Set aside time to give blood

Blood is something most of us take for granted. We assume blood will be at the hospital when we need it. If it isn't, the consequences can be devastating.

The American Red Cross relies on the generosity of volunteer blood donors to provide hospital patients across Kansas with potentially life-saving blood. Blood is a perishable product, with a shelf-life of only 42 days, so it must be constantly replenished.

Red Cross is still recovering from a difficult summer, where collections hit a 12-year low. In just a few weeks, our staff from the Central Plains Region will be in your area collecting blood donations. I hope you will choose to give us an hour of your time and a pint of your blood. Even better, start a new tradition and invite a friend to join you.

The Garden City Blood Drive Center will be open Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Nov. 7 and 21 from 3 to 7 p.m. The center is located at 1512 E. Harding Ave. Make an appointment for this drive by calling 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or make an appointment online at redcrossblood.org.

If you aren't able to give at this drive, please go to this website, click on the box labeled "Make a Blood Donation Appointment" at the top of the home page and then you'll be taken to a screen where you may enter your ZIP Code to find another drive near your home or work.

Can't donate blood? Don't feel bad. Only 40 percent of people in the United States are able to donate. But, did you know you can help in other ways? Red Cross relies on volunteers to organize, promote and work at our community blood drives. If you are interested in volunteering, please call me at (316) 213-6576.

When you support the Red Cross with your generous gift of blood or by volunteering your time, you support your community, state and country.

Sincerely,

KRYSTLE JACOBS,

Dodge City

Jacobs is the donor recruitment representative for the Central Plains Region of the American Red Cross Blood Services.

Help officials stop poachers

I am Kurt Hudson, Natural Resource Officer for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. The fall hunting season has begun and is in full swing. Every year poachers deprive the state of Kansas and its residents of a valuable natural resource. Poaching is the illegal taking of wildlife. Poaching takes the opportunity to legally harvest wild game away, along with revenue lost by communities due to the lack of wildlife available for hunters to legally harvest.

If you witness a game violation, please write down as many facts as possible and report the violation as soon as possible. The faster you report a violation along with all the facts possible, the better the chance of catching the violator.

There are several ways to report violations. If it is an ongoing violation, contact me at (620) 770-9014 or your local sheriff's office. You can also report violations to Operation Game Thief. Operation Game Thief is a program through the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. It allows citizens to report poachers without revealing your name, or having to testify in court. You can call Operation Game Thief toll-free at 1-800-426-3843. Operation Game Thief is only for reporting game violations and is not to be used for general wildlife questions or concerns. You can call our Operations office in Pratt at (620) 672-5911 to get information not dealing with poaching.

Good luck and enjoy the hunting experience Kansas has to offer. Whether it is hunting upland birds, small game or big game remember "Hunter Safety."

KURT HUDSON,

Lakin

Question on foreign cars

How can the USA economy improve when one out of five cars are either foreign made or are made in the USA by companies owned by foreign people?

CHARLES C. SKILLING,

Garden City