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March 31, 2010 .... !ii!!iii4i,i0000 i!i iiji:iiii "I do believe that.people are lore notpolitidans. ' - Supreme Court candidate and former State Re !i%Ji:iiZ? lingforpatriots, resentative Rick Green Page 3A EDITORIAL I II II II Letters and salaries lections seem to come around ev- ery few months in these parts, and with that we want to reiterate our letters policy. We do not print letters - whether pro or con - in the Hays Free Press edition im- mediately before an election. With Kyle's regular election as well as the Hays CISD school board trustees election coming up on May 8, the last edition for letters to the editor to be printed is April 28. Why does this newspaper have such a policy? It comes to us from the Canadian government, which does not allow politi- cal rhetoric over the airwaves before a race, to give a sense of calm, and allow candidates to answer any last minute questions that might have been raised. That seems to us a civil way to allow candidates to get out their messages and qualm any false rumors. While most letters to the editor seem to be positive, we have experienced some with a bit of rancor and falsehoods. Candidates need a chance to answer the charges, and to face their detractors. So, get the letters in early. Remember to include a daytime phone number. Yes, we do check to make sure you actually sent the letter. A NOTE OF CLARIFICATION The listing of the salaries of the top 25 officials in Hays County, which ran in the March 17 edition, needs a little explana- tion. The list included countywide of- ficials, plus local city and school officials. The Hays Free Press does not include salaries from other school districts in the county, or from other cities outside of our readership area. While the officials might not like their salaries printed in the newspaper, it is definitely news and definitely public information. Some residents consider the salaries a compliment, others com- plain about the rates. Regardless, these salaries come at taxpayers' expense and taxpayers have a right to know what their officials are paid. The Hays Free Press is the only news- paper in Hays County which publishes these salaries on an annual basis. We feel it is worth the effort and worth you knowing. Ode to an original en I landed in Kyle I was totally lost. It ad been a long journey, figuring out re to move my family after we had outgrown our little wooden house in down- town Austin. We had to make a break for it and this tiny town on the railroad tracks offered a respected elementary school and a hundred- year-old beaut of a house a block offthe square. Kyle turned out to be a hard nut to crack, though. Even though I lived right downtown, I was in the barrio and my neighbors offered lit- tle relief from my isolation. So, I hung out with my kids, explored the back roads and then waited for my Hays Free Press to arrive. I read it cover to cover, week after week, resolving that I was going to open that door someday and put my hand on its heartbeat. My first memory of Bob Barton was as I was pulling my tiny little girls in their Radia Flyer down a Center Street sidewalk about eight years ago, just past the rubble of the BenTon. He was set up at a crooked table in an empty storefront of what is now Bordeaux's, talk- ing politics to anyone who would listen (and, actually, to some who wouldn't), trying to get folks registered to vote. I remember his voice, booming. I kept walking. But I kept hearing that voice. At festivals and at city hall on election days. And every Sunday morning at Fonzies. My family would tease me about becoming so fascinated with that long table of locals huddled together conspiring, or laughing so hard they were choking on their coffee. Like a southern Baptist minister he was preaching to the choir. I began to recognize that crowd. Judges and councilmembers and commissioners. All seeming to pivot around the white-haired original boom box. And I knew then that that was the energy I wanted in my life. And I was right. In retrospect, I should have just walked into the Hays Free Press building and asked for Bob. Just pleaded my case of being totally captivated by the original city of Kyle and small town politics and newspaper- ing and, if truth be known, him in specific. He was loud and passionate and when he laughed, really laughed, his nose crinkled up like a leprechaun and I thought it was totally unique, until I saw his son Jeff crack up and watched his nose crinkle up too. I guess it's a Barton thing. So, here's to Bob Barton on his 80th birth- day. I wish you years and years of health, Bob, and day after day of things that make your nose crinkle up like a leprechaun. brenda@haysfreepress,com . ,, , 'l'he canards of March  anard- n. (etymology: French under Clinton, and fabricated report; a groundless rumor or belief. They crammed hea/th awe rfonn down our throats. Yes. Barack Obama, Joe Biden and a decisive majority of Democrats ran for office on health care reform. They secured theWhite Housq and an over- whelming majority in Copgress on the pledge to reform heath care. They debated it for months. Tey made compromises and dealsf Despite the mknority's furious effor to obstruct, they got something done that they campaignedto do. One person's idea of cramming down throats is another's idea of rep- resentative democracy. Health care isn't a righL R's a privilege. The protester, a misspelled placard in hand that features Obama in a Hitler 'stacbe, is headed to be with his Tea Party kin. Distracted by the horrific state of affairs across the land that once was his, he is run over by a street sweeper. Either: (a) He will pull his mangled body with every ounce of sinew left in his own bloody elbows to the nearest hospital for care; fo) A privately oper- ated ambulance will mosey up and offer transportation to the hospital ff he can present an insurance card that it honors; (c) An ambulance will show up in seconds, ask only about his vital signs, and not assume that any brain injuries are a pre-existing condition. (Answer: c) At the emergency room and in intensive care: file same.: or no, society- you and I- through higher hospital costs and: es and other assumed costs, incll t .ding taxes, will do whatever it can to :ave the protester's life. If he has in surance, the frantic emergency care to put the sav- ing of his life above all other consid- erations will drive up the, :ost of your health care and mine. i We know that our govegmaent tends to spend wildly wiout a means of paying for what R does, like