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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 29, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Wednesday, October 29, 2003 Our Opinion Wurst Bowl offers best of competition F The Wurst Bowl exemplifies why football is so popular in Texas. No matter which school is victor, the community comes out the big winner. riday night’s Wurst Bowl has all the ingredients of a classic Texas highschool football game. Theres the deep rivalry of two cross-county teams to fuel spectator interest. Emotions are always high for this football game, no matter what the records of the respective teams are. But the fact that both teams enter the contest with stellar won-lost records, adds a nice twist to the game. Dicing it up even more is the revenge factor. Canyon’s upset of New Braunfels last year will be on the mind of every Unicorns player. lastly, is the importance of the contest in the final division standings. A victory almost guarantees a postseason appearance. The Wurst Bowl exemplifies why football is so popular in Texas. Good luck to both teams. No matter which school is victor, the community comes out the big winner. The excitement, the spirit and the enthusiasm the event generates annually is a perfect kick-off to a larger event - Wurstfest. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Oct. 29, the 302nd day of 2003. There are 63 days left in the year. Today’s I lighlight in I listory: On Oct. 29, 1929, “BlackTuesday" descended upon the New York Stock Exchange. Prices collapsed amid panic selling and thousands of investors were wiped out as America’s “Great Depression’’ began. On this date: In 1682, the founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn, landed at what is now Chester, Pa. In 1901, President McKinley’s assassin, Leon Czolgosz, was electrocuted. In 1911, American newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer died in Charleston, S.C. In 1923, the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed. In 1947, former first lady Frances Cleveland Preston died in Baltimore at age 83. In 1956, during the Suez Canal crisis, Israel launched an invasion of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. In 1956, “The I luntley-Brinkley Report” premiered as NBC’s nightly television newscast, replacing “The Camel News Caravan.’’ In 1964, thieves made off with the Star of India and other gems from the American Museum of Natural I listory in New York. ( The Star and most of the other gems were recovered; three men were convicted of stealing them.) Ten years ago: President Clinton, speaking at the Kennedy presidential library in Boston, promoted the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying President Kennedy would have supported it. Limns 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. Herald-Zeitung Serving New Braunfels anil Comal County since 1852. New Braunfels Zeitung,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 Abernathy Business Manager Mm I i M MIMIMMMHMHBBBBBH1 We need more feisty, engaged citizens 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- I haven’t written about the Lad Peterson murder case or the rape case involving Kobe Bryant for two reasons. One, the only things that should be legitimately reported about any criminal trial are the testimony of the witnesses under oath and the remarks of the judge and the attorneys inside the courtroom during the trial. Everything else is hearsay and gossip. TYvo, an ordinary crime and subsequent criminal trial do not affect anyone except the victim, the perpetrator and their families. Therefore, it should be of no interest to anyone else. Unless you are family or friend, the outcomes of the two trials I mentioned will have no effect on you whatsoever. It’s hard to get this message across to young people, but life is short. It is foolish to waste your life on trivial matters. Benjamin Franklin had a rule for his newspaper. Unless the information was useful or entertaining, it didn't get in. Alas, that is no longer the standard in today’s world, so each of us has to do our own editing. You edit by ignoring information that is neither useful nor entertaining. In print publications, that’s easy. You just scan the headlines and skip the stories that are neither useful nor entertaining. With television, you have to use your on-off switch. I personally don’t give a hoot how those two trials come out or if Ben Affleck and what’s-her-name get married. Since I’m not an investor in Hollywood, I don’t care what the box-office gross is for a movie or who wins any of the trade awards. I’m not interested in any entertainment news, which is all gossip or commercial hype. Unless there is some inspiring story of heroism, I’m not interested in random accidents and natural disasters that occur far away. Or distant wars, for that matter. CHARLEYRBISB Charley Reese is a columnist for King Features Synicate. You can write to him at PO. Box 2446, Orlando, Fla. 32802. Although I admire former California Gov. Jerry Brown, I think he’s wrong to advise people to "think globally, act locally.” The fact is that thinking globally is pointless, and nothing we do locally is going to affect the outcome in distant places. For example, the only people wh6 can “save the Brazilian rain forests” are the Brazilians. It’s their forest and their country. Whether we think the Chinese should have built a dam on the Yangtze River is a moot point. Its their river, and they’ve built a dam. The fact is, our country is in no great shape, and we should be minding our own affairs. We should concentrate on our families, our neighborhoods, our communities, our states and our regions. That is enough geography for any human being to be concerned about. Within our own regions are sufficient numbers of problems — human, social, governmental and environmental — to keep us all busy. Most of us have to work a third of our day to sustain our survival during the other two-thirds. When you subtract time consumed by traveling to and from work and by the necessary housekeeping duties, then there is not a heck of a lot of time left for saving the world. We might better spend our time giving attention to our own children — attention that a child craves like oxygen. I hate seeing children dumped into daycare centers while their parents work at underpaid jobs for giant corporations that don’t care about them or their children. Unemployment, underemployment and people working for unlivable wages are an economic blight that should concern all Americans. There are many problems we should be working on instead of allowing ourselves to be distracted by the monstrous media/entertainment corporate goliath, as well as silly internationalists who hide behind a false humanity while trying to get their hands on other people's resources. What we need are more feisty, engaged Americans rather than TV-induced zombies. 