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-4-- + QUOTE OF THE WEEK "They are a bunch of goldfish out there. We've played these teams before and they forget what they do... They are really good at listening; they just have a hard time remembering." -Brad Baker, Lobe coach, on Lobe soccer falling at Senior Night. See story, page 2B. Hays Free Press March 8, 2017 Page 3A Set aside the argument at what's happened to pain. of sporting events, and ed" ignorants in Austin? You bet. San Marcos about the discrimination tourism in North Car- Just in one North Car- is a convention mecca Look at the cities that and Kyle hotels would of Senate Bill 6, known as olina, which passed a olina city, Charlotte, the - both nationally and have hosted the finals be- be booked and restau- the transgender bath- similar bathroom bill.local Chamber estimated internationally. The Hen- fore. The city of Houston rants would be full. We're room bill, which would Sports tourism, a verythat the metro regionry B. Gonzalez Centiongenerated in the neigh- talking money into local require people use the big deal in North Caroli- there lost approximately Center and the myriad borhood of $300 million pockets here. bathroom of their birth na, went down the drain. $285 million because of of other venues in Sanjust from the Final Four. So, let's look at local gender. Let's face it - college the bathroom bill. Antonio are constantlyIf the NCAA were to . economics. We don't Instead, with those sports are big men- And that's just one city. busy. pull out of San Ante- need the transgender in control of the Texas ey. When the Atlantic One just has to look What happens if the nio, the effects would bathroom bill. What we House, Senate and Gov- Coast Conference (ACC)down the road to San An- NCAA withdraws the just come on down the need is common sense ernor's mansion saying deciced to relocate totonio to see what could 2018 basketball Final highway. Do we get re- and less fear-mongering. they are 'business friend- another state, North happen in Texas. Four because Texas' legis- sidual tourism from San Flush the bathroom ly', take a long, hard look Carolina felt the financial San Antonio hosts a lot lative "business-orient- Antonio? bill. We don't need it. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR APOLOGIES We, Commissioner Mark Jones and Consta- ble James Kohler, would like to thank Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Beth Smith and K Friese and Associates for their kind donations and apologize for leaving them off of the initial list. We would also like to thank, again, all of the businesses and individuals that kindly donated to the Hays CotmtyYouth Livestock Show. Thank you, Commissioner Mark Iones, Hays County Pct. 2 Constable Kohler IN SUPPORT OF STUDENTS After reading the harsh words directed to pro- testing students (Letter to Editor March 1), I felt compelled to offer Ms. DenisaVillanueva, Mr. Jesus Tovar and fellow Lehman students an alternative message. To those students: ThankYou! Thank you for having the courage to stand up for what you believe is right and taking peaceful action so that your voices were heard. Peaceful protest is an effectual agent of social change and is also an incredibly rich leaming experience. It prompts participants to get clear on current issues and their own ideas, have dialogue with each other and en- gage the world in a mean- ingful manner. I am sure all of you who participated learned a great deal from the experience. Some of the most significant edu- cation occurs outside the walls of the classroom. I am extremely grateful to live in a community with young people like you, who care about the world and engage it by taking action rather than by being passive observ- ers. With all the human- itarian, environmental and social challenges in the world today, we need people who care and are willing to work for solutions. We need the courageous! Seeing all of you take initiative and getting involved gives me hope for the future. Ms. Villanueva, Mr. Tovar and fellow Lobes, please, please, never stop raising your voices! Whatever your cause, whatever your beliefs, this is your world too and you need to help shape it. Con- tinue to empower and educate yourselves and serve as inspiration to others. Don't be dis- couraged by criticism or condemnation. Use it to find deeper inner resolve and strength. You are the future of this world, and we need people like you who are willing and have the courage and wisdom to work toward positive, peaceful solutions for everyone and the planet as a whole. In love & service, A. Melchizedek Kyle TIME FOR A CHANGE? Time for a culture change for Hays High football? Quite possibly the case. For the past three seasons ever since Hays moved up to 6A in 2014 the Hays Rebels football team has been 12-18 in three seasons. I under- stand that moving to 6A was going to be a big challenge and Hays would have their work cut out for them, but to see the team struggling on offense and defense, there in all honesty are no excuses. I've talked with another football parent last year and he was saying that the lack of commitment in the offseason and during the season is evi- dent. There is no shame in losing to Lake Travis or Westlake, and there's no shame in getting blown out against those two, but to see the team fiat and noncompetitive is inexcusable and some- thing has to change and it starts with coaching and a change of mindset. The things that have hurt us the past three years is the lack of