Newspaper Archive of
Hays Free Press
Kyle, Texas
April 17, 2013     Hays Free Press
PAGE 4     (4 of 20 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
PAGE 4     (4 of 20 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
April 17, 2013

Newspaper Archive of Hays Free Press produced by SmallTownPapers, Inc.
Website © 2019. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal.

+ + Page 4A survive - By now, most of the world knows about the bombs that went off Monday during the Boston Marathon. The bomb- ing left three confrmed dead and more than 150 wounded. One of the fatalities was an eight-year-old boy who was watching the race. Despite the imagery of amputated limbs, blood and people crying, the Hays Free Press found im- ages of hope, help and the resiliency of the human spirit. In many cases, volunteers, spectators and first respond- ers were running toward the blast areas, working feverishly to assist those most impacted by the events of the after- noon. It was a juxtaposition of humanity at its worst and best, simultaneously- those who would do harm and those who put themselves in harm's way to help others. The mara- thon takes place each year on a Boston holiday called Patriot's Day which com- memorates the first battles of the American Revolution, at Concord and Lexington, in 1775. The first Boston Mara- thon took place in 1896. More than 23,000 runners signed up this year. Perhaps there was a message from the culprit or culprits who planted the de- vices in the signlficance of the day. But they underestimated us. While the bombs were dev- astating, they did not destroy us. We will run again. We will keep running and playing and doing what we do because that is what being an Ameri- can is all about. Adversity can only hold us down for so long. In the end, we rise, shake off our collective self and keep going. It's the American way. So, why do we run? Or exer- cise? Or walk? It might be because our brains need it. Results of various studies announced this week empha- size this point- that physical exercise, whether it being run- ning, walking, yoga, dancing - actually helps stave off the onset of dementia. The out- look for those 85-years of age or older is not good, as more than half suffer some form of dementia. So, anything to help keep the memory intact is good. The studies show that it doesn't take something like running the Boston Marathon to help. lust moderate forms of aerobic exercise helps. Neu- roscientist Art Kramer said exercise, moderate exercise just 45 minutes a day, three days a week, helps increase the volume of the brain in those studied. Other mental exercises also help with us retain memory. If you do crossword puzzles, then do something different. Try Sudoku. Try a new book dub. Try learning a new lan- gnage. Try to learn how to play an instrument. Basically, that's what we can do to help our minds - exer- cise it mentally and exercise our physical bodies. With that "in mind", the Hays Free Press and a group of willing participants are work- ing on our Healthy Living pro- gram, which was introduced in April's All Around Hays. Participants will work on all aspects of their health - and blog about it on our website. Follow along as they talk about healthy eating, healthy exercise, and a change in at- titudes. A toast, then. "To your helathI" THEY REALLY SAID THAT? "We saw a lot of meatballs... A lot of them were right down the middle." - Brayden Pinckard, Hays softball right-fielder Hays Free Press April 17, 2013 iiil iii ii i iii iii l !i !i! iil i ill i! ii iiii!i il i! ii iii!i ill iiiii! i! iiiili !iiiiiiiiiiii ii!!ii!i ii iiiiiiiiiiii!ii iiiili il iiiii!ii iii iii ii iiiiiiiii ii iiiiii:iiiiiiiiii ii!!ii!i i!ii il iiiiiiiiiliiiiiiiii i!iiiii! iiiiiiil iiiiiill ii!iil iii!iil i!il ili! ill! ii iii i iilill ii ilil ii ii!i i ili i i il il !! iii i! i ii i lii i I orget the robin. Ignore the tulips. Do not let the Easter Bunny, hummingbirds or awakening bears hoodwink you. The first baseball thrown in anger is the true harbinger of spring and calendar alarm for the lazy discard of the heavy encumbrances of winter. Ditch the parka and pull out the windbreaker. Stash the boots and burn the long underwear. Trust me. Burn the long underwear. Civilization dodged another bullet. The dragon once again neglected to eat the sun; the light is returning and summer has embarked on its lollygaggingly capricious