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QUOTE OF THE WEEK "We live and die with him Unfortunately, it was a little bit too late because of the circumstances. It is what it is." - Matthew Sandoval, Rebel basketball coach, on Rebel Charles Bohannon's efforts in a recent Rebel game. See story, page lB. Hays Free Press = February 15, 2017 Page 3A W~oen I was a boy, my other loved listening American crooners on our old wooden stereo console - Dean Martin was her favorite. Though I hated his "old peo- ple" music as I kid, I listen to it frequently on satellite radio when I'm driving my truck. Here's why:. Dino celebrated romance, "a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love," says And if modem music is the measure, romance is dead. I point to Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 list. Last week's No. i hit was "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran. His song is popular, no doubt, because of its eloquent lyrics: I'm in love with the shape of you We push and pull like a mag- net do Although my heart is falling . too I'm in love with your body And last night you were in my room And now my bedsheets smell like you No. 2 on the charts was "Bad and Boujee" by American hip hop group Migos. Many of the lyrics for the song are unpublishable in a family newspaper, but, with edits in parentheses, these lines do: (Fornicating) on your (de- rogatory term for a woman that sounds like witch) she a (prostitute, prostitute, prosti- tute, prostitute) Cookin' up dope in the crock- pot, (pot) Ah, modem romance. Things sure have changed since Dino dropped offthe charts. Whereas today's top hits cel- ebrate human nature at its most base, Dino's music spoke to the heart. Consider the lyrics to 'Amore," which means "love" in Italian: When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie That's amore When the world seems to shine like you've had too much wine That's amore In 1964, when The Beatles' new sound made them the most pop- ular band on Earth, Dino knocked "Hard Day's Night" out of the top spot on the charts. He did so with "Everybody Loves Somebody," an old-fashioned song that still resonates with all age groups: Everybody loves somebody sometime Everybody falls in love somehow Something in your kiss just Guest Column by Tom Purcell told me That sometime is now Whereas many of today's hit songs are vulgar and cynical, Dino's songs celebrate the subtle dance of the spirit between a man and a woman- the magic that occurs when two complementary natures collide. Dino's songs celebrate mystery - the deep interest and curiosity a man holds for a woman and a woman for a man. They celebrate optimism- the hope that one day a special per- son will enter your life and sweep you offyour feet, a person you will love forever. The simple, intense lyrics of his song "sway" sum up this longing well: Other dancers may be on the floor Dear, but my eyes will see only you Only you have the magic technique When we sway I go weak I know Dino had his peccadil- loes in his personal life, but his music remains untainted. With every passing year, as coarseness seeps into our culture a little more, his songs hold more power over me. Their sweetness and respectfulness uplift me. We need to get back to that spirit-the spirit of romance. I can't think of a better day to do so thanValentine's Day, All we need to do is study the older couples who attend the annual Dean Martin Festival in Steubenville, Ohio, Dino's home- town. As the Dean Martin imper- sonator takes the stage- a fellow so convincing you think the old crooner is there in the flesh- they saunter to the front of the stage holding hands. They begin to sway with a sweetness and easi- ness that couples knew long ago. When there was romance. Tom Purcell, author of"Misad- ventures of a 1970's Childhood" and "Wicked ls the Whiskey," a Sean McClanahan mystery novel, is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor columnist and is national- ly syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons Inc. Some folks ask me where I come up with ideas for this here column. I tell 'em that usually some weird thought pops up like a baby's poet in her bath water. Sometimes I see something in the news that sparks an interest. There have been times in the past where I simply can't think of anything to comment on, but thanks to mil- lions of registered voters, there is now a plethora of material coming out of our nation's cap- ital that keeps me up at night until I fire up my PC. Now, I don't go around looking for a thunder pot to stir up, but when I hear some outrageous statement from the mouth of some politician, I can't help myself to spread the word. I reckon I will upset some folks out there who just can't find underwear that fit, but let me assure you that I poke fun at anyone who says or does something stupid. If you read my last column, you saw me poking fun at men in general, including yours truly. Hey, if you can't laugh at yourself, then you are one sad sack. Let's start off with our beloved president speaking recently without checking the facts first. Now, I haven't taken a class in American History since 1976, but I do recall that Fred- erick Douglass was a social re- former and abolitionist back in the late 18O0s. Mr. Trump spoke of this man in the present tense when he said, ',Frederick Doug- From the Crow's Nest by Glint Younts lass is an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice." I refuse to relentlessly bash the guy like a lot of folks do, but you've got to wonder about Trump's overall intelligence. Instead of releasing his tax