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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 15, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung — Saturday, October 15, 2005 EABIIMI ^ I ■ BDD IDA 1 a"dEn9"sh Herald-Zeitung ’ New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852; Braunfels Herald was founded 1890. The two merged in 1957 and printed in both German i until 1958. rn mmmmmm Managing Editor Jeremy Pefford Editor and Publisher Doug Toney Circulation Director Jeff Fowler Advertising Director Neice Bell Business Manager Velerie Shields News Editor Devid Rupkalvis Our Opinion Move your feet out to Walkfest Take part in Walkfest and the health fair. What you learn could lead to a better life. I: lum off your television this morning, put on your sneakers and go on out to Walkfest. The 5-kilometer event begins at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church on I lidalgo Avenue. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. The event is free, but a Walkfest T-shirt will cost $5. Bring your family and your dog; both are welcome. Walkers, joggers and strollers will walk downtown before returning to the church just in time for the Community Resource I lealth Fair, which runs from I to 5 p.m. That’s no accident. Walkfest, a first-time event, and the health fair are intended to encourage people to lead healthier lifestyles. The health fair will include free medical screenings, immunizations and fingerprinting for children. The walk will include poker and bingo games with health themes for children, and there will be similar games at the health fair. Come out and support the event and take part in some of the screenings. The information you learn could save your life — or at least start you on the path toward living a better one. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Oct. 15, the 288th day of2005. lh ere are 77 days left in the year. Today’s I lighlight in I listory: On Oct. 15, 1964, it was announced that Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev had been removed from office. I Ie was succeeded as premier by Alexei Kosygin and as Communist Party secretary by Leonid Brezhnev. On this date: In 1914, the Clayton Antitrust Act was passed. In 1928, the German dirigible Graf Zeppelin landed in Lakehurst, N.J., completing its first commercial flight across the Atlantic. In 1945, the former premier of Vichy France, Pierre Laval, was executed. In 1946, Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering poisoned himself hours before he was to have been executed. In 1966, President Johnson signed a bill creating the Department of Transportation. Iii 1969, peace demonstrators staged activities across the country, including a candlelight march around the White I louse, as part of a moratorium against the Vietnam War. In 1976, in the first debate of its kind between vice-presidential nominees, Democrat Walter Irondale and Republican Bob Dole faced off in I louston. In 1991, despite sexual harassment allegations by Anita Hill, the Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, 52-48. In 2003, 11 people were killed when a Staten Island ferry slammed into a maintenance pier. (Tile ferry’s pilot, who’d blacked out at the controls, later pleaded guilty to 11 counts of manslaughter.) One year ago: The Food and Drug Administration ordered that all antidepressants carry strong warnings that they “increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior” in children who take them. Several thousand people opposed to gay marriage gathered on the National Mall in Washington to call for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. A federal judge struck down a ban on snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. . .4. - Am. cagtocartoons com Letters to the Editor Herald-Zeitung should stop standing up for mayor’s actions In the other day’s forum, you posted “Mayor Bruce Boyer and County Judge Danny Scheel led their governments and were joined by the Salvation Army, Red Cross, Westside Community Center and churches and other organizations.” I had family at that meeting where the plan was being discussed, and it was quite obvious to a few people that the mayor wasn’t interested in allowing people here. It took the leaders of the two local churches to stand up and take action while our mayor sat there. Please stop defending his actions, because there are a lot of people who take what your paper has to say at face value, while in the past two weeks you (the Herald) have stood up for him when he was blatantly wrong. William Locke New Braunfels Newspaper’s conservative slant evident in its news coverage The Herald-Zeitung’s conservative slant concerning news coverage is abundantly clear. Is your confidence so fragile that you couldn’t find one other liberal writer to represent opposing views? Esaule Adame New Braunfels Call to fair executive board would have gotten facts straight I would just would like to say in response to Floyd Ball’s letter (Herald, Oct. 6) that before condemning the Comal County Fair Association executive board, you should get all the facts on this matter. As a CCFA director, we were kept up-to-date on all matters concerning the 2004 Rodeo Queen and voted to back the board on the action they were taking. A simple phone call to the CCFA office or any of the executive board members will get him the facts. Arvin Brehm CCFA director New Braunfels Residents, businesses responded during annual poppy event Hurricane Katrina and then Hurricane Rita came to our beautiful Gulf Coast without invitation. Devastation, loss of lives, homeless people, no food and no place to sleep were common happenings. Donations of needed items, and especially money, was requested to help lighten many of the problems unwilling victims encountered. The New Braunfels community responded to requests with outstanding zest. The American Legion Post and Unit 35 had scheduled the annual poppy distribution in support of our veterans during the Labor Day weekend. There was concern about the success of the poppy efforts with the many fund-raisers taking place at this particular time. However, the residents of New Braunfels responded to the poppy efforts in a