Sunday, April 1, 2007

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 1, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Page April HeraldZeitung Serving New Rmttnfcls and Carnal Catinty since New Braunfeis Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfeis Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until ManagingEditqr Director Business Manager News Editor Gerard MatCretian Chuefc Ivtra OUR OPINION Health awareness helps to save lives The tens of thousands of people regis tered for the Susan Kpmen Founda tions Race for the Cure in San Antonio on Saturday is a testament to the importance people place on beating On April local residents wall take to the track at Canyon High School for the Relay for Life event to remember There is never loved ones lost to a better time to those fighting the disease improve your I and those who have fought lifestyle than it and vesterdav But These amo Qth and me doing it today celebrities who have made is the next best their fight with cancer visi I including Lance Arm Sharon Osbourne and Melissa have be been part of a mass movement toward cancer awareness and rinding a cure for this For previous the C word was a death And it strikes fear like nothing thanks to the efforts of cancer awareness medical doctors and people who now regularly get cancer is not the certain death it once While there is still a long way to pause and consider how far weve There is no doubt that awareness and proactive decisions save And cancer is not the leading killer of About die each year from heart It is vital that we all make lifestyle choices to stay Researchers point to similar fac tors in many The risk of heart disease is magnified for those who have high blood Eating foods low in saturated fat is reported to decrease blood Researchers also point to increased propensity for breast can cer among women with a diet thats high in Regular physical exercise and a healthy diet also contribute to a better chance of avoiding There is never a better time to improve your than But doing ittoday is the next best All of us are susceptible to We dont know if heart diabetes or a host of other diseases will But it behooves everyone to improve their get regular medical maintain a suit able ensure a healthy exercise and avoid tobacco TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is Palm April the 91st day of There are 274 days left in the This is April Fools Todays Highlight in History On April American forces invaded Oki during World War On this date In Cincinnati established a fire depart ment made up of paid city In the Royal Air Force was established in In Nazi Germany began persecuting Jews with a boycott of Jewishowned In tidal waves struck the Hawaiian resulting in more than 170 GUESTCOLUMN Reliable information sharing would benefit atrisk youth In an age when text messages and cell phones allow instant certain state agencies are still behind the curve on the information The multitude of state and local agencies responsible for community safety and the health and well being of atrisk youth and juve nile offenders should be sharing pertinent to the detriment of Texas troubled the agencies often do not communicate in a timely and reliable I believe that sharing information is vital to health and safety of young Texans and to the entire As a I filed Senate Bill My bill would direct the Texas Youth Commis the Texas Juvenile Probation the Department of Family and Protective Ser the Texas Education juvenile pro bation public school charter mental health and mental retardation county health depart ments and hospital districts involved with at risk youth to share This information would but not be limited the youths mental health conditions and treatment and educational and vocational Some information sharing problems are inherent in a system that involves dozens of state and local Some barriers are terri and others occur because current state law makes that information In the complexity of state and federal laws and regulations that apply to each agency makes it difficult to decide what information may be shared Senate Bill 1311 would require agencies to share and accept information relating to atrisk youth regardless of current laws that make such information This information would not be released to other state or to the general and it would be held in strictest confidence by the Juvenile probation offi cers and Child Protective Services caseworkers often are working with the same Children first encountered by CPS case workers later require the services of the juvenile probation department or a mental health Some atrisk youth have mental health issues and some receive special serv ices through public while others wind up in the juvenile justice Informa tion shared in a timely manner could make a big difference to atrisk youth by providing more JEFF WENTWORTH JeffWentworth is state senator for District which includes Comal appropriate services or by intervening before juvenile justice services are Sharing information also would reduce dupli cation of thereby leveraging resources and when informa tion is it is often on an persontoperson basis that is not always reli The professional sharing of information among agencies that serve the same population of youth would benefit the community and the Texas A state mandate for multiagency information sharing for juvenile offenders with a mental impairment is already in We need to replicate that By doing we would help all atrisk youth receive the services that are appropriate to their situations and that will help them on their sometimes perilous journey to White House press secretary Tony Snow a model of faith Nobody dislikes Tony By acclama people who know him say the White House press secretary is the most kind and encouraging human being they have ever Speaking from per sonal I can testi fy not only to his inner warmth and outer kind but also to the good ness of his and their three The return of Snows colon cancer comes only days after Elizabeth Edwards announced the return of v her breast Snow was v quick in his warm com ments about the wife of CALTMOMAS the presidential candi which came just days before the discovery that cancer had moved to his He can identify with Elizabeth At a 31 dinner for media people in conjunc tion with the National Prayer Breakfast in Wash Snow revealed his soul to the 100plus hardened journalists and others in a hotel banquet He told In many having cancer was the very best Cal Thomas is a colum nist for Tribune Media Services Direct all mail for Cal Thomas to Tribune Media 435 Michigan Suite or leave an email at thing that ever happened to other than mar rying my He said the death of his mother from colon can cer produced a shadow that follows He said he wasnt afraid of but is afraid of leaving his wife and These are human emotions with which everyone can whether or not they have had to deal with a potentially fatal Snow spoke about the importance of faith and You have to make a choice about whether you want to Speaking of a friend who had cancer in several parts of her he said faith and attitude are not decisive in whether you will but they certainly are a great because those who give or give in to selfpity about how awful things a lot of times they dont make He said the disease caused him to ask where he would go with faith For a lot of us as hav ing faith is like sitting on Santas lap you pray because you want things and you want out But instead when youre faced with you dont really you get to go to a cooler place with maybe a sterner Its not that big a leap and youre going to see a lot of friends Now theres a sermon how do you approach he wondered Do you ask for or do you do something that is very hard in the modern which is learn how to give yourself to to Its not just saying its in your but understanding whatever may come afterwards is a matter of not trying to get God to do stuff for except maybe to mow down some of the barriers that separate you from because for all of our vanities get in the Snow says his deepening faith didnt happen It began with realizing how many people loved He said a lot of life is figuring out youre not in charge and figuring out who He started to he and began to sense a growing presence of God in his He said after his first cancer surgery many people sent him let ters that included Bible Among his favorites was Psalm I will say of the He is my refuge and my my God in whom I Surely he will save you from the fowlers snare and from the deadly After his first cancer Snow said he had to stay in bed and he began reading the Bible learning to pray and to ask God to draw me which develops a hunger that is also a form of He said colleagues frequently ask him what he will do after the White House He says he might have had an answer but now he has no I put everything in God President Bush asked the country to pray for It was the right Knowing Tony he also would ask for prayers for his wife and children oh for Elizabeth Edwards and her One thing Tony is not is stingy in his love for God and for He is an authentic Christian in faith and in United Government PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 si NAT i KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 20510 Telephone 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 Web Send emails through Web 145 Duncan Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone 210 3402885 Fex 210 3496753 JOHN CORNYN Russell SenateHart Room 517 20510 Telephone 202 2242934 Fex 202 2282856 Web Send emails through Web 221 West Sixth Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone Fex 512 4696020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 600 Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 2247485 Fex 210 2248569 CONGRESSMAN LAMAR SMITH Ray burn House Office Building Room 2409 20515 Telephone 202 2254236 Fex 202 2258628 Web address Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 1100 NE Loop Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8215024 Fex 210 8215947 HENRY CUELLAR 1404 Longworth House Office Building 20515 Telephone 202 2251640 Fex 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