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Page 4 The Free Press ldlterlal Page February 27, 2003 ro It's always easibr to kick down a barn right now. but the truth is it is time for everyone to may all debate the rate of change, or pre- than build one. Just ask any mule. The reasons are many: homelandpull together on the schools. The school cisely how to respond, but more growth Now it's time for the Nos to step up. security, job security, record trade board can't do it alone and neither can the and change are coming, like it or not. In the wake of Saturday's bond defeat deficits, record budget deficits, strained teachers. A better analogy than cars may be a for the Hays schools, those who led the relations with international allies, Voters have said they want a Ford, not boat on a fast stream. As we struggle "No" charge have an obligation to help America at perhaps its lowest point ever a Buick. But district leaders were more against the current of growth, to idle is to design and build alternate options for the in world opinion, a possible war on two or likely to describe the choice as between a slip backwards. district, whether that means a smaller three fronts, corporate scandals tied to solid, new Ford and a cranky, question- For some, this was a vote against the bond package or re-arranging current pri- leaders in the administration, a state legis- able used car. It will take lots of hands board and it's policies. But in our opinion, orities, lature that is threatening to take away aid now, pushing in common to get our for most who voted no, and many of those With Buda's rollback election and the for fast-growth districts here in Texas, a schools where we want them. who stayed home, this was largely a vote overwhelming defeat of the school bonds, county government in shambles. Makes Which may all work out for the best about broader discontent and uncertainty. local voters have sent a clear signal that you glad you voted Republican, huh? -- even The Free Press was split on the Either way, it's now time to build a barn they're nervous about additional taxes Okay, we couldn't resist that last part, bonds. But let's not fool ourselves: we we can all use together. Bartee Haile The miracle maker in El Paso was a former two-time all-state basketball star from Oklahoma. Don Haskins played college ball for Hank Iba at Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) and like so many disciples of th6 living legend chose coaching for a career. Haskins got his start in the 2 Texas Panhandle with high :r rl~he undefeated Miners of school teams at Benjamin (1955- lTexas Western beat 56), Hadley (1956-60) and ~:Colorado State on Feb. 26, 1966 Dumas (1960-61). He won 79 '~for their 22nd consecutive victo- percent of the time, an impres- ~xy of the college basketball sea- sive record but hardly an expect- ::,~son. ed springboard to the college level, major college teams. But no rassing sixth ranked Iowa 86-68. Prior to Haskin's arrival, coach in the country dared begin By early February, Texas Texas Western had never gone to a game without at least one Western was a perfect 15-0 and the NCAA tournament or the white player on the floor, in the Top Ten. A basket at the NIT. "The Bear" took the Miners Don Haskins broke that buzzer by Bobby Joe Hill to the NCAA in his second sea- unwritten rule in the 1965-66 snatched victory from the jaws son (1963) and to the NIT in his campaign not because he had of defeat at Colorado State, and fourth (1965). But no one, not something to prove, but simply the Miners rallied from 20 points even the optimistic Okie, could because he believed in playing down to win in overtime at New have ever imagined how far the best players. And the seven Mexico. Texas Western would go the fol- best on his 12-man squad just When Haskins' heroes made lowing year. happened to be black, the long trip to Washington state Except in the segregated The Miners blew out their ten for the last game of the regular South, basketball fans had December opponents by an aver- season, they were 23-0 and sec- grown accustomed to seeing age of 26 points. They survived end only to Kentucky in the three and sometimes four black a close call with Fresno State players in the starting line-ups of and ended the month by embar- Texas History, next page ::'Take a look at them in private