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Hays Free Press THEY REALLY SAID THAT? '21ctuall'lv it's like the Hilton com, pared to the otherj.'ails I've been " " " " ' " to. T&s probably the bestjad I ve been m. - Rose Davidson, Hays County Jail trustee inmate Page 3A erage was important; many others, probably a majority, have weighed in against the story; feeling it was too detailed- some arguing that it should not be run at all because it's not good for the image of Kyle. We didn't run the story lightly. The story is an important one to be told, even in our commu- nity- especially in our commu- nity, where it seems such things shouldn't happen. Too often in our society we blame the messenger, blame the girls, but don't face the hard reality that this happens even in good communities, even in our own town. Rape survivors Mow that few people truly understand the crime. Until you have been in the situation, until you have faced that precipice, it's hard to imag- ine what it is like. Right now, rape too often goes unreported, and the real vio- lence of sexual assault is usually kept quiet. When it does come to light, too often the victims get blamed - rather than the perpetrators. In this case, there's now been more comment about the propriety of talking squarely about what happened than about the man who allegedly did it. The details in our story last week were horrible. Yes, that is the reality of rape. But the story needs to be told. It must be told. Residents may learn life-saving caution from these details. Most of the comments on our website were born of good inten- tions, and many of them raise good points, points without clear- cut right or wrong answers about what should be printed. But women here need to know they are not immune to the crimes of Austin or San Antonio. And as we struggle in our own fallible way to report the news and make this a better community, with con- fidence in our readers' ability to find the best path to truth so long as we provide solid, important information, we usually choose to err on the side of disclosure. We still think it was an impor- tant story. Could we be wrong about how we presented it? Sure. We've been wrong before. Was it done callously or with an eye toward titillating readers? I can assure you it was not. How can I be so sure? Because I made the call about printing it, and, like the two women who suf- fered and survived this despica- ble crime, I am a rape survivor. LETTER TO EDITOR A WINNABLE BATTLE Teen pregnancy brings social and economic costs. Texas holds the spot for the 4th highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation. Recently, there has been a downward trend in teen pregnancies throughout the U.S. The questions are now: how can we continue to reduce this decline, and how can we impact our conmmnity? (CDC) recommends three strategies: evidence based sex education at every stage of development, keeping open communication between parents and teens, and providing teens who are sexually active, affordable, effective birth control options. It is imperative to have an abstinence component in sexual education; however, we do need to be realistic. We to provide access to birth control to sexually active teens. We also need to offer a larger support system to teens who do become pregnant. Megan Kloman Buda 000 N'ormally, I use this here space in your newspaper to express some bellyachin'. But, today, I want to discuss some other ailment that began as a simple toothache but quickly de- veloped in a sore spot in another body region. It all began with a rather painful ir- ritation to one of my four wisdom teeth (perhaps now you have a grasp of my vast source of refutable knowledge), and after a visit to a certain dental establish- ment that is just one link of this particu- lar chain of clinics, my pain began to creep further south, stopping along the way to take a chomp out of my wallet, before my hide was as chapped as Lady Godiva's after a long ride on a misty day. I'm not a guy who will run offto see a doctor or a dentist, in this case, for insignificant maladies. If I believe a lac- eration might not heal properly with an alcohol rinse and a tube of Super Glue, I might see a doctor. If a sinus infec- tion doesn't clear up with allergy pills and expired doggie antibiotics, I might call for a doctor's appointment. And if gargling with salt water and a daily swig of Wild Turkey can't cure a tooth ache, I head on over to see a dentist. I would've gone to see my regular dentist, a man I've trusted with my chompers for years, if it hadn't been for a coupon for a $29 exam and cleaning, and that included x-rays, something I figured would be helpful in determin- ing the cause of the pain and putrid discharge that pooled around the back of my mouth every moming. I figured seeing my regular dentist would cost me three times that amount, and being a frugal shopper and all, I thought I'd try this dental donjon (look it up). The folks at this new place were pleasant enough and seemed knowl- edgeable of ailments of the ivories. But I got a little queasy when the young den- fist, whose accent incidentally remind- ed me of the move "Slumdog Million- aire," informed me that all four wisdom teeth should come out, and all of my fillings, some that I acquired in my ado- lescence and have grown quite fond of, need to be removed and replaced with metals that hadn't come from melted- < ...... FROM THE down horseshoe nails. The lady dentist might not've used those words, but she emphasized that old fillings are bad and should be replaced. And while we're at it, one molar could sure use a crown. A crown from Camelot, if you catch my drift. Ain't that a poke in the ribs? So, they gave me a list of all the proce- dures they recommended to insure I have a healthy and bright smile, along with the cost of each and every proce- dure, excluding the extractions of my four wisdom teeth that would have to be performed by an oral surgeon. By the look of my estimate, my mouth was in horrible shape, but there was nothing wrong with my nose, and I smelled something fishy. I headed back to the Crow's Nest. It was time to pop some more expired pain pills, open up another bottle of 90-proof mouthwash, and do some investigating that would make Geraldo