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Pa|e 4,'The Free Press )[dltO Lldl P'ag6 MarchB.2003: Bob Barton Igness it was inevitable. * Kyle, a placid, slow growing community for an overwhelming portion of its 123 year history, is now expanding faster than State Comptroller Carole McClellan SWahom's list of ex-husbands. It took 100 years to become a to~vn of 2,500 souls and less than five to quadruple that. No doubt it'll be close to quintuple by the end of d is year. :During '*"these dozen-plus we have had almost 30 ors and perhaps 150 city coun- c" . mcmbers. Some have been quite tdK. World'* War 11, I6 Hartson, a direct descendent of the family for whom th town was named, beaded an an- mental spats in the past between bearing grudges against some the best thing that has happened to crucify the city manager, ought to some council members, including council members and the city man- Kyle in at least a decade. The deci- open a office in Kyle instead of law suits and vetoes. A council ager, have decided they want to sion by the council in recent Wmaberley and restricttheir editor- meeting regarding the location of recall Mayor James Adkins before months, on recommendation of ial comments to the editorial page. the prison in Kyle required the his term is completed. Mattis and his staff, that requires Jerry Kolacny, who served on presence of law enforcement offi- The fact that he ran for office subdividers to give the city $200 a the council for a tema before get- cials to keep fisticuffs from occur- less than a year ago without an lot for parks instead of allowing ling beat, (making him eligible to ring. opponent is of small matter. These them to claim an eroded gully or a join the loser's club that includes One former mayor served a folks are in a huff and patience isn't muddy stock pond as a greenbelt' is yours truly, along with a couple of prison term for an infi'action that their long suit. Adkins a tall, athlet- a good example of good steward- dozen other local once-wuzes) was not related to her city duties ic middle-aged man who is a ship. should file for office again and let and we elected a bright and articu- Wackenhut prison employee and Yeah, the Mayor and Council the voters decide whether he ought late woman who was of Hispanic happens to be African-America, is Chris Martinez had a spat, but -it to be calling the shots from a court- origin. One of our mayors served a their fall guy. was just that. Politics, particularly cilman's chair instead of a front term in the legislature, another These impatient folk are trying at the l al level, is not tidily- row seat in the audience. Give us a Sported a bright red beard and sev- to blow a disagreement between winks. It ain't the end of the world choice, not an echo. eral buckled up and served more the seven member council into and it is certainly no reason to try to These folks have every right to than one hitch at the post. some sort of major crisis. I first remove either from office before seek therecallofJamesAdkius. It's For 120 of those 123 years, came to Kyle 50 years ago and their terms expires, their judgement that I seriously none of them got paid a red cent. have participated in or reported on Unfortunately, there are some question. There were times in the Since we adopted our city charter a 50 city elections. This disagree- forces at work trying to turn this slow moving past when that kindof little over two years ago the mayor ment about the settlement regard- incident into a crisis. One non-resi- political brouhaha would have gets $200 bucks a month and the ing the overuse of Bartondent is mad because her pet histor- taken folks minds off a drought or council members receive half that Springs/Edwards Aquiferical district gotwaylaid by a wide a depression. This is not one of much. These aren't positions that Conservation District water was ranging coalition of people who. those limes. bring fame or fortune to those who complicated, contentious and feared that she was trying to genlri- I believe we will be foolhardy if serve in those capacities, multi-faceted, but it doesn't war- fy sections of town that are quite we take our eyes off the struggle to The city charter was written by rant a recall