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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A September 2003 HeraldZeitung Serving New Brimnfth and Carnal County since New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 18B2 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957and printed in both German and English until Managing Editor Editor Features Editor Editof and Publfsher Clrculailon Director Advertialnfl Director Business Manager Caurtftev Abefmrthy Heather OUR OPINION County fair is a slice of rural life The county fair I is a celebration of everything that has made us what we It is an impor At c 01 110 years the Comal County Fair is one of the largest and most successful county fairs in and there are reasons for The county fair is a celebra tant part of our tion of all we are and every social So I thing that made us what we take time this I Is an important part of week to attend j our social the 110th can me to101 i tance of a livestock project to achild and thank He or she learns to be trust those who have worthy and Dedi made it possi cation to a duty to care for I animals becomes an adult dedication to a to neighbors and to the less The directors and drovers of the fair association understand They and maybe of volunteers over more than a century have kept this tradition alive and carried it on for the benefit of our Very few children whose teachers and 4H or FFA mentors steer them through livestock or home economics projects end up in the court system or county Many are pinching pennies and making plans to go to Texas or some other fine As the 110th annual Comal County Fair rolls honor the volunteers who have given so much to us all and come out and support our TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 266th day of There are 99 days left in the Autumn arrives at Todays Highlight in History On Republican vicepresidential candidate Richard Nixon went on television to deliver what came to be known as the Checkers speech as he refuted allegations of improper campaign On this date In Harvard College in held its first In British spy John Andre was captured along with papers revealing Benedict Arnolds plot to surrender West Point to the In the Lewis and Clark expedition returned to Louis from the Pacific In the planet Neptune was discovered by German astronomer Johann Gottfried In Sigmund the founder of psycho died in In the 20thcentury Fox production The the first movie filmed in the Cinemascope widescreen had its Hollywood a week after opening in New In nine black students who had entered Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas were forced to withdraw because of a white mob out In New Yorks Philharmonic since renamed Avery Fisher formally opened as the first unit of the Lincoln Center for the Per forming In former Argentine president Juan Peron was returned to Ten years ago was selected to host the 2000 Summer beating out Bei The Israeli parliament ratified the Israel PLO Be wary of demogogues who are quick to brand all dissenters as unpatriotic H CHARLEYREESE Charley Reese is a columnist for King Fea tures You can write to him at Box ere is a quotation from Reich Marshal Hermann Its a statement he made during the Nuremberg tri als The people can always be brought to the bidding of That is All you have to do is tell them they are being at and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to It works the same in any Eric an excellent quoted this in a recent While I cant verify the I have no reason to doubt After it is one of those truths that are immediately recognized as an accurate statement about the human Different people have expressed the thought through the We have just seen the ploy used by the Bush and Im not suggesting any moral equivalency between the Bushies and the But they did use the same The Bushies told us we were in imminent danger of an attack by Saddam People who questioned that were attacked as unpatriotic and accused of risking the safety of the Thus we were led to wage an unprovoked The question all of us should ponder is how a free people blessed with can avoid being manipulated by political lead The obvious answer is I saw a reference to a study recently that showed 69 percent of the Americans polled couldnt find Iraq on a map that was That shows gross ignorance of Add to that ignorance of world other other cultures and other and you have a recipe for sheep that can easily be led by the Thomas Jefferson said it best when he observed that those who expect to be ignorant v and free expect what never was nor ever will the American are not really free if we cant control our own government and its And we will never dp that if we remain The news media are partly to Public education is also to Lets face a The American taxpayers spend more on education than anybody else in the world and get less for Its not the fault of Teachers but only students can and if the students have no desire to there is nothing the best teachers in the world can do about Becoming educated is something individuals must do by And its hard The worst thing politicians do is mandate that teachers must produce uniform results on stan dardized The problemwith that crazy idea is that students are not But there are other ways in which students are not Some are Some are Some come from homes with supportive Some come from dysfunctional There is no point in expecting political demago gues who are willing to abuse both teachers and students to understand the complexity of edu the solution is to abolish public education altogether and start In the its never too late to educate The public library offers the equivalent of a free graduate education to anybody inter ested in pursuing And always be