schools. They homes! Worth looking at here in angry the city council, under the 2003. Jobs in place and those in ~." are all brilliant successes. I think Texas in my humble opinion, leadership of Mayor Adkins, planning, may not be a given for ~!7 "TO lrglma all kids should have access to Danny Levin proposed initiating annual goals 2003, Special classes for special the kind of education they got Kyle to set policy Or maybe it's that needs, may not be a given for (and the parental involvement). I the new city manager conducted 2003. Returning with friends to ~2 the Editor: really think the public schools a comprehensive review ofa campus that is not in your I enjoyed what both Barton don't have a prayer of providing What are you growth in Kyle and discovered attendance zone, may not be a this for most kids. They re too the scope of the problems to given. Class sizes of today, may !~oys had to say last week about : ~the school bonds. Also enjoyed big with too many cracks for too really upset come And the City Council not be a given in 2003 7~2he fact that the "editorial staff' many kids to fall through They ~ -~ acted on this information, insti- Participating in extra-curricu- ~was divided on the issue My 'oo~- like - niten'" " ",aDOU[ff 1 pe uanes ano m tuting ,a budding ,:m0r torium lure, prggran s ,free of char, " I ~" ~ * ]'~ !~ " ' ~l ~ :~ [~ :, Are you upsetthey applied for may riot be a kiven in ~003. ~6 we've gok,oae ,voted yes, one them, holdin But, irr the TO tlaeSo,Caled ~o, one abstained, absence of a better plan, I am Citizens for Good state permits to expand the tax rate staying where it is now, wastewater treatment plant? may not be a given for 2003. forced to take my cue from the Government: Or are you mad because they Things will change and until There seemed to be lots of 7~reasons to vote against. The school board and the vast major- So you want to replace ~belief that our schools are in ity of teachers and staff. They Mayor Adkins, but you don't ~,~ deep trouble which money alone say they can do good with better really have any idea of who will not fix was at the top of my buildings --now. Who am I to should take his place. It sounds ~olist. The fact that this money say no? reminiscent of Bush's strategy i:was earmarked for building and The only thing I object to in for "regime change." ;:would go to contractors, not Jeff's letter is the idea that we Now let me get this straight. ~.teachers. Class size: no signlfi- measure our success against You don't know what happened cant change. The "bad timing" neighboring school districts, in an executive session, but you i:issue didn't play much with me, That bar is too low dude. The know it was illegal (I'm think- i!I guess 'cause I'm too dumb to comparison should be with the ing maybe you used to live in understand Robin Hood laws,best schools in the world. We Buda). And if something illegal i economic downturns, or wars. should strive to beat them. happened -- shouldn't the iEspecially wars. In some states (Virginia is entire city council be recalled? .o Anyway, I didn't make my one) developers cannot legally Why just the mayor? mind up til the ballot was in proceed with new subdivisions What are you really upset front of me. And then, inexplic- until the schools are ready for about? Does it bother you that, ably, I was swayed by Jeff's the kids. What a concept! after a series of public work- remarks. Developers significantly help shops, the city council enacted I homeschooled my three fund infrastructure, including long range planning for future ,kids for five years, then put schools, before they buildzoning? Or perhaps you are ACROSS 4~ "roses t TXism: "does 49 TXism: " -getter" have a climb- 50 Dallas oil company Ing gear?" (yes) 51 they're few at TWU 5 Houston space agcy. 52 this Wade prosecuted 6 TXIsm: "plain as the Jack Ruby (init.) top line eye 53 these cause TXns to chart' 'ride the bed wagon" 7 TX globetrotter: 55 in Franklin Co.on 67 Meadow Lemon 56 'Big D" named for 8 president born In this Alvin (init.) Dennison (init.) 57 Yoke 9 TXism: "tall 58 "take a " (swim) the trough" 14 singer from Lubbock: Davis 17 film ('43): " Grande' 21 Rosebud h.s. class 22 sixties hit: "1 Sheriff' 60 Erath is 23 TXism: "blister no. milk "(handle) producing co. 24 indian head dress 61 TXism: "tough 30 Tax-Max order as hide' (2 wds.) DOWN 