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+ THEY REALLY SAID mAT?. 'Tt's a sad dayfor us." -- Hays CISD Superintendent Jeremy Lyons on his proposal to cut as many as 100 jobs in the face of projected shortfalls starting next fiscal year. + Hays Free Press February 23, Throe Lehman High cafeteria was filled, and e maintenance man kept bringing in ore chairs. The Hays CISD board of trustees meeting was being called to order. On the agenda? A preview of the upcoming budget, due to be adopted in the summer, calling for $7 million to be cut. A substantial portion of Hays CISD budget comes from state funds, and with the Texas Legislature meeting only every other year, HCISD continues to wait for final word on their amount of state aid. A budget, though, must be adopted, even with onlypartial information flom the state. So the school board trustees and superintendent lis- tened, as speakers pleaded that various jobs, pm- grams, teachers not get laid off, cut, or eliminated. In the end, Hays CISD Superintendent Ieremy Lyon thanked the speakers, especially those offering ways to trim the budget. Lyon presented a few rather obvious changes- those that are easily overlooked. One is eliminating personal appliances- mi- crowaves, mini-fridges, coffee pots-In offices. Simply unplugging these items across the district is expected to save $100,000. Doesn't seem like much, but that's two jobs! so, are there ways of dealing with me down- turn in the economy that organizations can offer? What about private citizens? What have private businesses done during this recession? Are these options that Hays CISD could use? With budget workshops going on until the final vote in August, there's time for Hays CISD residents to give school trustees their ideas. An option adopted by several businesses a fewyears ago - a cut in pay to management personnel. Everyone in the management arena, department heads, top administrators, assistant administrators, took a 10 percent pay cut. That simple reduction, ffimplemented by the school district, hurts a bit, but could save several in-classroom positions. Those who take the cut are at the highest pay grade. It helps a bit and shows that management is taking a hit, too. What else can be done? Got realistic ideas? Give school board members a call, or send a note to the superintendent. Any realistic help would be appreciated by school employees - and in the long run, by our children. More intrusion in women's private lives GUEST COLUMN Senate Bill 16, a bill that would require a woman, who has already made the incredibly personal decision to have an abortion,.to view a sonogram and listen to any heartbeat that may exist, is an unwarranted infusion into that woman's private life. I am a traditional conservative who believes we should get government off our becks and out of out private lives- and there is nothing more personal or private to a woman than the difficult decision of whether to terminate a preguan~ Because I am a man and will never be pregnant myself or have that decision to make, I am uncomfortable with me fact that it is primarily men who are leading the charge to write laws about what a woman must do or must not do, when one of my gender got her pregnant in the first place. Personally, I prefer adoption to abortion; I am the uncle of two young women whose two separate mothers several years apart gave each of them up at birth for adoption by my sister, rather than have abortions. I love my two nieces just as much as if my sister had carried each of them for nine months. They are family. But I cannot, nor should the government, attempt to impose my moral or religious convictions on the entire female population of Texas as a matter of state law. Once a woman, in concert with her family, her physician, and her clergyman has decided to terminate her pregnancy, I believe it is inappropriate and exceedingly intrusiye in her private life to tell her by law what she must do in connection with that medical procedure. And I don't believe her state legislator should be on that decision-making committee. I represent nearly one million Texans in six counties whO live in central and soum Texas. Of that total, nearly 400 contacted me about the sonogram bill; over 350 urged me to vote , "no," while less than 30 urged me to vote "yes, and of that number about half wepe men, people who, because of their gender, would never be directly affected by the law. Clea~,lhe women of Texas are not clamoring to have more information with a sonogram. In fact, the overwhelming majority of women from Senate District 25 who contacted me asked that the state government stay out of their private lives. And I cast my vote against me bill in order to do just that- have state government stay out of their private lives. Senator J~'Wentworth (R-San Antonio) represents northern Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall and southern 7~avis counties in the Texas Legislature. 