resounding fashion. Our veterans’ needs were not pushed to the back of our minds. Post 35 and Auxiliary would like to say “thank you” for the wonderful donations received. Plans now can be made to support many more veterans as the need arises during the coming year. When our troops finally come home from fighting overseas, they, too, will receive any help they need. Thank you to Granzin’s Meat Market, Handy Andy, Wells Fargo Bank and Wal-Mart for allowing us to set up at their locations. God bless America. We ask everyone to pray that someday we shall all enjoy the peace in our country that our gallant veterans and active duty personnel have fought for 24/7 in efforts to protect you and me. Joan P. Helmke, Unit 35 secretary New Braunfels Forward thinking much needed to wean nation off Mideast oil To fight terrorism, one of our weapons must be to free this country from Mideast oil. The only way to do this is to develop alternative energy. I believe we need an “Apollo Project”-type commitment from our country to develop solar and hydrogen energy and convert our cars and factories to run on these alternative sources of energy. I urge everyone to call your senators and representatives and urge them to support the development of alternative energy. Randall Simmons New Braunfels 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 c/o Herald-Zeitung RO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax them to: (830) 606-3413 e-mail them to: news@herald- MOW YO CONTACT United States 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: 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 Fox: (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 inBmnnnr GOVERNOR ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 RO. 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 E-mail address: carter.casteel @ 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] ■ Judith Zaffirini RO. Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE. 12702Toepperwein Road #214 San Antonio 78233 Telephone: (210) 657-0095 Fax: (210) 657-0262Conservatives acting like liberals in squabble over Harriet Miers nomination If you listen to what we conservatives were saying about John Roberts or any of the judicial nominees who were being blocked by the Democrat filibusters — or other methods of killing a presidential nomination to the federal bench — the argument we were making was that the president won the election and by virtue of that victory has the right to appoint judges of his own choosing. It was the conservative battle cry that the president’s nominees had the right to go through the process and be voted on by the full Senate. We jumped all over liberal Democrats on this issue, insisting that the president had the right to pick the judges he wants on the federal bench. Now, all of sudden, because the president didn’t call us personally and get our permission, we wise pundits are suddenly MIKEREAGAN Mike Reagan, the eldest son of President Ronald Reagan, is heard on more than 200 talk radio stations nationally as part of the Radio America Network. acting the way the liberals did with Roberts and others, demanding that he reveal how Harriet Miers will vote and what she thinks about just about everything. That’s exactly what we condemned the liberals for demanding. We are in a snit because he didn’t call us and consult with us about his choice. In short, we are adopting a double standard, and you can’t have it both ways. Because the president didn’t pick someone from the list of names we wanted, we are going to stir up a big fuss and question his judgment. When the Democrats wanted Judge Roberts to spill his guts about every hot issue that might come before the Supreme Court, we cried foul and called for the application of the Ginsberg Rule — insisting that he did not have to answer these questions. Now, with the Miers nomination, it’s as if there is no such thing as a Ginsberg Rule. We want to know everything — especially how she feels about abortion. Why are they asking merely that, but not about how she feels about eminent domain or affirmative action or gay mar riage or any other hot-button issue certain to come before the court? Don’t they matter? Miers can’t talk about any of those things, and they know it. After all, that’s what they told Democrats when they tried to get Roberts and other nominees to violate the Ginsberg Rule. I understand why my fellow conservatives are upset. Many conservative pundits wanted the president to pick a nominee who had been in the trenches, fighting to transform the federal judiciary from the left-wing activist court it has become into what the Founding Fathers originally created — one that looks at the Constitution as it was meant by them to be read, and not as some wacko liberal judges want it to mean. It’s been a bloody fight, and liberals have had everything their own way for decades, writing laws instead of interpreting them in the light of the Constitution. Now that the American people have reared up and fought back and taken the high ground and victory is within our grasp, the president turns his back on the valiant conservative warriors who have fought the good fight and chooses a nominee who hasn’t been in the front lines. President Bush, however, has made his choice, and he is entitled to have it proceed through the orderly Senate confirmation process. Miers has the right to be heard. I agree with two of the most valiant veteran conservative warriors who, though desperately dissatisfied by the president's choice, agree that Miers is entitled to her day in court. The liberal mainstream media have salivated over the dissension in GOP ranks, and they have done everything possible to play up the family fight among Republicans. Thus, when Pat Buchanan and Paul Weyrich voiced their disapproval of the Miers nomination, this was presented to the public as all-out opposition. The fact is that although both men told they are very unhappy with what the president has done, they are willing to be fair and wait and see how well she acquits herself during the Senate hearings. If she does well, she'll win their backing. That, however, has been ignored by the media, whose motto here is “let’s you and him fight.” ;