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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page January 2007 FORUM OUR OPINION Cuts in cancer research funds must be restored The battle against cancer has become a high priority for many people thanks to the Live strong campaign initiated by cycling legend Lance Armstrong and his Armstrongs personal battle against cancer that Cancer Preceded all of his Tour de I France victories has been the remains a inspiration for many cancer death sentence sufferers and a focal point for for thousands others not directly affected by of Americans the Armstrong has every I Deen a public advocate for increased funding to find a cure for This he spoke out against a reduction in federal funding for cancer the first time such funding has been cut for 30 In Armstrongs statement on he called on government entities to be more accountable and explain why cancer research funding has a lower priority than His argument that reduced funding slows the pace of research is With million Ameri cans diagnosed with cancer this battle needs to be fought and Comal County residents have done their part in recent years to honor cancer victims and sur vivors and simultaneously raise funds for cancel The Huntsmans Ball at the McKenna Events Center on 27 and the Relay for Life both ben efit the American Cancer The 2007 Relay for Life campaign will be launched this If you have been involved youll know how moving this event can be when darkness falls and luminarias are lit around die Relay of Life If you havent been involved consider it this Find out more about it in todays Life section or attend the events launch at 7 Thursday at Paul Lutheran TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 14th day of There are 351 days left in die Todays Highlight in History On the United States ratified a peace treaty with ending the Revolu tionary On this date In the first constitution of Connecticut the Fundamental Orders was In French emperor Napoleon III escaped an attempt on his In Puccinis opera Tosca received a mixed reception at its world premiere in In President British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and French General Charles de Gaulle opened a wartime conference in In NBCs Today show with Dave Garroway as the or as he was officially In Josip BrozTito was elected president of Yugoslavia by the countrys In years actor Humphrey Bogart died in Los Angeles at age In George Wallace was sworn in as gov ernor of Alabama with a pledge of segregation HeraldZeitung Serving New and Comal County since New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Gftrard MmCretMit Managing Editor Editor andTubllsher Circulation Director Director Chuck Cvtrt Business Manager Valerie thteleV Newa Editor nowouramoiefiiial LETTER TO THE EDITOR Rules threaten tubing business I think the proposed rules for the Guadalupe and Comal rivers are going to put a end to the success of the thriving businesses along these I personally go and float these rivers at least 65 percent of the actual summers I also abide by all the rules and collect every can my party and I use and deposit them in the cor rect I have seen and heard of some pretty stupid things that may have or did happened on these such as injuries and possible Stu pid people do stupid How can you get rid of stupid people You The world is full of Things like this can happen anywhere at any If you get in the your chance of being in a deadly accident is far more greater than any accident that may happen on a float down the As far as the we need to look on how to help stop not stop tubers from hav ing You would think the city could come up with a great idea on how to collect every empty can from every Imagine if you could take these cans and recycle That is a lot of aluminum and a lot of possible money that can be redirected into the improvements for these If you take these rights away from me you are violating the Constitution and once again tak ing freedom away from But that is New if you want to change to these new I am sure that floating in San Marcos wouldnt be a bad Dustinjahns Seguin LETTERS POLICY Letters must be 250 words or HeraldZeitung reserves the right to edit all Guest columns should be 500 words or less and must be accompanied by a Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be Mail letters to Letters to Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax them to 830 6063413 email them to OTHER VIEWPOINTS Somalia situation resembling postTaliban Afghanistan Klialeej United Arab on Somalia So much for the international communitys expectations that seeing the catastrophic course so far of the war on the might assert its role more forcefully with regard to the crisis in Somalia than is its But the United States active military inter vention in the Horn of Africa means that as things are moving from bad to and sooner rather than with the watching silently from the That Wash ington gave the goahead for the aerial strikes in southern Somalia on the basis of suspicion that the ousted Somali Islamists shelter Al Qaida operatives has tremendous The strike comes at a time when the situation in Somalia is beginning to resemble the after math of the Taliban ouster from Kabul in And it seems that rather than considering an alternative to its hardline muscle the Bush administration has sought to deal a fatal blow to the Union of Islamic Courts UIC before it can effectively regroup for a long drawn If actions speak louder than it also shows that the painful offcourse fallout of the war on the hundreds of thousands injured and dis placed has been lost on So much so that it is prepared to go ahead with its widely condemned practice of using military force to