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+ QUOTE OF THE WEEK "The old saying is, with a breakfast @bacon and eggs, the chicken is involved but thepig is committed... We're the pig, we're committed and can never change this." -Willie Tenorio, District 2 trustee on Hays CISD's Freeport exemption, pg. 3B Hays Free Press March 22, 2017 Page 3A "aybe up close the out- . fits weren't stitched to perfection, but from the spectator seats they were daz- zling: Scarlet jackets with black pants and shiny boots, gold satin blouses, filmy sequined skirts and dashing leotards. Trapeze artists flew from rope to swing in star-spangled cos- tumes, defying gravity while the audience gasped. The band played; hawkers hus- fled through the crowd selling roasted peanuts and monkey puppets; eighteen clowns and a dog piled out of a Volk- swagon. The greatest show on earth. The circus thrived in a simpler time, or at least that's what we call it now. It's actually not so simple to struggle to save enough money to take the family to the circus and wonder if the car will make it without a fiat tire on the way. It's not as simple as it sounds to have a grand total of five toys and wonder if it might, just might, be possible to have one of those furry monkeys on a string, or a clown mask. It only seems simpler because there were fewer gadgets and organized activi- ties. And no TV shows. None. Gradually life evolved into a per- petual circus. Toys of every conceivable kind are now available at Walmart. Roasted peanuts come in a can. Extravaganzas are daily TV fare and comput- ers offer magic with a single keystroke, right in the living room. As the barrage of glitz and action filtered into daily life, Barnum and Bailey attracted fewer and fewer people to its tent. The parade from railroad station to circus site, with Tutta's Take by Wynette Barton elephants, prancing horses and tooting calliope, was no longer a big event; traffic later made it an impossible event. Instead, trucks drove to the grounds, unloaded without fanfare, and tents rose up for the show. Then people came.., or didn't. I planned to go to the last big extrava- ganza to witness the end of an era, but not a single performance came to this part of the world for its last glorious fling. I missed it, just as I missed it last year, and the year before that. Too busy, too much traffic, too hard to park, so I had a hand in the demise of the circus, just as we all did, just as changing times did. Terms from the Big Show- lion tamer, ringmaster, barker, bandwagon - will drop into oblivion, and the circus will become a distant legend. Its day is behind us, along with days of a wild frontier, a time when aeroplanes were big news and America was isolated from the rest of the world by two oceans. Life keeps re-arranging itself, and no matter how good the good old days sound in retrospect, there's no bringing them back. So goodby, Circus, with all your glitz and glory. Life behind the scenes may not have been so terrific, but in those moments when you were on stage you sparked a thousand imaginations and spread a lot of joy. Godspeed. .... For the record, I didn't vote for Tromp. Didn't vote for Hillary neither. I was pulling for Ted Cruz before he got knocked out of the race, but not for reasons you might suspect. I wanted a Texan in the White House mainly because I was hoping Cruz might issue an executive order to put an end to an injustice that has been going on way too long. Nope, nothing to do with immigration or health care. I'm talking about something that eats at me like a tick on bulrs gonad. How in blue blazes can an eating establishment serve a bowl of tomato squeezings with some green herbs stirred in and call it salsa if it's as mild as breast milk? Salsa is sup- posed to be fiery hot in my book. Salsa should light you up as that first dipped tortilla chip lands on your tongue. Good salsa will make your eyes water and your nose run. Great salsa will melt ear wax and kill intestinal parasites. I have spent most of my life savoring the spicy cui- sine from south of our bor- der. As a bab3~ I didn't have any store-bought pacifier. From the Crow's Nest by" Clint Younts My mom stuck a serrano pepper in my mouth to hush me up while she did the ironing and watched Days of Our Lives. Ever since, I have eaten pert near every type of Mexican food there is. Heck, I even sampled a tamale made with armadillo meat. Not a big fan of armadillo. Slimy as snail poop and about as tasty. So, when I visit a new Mexican food restaurant, I am excited about trying the salsa. But when the salsa tastes like curdled V8 juice, I suspect the entrees will be as bland as a Baptist preacher's joke book. Okay, I reckon in northem states and down in southem Florida where oldYankees go to die, restaurants can get away with mixing some oregano and tomato entrails and calling it salsa, but in the south, and especially here in Texas, salsa should singe your nose hairs. Ifa bowl of salsa can't break up that sinus blockage that you've had since cedar fever season, then it shouldn't be called salsa. I recently ate at a Mexi- can food restaurant along the Texas coast that should know something about making spicy salsa. I sus- pected right away that it wouldn't be real hot since I didn't see any jalapeno seeds floating on top, but there was some leafy thing mixed in that I prayed was cilantro. As that first chip passed under my nostrils, I knew this was going to be a big disappointment. That salsa was milder than a South Texas winter. I've had gnats fly in my mouth that were tastier than that bowl of tomato guts. Dagnabbit, this is Texas! We demand good and spicy salsa. Not something you can spoon-feed an infant. Up in Fort Worth, there's a restaurant that serves authentic Mexican food. I could tell y'all a story about my nephew who sampled the food there as a toddler, but I'm sure his