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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Saturday, September 24, 2005FORUM Other ViewpointsAmerica deserves a full investigation into Katrina The Buffalo (N. Y.) News, on Katrina investigation: Republicans who control the Senate and I louse chamber last week killed a proposal to create an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate how the response to Hurricane Katrina went so lethally wrong. But the need for the panel is as obvious as the reason for Congress' resistance. The catastrophic damage of the hurricane and its aftermath was due, in part, to multiple failures of government at every level. The only hope of fixing these problems is to understand what the problems were, where they occurred and why. That can be done only outside a political context, where the need for self-protection evaporates. But Republicans are running scared. Mid-term elections are only 14 months away and the mess of Iraq is already hanging from their necks. Republican leaders know a fair investigation could further diminish public confidence in their governance. What is more, the Katrina catastrophe shows that government matters, and for the moment, the federal one is in the hands of a party that has spent years arguing that it doesn’t. Ideologically. an independent probe will hurt. Too bad. People died because of inadequate response. Government didn't cause the hurricane, but inattentiveness before the fact and incompetence afterward left thousands to suffer for days after floods inundated New Orleans. Americans have a right to honest answers about why the world's most powerful country couldn't meet this crisis. An independent investigation is the only way to do that. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2005. There are 98 days left in the year. Today’s I lighlight in History: On Sept. 24,1789, Congress passed the First Judiciary Act, which provided for an Attorney General and a Supreme Court. On this date: In 1869, thousands of businessmen were ruined in a Wall Street panic after financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk attempted to corner the gold market. In 1896, author F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minn. In 1929, Lt. James H. Doolittle guided a Consolidated NY2 Biplane over Mitchel Field in New York in the first all-instrument flight. In 1934, Babe Ruth made his farewell appearance as a regular player with the New York Yankees in a game against the Boston Red Sox. (The Sox won, 5-0.) In 1948, Mildred Gillars, accused of being Nazi wartime radio propagandist "Axis Sally," pleaded innocent in Washington, D.C., to charges of treason. (Gillars ended up serving 12 years in prison.) In 1955, President Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while on vacation in Denver. In 1960, the USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched at Newport News, Va. In 1963, the U.S. Senate ratified a treaty with Britain and the Soviet Union limiting nuclear testing. In 1969, the trial of the "Chicago Eight" (later seven) began. (Five of the defendants were convicted of crossing state lines to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic national convention, but the convictions were ultimately overturned.) Herald-Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since IH52. 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 Editor and Publisher Doug Toney Circulation Director Jeff Fowler Advertising Director Neice Bell Business Manager Valerie Shields News Editor David Rupkalvis HOW IO CONTACT Letters to the EditorRoberts needs to answer questions before confirmation John Roberts is too skilled in the lawyerly game of non-answering questions. I Ie repeatedly . bobbed and weaved around every question asked him by Democrats in the confirmation hearing. By refusing to honestly and candidly answer their questions about his positions and beliefs, he exposed himself as a sneaky person with questionable motives. We simply cannot trust him to be honest. From what little information that has been openly shared about Roberts’ writings as an attorney in the Reagan administration, we have seen evidence that he is more beholden to corporate interests, and a champion of expansive executive powers, than he is a supporter of the meek and vulnerable in our society. like the president who appointed him, John Roberts cares more about the well-off people in this country. like other smart and crafty lawyers in control of our government, Roberts skillfully lawyers Iris way through the system. Anil like these other lawyers — Rove, DeLay, Frist — he doesn’t use tiiose skills to help the common man, but rather to serve his own narrow agenda to be sure. As an American who believes in moral fairness, equality and compassion, I urge the Senate to reject John Roberts. We need a Chief Justice that actually has a sense of justice. James Barlow HelotesParents need to set a better example when watching sports Being parents of three boys active in different sports, we have spent numerous hours as spectators watching games and listening to parents’ comments. At a recent NBI IS football game, we witnessed some completely unacceptable behavior. listening to parents yelling negative comments about the team or coaches is always disturbing. I lowev-er, parents yelling negative comments about individual athletes on the team is appalling. We have known a lot of the boys on the varsity team over the past 12 years. Recently, we have had the privilege of meeting the remaining boys at our house Thursday nights. Ihey are a great group of dedicated athletes that are trying to be successful as a team. We take negative attacks on any of these young men personally. In reference to the negative outbursts made about the football coaches and their decisions, we know that our son is having the best experience of his football career. I Ie respects the coaches, appre ciates what they are teaching him and knows that they truly care about every player. Yes, he wishes they had won the first four games, but in no way does he blame the coaches for