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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 23, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Friday, September 23, 2005 FORUM ■■■■■■NMI Our Opinion Fair parade a chance to show off county Take some time this morning to enjoy the Comal Count}' Fair, it is a symbol of what makes our community special. The pet parade begins at 9:15 with the fair parade at IO. R egardless of what Hurricane Rita does, we ll get the Comal County Fair parade in this morning as we nearly always have. Get your sunscreen and lawnchairs and come on out to Main Plaza and enjoy a community parade like parades used to be. Be prepared to stay awhile, because the parade lasts a couple hours. Be prepared, also, to meet friends and neighbors you haven t seen in a year. You’ll be surprised how much their kids have grown, even if they themselves haven’t changed a bit. You’ll see your local politicians sitting atop cars, floats or firetrucks, and you’ll see all of our schools’ marching bands. You’ll see floats sponsored by every local civic group and a few others from out of town, as well as from many businesses. The parade, which is more than IOO years old, is the penultimate moment of our annual celebration of ourselves and our community. This year, it will also be a chance to show off a little. We still have a few Hurricane Katrina evacuees in town, and quite a few of us have been taking in people displaced by Hurricane Rita. Today, we can show them what makes our community special. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Sept. 23, the 266th day of 2005. There are 99 days left in the year. Todays Highlight in History: On Sept. 23,1779, during the Revolutionary War, the American warship Bon Homme Richard defeated the MMS Serapis after the American commander, John Paul Jones, is said to have declared: “I have not yet begun to fight!” On this date: In 1642, Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass., held its first commencement. In 1780, British spy John Andre was captured along with papers revealing Benedict Arnold’s plot to surrender West Point to the British. In 1806, the Lewis and Clark expedition returned to St. Louis from the Pacific Northwest. In 1846, the planet Neptune was discovered by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle. In 1938, a time capsule, to be opened in the year 6939, was buried on the grounds of the World’s Fair in New York City. In 1952, Republican vice-presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon went on television to deliver what came to be known as the “Checkers” speech as he refuted allegations of improper campaign financing. In 1957, nine black students who had entered Little Rock Central I Ugh School in Arkansas were forced to withdraw because of a white mob outside. In 1962, New York’s Philharmonic Hall (since renamed Avery Fisher I {all) formally opened as the first unit of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. How to get your news into the Herald-Zeitung Residents are encouraged to share their accomplishments, special moments and community events. You can submit by: ■ Mail — 707 Landa St 78130. ■ E-mail — [email protected] ■ Information — Call 625-9144, ext. 222 HOW TO CONTACT Guest Column New Braunfels ISD trustees need to take a stand on safety issues As a neighbor of Carl Schurz Elementary, I have spent months, and now years, observing hazardous situations, such as exposed rebar without safety caps and construction areas accessible to students without effective barriers. When I attended a school board meeting to address the safety issues at Carl Schurz, the superintendent and Mr. (Daryl) Stoker, head of construction for this bond renovation, stated that if there were safety concerns, it was the school principal, Merry White’s, responsibility. My response was, “You have to be kidding!” At that time, Mr. Stoker replied, “That’s right, it s Merry White’s responsibility” and turned to Superintendent (Ron) Reeves who replied, “That’s what we said, it is Merry White’s responsibility." I have never witnessed two men in their position trying to put off their responsibility for safety issues. In amazement, I could not believe the NBISD Board of Trustees did not question their answers to me. Within several days, the rebar was capped, a plywood wall was constructed and barrier netting was installed. These are routine precautions that should be taken by any construction company, especially in that atmosphere. A number of my neighbors have been robbed, and also a woman working the book fair at Carl Schurz had her window broken out and her purse stolen. It appears that crime in our neighborhood has increased since construction began at Carl Schurz. So, I asked Superintendent Reeves what he could do about it. I stated that these construction workers sit on the curb smoking cigarettes in front of my house, next door, across the street and along the curb facing the school. I feel as though they are not properly supervised. PAUL LAINE Paul iMine is a resident of New Braunfels. My neighbors have seen them and have also shared their concerns. When I asked Superintendent Reeves if there was anything he could do about it or publicize it in the paper to alert homeowners in the area, he simply stated, “Call the police, that’s what they are there for.” I doubt Superintendent Reeves or Daryl Stoker have any of their construction workers sitting on the curb in front of their house smoking cigarettes. If a high school principal who is a disciplinarian, which we need more than ever, can be run out of town for doing his job, what would it take to run people out of town for not doing their jobs? Yes, I’m talking about the Board of Trustees. Take a stand and don’t roll over like a bunch of catfish. 