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 Talaphons: (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349-6753 ■ John Cornyn Russell Senate Courtyard 5 Washington, D.C. 20510 Talsphona: (202) 224-2934 Fax: (202) 228-2856 Web: (Send e-mails through Web site.) AUSTIN OFFICE: 221 West Sixth St.. Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Talaphona: (512) 469-6034 Fax: (512) 469-6020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Talaphona: (210) 224-7485 Fax: (210) 224-8569 CONGRESSMAN ■ Lamar Smith Rayburn House Office Building Room 2231 Washington, DC. 20515 Talaphona: (202) 225-4236 Fax: (202) 225-8628 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Talaphona: (210) 821-5024 Fax: (210) 821-5947 HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government iiliiiiiiiiiiiii GOVERNOR H Rick Perry Stat* Capitol. Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Talaphona: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 STATE HOUSE B Carter Casteel 254 E. Mill St. New Braunfels 78130 Talaphona: (830) 627-0215 Toll Fraa: (866) 687-4961 Fax: (830) 627-8895 WHILE IN AUSTIN: PO. Box 2910 Austin 78768-2190 Talaphona: (512) 463-0325 Fax: (512) 473-9920 E-mail address: [email protected] STATE SENATE B Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410. Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Talaphona: (210) 826-7800 Fax: (210) 826-0571 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Talaphona: (512) 463-0125 Fax: (512) 463-7794 E-mail address: [email protected] H Judith Zaffirini PO. Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 12702 Toepperwein Road *214 San Antonio 78233 Talaphona: (210) 657-0095 Fax: (210) 657-0262Miniseries bears little resemblance to President Reagan gay liberal lobby. That has some relevance because of one scene in the script obtained by the New York l imes and other sources. James Brolin, who plays Reagan and is married to Reagan-basher Barbra Streisand, depicts the former president as believing people with AIDS get what tney deserve, because “they that live in sin shall die in sin.” Columnist Jim Pinkerton, who worked as an aide in the Reagan White I louse from 1981 to 1983, said on Fox News Watch (where I also appear) last weekend: “Reagan was the opposite of a gay-basher. (There was) a stink when Nancy Reagan invited her interior decorator and his boyfriend to stay overnight at the White I louse. Some of the social right was upset when he (allowed that). That’s how opposite he was of the tyrannical, judgmental figure he is portrayed in this movie. He was a guy from I lollywood. I Ie dealt with gays all his life. He was not a homophone and a bigot.” Further evidence that Reagan had a more compassionate view of people with AIDS came in a 1988 letter to AIDS sufferer Elizabeth Glaser, whose daughter had just died from the disease, which her * mother contracted from a blood transfusion. Reagan wrote, “Nancy and I want you to know you are very much in our thoughts and prayers. We know there are no words that can lessen your sorrow — how we wish there were — but please know you have our deepest sympathy. We can only trust in God’s infinite wisdom and mercy knowing he has received your daughter in that other world where there is no pain or sorrow and where one day we shall all be joined with those we love forevermore.” Reagan assured Glaser that his administration was moving "in every way we can and as fast as we can to find answers to the terrible scourge that brought such sorrow to you and to so many others. You will continue to be in our prayers. God bless you.” Does this sound like an insensitive, judgmental man, or the opposite? The film script depicts Reagan cursing his staff during one Oval Office meeting. No staff member I know recalls him using such language in anger. While the script, as reported in the New York Times, does give Reagan credit for ending the Cold War and depicts him as an excep tionally good politician and moral man, it fails to credit him with igniting the biggest economic recovery since World War II. Nor is Reagan credited with converting the nation from the malaise days of Jimmy Carter to an optimistic outlook. Nancy Reagan (played by Judy Davis) is portrayed as a Joan Crawford “Mommy Dearest” shrew who slaps daughter Patti. On page 16 of the script, as printed on the Drudge Report Web page, there is this exchange among Nancy Reagan, her stepfather and her mother, Edith: “Stepfather: ‘Nancy, I don’t know what you see in Hollywood. As far as I can tell, it’s nothing but Communists and drug addicts.’ “Nancy: ‘It didn’t used to be this bad — did it, Mother?’ “Edith: ‘Hell, no. When I was here, it was just wall-to-wall Jews and queers.’” People interested in the real Reagan should read “Reagan: A Life in Letters,” edited by Kiron K. Skinner and Annelise and Martin Anderson (Free Press). There you’ll find Ronald Reagan in his own words, not the way the left twists the words of one of our most successful and beloved presidents. I CALTHOMAS (xii Thomas is a coloni Hist for Tri ho ne Media Services International. He hosts ‘After Hours"on Fox News Channel Saturdays at ll p.m. FST. Direct all mail for Cxil t homas to: Tribune Media Services, 435 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 15(H), Chicago 60611. Readers nuiy also leal* e-mail at wunv. cal thou las. com. When he was at full ideological and political strength, liberals couldn't lay a glove on Ronald Wilson Reagan. Now that he is in “the sunset of my life,” as he poignantly wrote in his final letter to the American people on Nov. 5, 1994, the left is unleashing a distorted and inaccurate attack on Reagan in an attempt to rewrite history and smear a good man. CBS will air a miniseries, “The Reagans," Nov. 16 and 18. If a script obtained by the New York Times correctly depicts the final product, the show will bear as much resemblance to the real Ronald Reagan as Santa Claus reflects the real meaning of Christmas. The miniseries is produced by Neil Meron and Craig /adati, two gay activists who will be honored with an award in I lollywood next March at a Building Equity dinner sponsored by the I luman Rights Campaign, a ;