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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Tuesday, October 28, 2003 Our Opinion New Braunfels Werks to explain joblessness The more people know about unemployment the better prepared they are to deal with its impacts on our community. U! nemployment statistics often fail to arouse interest from readers unless, of course, you happen to be one of those individuals out of work. But joblessness has a face — a human face. And sharing that humanity with citizens so they can better understand the impacts of unemployment is a major goal behind a new program called New Braunfels Werks. The initiative was officially launched Friday after months of discussion. The premise is simple. The more people know about unemployment the better prepared they are to deal with its impacts on our community. The dissemination of helpful information is a major component of New Braunfels Werks. There’s a wealth of data available to employers and workers alike, but many businesses and citizens don’t know where to go for that information. The Herald-Zeitung will offer monthly a digest of the most important of these statistics. Theres also a lot of help available for those who find themselves out of work. Stories will explain how the unemployed can use the services of the Texas Workforce Commission and other groups to look for employment opportunities. Those involved with New Braunfels Werks believe the broader dissemination of information will prove invaluable to community residents and decision makers. Most of all, it will held shed the cold, impersonal feeling of the monthly unemployment figure. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Oct. 28, the 301st day of2003. There are 64 days left in the year. Today’s I Iighlight in I listory: On Oct. 28. 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York I (arbor by President Cleveland. On this date: In 1636.1 larva rd (College was founded in Massachusetts. In 1793, Eli Whitney applied for a patent for his cotton gin (the patent was granted the following March). In 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt rededicated the Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary. In 1940. Italy invaded Greece during World War II. LBTTIRS POLICY ■ Letters must be 250 words or fewer. ■ The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions. ■ Guest columns should be less than 500 words and must be accompanied by a photo. ■ Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be confirmed. Mail latter* to: Letters to Editor c/o Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131 1328 Fax them to: (830) 606 3413 e-mail them to: news@herald- Herald-Zeitung Serving New Braunfels anti Comal ( aunty since 1852. New Braunfels Zeitunfl was founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald 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 Tonay Circulation Director Craig Pauling Advertising Director Courtnay Abarnathy Business Manager Heather Grant California’s finances give new gov a reason to burn down the state Gray Davis held a transition meeting with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Sacramento Thursday. The ousted governor’s popularity just hit a new low. Ixjst week someone posted Gray Davis’ credit card number on the Internet, and nobody stole his identity. Schwarzenegger got a briefing on the California budget Friday to help him figure out how to get the state out of debt. This explains the brushfires. I Ie took one look at the books and decided to burn down the state for the insurance money. Princess Diana’s butler wrote a tell-all book airing her most personal secrets. When the princes complained, he told them to grow up and realize their mother will always be talked about. T he Ronald Reagan Presidential Library was threatened on Sunday by wildfires in Simi Valley. It became totally encircled. The heat was so intense that at one point the popcorn overflowed the lobby and came flooding out through the front doors. The White I louse was accused by Democrats and Republicans Sunday of stonewalling the Sept. 11 commission’s investigation. Damaging facts are starting to dribble out. The on-hold music over the White I louse telephone line that day ARGUS HAMILTON Argus Hamilton's daily column of jokes on the news is carried in more than 1(X) newspapers across the United States and is also read and heard by millions on the Internet. He can lh? reached him tty e-mail at was Asleep at the Wheel's greatest hits. The Washington Post said Republicans on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee will blame the Iraq fiasco on the CIA. That works for everybody. It’s the only way Americans can attack the president’s intelligence without losing their* talk shows. . Colin Powell admitted Sunday that U.S. officials did not expect the resistance in Iraq to be this intense or last this long. His donor conference in Madrid last week fell way short. There’s simply no fetching way to tell people to come on in, the quicksand is fine. General Jerry Boykin is in hot water for saying we are in a war between good and evil, but we will win because our God is stronger than their God. It’s hardly original. How can they fire Boykin when that’s the same speech every SMU coach gives the team before the Notre Dame game? President Bush in his speech to Australia’s parliament last week drew low TV ratings. He was beaten by televised dog races from Sydney. Australia breeds the fastest racing dogs in the world, probably because the trees are so far apart there. Hillary Clinton agreed to emcee Iowa’s Democratic dinner in November. Democrats wonder if she will use the night to support the other candidates or declare her own candidacy. She promised she will stand by her principles, so it could go either way. Wesley Clark said Friday he heard from his sources at the Pentagon the White I louse wants to attack Syria next. We just love a challenge. If the U.S. can’t find any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, imagine what we can’t find in Syria. 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: 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 Telephone: (210) 224-7485 Fax: (210) 224-8569 CONGRESSMAN ■ Lamar Smith Rayburn House Office Building Room 2231 Washington, DC. 