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QUOTE OF THE WEEK "It will mean we don't have to deplete our other aquifers as much when we're in a drought because the water's stored there and ready to be used." -State Rep. Jason Isaac on aquifer storage and recovery bills in the State Lege See story, page 4A. Hays Free Press May 10, 2017 Page 3A I Guest /m Column by Juan Palomo The decision by San Antonio Democratic U.S. Rep. ]oaquin Castro to stay out of the 2018 race for the U.S. Sen- ate is a wise one, for him, for the Democratic Party, for the state - and for the nation. Castro would have prob- ably lost his party's nom- ination to El Paso Con- gressman Beto O'Rourke, who is generating plenty of excitement among Texas Democrats eager for a fresh new face and voice, one who stands outside the tra- ditional politician mold. We don't know if Castro ever intended to run, but he was certainly talked about by the pundits and party activists as if he was the anointed one, as if the nomination was his for the asking. If he did intend to run, Castro simply waited too long. While he was playing coy, O'Rourke plunged right into the race with a spirited young Turk-ish campaign designed to be financed strictly by grass- roots support (no PAC money). That kind of cam- paign can only succeed if the candidate offers excite- ment and passion. Castro doesn't, and he never really has. Both he and his twin brother, for- mer San Antonio Mayor ]ttli .n Castro have never showed much flair for the kind of populist campaign it will take to defeat Repub- lican Sen. Ted Cruz. Both have been way too cautious in their politics and in their campaigning, which is rather surprising given that their mother and mentor, Mar/a del Ro- sario, got her start in pol- itics with the Raza Unida Party in San Antonio. There may be other Tex- ans considering a race for the Cruz seat, but they too will probably decide that they can't overcome O'Ro- urke's head start, and his charisma. Having no major opponent in the primary means that O'Rourke will be able to use the money he is raising to make him- self better known to all Tex- ans, and to mount a mean- ingful campaign to expose Cruz as the fraud he is. No doubt there are many out there who be- lieve Cruz is unbeatable. He's got the name and he'll have the millions of dollars that he'll collect from the same people who financed his run for the 2012 COP nomination. But Texas is changing, and the presence of Don- ald Trump in theWhite House and the mess he and his COP supporters in Congress (Cruz among them) have created- and will continue to create - could be enough to make voters finally tum their back on the Republican Party when offered a clear and attractive alternative. Palomo, a former Hays Countian, is a retired newspaperman living in Houston. "attended a function this weekend that .was a first for me. It was a gender reveal par- ty for my daughter and her hubby. No, not like the one Bruce Jenner held with Diane Saw- yer, but one like lots of expecting couples have these days where the sex of the baby is a big secret until the party. With suspense build- ing like scratching off your last million-dollar lottery ticket of the day, the gender is revealed by showing either pink or blue in some elabo- rate way. If you're col- or-blind, these parties must be a real bummer. You know, we didn't have these gender re- veal parties back in the '80s when my daughters were born. I reckon it's because we didn't have fancy ultrasound equipment back then to determine the sex of the baby. Down in south Texas, if you wanted to know the sex, you'd have to hire a gypsy woman with a dead chicken. And dang if she wasn't correct 50% of the time. Well, in case you're wonderin', I'm gonna have another grand- YES TO WYNEITE Tutta is the voice of reason and my hero. After reading Wolbrecht's initial paragraph (column, two weeks ago), the first words that came to mind were WHAT the f... is he talking about. To begin with, many theologists (those who study the nature i i ::~: ii ii i :: ! ii ! //) FPY PAY Let me share with all y'all new and future dads on the difference in raising girls and boys. First of all, changing a girl's diaper is safer than changing a boy's. I have read medical journals about novice fathers experiencing temporary blindness after a blast of baby boy urine to the eyes. And what better source From the is there for sound ad- Crew's Nest vice? Lots of people have informed me that by Clint Younts I'm full of it. Let me share with all y'all new and future daughter to spoil in four dads on the difference months. That's fine with in raising gifts and boys. me because, having First of all, changing a two daughters and one girl's diaper is safer than granddaughter, I know a changing a boy's. I have lot about raising girls. So read medical journals far this year, my nephew about novice fathers had a baby gift as well experiencing temporary as a fellow passenger on blindness after a blast the infamous Party Bus of baby boy urine to Tour of 2016. And once the eyes. I recommend my son-in-law becomes wearing a welder's hel- a daddy, I anticipate met along with cotton some phone calls from balls stuffed in each these three fellas asking nostril when changing for bits of parenting diapers. advice from this old pro. Experts claim gifts are easier and faster to potty train than boys. I reckon that's true since I'm 58 and still peeing behind rose bushes and parked cars. A little girl will ask dad to join her and her dolls in her room for a tea party. Meanwhile, boys will get their dads out in the hot summer sun tossing a baseball around. Yep, a dad with a gift sweats less. Having a daughter means you won't wake up from your nap on a July afternoon from the sound of a red ant bed erupting from an impro- vised explosive device constructed of a coffee can and leftover Black Cats. When you have a daughter, you probably won't find a mangled bicycle from a failed attempt to clear the hedgerow by using a ramp made of a 2x6 plank and cinderblocks. The parents of a little gift aren't likely to find a horny toad in their kid's school lunchbox. Okay, I ought to warn you greenhorns that daughters are easier to raise only in early childhood. Teenage girls LETTER TO THE EDITOR of God and religion) are not part of the scientific community, unless maybe those who teach comparative religion classes or look at the historical -metaphorical basis of the Bible. And as Tutta points out, scientific theories are constantly subject to peer review based on real evidence not irrational beliefs. I subscribe to Time and thought the article was spot on, When Wolbrecht mentions "arrogance and buffoonery," I couldn't help but think the person he seemd to be supporting fit that definition to a T. Thanks, Tutta. Pamala Nelson Buda LETrERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you will turn your hair gray and get you addicted to Tums. You will have a good 15 years of par- enthood until you hear that dreaded four-letter word: Prom. Well, rest easy be- cause I am going to share how I handled prom night. When the young lad comes to pick up your daughter, have him sit at the kitchen table with you while you are sharpening your pocket knife. Keep the conversation light, at first. Chat about sports for a while, and then tell him how many bull calves you've castrated with that knife in your hand. Not only will your daughter make it home by curfew, but she'll probably arrive two hours early. One last thing, dads. No matter how big you are or how tough you think you are, when you are walking your little girl down the aisle to the altar, you may well be the one crying like a baby. Clint Younts is an old softy when it comes to his daughters. not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification. Letters can be emailed to csb@ Barton Publications, Inc. News tips: Opinions: 113 W. Center St., Kyle, TX 512-268-7862 7864O Publisher Cyndy Slovak-Barton News and Sports Editor Moses Leos ill Reporters Samantha Smith, Lesly De Leon Logan McCullough, Quixem Ramirez Columnists Bartee Halle, 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