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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page February HeraldZeitung OUR OPINION Need for blood donations urgent A n urgent call for blood was issued Friday by the South Texas Blood and Tissue the available blood supply described as being as critically concern exists that insufficient blood is available to supply existing The shortage is so severe that once required testing and processing is blood is being sent immediately to area hospitals for The blood and tissue center The blood and estimates that someone needs tissue center blood every three seconds estimates that andoneoutof20Texanswill 11 M Wt receive blood during their someone needs j And one out of every 10 blood every hospital patients requires a three seconds and one out of I Every day in our 20 Texans will approximately units of receive blood blood are required in hospi during their i tals and emergency treatment 6 i facilities for patients with can lves cer and other for organ transplant recipients and to help save the lives of accident Blood must be used within six weeks of dona so there is a revolving need for About 60 percent of Americans are eligible to donate but less than 5 percent do We all expect blood to be there for but few of us donate when we The goal of the more than established blood donor centers nationwide is to ensure that about 12 million units of blood are available to patients whenever and wherever it is Maintaining an adequate blood supply depends on consistent volunteer blood dona and reductions in such as experi enced during Januarys cold easily can reduce the blood inventory to critical The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center pro vides blood to more than 100 health care facilities in Comal and 43 other The center sends out 500 units of blood and each unit of blood represents one If you are at least 17 years weigh at least 110 pounds and meet other donor you might be eligible to donate Photo identification is required to The New Braunfels Donor Room located at 651 Interstate Suite is open from to Wednesday and from to Tuesday and Thursday and from 9 to 3 Consider this act of community You never know when it could be you who will bene TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 49th day of There are 316 days left in the This is the Chinese New Todays Highlight in History On Mark Twains Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published in the United States for the first On this date In Martin leader of the Protestant Reformation in died in In artist Michelangelo died in In Jefferson Davis was sworn in as presi dent of the Confederate States of America in Mont Serving New Rraimffls 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 Gerard 6ouBTony Managing Editor Editor and ublh6r Circulation I Z Djrector Business Manager NewsEditor Klrby Latest river top officials achieved nothing new Frustrated over the city councils recent vote over limiting tubes and coolers on the rivers inside the city limits of New Braunfels The frustration is The measures are compromises that seem to please no one and confuse nearly every Confused New Braunfels is a destination place and when the media around the state picked up the the confusion took on new propor Visitors who take weekend trips to New Braunfels do not know where the city limits begin or When someone in Hous ton says Were going to New Braunfels this what do they mean To its all New If you live ask yourself Do I really know where the city limits exactly And city council expects tourists to know where the city limits are Did they know Lets roll the tape Last City Manager Mike Morrison and Mayor Bruce Boyer said they and council would be illadvised to try to create new poli cy concerning the drinking and behavior issues on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers during the summer because it could create confusion and would hurt So are we to infer that this was the right time to create confusion and hurt tourism Last Morrison and Boyer said the best course was to form a river activities com mittee They formed a citizens panel that they said could independently represent the public and offer up a solution outside the pressure of city Ask yourself Did that happen And lets face thats not a new despite some incredible efforts over the years by citizen volunteers on various river activi ties no real solutions have been The members of the river activities commit tee should be commended for but the odds were stacked against History was against Now a recall petition is being championed by some against Councilman Ken whose district takes in most of the two Copies of emails among RAC members obtained by the Herald Zeitung through the Texas Public Information Act did reveal that Valentine had direct contact with at least one RAC member trying to affect the RAC That interference looms larger now in the DOUGTONBY Doug Toney is editor and publisher of the minds of many since the RACs recommendation and councils endorsement have evoked so much public His actions tainted the RACs process and its The bigger question is whether the RAC will accomplish a more subtle but very important political agenda of the entire Did the RAC and Valentines antics ensure that the citizens not hold the city mayor and entire council responsible for not dealing with these issues themselves Morrison and Boyer came up with nothing new and They did what just about every city manager and mayor has done Avoid dealing with the issue directly and deci The problems do not begin with the RAC and The real problem rests fully on the lack of decisive and accountable leadership by the city mayor and the All the other problems are just United Statat Government PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 20510 Telephone 202 2245922 Pax 202 2240776 Web Send 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Telephone 512 4630325 Email address nathan.macias@house.state.tx.us STATE SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 925 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 WHILEJN AUSTIN Telephone 8888246984 Email address jeff.wentworth@senate.state.tx.us JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box Laredo 78042 Telephone 210 6570095 Weve seen Korea make but this could be a breakthrough CALTHOMAS Cal Thomas is a colum nist for Tribune Media Services might My first reaction upon hearing that North Korea had agreed to take steps toward nuclear disar mament was not again Hadnt Pyongyang promised Jimmy during his illadvised 1994 peace that it would freeze its nuclear weapons program and dismantle existing nuclear facili ties Didnt North Korea break that promise In hadnt Secretary of State Madeleine Albright toasted the dear leader Kim Jong II in Pyongyang only to be disappointed later when his duplicity was again revealed When will these people realize that communists lie Now comes the Bush adminis trations announcement of what appears appears to be a This time things might be especial ly because the initial agreement does not rely solely on Kims word or on pres As outlined to me in a telephone con versation with Deputy National Security Adviser this agreement is the result of pressure exerted by five countries the United Japan and South Korea some thing critics said would never Critics said that Kim never would agree to sixparty talks and that the Bush administration was making a big mis take in not accepting Kims demand for bilateral President Bush held out so his strategy seems to be Crouch says the Chinese government deserves credit for pressuring Pyongyang to reach an agreement on its nuclear And he tells me that in order to get the humanitarian and other economic aid that has been North Korea must comply with a twophase process that will be monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency According to North Korea will get an initial tranche of emergency humanitarian and energy aid but they will not get the remainder unless they fully declare and disable their nuclear including uranium Phase one will take place over the next 60 North Korea has agreed to stop the oper ation of and seal its Yongbyon nuclear stop the operation of and seal their plutonium reprocessing facilities and allow the IAEA to come back into those facilities to verify those North Korea has agreed to do an initial accounting of its nuclear In exchange for honoring those North Korea will receive about 5 percent of the energy aid prom ised to That amounts to tons of a promised aid package that is equivalent to 1 million tons of heavy fuel Phase two leads to the disablement of North Korean nuclear says goes beyond anything envisioned during the Clinton adminis The benefit of he is that it would take them a lot of time and cost them a lot of money to bring those facilities back to where they would be useful As part of the North Korea also is required to account for all nuclear which they must and take inventory of its plutonium which is something else the Clinton administration was unable to Incentives for North Korea to live up to its promises include refusal by the co signing nations to deliver the promised if there is no keep ing the sanctions in place until there is full compliance and the contin ued use of financial levers that have prompted the Treasury Department to pressure governments not to do busi ness with North pressure that has apparently Crouch Much remains to be worked out in the various working groups before this deal is but the Bush administration is guardedly optimistic that the condi tions point to a greater likelihood of compliance by North Korea than with previous which were being violated even as they were John former ambassador to the United is skeptical about the He told Bill Gertz of The Washington Times that the deal rewards bad behavior by North Korea and sends a bad signal to Bolton could be but if the agree ment the threat from a major player in the axis of evil will have been substantially In an increasingly troubled and chaotic that is one blessing for which everyone will be   

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