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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 9, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Thursday, October 9, 2003 Herald-Zeitung Our Opinion Free press remains freedom’s bulwark Newspapers are the voice for the voiceless, standing on the front lines as watchdogs of government. America would not be America without the free press. T his is National Newspaper Week, and the Herald-Zeitung offers an ode to the Fourth Estate and its place among free people. Since 1940, National Newspaper Week has observed newspapers’ impact on the everyday lives of citizens, and the theme for this year’s celebration is “The Newspaper ... A Nation Talking to Itself.” Newspapers are indeed a soliloquy—stories of the people, by the people and for the people. The free press tells those stories in a way nothing else can — newspapers are, in essence, the first draft of history. As that draft is penned, Americans mustn’t forget the role the founders foresaw for free press in democracy, nor can they allow erosion of their freedoms. Newspapers are the voice for the voiceless, standing on the front lines as watchdogs of government. Those are tenets of journalists’ duty, and they take that charge seriously. Freedom is God s gift to humankind, not government’s prerogative to grant, and nothing can more mightily preserve that freedom than a free press. Edmund Burke, an 18th-century British statesman, made perhaps the most famous observation of that ideal. In the British caste system, the clergy comprised the First Estate, the nobility the Second Estate, and the commons the Third. But Burke recognized journalists' inherent value to society. I Ie one day looked upon the reporters’ gallery in Parliament and said, “Yonder sits the Fourth Estate, more important than them all.” And so it is. Short of anything more eloquent, America wouldn’t be America without a free press, nor would any place else where citizens live in freedom as newspapers stand guard. ' Enjoy reading your newspaper, and challenge it to better serve you every day. If it doesn’t, the government, instead, someday could decide which news you need and which you don’t. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, (let. 9, the 282nd day of 2003. There are 83 days left in the year. Today’s I light iglu in I listory: On Oct. 9, 1888, the public was first admitted to the Washington Monument. On this date: In 1635, religious dissident Boger Williams was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1701, the (Collegiate School of Connecticut — later Yale University — was chartered. In 1776, a group of Spanish missionaries settled in present-day San Francisco. In 1930,1.aura Ingalls became the first woman to fly across the United States as she completed a nine-stop journey from Roosevelt Field, N.Y., to Glendale, (Calif. In 1936, the first generator at Boulder (later I loover) Dam began transmitting electricity to Ixis Angeles. In 1958, Pope Pius XII died. I Ie was succeeded by Pope John XXIII. In 1962, Uganda won autonomy from British rule. In 1967, Latin American guerrilla leader Che Guevara was executed while attempting to incite revolution in Bolivia. In 1975, Soviet scientist Andrei Sakharov was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2001, letters postmarked in Trenton, N.J., were sent to senators loin Daschle and Patrick U'ahy; the letters later tested positive for anthrax. Ten years ago: Special U.S. envoy Robert Oakley traveled to Somalia in an attempt to revive a tentative peace agreement reached by Somali clan leaders. Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852, New Braunfels Heralej was founded 1890. The two papers merged in 1957and printed in both German and English until 1958 Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland News Editor Brady Craal Features Editor Brian Grant Editor and Publisher Doug Toney Circulation Director Craig Pauling Advertising Director Courtney Abernathy Business Manager Heather Grant Letters to the Editor Vision for city seems limited to drunk tourists, ugly sprawl What’s with these monster commercial billboard sprouting like mushrooms all over town? Suddenly, I can see seven of them on 725 between Zipp Road and 1-35. They’ve popped up all . around the Memorial schools and everywhere else in town. There will be one every 20 feet before we know it. I guess a reasonable signage ordinance would be considered repressive. If our goal is to make New Braunfels look like Pat Booker Road, we are well on our way. When we all volunteered to be on those Urban Planning (Committees a couple of years ago, our recommendations did not include plans for hundreds of giant billboards. Silly us. Is our vision for New Braunfels limited to another 100,000 drunk tourists and ugly urban sprawl? We, New Braunfels residents and our government leaders, are allowing a jewel of a town to be uglified. Oh well, at least we can tell our grandchildren that once-upon-a-time, "war New Braunfels schoen.” Dick Buhl New Braunfels Youth’s message to adults: Act like good sports you talk about I wo friends and I went to the (Canyon versus Dripping Springs volleyball game Oct. 3. During a game, there was a questionable line call. Some of the fans of both teams expressed their surprise over the call. Ibis was understandable, but there was a lady on the visiting side who was being a bad sport. She taunted the line judge for at least IO more serves. She was rude and inconsiderate of everyone else who was there to watch the game. The line judge was doing her best, and she was a volunteer from the trowel. How do adults expect to tell us kids how to be good sports when we see adults being bad sports? Shame on that lady. Alexandra Lawson 4th grade New Braunfels Purchase of new gas grill makes citizen a criminal by ordinance On Feb. 25, the City Council of New Braunfels passed a new ordinance, Section 207.52, which has just been brought to my attention. I am now a criminal simply because on or about that date I purchased a nifty new little outdoor gas grill to match the new patio furniture for my new residence, a single story, multiple she-unit apartment complex that this newspaper has designated die No. I apartment complex in the city of New Braunfels. Oct. I, all residents of the Augusta at Gruene were notified of this ordinance. City council members, get your heads out of the sand! Grills