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  A man suspected o be-ing involved in a carjacking was killed uesday when he was struck and killed while searching or gas or the ve-hicle. Te subject, Victor Mon-roe Pierce Jr., 37, o Vidor, was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:31 p.m. by Pre-cinct 1 Justice o the Peace Deidra Voigt and taken to Seydler-Hill Funeral Home in Gonzales. Department o Public Saety officials said a pedes-trian was struck and killed at the 643 milepost o I-10 at approximately 7:35 p.m. Earlier in the day, Gua-dalupe County officials re-ported that a 1993 green Ford had been orcibly tak-en rom the vehicle’s owner at a SunMart convenience store in Guadalupe County. Investigators believe Pierce had stolen the vehicle and was driving through Gonza-les County when it ran out o uel around milepost 643. Te deceased had at-tempted to get gas and mon-ey rom a nearby residence, but ailed, and returned to the intestate at which time he was struck and killed.Te Gonzales DPS Office conducted the investiga-tion in conjunction with the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Department. At this time, authorities speculate that the deceased approached traffic on I-10 afer ailing to Most o us take or granted the availability o everyday consumable items like snacks, but or many mem-bers o our military serving in ar-off places, even something so simple as a candy bar or pack o raisins is consid-ered a luxury. Members o the Gonzales Elks Lodge 2413 and youngsters attending the Gonzales Youth Center are out to change that or some service members.Lodge members and the GYC youth are working together on an on-going project to send “We Care Pack-ages” to service personnel serving in dangerous areas o the world such as Aghanistan, Iraq and West Arica.Te “We Care Packages” are com-prised o items most requested by service personnel serving in those ar-eas. Te local youngsters will collect items and prepare them or shipment and the Elks will handle the logistics thanks to a grant rom the Elks’ Na-tional Foundation.ENF Grant Coordinator Bob Day, himsel a Navy Seabees veteran, was on-hand uesdayto explain to the kids a little o what it’s like serving overseas and the value o the items being shipped.Te packages currently being pre-pared will be shipped out in time or Tanksgiving, and uture item drives will be held or Christmas, Easter and the Fourth o July.While the news head-lines are alarming afer re-ports o three cases o Ebola in the Dallas area, includ-ing one death, officials in Gonzales County and with the exas Department o Health say local residents have no reason to be con-cerned about the potential or a major outbreak.“At Memorial Hospital the health and saety o our patients, our staff, our visi-tors and our community is our top priority,” a news release rom Sascha Kar-dosz o Gonzales Memorial healthcare Systems notes. “We are ready to imple-ment the precautions and protocols recommended by the Centers or Disease Control (CDC) in the event that a patient would arrive with symptoms o Ebola.“Our preparations in-clude being alert to rap-idly identiy patients with symptoms consistent with Ebola, especially i they have traveled rom parts o Arica where many cases have occurred. We have procedures in place to tri-age, isolate and evaluate any patient who appears to have Ebola symptoms,” Kardosz added. “We rou-tinely care or patients with a variety o inectious dis-eases using universal pro-tocols and continually rein-orce our inection control and prevention measures with our staff. We are dedi-cated to the health and well-being o everyone in our care, their amilies, our staff and the community.”A group o 43 people in exas who had contact with the state’s first Ebola patient have been cleared rom twice-daily moni-toring afer reaching the 21-day mark, the longest incubation period or the disease, the exas Depart-ment o Health announced this week. Te group is a mix o health care work-ers, household contacts and community members whose last possible contact with the state’s first patient was Sept. 28. Te DH said the in-dividuals have no Ebola symptoms and are not at risk o developing Ebola. Te state’s election code will be  violated in Gonzales County on Election Day, but the County Clerk says the county has no choice in the matter because it can’t find people willing to serve as election judges.County Clerk Lee Riedel said uesday she has received a com-plaint regarding the use o Rachel revino as the alternate presiding  judge in Precinct 12, the box lo-cated at JB Wells Arena, on Elec-tion Day. revino is the mother o Democrat District Clerk candidate Bonnie San Miguel, and state law specifically prohibits the immedate relative o a candidate rom serving as an election judge or alternate.