Rivera proud. I first contacted a reliable source, a dentist up in Tennessee. I related my visit to this certain dental clinic, inform- ing my friend of the recommendations of her band of brothers, or sisters in this case. My contact (should I refer to her as "Deep Throat" or do Woodward and Bernstein own the copyright of that moniker?) informed me that those recommended procedures seemed a bit extreme, if not pointblank absurd. Replacing perfectly good fillings with new metal is ridiculous, she said, and pulling healthy teeth is downright me- dieval. She insisted that I get a second opinion, and I knew just the right man for the job. Immediately after entering my regular dentist's office, I felt at home. Familiar faces and voices with south- ern drawls ensured me that I came to the right place. After a new x-ray and a thorough exam by a seasoned dental professional, I received a report that there was no reason to pull my ach- ing wisdom tooth or any other tooth. The pain was inflicted by some foreign body (kids, can you say "Tortilla chip"?), but the tooth was nice and healthy. My trusted dentist informed me that my mouth was plenty large enough to house all four teeth and an occasional foot that I often insert. He also inspect- ed all fillings and reported they were in fine condition and not one needed to be traded in for a 2013 model. Many folks trust the word of health care professionals, and that should be the case. If you can't trust your doctor, who can you trust? But when certain health care professionals are paid by a huge conglomerate that cares more about revenue than its clients, there is a big problem here, folks. Why do we allow ourselves to be lured to a new dental clinic because of a coupon when better health care is right around the corner at your family doctor? It's all about saving a buck or two. IfI didn't have the wisdom to seek a second opin- ion, I would've lost four healthy teeth and thousands of dollars all due to a $29 coupon. The real horror of this story is what could're occurred had I opted for extractions of those four wisdom teeth. There is a plethora of people out there who rely on my infinite wisdom to ad- vise them along their perilous journey down Life's Little Highway, on their trek to tranquility. I warn them of roadside hazards and dead ends, of a Sasquatch lurking in the woods and a whirlpool of weirdness swirling just north of the Hays County line. Without my words of wisdom, to whom would these troubled souls turn for advice and direction? Doctor Phil? No, sir! It would be a crime to deprive humanity of the vast insight that seeps from my four wisdom teeth along with some nasty pus. For the sake of my fellow man, the Crow must go on, and if I remember to floss daily, I should be able to continue spreading my wis- doms to all you seekers of knowledge out there for years to come. ruckytop78640@yahoo.com e AanyOne who experienced the '60s he pleases. 1 knows this: that there actu- Hlllary Clinton said it, that homosex- y were two '60s. The first is routinely illustrated in G~ AI'-L~t~ uals deserve the "rights of citizenship ... personally and as a matter of law." Is film - flower power, long hair, Age of the Supreme Court listening? Aquarius, protests, all that. The Boy Scouts pledge duty to The second Sixties - what most of us country. What about the basic tenet of experienced - wasn't any of that. equality that underpins it? Interesting- Protest was as foreign as borscht. Long hair, too. Bell bottoms? Nope. Most everyone, including the average teen, was straight-legged and short- cropped. If you want to see how people dressed and comported themselves in "the '60s," look at what was happen- ing in the '70s, principally with Dad's sideburns. They were growing long. Don't believe me? Haul a few snap- shots out of the shoe box. The '70s were when so many of us came around to the '60s, the styles, the sensibilities, the rightness of key causes- antiwar, civil rights, environmentalism. The '70s was when bigotry truly became marglnalized, for instance. It didn't happen in the '60s with blood- ied heads on a bridge in Selma or the slaying of Dr. King in Memphis. It took time, like those sideburns. So it is in 2013 with this increasing marginalization of bigotry: the surge behind gay rights. Speaking of decades: America has done a complete turnaround on this matter in 10 years. In 2003 only 37 percent of Americans supported gay marriage, with 55 per- cent opposed. Now? Fifty-five percent support it according to a Washington Post-ABCNews poll, while 36 percent say it should be illegal. Hence, either the Colorado Legis- lature just made a bold affirmation of equal rights by legalizing civil unions, or it is whimping out in stopping short of legalizing gay marriage. Then again, that will come, like Dad's sideburns, as have equal treatment in the military, and the elevation of high- profile gay and lesbian policy makers like Minnesota Sen. Tammy Baldwin. President Obama put it rightly, that this is simply the Constitution speak- ing- the document that tea party types say they so venerate. Ah, but they were absolutely slobberknockered by the announcement of Republican leading light, Sen. Rob Portman, that he now sees the 14th Amendment as support- ing his gay son's right to marry whom ly, the effort to overturn the Scouts' ban on homosexual members was sparked by gay Eagle Scouts who've had to live a lie about who they are. The Scouts' resistance to this basic principle of fairness and inclusiveness will fall, as have so many other barriers in our nation's existence. It's true; not everyone's dad grew his sideburns out and wore flared slacks in the '70s as the social contributions of the '60s became a part of us. Some people would never give an inch below the ear. Enough dads eventually did, how- ever, to be a follicular referendum that became a rout one decade later. The same thing is happening today on rights for gays and lesbians. Simply put, more and more people are realiz- ing it is right. Welcome to this side of history. Longtime Texas newspaperman lohn Young lives in Colorado. jyoungcolumn@gmail.com COMMENTS FROM THE WEBSITE Unbelievable. We put trust and faith in those who serve our communities. 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