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QUOTE OF THE WEEK "[Proposed legislation] could allow a land owner to look for the district that has the least amount of regulations required of them." -John Dupnik, BSEACD general manager. See story, page 1A. Hays Free Press * March 29, 2017 Page 3A The Matriarch of the Hays Free Press, (I love that name, especially in this era of "Fake news") Tutta Bar- ton, once said that Goldie was "the most famous dog in Kyle." I was very pleased to receive that compliment on Goldie's behalf, and I have no way of knowing if that's true. But assuming it is true, I got to thinking, what that might mean. It means that as we progress on our walks around town, people notice my dog. She is the most friendly dog I know, and maybe a little too friendly for some people and situations. The reason she is famous is not just the fact that I write an occasional column about our walks and what we learn on them. The reason for her fame is that she is known. When we walk to the post office, postal workers talk to me about my dog, and how they missed me when I didn't come get the mail with Goldie the other day. When we go to the bank to trans- act business, the tellers always give me a couple of dog biscuits for Goldie. It's interesting to note that she won't eat them while we're on the road; she waits to eat them at the end of her walk. We've made friends with several people on our route, and when they are not there to greet us when we walk by, Goldie whimpers and barks until I convince her we have to move on. Maybe Goldie would not be as well known in Austin as she is in Kyle. It also helps to have free ac- cess to the paper, which would not be the case on the Statesman, for which I thank the Hays Free Press profusely. Having grown up in the suburbs of Chicago, having been a "number" in my high school, I can appreciate the advantag- es of a small town, even if that small town is no longer "small." There is simply something to be said for "being known," Goldie Walks by Mark Stoub The reason she is famous is not just the fact that I write an occasional column about our walks and what we learn on them. The reason for her fame is that she is known. not famous, but known to be a part of something. The Apostle Paul says that the goal of love is to be known. More specifically, the goal of love is to know as we are known. And so scientists are driven to know the secrets of the universe because there are always more questions that need answers; teachers are driven to excite in their students a love of learn- ing to ignite a passion that will compel them to want to know more and more. There is a great story about a 90-year-old woman who recently got her college degree, and when asked what was next, she said she wanted to get her Master's. That is the kind of attitude I want to emulate. Being known is a won- derful thing; being loved is better. Mark W. Stoub is a retired Presbyterian min- ister who has written a novel, Blood Under the Al- tar" and the forthcoming Fire in the Blood and as always he may be found at mj.stoub@sbcglobal. net. UNDOCUMENTEP RE FUGErt., OFF TBE COAST OF NEW ENGLAN9 GU RO coM Liberals used to occupy the moral high ground in American politics. Op- erating from a Christian ethic of generosity and kindness, Christian Democrats in the highly Christian and demo- cratic American culture of the late 1950s and early 1960s succeeded in making conservative Republicans look like nothing but so many selfish churls. Then several things happened. First, televi- sion ownership became widespread in the late 50s. Nearly everybody, even the working poor, had a black-and-white T~. With this came the rise of the cancer of commercialism that is increasingly strangling us. The purpose of com- mercial television is not to entertain or to in- form. It is to deliver an audience to a sponsor - to get you to watch, so the advertisers can pitch their products to you. Quality programs that don't deliver an audience get cancelled. Cheap and exploitive programs that deliver an audience become national sensations. Ad- vertisers soon learned that sex, violence and controversy are the main things that draw attention, and began to exploit all three to sell products. America became increasingly violent, oversexed and uncivil. Betty Friedan's book, "The Feminine Mys- tique," gave rise to a feminist movement, which in turn gave rise to a liberal Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which found that a fetus is not a human being, but only a lump of tissue. The Demo- cratic Party embraced abortion on demand as a woman's right, and the gender feminists Cheap and exploitive programs that deliver an audience become national sensations. Advertisers soon learned that sex, violence and controversy are the main things that draw attention, and began to exploit all three to sell products. God and Country by PhilJones who came to dominate the feminist movement have defended this ex- treme view ever since, while becoming a major constituency in the Democratic Party base. The televised mov- ie "Inherit the Wind" popularized Charles Darwin's 100-year-old theory of evolution, The apparent conflict between the Biblical story of creation and the Darwinist version caused a crisis of faith in American life. On the one hand, you have the beautiful, kind, altruis- tic teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. On the other, you have the merciless Darwinist ethic of sur- vival of the fittest, pow- er to the strong, and death to the weak, that leaves little room for generosity. Simply put, Christianity fell out of vogue. Secular liberals embraced Darwinism, out of a profound dis- trust of the institutional church - a distrust that the church has unfor- tunately earned - and drove Christians to the margins of the Demo- cratic Party. Christians are welcome to stay and give money and vote Democratic, but must remain quiet about their faith, like an embarrassing old uncle. Conservatives, on the other hand, embraced Darwinism, because it painted rich people as superior to everybody else, and relieved them of any responsibility to care for those less fortunate. The Watergate scandal shook Amer- icans' confidence in their government. The workings of the Nixon administration, brought to the light of day, created the impression that those in govern- ment had been lying to us all along. Instead of being a noble institu- tion that is all about the common good, government appeared to be a cynical power struggle and nothing else. Worse, because those who made the laws did not obey the laws, Americans began to lose respect for the law, and increasingly take the Darwinist view that life is every man for himself. The advent of the birth control pill ush- ered in an age of sexual freedom, overpowering the Christian teaching of sex during marriage only. At the same time, the increasing absence of parents from the home due to feminism, and the commercial media's glorification of sex as a way to sell products, led to an epidemic of out-of- wedlock births, despite the pill's availability and effectiveness. This, coupled with Roe v Wade, in turn gave rise to an epidemic of abortion. The appalling reality of millions of innocent human lives being extinguished every year drove mil- lions of well-meaning Christians into the arms of the Republican Party. The Republicans used the votes of these Christians to elect Presidents who packed the Supreme Court with conservative judges. But instead of over- turning Roe vWade, the Supremes in their 2010 Citizens United ruling brought to reality the long-cherished Repub- lican dream of disman- tling American democ- racy, and handing the government over to the corporations and the very rich. Republicans have always thought these should be the people who run every- thing. This is only a par- tial list of the factors. The upshot is that as a Christian, I have a choice. I can be mar- ginalized and shushed by the Democrats, and agree to the continued wholesale slaughter of innocent human life, or I can be cynically used by the Republicans, who promise the moon on abortion but deliver next to nothing, while they complete their agenda of making sure that the sovereign pow- er of government lies not with the people, but the almighty dollar. Do you hear that crumbling sound? Phil]ones is a min- ister, a musician and a teacher. He can be reached at djones2032@ austin, rr. corn Barton Publications, Inc. 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