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Page 4A THEY REALLY SAID THAT?. '7 wear foundati'on, fill in my eyebrows (with makeup) and wear zv'ghtpants. That's not very masculine, is it?" -Coy Villasenor, Lehman boy fights for Prom Queen title See the full story online at www.haysfreepress.com Hays Free Press May 8, 2013 + The Hays Free Press is devoted to the idea that information makes for good communities. We are also a business. In both contexts, we urge readers- without reservations - to vote "Yes" on the Kyle road bond package. We understand the frustra- tions of friends and readers who are in the "no" camp. The package is not perfect. The process of"how we got here" was not perfect. Dealing with growth is frustrating. But the bottom line is that we are growing, like it or not. For us, a yes vote means working together as a commu- nity for the common good and a balanced bond that follows through on roads like Mar- ketplace and Burleson from the transportation plan and fixes critical routes to Lehman High, like Lehman, Bunton and Go forth. A yes vote means taking ac- tive control to manage growth. It means acknowledging that growth is coming, and trying to make that a positive. It means economic devel- opment opportunities- new business development along Marketplace and better trans- port for existing businesses on Bunton. It means better access for the whole city to Seton hos- pital, and quicker emergency response times. It means continuing the on- going work to help Kyle evolve and to hold onto the quality of life we cherish as the city grows, rather than just throw- ing up our hands and accept- ing gridlock. It means taking advantage of historically low interest rates and the city's excellent bond rating. What a yes vote does not mean is a huge tax hike, even though some residents fear that. The city contributed to that perception inadvertently when it published early studies that quoted possible outland- ish tax implications. That was a mistake, and sub- sequent efforts to explain the bond package tax effects have suffered from the early miscues - city numbers that were based on a wish list that was never under serious consideration, and, later, on a "never grow again" scenario that was utterly silly as a practical guide for future taxes citizens are likely to pay. A better way would have been for the city to adopt a reasoned and conservative economic projection at the beginning, and to publish a range of "likely" implications based on that, as most other area governments have done when preparing bonds. At least we can say the city has warned everyone of "worst case," basing initial projections of a 21-cent tax increase that assumed no new homes, no new businesses, no apprecia- tion in existing property values, and no increase in sales tax in Kyle over the next 20 years. Rubbish. More credible analysis re- leased since then indicates that with current trends, the bonds could be repaid without any tax rate increase. That's because we continue to grow, as we did even in the the recession - adding new homes values that help carry the cost of improve- ments; adding new businesses that add flesh taxes; and add- ing new retail stores - like the coming Walmart- that have caused our sales tax receipts to grow for the last 43 quarters - 11 uninterrupted years. Great cities do not hide from challenges, nor cling too tightly to the past. They honor the past while adapting to the future. We have a chance to meet that future head on - or to postpone what needs to be done until mafiana, letting costs rise, ensuring traffic will get worse, risking more tragedy on dangerous roads. Vote Yes, and let's move for- ward to a better future. POOR PEOPLE ARE NOT ALLOWED "arold Lloyd had nothing on to- day's forces of regression. In iconic black-and-white on a silent screen, the bumbling comic grappled with the big hand of a clock. The year was 1923. Today, in Arkansas, North Dakota and wherever they can summon the votes, political forces seek to turn the hands of time back at least that far on reproduc- tive rights. President Obama observed this syn- drome last week in a speech to Planned Parenthood. Points to you, Mr. President. However, you need to follow up that "turn back the clock" analogy with one for those of us on the side of modern times. It's time to turn the clock forward- to 2013. Let's stop living in 1973. That was when Roe vs. Wade became the law of the land and women no longer were at the mercy of people who made Bible verses statutory. The time is right to move forward, not just because of the threat pervasive in certain states, but because the 2012 elections carried an encouraging mes- sage that should be translated in a new rallying phrase: reproductive justice. The term comes from African-Ameri- can feminists in the 1990s who, accord- ing to Time magazine's Kate Pickert, "wanted to broaden the appeal of repro- ductive rights" beyond simply keeping abortion legal and accessible. Increas- ingly it is being adopted as an alternative to "pro-choice." Simply put: Unwanted pregnancies are a principal harbinger of poverty and dis- tress. Abortion is an option for which no one wishes, but is something a majority of Americans wouldn't foreclose by law. Reproductive justice is about exactly that. It's about "choice," but in a broader sense The anti-choice movement not only seeks to ban abortion but to blunt policies that promote holistic women's health, including birth control. Observe legislation in Texas that diverted millions of dollars from fam- ily planning. Bill sponsor RandyWeber, R-Pearland, cited "research" showing that women who used contraceptives had higher rates of abortions than those who didn't. In fact, the study he cited showed just the