and barbecues are to Texas what life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are to the Constitution of the United States. How dare you tread on my constitutional rights? My guess is that none of the members of the council voting for this ordinance have been affected. But I am now breaking the law. Well, bring it on boys and girls. Come on over and do an inspection and try to fine me $2,000 simply because I own a gas grill. The gas grill will stay, but come election time, perhaps some of the members of city council will not. And I'm telling you right now, should Mr. [Darren] Brinkkoeter decide to send out his troops to conduct some search and destroy mission, locating my illegal grill will be harder for you than finding Waldo. Donna L. Wiant New Braunfels If you can’t afford schooling, then stop having children In the past couple of months I have read with great interest Letters to the Editor regarding the subject of exorbitant school tax. I would like to refer to a letter dated July 9.1 concur with his remarks that if you cannot afford schooling, then stop having children. Why should an unmarried person pay the same tax (if not more) than someone having three, four or five children? We have a number of excellent contraceptions on the market now. It seems as though there must be something available to suit your needs. Then, too, we have some simple medical procedures; one is able to resume normal activities after a day or two. I am told we are now able to send “4-year-olds” to school with free breakfast and lunch. Could we call this free babysitting? Ihe headline in the Aug. 15 Herald-Zeitung read: “CISD to pay Grunert $60,000 to resign.” Who paid for this? We are slowly becoming overpopulated, and it is time for people of child-bearing age to consider this. Violet E. Smith New Braunfels Limns POLICY ■ Letters must be 250 words or fewer. ■ Guest columns should be less than 500 words and be accompanied by a photo. ■ Address and telephone number must be included. Fax them to: (830) 606-3413 e-mail them to: [email protected] letters to: Letters to Editor c/o Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 MMM! IO CONTACT United States |Mf|i 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: 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 Telephona: (210) 224-7485 Fax: (210) 224-8569 CONGRESSMAN ■ Lamar Smith Rayburn House Office Building Room 2231 Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-4236 Fax: (202) 225-8628 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 821-5024 Fax: (210) 821-5947 NOMI TTF CONTACT Texas Government minimum GOVERNOR ■ Rick Perry State'Capitol, Room 2S.1 PO. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Talaphone: (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 addreea: [email protected] STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410. Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 Fax: (210) 826-0571 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Talaphone: (512) 463-0125 Fax: (512) 463-7794 E-mail addreaa: [email protected] state ■ Judith Zaffirini PO Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 12702 Toepperwein Road *214 San Antonio 78233 Telephone: (210) 657-0095 Fax: (210) 657-0262 Nothing sells tickets like Hitler and the female anatomy ARGUS HAMILTON Argus Hamilton's daily column of jokes on the news is carried in more than IOO newspapers across the United States and is also read and heard by millions on the Internet and by e mail at Arnold Schwarzenegger won the California governorship Tuesday. Democrats are scrambling to retool their message. They had thought the voters wanted health care and jobs, but it turned out that nothing sells tickets like Hitler and breasts. Schwarzenegger's hometown in Graz, Austria, waved torches Tuesday night to celebrate his victory in (California. Their joy was unbounded. Due to the language difficulty/they thought they were celebrating his victory over California. Democrats cried foul Tuesday as the early returns gave Schwarze negger a huge lead. Technology made it happen. Some of the touch screens in Brentwoodwere shaped like grapefruits and Schwarzenegger got to spend all morning voting for himself. Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Maria Shriver stood onstage with Schwarzenegger during his victory speech. T hey heard about his womanizing and steroid use and they knew one thing. No politician will ever tell Schwarzenegger you’re no Jack Kennedy. Schwarzenegger appeared onstage Monday with women supporters who call themselves Remarkable Women for Arnold. It’s a mature group. (Collectively they take so much iron that hallway through each speech, they slowly began turning north. California election officials expressed relief that no recount was necessary because of faulty equipment. The punch I card ballots caused absolutely no problems in Los Angeles County. I Ianging Chad spent all day surfing at Redondo Beach. . The Agriculture Department began a probe into the tiger attack on Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy. They want to know if the tiger was mistreated onstage. Californians told pollsters Tuesday they tossed Gray Davis for giving driver's licenses to illegal aliens from Mexico. So that’s what did it. lf Gray Davis understood the situation he would have made his concession speech in a coonskin cap. President Bush announced Tuesday he’s ready to work with Schwarzenegger. Leader of the Free World is not enough for this president. He wants tips on how to become Mr. Universe. Bush instructed border patrol agents to meet with American Indian law enforcement authorities this week to bolster security along the Mexican border. What is going on here? First Bush thinks there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and now he believes that Indians can keep people out of America. The Pentagon held a huge sale of unused weapons this past Friday. They sold thousands of missiles at discount prices from their warehouse in Virginia. The Pentagon hopes it will have the same effect as putting a Wal-Mart ju$t outside North Korea’s border. Pope John Paul appeared healthier during a visit to Pompeii on Tuesday while Yasser Arafat was reported to be ill after a mild heart attack. The two men recently met in the Vatican. For the first time in 20 years, Arafat was not carrying a gun, and for the first time in two thousand years, the pope was. ;