achieve desired even at the risk of a extremist uprising with the potential to fuel terrorism on the lines of Iraq and On the Net torial UftltMl Government PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 20510 Telephone 202 2245922 FM 202 2240776 Web Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 145 Duncan Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone 210 3402885 Fax 210 3496753 JOHN CORNYN Russell SenateHart Room 517 20510 Telephone 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282856 Web Send emails through Web AUSTINLOFFJCE 221 West Sixth Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone 512 4696034 Fax 512 4696020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 600 Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 2247485 Fax 210 2248569 CONGRESSMAN LAMAR SMITH Rayburn House Office Building Room 2184 20515 Telephone 202 2254236 Fax 202 2258628 Web addreee Send emails through Web 1100 NE Loop Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8215024 Fax 210 8215947 HENRY CUELLAR 1404 Longworth House Office Building 20515 Telephone 202 2251640 Fax 202 2251641 Web addreee SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 1149 Commerce Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 2712851 IIPW TO COlif JtCT Texas Government GOVERNOR RICK PERRY State Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax STATE HOUSE NATHAN MACIAS 1100 Congress Austin TX 78701 Telephone 512 4630325 Email addreee nathan.macias@house.state.tx.us STATE SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 925 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 WHiLEJNAUSIN Telephone 8888246984 Email address jeff.wentworth@senate.state.tx.us British leadership is mistaken in attitude to ending war in Iraq THOMAS Cal Tliomas is a colum nist for Tribune Media Services Direct all mail for Cal Thomas to Tribune Media 435 Michigan Suite IL or leave an email at NORTHERN IRELAND While President Bush is ordering more American troops to Iraq in an effort to quell the vio lence and stabilize the Iraqi gov ernment so that it ultimately might take charge of its own secu what remains of leadership in Britain is competing among itself over who wants out Not to The British Security has announced plans to send out email alerts of changes to the national Threat Theyll have to send a lot of emails if the terrorists get the message that the West cant take the British Prime Minister Tony whose rhetoric about the terror threat and assistance to the United States which has been heroic and an exam ple of the classically British stiff upper is to be replaced as Labour Party leader and prime minister later this year by Chancellor Gordon whose rhet oric and announced plans for withdraw al of British troops expose his limp upper Brown announced his desire to place Britains national interests above the his toric special relationship Britain has enjoyed with the United The only problem with that thinking is In the fight against the inter ests of the United States and Britain are inextricably Perhaps Brown should recall Benjamin Franklins remark We must all hang or most assuredly we will all hang While Tony Blair has managed to stand against the tide of antiwar British public Gordon Brown appears ready to sink under it and take Britain down with Already inun dated with legal and illegal Muslim some of whom continue to teach and preach jihad and the over throw of all elected how will Browns rhetoric transform those for whom Westernstyle democracy is an affront The British national interest is what I and my colleagues are said But the British national interest the international interest of all free people is to defeat this viru lent strain of They are committed to defeating Brown says his strategy is to defeat terrorists by capturing their hearts and That is unlikely to succeed against people who want to explode bombs that will tear into OUR hearts and Brown thinks the same strat egy that worked in opposing commu nism in the 40s and 50s could be a model for the next chapter in this He is badly Gordon Brown and others for whom the memory of 11 and the London bombings of July might be fad might wish to revisit the text of Tony Blairs Sedgefield speech in March These few excerpts might refresh minds as to the danger of fighting a 21stcentu ry threat with 20thcentury weapons and remind them of the connection between terrorists in Iraq and terrorists throughout the world nature of the global threat we is real and existential and it is the task of leadership to expose it and fight whatever the political cost and that the true danger is not to any single politicians but to our country if we now ignore this threat or erase it from the agenda in embarrassment at the difficulties it At a January 2003 press Blair is a matter of time unless we act and take a stand before terrorism and weapons of mass destruction come and I regard them as two sides of the same Back to the Sedgefield speech From 11 I could see the threat plain Here were terrorists prepared to bring about Bin Laden has called it a duty to obtain nuclear And those who think that these things are all ran dom disparate threats with no common thread to bind look at whats happening in Iraq The ter rorists pouring into Iraq know full well the importance of destroying not just the nascent progress of Iraq toward sta prosperity and but of destroying our of defeating our will to Tony Blair gets Gordon Brown does President Bush gets The antiwar American including Edward Kennedy DMA who wants to ban funds for any additional Not only are troop reinforcements nec so is a reinforcement of Ameri can and British and a stiff ening of that upper   

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