opposite. Ah, what the heck. Facts be damned, and those who use them as well. For those who consider themselves pro-choice, this is the kind of policy debate they should be winning, because the nation is receptive. The other side wants to focus on abor- tion. The side supporting reproductive justice focuses on prevention through contraception and sex education. To stand for the latter, Obama was the first sitting president to take a dais before Plarlned Parenthood, the one entity that does more than any other to help low-income women prevent unwanted pregnancies. The forces of regression in recent weeks have sought to score propaganda points in light of the horrors associated with Philadelphia abortion provider Kermit Gosnell, facing a murder rap for illegal late-term abortions and literal infanticide. Prosecuting Kermit Gosnell is a matter of reproductive justice. The last thing most Americans should want is for women to be so desperate again as to tum to people like him when abortion can be early and safe, and pregnancy can be averted so many ways. The next time you encounter an abor- tion foe picketing a Planned Parenthood clinic, ask that person. "So, you oppose birth control, eh? Congratulations. You are part of the problem." The next time someone brings up the case of Kermit Gosnell, ask-"So, do you oppose agencies that provide birth control? Congratulations. You are Dr. Gosnell's accessory." Reproductive justice. Preach it. Pursue it. Longtime Texas newspaperman lohn Young lives in Colorado. jyoungcolumn@gmail.com ii ii il W~oll it's that time of year again hen small town politics call r elections that they hope will have low attendance - low attendance[ COULD from the opponents. So what do we ~ ~ ~ii have on our plates this time? School board, city council, bond elections... Yes, here we go again.., more bonds. The city of Kyle wants taxpayers to vote to have their city taxes raised 43 percent so five new roads can be overhauled, mostly east of IH-35. They hope the taxpayers of Kyle will cosign a $36 million loan. We who oppose it are fed up. Time to dig in our heels and say, NO NEWTAXES! There are good reasons for these feelings: What happened to the millions of dollars in building permits and utility fees the city collected after the developers built the roads, sewers, power lines, water lines? Why weren't those monies spent for what was obviously going to be a problem - the roads feeding those subdivisions? The city of Kyie incurred massive debt counting on these building permits being issued ad infinitum when the ordinary citizen saw a housing collapse on the near horizon. Current debt $68 million. Waste: The city of Kyle had a real nice city maintenance building done with a rocked-in rainwater collection tank which is estimated to have cost $15 K extra. They use the water for landscaping. Wasn't city water available for a city building? How long will it take for that tank to pay for itself?.. Unnecessary feel-good fluff. At the Five Mile Dam soccer park, the county built a $50 K (at least) wind generator which hasn't turned in a year. Workers I spoke to say it can't be fixed. The school district is ONE- HALF BILLION dollars in debt. The Kyie EMS and fire department building is a $4 million glass, brick and stone mansion. They became a taxing entity a few years ago and look how they spent the taxpayers money. No one in Kyle is happy about that building. Every time the report is published Kyle has a 10 percent increase in sales tax revenue. Where is that money going? Use that future income to cosign the new road costs. The amount of fluff and waste overwhelms us taxpayers. Now the City of Kyle wants us to build new roads for those people who moved out there by choice, knowing the roads were bad when they went there, like moving under an airport landing path and complaining about the noise. And they give that old worn out reason that it's bad for fire trucks and EMS response time. It's dangerous for school buses... IT'S FOR THE CHILDREN! ... like the proponents of school bonds say. Well we say tough toenails. I told one city councilman that I would be willing to consider support for the bond issue if they could show me a schedule of when the roads would be paid for and then the taxes dropped to the pre bond rate. He snickered like I was from another planet. Show me a plan where growth pays for itself. I don't think that's too much to ask for. And stop wasting. Vote NO on new taxes. Ray Wolbrecht has been a dentist in Kyle for many years and was instrumental in aright to keep Austin Community College from building in north Hays County. jyoungcolumn@gmail.com COMMENTS FROM THE WEBSITE "MUD" is a good name for it, Granting this MUD would be a very bad idea. - Charlie on Messy mudslinging continues on Needmore Ranch legislation I was also at the scene and have to say I was very moved by the number of people that stopped and helped however they could. I feel very blessed to be apart of this community. My deepest sympathy for all of the families involved. - Paula on FM 2770 wreck claims two lives; six others injured, transported to hospitals RIP Phil, I truly hope the coward that did this gets justice. You were a GREAT man and did not deserve to go out like this. Prayers and condolences to his family for such a tragic loss. - Franny911 on Brother of Kyle council candidate found dead on roadside Uh, I am pretty sure it would have been more cost effective to add the turnarounds when the bridges were built. Great planning guys! - ~ on Texas u-turns to ease traffic Too many bad things happening lately. - Trina Blansitt Frohock from Facebook posting about the deadly crash on FM 2770 MANAGEMENT BARTON PUBLICATIONS, INC. 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