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					PAGE 4A                                                                          Laredo Morning Times                                                               Friday, February 14, 2003


                                                                                 OPINION
By Rowland Nethaway                     Other views                                                                                                              By Jack Anderson
SUVs are not                                                                                                                                                     United Nations
to blame for                                                                                                                                                     is saying no
high gas prices                                                                                                                                                  war for now
T      he rapid run-up in the price
       of gasoline should make
       environmentalists happy.
                                                                                                                                                                 M         ore Americans support
                                                                                                                                                                           going to war with Iraq now
                                                                                                                                                                           that Secretary of State
  The famous environmentalist Al                                                                                                                                 Colin Powell has put his prestige
Gore, the man who would be                                                                                                                                       on the line. As the only dove in an
president, tied fuel efficiency to                                                                                                                               administration of hawks, Powell’s
the price of gasoline.                                                                                                                                           turnabout convinced many skep-
                                                                                                                                                                 tics here at home that the case
  Gore’s believes that people will
                                                                                                                                                                                        a g a i n s t
cut back on their driving, demand                                                                                                                                                       S a d d a m
fuel-efficient cars and be forced to                                                                                                                                                    Hussein justi-
rely more on public transportation                                                                                                                                                      fies a military
if the price of gasoline puts a seri-                                                                                                                                                   response.
ous hurt on paychecks.                                                                                                                                                                    But Powell
  The lockstep environmentalists                                                                                                                                                        failed to per-
who have turned SUV hatred into                                                                                                                                                         suade       the
a religion should be in a state of                                                                                                                                                      European
rapture now that gasoline prices                                                                                                                                                        allies,    who
                                                                                                                                                                    JACK ANDERSON
are through the roof.                                                                                                                                                                   have stepped
  SUV haters should offer a green                                                                                                                                up their resistance to a U.S.-led
prayer to President Bush for their                                                                                                                               invasion of Iraq. They’re not mes-
good fortune.                                                                                                                                                    merized by Powell’s commanding
  Where Gore would have been            Your opinion                                                                                                             presence and his ease of presen-
more inclined to simply ratchet up                                                                                                                               tation, and have focused instead
                                                                                                                                                                 on the holes in his arguments.
taxes on gasoline and imported          2002 United Way jefe                  Production, Honorio Flores, y la Ley     munication classes. In 2002,
                                                                                                                                                                   But it was Powell who last fall
oil, Bush accomplished the same                                               del Norte, Cindy Carmona, Jerry G        Zaffirini charged TAMIU $20,000
thing by threatening to start a war.    lauds campaign effort                 and The Bad Boyz, Grupo 3                for two sessions where people             pressed Bush to seek authority
                                                                              Generaciones and Rayo 44.                were mandated to attend. This is a        from the United Nations for military
  SUV drivers can count them-
                                          To the editor:                       Francisco Ochoa and Manuel              waste of taxpayer’s dollars. The          action, and now the administration
selves among the casualties if a                                                                                                                                 is stuck with its decision. Once you
war in Iraq drives gasoline prices        The United Way of Laredo            Villarreal provided the food from        university should not be pressured
                                        Campaign began with the kickoff                                                to spend this amount of money.            appeal to the world body to legit-
even higher.                                                                  Taco Palenque and Alejandro                                                        imize a pre-emptive attack, you
  If Gore is right, a war that drives   breakfast on Sept. 6, 2002. The       Alvarez from Cindy’s Catering.           The $20,000 could have paid for
                                        goal recommended by the                                                        many students’ financial aid needs.       can’t then go out and act like a
up the price of gasoline will bene-                                           Also, RC Cola and Herm Lira,                                                       cowboy. When Bush says, “The
fit America as the driving public       Admission and Allocations             Pasteleria Rodriguez Hermanos              Judy Zaffirini’s time is coming up.