election, satisfied with the way they live control the unrestricted g vth that 15 local citizens, including three Ins d, the council needs to be now. Another one, who lives closer existed in Kyle before the current current city council members. Kyle concentrating on continuing to to Caldwell County than Kyle, pro- city council and the current city residents overwhelmingly adopted implement the strict conlrols on the claims she is a political kingmaker manager started addressing the the document, which also provides kind of rampant growth that was and that the mayor has disappoint- issues in a serious and systematic encouraged before Tom Mattis was ed her. Another, a newcomer who manner. chosen as the city manager by a has true concerns abut the environ- If you want to be self-indulgent majority of these current council ment, has perhaps jumped to some and sanctimonious, then sign the members, conclusions under the influence of petition. If you want to be a restxm- The moratorium that was folks who have other fish to fry. sible, fair-minded citizen, take a placed on new residential growth The Wtmberley-owned and pro- pass and express your opinion W .azmeCOmcil, a rarity that won the right for the public to recall tactdar portrait in Life officials, as well as initiate legisla- A copy of it, showing tion. carrying a hoe and wearing a General law cities don't have sul -bonnet as she performed her those paaicular powers, but we are m yoral duties, hangs in our masters of our own destiny now City office, and some Kyle citizens, greatly on the recommendation of Mattis duced flee newspaper, which some through the regular election There have been some menu- aided by several non-residents and unanimously by the council is time ago embarked on a crusade to process. . ~ "0 . my m AFlorida jury reached a ver- made her 12 instead of 19, when made a fortune in auto sales and diet on Mar. 6, 1966 in the kinfolk pressured her into marry- financing and commercial bank- sensational made-in-Texas mur- ing a much older man in 1939. ing. Six months later, they mar- der trial of Candy Mossier and By 1948, Candy was divorced tied and moved into the groom's her nephew Melvin Lane and living with her two children 28-room mansion in the exclu- Powers. in New Orleans. It was in the sive River Oaks section of Candy always claimed her Crescent City that the successful Houston. Georgia birth certificate had it all model and fashion designer met wrong and that she was born Jacaues MOssler, a 53 year old 1927 not 1920. Thatwodd have Rumanian refugee who had that he was sterile. Candy made him promise to adopt, and eight years later they took in four sib- lings between the ages of two and six, the survivors of a crazed father's killing spree in Chicago. In 1962, the Mosslers wel- Mossl w0,iCdqntil aft er the comed a new houseguest ,- hone ymogn to t 11 his b ge, wh9 had her heart set on a big family, Texas History, page 5 by Aria McDonald man's death diminishes crimes a was acquitted of the murder of nations became aware of the Ben Chester White, an elderly atrocities' committed against African-American farm hand those whose only crime was to and Baptist deacon Just last be not-Aryan, the civilized month, Avants was convicted of world demanded justice But ,titebecausetaminvolved. the very same crime in an justice for what? Murder? ? :i. in mankind. American version of the Homicide? None of the avall- --John Donne Nuremburgtrials. able words could convey the -" ' % - We all know about immensity of this evil. We had Ke1967, Ernest Avants, a Nuremburg. In the aftermath of to invent a' new term. So ,at mber of the Ku Klux Klan, World War II when the civilized Nuremburg, Nazi leaders were The Original AISRI.ISS ,',7 TXns born 'tween t UT coach Brown July 23 & Aug. 22 5 TXiam: "at the drop 48 Mavericks sport (abbr.) of * SO TX Morse 6 this Calhoun was sang "Cow-Cow Boogie" in 'Red Sundown"53 Brown and his by Charley & Guy Orbison ~:~ with TX Hyer Band of Renown 7 TXism: "liquid54 "United" movie co. (abbr.) Copyaght 2oo3 by Orbtson Bro=. ~" (perfume) 55 this Sarandon wants 8 TX Sly's 'Every- to avoid "IX in 11 14 5 body Star" "Thelma & Louise" 9 Jeff Davis Co. seat 56 TX RangerNorris film: 16 TXism: "kicked over "An Eye' a