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Other Viewpoints The Anniston (Ala.) Star, on Congress-Medicare: A closer look... makes one wonder if this new plan represents the voice of moderation, or if the forces opposed to Medicare in its traditional form have just found another way to undermine the system. As we have pointed out before, putting a lid on how much will be spent on drug benefits without serious cost control measures will mean, later on, that the system could be declared insolvent and forced to cut benefits or raise taxes — neither very popular choices. And while conservatives go on and on about letting the market place have a bigger role in determining costs, seniors are skeptical. Studies show that an unregulated market would make drugs more expensive in some areas of the country and less expensive in others, making where you live an important criteria for getting health care at a reasonable price.... ... Our senior citizens need a comprehensive drug benefit package. One that provides both coverage and cost containment. This isn’t it — not yet. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Nov. 22, the 326th day of 2003. There are 39 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 22,1963, President Kennedy was shot to death while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. Texas Gov. John B. Connally, in the same limousine as Kennedy, was seriously wounded. Lee Harvey Oswald, suspected of assassinating the president, was arrested. On this date: In 1718, English pirate Edward Teach — better known as "Blackboard" — was killed during a battle off the Virginia coast. In 1890, French President Charles de Gaulle was born in Lille, France. In 1906, the SOS distress signal was adopted at the International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin.    ✓ In 1928, “Bolero” by Maurice Ravel made its debut in Paris. In 1943, President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek met in Cairo to discuss measures for defeating Japan. In 1943, lyricist Lorenz I lart died in New York at age 48. In 1975, Juan Carlos was proclaimed King of Spain. In 1977, regular passenger service between New York and Europe on the supersonic Concorde began on a trial basis. In 1980, death claimed actress Mae West at her Hollywood residence at age 87. Limits POLICY ■ Letters must be 250 words or fewer. ■ The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions. ■ Guest columns should be less than 500 words and must be accompanied by a photo. ■ Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be confirmed. Mail letters to: Letters to Editor c/o Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131 1328 Herald-Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Carmi County since 1852. New Braunfels ZeitungVas founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890. The two papers merged in 1957and printed in both German and English until 1958 mm MMM Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland News Editor Brady Craal Features Editor Brian Grant Editor and Publisher Doug Tonuy Circulation Director Craig Pauling Advertising Director Courtney Abernathy Business Manager ______ Heather Grant minimum United States Government GUESTCOLUMN Parents should work together with principal for better school Fax thorn to: (830) 606-3413 e-mail them to: news@herald- There have been several letters and an article about Mr. (Rickeyl Williams in the Herald-Zeitung, and I believe the majority of them have been unfair. I did not attend the sophomore parents meeting because I did not receive any notification of it (the U.S. mail’s fault). However, I did read the article in the paper about the first meeting Mr. Williams had with parents. I found the article to be very negatively slanted against the principal and his policies. If I were him, I would have taken it personally and been on the defensive at the next meeting. Academics should be first in our school, not extracurricular activities. As parents, we should support Mr. Williams’ attempts to strengthen our students’ brains and our school’s academic reputation. Mr. [Doug] Toney also raised some good points in his editorial. I spoke with friends who attended the meeting and agree that the behavior of several of the parents at the meetings was shameful. Again, no wonder Mr. Williams is on the defensive. Personal attacks have no place in public meetings. As the late Fred Astaire observed, “The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.” As for the "penitentiary atmosphere” at the high school, that is rubbish. Yes, the rules are tougher this year. Construction issues caused the rules to be looser for the last couple of years. So now our students have to be on time, stay at their desks during class time, not act irresponsibly when changing classes, and follow the rules of the school as set down by the boss (principal). Hmm. Any job I’ve ever had required me LAURIETIIRRJLM Laurie Heman is a New Braunfels resident. to do these things. . I’m sure the band directors, ROTC officers, football coaches, etc., would tell you that success required discipline. Now all of our students can benefit from this type of discipline. As for Mr. Toney’s assertion that Mr. Williams should ask us to give him another chance, I again say rubbish. We should ask him to give us another chance. I also think that any teacher who complains of the school’s policies to his/her students should be reprimanded. The only thing I've heard from teacher friends is about how nice it is to have the halls empty during class time, and all of the students present so that they can learn without distraction. As for "if it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” only three students from our large high school received National Merit recognition this year. Something needs to be done to help our. students do better academically. I encourage all parents who support Mr. Williams’ efforts to improve our school to tell him so. Hearing nothing but criticism all of the time is not good for anyone. I also encourage parents who have suggestions or complaints to voice them respectfully and properly. We all-need to work together to make NBHS a better place for our students. 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: 8023 Vantage Drive, Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 Telephone: (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349-6753 ■ John Cornyn Russell Senate Courtyard 5 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 2231 Washington, DC. