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A Thank You to Bob Bateman For Schools Service
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A Thank You to Bob Bateman For Schools Service

On Aug. 15, we had the pleasure of attending a dinner given by CSE, Citizens for a Sound Economy, in honor of Bob Bateman and his 20 years as an Orange County School Board member. As we sat, surrounded by family, friends and supporters, we each thought back to 20 years ago when we all began this journey as a family. Over those years we put up signs, handed out cards and, on election days, stood on our feet and thanked voters for their support from dawn to dusk. We celebrated victories and shared disappointments. We've watched him work diligently on other people's campaigns, only to have them turn on him when his support was no longer needed. We've read letters opposing his views and, in recent years, had to watch as a small group of people tried to ruin his name and reputation. But more importantly, we watched him give over 20 years of his life to something he believed in wholeheartedly. No matter how bad things got, he never gave up. He never forgot the commitment he made to the people, and the children, of Orange County. So, as this chapter in our lives comes to a close, we, Bob's children, would like to take the opportunity to say thank you. Thanks to all the people who worked so hard to organize the tribute to our father. Thanks to the voters for giving him the opportunity to make a difference. We'd like to thank those who, through the years, not only supported our father, but supported us with your kind words and encouragement. We'd like to thank our mother, who never chose to be in politics, but has endured it all, just the same. Most importantly, we want to thank our father for being exactly who he is. We learned the importance of hard work, honesty, integrity, loyalty and love, all by example. Life is a dance. Thank you for teaching us the steps. We love you. Mark, Kim and Lori Hillsborough

08/29/2002
Forestry Reform is a Burning Issue
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Forestry Reform is a Burning Issue

Although many may remember the summer of 2002 for the spate of corporate scandals and bankruptcies, federal mismanagement also has been responsible for a tragedy on at least as grand a scale. Misguided policies, financial mismanagement, and a bloated bureaucracy resulted in fires destroying almost 6 million acres of forests across the nation. Without significant reforms, next year’s fire season may be just as dangerous. In fact, 190 million acres of public lands are at risk unless federal forestry policies are changed.

08/28/2002
Mailbag: Reader Comments from August 21, 2002
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Mailbag: Reader Comments from August 21, 2002

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08/28/2002
Numbers to Make Your Head Spin
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Numbers to Make Your Head Spin

In “The Road Not Taken” poet Robert Frost ponders at a fork in the road and whether or not to choose ’the one less traveled.’ It has always been assumed that this ‘less traveled’ road was the choice for innovators and leaders - for who else would have the temerity to take the road less traveled with all of its pitfalls and potential dangers? Congress now finds itself at a fork in the road. Will they take the more traveled road of more spending and bigger government? Or will they take the less traveled road of fiscal discipline?

08/28/2002
Limited Government on the Anniversary of September 11
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Limited Government on the Anniversary of September 11

As the anniversary of September 11 approaches, conservatives will again be presented with the opportunity to explain how their view of the proper role of government squares with the harrowing realities made evident by the heinous terrorist attack. For those who do not understand conservatism, or wish to mischaracterize it for political gain, September 11 was supposed to be a death knell for the ideology: A harsh, yet unmistakable reminder of the primacy of the state in the life of its citizens.

08/28/2002
Strength in Numbers
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Strength in Numbers

America heads into the Labor Day weekend with great uncertainty. A war with Iraq may be on the horizon. The economy could be on the road to recovery, or slipping back into recession. The most recent data shows consumer confidence is dropping, but consumer spending on durable goods surging. The country’s mood is undecided with the people almost evenly split on the question of “is the country headed in the right direction or wrong direction?” A baseball strike looms. And, we don’t even know if Steve Spurrier’s offense will work in the NFL.

08/28/2002
CSE Property Rights Activists to Participate in "Sawgrass Rebellion"
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CSE Property Rights Activists to Participate in "Sawgrass Rebellion"

A CSE core principle: "Environmental laws must respect the rights of property owners." For years, this principle has been violated by radical environmental groups. The Sierra Club, the Wilderness Society, the Nature Conservancy and others have relentlessly filed lawsuits, misusing the Endangered Species Act to restrict property use and confiscate private property without compensation..

