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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HKRALDZlilTUNG November 28 2001 FORUM Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 NlAV HltAllNIKLS HERALDZEITUNG New liniimfcls Xcitnng was founded 1852 New Braunfcls Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Doug Editor and Publisher Margaret Managing Editor Brian News Editor 830 6259144 Editorial Mission Valley workers victims of recession The news of layoffs at Mission Valley Textiles stunned New but for most of the work many of whom watched their coworkers get pink slips earlier this the writing was on the Plains Cotton which owns the Mission Valley blamed the layoffs on the slumping denim market and reduced consumer Monday also was the same day economic experts officially declared that the nation has been in a recession since Recession or some 130 workers are looking for jobs this and the holidays are not a good time to be They were granted sever ance packages worrying about paying the bills in January and February can cast a long shadow over any merriment in Some of those who were laid off had devoted decades of their working career to Mission That kind of commitment arid dedication should help them as they look for employment elsewhere in the We encourage the Texas area chambers of commerce and schools to reach out those laid off this week and help them return to the workforce as quickly as Today in History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is the 332nd day of There are 33 days left in the Todays Highlight in Histo ry On nearly 500 people died in a fire that destroyed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in On this date In Portuguese navi gator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his In Americanborn Lady Astor was elected the first female member of the British In the Grand Ole Nashvilles famed home of country made its radio debut on station In President Franklin British Prime Min ister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin met in Tehran during World War Technology key to our future The technology industry will drive Texas economy in the coming Texas ranks second among all states in hightech employ with work And more will surely Technological marvels that once shocked us now seem With the recognition that technology plays an increasingly important role in our my legislative agenda this year often focused on tech nology When criminal activity is it affects our security both personal and What is true of traditional crime is also true of cyber Whether it occurs in cyber space or the crime is still Earlier this I chaired a series of hearings to examine the impact of cyber Cyber security will be a major legislative focus next I plan to introduce legislation to more effectively combat cyber The Internet is the super highway of The express lane ramp to that superhighway is broadband But most rural communities do not have access to These commu nities need the same tech nological advantages as their urban Letters Policy The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung encourages letters on any public Mail letters to LAMAR SMITH Speed and accessibility are the keys to competition in our everchanging Thats why I spon sored legislation to allow the Agricultural Department to issue loans to rural communities for highspeed Internet Consumers who choose the convenience of online commerce should not face unfair For the past few years there has been a moratorium that bars multiple and discriminato ry taxes and access charges from being levied on the This year the moratorium was scheduled to When legislation to extend fhe moratorium was marked up in the Judiciary I voted to extend the mora torium for an additional five This was and the House passed a twoyear ban until November Technological advances have altered the way we One of the most popular forms of communication now is e Individuals rely on it as an inexpensive way to stay in touch and busi nesses use it as a tool to reach The only detriment to e mail is the mass electronic distribution of unsolicited email to indi vidual email accounts and email lists for the promo tion of businesses and other Especially prevalent among spam messages are pornograph ic Earlier this year I introduced leg islation to protect con sumers from spam email while ensuring that busi nesses can reach their cus Basic research spawns the technology of tomor For technological advancement to march research and development must be I cosponsored legislation to institute a permanent tax credit and have written President Bush to give my support to the tax Technology is the key that will unlock a brighter future for us I will address these issues to ensure that technology continues to expand and enrich our lives without detrimental effect to our privacy or Lamar Smith represents District 21 in the House of Letters to the Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 email Write Em PRESIDENT George Bush 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 SENATORS Phil Gramm Room 370 Russell Senate Office Building 20510 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282856 404 Ramsey Road San TX 78216 210 3669494 Kay Bailey Hutchison Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building 20510 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 8023 Vantage 460 San TX 78230 Fax 210 3496753 CONGRESSMEN Lamar Smith Room 2231 Raybum House Office Building 20515 202 2254236 1100 NE Loop Suite 640 San TX 78209 Giro Rodriguez Room 323 Cannon House Office Building 20515 202 2251640 1313 Military Suite 115 San TX 78214 GOVERNOR Rick Perry State Room Box 12428 TX 78711 STATE SENATORS Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San TX 78209 Judith Zaffirini Box 627 TX 780420627 956 7222293 12702Toepperwein Road San TX 78233 Fax 210 6570262 STATE REPRESENTATIVE Edmund RSeguin Box 911 830 3798732 Fax 830 4635896 Foreign affairs still something about which to worry AUSTIN Now is no time to quit Keep up that Foreign policy is like chess Its neccssaiy to think at least three or four moves According to The New York the Pakistanis are deeply unhappy with They dont trust the Northern Alliance worth Unhappy Pakistanis may strike you as no skin off your but the prob lem is that Porvez Musharraf is not firmly in the as it Since he took over in a his support base is the and the Pakistani Army has a lot of Islamic Bush told Musharraf we would keep the Northern Alliance out of but we couldnt stop Then they slaughtered at least 100 Pakistani fighters holed up in a school in the battle for Mazare From the Pakistani point of it looks as though their enemies in the Alliance are tak ing over the whole and that the everybodyin govern ment we promised them is a pipe MOLLY IVINS If Musharraf falls to an Islamist that puts 20 mikes in the hands of some loony in turn causing also a nuclear to freak This is precisely the kind of unintended consequence of a mil itary action weve seen before remember the Khmer Rouge much depends on how captured Pakistani Taliban fighters are and apparently most of them are being sent to Abdul Rashid Dostum my per sonal fave among our Northern Alliance Hes the one whos changed sides nine Then we have this claque of rightwingers here pounding the drum for war with We havent even got Bin Laden Could we take this one step at a time Im also getting the uneasy impression that American televi in its zeal not to offend any of our is doing a bad job of reporting how the rest of the world sees all we are still a huge superpower bombing the bee jeezus out of one of the most unfortunate countries on Thats a hard Meanwhile back at the so much is coming down its hard to keep track of it In the middle of everything zing ing out of sort of like John Ashcrofts decision to prose cute Oregon comes an executive order frpm President Bush holding off access to Ronald Reagans presidential The law says most presidential papers are to be opened five years after a president leaves and all but the most sensi tive documents are to be opened after 12 Both national security and personal privacy are protected by the Bush just ignored the law and issued an order giving himself and future presidents the power to withhold even if the former leaders want them the order says Americans will have to demon strate a specific need to see the Is the right to know what our own government has done with our our sol diers blood and in our name a specific As an exasperat ed Houston Chronicle editorial Must we demonstrate a specific need to visit the White House or the Washington Monument It after our history and our Of the conspiracy theo rists leaped to the conclusion that the Reagan papers contain information damaging to the rep utation of Poppy who was then vice the reputations of old Reaganites like Dick Cheney and Donald Ari Fleischer made a ludicrous statement that Bush issued the order because of the most outstanding overreach to date in blaming absolutely everything on the ter The pages from the Reagan years were supposed to have been opened in January this Three times earlier this Bush blocked access to the and he finally issued the executive order on If you are wondering why civil libertarians are upset about Bushs order on military tri since it only applies to try reading the It applies to those we have reason to believe but we dont have to produce any evidence have committed acts of terrorism or abetted or conspired to commit acts that have caused or threaten to cause injuries or adverse effects on the its its national foreign policy or econo Broad enough for yovi That qualifies everyone from French farmers mad at McDonalds to Roman pickpock We already see the unhappy as Spain is now refusing to turn over eight suspected ter rorists they arrested because they dont think they can get a fair trial Dont put away those worry beads Molly Ivins is a syndicated ;