path. Barbecue grills are getting a good scrubbing. Complicated intra-family schedules are being examined through molecular microscopes for reunion potentialities. Carnies are accidentally shearing the heads off of retaining bolts to the Whip -A-Whirl. All activities destined to be accompanied by the mantra of summer - a play-by- play broadcast on AM radio. Opening Day is the true American holiday of renewal, showcasing that memorably mortal moment when anything's possible. This IS next year. Second chances ARE real. Welcome to zero when every team has the same theoretical opportunity to make a run. Win a pennant. Stuffthe 30 Flags trophy in a display case. Or just beat the Dodgers like a red-headed RAGING MODERATE stepchild. Hope. Springs. Eternal. Not even the Cubbies have been mathematically eliminated yet. The Astros and Royals, maybe. Baseball's long-haul season is another of its peculiar charms. 162 games. An eight month long soap opera in cleats. Plenty time enough for spectacular feats of athleticism, mythic comebacks, grandiose stumbles, the heroic shattering of records and an occasional ball bouncing off of a head over the fence. They call it the National Pastime, not the National Surgical Strike. And those who pay attention will see something every day that has never happened before. #snowflakes. Baseball players are also easier to relate to as humans than other athletes. They are not augmented in outline by layers of armor plating. Nor are they freaks of nature towering above the populace like redwoods in a forest of pussy willows. Their job is to run and throw and swing a stick and catch a ball. "Hey. I can do that." Just not as good. Encounter one of the Boys of Summer on the street and you could mistake them for plumbers or lawyers or corporate event planners. Very buff plumbers and lawyers and corporate event planners, with forearms the size of telephone poles - but still. Sure, some make fabulous money, but they seem more like blue-collar workers at heart. Golfers require absolute quiet while approaching a teed ball with a metal club, but in baseball, the batter is assaulted by shouts and jeers and the heckling of tiered multitudes in his quest to swing a wooden bat at a white sphere approaching 100 mph thrown not too distant from the vicinity of his head. You can smell it in the air. The musty team t-shirts pulled from the backs of closets and bottoms of wardrobes. The roasting of foot- long bratwursts on an open grill behind third base. The toasting of the half-naked fans in the center-field bleachers. That odd, pungent odor emanating from the men's room. Baseball is back and all is right with the world. "Play Ball!" And Go Giants! Will Durst is a political comedian who has performed around the world. He is a familiar pundit on television and radio. m-can "Many people like to get larger ca- pacity magazines simply to save time reloading while they're at the range. "When you're paying by the hour for range time, a lot of people do feel the need to stock up as much as pos- sible." America wouldn't want to infringe on anyone's range time. That costs a pretty penny. So of course Repub- licans in Congress will fight to the death a limit on the capacities of kill- ing machines. The above quote from a Virginia gun dealer is contained in Lethal Pas- sage, Erik Larson's penetrating 1994 examination of the firearms industry and the culture that makes it click. For his book, Larson followed the path of the Cobray M- 11 / 9 which ended up in the hands of a 16-year- old who killed a teacher at school. He would have killed dozens if the gun hadn't malfunctioned. Faulty merchandise. What an em- barrassment for the makers. But they got their money, and their middle man did, too. So all was well ultimately. Talk about embarrassments: In Larson's reporting you read all about people who make carnage their most important product. Consider the gun dealer who advertised a "Whitman Arsenal": a seven-piece set of the exact weapon models Charles Whitman took up into the University of Texas tower in 1966 when he killed 16 and wounded 32. Larson demonstrates that what the gun lobby calls a grand struggle against oppression actually is a battle over profit margins. And don't forget ) YOUNG-AT-LARGE that range time. Second Amendment rights? Nah. Sum it up with two "C"s - commerce and convenience. "Gun manufacturers have little interest in saving lives," writes