2011 \ Them is a difference between prosperity and greed. Prosper- ity is broadly shared. Greed concentrates wealth into the hands of the few who grasp the fastest and the hardest. Prosperity adds no sor- row. Greed creates sorrow, injustice and imbalance on every hand. Prosperity goes hand-in-hand with freedom, justice and peace. Greed goes hand-in-hand with cruelty, op- pression and unrest. The very word "greed" has been used admiringly in the United States of America ever since the 1980s, as ffgreed were suddenly a virtue, rather than a vice. An event that happened early in the Obama administration illustrates just how thoroughly this new, revisionist view of greed took hold in our cul- ture. A corrupt investor was busted by the government, and the federal spokesman noted that, "This shows that greed is not always good." As if we all thought it was. Google the phrase "greed is not always good," and look at the stunning number of people who have uttered this phrase, in various contexts, over the past few years. It testifies to the fact that for many years, greed stood unchallenged in our culture as a virtue! In the words of the bard, "Fair is foul and foul is fair. Hover through the fogand filthy air." The beating heart of the greed that has captured and threatens to ruin America is called "supply-side" or"trickle down" economics. Ronald Reagan swept into power in 1980, And everybody would be better off, because, as they are fond of saying, 'A rising tide lifts all boats." Part of this theory turns out to have been true. Up to a point, cutting taxes on the rich does increase tax revenues, and some job creation does result. But that only works for so long. By 2001, that was no longer true. The Bush tax cuts added hundreds of billions tenure in office. A similar study conducted in late 2010 showed that continuing the Bush tax cuts would add about $150 billion to the deficit each year, while reduc- ing the unemployment rate by only about one tenth of one percent. The trend continued mercilessly through the Clinton and Bush II years, and still continues today. The top one percent of Americans cur- rentiy earns more than the bottom 50 percent combined. Out of every dollar earned in America today, 22 cents goes to the top one percent. In short, "Wealth and income have been shifted to the very top strata of our sodety in a way that we've never seen in history," in the words of conservative economist David Stockman. Index after index shows America as a nation in decline. One more stunning fact: the United States now has the highest rate of childhood poverty in the industrial- ized world. So it turns out that supply-side of dollars to the deficit, according economics is nothing but a con to a study by the GAO, conducted game.We gave money to the rich about mid-way through Bush's people in exchange for a promise that we would all prosper together. It is unquestionably true in nature that a rising tide lifts all boats. In fact, it lifts all boats equally. But have all boats been lifted by the "rising tide" of supply-side economics? In 1980, the top five percent of American income earners averaged about $250,000 per year, while the median wage was $33,000. An 8-to-1 ratio. By the end of the Reagan-Bush era in 1992, the top five percent were promising a new avenue to prosper- averaging about $550,000, while the ity. The idea was to cut taxes on the median wage had slid to $31,000. A rich people. They would then invest 17-to-1 ratio. Massive numbers of the money to create jobs, and tax people had already been forced into revenues would actually increase, poverty and homelessness. They broke that promise. In reality, all that happens when you give money to rich people is they get a lot richer. Duh. They invest some of that money in job creation, sure, but they also invest in stock market speculation, hence the dot-corn bubble and the housing bubble. All you have to do is look at the unemployment rate to see what great little job creators the rich people have turned out to be. Oh, and there is one other vital thing that rich people invest their additional money in: political influ- ence. They have pretty much bought a controlling interest in the federal government over the last 30 years. The American people have been suckered. djones20320ausUn.w.com "istory calls onRob Dyrdek. A nation awaits word. Run .for president, Rob. Run as a Republican. You have what it takes. Mainly, and most importantly, you have a reality television show. Make that two. That makes you doubly qualified. One could not help but think of Dyrdek, he of MTV's "Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory," the other day when Donald Trump appeared before the Conservative Political Action Conference and all but announced he's nmn'mg. He told the crowd that