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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Friday, October 7, 2005 FORUM Our Opinion NB airman gave a lot to serve his country Regardless of how you feel about the war, join us today in thanking Ron Evolaforhis service, and take a moment to remember those still serving. R on Evola returned to a life of normalcy this , week. He goes to work in the morning, oversees a crew of city street worker during the day and goes home to his family each night. But by returning to his normal life, Evola also sent an important message to the rest of us. Evola was returning to work with the city after spending six months in Iraq as a member of the Air Force reservist. The six-month tour was the second time Evola went overseas during the war on terror. During his latest tour, Evola missed the birth of his daughter, missed seeing his son take his first steps and missed his oldest daughter’s high school graduation. But when Evola talked about his time in Iraq, he didnt talk about what he missed. Instead, the technical sergeant talked about his belief in the mission. “Big picture, things are a lot better there than they were three years ago," he said. “People are happy we’re there because most of their lives are better.” And he said he was happy he served. During a time in America when everyone is talking about the devastation of hurricanes, Supreme Court nominees and gas prices, it’s easy to forget the sacrifice thousands of men and women are making on a daily basis to protect our country and to better the lives of people who live half a world away. Like Evola, the soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan are giving up a lot to fight a war their country asked them to. Each of them are missing important times at home, each of them are giving up their normal lives to defend their country and they are all one reason we are proud of our servicemen and servicewomen. Regardless of how you feel about the war, join us today in thanking Ron Evola for his service, and take a moment to remember those still serving. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Oct. 7, the 280th day of2005. There are 85 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: Twenty years ago, on Oct. 7,1985, Palestinian gunmen hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille l^uro in the Mediterranean with more than 400 people aboard. (The hijackers killed an elderly Jewish American tourist, Leon Klinghoffer, and threw his body overboard: they surrendered two days after taking the ship.) On this date: In 1765, the Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up colonial grievances against England. In 1777, the second Battle of Saratoga began during the American Revolution. (British forces under Gen. John Burgoyne surrendered IO days later.) In 1849, author Fxlgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore at age 40. In 1940, Artie Shaw and his Orchestra recorded Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust" for RGA Victor. In 1949, the Republic of East Germany was fomied. In 1954, Marian Anderson became the first black singer hired by the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York. 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 Jeremy Pafford Edjtor and Publisher Doug Toney Circulation Director Jeff Fowler Advertising Director Neice Bell Business Manager Valerie Shields News Editor David Rupkalvis HfifPAlTf'lul l Herald Tritone Letters to the Editor New Braunfels fan dears up misunderstanding over name Will the real Judy I leniandez please stand up? I am writing in reference to tile article published in the Herald-Zeitung on Sept. 22 bi regard to the Unicom football team. My family and I are truly dedicated Unicorns. Both my husband and I graduated from NBI IS. Recently, my son who was on the Unicom football team graduated from NBI IS, and I currently have a son who attends NBI IS and is a member of the Mighty Unicom Band. For these reasons, I understand how it is possible to mistake me for the woman who wrote the article that appeared Sept. 22 — Judy R. I leman-dez. I do agree with the majority of the article as far as supporting the Unicom team. I lowever, there was a piece of the letter that offended a few people and gave me a bad reputation. I should have been given the courtesy of being asked if I was the person who wrote the article before being wrongf ully accused of something I did not do. Unfortunately, the confusion is that the lady who wrote the letter is also a devoted Unicom fan, has been for many years and has the same name as I do. Hie difference is I am Judy Aguirre Flemandez, and she is Judy R. J lemandez. I felt the need to clear my name. In closing, to the Unicom football team — hang in there and fight, fight, fight. And to the athletes who transferred to Canyon I ligh School — God bless and good luck, you're off to a great start. Judy A Hernandez New Braunfels A big thankyou to New Braunfels for helping New Orleans evacuees Nothing is bigger than the heart of the people of Texas. We came to Texas seeking refuge from Hurricane Katrina, having been uprooted from our home in New Orleans. Never have we seen such kindness, compassion and generosity than in New Braunfels and San Antonio. Everyone gave us hope and encouraging words. Although we lost most of our possessions, we did not lose our spirit or desire to rebuild and to become better, stronger individuals. We would like to personally thank St. Peter and Paul Elementary School which received our children with open arms, and gave them books, uniforms, food and free tuition. We would like to thank the owner of Schlitter-balin, who let our children go to the waterpark for free and for one day forget that their lives were many miles away from home. We would like to thank the local Red Cross and Salvation Army for the many hours of assistance and care of their fellow man. We would like to thank Dave and Steve at Bluebonnet Dodge for helping us find a suitable car. We will miss the charm and beauty of this area — a place that anyone would truly be proud to call home. We will never forget our experiences here, and we plan to return in the future to visit our second home. l or now we have to return to rebuild our home, businesses and lives. We have to, because if ever the people of Texas need our help, we have to be there for you. God bless the land on which Texas sits, and God bless the people of Texas! With all our hearts, Chris, Erin, Christian ami Colette Richard New Orleans Unknown citizens deserve gratitude for turning in purse How do I say “thank you” to someone I don’t know? I lost my purse somewhere between the checker and my car at Wal-Mart on Sept. 27.1 didn’t realize I didn’t have my purse until I got to J1-E-B. I went back to Wal-Mart, went to customer service and asked if anyone had turned in a purse. I was told, “Yes.” Thank God it was my purse. I’d like to thank this person for being honest. I hope this person is taking the I lerald-Zeitung newspaper so she can read my thank you. Dolores Kramer New Braunfels 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 Texas Government I GOVERNOR ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 RO. 