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' . f'" PAGE 2 - THE ALVORD-SUNSET GAZETTE . THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2003 A Weekly Ncwxpaper - Published Cantiauoudy Since 1927  B. W. (Wayne) Dennis Publisher Patricla K. Dennis Editor 108 H. Wickhan St. P.O, Box7 Alvord, TX 76225-0007 (940) 427-2112 - Fax 427-3801 email address: Chdstlne Clower Colunmlst Wynonr00 Rlddles Columnl#t Ted Hofsi00 Column/st Jeannle Patton , Co/ram/st Amanda Denn00 Doris Bolllter • .; Columnist .... Doug Hagin 'Columnist : .,,, . ii I ..... Special ColumnForDemocrats bec(:me a party i,f pessimism, and a party, which puts Americdsinterest below their need for power. ! Now for the final reason the Democrats are d,amed to fall on their faces in 2004, Their party and yours if you area DemoCrat,: have ceased to be a party with any message: Instead the Democratic Party is now a party which jusl attacks Republicans, demonizes it's opponents, and tries:R scare people into voting for their candidates/  By Doug Hagin If you are a Democrat, then this column is fi)'r you. If you are reading this and hoping one of the Demo- cratic candidates can win the 2004 presidential elec- tion and unseat George W. Bush then yes you need to read this column. Even if you are holding out hope Hillary will throw her hat in the ring and sweep to the White House you need to read this column. You need to read this and realize this fact. The Democratic candidate will lose, next year. No matter who it is. Dean, Kerry, Edwards;: r "  Listen to the'message from the candidates fi)r Presi- Lieberman, even the crown jewel of the left,. Hillary dent. There are no plans for helping America or fixing Clinton, will not be sw(;rn in in January, 2005. any of its problems. Instead all we hear are the same Why can such a rash and bold prediction he made? tired big spending, big taxing, race baiting, Republi- How can I be so certain of a Democratic loss? Well call bashing, rhetoric we have been hearing for years there are vcral reasons for the confidence that Presi- now. .... dent Bush will win re-election in November 2004. A political party, which is completely devoid of First of all is the economy, it is getting better. Yes, yes .any message or plans, is going to fail miserably. And it is indeed improving, and has been for a while now. certainlythis describes the current stateofthe Demo- Despite the cries from the Democrats about how des- critic Party in America. petitely bad our economy is, and despite their deeply' Take a look back at the Democratic presidential de- held desire for the economy to gel worse, iris getting bffies. All we ha' gttten out of these is Bush,bash- better. :": .-: "4nz, lies, distortions of facts, and cries dnst taxes fi)r the rich How hmg are e Demcrats'going to hold on to this tax -; mrs for the rich fallacy? Or fi)r that mat- ter, how long are they going to heat the dead horses they always beat? The candidates have shown their lack of ideas repeatedly in their speeches and debates. John Kerry can only keep re- minding everyone who will listen that he served in Vietnam ignoring the fact he has contimmlly voted to slash de- lense spending. AI Sharpton continues to offer cute sound bytes and race bait- ing remarks aboutnot "allowing Blacks Face some facts here. The president, : matter the party, really does not control tt: econo,ny, we do. but many Americans plac either the credit or the blame for our eco nomic state on the president's head. Ant with increasingly gt)od news about our ecmomy, the president, in this case George W. Bush• will increasingly get credit. This is not promising news fl)r the Democratic wannabes. Secondly is the current war on terror. De.