hornet's 18 TXIsm: "top rung on ~3 "(bast) 21 Gov. Culbertson 42 55 (1894-98) ~;2 TXIsm: "he has P-585 18 Ted Adams was Tom in "Rio Grande" film 40 TXism: "dab on" 41 "Alley Oop" TX creator Hamlin 42 '93 TV special: "Willie Big Six-0" " at the moon" fish bait TXism: =crooked barrel of snakes" ~dassa is seat of this county TXism: ". talk" (gossip) ? short and deep pockets" 59 film segment ~3 TX "Turtle Lady' 60 cable TV net. i Loetscher 61 Mrs. Hobby of City, TX Houston (init.) UT has large col- 62 Aransas Pass lection of this poet festival "Shrimpo ' ~4 "yes' so. of the border ])OWN 14 TXism:" have ~5 this Eliseo went on 1 Falls Co. seatto get better to die" '83 rampage 'cross 2 TXism: "like 15 George W. now !6 southeast TX afire' (hurry) calls this the NMD song "Whatever 3 "El Saner" who led (Nat. Missile Def.) i. . Wants" longest siege in 17 commissioner for Jones CO. seat TX prison history Cowboys & Texans Cowboys, in NFC4 a natural radio 19 Spanish newspaper: station in Tye, TX ~ Texas" 27 TXism: ". dl---~'ner ~ ~) Worth (abbr.) 20 Emery is seat of beer and no foam" 49 ~ classy car 10 TXIsm: 'busier this county 28 chicken fred steak 51 TX Kowalski dir- -armed24 TX Jim Reeves'29 cowboy exhibitions 52 + acted this Robert paper hanger" " I Losing You?" 31 Mexican "two' Blake seres 11 TXism for "darn" 25 famous TX case: 32 LIT grad Wallach 57 46(~r. to Dallas from 12 Yale is TX George ~ v. Wade 33 TX George H.'s San Antonio W.'s mater 26 Gulf crustacean general: ~ 58 46 and reel 13 TX poet Miller or an o1' grouch Schwarzkopf tried for Crimes Against Humanity. It's a huge idea. Some acts are more than mere viciousness, more than passion gone awry, more than the desire to acquire"* that fuel ordinary crimes. Some acts, by their very nature, touch each one of us. Such are crimes against humanity. The most devastating aspect of these crimes is that the per- petrators believe they are pro- tecting humanity. Nazi Germany convinced itself that Germans were victims of a vast Jewish conspiracy. They used" this bit of disinformation to jus- tify mass murder as "self- defense" Avants and his kind thought the same way. They somehow managed to convince them- selves that they were heroes, saving white America from the threat of dark skin. Men of little imagination and less self- respect, they felt threatened when African Americans demanded American rights and dignity. So threatened that they felt it necessary kill the civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. So they decided to commit a crime so spectacular that Dr. King would come to their com- munity, where they could easily assassinate him. And why did they choose to murder Mr. White? Not because he was a civil rights activist or leader of his community. No. Mr. White was convenient. As far as Avant was concerned, Mr. White was bait. So Avants and his kind invit- ed the elderly gentleman into their car. They offered him work and bought him a soda. They shot him 15 times Or maybe 18. And then, as Avants told former FBI-agent Allan Kornblum, "I blew his head off with a shotgun?' Avants wasn't ashamed. He didn't fear conviction. After all, he told Kornblum, "You can't be convicted of killing a dead man." And sure enough, the 1967 jury bought the story, bought into the insanity that would excuse such unmitigated evil Despite Kornblum's testi- mony and the dictates of com- mon sense, the 1967 jury acquitted Avants. And there the story would have ended, ff the crime hadn't been committed on government land. But it. was, so double jeop- ardy doesn't apply. Thus we brought Ernest Avants, Klansman, to trial. And we con- victed him. Some say that when Avants is sentenced this May, we should have mercy. After all, he's an old man, 72. He's had a stroke. No one in his condition could be considered a threat to society. After all, the crime was so long ago, 39 years. It's ancient history, by today's fast- paced standards. After all, Ernest Avants isn't likely to kill again. But mercy must not seem to condone Avants' twisted think- ing. In 1966, Ernest Avants reduced an irreplaceable human life to the status of bait. And that is a crime against humanity. Ana McDonald (ana@san- drew on reports published by the New York Times and ABC News.