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Hays Free Press May 12, 2010 OPiNiON Page 5A Renegade Ranger Rick&apos;s raring to rumble ll you coyotes out there need to watch out. The guv is packing eat! A few days back, our very own governor, Rick Perry, was out jogging near his rented mansion in west Austin when a vicious coyote sprang from the brush and at- tempted to feast on Gov. Perry's new puppy. Little did o1' Wiley Coyote know, the governor of Texas carries a pistol and knows how to use it. One weil-placed shot (he claims, and we all know how politicians tend to stretch the truth) and the mangy varmit was dispatched to the lone- some prairie in the sky. Two aspects of this story im- pressed me. First of all, our governor can still run at his age. I'm not sure how old Ranger Rick is, but I figure he and I are pert near the same age, and I gave up running five years ago along with greasy food and good eye- sight. Not only can Perry go jogging, but he can stop and draw his side- arm without wheezing for oxygen. I bet his hair wasn't even mussed up. What impresses me even more is Perry's deadly accuracy with a handgun. Sure, he has a laser sight on his pistola which makes aim- ing a tad easier, but you've still got to stand still, aim and squeeze the trigger. I know how hard it is to ac- curately shoot a pistol, especially after running; you've got the gun in one sweaty palm and your inhaler in the other, heart's pumping like a west Texas oil well. You've got salty sweat running down into your eyes and something else running down your leg after getting the living daylights scared out of you. There you are, face-to-face with a blood-thirsty carnivore staring straight into your eyes. There's no time to think about your enemy, or what the voters with membership to PETA will think. It's do or die, him or you. Survival of the fittest. BANG! I've got a pistol that I carry around the ranch with me, mostly to look cool, but I have been known to shoot it in the direction of coyotes, snakes and other varmints. I actually killed a rattlesnake recently with some fine shooting (no laser sights for me, just good old-fashion luck), but all my shots at coyotes went askew. I figured the bullets were faulty, but at least the coyotes got the message: Don't mess with Texans! I reckon there are some people out there who object to us country folks shooting critters, and I must con- fess that I never shoot anything that doesn't pose a threat, or as Perry said, "imminent danger," to myself, my livestock or Maw's flower garden. I don't hunt deer or shoot dove, but I'll blast an armadillo to Shanghai with my 12-gauge ifI catch him digging in my freshly sodden lawn. Coyotes aren't cute, cuddly canines who howl at the moon or a passing train. These carnivores are known to attack and kill family pets and even young children. I have seen a coyote stalking a young fawn with its protec- five but poorly armed mother standing nearby. If it hadn't been for a couple of well-placed bullets, that fawn wottld've died at the hands of that coyote. Now it can grow up and get shot by some Cabela's-outfitted human. On another occasion, a large coyote was seen stalking a week-old antelope. I chased this one through the woods with my gun cocked and loaded. No, my gun was cocked; I was loaded. Anyways, I trailed this varmit deep into the woods, never able to get off a clean shot. I am always care- ful about shooting out in the woods, especially after that ugly accident with the neighbor's aboveground pool. Unfortunately, I haven't seen the baby antelope since that day. Some tofu-eating, hemp shoes- wearing individual might say, '9, coyote has the right to eat," and I'd say, "Yeah, and if I see one on my place, he has the right to eat lead!" I know several people who have lost their cats and small dogs to coyote. I personally had to remove dozens of stitches from a family dog who was viciously attacked by a coyote. The same family lost a second dog to a coyote shortly after that attack. Does this killer coyote deserve the right to live and feast on other neighbors' pets? Governor Perry and I say, "Not while I'm running this place." rockytop78640@yahoo.com LETTERS TO THE EDITOR HIGHER TAXES ON THE WAY? With Kyle's new mayor and city council in place after Saturday's election and Kyle's longtime city manager run off and the finance director out, Kyle's taxpayers need to get ready for some whopping tax increases. There is now noth- ing to hold back this reckless and free spending juggernaut. Kyie's elected officials are beholden to the political chat- tering class of Old Town Kyle for getting them elected. So where is the new $5 million plus library going? It's going in the far southwest part of Kyle, barely in the city limits, and in Old Town Kyle, of course. Over $500,000 of infrastructure improvements are needed to make the site usable and ac- cessible. A free site with good access is available in Plum Creek near the Performing Arts Center which is conve- nient to all Kyle library users. But the puppets on council paid over $200,000 for the Old Town Kyle site. And, did you notice that word, "free?" That's a bad four letter word to these free-spenders when there's taxpayer cash to burn through. And, over $700,000 was squandered to fix up the old City Hall and $500,000 will be spent tidying up the Depot. Please, no more "revitaliza- tion"; just fix our sewer and drainage problems and give us sidewalks. The mayor and council ran off City Manager Tom Mattis for obscure reasons and they paid him almost $300,000 to leave. Mattis has qualities that will