“I don’t get to pick ‘em,” Riedel said uesday. “Te parties do that. And since I don’t have enough  judges to begin with, we don’t re-ally have a choice.”Riedel said the complaint does not question the integrity o revi-no, a Democrat, only her relation-ship to the candidate. “I’ve went to the party chairs and I’m yet to hear back rom them,” she said. “And since I haven’t heard back rom the Republican judge in that precinct either, she may be the only judge we have there.”Gonzales County Democratic Party chairman Eddie Escobar was in court on uesday and unavail-able or comment.State election code provides that the county chairmen o the two major parties nominate precinct  judges and alternates, which are Weather Watch WEDNESDAY Two in a row: Apachesgrab 2nd district winSports, Section B C   ANNON  T   HE   G  ONZALES  Vol. 6- Issue 4 Reporting regional news with Honesty, Integrity and Fairness **75 Cents** Subscribe TodayCall (830) 672-7100 Gonzales’ only locally-owned newspaper ã  Thursday, October 23, 2014 Serving: Gonzales ã Nixon ã Smiley ã Moulton ã Shiner ã Waelder ã Yoakumã Luling ã Flatonia ã Hallettsville ã Cuero ã And More ! High-85 Low- 63Ptly Cloudy Become a subscriber today!Annual subscriptions are just $25 per year. Call 830-672-7100. 830-672-8585 East Avenue uses decorated pumpkins to celebrate reading. See Page B12. “I don’t have enough judges to begin with, we don’t really have a choice.”  — Lee Riedel, Gonzales Co. Clerk  TUESDAY High-86 Low- 63Ptly Cloudy MONDAY High-87 Low-66Ptly Cloudy SUNDAY High-88 Low-61Sunny SATURDAY High-91 Low-62Sunny FRIDAY High-88 Low-63Sunny THURSDAY High-85 Low-60Ptly Cloudy ‘We Care’ packages headed to servicemen Gonzales County ‘No choice’ but to violate law By DAVE MUNDY 1803 St. Joseph, Gonzales 672-7090 Tossed & SaucedNew Boneless Wings BarbecueBuffalo Asian Sweet Chili  6 pc.   $ 3 99   each plus tax12 pc.   $ 7 79   each plus tax24 pc.   $ 14 99   each plus tax Wafe ConeSundaes $ 2 89   each plus tax   Health Ebola! Inside: Obituaries.........................Apache Game Day.........Oil & Gas...........................Classifieds..........................Comics.............................In Our View......................Puzzles.............................Police Blotters............... The Arts...........................Region..............................Business Directory........Sports.................................Community....................In Your View....................A10B1A8B7A13A4A12A7B10A2A6B3A10A5 GYC Kids, Elks Care for Our Troops By STEWART FRAZIER Local, state officials say there’s no reason to panic EBOLA, Page A3 Gonzales County Lack of election-day help puts county in quandary  DEATH, Page A3COUNTY, Page A3 Cannon News Services By DAVE MUNDY Carjackerkilled ingetaway   Te Spade and rowel Garden Club met on Oc-tober 14, 2014, at the home o Arva Nell Needham. Re-reshments, including cake and punch, were served rom a beautiully appoint-ed table resplendent with all colors. Co-hostesses were Nan Berkley, Norma Fink, Rebecca Mansfield and Suzanne Vrana.An inormative pro-gram and slide show en-titled “Central exas Birds and Teir Plants” was pre-sented by Ethel Kutac and Ann Donovan o the ravis County Audubon Society. opics covered were creat-ing a backyard habitat or desirable birds by providing plants attractive to those species and water sources with dripping or running water. Hummingbirds were discussed with tips given as to their care when they pass through on their an-nual migrations. Methods were outlined to ensure the saety o birds rom cats and other predators, including placement o bird houses. Seeds preerred by different birds were passed around. Tis presentation was en- joyed by all.Te Museum Star Light-ing or this year’s holidays needs additional unds. Lo-cal businesses and riends o the Gonzales Memorial Museum will be contacted to solicit donations. Con-tributions rom the com-munity are needed and wel-comed. Each star is made up o 60 lights. Contribu-tions are accepted or $1 per light or $60 or a complete star. A gif can be made in honor or in memory o someone. All unds col-lected will go or city beau-tification