                                        Committee and approved by the                                                                                            game is over,” he upsets the frag-
sticks closer to home and relies                                              and Graciela Rodriguez, Bordens          I have never seen so many people          ile diplomacy needed to build a
more on public transportation and       board was $1,510,000.                 Dairy Products and Jorge de los          be so vocal about her questionable        consensus among leaders whose
Birkenstocks.                             Twenty-three community agen-        Santos; Laredo Public Library            actions. The year 2004 will be the        populations oppose war by mar-
  The Gore theory, which makes          cies were selected for assistance.    Non-Profit Center and Christina          year that we get a new state sena-        gins of 70 and 80 percent. The
good supply-and-demand sense,           After much work by a group of         R. Fracchia, Heaven Scent                tor. We need someone that                 French responded that it’s not a
would force Americans to trade in       dedicated volunteers, the goal of     Flower and Gift Shop and Sara            believes in cooperation and not the       game, and it’s not over.
their Land Rovers, Cadillac             $1,510,000 has been met and           Aguilar and Leo Aguilar, Garza           fear factor. We need a strong can-          The U.N. Security Council sits
Escalades          and       Lincoln    surpassed. I especially want to       Flower and Gift Shop and Ms.             didate that will run against Judy         like a court of law in judgment of
Navigators for Honda Civics,            thank the vice presidents for         Garza, Sams Club and Jesus               Zaffirini. Laredo and the district will   the evidence for war, and its mem-
Suzuki Swifts and Toyota Echos.         Campaign, the Board of Directors,     Diaz and Pat Proa, Target and            support this candidate.                   bers are not satisfied that Powell
                                        the Executive Committee, the          Joe Elizondo, Ready Ice and                Signed,                                 has prosecuted the case beyond a
  Sky-high gasoline prices would
                                        speaker’s bureau, and a very          Celso Uribe, Yardart and Manuel            (e-mail) Juan Elizondo                  reasonable doubt. Like it or not,
eliminate the need for fuel-effi-
                                        dedicated staff led by Peggy          Montalvo, Bodega La Reina, Dr.                                                     the burden of proof is on the
ciency standards. Manufacturers
                                        Garcia.                               Jorge Vela, Cancer Patient                                                         United States to show that the Iraqi
would compete for business in a
                                          A special thank you to our                                                   Chess Club grateful                       leader poses an immediate threat
marketplace that demands fuel                                                 Services and Nora Mendiola and
efficiency.
                                        Campaign Director Norma               Diana Salazar, Earthgrain Bakery         for LCC’s support                         to the world, and that he can only
                                        Lozano, for her efforts. A big                                                                                           be disarmed through military inter-
  The joy of punishing SUV own-                                               and Lorena Flores, TY Toys and
                                        thank you to the Combined                                                        To the editor:                          vention. With hundreds of
ers has to be balanced with the                                               Beto Garza, Big Lots and Joe                                                       weapons inspectors combing the
                                        Federal Campaign and the State        Arambula, Elena Holloway, Nova             The Laredo Chess Club thanks
fact that gasoline is only one of                                                                                                                                country and U.S. and British war-
                                        Employees Campaign. Thanks to         Printing and Signs and Norberto          Dr. Ramon Dovalina, Laredo
many petroleum products that                                                                                                                                     planes patrolling two-thirds of
                                        all the news media; a very special    Vasquez, Print Express and Juan          Community College president;
come from crude oil.                                                                                                                                             Iraq’s air space, the urgency for
                                        thank you to the Laredo Morning       Garza, Champion Fine Meats and           Ana Maria Mendiola, LCC Math
  Exorbitant gasoline prices will                                                                                                                                war has been removed. At a mini-
                                        Times for all that they do for the    Mr. Campeon, River City Donuts,          Department chairperson; Carmen
hurt Americans who already drive                                                                                                                                 mum, the invasive surveillance
                                        United Way of Laredo.                 and Ms. Araceli Rodriguez, Ultra         Seibert Martinez, LCC Adult
fuel-efficient vehicles and can’t                                                                                                                                stops Saddam from using whatev-
                                          Finally, a great bit thank you to   Signs and Alejandro Gonzalez             Education director; Francisco             er he may be hiding.
afford a big jump in fuel costs.
