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Hays Free Press April 28, 2010 OPiNiON Page 5A LETrERS TO THE EDITOR IERVOL FOR OUR FUTURE I have become more and nore involved with local Jolifics in Kyle with becom- nga small business owner. I lave had ups and ! have had lowns with our fair city and believe we have come to a urning point. We are grow- ng at such a fast rate, we ave so many opportunities nd we have many chal- rages as well. We must make ecisions now to positively ffect our not so distant ature. Without a doubt, Di- ne Hervol needs to be part f that future as a member f our city council. I am zapressed with her casual Latur and approachable emeanor. When we speak, he talks about her ideas r Kyle, in specific, as well Hays County as a whole. But she also turns the tables a d asks me questions. She nts to know what I think as a resident and what prob- lems that I have faced as a sall business owner. Her eperience as a member of the Planning and Zoning, she kew specific information ad statistics in answer to my qpesti0ns and concerns in both fields. Honestly, I came avay feeling that I had been hard. Hervol has my vote. Ahd she ought to have yours. Samantha Bellows Kyle HERVOL HAS IT [Given the climate and the neds of the City of Kyle, we ned someone with experi- ence, knowledge and com- nitment to serve on the City COuncil. Diane Hervol comes with these qualifications axed more. She is known to work hard and will get the jo b done. She has served on tbe Planning and Zoning Commission for several years aqd has made recommen- dOtions to the City Council oOnumerous issues. Her moral character, dedication, intelligence and her ability to thoroughly research issues prior to making a decision is impressive. Diane would bqan asset and extremely beneficial to the Kyle City COuncil. ayndra Bryant le KNOW YOUR CANDIDATE I feel it is very important to get to know our candidates wll as they are elected to both represent our interests and serve us. I have had the priyilege of knowing Diane Hevol (City Council Can- didate for District 1) for six yehrs, and would like to share some of my experiences so others might get to kfiow more about her asan indi- vi al. ren I first met her I was a stae employee who com- mqted to Austin and whose ' wokk kept me away from home for days at a time. I had little contact with my neighbors or time for con- cerns before our city. This all changed when I met Diane because she was determined to build community in our neighborhood. While she walked her dog, she made friends and introduced neighbors to One another and invited them to commu- nity events, etc. Our friendship was ce- mented after the birth of my first child. Being new to motherhood and spending many hours alone at home with my child, she volun- teered to keep us company during the long evenings while my husband went to school after work. Her con- cern for others, her commit- ment to her work, her family, and her community left a deep impression on me. Her actions over the years have shown me that she is particu- larly sensitive to the needs of our most vulnerable: chil- dren, seniors, the disabled, and our four-legged friends. I commend Diane for serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission for two terms, and for successfully completing the Kyle Leader- ship Academy while balanc- ing a demanding career and being so involvedin our community. It is rare to find a public servant who leads with both their head and their heart. . We are fortunate to have such an individual running for office, and I encourage you to vote for Diane Hervol so that she may continue to lead our city through this time of unparalleled growth. Natalie W. Correa Kyle SUPPORTING KANETZKY MarLy Kanetzky, our neigh- bor, is running for Buda/Kyle School board (CISD District 5). We are so proud of MarLy and her family. She has participated in the Buda/Kyle school system for years. She and Don have had three children in the schools for 21 years. Obviously she has gained tremendous in- sights over these years. She is also a hard worker in' community. The kind of peo- ple that will pave a road for neighbors to share. People who believe in extra curricula activities - a family that puts on a Fourth of July celebra- tion on the soccer field they built and share with the community at large - com- mercially lighted. Many other school activities take place at their home. She is a hard and tireless worker in her business as well. Her appreciative neighbors want everyone to know she is solid, thorough, highly ethi- cal and a delightful neighbor for 15 years. We think Marty is unusually well qualified to sit on the schoor board and we Want to solicit others to support her for an even bet- ter school system. Paul Faulkner Driftwood RECONSIDER OPINION I have been a member of the Buda Lions club for over 35 years and not once in the history of our club or the Buda Weiner Dog Races have we allowed any organiza- tion or person to dictate to us what they want our views to be: religious or political. Our Lions Club International Constitution forbids any club from endorsing any Republi- can or Democratic politician, political activist or organiza- tions that have a political agenda. US Foods did sponsor our Bar-B-Q Cook off, but " how would you classify a food company as a political action committee? They did not want to register voters or have a political statement, confrontation or anything about their location in Buda. They sponsored our event, as did other businesses; strictly to encourage our efforts in the Buda Community. As for Mr. Rod Kimbro's statement of not support- ing our club in the future, I am sorry. Apparently, you will not be attending any H.C.I.S.D. football or soccer ,games as we will be operat- ing the concession stands and giving a percentage of our proceeds to the District. Also, please consider that we give eighteen $1,000 scholarships every year to graduating seniors. We also provide exams and glasses to any child that cannot afford them, send handicapped and diabetic children to our Lions Camp in Kerrville at no expense to them and with- out regard to religion, race, political party or such. I have many friends who support Buda First and are Buda Lions Club mem- bers, but I have yet to voice my opinion in support or indifference to that cause. Nor would I let their cause endanger our friendship. I would respectfully ask Buda First and Mr. Kimbro to do the same and reconsider your opinion of the Buda Lions Club. Mike Huckaby Buda ANOTHER ONE FOR MARTY Formany years MarLy Kanetzky has been working to improve this Buda/North- ern Hays County community. Ifirst knew her as an ener- getic worker at the HYSA soc- cer fields, including a stint as president. This was