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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 29, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4 — Herald-Zeitung — Tuesday, November 29, 2005 FORUM Other Viewpoints Invest in studies outside the U.S. The Dallas Morning News on federal funding for studying abroad: As we move toward a global economy, this is a good time to start thinking outside the box, outside the United States. Language and cross-cultural knowledge are in short supply, yet those are the very skills vital to enhancing economic competitiveness, diplomacy and national security, according to recent federal reports. Our national leaders see college study abroad as a great way to shore up these deficiencies. President Bush and Congress appointed a bipartisan commission last year to figure out how to get more students into classrooms overseas. And theres lots of interest — about half of college-bound high schoolers say they are interested in studying abroad. But if Congress is genuinely interested in investing in global citizens, lawmakers will need to find some financial help for them. The programs are costly and not available at all campuses, especially institutions serving low-income and first-generation college students. The presidential commission, the Abraham lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program, wants I million students studying abroad by 2017. A ' good first step is to heed its recommendation for the federal government to invest $50 million in the study abroad program and then gradually increase its funding. Universities also must integrate study abroad programs into their curriculums and honor participation with academic credit. In 2003-04, only 191,321 college students participated in study abroad programs, with about 60 percent of them heading to Europe. If we want to successfully compete in the global market and improve our national security, students are going to have to trade the hot European spots for less glamorous places like Latin America, where about 15 percent of U.S. students studied, or the Middle East, where less than I percent participated. Another market worth tapping deeper into is Asia, which attracted less than 7 percent of U.S. students. Understanding other countries and cultures will help us understand how we fit into this world and how we can best compete. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Nov. 29, the 333rd day of 2005. There are 32 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 29, 1963, President Johnson named a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy. On this date: In 1864, a Colorado militia killed at least 150 peaceful Cheyenne Indians in the Sand Creek Massacre. In 1924, Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died in Brussels before he could complete his opera “Tliran-dot.” (It was finished by Franco Alfano.) In 1929, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard Byrd radioed that he’d made the first airplane flight over the South Pole. In 1947, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partitioning of Palestine between Arabs and Jews. In 1952, President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower kept his campaign promise to visit Korea to assess the ongoing conflict. In 1961, “Enos" the chimp was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft. which orbited Earth twice before returning. In 1964, the U.S. Roman Catholic Church instituted sweeping changes in the liturgy, including the use of English instead of Latin. 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 Jeromy Pafford Editor and Publisher Doug Toney Circulation Director Jeff Fowler Advertising Director Nolo* Boll Business Manager Valorio Shields News Editor David Rupkalvis ■ nice sweetie, but MT teethe J DON'T naut TO Boy Moue GIFT MAP DOWT "vnimeiv HURT m $ *T I? "jrf i J* I GUESTCOLUMN Tye Preston Library offers wealth of learning for free In a Nov. 5 guest column, Sue Penny states that"... more than 11,000 county residents now live in an area unserved by a public library to which they have unrestricted and close access.” As one of the many Comal County residents living outside the New Braunfels city limits, I take great exception to this statement. I live within five miles of a great library — the Tye Preston Memorial Library. I feel Penny’s insinuation that the other libraries in the county are inadequate is insulting to the employees, volunteers and patrons of the Tye Preston Memorial Library. According to Penny, New Braunfels Public Library Director Louise Foster told her that Comal County is one of only a few counties in Texas with an unserved library population. This statement is unfair to the Tye Preston Memorial Library, which gladly serves the needs of any patron, whether they live within its legal service area or not. She further states, “Tye Preston Memorial Library and Bulverde/Spring Branch Library are very small (less than 25,000 items total).’’ I cannot speak for the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library, but I know from personal review of the Librarian’s Report that the Tye Preston Memorial Library has more than 28,000 items available within it. In addition, both of these libraries participate in theTexShare Program, which makes the collections of697 Texas libraries available to their patrons. The New Braunfels Public Library wanted Comal County to underwrite 20 percent of its operating budget. The county issued a check for $25,000 instead. According to published facts, the New Braunfels Public Library returned the check then chose to charge noncity residents fees of $25 per adult and $10 per child for a one-year membership. Tye Preston Memorial Library, on the other hand, has received no county funding since shortly after becoming a special-purpose district in 2000. Since then, Tye Preston Memorial