                                        everyone in the community who         and Sylvia Herrera, El Pescador          Acosta Jr., LCC Instructional               Powell made the case that
  Extreme heating oil prices may
                                        pledged to the campaign.              and Jesus Benavides and Grace            director coordinator; and Becky           Saddam is hiding chemical and
build a global-warming fan base
                                          It is with great pride and satis-   Benavides, Dr. Judson                    Sepulveda, LCC marketing direc-           biological material, but he was
where people rely on this prod-
                                        faction that I turn over the presi-   Somerville, Mr. Aldo Tatangelo;          tor, for hosting an open unrated          less successful in making the link
uct to keep from freezing in the
                                        dency of the United Way to Dalia      Retama West and America                  chess tournament held Saturday,           between the Iraqi leader and Al
winter.
                                        Martinez with International Bank      Rodriguez and staff.                     Feb. 1, at De La Garza Building.          Qaeda. That’s why the adminis-
  Steep increases in oil will drive     of Commerce. I know that our           Our sincere thanks to one and             The tournament was a great              tration seized on a new audiotape
up the prices of nearly every           many volunteers and our commu-        all for helping us make this a           success. Seventy-one players of           allegedly made by Osama bin
product Americans now depend            nity will once again respond to                                                all ages and abilities participated       Laden urging the Iraqi people to
upon ranging from medicines, to                                               great party that everyone enjoyed.
                                        this call to contribute to United      Signed,                                 in the event. Trophies and medals         defy the Americans as proof of the
food, to housing.                       Way so that we can help many of                                                were given to the winners.                relationship. But the voice on the
  Like it or not, oil is a national                                            Diana Lee Crawford and
                                        our citizens through agencies          Maria G. Franco                           The purpose of this event was to        tape does not align himself with
security commodity. Without a           which are funded.                                                              promote math awareness and crit-          Saddam and instead condemns
dependable and sufficient source          Signed,                                                                      ical thinking, and to bring together      the Iraqi leadership as “infidels.”
of oil, the American economy              Jose Garcia                         Eyes state senate                        chess players in the community.             The Europeans found flaws in
would collapse. That’s a matter of                                                                                                                               just about every piece of evidence
national security.
                                          President 2002                      contest for 2004                           Signed,
                                                                                                                                                                 Powell presented. A British govern-
                                                                                                                         Alberto G. Vargas
  The American economy is not                                                                                            Laredo Chess Club vice president        ment report that Powell praised as
alone in this dependency. The           BEST appreciates                        To the editor:                                                                   “a fine document” turned out to be
economies of most developed                                                     After every redistricting session,                                               a dozen years old and plagiarized
                                        support for event                     all of the 31 Texas state senators                                                 from a graduate student’s thesis,
nations depend on oil.                                                                                                 ‘Hard to speak up
                                                                              draw straws to see if they pick a                                                  even including typos and gram-
  Although the United States has          To the editor:                      two or a four-year term.                 when you’re smiling’                      matical errors. The terrorist camp
reduced its dependence on                 A party was organized during the      On the first day of the legislative                                              in northern Iraq that Powell cited
Middle East oil, it has increased       Christmas season by a group           session, Judy Zaffirini drew a two-
its overall dependence on import-                                                                                        To the editor:                          as an outpost of Al Qaeda trig-
                                        BEST individuals (Bringing            year term, which means that she                                                    gered questions about why the
ed oil.                                                                                                                  Right on, Gerardo Garcia. Let’s
                                        Everyone Special Together) to         will have to run in 2004.                                                          administration hadn’t bombed the
  Not to disparage another per-         honor all those persons with dis-                                              gather all the poor people, who
                                                                                The time has come to replace           are paying these outrageous               site if it was so dangerous. The
son’s religion, but attacking SUVs      abilities young and old and the       Judy Zaffirini. She has gotten too                                                 area is not even under the control
is like criticizing humidity while      least fortunate of our community.                                              taxes, and march on to the board
                                                                              big for her britches. She recently       of trustees. Then, the three of us        of Saddam. The discovery of a
being swept away in a flood.              The Christmas party was held at     lobbied in an unprofessional and                                                   fighter jet reconfigured so it can
  The United States needs to            Copa Cabaña on Dec. 19 at 5100                                                 can demand that they stop mis-
                                                                              questionable way the LCC board                                                     carry biological and chemical
become energy independent.              Santa Maria Ave. Several busi-                                                 managing our money.