many years ago, when my own HHS graduate children were little. At the time my children attended Hays High School, Class of 2010 0n June 2, the Hays Free Press wiLt pubLish its annuaL keepsake Graduation Edition for the Hays High School, Lehman High School and the Academy High seniors. The Graduation Edition gives graduates a treasured keepsake of special memoriesof friends, activities, school days and words of inspiration from family and friends. Take this opportunity to teLL everyone how proud you are of your student. FINAL DEADLINE IS/00Y 19TH Place an ad with photo and messam before May 12th and receive $ 5 offl Don't delay, send in your photos and messaBe todayl e-marl to graduation@haysfreepress.com or submit your info by mail to: ..... E ! " " P.O. Box 2530 Kyte, Texas 78640 For more information ca{l 5!2-268-7862, 262-6397, or e-marl 8raduation@haysfreepress.com Marty was involved in the PTSO, I was also. I know her to be tireless in her fight against academic waste, tenacious in her energy to serve the school, both as an auxiliary president and as a parent. She discovered HHS students were not getting marks as high on their Ad- vanced Placement (AP) test- ing as neighboring schools with similar populations and income levels, and has been trying to make School Board members accountable by reversing the trend of dimin- ishing educational expecta- tions. She has consistently championed ways to spend less but get more out of the money being spent. This year, she has decided to run for a seat on the Hays CISD School Board. She is facing the only contested race for a seat on that board. Since early voting begins in only a few days, I would like to urge people in District 5 who have not made up their mind to vote for Ms. Kanetz- ky to look at her qualities. She has a powerful resume of intelligent direction, fiscal conservatism, and loyal vol- unteering within the schools. She is extremely honest, has imagination, and is able to turn ideas into actions. It is time to look for a new stew- ard at Hays CISD. I believe Martywill be the best stew- ard if elected as the District 5 representaltive. My voice is just one, but it represents many years of experience working with this woman. Susan Patty Buda ONE-WAY FRONTAGE ROADS IN MAY If frontage roads are made one way on May 5th as planned, I cain almost guar- antee mayheJm and accidents on 1-35 both 1North and South at commute ttimes. The 4-way bridge project at Windy Hill Road NEEDS to be complet- ed before the lane changes are made. The commJent [aade by TxDOT that tlhis change "will tack abo)ut 5 10 ad- ditional mimates ohm their commute is obvirusly by a person who does not live here and has no idea of the traffic nightmare that already exists. The backup on the 217 exit already reaches 1-35 on heavy truck, traffic days. The added time to commut- ers taking this exit will be 10 to 15 minutes just tO reach the two lane bridge to cross over. TxDOT's estimates are based on traffic patterns on a Saturday or Sunday or late morning or early afternoon, The reality is, no one has taken the time to observe this nightmare for them- selves during peak commute times. The decision to make this change before the Dry Hole Drive/Windy Hill Road overpass is complete is ill advised as evidenced by the lack of understanding of the commute hours traffic pat- terns. I've complained in the past about the ridiculous backups in this area. Auto traffic already overwhelms the bridge most mornings and evenings. When truck and school bus traffic are added, everything comes to a standstill. Most of the people mak- ing these decisions cannot possibly visualize the 3 to 5 minutes it can take one in- experienced 18-wheel driver to turn from the Northbound frontage road and get lined up to get safely onto that skinny overpass. Even the experi- enced drivers have trouble because auto drivers don't leave enough room for the trUck to make the turn. Then, everyone has to back up, if they have room, or if they're paying attention. Now, try to imagine these 18-wheelers attempting to cross that small bridge one after another. There's 10 to 15 minutes added just to cross the bridge with only three 18 wheelers forcing their way through. There are a lot more than three rigs trying to cross this bridge at one time throughout the week at peak hours. I hope this makes the pic- ture more clear, to the Austin district office of TxDot or the TxDOT, of the necessity to postpone the date of the two-way traffic switch-over, between FM2001 and this overpass, until after the new, 4 lane overpass is complete. Larry Pope Amberwood Area Resident ALL FOR WELCH Do you want a seasoned politician who only backs the interests of "old, rich Kyle"? Or do you want a true representative who will stand up for your rights and help guide the city of Kyle in a direction that benefits its citizens? Having been disenchanted with politics because of all the waffling, fence-sitting, and rubber-stamping, my wife and I are thrilled to finally see a candidate like jason Welch running for Kyle city council. We have known Jason, his wonderful wife Claudia, and their five precious children for several years, and are proud to call them friends and neighbors. Jason is a truly unique can- didate because he cannot be bought - he will vote accord- ing to ideas and values, rath- er than according to which- ever way the windblows or in order to win a popular- ity contest. On his website, http://www.Jason4Kyle.com, he lays out his ideals in black and white so there is abso- lutely no question where he stands or how he will vote on any given issue. Jason served for ten years in the Army reserves, which requires extraordinary dedication and discipline. Anyone who has been an officer in our Armed Forces can tell you what incredible leadership skills that instills in a person. His managerial experience will also bring much-needed business dis- cipline and budget manage- ment to the city. He is extremely accessible and willing to talk to anyone who may have questions, so we encourage you to check out his website and give him a call or an email. If you're unhappy with the $73 million debl;-ridden direction the city has been going in for the last several years, Jason Welch is your man! Russell & Susan Williams Kyle Before you dig in your yard, call 8-1-1 to have your utility lines marked. Most of us have pipelines in ouryards supplying our homes with natural gas, and the Texas Railroad Commission has new rules for digging around natural gas pipelines.. Not following the rules may result in a fine. Visit www.rrc.State.tx.us. CenterPoinL Energy Always There2 For more information on natural gas safety, visit CenterPointEnergy.com. After all, safety is in your hands... and always on our mind.