Library has been supported by a one-half percent sales tax collected within the district’s boundaries, its Friends of the MARY WILLIAMS Mary Williams is a resident of Canyon Lake. Library group and other local organizations, and the countless work put in by volunteers. The Tye Preston Memorial Library is flourishing. Since January, more than 77.000 items have been checked out, the computers have been used nearly 13.000 times and cards have been issued to 1,330 new patrons. But that's not1 all. They also offer fantastic children’s programs, tutoring, videos, DVDs, CDs, reading lists, Leap-Pads, wireless access, interlibrary loans, computer classes, test proctoring, public meeting space, community information, a magnifier and screen reader for visually impaired patrons, book delivery to home-bound citizens, Coffees with Authors, Lunch-and-Leam workshops... the list goes on and on. And all this is accomplished without charging a single dollar for patron cards or library services. Why not visit Tye Preston Memorial Library at 1321 FM 2673 in Canyon Lake yourself? The library is open 58 hours each week, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and IO a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Everyone is welcome. 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. 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- 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 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 HOW TO CONTACT Tex** Government GOVERNOR ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512)463-1849 statehouse ■ Carter Casteel 254 E. Mill St. New Braunfels 78130 Telephone: (830) 627-0215 E-mail address: carter.casteel @ STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: (512) 463-0125 E-mail address: jeff. Wentworth® senate, ■ Judith Zaffirini P.O. Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 12702Toepperwein Road #214 San Antonio 78233 Telephone: (210) 657-0095 Fax: (210) 657-0262Cheney’s statement about terrorists is grossly misleading CHARLEYREESE Charley Reese is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. You can write to him at PO. Box 2446, Orlando, Fla. 32802. I fear the vice president has had one too many heart attacks. His mind seems to have slipped its moorings and is drifting out into the sea of fantasy. Dick Cheney was the misleader in chief prior to the war in Iraq, and in a recent speech in which he chastised people for suggesting that, he made yet another whopper of a misleading statement. “Those who advocate a sudden withdrawal from Iraq should answer a few simple questions,” Cheney said, such as whether the United States w juld be “better off or worse off ” with terror leaders such as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Osama bin Laden or Ayman al-Zawahiri in control of Iraq. Dearly beloved, that is akin to saying that if Eliot Ness hadn't come along, Al Capone would have been the dictator of the United States. Al-Zarqawi is a miserable little terrorist with a small band of fanatical fol- (Cheney) might as well have said that if Americans withdraw (from Iraq), Martians will land in spaceships and take over the country. lowers and a life span that is shrinking by the day. To suggest that there was even a remote possibility of him taking control of Iraq is, well, grossly misleading. Al-Zarqawi is a Jordanian, not an Iraqi. He has been denounced by his tribe and his family, and he has killed more Iraqis than Americans. It is just a matter of time before some Iraqi drops a dime on him and he’s packed off to Islamic hell. As for bin Laden and his Egyptian adviser, they are — assuming they’re still alive — hiding out in some cave or rat-infested village in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan. They could not control a small town, much less a country of 25 million people of which neither of them is a native. I don’t know who the vice president's speechwriters are, but he ought to fire them all forthwith. What he said was so far off the map of reality that it is embar rassing. He might as well have said that if Americans withdraw, Martians will land in spaceships and take over the country. His statement is that bizarre. If he himself believes what he said, then he has displayed an ignorance of the Middle East that is embarrassingly gargantuan. A 12-year-old street vendor in Baghdad could tell you that those three men have zero chance of ruling Iraq. I’m beginning to feel like a crew member of the doomed ship Pequod, with mad Captain Ahab stumping about on the quarterdeck and cursing die heavens in his fanatical pursuit of the white whale that crippled him. One likes to believe that the leaders of one’s country are, at a minimum, sane, no matter how flawed their policies might be. Whether we leave or stay, we probably won’t like the man who emerges from the December elections as the leader of Iraq. There are no Thomas Jeffersons over there. Twenty-five years of brutal dictatorship do not produce either idealists or democrats. But he will not be a terrorist, and he will not be a man who will tolerate terrorists. Least of all will he be a foreigner. The Iraqis are desperate for security and stability, and once they have the power, woe to anyone who challenges them on those points. The Bush administration, in order to maintain a never-ending war, has greatly exaggerated the power and influence of terrorists. From the way Cheney is acting and talking, he seems to have been taken in by his own propaganda. Just keep in mind that no terrorist has an army; no terrorist controls a country or even a city. Terrorists are nothing more them criminal gangs scattered about and perpetually on the run. When they occasionally draw blood, it is usually at the cost of their own lives. However magnified they might be in Cheney's murky mind, they are in reality losers, doomed to die for lost causes. ;