hard work put in during the offseason as well as not being prepared mentally and physically for the games especially against Lake Travis and Westlake. In LaHue's first season, Hays won the district title and advanced to the area round and finished 9-3 after getting totally anihalated by Rouse on a freezing night in Round Rock, but that was with the talent that he inherit- ed from Blake Feldt who left for Permian after the 2012 season. The mindset has to change and what is in the best interest is a coaching change and a change of mindset. To be fair, I knew Hays was going to have trouble with this district but the lack of commit- ment during offseason and season and lack of preparation for games and the stale play calling is inexcusable. I'm not trying to make personal attacks, I'm just stating the facts and want to be fair but honest. To be fair, Hays fans knew this new classification would be very difficult and we've seen it but the culture of Hays Rebel football has to change and it starts with coach- ing, because if Hays doesn't make changes, . they will go nowhere. lake Pinner .. IIII I You l-lAVe TO PASS THe BiLL BeFoRe You CAN see WHAT'S iN iT! J Mr. Gardner's column about vouchers several weeks ago has another side to his thinking. First, he says that what is needed to improve the public school system is lots and lots of cash. Just like a liberal to say that when over and over it has been shown that throwing more money at a problem school has no effect in the way of improvement. Hays CISD spends $9,600 per student per year and Wash DC spends $29K per year per student with the 8th graders having a 17% proficiency in reading. That's just one example among many almost as bad. Ok, we got that out of the way. He says vouchers take money out of public schools and funnel them to religious schools and that should stick in the craw of those believing in the separation of church and state. Gardner is behind in the times by 15 years. The Supreme Court in 2002, the Zelman vs. Simmons-Harris case, ruled that vouchers given to parents, as long as they make the decision, to apply to another school whether it be another public school or a religious private school that will accept a voucher, does not violate the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment. He says private schools charge more tuition than the My two daughters went to Hill working conditions. Another oft repeated Country Christian School ... The argument is that with teachers are paid much less than school choice all the smart kids will leave. public school teachers, close Then the test scores will to a 3rd, but they consider their go down. Ok, for the sake of test scores let's services a joyful ministry, keep the smart kids in schools where they have to teach to the slowest ! could between God and his students. This argument people and between His just condemns itself. 116 people and themselves. First of all, not even wrong The teachers are paid saying their school much less than public is underperforming, by Ray school teachers, close to plenty of smart kids will Wolbrecht a 3rd, but they consider stick around because their services a joyful they want to play sports vouchers provide ministry, on a high level that so the financially In another article disadvantaged families in the Hays Free Press, private schools can t afford. Also there's won't be able to pay it was stated that more variety in social the difference. OK, Hays (CISD) kids areclubs at public schools. Mr. Gardner, then let's underperforming. A Let's let the parents of not even give them a school board member the students have that chance, said that, among other choice in where to send A past president of things, that they will their children. the San Marcos ISD, Jim need more input fromIf Hays CISD gives Neuhaus, sent his son the teachers howto a $5000 voucher to to a private religious remedy this deficiency, a parent, they have school in San Marcos What a novel idea! So $4600 remaining because the boy did far from what I hearand an empty desk. not do well in a public almost every teacher is There's extra money school setting - the thinking about quitting for whatever they want tuition being as of teaching. Before they do throw it at. How can today $3600 per year this they should poll the they be against that? per student, well under teachers about what's What if vouchers the $5000 voucher wrong. Well, this has don't work? the state legislature already been done. The Concerning his New is considering. The results: Deal work programs, teachers there are 1. Teachers are an aide asked FDR, "Sir, as dedicated to the swamped with CYA what if it doesn't work?" students as any public paperwork FDR answered," Then school teacher. I know 2. They get little we'll try something this because I know support from the else." (paraphrased for them. My two daughters administration brevity). went to Hill Country 3. They get little The arguments Christian School. There support from the against vouchers are is discipline there, but parents, and old, worn out, and it is sparingly used 4, which is kind of a boring. And most of because they are taught surprise, is low pay. them are just wrong. ethics and behavior No one is according to the Ten questioning the Ray Wolbrecht is a Commandments, which dedication of teachers, retired local dentist. is nothing more than What has to be about relationships questioned is their Barton Publications, Inc. News tips: Opinions: 113 W. 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