32 this Dick broadcast the Cowboys win in1 TXism: 'mean as 14 Super Bowl XXVII 33 TXism: ' your 2 Hemphlll Co. seat 15 poison" (choose) 3 TXism: "mad 36 Houston AM radio -eyed cow' 16 38 ex-Cowboysowner: 4 a pond in Texas18 "Bum" Bright 9 TX billionaire 19 39 TXism: "touched in Hughes (Init.) "(crazy) 10 early name for20 41 Culberson Co. Bronte, TX 24 peak: Capitan 11 TXism: "it from 42 U.S. senator Ralph the horse's mouth" 25 elected in '58 (init.) 12 near the stern of 43 they're "upon you" the U.S.S. Texas 26 in TX 13 this Tom wrote27 45 Dallas' 1st hotel: "Harper Valley St. PTA' (Init.) The Original 1 2 3 5 6 '2 TEXAS by Charley & Guy Orbison P-583 TX George Jones 35 TX Catto was an sang "Take 214 & 972 are Metro- ambassador here plex codes 36 UT grad directed firmly saddled horse vs. Kramer" TXlsm:" bien" 37 saur "Barney" TXiam: "he can't was created in TX thunder" (deaf) 40 13010 Co. owns -- Dallas newspaper boot smells 28 TXism: "come hell 44 TXlsm: "1 reckon" TX Clint Black hit: water' 46 this Nee=0n starred "Tell Ourselves" 29 TXism: 'I'm at the in ,Leap of Faith" Marshall hosts my rope" with TX Martin Fire ---. Festival 31 ' stopping 48 this John sang in TX Gov. Hubbard (inlt.) me now' Wlllie's Farm Aid IV TXism: "If it had 34 TXism: "just cause a 54 Hondo is seat of snake it chicken has wings, this county would have bit you" don't can fly" 59 church bench didn't vote the way you wanted they do, we do not know who when you protested a change in the winners and losers are. zoning by the developers at Everyone voted as they felt Plum Creek? the need to be. I do not question We are privileged to have a the vote. I question, where the good city council. Each has a opponents were during the different style and point of process. view. It isn't necessary they The process began in 2000 agree on everything. Nor is it when the 2001 Bond Task Force the Mayor's fault when they began their work. It was a disagree. Differing points of known fact then, there would be view are essential to good gov- need for a 2003 bond to contin- ernment. As a "concerned citi- ue the work. zen for good government," you Community members were must know this. asked and invited to be a part of This is a Democracy. It's not the process for the 2001 and right that a handful of individu- 2003 bond. If you did not get an als with selfish interests can invite, all you had to do was call overthrow the decision of the and ask. Having had everyone people merely by making spud- working together, during the ous allegations. Impeachment process, would have made us all of a public official should only winners. be done when some very seri- When the next process ous violation of the public trust begins, let's all plan to be there. is committed. Mayor Adkins Accept the invitation that is has served us honorably He's always and has always been not perfect, but he's a good there. mayor. I don't believe the citi- Jacque Glomb zens of Kyle want their decision Buda reversed. Just sit tight for two more years. Then you can have your Oh well "just" opportunity for a differ- ent mayor. I'm standing by To theEditor: Mayor Adkins. It seems the voters have spo- Lila Knight ken oh well. Kyle The bond election was voted down oh well. Who won and There won't be room for a second computer lab for Kyle who lost in the Elementary oh well. All 800 plus students cur- 2003 HCISD rently get only 45 minutes per bond vote? wee~ in there oh well. Their classrooms typically have one computer oh well. To the Editor: Many of the kids don't have We don't know - time will a computer to learn on at home tell oh well. Students will return to their Some of them will end up classes, teachers to their class- without being computer literate rooms, administrators to their oh well. offices, and stafftotheirjobs for They will be left behind in today and for the remainder of this technology-driven world this school year. oh well But for the 2003 school year, If you voted without consid- things will be different, ering the future of our kids Programs in place and those in Brian Gryta planning, may not be a given for Buda i |iiii!ilili iiiiililiiiii il i iiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiii |i ii}i iiiiiii!i iiiiiiiiiii !!iiiii !ii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ! M!i! i i iiiiiii iiii iiiii i i i !i i iiiiiill : BNai i7, ! i