returns, I'd like to see his high school report cards. I bet his GPA dropped a bit during Black History Month. And if Trump believes Douglass is still living, he probably didn't do so hot in math either. Okay, let's see what other alternative facts plopped at our feet during interviews with some big wigs out in D.C. Before we get started, let's take a moment of silence for those souls lost in the Bowling Green Massacre. I want to person- ally give kudos to Kellyanne Conway on getting the scoop on this tragedy well ahead of CNN and the rest of the media. Um, while we are on the subject, am I spelling Bowling Green right because I can't find anything about this massacre on Wiki- pedia and I'm not on speaking terms with Siri? Perhaps, our president and Ms. Conway weren't the best students at Trump University, and they just misspoke. Not everyone is smart enough to make it to Final Jeopardy. Some folks lack sufficient gray matter to store actual facts and know what's real and what's not. Now, I am sure that we won't hear anything stupid coming from our new Secretary of Education, right? Whoa! Hold your horses! Ms. Betsy DeVos commented during her Senate confirma- tion hearing that we need guns in schools to protect the kids from grizzly bears. Dang it, CNN! Why didn't you inform your viewers about all the bears mauling children in public schools? ttow long have these vicious attacks been going on? I'm glad we have a watchdog in the Department of Education looking after the welfare of our students. Okay, how many folks have I ticked off?. Probably fewer than those who got a chuckle out of this. Again, let me emphasize that I don't take jabs at people just because of their political affiliation. I don't lean to the left or right, although some nights after treating my arthritis, I tend to sway both ways. And being a farm boy like I am, I do believe in spreading out the manure. Clint Younts' cattle spread plenty of manure in the pastures around the Crow's Nest. crowsnest78610@ In July, Donald Trump said he'd never spoken to ~adimir Putin. Young-At- Sure, he hadnt. Except that in 2014 he said he had- spoken Large with Putin "indirectly and direct- by ly" when in Russia on Miss Uni- John Young verse business. Well, who you gonna believe? Donald Trump or Donald Trump? We understand: Having had a talk with Putin could slip the mind of one so globally powerful as a civilian that, on the campaign trail, Tramp's son Donald Jr. would say that the presidency would be a step down. Still, this curious nugget of nar- rative involving Trump and Russia assumes more significance with each day. What did he know? When did he know it? Richard Nixon said he knew nothing. One lie. One presidency down the toilet. At this point, Team Trump has delighted at batting truth around like a shuttlecock without penalty. Lying can be fun and come with- out political cost. Fun and games, yes, but one subpoena- one- would empty this White House like a pizza deliv- ered with anchovies and anthrax. If we recall: In only a few in- stances did actual "high crimes" put Nixon's men behind bars and Nixon himself on a chopper out of town. What put them there was knowing and lying. Until his dismissal as national security adviser Mike Flynn was pulling a Trump: saying one thing, then another. Multiple sources confirmed for the Washington Post that before he and Trump were employed by you and me, Flynn, via phone, told Ambassador Sergei Kislyak that the Trump administration would relieve Russia of those pesky sanctions imposed by President Obama over Russia's meddling in our election. Nyet to worry. When questions first arose, Flyrm said he never said any such thing. Then he said he couldn't recall. It's a meaty thing to slip one's mind, sort of like what Trump said in July about interacting with Putin. The issue behind Eaffaire Flynn is the Logan Act, which forbids civil- ians from doing foreign policy. If true, it would be stunningly Nixonian, and so Tmmpian. In 1968, before taking office as presi- dent, Nixon contacted SouthViet- nam's government to head off any last-minute peace agreement by the Johnson administration. Having broken the law, Nixon's presidency should have ended be- fore it began. Tramp's presidency is a month old, and already there are enough plausible concerns of high crimes involving Russia to rev up the he- licopter. Tramp's glowing statements about Putin, his smirking dismissal of what the CIA labeled "an influ- ence campaign to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process" say more than words ever could, even if we could trust a word he utters. Oh, and Flyrm didn't phone Rus- sia just once. Reuters reports he called Kislyak five times the day of the sanctions. What did Trump know? "Plausi- ble deniability" was a catch phrase from Iran-Contra, a scandal that put a batch of Republican schemers in prison for waging a secret war and financing it in part by selling arms to a terrorist nation. The de- niability was the sculpting of oper- ations to insulate President Reagan from knowingly illegal deeds. Flynn is out, and Trump is insu- lated? Trump's front men are trying to do that. They say that whatever Flynn might have done, Tromp knew nothing. Subpoena them. Hands on the Bi- ble for the second time in a few days. Subpoena those tax records first. Team lhunp would have us believe that Flynn was a lone wolf. That seems quite implausible. Citizens, insist on the truth. What was the pre-election relationship between Trump and Putin? We won't get the truth without subpoe- nas. Sen. McCain, duty calls. 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