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THEY REALLY SAID THAT? "If I wanted to see highrises, I'd move to Austin." -George Haehn, Buda city council member on growing the city vertically to contain retail leakage Page 4A Hays Free Press May 22, 2013 Sen. James inhofe, R-Okla., says the "covemp" surrounding the tragic incidents in Benghazi is "bigger thanWatergate, bigger than Iran-Contra, bigger than the Pentagon Papers." It's interesting that Inhofe doesn't mention another matter that didn't make his top four. It involved allega- tions of weapons of mass destruction, talking points planted in the press and weekly news programs about a "mush- room cloud" looming. It involved linking Saddam Hus- sein to a terrorist attack on America. It involved sending men and women to war. Sen. Inhofe wants more about events that caused the deaths of four Americans. Four thousand, four hundred and eighty-eight Americans died in events triggered by that matter he doesn't mention. Throw in the 2,977 killed when un- heeded warnings bore out about the 9 / 11 attack in 2001. We did not hear Sen. John McCain calling for a Watergate-style probe into those matters like he now does about Benghazi. I wonder why. That said, I disagree with Democrats who say this pageant of indignation is all about tarring Obama and, of course, Hillary Clinton. That's just not true. The truth is that Republicans are pursuing their ongoing mission in Washington: "Do everything in our power so that our government can't govern, so help us Grover Norquist." Re. Benghazi: Not a word above should be taken as dismissing the hor- rific screw-up, the paucity of security despite warnings, the mixed signals from theWhite House afterward. Hor- rific. Screw-up. Then again: A Nixonian coverup? As I recall, Watergate consumed months and years and reels and reels of White House tape. If the Obama administration was papering over something, you'd think it would have stuck with its story more than nine days before changing its explanation and calling it a terrorist attack, as Clinton did Sept. 20. If what was said initially was telling tales so as not to tmdermine Obama's re-election, the reffamed explana- tion gave voters a month and a half to decide for themselves. But, whatever you say, senators. While you're at it, though: The administration unambiguously sought $1.80 billion for embassy security, con- struction and maintenance for fiscal 2012. Too much, said House Republi- cans. They cut it by $331 million, after cutting the request by $128 million the previous year. Congressman Jason Chaffetz, R- Utah, who sits on the House Oversight Committee investigating Benghazi, said the U.S. consulate didn't meet the "basic, minimum standards." Asked later, however, he defended putting clamps on embassy funding. "We have to make priorities and choices in this country," he said, tough budgetary times and all. With that in mind, Rep. Chaffetz, here is something for your committee to study, and you'll be excited to know it comes with a coverup: A 2012 study by the bipartisan Con- gressional Research Service found that while resulting in more income in- equality, the Bush tax cuts didn't boost the economy. They simply increased the federal deficit. The coverup? Republicans quashed it. Didn't want it muddying the 2012 dialogue. Didn't want Mitt Ronmey to have to wrap his ideas around debunked economic theory. Talking points, you know. The GOP wanted everyone to think of the deficit as Obama's baby, even if spending in his presidency rose at a slower rate than under Bush. (That's not a Democratic talking point. That's from factcheck.org.) Yes, Congressman, an investiga- tion. Let's investigate how foolish fiscal policies so strapped this country that it couldn't do what you now say should have been done: protect our brave diplomats. Let's investigate how a strategy of strangulation has worked so well that paralysis is what we call motoring in the nation's capital. You so want to have an investiga- tion. Give this one your best shot. It beats governing. Longtime Texas newspaperman John Young lives in Colorado. jyoungcolumn@gmail.com "y column two weeks ago expressed a strong reluctance .to support the Kyle road bond package that passed on May 11 by a I C0gLD BFi~0NG 70/30 margin with about 800 voters !~ ~ ~ :~,~,,~:~:~: :~,~,~.~-~ ~,,,~:w~,~: ........... turning out. i My reluctance to support/he road bond was the waste of previous monies on frills instead of a known problem ... the feeder roads to subdivisions which should've been first on the "to do" list. Growth up to this time has never supported itself. Look at the most recent case in point being the published figures by the Kyle city finance director who said that the city property taxes, conservatively speaking, could increase about 40 percent - the current tax rate of 52.44 cents per $100 evaluation could be increased by 21 cents. By those figures, those opposing the road bonds were acting responsibly. In the same issue as my rant about why we should not support it, the editorial supported the bond package, citing the impact of possible future growth. In the most recent Hays Free Press, the bond supporters said there will be little, if any, rise in the property tax because of the relevance of projected growth. Are we to believe this? If only, if only! Is it too early to say, "Hallelujah! The Altar of Growth Supports Itself is here! The god of fiscal logic is on the planet!" Let's all watch to see if this positive growth statement results in more judicious use of city monies, using it for the most necessary needs. Let's see if, in the future, someone listened and crafted a way for growth to support itself. I wish that some day, my opposition to this road bond would become an issue in which we graciously admit we were mistaken. If there is a small tax increase, let's see flit goes away and the rate returns to its original level after growth pays for the upgraded roads. I'm holding my breath. That's what I think but I could be wrong, you know. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR : Last week for letters In keeping with our standard policy, no letters regarding the June 1 election will be printed in next week's paper. We do not allow letters regarding candidates on the ballot for one edition before an election. We appreciate the letters received thus far, and wish atl the best to the runoff candidates. YES FOR BACON I am writing to express my support for Joe Bacon for the District 3 City Council seat. Only Joe Bacon has the expe- rience and the credentials to get this job done. Joe Bacon is the only candidate in the run-off who actually stepped up to the plate and served the City on any type of committee. When the City re-established the Mobility Committee, Joe Bacon volunteered. I have attended most of those meetings, and Joe BacOn has been there. You can depend on Joe Bacon to show up.. Joe Bacon knows how to listen to his constituents. We might not always agree on every issue, but he listens patiently and considers what I say. That is respect. His opponent states that he "will always do what HE thinks is in the best interest of the citizens of Kyle." I want our city councilmen to do what WE think is in the best inter- est of our city. Joe Bacon gets what democracy is about. Joe Bacon has been at- tending City Council meet- ings for going on two years now. I respect that. I have even seen him sit through budget workshop meet- ings. And trust me, nothing is more grueling that the Council's budget workshops! His opponent only started attending Council meetings after he announced he was running for city council. For me, that just doesn't cut it. I wish more citizens would be involved in our city government by participating in committees and attend- ing city council meetings. And I'm excited that we had enough interest from 3 people to want to run for a council position. But when it comes to selecting who to vote for - I'm going to vote for the person who demon- strates a genuine interest in our city through their past participation. Vote for Joe Bacon. Lila Knight Kyle THE SUN IS SHINING IN KYLE We, in the city, are blessed with two very worthy candi-, dates in the runoff contest for our City Council from which we must choose. I encourage you to step up the plate and exercise your right and responsibility to vote your choice of these two candidates. Vote early so that "things don't get in the way." My choice is for that candidate who has proven to have a great interest in all citizens of Kyle in his willingness to serve serve on a committee which was di- rected by the City Council to develop a plan which would allow better mobility of our citizens. This committee studied the traffic problems voting for Joe Bacon for the within the City for many City Council. months and presented to the I have had the pleasure of Council a plan which was acceptable to the Council. You and I, by a vote of 70% for and 30% against, gave the City Council the authority to build and upgrade five greatly needed streets which will vastly ease our travels about town. This will be a very expensive undertaking which will require supervi- sion by Council,Staff and last but the most important group - THE TAXPAYERS. We the taxpayers must have someone on the Council who will watch this project and all other actions of the City with a knowledge of building processes, under- standing of cost control, ability to make the proper contract with the right contractor to accomplish our goal and the same time, see that there is quality and dignity in all transactions; a person who will work toward "Getting the most BANGS for our BUCKS." The Lord knows we are all burdened with a heavy tax load. ~. I encourage you to join me in electing Joe Bacon to the Kyle City Council " Edwin Winn Kyle IN SUPPORT OF JOE I am writing to ask the citizens of Kyle to join me in serving with Mr. Bacon on the City's Mobility Com- mittee. He is one of our committee's most dedicated members. I am confident his knowledge on transportation and infrastructure issues will be an asset to our town on the City Council. Joe Bacon has a business management background that will be useful in working with the tight budgets our city is facing. He knows how to make the tough deci- sions. I know he will use this knowledge to work hard to bring more economic de- velopment to Kyle. We must continue to grow to pay for all the infrastructure and services that our town needs. I also know Joe personally and he loves Kyle as much as we do. Joe has integrity, is honest and he knows how to listen to the citizens. He doesn't have a personal agenda like so many politi- cians. He has a sincere desire to serve the citizens of our town. That is a very rare quality and we would be foolish not to elect him to the City Council. Please join me in casting your vote for Joe Bacon for Kyle City Council. You will not regret it. lvana Flowers Kyle COMMENTS FROM THE WEBSITE I am so proud of CJ and Sam. As VP of Finance & Operations at BBBS I've had the pleasure to meet them and they are an example of how mentoring can change our community for the better forever. - Holly Smith Raymond on Big sisterly love Mark passed away this past Saturday, May 18th. He was a joy to all who encountered him at Texas State and was an incredible friend. - D. Stanfill on Life after blood transplant (Feb, 13, 2013) Great games Ladies! So proud of you and the baseball team! Go Rebels!!! - Lady Reb on Lady Rebs rebound from Game 2 loss, advance to Regional Final This intersection sucks, they need to fix this ditch bc a lot of semis have to turn here for work - Jennifer Ann Wheeler Sandoval on Facebook posting on an 18-wheeler turned on its side at the intersection of S. 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