projects. Checks can be made to Spade and rowel Garden Club and mailed to 1312 Gardien, Gonzales, X 78629.Afer the business meet-ing, club members enjoyed  visiting and the panoramic  view rom Mrs. Needham’s living room.ri-County Cooperative Ministries is holding the An-nual Reormation Festival on Sunday, Oct. 26. Te event is hosted by the historic Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church o Sublime, the oldest Lu-theran congregation in Lavaca Country, Enjoy a Barbecue Meal with all the fixings, activ-ities, musical entertainment by a German Band and the con-temporary music group “Kin-dred Spirit,” and worship. Ev-eryone is welcome to attend. Festival begins at 4:00 p.m. Te Rev. Dr. Ray iemann, Bishop o the Southwestern exas Synod, will be the guest speaker. Zion is located at 547 County Road 146 off Highway 90-A, about 8 miles rom Hal-lettsville.ickets are $6.50 per per-son. Get your tickets now. ickets are available rom any o the CCM congregations—Witting, Sublime, Moulton, Prairie Valley, and Weimar or reserve tickets by contacting Marty Maloney at 361-798-0528 or Pastor Herb Beyer at 361-798-0155 or e-mail:, Sublime is a member o the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a denom-ination o some 10,000 con- T󰁨󰁥 C󰁡󰁮󰁮󰁯󰁮T󰁨󰁵󰁲󰁳󰁤󰁡󰁹, O󰁣󰁴󰁯󰁢󰁥󰁲 󰀲󰀳, 󰀲󰀰󰀱󰀴P󰁡󰁧󰁥 A󰀲 Service Salute NOW OPEN Dr. Patrick Sullivan,  Veterinarian ãSmall and Large Animal Medicine ã Boarding ã Emergencies ã Dentalã X-Ray ã Wellness 25% OFF First Visit 3198 S US Hwy 183830-672-8387 (VETS) D&G Automotive & DieselWrecker Service 830-672-6278 Business 830-857-5383 After Hours 134 Hwy. 90A W ã Gonzales, TX 78629 Glenn & Linda Glass, Owner  Mon.- Fri. 8:00 am - 5:30 pm24 Hour Towing/Accident  Recovery  Lockout Services includes Light,  Medium and Heavy Duty Towing and  Service Calls, Light, Medium and  Heavy Duty Mechanic DOT &  State Inspections Annual Reformation Festival scheduled for Sunday  I, Sheryl Barborak, ask the voters of Gonzales county for their support in the November 4th General Election. I have served as County Treasurer since 2003 with pride, honesty and integrity. The County Treasurer’s Ofce has  been a success in County Government all these years because I accepted the trust of Gonzales County voters twelve years ago and served all the  people with accountability, dedication and efciency. Therefore, I am asking for your vote to continue serving as your County Treasurer. Thank you, Sheryl Barborak  Political Ad Pd. for by Sheryl Barborak, 58 FM 3282, Gonzales, Texas 78629 PFC Dalton Couch PFC Dalton Couch, has just returned from MCRD in San Diego after graduating from Marine Corp boot camp. While there he earned Expert Marksmanship, and did well at basic training receiving his Globe and Anchor after completing Crucible, a 54 hour physical, mental and moral challenge at the end of 13 week training. He is a 2014 Graduate of Gonzales High School. His parents are Jenny and Dennis Nesser of Gonzales and MaryKay and Monty Couch of Austin. His brothers are Dennis Nesser III, Wyatt Couch, and Garon Armistead. After a short stint as a recruiter’s assistant, he will return to Camp Pendleton for 2 months to complete the School of Infantry. At this time he does not know where he’ll be stationed after completion of SOI, but is looking forward to getting his orders and serving in the United States Marine Corps. Semper Fi! Spade & Trowel Garden Club gregations in the United States and the Caribbean. Te con-gregation is also a member o the ri-County Cooperative Ministries (CCM), ELCA serving communities and congregations in Lavaca, Fay-ette and Colorado Counties as a partner in ministry with Faith Lutheran Church, Wei-mar; Zion Lutheran Church, Moulton; St. Peter Lutheran Church o Prairie Valley, West Point/Plum; and Evangelical Lutheran Church, Witting. Rev. Herb Beyer (serving since 1997) is the called pas-tor o Zion and its partner congregations o CCM. Rev. John Hunsicker, Rev. Dr. Faye Schott and Synodically Au-thorized Lay Minister John Schroeder assist with this ministry as well. CCM was established January 1, 2003 with the call o its first pas-tors—Rev. Herbert C. Beyer, Jr., Rev. Charles Eckert and Rev. J.R. Westerfield—serving communities and congrega-tions in Lavaca, Fayette and Colorado Counties. Marty Maloney o Zion, Sublime serves as President o the co-operative ministry board, Kari umis o Faith, Weimar as Vice-President, Betty McMil-len o Zion, Sublime as Secre-tary and om Dupler o Zion, Moulton as reasurer.Te