the losses. He knows the team is learning and change takes time. We know mo st of the boys feel the same way. It is easy to be positive when everything is going great, however, the true character of a person is shown during the bad times, not the good. If a spectator cannot refrain from being vocally negative toward individual players or the team during games, they should not attend! Nick and Angel Smith New BraunfelsHotel in Gruene could ruin small town community 'Hie proposed 104-room hotel is a terrible idea for Gruene. In Old Mesilla, N.M., next to Las Cruces where I live, the exact thing has happened. The place just does not look die same. I plan to retire near Gruene soon. I wonder what's next for Gruene? A McDonald’s? Roberto H. Moreno Las Cruces, N.M.Taking responsiblity with nothing at stake is meaningless President Bush has stated that he will take full responsibility for the mess created by Hurricane Katrina. Years ago, Attorney General Janet Reno also said that she takes full responsibility for the fires in Waco. It is easy to say this if you know that there will be no penalty for your actions. I could easily say that I, too, take full responsibility for everything that has gone wrong in the world this year, as I Know I will not be punished for it. Ceroid R. White 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 do Herald-Zeitung RO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax them to: (830) 606-3413 e-mail them to: news@herald- United States mg® 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 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 GOVER NOR HOWTO CONTACT Texas Government lliiiiiiiiiiiii ■ 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: [email protected] 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: jeff. Wentworth® senate, ■ Judith Zaffirini RO. Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 12702Toepperwein Road #214 San Antonio 78233 Telephone: (210) 657-0095 Fax: (210) 657-0262Bill Clinton could learn a lot about diplomacy from Reagan, Carter No matter how hard the media try to rehabilitate Bill Clinton — the man who brought shame and dishonor to the presidency — he seems unable to shed the chronic misbehavior that marked his White House years, sullied his image, got him impeached and destroyed forever his hopes for any kind of legacy worth remembering. What he did this past weekend, during seemingly endless TV appearances where he attacked President Bush, showed once again why he deserves to be held in contempt instead of MI KEHE AG AN 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 Netu>ork. being fawned over by a sub-se? ient media and the Democrat party, both ever anxious to pay homage to him no matter how low he sinks. The media’s slavishly obsequious behavior during his widely-publicized “save the world conference” in New York last week was typified by a female Italian reporter who was overheard saying that Monica Lewinski — whose groveling was of a different, more basic form — was "lucky.” a remark on par with a similar gushing by one of her American sisters who once expressed the same sentiment in earthier terms, saying she would have been more than happy to perform the same lurid services for Bill Clinton that Miss Lewinski provided. Some of the more honest journalists did admit that Clinton’s attacks on President Bush were off-limits, pointing out the fact that former presidents simply do not criticize their successors. Its just not done. Unfortunately, they failed to add that Clinton’s criticism was also completely off base, like much of what he says. The whole incident reminded me of one of my father’s finest moments when on the day of his inauguration in 1981, just minutes after learning that the American hostages in Iran had been freed, he sent former President Carter to greet the hostages and even gave him the use of Air Force One for his mission. Dad had no reason beyond his great compassion and decency to treat the man he had defeated after a bruising campaign — where his opponent had viciously attacked him — with such a great and generous gesture. And from that moment on, he never once spoke ill of Jimmy Carter nor did Jimmy Carter speak ill of him during his eight years in the White I louse. Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter may have been worlds apart in their politics, but they shared one similarity — they were both gentlemen. It’s something that could never be said about Bill Clinton, now appropriately memorialized by the Chinese by having a line of condoms named after him. Our media and his fellow Democrats may not have his number, but the rest of the world does. Clinton’s condoms — what a legacy. Clinton’s activities last weekend showed once again, that like his Democrat colleagues, he cannot stop wanting to run this country and run the world while he’s at it. The mans overwhelming hunger for the spotlight marks everything he says and does. I Ie cannot bring himself to leave center stage and slip into the background. Nor can his fellow Democrat Chuck Schumer; when he sees a microphone the area between him and the mike becomes a hazardous plac J to be. Get near either of them and you could be trampled to death as they race to get in front of the TV camera. Clinton’s ingratitude to the president who honored him once again by pairing him with his father to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina simply boggles the mind. At the very first opportunity, he turned on the man who went out of his way to twice honor him with a prestigious assignment. Chanting the Democrat party’s favorite mantra about the need to raise taxes so they can spend more of the people’s money on their pet spending schemes, Bill Clinton proved oblivious to the simple fact that the president’s tax-cutting policies have given the United States the fastest growing economy in the world. His obsession with tax increases would plunge the U.S. into the recession that he left behind when he and his wife slipped away from the White House with a few national treasures in their trunks. We hoped then that he was gone. He wasn’t. ;