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(a1 house, state.tx. us 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: [email protected] IIHIHHlllBush dropped the ball by picking Miers for Supreme Court justice I eagerly await the announcement of [^resident Bush’s real nominee to the Supreme Court, lf the president meant Harriet Miers seriously, I have to assume Bush wants to go back to Crawford and let Dick Cheney run the country. Unfortunately for Bush, he could nominate his Scottish terrier Barney, and some conservatives would rush to defend him, claiming to be in possession of secret information convincing them that the pooch is a true conservative and listing Barney’s many virtues — loyalty, courage, never jumps on the furniture... I Iarriet Miers went to Southern Methodist University Law School, which is not ranked at all by the serious law school reports and ranked No. 52 by IJS News and World Report. I ler greatest legal accomplishment is being the first woman commissioner of the Texas I littery. I know conservatives have been trained to hate people who went to elite universities, and generally that’s a good rule of thumb. But not when it comes to the Supreme Court. First, Bush has no right to say “TYust me.’’ He was elected to represent the American people, not to be dictator for eight years. Among the coalitions that elected Bush are ANNCOULTER Ann Coulter is an attorney, author and a columnist for Universal Press Syndicate. people who have been laboring in the trenches for a quarter-century to change the legal order in America. While Bush was still boozing it up in the early ‘80s, Ed Meese, Antonin Scalia, Robert Bork and all the founders of the Federalist Society began creating a farm team of massive legal talent on the right. To casually spurn the people who have been taking slings and arrows all these years and instead reward the former commissioner of the Texas Lottery with a Supreme Court appointment is like pinning a medal of honor on some flunky paper-pusher with a desk job at the Pentagon — or on John Kerry — while ignoring your infantrymen doing die fighting and dying. Second, even if you take seriously William F. Buckley’s line about preferring to be governed by the first 200 names in the Boston telephone book than by the I lar-vard faculty, the Supreme Court is not supposed to govern us. Being a Supreme Court justice ought to be a mind-numbingly tedious job suitable only for super-nerds trained in legal reasoning like John Roberts. Being on the Supreme Court isn’t like winning a “Best Employee of the Month” award. It’s a real job. One Web site defending Bush’s choice of a graduate from an undistinguished law school complains that Miers’ critics “are playing the Democrats’ game," claiming that the “GOP is not the party which idol izes Ivy League acceptability as the criterion of intellectual and mental fitness.” (In the sort of error that results from trying to sound “Ivy League" rather dian being clear, that sentence uses the grammatically incorrect “which” instead of “that.” Web sites defending the academically mediocre would be a lot more convincing without all the grammatical errors.) Actually, all the intellectual firepower in the law is coming from conservatives right now — and thanks for noticing! Liberals got stuck trying to explain Roe v. Wade and are still at work 30 years later trying to come up with a good argument. But the main point is: Au contraire! It is conservatives defending Miers’ mediocre resume who are playing the Democrats’ game. Contrary to recent practice, the job of being a Supreme Court justice is not to be a philosopher-king. Only someone who buys into the liberals’ view of Supreme Court justices as philosopher-kings could hold legal training irrelevant to a job on the Supreme Court. To be sure, if we were looking for philosopher-kings, an SMU law grad would probably be preferable to a graduate from an elite law school. But if we’re looking for lawyers with giant brains to memorize obscure legal cases and to compose clearly reasoned opinions about FRISA pre-emption, the doctrine of equivalents in patent law, limitation of liability in admiralty, and iupplemental jurisdiction under Section 1367 — I think we want the nerd from an elite law school. Bush may as well appoint liis chauffeur head of NASA as put Miers on the Supreme Court. Third and finally, some jobs are so dirty, you can only send in someone who has the finely honed hatred of liberals acquired at elite universities to do them. The devil is an abstraction for normal, decent Americans living in the red states. By contrast, at the top universities, you come face to face with the devil every day, and you learn all his little tropes and tricks. Conservatives from elite schools already have been subjected to liberal blandishments and haven’t blinked. These are rightwingers who have fought off the best and the brightest the blue states have to offer. The New York Times isn’t going to maumau them — as it does intellectual lightweights like Jim Jeffords and Lincoln Chafee — by dangling fawning profiles before them. They aren’t waiting for a pat on the head from Nina Totenberg or Linda Greenhouse. To paraphrase Archie Bunker, when you find a conservative from an elite law school, you’ve really got something. However nice, helpful, prompt and tidy she is, Harriet Miers isn’t qualified to play a Supreme Court justice on “The West Wing," let alone to be a real one. Both Republicans and Democrats should be alarmed that Bush seems to believe his power to appoint judges is absolute. This is what “advice and consent” means. ^Bernville? United States Government ;