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QUOTE OF THE WEEK "lhey go to camp defined by their hand difference. When they leave (camp), they are defined by oho they are on the inside. -Amy Lake, co-director for Hands Down 2, story page 1C Hays Free Press May 18, 2016 Page 3A EDiTORiAL ... again We know, you are tired of voting. With the March primary, then the May Kyle election, it's hard to make yourself get back out there. But, do it. The last thing needed is a low turnout when breaking the tie between incumbent Diane Hervol and challenger Travis Mitchell for the Kyle City Council. The May election ended up in a 510-510 tie between Hervol and Mitchell. The runoff election will be June 11, and early voting begins May 31. During the May city election in Kyle, only 6 percent of the voters turned out - 1,052 voted out of 17,409 registered voters within the city. Kyle needs to make changes to hold its elections in November. Buda made the jump and will hold its city elections in November, when the nation comes out to vote. Everyone knows to vote then. But cities have the option of holding their elections in May. Why not make the change? More people turn out of vote in November than any other time of the year. If the city of Kyle truly wants to have as many people as possible vote, it should make the switch and move to November elections. If the council is concerned about voter fatigue, then move it to November. And, then, when someone complains about an issue, they will have no excuse. There's so much hoopla around November elections that only people with their heads in the sand can say, "I didn't know it there was an election." Because if you don't vote, you don't get to complain. , some My cowboy daddy, the late Law- rence Ray (L. Ray) Webb, saw to it that spicy seasoning was a staple around the house- hold when he and Mom were raising four sons. Dad spent a lot of his early childhood in Brady and spicy food - a defi- nite Mexican influence via a significant His- panic population - was plentiful. So, naturally he craved as much of the taste as possible. Mom, being the typical house- wife and mother of the times, sought to satisfy that taste as much as possible. While her central Tex- as farm-raising gave her recipes and talents for creating in the kitchen, mild variety and mightpepper sauce livened the Tabasco facility on Avery We managed to select also be slightly sweet, leafy veggies. Island. Naturally, thea small number of Webb's which made for a pleas- But, there was anothersauce manufacturing fa- Tabasco flavors - Now ant mixture. She also seasoning Dad expect- cility had a ready supply Original, Chipotle, Wisdom made "pepper sauce," ed to be on the table at of peppers, being grown Buffalo Style and Sweet by Willis Webb by canning hot green all times "just in case both by the company & Spicy Tabasco sauces peppers that produced nothing else spiced upand other farmers, in grace our table. But, my and were held in a liquid the turnip greens, beans close proximity, personal favorite, and she was also good at that was definitely spicy or peas: Tabasco sauce." The company store one with which I douse old-fashioned canning, and used on any array of That red peppery liquid had all manner of Ta- meats and vegetables One area of canning vegetables from turnipwas applied to meats as basco products, since is Raspberry Chipotle. involved relishes that greens to spinach to pin- well as to pinto beansthe trademark sauce has It has just the right were used to season to beans to field peas. especially and occasion- created a cult in and of combination of sweet everything, particularly However, Dad's desiresally to the black-eyeditself. In addition to a and hot, although Dad the typically somewhat for something "hotter"shelled peas. wide variety of saucesmight have preferred the bland pinto bean and and spicier made Mother I didn't know there and seasonings, there Habanero, Green Pepper black-eyed peas dishes, hunt for a fiery concoc- was another Tabasco are of course t-shirts, or Garlic. After all variety "Chow-chow," one tion simply called pep- sauce other than the red caps, aprons, hot pads, is the spice of life. traditional relish used by per relish. It contained one until a couple of dishes and coffee cups farming families was an hotter peppers and on-summers ago when we with the Tabasco label. Willis Webb is a retired onion-based but sweet ions and accompanying celebrated Life Mate'sObviously, I had to have community newspaper in flavor in that sweeter liquid mixtures that had birthday with a request- a cap that hangs on the editor and publisher onions were used and a definite zing to them. ed trip to Acadiana rack in my Man Cave of more than 50 years augmented by sweet The chopped relish was- New Iberia and sur- and is worn alternately experience. pickles and peppers. The quite good with beans rounding territory where with