history o Zion begins in 1854 when German Lu-therans settled in the Honey Creek area north o Sub-lime, an area later known as Strunkville. Rev. Christian Geiger, a Lutheran pastor rom St. Chrischona Mis-sion near Basel, Switzerland, arrived in exas in 1859. Geiger, an ardent evangelist, was sent by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod as a travel-ing missionary (Reisepre-diger) to the area in 1868. He conducted services in German or Lutherans and would sometimes preach in English or members o the Moravian Brethren Church who settled in the Vsetin area. Records indicate that Pastor Geiger also shared the Gospel message with Black congregations in the area. Tis congregation was estab-lished April 12, 1868 by Pas-tor Geiger afer a period o preparation—settlers o the Lutheran Christian tradition coming into the area between the 1840’s and the 1860’s, the ending o the Civil War, the sending o missionaries into the area, the preaching o the gospel, the building o a rail-way station, worshipping in homes, and finally organiz-ing as a congregation. Te first Church building, called Bethlehem, was dedicated in 1870 on the present site o Geiger Cemetery.  T󰁨󰁥 C󰁡󰁮󰁮󰁯󰁮T󰁨󰁵󰁲󰁳󰁤󰁡󰁹, O󰁣󰁴󰁯󰁢󰁥󰁲 󰀲󰀳, 󰀲󰀰󰀱󰀴P󰁡󰁧󰁥 A󰀳 Early voting appears brisk in county, around state New & Pre-Owned Vehicles Fill out an application at or call 830-445-40013698 N US Hwy. 183, Gonzales, Tx. 78629 Benny Boyd Gonzales Diesel-Auto Techs $$42hr$$ (Gonzales) Up to $42.00 fag hour,   Signing Bonus Available Diesel Techs Service Techs for both Gonzales and Bastrop locations.Lube Techs for both Bastrop and Gonzales locationsService AdvisorsParts PersonnelSales Personnel  Also Need    Experienced Service Manager   Benny Boyd is seeking experienced, dynamic people with a focus on our customers Have you ever wondered who your nancial consultant really works for? I work strictly for you. 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Under the code, the presiding judge in each precinct is a member o the party which won the last gubernatorial election, while the alternate judge must be rom the opposing party.Te code, in Section 32.054, says that “A person is ineligible to serve as an election  judge or clerk in an election i the person is employed by or related within the second degree by consanguinity or affinity, as de-termined under Chapter 573, Government Code, to an opposed candidate or a public office or a party office in any precinct in which the office appears on the ballot.”Riedel, hersel a Republican, said the county has had problems or several years in getting help on election day. During the 2012 elections, the local Democratic Party was unable to urnish any precinct judges and those positions were filled by Republi-can volunteers.“Last year we had three vacancies all year long,” she said. “And a lot o times, I don’t know that we don’t have a judge until they  just don’t show up. EBOLA: Local, state officialssay residents have little to ear Tey are able to continue normal daily activities without being monitored or symptoms. State health officials have been working closely with the Centers or Disease Con-trol and Prevention and the local health department in Dallas to closely monitor people who have had contact with the three Ebola patients. About 120 more people continue to be monitored or symptoms.“Epidemiologists have worked around the clock to call and visit people who may have had any exposure, to make sure they were asymptotic and doing well,” said Dr. David Lakey, commissioner o the exas Department o State Health Services. “I’m happy we can tell people they are ree and clear o monitoring. It provides a measure o relie and reassurance.”An additional group o people also are being monitored or symptoms because they were passengers on at least one o two Frontier flights that carried one o the health care workers who was diagnosed with Ebola shortly afer travels. A small group o those passengers were identified as having sat within three eet o the health care worker and are considered to be at higher risk o exposure. Tat group has been directed to stay home.exas has had three confirmed Ebola cases. No additional cases o the disease have been diagnosed in exas. Te first pa-tient, Tomas Eric Duncan, was exposed to the disease in West Arica beore trav-eling to exas and being diagnosed. Te second and third patients are both health care workers who cared or Duncan in the hospital.Te Gonzales hospital provided a list o acts about the disease: What is Ebola?  