08/27/2002
Various Groups Say Publishers Willing to Alter Textbooks
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Various Groups Say Publishers Willing to Alter Textbooks

BY Jim Suydam

As the State Board of Education ground through the second of three public hearings on proposed history and social studies texts, it became clear Friday that the dozens of publishers at the hearing were listening. Of the more than 500 points of contention brought forward by one pro-business interest group, nearly 40 percent already had been addressed by publishers, said Chris Patterson, director of education research at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The group, which paid more than $100,000 for an academic review of the texts, has posted scores of the publisher's changes in response to their criticism on their Web site. Others, from private citizens representing no one but themselves to organizations representing tens of thousands, such as the pro-free market Citizens for a Sound Economy, also reported dealing with publishers willing to alter their books to correct errors and avoid criticism. Although some board members pointed to the changing drafts of history as proof that the state's textbook adoption process improves the quality of the final text, others, such as Mary Helen Berlanga, D-Corpus Christi, worried that the board members' grip on the content of Texas textbooks was slipping. "You are not elected, you are not appointed, you're simply people making recommendations to our board," Berlanga said, warning publishers to not be so quick to make the changes requested by anyone other than the board. Board member Alma Allen, D-Houston, agreed: "I don't want the publishers running out and making changes every time your group comes up here to speak." The publishers have the right to do what they want, board chairwoman Grace Shore, R-Longview, said. The State Board of Education only gets to vote on the final texts. "The publishers are free to meet with anyone they want and make any editorial changes they want," Shore said. Austin lawyer Joe Bill Watkins, who represents the American Association of Publishers, said publishers have always been willing to work with anyone interested in developing textbooks. But the increased interest and organization of groups, such as Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Texas Public Policy Foundation, have required more work by publishers. "To some extent, this is what they are used to dealing with every adoption," Watkins said. "There is just more of it in this adoption, in part because it's social studies and there's just more issues." The board's decision to add an additional public hearing, scheduled for Sept. 11, has also brought out more people wanting to make a comment. In November, the board will vote on more than 150 proposed social studies and history texts, selecting which ones make the list of books from which Texas school districts may buy. Making that list means a lot to publishers. Texas will buy 4,681,500 history and social studies books and will spend about $344.7 million on the books and other materials up for review. By the time a publisher takes a book before the board, about 80 percent of the company's investment has been made. Because Texas is the nation's second-largest textbook consumer, it can dictate what other states get as publisher's target their offerings for Texas.

08/24/2002
Perspectives on the President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security
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Perspectives on the President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security

The President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security was appointed in May 2001 to formulate proposals that would protect benefits for today's retirees; enhance Social Security's fiscal sustainability for the long term; and give younger workers the opportunity to invest part of their payroll taxes in personal retirement accounts that they would own, control, and be able to pass on to their children. The commission's three reform proposals, delivered to the president in December, fulfill those obligations.

08/22/2002
Senate Dems, Conservative Groups Clash Over Energy
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Senate Dems, Conservative Groups Clash Over Energy

Senate Democrats and national conservative groups are tugging energy conferees in opposite directions on several so-called green provisions included in the Senate version of energy legislation now before a House-Senate conference. In a letter sent to conference committee members Friday, six conservative groups told lawmakers that the Senate's language on global climate change and a renewable portfolio standard should be "deal breakers." Specifically, the groups targeted provisions to create a national greenhouse gas database, require power plants to generate a portion of their electricity from renewable sources, require the Commerce Department to produce climate change vulnerability assessments and ask the White House to develop a strategy for stabilizing greenhouse gases. Together, the sections would "make U.S. energy supplies less abundant, less affordable and less reliable," according to the groups, which included Citizens for a Sound Economy, National Taxpayers Union, Small Business Survival Committee, Americans for Tax Reform, Consumer Alert and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The bill should not become a "vehicle for anti-energy policies that penalize consumers, seniors, taxpayers and the economy," they wrote. Also last week, Senate Democrats released a fact sheet that defended those and other environmentally friendly provisions included in their bill. Overall, the bill would "address the long-term need to increase domestic energy supplies while promoting greater energy efficiency through the use of new clean technologies," according to a fact sheet compiled by the Democratic Policy Committee. Specifically, Democrats said their bill combines climate change mitigation with "common sense" strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on traditional fossil fuels, such as a requirement that utilities generate 10 percent of their power from renewable sources. House and Senate energy conferees will resume discussions of the bill soon after returning to Capitol Hill from the August recess. Conferees will tackle the toughest energy issues beginning in the third week of September. House Energy and Commerce Chairman Tauzin, the chairman of the negotiations, hopes to wrap up work by October. - by Brody Mullins

08/22/2002

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