parents and the staffat Joe T Garcia's would like to for- get the entire incident. I'm sure that highchair went straight to the dumpster. But, dang, that was good salsa! Even Taco Bell tries to pass offits hot sauce as be- ing spicy. Yeah, they have one packet that's labeled "Diablo" but if hell is that hot, you'd better be buried in long sleeves. And isn't "Mild hot sauce" an oxy- moron? I coined the name Probably Hot for the sauce they hand out at Taco Bell, a term we frequently use in our family. So, this is why I wanted a Texan with some Latino DNA in his blood like Ted Cruz to sit in the White House, but instead we have Trump. I just hope President Trump doesn't deport the Mexicans who know how to make good salsa, just the ones who thinkWhataburger's spicy ketchup is a zesty condi- ment. Clint Younts' mother was a saint who wrote all about the area in her book, "People and Places in and around Historic Buda." She probably gave him that serrano pepper to make him be quiet. His wife does the same these days. LETTER TO THE EDITOR PROTECT ONION CREEK FROM SEWAGE EFFLUENT All we ever hear from Dripping Springs is that its intentions are not to discharge sewage effluent into Onion Creek with the discharge permit they seek. I'm sure they are telling you the same thing, that you should resolve to support this because "with all this beneficial reuse we're getting signed up we don't intend to discharge, we just need the flexibility of a disposal/discharge pipe to Onion Creek.." Understand the facts before taking the bait! The ordinance passed last November says participate or pay fee towards 210 ben- eficial reuse; ffthe City does not use those funds for wet weather contingencies (sub- surface drip irrigation and storage ponds), then that just means more sewage effluent pumped into the creek during those times. The beneficial reuse contract is extremely lax and non-committal. Either side can shut down at any time with no consequenc- es, resulting in discharge into Onion Creek. Involves huge amount of buried pipeline infrastruc- ture which will ultimately leak and fail, again result- ing in need to discharge. During wet weather, developments will not take effluent and the City will need to discharge during these conditions. You can never keep up in storage ponds, without also having drip irrigation felds; again, this results in more need to discharge into Onion. Residents may complain about the smell or harmful effects of sewage effluent sprayed and demand it be shut off, resulting in discharge into Onion. A pipe to Onion Creek is a means of emergency discharge of raw sewage irt event of a catastrophic emergency. This would completely destroy Onion Creek! Future cotmcils would not be bound to pursue beneficial reuse contracts. They could change the or- dinance or not enforce the contracts, and just increase their volume with TCEQI If this moves forward, what do you think that disposal pipe to Onion will be flowing in 5, 10 or 15 years? Make the smart decision not to support destroying Onion Creek with sewage effluent. Onion Creek is a prime example of the very reason that people want to come see and enjoy our Central Texas Hill Country~. Wes Pitts SAN MARCOS RIVER FIGHT IS ON This letter concerns most citizens of Hays County and surrounding areas. It is of the utmost importance that each of us contact Tx St Senator Judith Zafferini's office and demand a townhall meeting with her in re- gards to her legislation to make San Marcos the sole owner of the San Marcos River. Just who gave her the permission to ~e a bill to take our river that for centuries has belonged to the citizens of the State of Texas and turn it over to the city of San Marcos? Do we stick our noses in trying to pass legislation that will affect the Rio Grande River and her city of Laredo? Just who does she represent, the citizens of San Marcos or the city of San Marcos?.We are all very aware of the fact that the city of SM has been trying to take control of the San Marcos River for ~auite some time under e pretext that they would make the better guardian Of our river. They can't even take care of our streets and infra- structure much less of our beautiful river. Our city officials already have in place plenty of restrictions: No Fishing from bridge; No Jumping from bridge; Curfew- 1 lpm; No home- less allowed (park rangers are always trying to rid the homeless from our parks); No drinking; No glass bottles; No using park after major or minor flooding has occurred (even though nothing serious has occurred); and many other restric- tions. But, they are very glad to have hundreds of tubers and kayakers invade our river so they can make money at the expense of San Marcos citizens who can't use their own river because of all these invaders who come and make a mess and swimming very dan- gerous because they are everywhere (especially kayakers). I have tried to call Sen. Zafferini to demand a townhall meeting so she can listen to her constit- uents tell her to her face that we do not want the city to own our river, and to assure her that if her bill passes, this will be her last term in office. I will do the most that I can to make sure she or the San Marcos city coun- mcil members are not re-elected again. Ezekiel Enriquez, St. San Marcos Barton Publications, Inc. News tips: news@haysfreepress.com Opinions: csb@haysfreepress.com 113 W. Center St., Kyle, TX www.haysfreepress.com 512-268-7862 78640 Publisher Reporters Cyndy Slovak-Barton Samantha Smith, Lesley De Leon Logan McCullough, Quixem Ramirez News and Sports Editor Moses Leos III Columnists Bartee Haile, Chris Winslow, Pauline Tom, Clint Younts Proofreaders Jane Kirkham Marketing Director Tracy Mack Marketing Specialists James Darby, Pam Patino Production Manager David White Production Assistant Christine Thorpe Circulation/Classifieds David White Distribution Gabe Ornelas Tanya Ornelas + +