- sptte the himng and carping from the DcmocratsAmerica is indeed winning the war. AI Quaida has been grievously wounded with most of its leadcrship now" ...... . ",.._ a, . t : ;' :tLb˘.rohbed of their right m wte .dead orcaptured. Saddam Hussein is zone .... __ ,, . c::,, ::,'$tuq112)ean, hag,xaid he is'unsu;e,if .... - . LialDIXR i t.nlsILcoln ., , . n mr, power m Iraq and that natron ts be- g ',,  :.:emo, mg Saddam Husm was a i,xs- tive moeb. Wegley Clarke• the media's pet Candidate• was until recently not even a registered lfnocrat. Bob Graham is:already trot of the race. Carol Ma)sley-Braun continues to rattle offer comic relief with her com- ments. John Edwards? Sure a trim lawyer would make a great president• just what We need more greed at the top. Dennis Kucinich? Are you serious? Elmer Fudd makes more sense than he does. Jce Lieberman is con- tag rebuilt. Again despite the negative press our el forts in Iraq are moving along and improving the con- ditions there on a daily basis. Now the Democratic candidates smely does not want us to understand what is really happening in Iraq schocls are running, Iraqi police are now enh)rcing law and order, water and lmw, er are up and running. Sffldam's sons are dead and the people he terrorized are now free. And the really bad news for the Demo- sidered the most conservative of the candidates but orals is this; a recent 11 showed two-thirds of Iraqisc reallynow if hc is themost conservative, how far left see a brighter future now. = are the rest?., ...... All of this is very tad news for any Democratic can-. 8o sorry;my Dem(mratic >friends there is no: hope in didate. And this is the third reason Bush will win in 2004'. Not with, these candidates, not with:their lack 2004. Sad as it is to say, good news for our economy,, of ideas, not with,their message of.doom and gloom• good news for our troops, good newsin the .war on not with America winning the war on terror, and not terror, is all bad news for the Democrats. The Demo- With the eeon(;myimproving. Soget used to a Repub- critic Party is about negatives• not l)sitives..They have ' lican president and wat .for 2008. - Move On! The BenefitS of InstahtTransition By Patrick Basham :" " "' "','"" '= ' " : Possibly the only thing more difficult than gow. their bags well, in advance of their possible depar- eming Call fornia is arranging the transition' from lure. Ia the British tradition, it is €onsidiredproper one governor to the next. The pace of thepost-re- -.for thd f0nner prim: ministeneai.tenant to quickly call transition is firmly set by law, so, We e told, . make,,ay for, his's, uccessor, ° ":r that it will be late November before Arnold. , On':ein.power, Thatcher set about reorga0iz- Schwarzenegger takes the oath. - ,- jag the 80 msil.y pqjjtical appointees /ho siMfe d Those inflexible laws state that the counties have her office. Foll0wing the Labo party s May 1, until Nov. 5 to officially count the re˘;d"l ballots,. 1997,..vjetotT., Lab0. r 1>. d er Tony Blair sought a and daen the secretary of state has until Nov. 15 to. much lget; staff tli,'m his Conservative predeces- certify the election results.  Gove'rnor-elec{ sors - Bfiirpcked 145 aides ihtoN0. 10. Even so Schwarzenegger must be inaugurated within I0 days large a staffing challenge did not slow the shift from of certification. 18 years of Conservative administration to New Although the state's problems me so serious that., Ea, bor.., " . " " - the voters fired a sitting governor, we are!oldrthat'': ":. ,fier.ait: accepted his supporters' plaudits in the mcoming governor needs time to hire a 200- ,his n0rthern'.English district in the small hours of Friday, llay 2, I flew south:to London, where he checked.. . .in. witfi, the. Queen;. announced his most senior cabinet appomtments, and then took a tri- umphant early afternoon stroll along ,Downing Street. As Blair crossed the threshold of No. 10, Conservative leader John Majorrs bags sped away in a moving van. • - Back in California, although his chances of sur- person staff. We are also told that Davis, his com- parably outsized staff, his cabinet members and their respective staffs need time to pack up their rolodexes and dust off their resumes before returning to the real world. In truth, this dragged-out process is both unnecessary and undesirable.  =: A parliamentary system can teach us!something about efficient, and fast, turnovers. British traixsi- OPINION tiotis of power, for example, are very short. British viving the.recall were prec!.ictably dismal, outgo- elections always take place on a Thursday and, if' ing Gov. Davis s bags remain unpacked. How is the Prime Minister's party is thrown out of offic:e, ": ;Davis.bu'sying  himself duritlg these difficult tran- the new PM is ensconced in No. 10 DOwning Street., i.sikion days? First, he', planning on making over by Friday afternoon. ' > " 100 new political and judicial appointments. Davis o How is this possible? Election results, counted .'made four aFiOtintments On