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+ Hays Free Press May 25, 2016 QUOTE OF THE WEEK "I believe, thatjobs, p)o[,iulation growth and strong, demand for. . housing are,, the mare reasons for the overall market values increasing m Hays County. -David Valle, chief appraiser for Hays County, story pg. 1A Page 3A Legislation impedes ex-cons' abilities to keep on the path Before discussing a sensitive subject, let us recite the Young- At Large by John Young Rotary Four-Way Test: "Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and friendships? Will it be beneficial to all - to think that I would concerned?" have pumped up these I'm not a Rotarian. I individuals' expecta- just like the Rotary Test tions about getting an for conduct, education, only to have If our actions met that their hopes blocked by a test, this would generate four-sided shape joined no argument: As Presi- at right angles. dent Obama has done The Colorado Center with federal hiring, on Law and Public every state should "ban Policy says one in four the box" that effectively Americans has some blocks an ex-convict level of criminal history. from being considered Those who think the by employers, box affects few aren't For those who think thinking. this is just one of those Not surprisingly, bleeding heart liberal various business groups fixations - Hillary Clin- oppose a ban on the ton and Bernie Sanders box, saying that it's un- being strong supporters necessary government - Gov. Chris Christie meddling. But then, so signed a similar order are worker-safety mea- for New Jersey, and Re- sures and the require- publican Sen. Rand Paul ments of the Americans is one of several conser- with Disabilities Act. We vatives who've joined follow those measures Democrats in sup- because, as the Rotary porting legislation that four-way test insists, it is would seal the records beneficial for everyone. of prior offenders. The "box" prevents If we can't ban the people from making box, employers should good on their pledge to step up to the plate and themselves, their states resolve the problem that and their families to do it represents, right by society upon The box doesn't pro- parole. mote truth. It encour- If we consider just ages a lie. The box isn't one ex-felon and how fair. It's presumptive a good job would make and arbitrary. The box a difference, we cannot doesn't build goodwill, possibly rationalize how It shuts a door. the box works. Without question, Take away that man banning the box would or woman's employ- meet the fourth part of ment opportunities the Rotary Test: It would and you take away his benefit all concerned, or her family's hopes The Senate measure for betterment. What would prohibit em- about the children and ployers from making the role modeling that applicants state up front a flesh start for a parent if they have criminal can mean? histories. Block that parent Naturally, some from meaningful employers want that employment and we prerogative. They'll say cast his or her children it's an efficient way to into a foreboding alley weed out undesirables, of uncertainty and bad Yep, presumptive, choices. Some employers say Banning the box is that marking the box the best way to disrupt doesn't mean automatic the cycle of crime and rejection. To a person to combat the poverty trying to rebuild his or that normally sets it in her life, though, it says motion. one thing: "You need If we are serious not apply; or if you do, about doing something lie." about that cycle, we As a teacher at the will take this sound and community college smart move. Anything level, I can't tell you how else fails the test. many students I have met who were once Longtime newspaper- behind bars. man John Young and They have committed former local resident themselves to personal now lives in Colorado. reclamation. It pains me greatly- and it jyoungcolumn@gmail. should pain you, too corn Iam so perturbed at the current presidential race that I can't even ponder over it without waking up with a hang- over. Months ago, I was closely following the race, and there were even a couple of candidates that I liked, but once they began dropping out like road apples on a trail drive, I gave up on these bombastic blowhards. This race is kinda like going to the circus. After watching the acrobats and lion tamer, nothing is left but the clowns. I do have something quasi-political buzzing around my moldy skull like a wasp in aVoik- swagen Beetle. Perhaps some ofy'all out there might know the answer to this question and would like to ease my mind. If Hillary Clinton were to win the presidential election, i reckon she will drag her old ball-and- chain along to her new digs in D.C. So, what do we call the husband of a woman president? Since we've never had a female president, I don't know if Noah Webster or anyone else ever coined a term for the male equivalent of the First Lady. Perhaps this is an opportunity for me to jump into the na- tion spotlight and create an appropriate title for o1' Bill if Hillary enters the Oval Office. "Special Care Relative"? From the Then he'd be identified as SCROTUS. I never Crow s took Latin back in high Nest school, but I believe there by Clint Younts I think the tide "First Gentleman" would be ap- plicable for the husband of the POTUS, but we're talking about Bill Clinton here. "First Gentleman" fits Bill's persona much like OJ's leather glove. ! think another title would be more fitting, like "First Lady's Man" perhaps. "First Scoundrel" or "First Snake-in-the Grass" might be appropriate but neither sounds very diplomatic. Besides, Bill wouldn't actually be the first scoundrel ever to live in the White House, would