Ebola is a rare and deadly viral disease that has reached epidemic proportions in several Arican countries. Ebola was dis-covered in 1976 near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic o Congo. How is Ebola spread?  Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood and body fluids o a person who is sick or through needles or other objects that have been contaminated with the vi-rus. Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or by ood. Who is most at risk of contracting Eb-ola?  Anyone caring or Ebola patients and amily members and riends in close con-tact with Ebola patients are at highest risk i they come in direct contact with the blood or body fluids o sick individuals. A person with the Ebola virus cannot trans-mit it to others unless he or she is sick with symptoms. What are the symptoms of Ebola?  Fever, severe headache, muscle or joint pain, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding and bruising.Symptoms o Ebola appear rom 2 to 21 days afer being exposed. Te most com-mon time rame is 8 to 10 days. A person inected with Ebola is not inectious until symptoms appear. What is the treatment for Ebola?  No specific vaccine or medicine has been proven to cure Ebola. Patients receive sup-portive care and treatment or symptoms. Early recognition o Ebola is important or providing appropriate care and preventing the spread o inection. Continued from page A1 DEATH: Carjacker struck, killed Continued from page A1 COUNTY: Lack o volunteershas county in violation o law  get uel and money rom the residents in hopes o finding another victim and continuing his getaway.Tere were two vehicles involved in the atal acci-dent: a 2004 Nissan pick-up and a 2015 Chevrolet ahoe. Neither driver was charged in the accident.At the time o the acci-dent, according to the DPS, the Nissan was traveling eastbound on I-10 in the right lane and the ahoe in the lef. Pierce entered the travel portion o the inter-state in ront o the Nissan and was struck by it first. He was then struck again by the second unit and killed instantly. Continued from page A1 Early voting, both in Gonzales County and else-where around the state, is being described as “brisk” afer the first two days’ to-tals were announced.Early voting began Mon-day, and by the end o the day uesday, 609 early votes had been cast in Gonzales County. By comparison, a total o 2,230 votes were cast in early balloting in the 2012 general election.Te Gonzales County  voting includes 253 votes cast by personal appear-ance at the Gonzales loca-tion at the County Court-house Annex, as well as 356 ballots by mail received. Te mail-in ballots already top 2012’s total o 319, and 153 mail ballots are yet to be returned.Statewide, early ballots cast were reported to be up by 20 percent in some o the state’s more populous counties, including Harris County (Houston), in spite o ears that voter partici-pation would be lessened because o exas new Voter ID requirements. A ederal appeals court last week de-layed implementation o a lower court judge the law is discriminatory and an e-ective “poll tax.”Early voting continues through Oct. 31. Early voting by personal appearance in Gonzales County will take place rom 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at each o the ollowing voting loca-tions: ã Courthouse Annex - 1709 Sarah Dewitt Dr., Gonzales, X (across rom the “old” Wal-Mart) ã City of Nixon Building, 100 W 3rd, Nixon, X ã City of Waelder Build -ing, 300 Hwy 90 W, Waelder, XSenate Bill 14 (SB14) cre-ated a new requirement or  voters to show photo iden-tification when voting in person. Tis new require-ment went into effect June 25, and an appeals court on uesday upheld that re-quirement or this election.Acceptable orms o photo ID include: exas Drivers License, exas Identification Card, exas Concealed Handgun Li-cense, US Passport (all o these must be unexpired or expired within 60 days); US Military Identification Card; US Citizenship Cer-tificate (with photo).I you do not have any o the above listed orms o ID, you may apply or an elec-tion identification certifi-cate rom the DPS (driver’s license office). Tis card is only good or voting, not or identification.Te Voter ID rules do not affect voting by mail.Voting locations or election Day in Gonzales County include:PC 1-Gonzales County Courthouse, 414 St. Joseph St., Gonzales, XPC 2-Master Gardner’s Center, 623 N. Fair St., Gonzales, XPC 3-City Building, 820 