the morning after his cefitrally and by hand wiflaineachl district, ar"ere, .,defeat. Before'.Seh',vrzenegger takes office, ported two to six hours after the polls close. By California!s:Democrie. leadership .also plans a lunchtime on Friday, the national results :o, reoffi- f special session of the 6m Senate t.o confirm doz- cial. ens of Democratic app0itRments to. state boards and biargaret Thatcher learned thm her C0nset;:Va-...commissions': " " ' tive Party would form a majority government dur- ....... Clearly,-Davis arid Msiiliies are legally entitled ing the early afternoon of Friday, May 4, 1979. By to remain in t,heiroffices. It is alsoclear that they 2.45 pro, Buckingham Palacewas on the phone of-' are hard at wo:k denigrating the spirit, if not the ficially inviting Thatcher to receive the Queen's for- letter, of.the:la.w that- applies to the transition of real blessing to form a new government. An hour power-and the spirit oleorecall, itself. One hopes ezuiier, tmtgoing Prime Minister James Callaghan, . that California wi..speed ep me turnover timetable leader of the l.abor party, visited the Queen to and end Sulch 15.artisan effrontery. prmnptly tender his resignation, as required ly " ltlain's unwzitte, constitutional tradition. "" Patrick Bash'am is se/nior fellow in the Center "1 hatcher then drove straigial to l),.)wning S'rec% for Representative Government at the Cato in- ˘'allagh:m's famil), and staff courteou:;-ly l)ackl stitute; www.cato.oFg, r " Wise County to Receive Funds for Rural Heaimcare hrtprovements AUSTIN State Representative Phil King (R- Weatherford) is pleased to announce that the Wise Regional Health System of Wise County is to receive $31,950 under the Capital Improvement Loan Fund Program. The purpose of the Capital Improvement Loan Fund is to improve the health services and healthcare infrastructure of Texas' rural communities. Furthermore, Thomas Rawle of Decatur was awarded $2,545 under the Rural Communities Health Care In- vestment Program. This program provides grants on behalf of rural communities to healthcare profession- als in return for the professional providing heaithcare services in select Texas commu- nities. "This is great news for Wise County, Decatur, and Dr. Rawle," King said. "Commu- nity leaders in Wise County and Dr. Rawle both deserve con- gratulations fi)r their efforts to. provide quality, afford- able healthcare for the pea)pie of'lxas." Rep. Phil King Why the Gre,,ns l00rate Bush by M. David Stirling The: Bush administration certainly doesn'i need defending by one frequently frustrated at iu tortoise- like pace in restoring balance and common sense to the nation's environmental and natural resource poli- cies. Yet, the coordinated and unrelenting attacks on Bush's programs by hardcore environmental orga- nizations this early in the 2004 presidential cam- paign suggests that Bush's "people-friendly" envi- ronmental agenda is causing them chronic heartburn. A prime example just arrived in the mail from actor Robert Redford on behalf of the Natural Re- sources Defense Council. Redford's fund-raising letter accuses Bush of "waging a sweeping attack on our environmental laws," of "cynical new poli- cies ... (that) will enrich giant corporations even as they increase pollution and de,troy some of our most treasured wiidlands" and of "allow(in S) 17,000 of the nation's w.orst polluters to spew more toxic chemicals into our air and harm the health of mil- lions of Americans." When the Bush administration recently an- nounced possible removal of Endangered Species Act protection for Oregon coastal coho salmon because of the species' return:to Oregon rivers in record num- bers, the NationalWildlife Federation accused Bush of"abrogating responsibility," while the Native Fish Society called it "a political fix." The Sierra Club harshly criticized Bush's Healthy Forest Initiative, a major overhaul of Clinton-Gore's disastrous forest management poli- cies that in 2002 alone caused the conflagration of a rcord seven million acres of forest, destruction ef countless species, and degradation of inestimable watershed and forest streams. The Sierra Club duplicitously condemned Bush's reforna Initiative for "'leav(ing) communities at risk of wildfire ('and) pollut(ing) the air and wter" -, the very effects Clinton-Gore's forest policies produced that Bush