make him sorely missed as Kyle stumbles into $100 million of debt and a run- away $36 million annual city budget. Mattis has a financial background; a real spread- sheet kind of guy though a little short of charm, but he, with departed finance direc- tor Charles Cunningham, kept this bunch focused on bud- gets, tax rates, debt service, and other such boring stuf. Adios, the responsible grown- ups are gone and it's now party time at City Hall! The irony is that the new neighborhoods of Plum Creek, Hometown Kyle, Silverado, Spring Branch, Steeplechase, and Four Seasons pay the lion's share of property and sales taxes while the Old Town Kyle crowd is loaded with seniors who have frozen taxes and over 65 exemptions. But, now, everybody, get ready for higher taxes. ]err)/Kolacny Old Town Kyle Resident PRIVATE PUBLIC PRAYER DEBATE Brenda Stewart's piece on the National Day of Prayer rightly criticizes the over- reaction and sensationalism on the intemet, though I think all political perspectives are prone to these things. Howev- er, I disagree with the implica- tion of her piece - that prayer is a private matter, period. Unfortunately we moved from the practice of reason- able public expressions of faith. On nationally broad- cast radio, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt led the nation in an extended prayer during WofldWar II. In the Declaration of Independence certain rights are "unalien- able" because they were given by a Creator. It concludes with a"firm reliance on the protec- tion of divine Providence". A broadly held belief in God and a sense of accountability to God, marked the civil - civil religion of the nation's history. It was also a source of national unity. In her final paragraph Stewart quotes Christ's words about not praying on the street corners but praying in one's room. Well, strangely it really isn't "as simple as that" because Jesus prayed publi- cally (Matthew 14:19) and the Sermon on the Mount- which she quotes - was a publically proclaimed religious message (i.e. not in a private place of worship). The words of Jesus do not oppose public prayer. In Matthew Chapter 6 Jesus refers to three types of private religious practices, which also had a public aspect to them: giving, praying and fasting. Jesus wasn't condemning pub- lic prayer, but private prayer done publically, for show. But in another indirect sense, Stewart could be justi- fied in quoting Jesus. Although the National Day of Prayer is a case where politicians, among others, pray publically (which is not condemned by Jesus per se) the words of Jesus should convict us of our motives for all religious activity. I share some of her cynicism, but I honestly don't know the hearts or motives of the leaders involved. I do regret the loss of civil - civil religion like that expressed by FDR, which did not trample on, or coerce - beliefs. David Sweet Buda NONPROFIT AUDITS ARE AVAILABLE There has been a lot of pub- licity about an Austin non- profit that recently closed. The Executive Director is charged with taking over $300,000 from the agency. The devas- , tation is sobering: hundreds of families are left without support services, 30 employ- ees lost their jobs, people are betrayed by someone they trusted, a substantial amount of public money as been sto- len, and the list goes on. The Hays County Food Bank is a public charity which means that all resources are held in trust for the public for our stat- ed charitable purpose, feeding hungry people in Hays County. We have a moral obligation to make sure that resources are used for this sole mission. A situation like the tragedy in Austin clearly reminds us how important sound nonprofit management is. It appears that the Execu- tive Director from the Austin nonprofit was able to pull this offby faking several years of audits to cover her tracks. The Food Bank has multiple procedures in place to prevent this from occurring. We em- ploy an independent Certified Public Auditor to conduct an annual audit and make sure that the auditor reports in person to the entire board of directors each year. In today's economy, dol- lars are precious. Nonproflts everywhere must manage their resources carefully just to survive. There are many local nonprofits doing a great job managing the bottom line in this tight economy. They do good work: they feed the poor, shelter abused children, and help seniors pay for medicine and utility bills, etc. I applaud their ability to keep fighting the good fight, often in the face of overwhelming chal- lenges. Public trust is both hard won and a precious resource. Donors need to be aware of who is nmning the organiza- tions they support and how money is being used. All well managed nonprofits will wel- come your interest because they have nothing to hide. Get involved. Find a cause that speaks to your heart and offer to volunteer. The Food Bank's annual Audit Report and IRS Form 990, can be found at www. HaysFoodBank.org Pat Tessaro Community Relations Coor- dinator, Hays County Food Bank FOUNTAIN SPE CLdL, 99 Hot Dogs all day Friday, May 14Y 203 Railroad St. Buda Pharmacy 312-2111 Fountain 312-2!72 Fountain Hours: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday-Saturday Pharmacy Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fart Class of 2010 I<eeDsa }o 01"I'IOH AD DEADLINE IS MAY 19TH DISCOUNT IF BOOKED BY MAY 12 268-7862 for info To be published ]une 2, with additional copies available at graduation ceremonies for Hays, Lehman and Academy High Schools Submit your info by mail: RO. Box 2530, Kyte,TX 78640 or by emai[: graduation@haysfreepress.com