invading and occupying t o coun- tries while cutting taxes, 111 :e snaking through a Medicare prescz iption drug befiefit that was rou hly half a trillion dollars more exper sive than its authors knew'out didn": admit at the time. One difference h re: In this case the government is acl ually trying to pay for some of what it: ;pends. For one thing, in 2011, the Me, licare pay- roll tax will increase from i .45 percent to 2.35 percent for individ als earning more than $200,000 and married ill- . ingjointly above $250,000. It will cause our evonomy  collapse. Yes, it will, just as oppon,nts of a tax hike on the wealthy warne [ it would during the Clinton adminl, trafion. A "one-way ticket to a recessi an," said Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas.  soon LETTERS TO THE I I III its own, it made Gmmm a prophet. Americans oppose this. Fox News says so. Tuesday's Gallup Poll found that 49 percent of respondents were Congress acted, while 40 they didn't. The Democrats u, fl/pay a poUt/ca/ pricefarthi& Well, it's true that a political price for doin in Washington. Rarely do they pay a price for doing nothing, save for cozying up to industry and the who have all of their needs met. political gain is to be had for rep- resenting society's marginalized or shifting the status quo so much as inch. Shifts of that sort happened after Congress passed the Civil Rights Act recrimination followed. Then again, marginalized people weren't so mar- ginal anymore, indeed have, actual power. It's just what the recriminators feared. In the case of health care, the offspring of working Americans left to hang in the winds by do- nothing, backsliding politicians will stand up for the kinds of policies delivered their parents from one of life's biggest dilemmas: to eat or to a checkup. No wonder some people fear it so. John Young writes for Cox Newspapers. jyoungcolumn@gmaitcom ONE MORE TIME? I can't believe they did it again. The U.S. Census Bureau seems intent on saving the post office from their financial woes. I just received a post card telling me to fill out my form and mail it back. Actually, I filled out the form and mailed it back a week ago, so the Bureau would have had my response even before they mailed the "it's the law" card. These is my third note from those good folks. The way to get people to respond is to offer them a chance at big money. A lottery, mail your census form and be entered to win a million bucks, or free gift of your choice, whatever, if it's a gamble people will be rushing to mail back those 10 questions. Already been counted, Connie Brewer Mountain City SUPPORTING WELCH Recently, my mind has been pre- occupied on the political debates, nationally. As I look at both sides of issues I cringe, asking myself the question "is our political system supposed to be this way?" With all of the misleading statements it is very difficult to know who we can trust, and see how we can make a differ- ence. Regardless of which side of the political spectrum you may be on, I believe there are some basic ideas that most patriotic Americans era- EDITOR brace. Get engaged in the pol itical process. Change starts at t ae bottom and works its way up. S,o it you feel powerless, find issues loca Iiy and get involved! Be value oriented, and vote based upon those values. ]ook at the core values that candidate s demon- strate. We are starving for I onesty in the political system. It she1 dd not be about what kind of favors  candi- date owes once elected. W( need to elect individuals who are n lotivated by making their communil y better. Honesty and integrity axe ssential characteristics of any publ c servant, and it is what we have bee  missing in the political process. We can meet in the middle where the co nstitution and our heritage dictate ot x actions. Lastly, educate yoursel Have constructive debate! Unde stand our rich heritage, and our cons' itution! This is what I am lookdng for in a candidate. We have the opportunity to get involved through vothag in our city election. Do we want our city leaders to be fiscally acount- able? Someone who wille rel tresent us with integrity, using at ba sic set of core principals that are c entered on the constitution? For this reason, I am proud to support ]aso: a Welch for city council. He has edu ated himself in the principals of! mr great country. He understands loq :al is- sues. He will not be afraid t(, stand up for what is right. He opp )ses outlandish debt and higher tax rates. Most importantly he has pr, mised to represent us with honesty. Please join me on Election Da Jason Welch for Kyle City Council. Ronald Sherman Kyle ON THE RIGHT COURSE I want to compliment our new Mayor Lucy Johnson and Council member Russ Huebner for their refreshing ideas on financing city services expansion from savings instead of borrowed money. Fis- cal discipline is a difficult goal in these days of credit-fueled spending sprees, but credit is only going to get tougher to get and more expensive as America gears up to pay the piper for the spending binges of the last two federal administrations. A city like Kyle that sustains itself with a tight belt will have a far better credit rating down the road. Kyle's busi- ness growth will mean more rev- enue coming in and we, the people, have enough sense to appreciate sanity from our leadership and will have patience. City Manager Mattis has a right to be concerned about his budgets, but the right course is to expand as we can pay for it. We have lived with small-town services and tight roads for years, and we can survive them a little longer to get out of the interest trap. It's the right course for every family, and it's the right course for our city. Don Wilde Kyle POLL QUESTION III II I THIS WEEK'S POLL QUESTION Do you think the Hays Free Press should report the salaries of top government staffers and elected officials in the county?. A, Yes. It's our tax dollars and we deserve to know how much they're making. B. Maybe, but I think benefits should be kept private. C. No.They deserve some privacy. LAST WEEK'S POLL QUESTION Do you think Kyle should allow a trailer selling snow cones in Kyle? A. Yes. It's a shame the city is putting so much red tape in the way of the business. 88% B, Maybe. It sounds like the or- dinances need to be amended before they can issue the permits. 1% C. No. Temporary trailers like that are an eyesore, 11% TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR WEEKLY POLL GO TO WWW.HAYSFREEPRESS.COM MANAGEMENT Barton Publications, Inc. 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