other head cover- latter were usually of a and peas, and the liquid we found the original ings. The current meth- rick, House Speaker Joe od devised by the Capital Straus, Attorney General Texas Legislature Ken Paxton and many in 2011 to fund public a r[q Republican lawmakers education does not vio- -by" joined the governor in late the state constitu- Ed Sterling welcoming the ruling. tion, the Texas Supreme Paxton echoed the Court unanimously ruling in saying school ruled May 13. lish and make suitable finance "must be debat- The lawsuit challeng- provision for the sup- ed and shaped by the ing the state's educa- port and maintenance Texas Legislature, not tion-funding method of an efficient system of through decades' worth originally was brought public free schools."of ongoing litigation in in 2011 by more than In a 100-page rul- the court system." 600 school districts ing, the court said the In contrast, organiza- identifying themselves current system ensures tions such as the Texas collectively as the Texas that "all Texas children Association of School Taxpayer and Student have access to a quality Boards, the Mexican Fairness Coalition. education that enables American Legal Defense Lawyers for the coalition them to achieve theirand Education Fund, the argued that the state potential and fully par- Texas Democratic Party falls short of the con- ticipate now and in the and a number of Dem- stitution's imperative future in the social, eco- ocratic lawmakers ex- of equitable funding nomic, and educational pressed disappointment by failing to provide opportunities of our over the nine-member, enough money for state and nation." The all-Republican court's school districts' class- court agreed that theruling. room instruction, main- current funding system; Sen. Royce West, tenance and operation while imperfect, is"good D-Dallas, said, "The and other critical budget enough" to satisfy the Texas Supreme Court's areas, constitutional mandate, ruling held that the Article 7 of the consti- and going forward, it is state's school funding tution says: "A general up to the Legislature, system met 'minimum diffusion of knowledge not the courts, to amend constitutional require- being essential to the the funding formula, ments,' turning a cold preservation of the lib- Gov. Greg Abbott shoulder to at least two- erties and rights of the called the ruling "a vic- thirds of Texas school people, it shall be the tory for Texas taxpayers districts that were des- duty of the Legislature and the Texas Constitu- perately seeking relief of the State to estab- tion." Lt. Gov. Dan Pat- from an inequitable, inefficient and unsus- tions for May. "We will gladly assist tainable school finance The total was based in any way possible system that Texas courts on sales made in Marchin the days ahead to had previously labeled by businesses that expose the criminals unconstitutional." report tax monthly, plus behind this heinous Rep. Carol Alvarado, sales made in January,crime," said David D-Houston, said, "Our February and March by Maxwell, director of law children deserve more quarterly tilers. It is 1.1 enforcement for the than a minimal educa- percent more than allo- Texas attorney general's tion and the Legislature cated in May 2015. office. should do all they can "The cities of Dallas, to ensure we repair this San Antonio, E1 Paso and broken system. Over five FortWorth sawnotice- G0P Jeets| million public school able increases in sales students are counting tax allocations," Hegar Betas are next on us." said. "Energy-centric Speaker Straus ac- cities such as Houston, The Republican Party knowledged "there is Odessa and Midland of Texas held its state ample room for im- continue to see decreas- convention May 12-14 at provement" in school es in sales tax alloca- the Kay Bailey Hutchi- funding and said the tions." son Convention Center Texas House "will con- in Dallas. The final party tinue working to deliver value for taxpayers and e|aze rn|ed platform is available online at provide an outstanding The Texas Democratic education for our stu- Party will hold its state dents." The H.S. Bureau of convention June 16-18 Alcohol Tobacco and at the Alamodome in Revenue is up Firearms on May 11 announced its researchSan Antonio. The party laboratory's finding that platform is available on- the April 17, 2013, fire line at Texas Comptroller at the West Fertilizer Glenn Hegar on May 11 Company plant in the Ed Sterling works for announced his office town of West, Texas, was the Texas Press Associ- would send cities, coun- intentionally set. ation and follows the ties, transit systems and Fifteen people died Legislature for the orga- special purpose taxing and some 160 were nization. districts $767.7 million injured in the fire and in local sales tax aUoca- explosion, Barton Publications, Inc. News tips: Opinions: 113 W. 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