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 New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung RO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax them to: (830) 606-3413 e-mail them to: news@herald- United States Government PRESIDENT Z 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 Fax: (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 GOVERNOR ■ Rick Perry NOW TO CONTACT ■0X38 Government 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@ 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) 657-0262Its time for Bush to follow Reagan’s lead and nominate a conservative ANNCOULTER Ann Coulter is an attorney, author and a columnist for Unii>ersal Press Syndicate. Perhaps President Bush has inadvertently nominated a true conservative to the court with this Roberts fellow. I remain skeptical based on the following facts: (I) Anita I lill has not stepped forward to accuse Roberts of sexual harassment. (2) The Democrats did not accuse Roberts of having a secret life as a racist. (3) We have no idea what kind of videos he rents. Also, I’m still steamed that Bush has now dashed my dreams of an all-black Supreme Court composed of eight more Clarence Thomases. Incidentally, eight more Clarence Thomases is the only form of human cloning I would ever support. As liberal Hendrik Hertzberg wrote in The New Yorker, Roberts was a scared choice. After Hurricane Katrina, Bush was even more scared. So when he had to pick a chief justice, he renominated the Rorschach blot. For Christians, its "What Would Jesus Do?” For Republicans, it’s “What Would Reagan Do?” Bush doesn’t have to be Reagan: he just has to consult his WWRD bracelet. If Bush had followed the WWRD guidelines, he would have nominated Antonin Scalia for the chief justiceship. As proof, I refer you to the evidence. When Reagan had an opening for chief justice, he nominated Associate Justice William Rehnquist. While liberals were preoccupied staging die-ins against Rehnquist and accusing him of chasing black people away from the polls with a stick — something they did not accuse Roberts of — Reagan slipped Scalia onto the court. That’s what Reaganesque presidents with a five-vote margin in the Senate typically do. Apart from toppling the Soviet Empire, Scalia remains Reagan’s greatest triumph. Scalia deserved the chief justiceship. He’s the best man for the job. I Ie has suffered lo these many years with Justices Souter, Kennedy and O’Connor. He believes in a sedentary judiciary. He’s for judicial passivism. Scalia also would have been the first cigar-smoking, hot-blooded Italian chief justice, which I note the diversity crowd never mentions. But most important, if Bush had nomi nated Scalia, liberals would have responded with their usual understated screams of genocide, and Bush could have nominated absolutely anyone to fill Justice O’Connor’s seat. He also could have cut taxes, invaded Syria and bombed North Korea and Cuba just for laughs. I Ie could even have done something totally nuts, like enforce the immigration laws. Even if Roberts turns out to be another Rehnquist (too much to hope for another Scalia!), we don’t know that, Bush doesn’t know that and Bush has blown a golden opportunity to make Chuck Schumer the public face of the Democratic Party. A few weeks of Schumer as their spokesman, and normal Democrats would be clamoring for Howard Dean to get back on the stick. Teddy Kennedy would start showing up at hearings actually holding a double scotch. Inasmuch as Bush must still choose a replacement for O’Connor, it’s important to remember the "Sandra Day O’Connor bylaw” to the WWRD guidelines: Never appoint anyone like Sandra Day O’Connor to any court at any level. Reagan had made a campaign promise to appoint a woman to the Supreme Court. He didn’t say anything about appointing a ninny. But back in 1981, it was slim pickings for experienced femali judges. O’Connor was a terrible mistake and will forever mar Reagan’s record, bul at least he did it only once. Bush has already fulfilled all his campaign promises to liberals — and then some! He said he’d be a “compassionate conservative,” which liberals interpreted to mean that he would bend to their will enact massive spending programs and b nice to liberals. When Bush won the elec tion, that sealed the deal. It meant the Democrats won. Consequently, Bush has enacted massive new spending programs, obstinate!] refused to deal with illegal immigration, opposed all conservative Republicans in their primary races and invited Teddy Kennedy over for movie night. I le’s even sent his own father to socialize with agin porn star Bill Clinton. According to my WWRD wristwatch, it time for Bush to invade Grenada, bomb Libya, fire the air traffic controllers and joke about launching a first strike agains the Soviet Union. In lieu of that, how about nominating a conservative to O’Connor’s seat on the court? It would b a bold gesture. Herald-Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852: New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890. The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958 MMI - 'i&V*    1 Doug Toney Jeff Fowler Neice Bell Valerie Shields David Rupkalvis j Editor and Publisher Circulation Director Advertising Director Business Manager News Editor ■MMI ;