he? Being from Arkansas, maybe Bill should be called "First Goober" although that would fit Jimmy Carter better, but I don't see Rosalynn running for president anytime soon. How 'bout "First Fella" for the hus- band of a woman pres- ident? Or "First Mate"? "First Hubby" has a nice ring to it, but if we elect some woman who's been married 3-4 times, that could get confusing. You know how the president gets labelled as POTUS. What if Bill Clinton gets the title of is a species of body lice with the nomencla- ture scrotus clintonus. Now, if we were to elect a woman from Texas as president, I could come up with sev- eral tides for her husband. "First Bubba" would be most appro- priate, but "First Dude" would also sound right nice. I think "Trail Boss" would be fitting since here. he'd be trailing behind the president anyhow. Since most of us Texans are skilled in home repair, I think the husband could be called "First Fix-it Man". When was the last time you saw Michelle Obama repairing the gar- bage disposal or mowin' the White House lawn? Most First Ladies did some make-overs to the White House after moving in. With a Texas woman as president and her red- neck husband by her side, I foresee less modern art and more deer heads mounted to the wall of the Oval Office. All that antique furniture will be replace by stufffrom I think the Cabela's and title "First Bass Pro Shop, and Gentleman" there would be a duck would be blind hidden in the Rose applicable Garden. I wonder if a for the Secret Service husband of agent would have to escort the POTUS, the First Hus- band outside but we're for him to take a leak. talking Okay, I about Bill can't think of any more Clinton suggestions for a title for Bill Clinton if Hillary does become our president. I'm sure HiUary has some pet names for Bill, and maybe Monica Lewinsky would like to address this subject. Now ifTrtunp gets elected, fret- tin' over a tide for the First Husband would be the least of my worries. Oh, the things that go through Clint Younts' brain while he chases his cows through the pastures in old Mountain City. crowsnest78610@yahoo.com i rnnlnr i iiipllln i iprllln I II i Vlllr ' iplllrrr'1 'lrll KYLE WILL VOTE IN NOVEMBER Last week's editorial was written fast and furious. And it was misleading. It implied that the city of Kyle SHOULD hold future elections in November. The fact is that the city of Kyle WILL hold future elections in November. Voters approved Prop- osition 6 during the May 7 election by a vote of 702 to 265. That proposition amended the city charter to move the election date for mayor and coun- cilmembers to Novem- ber. Kyle's NEXT election will be held in 2017 ... in November. Buda's council elec- tions will be held this November ... in 2016. Sorry for the confu- sion. LETTER TO THE EDITOR EVERY LIVING THING river snails destroying the me the fence would only all our beautiful elephant of these plants. In myare not here to serve HAS A PLACE river's habitat and hurting be up for three years. The ears which had adornedopinion, whatever God us, rather for their own the fish. About a year city officials told me that the banks of our beauti- has given to our riverpersonal agendas, big There was a guest ed- later, I noticed that not these trees they cut down ful river and which were and its banks should not business, and special in- itorial in the San Marcos a single river snail could would be replaced withtruly a symbol of the SM be removed because terest groups. When they newspaper written by a be found, so I guess they other "native" trees and River for all the tourists every living thing has its do not fulfill the citizens' Dr. Schwartz and a Mr. put some chemical in the shrubbery but so far, a lot to admire. They said they purpose in this life. They concerns, they should be Longley concerning the river to destroy them. of these "native" trees and did this to conserve our could have easily and replaced immediately. dam at Cape's Camp. First A few years ago, theyshrubbery they plantedriver and to save the Texas more cheaply just cleared Our neighborhood in E1 of all, I wholeheartedly put up a fence from city have died off at a cost of Wild Rice native only to off all the underbrush and Barrio Del Pescado voiced agree with Mr. Kvanli's as- park down to the play- millions of dollars to us our river. These wild rice planted grass to prevent their concerns about sertion that the city of San scape and cut down many taxpayers, and the fence plants are very dangerous erosion from our banksthe Woods Apts., but of Marcos being an "eco-ter- beautiful trees that had is still there still blocking and have tangled many and saved us millions of course, we had neither rorist." Fifteen or so years taken root for decades. I our access to our own swimmers in the water,dollars, prestige nor influence. ago, the city complained called the city to com- river banks, and many swimmers Finally, the San Marcos Ezekiel Enriquez, Sr. that there were too many plain but they assured Then the city killed off have drowned because City Council and officials San Marcos Barton Publications, inc. News tips: news@haysfreepress.com Opinions: csb@haysfreepress.com 113 W. Center St., Kyle, TX 78640 512-268-7862 122 Main St., Buda, TX 78610 512-295-9760 www.haysfreepress.com Publisher Reporters Cyndy Slovak-Barton Paige Lambert, Samantha Smith, Proofreaders Jane Kirkham News and Sports Editor Columnists Marketing Director Moses Leos III Bartee Haile, Chris Winslow, Tracy Mack Pauline Tom, Glint Younts Marketing Specialists James Darby, Pare Patino Production Manager David White Production Assistant Christine Thorpe Circulation/Classifieds Suzanne Hallam Distribution Gabe Oranelas