he's anti-abortion and pro-gun, and with his own reality TV show, he's as dose to qualified as one canget to the GOP nomination, judging by the prospective field. Trump joins reality TV figure Sarah Palin as both make moves toward throwing their hair in the ring. When Trump does, he will have broken the by-now-accepted rule for becoming a Republican presidential contender: Quit your job. Write a book. Get on the Fox News payroll. Mush for face time like it's the Iditarod. Mitt Romney, you piker. Rob Dyrdek is no piker. He's a skateboarder, and a brilliant businessman. Unlike Ihnnp, he doesn't do business suits. He wears mostly oversized T-shirts, and a ball cap that seems not to fit his head that well. He also makes money hand over jewel-encrusted fist. He is all over MTV with a show- his second show- about living the Generation Y dream and punking his pals. He endorses and invents products. He has cornered more markets than Procter & Gamble. He's everything the leader of our country should be. Did I mention he has a reality TV show? Sure, Trump and Palin will have challengers. Rachael Ray has yet to reveal her intentions. So, too, the Kardashian sisters. Simon Cowell. Dr. Phil. Dr. Oz. Dr. Gupta. We wait for the field to form. People talk up the possible southern challenge of former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. But, really- if you want to win the South, kitchen queen Paula Deen is the choice in the red states, with heavy backing by big dairy. All along, while Palin has perused the political landscape through her designer rifle scope, I've mentally compared her qualifications to that of Dyrdek, the skateboard king whose reality ratings put hers to shame. Nielsen numbers aside: To be honest, it's no contest. Oddball entrepreneur Dyrdek is smart verging on spooky. Palin is, well, simply spooky as someone presuming to lead the free world. We are told that having written a best-seller certifies Palin as high- brow and visionar~ Pending this month's sales figures, that could apply as well to "]ersey Shore" hot- tub philosophess Snookl. She has a book out, too. It's called 'H Shore Thing." Really. If Snookl's book isn't a best-seller like Palin's, such a distinction is no empty boast for TV talk sister Chelsea Handler. Her "My Horizontal Life" is No. 20 on the New York Time. list. Always trust market forces when deciphering wisdom. They will not mislead. Oh, and George W. Bush's new book rationalizing his presidency is at No. 5, though somehow classified as non-fiction. When it comes to winnowing down our reality stars for the nation's No. 1 job, one can understand why Donald Trump might rise to the top. The times call for a businessman to run the country, sort of like Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney did all those years ago. Regardless, and more crucial: A TV star is what the people demand in times of uncertainty. Ronald Reagan, whom Palin loves to quote trashing Medicare, was that before he was president. And what a president he turned out to be. All of this is to affirm, by review, that the presidency is no fantasy for one Rob Dyrdek. Longtime Texas newspaperman John Young lives in Colorado. jyoungcolumn@gmeil.com Page3A COMMENTS FROM THE WEBSlTE "When them am 281 positions listed in the HCISD C, entra/ Office telephone book, but . the only cuts being proposed am the front line teachers, the whole proposal needs to be scrapped and the 'budget people" (and I use that term very loosely), go back to the drawing board." - CWmmP, m/~ on q4ws ClSO budoet propo woUU lO0 jobs" at heysfreaixesccom "The treatment of these vet- elan teachers is unforgivable. They do make more money than new teachers, so that's just one morn way to save a little money. It should be about what isbest for kids! The best teachers and programs, regardless of the pay scale. The treatment of some of our finest teachers is important too. What has happened to the 'heart' of our district?" - =med CWa bud t propo wou cut lO0 }ob athaystm xee m "1 say let's start trimming the budget by cutting upper administrative salaries by 20 percent." -- Veteran Teacher on =Hays CBD budget wopos wou cut 100 jobs" at haysflmq~rsea. MANAGEMENT BARTON PUBLICATIONS, INC. Co-Publishers Bob Barton and Cyndy SIovak-Barton Offioe Manager Connie Brewer business@haysfreepress.com NEWSROOM Editor Brad Rollins brad@haysfreepmss.com Staff Reporters Jennifer Biundo Seen Kimmons Was Ferguson Features Writer Brenda Stewart School Reporter Jim Cullen Community Reporters Sandra Grizzle Myrtle Heideman Pauline Tom Sports Editor Jason Gordon Sports Reporter Mark Caul Columnlats Bob Barton Bartee Halle Phil Jones Clint Younts Donn Brooks John Young Brenda Stewart Proofreaders Jane Kirkham Brenda Stewart ADVERTISING Tracy Mack tracy@haysfreepress.com CIRCULATION. Cimulation Mgr. 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