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QUOTE OF THE WEEK "When it came down to it, we realized our destination ispeople coming off the 1-35 to enjoy our downtown, specifically to get a slice of pie [at the Texas Pie Company]" -Scott Sellers, Kyle City Manager, story pg. 1A Hays Free Pres ' April 12, 2017 Page 3A lruttals Take by Wynette Barton NNeweWS bulletin from the York 7ime~. Teen- agers take risks.Whod have guessed? The article reports that unnamed child specialists are concemed that Intemet encourages risky behavior in teenagers. The brain's deci- sion-making regulator (the prefrontal cortex) is still de- veloping in adolescence. The story neglected to note that ifs still developing up to about 25 years old, as insurance com- panies discovered long ago, but the point is that teenage judgment is likely to be, well, less than perfect. The rise of YouTube and Facebook, these experts sa34 present teens with a wide, sensation-hungry virtual audience to impress. All kinds of dangerous stunts are posted online for peers to admire, like filling a bathtub with fireworks and setting them offwhile filming the explosion, not a terrific idea in a small bathroom. How about flying off the roof of a two story house on a skateboard? That makes a sensational video, especially if you overshoot the net you've set up below. Note to teens: check to see if your family has good medical insurance before trying it. Whoever wrote the article, along with the "child special- ists" quoted, must be fairly young themselves. That's the problem with the young; they think everything interesting was discovered between mid- night and 8 a.m. Here's another news bul- letin: It didn't take YouTube to introduce youth to the charms of risk-taking. Ask Joan of Arc, a teen who got herselfbumed to a crisp after leading an army into battle against orders 700 years ago. AskWilliam Bonner, aka Billy the Kid. Ask your grandpar- ents or parents, or, if you're over 25, consider your own risk-filled past. The thing that's newis parents who want to sue someone fftheir kid does something outrageous. Think again. It's not your neighbor's fault. It's not the fault of the store that sold the rubber bands your child swallowed hoping to jump higher at the next track meet. It's not the school's fault. And it's not your fault. The culprit is the prefron- tal cortex, which doesn't carry fiahility insurance. Seat belts, safe sports equipment, well-chaperoned parties, rules? All great, but you can't outsmart an immature brain. Do everything possible to protect all kids in the com- munity, prepare for the worst; pray for the best, and wait. Soon today's teens will be worrying about their own children, who will think they invented risk. Wynette Barton, owner of the Hays Free Press, is a ]ungian analyst and has seen lots of shenanigans by her own children and grandchildren. wbarton2@ausUn.rr.com W db 'ssw I sinformed, Young- he was sit- ting right next to the guy. To watch the missiles oy fly, Donald Trtunp had John Young assembled his inner cir- cle to a cramped room that looked like a ban- quet nook at Benihana. Please pass the sake. It was Mar-a-I_ago, ac- tually. Being at the new nerve center of western civilization, you'd have thought those assem- bled would get an accu- rate picture. Ross, our new com- merce secretary; was in the room. Here's what he said: The Missiles of April had taken out 20 percent of Syria's air capability. Maybe the commerce guy doesn't have to be a numbers guyin this ad- ministration. Because, it appears we took out not even one operative warplane with our 59 Tomahawks. We did, however, send sever- al structures to Quonset hut heaven. Indeed, the reports two days after the attack had Syria launching flights once again from the stricken airfield. OK, itwas for show. Apparently of the eight people we killed, none was Russian. Whew. This is because we warned Russia, which warned Syria. Say what you will about what it will ac- complish. ]ohn Kerry applauded it. He and President Obama had asked Congress for au- thorization to do it. Con- gress refused. Among those urging Congress to refuse was Citizen Donald Trump. Over and over, he tweet- ed we shouldn't do exactly what President Donald Trump ordered, along with the chicken chou mein. What a fine state of affairs. The least credible, most ethically bereft individual ever to have such authoriW now finds flinging missiles at sover- eigu nations to his liking, and the liking of cable news. Months ago Citizen Trump said Obama should ask Congress to do exactly what Trump did without asking Con- gress. He didn't consult with other nations, either, except to advise that it would be done. Boston Globe colum- nist Indira Kakshaman uses the term "Opposite- ville," for the region be- tween Trump's two ears. Saying one thing, doing the opposite. Writes David From in The Atlantic, many will call Trump a hypocrite for this, but that's not accurate. The situation is far worse. A hypocrite says one thing "while inwardly believing an- other." Trump's words, he said, ate "no guide" whatsoever to what Trump means. Trump ran as an isolationist who railed against overseas mili- tary encumbrances. The problem for inflamed alt-right followers at the moment is that they lis- tened to him. In less than three months in office, Trump has ramped up bomb- ing inYemen after a botched raid involving special forces in which a Navy SEAL and dozens of civilians died. He's increased troop levels in Iraq and Syria. Forget what he said. He has lethal toys, and he likes them. Observed Phyllis Bennis, analyst for the Institute for Public Pol- icy, Trump is an "inter- ventionalist- isolation- ist" now. The obvious contra- diction in terms isn't what she means. She means that Trump is inclined to do his inter- ventions in isolation. Solo. No diplomacy, no working with Congress or the United Nations or NATO. That's what she means. Maybe we can hope henceforth that Trump will be consistent in a Trump way, revers- ing course: turning the Trump Wall into open space, welcom- ing desperate Muslim families to our shores, and finding room in his budget and his heart for things that actually help people not in his own income bracket. As it is, we are to assume that massive cuts in environmental protection, transporta- tion, the national parks, schools, climate science and medical science - all are money the mili- tary needs. Maybe he has a point. The 59 missiles fired to destroy almost nothing cost $60 million, which is roughly a third of what Trump says we can't af- ford ($1.6 billion) for af- ter-school programs for the nation's children. Once again, however, we could all hope that we're being misinformed as to what the man is doing, like those in the room with him. Longtime newspaper- man ]ohn Young lives in Colorado. jyoungcolumn@gmail.com Barton Publications, Inc. News tips: news@haysfreepress.com Opinions: csb@haysfreepress.com 113 W. Center St., Kyle, TX 78640 www.haysfreepress.com 512-268-7862 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 Specialist James Darby Production Manager David White Production Assistant Christine Thorpe Circulation/Classifieds David White Distribution Gabe Ornelas Tanya Ornelas Ill