is attempting to remedy. The Greens' hatred for Bush's environmental pro- grams is no mystery. To them, Clinton-Gore - with Bruce Babbitt at Interior - ranks as the all-time "dream-team" of environmental politics. So cio was the partnership between Clinton-Gore and the vast network of eco-activist organizations around the country that no appreciable differences in their agendas .are detectable. Now, viewed from the far left end of the environmental spectrum, each of Bush's programs to balance environmental protec- tion with concern for the lives and livelihoods of people is regarded, and portrayed to the public, as a radical departure from the glory days of Clinton- Gore. A prime example of the partnership's calculated plan was Clinton's much ballyhooed signing of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on global warming. Not only did Ciinton's signature advance the environmental partnership's goal of a "nature first, people last" international environmental policy, but it intention- ally set the stage for massive worldwide condem- nation of any Republican successor who later balk.ed at international controls on the engine of America's economic well-being: business. Although the full U.S. Senate (including all Democrat sena- tors) immediately rejected the protocol (the vote was 95 to 0) because of its certain damage to the U.S. economy, Clinton's signature at Kyoto estab- lished the extreme enviromnental standard against which the next president would be judged (not a problem for a Gore presidency, of course.) It was no surprise that President Bush's immediate and continuing rejection of Clinton's Kyoto-posturing triggered a barrage of criticism from the very eco- activists - here ,and abroad - that generated Clinton's Kyoto position initially. Bush has also addressed Clinton-Gore's em- brace of the Greens' extreme environmentalism in its categorical refusal te pursue additional U.S.- based oil and natural gas supplies despite increas- ing instability in foreign oil-producing countries. When Bush proposed drilling on a mere 2000 sur- face acres of the 20-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to tap its vast quantifies of oil and much-needed natural gas, the National Wildlife Federation demanded that Bush "stop the• war on the environment," while the Sierra Club i:hargedhe was t,ng "environmental policy back to the 19th Century." Hardcore environmentalism's el'i0ns to demonize Bush's more people-friendly policies and programs will become more shrill in the coming months. It would be unfortunate, however, if mainstream Americans allowed themselves to fall prey to this well- orchestrated campaign to have Bush's envi- ronmental record measured by the excesses of his predecessor. M. David Stirling is vice.president of Pacific Le. gal Foundation, a Sacramento-based public in- terest legal organization that defends balanced environmentalism in the nation's courts. (; e. mail: mth @pacificlegal. org) Community t: alen dar and Events Alvord City Council Alvord 4-H Regular Meeting; Meets: Every 2nd Monday 1st Thursday 6:3O P.M. Time: 5:30 pm Wise County Location; Alvord City Hall Place: SchoolAuditor-ium Republican Party Third Monday (7:00pm) North Texas Sponsor: Melody Griffith Constitutional 2nd or 3rd floor Court Compliance Sunset City Council Room Wise County Committee Regular Meeting; Courthouse (817) 689-8405 3rd Monday 7:00pm Decatur, "Fx. ,, Sunset Municipal Bldg. AIvord ISD School wcrp@ Board Albert Sidney Johnston Regular Meeting; 7:30 pm Camp #983 Next Meeting:  Wise Republican Women Jr. High Library Second Monday Wise County 6:30 PM Commissioners Court Sons of For information Next Special Meeting; Confederate Veterans (940) 433-3083 Next Regular Meeting; Second Tuesday 7:00pm eetings are held eitlier in First Methodist Church 3rd Hoor courtroom or 3rd Annex Alvord Chamber Floor Jury Room. Regular Decatur, Tx. of Commerce meetings are held in Court Visitors Welcome Regular Meeting; Room Information available thra 3rd Monday of Month Alvord Gazette (940) 427-2112 Time: 7:00 PM ..... : Place: Alvord CivicCenter i Mvord Woman's Club ] Wise County Meets 1st Monday each i;i::i:ii Democratic Party month atRicardo'sRestaurant  Meets 4th Tuesday each Time: 6:30 PM  month. P'or information please call; Time: 6:.M) pm (940) 427-3449 (940) 627-6418 4;t-lwr id A.N. J,,l.tstoa i