Larson, "although they struggle to convey the image that they are the last defenders of hearth and home." Parents everywhere should have appreciated what American Federa- tion of Teachers president Randi We- ingarten said the other day when the National Rifle Association, intoning to a trumpet chorus, said the best route to safer schools was for each to train and arm a volunteer among the staff or faculty. Said Weingarten, "We must leave those decisions to the people who know our schools best - not those act- ing as a proxy for gun manufacturers." That's you, National Rifle Association. Now we see the merchants of death - sorry, folks, but you make it too easy - fighting reasonable steps like those taken by Colorado and Connecticut lawmakers who voted to limit maga- zines on firearms. For guns that can fire blindingly excessive rounds and easily can be converted from semiautomatic to au- tomatic, Larson has a term he prefers instead of "assault weapons." He calls them "spree weapons" - as in, "The 20-year-old went on a killing spree inside the elementary school." "Spree" is a more sporting term, more in keeping with what guns are about - plinking cans, obliterating tar- gets, imagining federal agents at the door out to take away one's spittoon. It was telling that in both Connecti- cut and Colorado, the key issue wield- ed by the gun lobby wasn't public safety at all but good o1' commerce. In Colorado, Magpul Industries, which manufacturers large-capacity maga- zines, has said it will leave the state. The same with gun manufacturers who've threatened to flee Connecti- cut. What a thrill to hear policymakers say to these players: "Hasta la vista, baby." Both legislatures voted for universal background checks. The gun lobby's chief argument against that is that they don't work. The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research has multiple studies to demonstrate that they do. But let's face it. The whole argu- ment comes down to our partners in crime - convenience and commerce - and Uncle Jed having a right to sell his AR-15 in the driveway without "gummint" interfering. lust so we understand what this is all about. Longtime Texas newspaperman ]ohn Young lives in Colorado. COMMENTS FROM THE WEBSITE "Roundabouts are fine in a quiet residential area like Plum Creek. But 1626/Kohlers Crossing has four lanes of traffic going each way, in addition to turn lanes, with both roads intended for higher speeds. The high volume of traffic going through there during rush hour will make roundabout traffic absolutely in- sane, and it will likely cause more accidents than what we have now. This is a crazy idea." -Jab on TxDOT seeks round- about at dangerous intersec- tion "The advantages to roundabouts is that they virtually eliminate rear-end collisions because there are no stopped cars and all the traffic is going in one direction." -Donn Brooks on TxDOT seeks roundabout at danger- ous intersection "Roundabouts may serve their purpose in slowing traffic in residential neighborhoods but prove to be quite confusing for the average driver. Unfortu- nately, roundabouts also slow emergency vehicles. Can you imagine a fire truck or school bus trying to maneuver around one of these at rush hour?. (or any other time?)" -Cindy Lawton on TxDOT seeks roundabout at danger- ous intersection "Bad things can happen any- time of the day. Never let your guard down!" - Corinne Valdez on Woman fights off alleged kidnapper in Kyle "Ladies pack your gun and use it!" -Kathy Posey on Woman fights off alleged kidnapper in Kyle "Pretty frigging scary! Thank god she fought him off and he's now in jaill Disgusting freak!!!" -Maria Rabago on Woman fights off alleged kidnapper in Kyle MANAGEMENT BARTON PUBLICATIONS, INC. Publisher Cyndy Slovak-Ba~on NEWSROOM Editor Cyndy Slovak-Barton Sports Reporter Moses Leos III Features & Education Editor Kim Hilsenbeck Staff Reporter Andy Sevilla Community Columnists Sandra Grizzle Pauline Tom Columnists Bartee Halle Clint Younts Will Durst John Young Proofreaders Jane Kirkham OFFICE MANAGER Connie Brewer ADVERTISING Tracy Mack Dioni Gomez CIRCULATION/CLASSIFIEDS Suzanne ~lallam paper@haysfre~e, PRODUCTION Production Mgr. David White Assistant Designer Melinda Helt Distribution ,, Pete Sizemore Contact Us: FAX: 512-268-0262 BUDA 512-295-9760 KYLE 512-268-7862 METRO AUSTIN 512-262-6397 113 W. Center Street Kyle, Texas 78640 I ! I I I