New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 4A-Herald-Zeitung - Sunday, January 14, 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 foundation. Armstrong's personal battle against cancer that , ; preceded all of his Tour de ^ance' | 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 disease. Armstrong has every week. been a public advocate for increased funding to find a cure for cancer. This week, he spoke out against a reduction in federal funding for cancer research, the first time such funding has been cut for 30 years. In Armstrong's statement on Wednesday, he called on government entities to be more accountable and explain why cancer research funding has a lower priority than before. I lis argument that reduced funding slows the pace of research is indisputable. With 1.3 million Americans diagnosed with cancer annually, this battle needs to be fought and won. Comal County residents have done their part in recent years to honor cancer victims and survivors and simultaneously raise funds for cancel-research. The Huntsman's Ball at the McKenna Events Center on Jan. 27 and the Relay for Life both benefit the American Cancer Society. The 2007 Relay for Life campaign will be launched this Thursday. If you have been involved previously, you'll know how moving this event can be when darkness falls and luminarias are lil around the Relay of Life track. If you haven't been involved before, consider it this year. Find out more about it in today's Life section or attend the event's launch at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Jan. 14, the 14th day of 2007. There are 351 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 14, 1784, the United States ratified a peace treaty with England, ending the Revolutionary War. On this date: In 1639, the first constitution of Connecticut - the "Fundamental Orders" - was adopted. In 1858, French emperor Napoleon III escaped an attempt on his life. In 1900, Puccini's opera "Tosca" received a mixed reception al its world premiere in Rome. In 1943, President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and French General Charles de Gaulle opened a wartime conference in Casablanca. In 1952, NBC's "Today" show premiered, with Dave Garroway as the host, or "communicator," as he was officially known. In 1953, Josip BrozTito was elected president of Yugoslavia by the country's Parliament. In 1957,50 years ago, actor Humphrey Bogart died in Los Angeles at age 57. In 1963, George C. Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama with a pledge of "segregation forever." Herald-Zeitung Serving New limunfcls and Comal County since 1852, New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890. The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958. Managing Editor Gerard MacCrossan Editor and Publisher DougTonoy Circulation Director Jeff Fowler Advertising/Marketing Director Chuck Evers Business Manager Valerie Shields News Editor Kerl Kirby nowour amoMe-fflied UKe perfume.' Letter to the Editor Rules threaten tubing business 1 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 rivers. I personally go and float these rivers at least 65 percent of the actual summer's duration. I also abide by all the rules and collect every can my party and I use and deposit them in the correct containers. I have seen and heard of some pretty stupid things that may have or did happened on these rivers, such as injuries and possible deaths. Stupid people do stupid things. How can you get rid of stupid people? You can't. The world is full of them. Things like this can happen anywhere at any time. If you get in the car, your chance of being in a deadly accident is far more greater than any accident that may happen on a float down the river. As far as the littering, we need to look on how to help stop littering, not stop tubers from having fun. You would think the city could come up with a great idea on how to collect every empty can from every tuber. Imagine if you could take these cans and recycle them. That is a lot of aluminum and a lot of possible money that can be redirected into the improvements for these rivers. If you take these rights away from me you are violating the Constitution and once again taking freedom away from Americans. But that is fine, New Braunfels, if you want to change to these new policies, I am sure that floating in San Marcos wouldn't be a bad idea. 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Other Viewpoints Somalia situation resembling post-Taliban Afghanistan Klmleej Times, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Somalia: So much for the international community's expectations that seeing the catastrophic course so far of the war on terror, the U.N. might assert its role more forcefully with regard to the crisis in Somalia than is its practice. But the United States' active military intervention in the Horn of Africa means that as feared, things are moving from bad to worse, and sooner rather than later, with the U.N. watching silently from die sidelines. That Washington gave the go-ahead for the aerial strikes in southern Somalia on the basis of suspicion that the ousted Somali Islamists shelter Al Qaida operatives has tremendous significance.... 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 2001. And it seems that rather than considering an alternative to its hard-line muscle policy, 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 insurgency. If actions speak louder than words, it also shows that the painful off-course fallout of the war on terror - including the hundreds of thousands killed, injured and displaced - has been lost on Washington. So much so that it is prepared to go ahead with its widely condemned practice of using military force to achieve desired ends, even at the risk of a bloody, extremist uprising with the potential to fuel terrorism on the lines of Iraq and Afghanistan.... On the Net: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/SectionHomeL.asp7sectionedi-torial HOW TO CONTACT United States Government PRESIDENT � George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500 SENATE � Kay Bailey Hutchison Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224-0776 Web: http://hutchison.senate.gov/ (Send e-mails through Web site.