wary of demagogues quick to brand dissenters as unpa LITTIRS POLICY Letters must be 250 words or The HeraldZeitung reserves the right to edit all Guest columns should be less than 500 words and must be accompanied by a Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be Mail letters to Letters to Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax them to 830 6083413 email them to UttHtd Government PRESIDENT George Bush 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20600 II KAY BAILRY HUTCHISON Russell Sonata Office Building Room 284 20510 202 2246922 NX 202 2240776 Webs Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OfFICE 8023 Vantage Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 Telephone 210 3402886 Fax 210 3496763 JOHN CORNYN Russell Senate Courtyard 6 20510 Telephone 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282866 Web Send emails through Web AUSTIN OFFICE 221 West Sixth Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone 512 4696034 Fax 612 4696020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 600 Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 2247485 Fax 210 2248569 CONGRESSMAN LAMAR SMITH Rayburn House Office Building Room 2231 20515 Telephone 202 2254236 Fax 202 2258628 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 1100 NE Loop Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8215024 Fax 210 8215947 Texas Government minimum GOVERNOR RICK PERRY State Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax 512 4631849 STATE HOUSE CARTER CASTEEL 254 Mill New Brauhfels 78130 Telephone 830 6270215 Toll Free 866 6874961 Fax 830 6278895 WHILE IN AUSTIN Box 2910 Austin 787682190 Telephone 512 4630325 Fax 512 4739920 Email address STATE SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 Fax 210 8260571 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone 512 4630125 Fax 512 4637794 Email address [email protected] JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 12702 Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570096 Fax 210 6570262 Voters reject higher unnecessary spending CALTHOMAS Cal Thomas is a colum Tribune Media Services International He hosts After Hours on Fox News Channel Saturdays at II Direct all mail far Cal Thomas to Tribune Media 435 Michigan Suite Readers may also leave email at Campaigning for president in and Alabama Democratic George Wallace Send em a mes Wallace believed that a vote for him would send a message to Washington politicians that the peo ple were tired of Washingtons dicta torial i Alabama voters sent the country a different kind of message than which was mostly based on race and Southern They rejected by more than a 21 margin Republican Bob Rileys plea for a billion tax in crease to offset a million budget Riley acknowledged receiving at least part of the message in an electionnight statement Ive heard what the people of Alabama have and they said it very clearly We do want you to be good stew but we want a smaller government until you prove to us you are good stewards of our How about smaller government forev allowing those who make the money to keep more of it and those who so often misspend it to have less to spend Alabama is the latest of several states with voters telling their leaders theyve had enough with high taxes and unnec essary Something approach ing a national tax revolt could be In San voters approved a super majority requirement for any tax hikes in March 2002 in a large fuel and sales tax increase was defeated 31 in August 2002 in voters in sev eral suburbs last November rejected a sales tax hike by an overall margin of 10 Just the other voters in said no to what would have been the nations firstever espresso All over this people are showing how tired they are of having their pock ets picked by like most forecast doom and laidoff police to closed libraries if voters didnt al low government to take more of their The public appears to be onto this especially when disaster never strikes after the tax increases are Alabamas notes the Nation al Taxpayers Union is that it operates on a very restrictive mandate More than 87 percent of Alaba ma taxes are earmarked for specific budget The national average is just 22 Local governments should be given the freedom to consolidate services with other towns and They should also be encouraged to outsource more work that could be done by private in dustry and not state and federal gov The Bush administration is seeking to do this but is fiercely opposed by the liberal labor unions that fill Demo cratic coffers with campaign money and polling places with votes in exchange for maintaining their political Texas is a good model for Alabama and other In Bowie the school transportation system is shared with a dozen other school dis The Dallas County school district pro vides information technology services to 15 other The overhead savings from these shared responsibilities can be The NTU recommends an Inspector General modeled after the IGs at the federal who audit for fraud and Montgomery one of the first of its kind in the nation has been analyzing about 500 county and school district programs for the last five For every dollar budgeted to the the office has challenged almost in There are plenty of advocates for big ger and everexpanding government There should be more advocates for the taxpayers who make the money that government so often The core of some popular weightloss programs is a reduction in carbohy Lower carbs allow the body to bum fat and weight loss Gov ernments carbohydrate Is Re duce the amount and government will But the cravings of people for more services must also be just as a diteter must reduce his the Alabama vote a new com Thou shalt not raise our ;