St. Joseph St., Gonzales, XPC 4 & 6-Gonzales County Nixon Annex, 603 E Central, Nixon, XPC 5-Belmont Com-munity Center (Methodist Church), 14335 Hwy 90A W, Belmont, XPC 7-exas Elks Chil-dren’s Services (Elk’s Hos-pital), 1963 FM 1586, Ot-tine, XPC 8-Harwood Com-munity Center, 101 CR 230 N, Harwood, XPC 9-Waelder Commu-nity Center, 311 Hwy 90 W, Waelder, XPC 10-Smiley Fire Sta-tion, 208 FM 108 N, Smiley, XPC 11-Peach Valley Youth Camp, 581 CR 357, Gonzales XPC 12-JB Wells Jr Park/Multi-Purpose Facility Show Barn, 2301 CR 197, Gonzales, XPC 13-Leesville Cem-etery Association, 6077 CR 155, Leesville, XPC 14-Cheapside Community Center, 18 CR 297A, Cheapside, XPC 15-Guadalupe Val-ley elephone Co-Op, 67 FM 466 S, Cost, X  Compared with President Barack Obama, even Jimmy Carter is John McCain. he former president practically synonymous with American weakness and retreat thinks Obama was too slow to act against ISIS and gives his current strategy only “a possibility of success,” provided it involves (unspecified) ground troops.When you are too passive for Jimmy Carter, it’s time for some soul-search-ing in the Situation Room. he late-1970s are calling and want their for-eign policy back.he war against ISIS so far is desul-tory and occasional, a campaign of un-derwhelming force. ISIS has still been on the verge of taking the Syrian town of Khobani, abutting the urkish bor-der, and on the offensive in Iraq. he erstwhile JV team is defying all the military might that the world’s lone su-perpower is willing to muster.here has been renewed talk of how, as former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta put it the other day, the fight against terrorism will be a 30-year war. At this rate, it will be a generational struggle merely to get ISIS out of Mo-sul.o this point, almost everything has lent credence to the skeptical interpre-tation of Obama’s war: hat in reaction to a spectacular media event (the hor-rific ISIS beheadings), the president staged his own media event, an incon-sequential bombing campaign accom-panied by a tough-sounding, prime-time speech.he experience of the surge in Af-ghanistan, the red-line fiasco and now this suggest that Obama is a hawk pre-cisely to the extent he feels the politics don’t allow him to wiggle out of it.His talk of Afghanistan as the good war in the 2008 campaign was too fresh for him to countenance an immediate defeat. So he ordered the surge and tried never to speak of it again, and now wants to completely liquidate our military presence on the failed model of Iraq.He had seemed determined to strike Syria after Bashar Assad used chemical weapons last year, then found a way to crab-walk away from his own earnest warnings.he war against ISIS happens to be just enough to placate the public’s hawkish mood without getting too far out in front or taking actions that will fully commit the president.he Powell Doctrine is to use maxi-mum military power to achieve a clear objective; the Obama Doctrine evi-dently is to use minimal military power to create a vague impression. Message: I care about defeating ISIS, for now.he anti-ISIS campaign is a brilliant tactical success, in the sense that we are hitting what we target. But it is a strategic nullity.It is too small to make much of a dif-ference, and there are limits to how much can be done exclusively from the air anyway. We can bomb fixed tar-gets, and perhaps tanks and large troop movements. he problem is that ISIS is a guerrilla force not highly vulnerable from the air, and it becomes even less so once it is entrenched in cities.It caused a minor furor when Obama said a few weeks ago that he didn’t have a strategy against ISIS yet. he scandal is that, with American planes drop-ping bombs in two countries, he still doesn’t. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.