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Hays Free Press May 18, 2011 OPIHION Page 5A + Attempts to turn Kyle city elections om their long standing non- " artisan traditions, which go back nearly 100 years, fell flat as a flitter last weekend as three incumbents racked up victories at the polls. Efforts to paint the winners - Mayor Lucy Iohnson, and council members DavidW'dson and Becky Selbera- as something other than deep rooted, mainstream members of our community were ludicrous and insulting to the intelligence of most voters of all political stripes. I have been involved in political life in Kyle and Buda for nigh on to 60 years. When I first hit town Charles Young was mayor. He was a very good one. When it came to presidents I was addicted to Jack Kennedy. The mayor was a Richard Nixon man, through and through. But he also brought badly needed public housing to town and it is appropriately named for him. In the intervening years we have had many other good mayors and councils. James Miller was a Kyle-loving man who didn't wear a party label. Sandra Tenorio, a staunch Democrat, was a human dynamo of a mayor before she was 30. She led a unified town in a bitter but successful fight to grab a minimum security prison that brought more than 100 payroll checks to a town that was hurting during the economic decline of the late '80s. Big batches of us of all political persuasion stood shoulder to shoulder to show the type of unity that was absolutely necessary if success was to be the end result City politics are local - not national. Folks who worship at the shrine of Glenn Beck and DonaldTrump tend to want to nationalize every issue. Life and politics aren't that easy. Few of us fit securely into any particular, absolute political mode and we shouldn't. Folks who have never seen any shades of gray are beginning to slowly fade from the political scene. Good riddance! An additional note for the relative newcomers to Kyle who care not about the past but just the present: Stop by the local library (construction on a handsome new one is well underway- the result of recent unified Republican, Democratic and Independent cooperation). There you will discover that Kyle had a two-term Republican mayor as recently as January 2010t. When the next election time rolls around (and it will be sooner than you think), let's hope it is based on real issues and not fables or, at best, half-truths. $34.95/m N 512-524-6363 .................... ~_.++.~ +,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,~_+.. m ~_._.u._~,~ ................. ~+....~.... ~ ~ ~mlm ...................... life insurance... Rob White, Agent (512) 504-954 RobWhiteAgency.com Auto. Home.Life Let's Compare Rates and Service. 5500 FM 2770, Ste. 101 Kyle, TX 78640 rwhite@txfb-ins.com Rarely does final passage of a state budget turn out to be anything other than an end-of-session frenzy. This legislative session is shaping up to be no different. Lawmakers have until May 30 to pass that all-important document, the state's financial blueprint for 2012 and 2013. If they don't make the deadline, the gover- nor may order a special session. Now, to achieve completion in the present, Republicans, who hold numeri- cal majorities in both House and Senate, will have to find some way to agree with each other on how to cut up a smaller ~&vi USual pie. In ~]00 they had a $180 billion pot to work with: this session, it's around $160 billion, give or take. House Republicans, in step with the wishes of Gov. Rick Perry, insist on no new taxes and no raiding of the Rainy Day Fund. So far, they've gotten their way, thanks to the GOP'S 101 seats to the Democrats' 49. Senate Republicans at first launched a plan to use a third of the $9 billion Rainy Day Fund to lessen the blow of cuts to education and healthcare. They revised the plan after identifying accounting and tax collection measures they believe would short-circuit the need for Rainy Day funds. This week, ff the full Senate brings up the budget, members will attempt to attach amendments to it during floor debate. There's no telling what the final product will look like. Eventually, howev- er, Texans will get to compare the Senate and House versions. The House version axes tens of thousands of jobs from the state payroll, lops off billions of health cam dollm and g0n0rally eut or gl6ws spending in most ways imaginable. OPTION TO FED HEALTH IN HOPPER Attorney General Greg Abbott and other state attorneys general suing to have the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 declared un- constitutional, say the act violates states' rights in forcing citizens to buy health insurance. Rep. Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham and Sen. lane Nelson of Flower Mound, both Republicans, are working on an alterna- tive to the federal plan: House Bill 5, al- ready approved by the House and poised for consideration by the full Senate. Their legislation would "authorize Texas to participate in a multi-state ef- fort to secure the consent of Congress, via an interstate compact, to regulate health care, free of federal interference," according to the legislature's official bill analysis. HB 5 would establish an "interstate Advisory Health Care Commission" to make non-binding recommendations on health care delivery. The bill also enables member states to receive federal dollars through a formula outlined in the com- pact, without federal conditions. HELO HOG-HUNTING BILL OK'D tn other action, tha sanato on May 12 approved HB 716 by Rep. Sid Miller, R-Stephenville - legislation to allow the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to create guidelines for hunting feral hogs and coyotes from helicopters. According to the bill's Senate sponsor Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, an estimated 2 mil- lion feral hogs are not only free-ranging across rural Texas, they are encroach- ing on big cities. Sen. Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville, before voting against the bill, said that shooting from a helicopter 'takes the sport out of the hunt. Ed Sterling worlcs for the Texas Press As- sociation and follows the Legislature for the association. edsteding@texaspress.oom HHANCIAL -I EMS professionals are an integral part of our acute ca=re team. Seton Family of Hospitals would like to thank you for being dedicated partners in caring for our community. National EMS Week celebrates Everyday Heroes May 15-21 Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day is May 18 Family of Hospitals The Seton Family of Hospitals Trauma and Emergency Department network inclludes the region's only Level I Trauma Centers at University Medical Center Brackenridge and Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas and nine ERs conveniently located in the Austin and outlying areas.