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 Texas Government GOVERNOR ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 PO. 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 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 address: STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 Fax: (210) 826-0571 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: (512) 463-0125 Fax: (512) 463-7794 E-mail address: jeffwentworthdsenate state ■ Judith Zaffirini PO Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627One Bush deception will not go away—Where are WMDs? S FAH LE— What a gully-washer. What a frog-strangler. You ain’t seen rain until you’ve seen record rain in Seattle. My wetness awareness has shot up thanks to this town. But next day, the sun came out — and you could hardly tell the deluge had occurred. And so it is in our public life — the finger of fate writes, and having writ, moves on, leaving today’s horrendous scandal back there with the snows of yesteryear, while we all focus on the latest. But there is one deception that will not go away. What happened to the weapons of mass destruction? “The intolerable reality is that they blatantly twisted intelligence information to fit preconceived policies,” said Rep. I ienry Waxman, I Khalif. They lied to promote public relations, from the Jessica Lynch ordeal to the president’s campaign landing on the USSAbraham Lincoln — and about what war would cost our country” “Before the war, week after week after week, we were told lie after lie after lie," said Sen. Edward Kennedy D-Mass. “The point is not that the president MOLLYIVINS Molly Ivin is a columnist for ( re ators Syndicate Her f reelance work has appeared in lisp a ire, Atlantic, the Nation, Harper's TV Guide and numerous (alter pub Heat ions. She also does occasional commentary for National Public Radio and the McNeil!I elver pro gram. and his senior aides were consciously lying. What was taking place was much more systematic — and potentially just as troublesome,” writes Seymour I lersh in the current issue of The New Yorker, in a long, detailed account about our intelligence failures and the politically motivated “stovepiping” — shooting unconfirmed intelligence reports, without analysis — up to decision-makers. Among the horrific results, reports I lersh: “By March 2002, a former White House official told me, it was understood by many in the White I louse that the president had decided, in his own mind, to go to war. The undeclared decision had a devastating impact on the continuing war against terrorism. The Bush administration took many intelligence operations that had been aimed at a1 Qaida and other terrorist groups around the world and redirected them to the Persian Gulf. Linguists and special operatives were reassigned, and several ongoing antiterrorism intelligence programs were curtailed.” While it is certainly not in the same category as the deceptions described above, there was something so sad about the episode last week in which it was discovered that 500 letters had been sent to American newspapers in the names of serving soldiers without their knowledge or permission. That's not so much horrific as it is low. The faked letters said in identical language that everything was hunky-dory over there in Iraq — we are inning much good and are greatly appreciated. According to a survey published in Stars and Stripes, about a third of Americans serving in Iraq have already concluded the war had little or no value. If administration officials want to lie, they should at least lie under their own names. But with this administration, one cannot spend much time fretting over past deceptions, because fresh horrors keep looming. On Oct. 21, the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany persuaded Iran to accept stricter international inspections of its nuclear sites and to stop production of enriched uranium. T his might seem, to the simple-minded, to be good news indeed. But according to The New York Times: “in Washington, the State Department reacted skeptically to the agreement, with officials privately voicing concerns that Teheran would not fully comply. Officials there only grudgingly praised the work of their European colleagues.... Bush administration officials dismissed the notion that a less confrontational approach by the Europeans had yielded more tangible results than the administration’s policy of ultimatums.” Now, some might consider that petty, small-minded or just bad manners on the part of the administration, but the more serious question is whether ifs the beginning of another intelligence gap. The Senate Intelligence Committee has been working since midsummer to figure out how the Bush administration’s prewar assessment of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction tuned out to be so wildly at variance with what has been found. According to I lersh’s report: “One finding... was that the intelligence reports about Iraq provided by the United Nations inspection teams and the International Atomic Energy Agency, which monitored Iraq’s nuclear programs, were far more accurate than the CIA estimates. ... One official said, ‘If you look at them side-by-side, CIA versus United Nations, the U.N. agencies come out ahead across the board.’” Iran now agrees to U.N. inspections and, according to the Times, "The U.S. reluctantly endorsed the European initiative, with Secretary of State Colin Powell telling his European counterparts what the U.S. wanted was an unambiguous document that left no room for negotiation or second-guessing.” Iran has yet to ratify an additional agreement under the U.N. Nuclear Nonproliferation TYeaty of 1968 that would allow surprise inspections of its nuclear installations. (Remember when rightwingers used to sneer at the "liberal wusses” who favored nonproliferation?) Those who consider this the beginning of the Same Song, Second Verse would do well to ponder the track records of American versus U.N. intelligence. As you recall during the lead-up to Iraq War II, anyone who cited the U.N.’s findings on Iraq was stigmatized as “unpatriotic.” Who would believe the sorry old United Nations, as opposed to our very own Bush administration? ;