                                                                              to name a building after her. The                                                  weapons sounds alarming until
This means energy conservation,         nesses, organizations, and indi-                                                 Let’s also demand that our chil-
                                                                              LCC board members named a                                                          you stop to consider that dispers-
and not just in cars.                   viduals were asked for donations      building after her simply because        dren receive a better education.          ing these deadly weapons requires
  SUVs can never match the ener-        to help out with the event.           she scared them.                           WAIT A MINUTE. If our children          a slow-flying plane, like a crop
gy wastefulness of American               About 300 participants attended       Last year, she actively cam-           become better educated, then, an          duster, not a fast-flying jet however
homes and buildings. From the           and were treated to dinner. They      paigned against Aldolfo Campero          evil corporation might hire them.         cleverly redesigned.
trash we throw out to the lights we     received toys, clothes and food       for state representative and Henry       Plus, if they work hard, then, they         Yet most Americans look upon
leave burning, Americans waste          baskets.                              Cuellar for Congress, both home-         might become wealthy. And                 these counter-arguments as quib-
enough energy to fuel the                 The BEST organization is grate-     town individuals. She campaigned         wealthy people are bad.                   bling. Powell’s overall presentation
economies of many nations.              ful to the following business, com-   against Henry Cuellar because              They get angry when they have           was greater than the sum of its parts
  This nation needs to develop          munity members and organiza-          she does not want anyone to              to share 40 percent of their              because of who he is and the credi-
alternative energy sources that         tions for their donations and con-    advance higher than her. Her petty       income with people who lack the           bility he brings, but the Europeans
can reliably power this nation’s        tributions of time or goods for the   jealousy hurts our community.            same motivation.                          aren’t buying. The taunting words on
economy.                                event. We thank them all:               Judy Zaffirini has pressured local       WHERE ARE THE turncoats?                the Osama tape will bolster
  We also must find ways to               Copa Cabaña Music Hall and          entities like TAMIU, the city of         Where is the outrage? Why are             President Bush’s resolve to go to
                                        Jesus Llanes, for the use of the      Laredo and the Webb County               we not speaking up?                       war, which is what bin Laden wants.
exploit this nation’s current ener-                                                                                                                              Luring the United States into a con-
gy supplies in ways that do not         music Hall. Music was provided by     Appraisal District to pay her at least     It’s difficult for us to speak up
                                        Copa Cabaña Music Hall and Llanes     $10,000 per session for her com-         when we’re smiling.                       frontation with the Muslim world will
pollute the environment.                                                                                                                                         guarantee thousands of new
  The bad news for anti-SUV envi-                                                                                                                                recruits for Al Qaeda. Rather than
ronmentalists is that we could win                                                                                                                               proving the administration’s case,
the war in Iraq, install a free-mar-    Doonesbury                                                                          BY GARRY TRUDEAU                     this latest communication from the
ket government, open Iraq’s vast                                                                                                                                 terrorist netherworld will ratchet up
oil fields, bust up OPEC and drive                                                                                                                               the resistance from the allies who
down the price of crude oil and                                                                                                                                  fear striking Iraq will spark more ter-
gasoline to the point that more                                                                                                                                  rorism.
Americans can afford to drive big-                                                                                                                                 Prediction: The United Nations,
ger SUVs.                                                                                                                                                        under European pressure, will
  This is a great, but a confusing,                                                                                                                              assert the authority delegated to it
country.                                                                                                                                                         by the United States and prevent
                 =====                                                                                                                                           an attack on Iraq.
  (Rowland Nethaway is senior                                                                                                                                                     =====
editor of The Waco Tribune-                                                                                                                                        (Jack Anderson and Douglas
Herald.                      E-mail:                                                                                                                             Cohn are columnists for United
RNethaway(at)wacotrib.com)                                                                                                                                       Feature Syndicate. Political
                                                                                                                                                                 Correspondent Eleanor Clift con-
                                                                                                                                                                 tributed.)

				
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