(c) 2014 by King Features Synd., Inc. It is time we exans admit that our laws regarding immigration and requiring Voter ID to prevent fraud are discriminatory and rac-ist, especially toward people who shouldn’t be here and shouldn’t  vote because they shouldn’t be here. It’s time we look at our neighbor for an example of what works and doesn’t unfairly discriminate.Let’s adopt Mexico’s laws on im-migration and vote security.Te Other Side has claimed for years that our immigration law dis-criminates unfairly against “His-panics,” in particular those folks who are citizens of Mexico and have violated our law by taking up residence on our side of the bor-der. I think adopting Mexico’s im-migration policies will prove that we have nothing against Mexicans or people from any other country who want to emigrate legally to our country.For starters, Mexico has an im-migration policy which does not discriminate: enter with proper identification at the border or they’ll throw you into jail. Under Mexican law, for example, crossing the border illegally is a fel-ony, punishable by up to two years in prison. Even when it’s done on accident, as was the case with Ma-rine Sgt. Andrew amoorheesi, the law is the law.In Mexico, illegal immigrants who are deported and attempt to re-enter the country can be impris-oned for 10 years. Visa violators can be sentenced to six-year terms. Mexican citizens who aid illegal immigrants are considered crimi-nals and treated as such.Mexican law also promotes non-discrimination by being selective about who is allowed to emigrate legally. If you have no skills and no way to support yourself, they don’t want you because there are no Food Stamp programs, free medical care and free housing at taxpayer expense.Mexico can deport foreigners who are deemed detrimental to “economic or national interests,” who violate Mexican law, are not “physically or mentally healthy” or lack the “necessary funds for their sustenance” and for their depen-dents.Tat “mentally healthy” reason may be why we see so few Cali-fornians emigrating to Mexico, I would think.You’ll also recall the Obama Ad-ministration’s new proposal to al-low illegal aliens to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, at the same time we’re firing hundreds of thousands of servicemen and women and purging the officer corps of anyone who disagrees with the administra-tion.Well, Article 32 of Mexico’s constitution prohibits non-native-born residents from holding sensi-tive jobs and joining the country’s military. And if you weren’t born in Mexico, forget politics: you can never run for or hold office, even if you’re a legal immigrant.Voter ID is another racist, dis-criminatory practice where we can learn from Mexico.You’ll recall that exas’ Voter ID law, according to an activist federal  judge, is effectively a “poll tax” be-cause it requires that people show the same ID they show to cash gov-ernment checks, buy alcohol or to-bacco or attend many Democratic Party functions.Te electoral system created by Mexico’s Instituto Federal Elector-al, on the other hand, is open and transparent and doesn’t discrimi-nate against anyone. Every eligible Mexican citizen has a tamper-proof photo-ID card with a thumbprint and an em-bossed hologram. All voters are required to vote in their neighbor-hoods and in 2005, the law was amended to allow for ”external,” or out of country absentee voting — such as illegal aliens in exas who can’t get a Voter ID to vote here to be able to still cast a ballot in their country of srcin.Tere are no provisional ballots; if your identity is questionable, you don’t get to vote. Tere is no early  voting or voting by mail: you vote in person on Election Day or not at all. All elections are held on Sun-days. Although most Mexican citizens are poor, Mexico does not lower standards to get out the vote. Tere is also no early voting in Mexico. Te registration process requires all citizens to personally enroll. Proof of birth or citizenship is required. Applicants are photo-graphed and fingerprinted and then required to personally return to collect their voting credential.Te liberal crowd tells us those requirements applied here would lessen participation — but the op-posite has happened. In 1994, voter registration in Mexico was 45 mil-lion, which was 50 percent of the population. In 2009, it rose to 72 million which is 65 percent of the population. So, even though the reforms made it more involved to register, registration actually in-creased. In the 1988 election, there were 19.6 million votes cast, represent-ing about 25 percent of the popula-tion. In 2006, under the strict new Voter ID rules, the number of votes cast skyrocketed to 41.7 million, which was almost 40 percent of the population.Curiously, Mexican law sounds a whole lot like many of the same proposals we racist, redneck, trail-er-trash exans have been advocat-ing for years. T󰁨󰁥 C󰁡󰁮󰁮󰁯󰁮T󰁨󰁵󰁲󰁳󰁤󰁡󰁹, O󰁣󰁴󰁯󰁢󰁥󰁲 󰀲󰀳, 󰀲󰀰󰀱󰀴P󰁡󰁧󰁥 A󰀴 V󰁩󰁥󰁷󰁰󰁯󰁩󰁮󰁴󰁳 When Carter sounds likea hawk, it’s time to wonder Rich Lowry Rich Lowry is editor of the  Na-tional Review  and a syndicated columnist for King Features Syndicate. Let’s end