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 145 Duncan Drive, Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone: (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349-6753 � John Cornyn Russell Senate-Hart Room 517 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-2934 Fax: (202) 228-2856 Web: http://cornyn.senate.gov/ (Send e-mails through Web site.) AUSTIN OFFICE: 221 West Sixth St., Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone: (512) 469-6034 Fax: (512) 469-6020 SAjiMLOJiLQJlfEiCEj 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 224-7485 Fax: (210) 224-8569 CONGRESSMAN � Lamar Smith Rayburn House Office Building Room 2184 Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-4236 Fax: (202) 225-8628 Web address: http://lamarsmith.house.gov/ (Send e-mails through Web site.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 821-5024 Fax: (210) 821-5947 � Henry Cuellar 1404 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-1640 Fax: (202) 225-1641 Web address: http://www.house.gov/cuellar SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 1149 E. Commerce St., Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 271-2851 Fax: (210) 277-6671 HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government GOVERNOR � Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512)463-1849 STATE HOUSE � Nathan Macias 1100 Congress Ave., Rm. E2.704 Austin TX 78701 Telephone: (512) 463-0325 E-mail address: [email protected]
STATE SENATE � Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 925 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: 888-824-6984 E-mail address: jeff. wentworth csenate.state.tx.us British leadership is mistaken in attitude to ending war in Iraq CALTHOMAS Cat Tltomas is a columnist for Tribune Media Services International. Direct all mail for Cal Thomas to: Tribune Media Services, 435 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1500, Chicago, 1L 60611, or leave an e-mail at www. calthomas. com. BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - While President Bush is ordering more American troops to Iraq in an effort to quell the violence and stabilize the Iraqi government so that it ultimately might take charge of its own security, what remains of leadership in Britain is competing among itself over who wants out faster. Not to worry, though. The British Security Service, MI5, has announced plans to send out e-mail alerts of changes to the national Threat Level. They'll have to send a lot of e-mails if the terrorists get the message that the West can't take the heat. British Prime MinisterTony Blair, whose rhetoric about the terror threat and assistance to the United States' fight, which has been heroic and an example of the classically British "stiff upper lip," is to be replaced as Labour Party leader and prime minister later this year by Chancellor Gordon Brown, whose rhetoric and announced plans for withdrawal of British troops expose his limp upper lip. Brown announced his desire to place Britain's national interests above the historic "special relationship" Britain has enjoyed with the United States. The only problem with that thinking is terrorism. In the fight against terrorism, the interests of the United States and Britain are inextricably joined. Perhaps Brown should recall Benjamin Franklin's remark: "We must all hang together, or most assuredly we will all hang separately." While Tony Blair has managed to stand against the tide of anti-war British public opinion, Gordon Brown appears ready to sink under it and take Britain down with him. Already inundated with legal and illegal Muslim immigrants, some of whom continue to teach and preach jihad and the overthrow of all elected governments, how will Brown's rhetoric transform those for whom Western-style democracy is an affront? "The British national interest is what I and my colleagues are about," said Brown. But the British national interest - indeed, the international interest of all free people - is to defeat this virulent strain of Islamofascism. They are committed to defeating us. Brown says his "strategy" is to defeat terrorists by capturing their hearts and minds. That is unlikely to succeed against people who want to explode bombs that will tear into OUR hearts and minds. Brown thinks the same strategy that worked in opposing communism in the '40s and '50s could be a "model" for the next chapter in this war. He is badly mistaken. Gordon Brown and others for whom the memory of Sept. 11 and the London bombings of July 7,2005, might be fading, might wish to revisit the text of Tony Blair's Sedgefield speech in March 2004. These few excerpts might refresh minds as to the danger of fighting a 21st-century threat with 20th-century weapons and remind them of the connection between terrorists in Iraq and terrorists throughout the world: "...the nature of the global threat we face... is real and existential and it is the task of leadership to expose it and fight it, whatever the political cost; and that the true danger is not to any single politician's reputation, but to our country if we now ignore this threat or erase it from the agenda in embarrassment at the difficulties it causes." At a January 2003 press conference, Blair said, "...it is a matter of time unless we act and take a stand before terrorism and weapons of mass destruction come together, and I regard them as two sides of the same coin." Back to the Sedgefield speech: "From Sept. 11 on, I could see the threat plainly. Here were terrorists prepared to bring about Armageddon.... Bin Laden has called it a 'duty' to obtain nuclear weapons." And finally, "...to those who think that these things are all disconnected, random acts, disparate threats with no common thread to bind them, look at what's happening in Iraq today. The terrorists pouring into Iraq know full well the importance of destroying not just the nascent progress of Iraq toward stability, prosperity and democracy, but of destroying our confidence, of defeating our will to persevere." Tony Blair gets it. Gordon Brown doesn't. President Bush gets it. The anti-war American left, including Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) who wants to ban funds for any additional troops, doesn't. Not only are troop reinforcements necessary, so is a reinforcement of American and British backbone... and a stiffening of that upper lip.