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-4236 Fax: (202) 225-8628 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: HOO NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 .Telephone: (210) 821-5024 Fax: (210) 821-5947 Texas Govarnmant , GOVERNOR ■ 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) 627-8895 WHILE IN AUSTIN: PO. Box 2910 Austin 78768-2190 Telephone: (512) 463-0325 Fax: (512) 473-9920 E-mail address: STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 Fax: (210) 826-0571 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: (512) 463-0125 Fax: (512) 463-7794 E-mall address: jeffwentworthSsenate.state.tx.usSurprise: Dems turn to family deaths, Jewish ancestry ANNCOULTER Ann Coulter is an attorney, author and a columnist for Universal Press Syndicate. With economic growth and name recognition of the average Democratic presidential candidate both running at about 7 percent, the Democrats are in trouble. Unable to rouse more than the Saddam-supporting left with their kooky foreign policy ideas, the Democrats had been counting on a lousy economy. It turns out that, given a choice between “shock and awe” and "run and hide,” the American people prefer the former. Now that the Bush tax cuts have already started to kick in and boost the economy, it was beginning to look as if the Treason Lobby would have nothing to run on. But the Democrats have discovered a surprise campaign issue: It turns out that several of them have had a death in the family. Not only that, but many Democrats have cracker-barrel humble origins stories and a Jew or lesbian in the family. Dick Gephardt’s campaign platform is that his father was a milkman, his son almost died, and his daughter is a lesbian. Vote for me! So don’t say the Democrats aren’t the party of ideas. As they keep reminding us, their ideas are just too darn complex to fit on a bumper sticker. Consequently, the Democrats can’t tell us their ideas until after the election. Instead, their version of a political campaign is to stage a “Queen for a Day” extravaganza — which has special resonance in the case of the Democrats. Al Gore famously inaugurated the family tragedy routine at the 1992 Democratic National Convention, where his idea of an inspiring political speech was to recount the story of his son being hit by a car. At the 1996 convention, Gore told a tear-jerker about his sister’s long, painful death from lung cancer. It got to the point that Gore’s family members had to fear any more runs for higher office. In the current campaign, Gephardt has taken to spinning out a long, pitiful tale of his son’s near-death three decades ago. lf a lingering family medical tragedy is the main qualification for becoming a Democratic presidential candidate, what’s Michael Schiavo waiting for? At dozens of campaign stops, Mrs. Gephardt weeps anew as her husband tells the same gut-wrenching story over and over again. The relevance of his son’s illness to Gephardt’s run for the presidency is this: It inspired Gephardt’s call for national health insurance. With his wife softly weeping in the background, he intones, "I get it.” At least when Gephardt exploits a family tragedy, he doesn’t expect praise for not exploiting a family tragedy. John Ldwards injects his son’s fatal car accident into his campaign by demanding that everyone notice how he refuses to inject his son’s fatal car accident into his campaign. Edwards has talked about his son’s death in a 1996 car accident oh “Good Morning America,” in dozens of profiles and in his new book. ("It was and is the most important fact of my life.”) His 1998 Senate campaign ads featured film footage of Edwards at a learning lab he founded in honor of his son, tided “The Wade Edwards Learning Lab.” He wears his son’s Outward Bound pin on his suit lapel. I Ie was going to wear it on his sleeve, until someone suggested that might be a little too “on the nose.” lf you want points for not using your sons death politically, don’t you have to take down all those “Ask me about my sons death in a horrific car accident" bumper stickers? Howard Dean talks about his brother Charlie’s murder at the hands of North Vietnamese communists. Bizarrely, after working on the failed George McGovern campaign, Charlie Dean went to Indochina in 1974 to witness the ravages of the war he had opposed. Not long after he arrived, the apparently ungrateful communists captured and killed him. Dean wears his brother’s battered 1960s belt every day. Dean told Dan Rather about his brother’s death at some length on CBS News: “It gave me a sense that you ought to live for the moment with people; that you really — you really need to tell people you love them if you love them. It was certainly the most awful thing that ever happened to our family. It was terrible for my parents; it was even worse for them than it was for us." If a man wants to be my president, I have a right to know where he stands on the issue of when to tell the people you love that you love them! Couldn't the Democratic Party go back to plagiarizing British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock like Sen. Joe Biden, rather than plagiarizing "Lifetime: TV for Women”? Do any men at all vote for the Democrats anymore? Carol Moseley Braun’s personal tragedy is that she’s being forced to run for president even though it turns out the Democrats won’t need her to split the black vote anyway. In addition to having a number of family deaths among them, the Democrats’ other big idea — too nuanced for a bumper sticker — is that many of them have Jewish ancestry. There’s Joe Lieber-man: Always Jewish. Wesley Clark: Found Out His Father Was Jewish in College. John Kerry: Jewish Since He Began Presidential Fund-Raising. Howard Dean: Married to a Jew. Even Hillary Clinton claimed to have unearthed some evidence that she was a Jew — along with the long lost evidence that she was a Yankees fan. The Democrats’ urge to assert a Jewish heritage is designed to disguise the fact that the Democrats would allow the state of Israel to perish as Palestinian suicide bombers slaughter Jewish women and children. Their perverse desire to discuss the deaths and near-de^ths of their children is designed to disguise the fact that they support the killing of more than a million unborn children every year. If the Democrats start extolling you—get a gun. ;