the discrimination ... by adopting Mexican law  THE GONZALES CANNON (USPS 001-390) is published weekly each Thursday by Gonzales Cannon Inc., 901 St. Joseph Street, Gonzales, TX 78629. Periodicals Postage Paid at Gonzales, TX 78629. A one year subscription costs $25 both in-county and out-of county. E-subscriptions are $15  per year.POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Gonzales Cannon, PO Box E, Gonzales, TX 78629. An erroneous reection upon the charactor, stand - ing or reputation of any rm, person or corporation, which appears in the columns of this newspaper will  be corrected upon due notice given to the publication at The Gonzales Cannon ofce. Ofce hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Phone: (830) 672-7100. Fax: (830) 672-7111. T HE  G ONZALES  C ANNON BOARD OF DIRECTORS Billy Bob Low ã Chairman   Sissy Mills, Vice ChairmanMary Lou Philippus, Secretary Myrna McLeroy  Alice Hermann Dave Mundy - Editor & Publisher Stewart Frazier - News Editor Debbie Toliver - Advertising Director Dorothy Gast - Business Manager Mark Lube - Sports Editor Sanya Harkey - Circulation/Classifeds Letters to the Editor 2014 Dances withChihuahuas Dave Mundy Editor and Publisher  Intolerance o the lef: Houston attacks the First Amendment El Conservador  George Rodriguez is a San Antonio resident and is Executive Director of the South Texas Political Al-liance. GeorgeRodriguez In yet another frightening example of the liberal attacks on the “Bill of Rights”, the City of Houston has de-manded pastors in Houston turn over their “sermons”, “speeches” and other “communications” regarding “homo-sexuality, or gender identity.” his action came after a lengthy and bit-ter political fight in Houston over a “non-discrimination” ordinance de-signed to protect homosexuals and lesbians from discrimination. Under the guise of fighting dis-crimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people (LGB) any disagreement with their cause or issues has become classified as “hate speech”. Apparently, the re-ligious preaching of traditional mar-riage between a man and a woman is now considered “hate speech,” and since it is hate speech, some felt the government must prosecute it to stop it. In the srcinal subpoena, the City of Houston asked pastors for “all communications with members of your congregation regarding Hous-ton Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) or the Petition,” and for “all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.”Houston LGB advocates claim that churches and religious groups must stay out of politics because there must a separation of church and state, and because they are not taxed. Using that logic, anyone who does not pay taxes should not vote (an idea which many conservatives could sup-port), and morality or virtue should not be considerations in elections. Jonathan Saenz, attorney and presi-dent of exas Values, said “Govern-ment demanding that pastors turn over their sermons or possibly face  jail time is outrageous. Everyone knows that Mayor Annise Parker doesn’t respect our state laws on mar-riage, and now we know she doesn’t respect the First Amendment.”Senator ed Cruz has condemned the subpoena, saying, “he City of Houston’s subpoenas demanding that pastors provide the government with copies of their sermons is both shock-ing and shameful. For far too long, the federal government has led an assault against religious liberty, and now, sadly, my hometown of Houston is joining the fight.”Attorney General Greg Abbott asked the Houston City Attorney to withdraw the subpoena saying, “your action is a direct assault on the reli-gious liberty guaranteed by the First Amendment,” and the religious peo-ple of Houston “must be absolutely secure in the knowledge that their religious affairs are beyond the reach of the government.” It is frightening that any govern-ment officials, whether local, state or federal, would even consider pun-ishing religious beliefs. We must re-member that the Constitution was de-signed to protect individuals from the government, whether it is liberal or conservative. An individual’s freedom and liberty must be protected from lo-cal, state or national governments. his is yet another reason to re-mind voters that the defense of free-dom and liberty starts in your back-yard. Vote in your local elections. George Rodriguez is co-host on and south Texas coordinator for Tea Party Patriots.
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