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Hays Free Press May 29, 2013 OPINION Page 5A + LETTERS TO THE EDITOR THANKS, MR. JACK As we approach the end of the school year, the inevitable change of person- nel in the district will occur. Staffwill change schools, seek other challenges, , or choose a well-deserved retirement. This year, one of Hays CISD's most valu- able assets in the transportation depart- ment will be doing just that. Jack"Mr. Jack" Niesner will be retir- ing at the end of this school year. Mr. Jack has been one of the most stable and positive influences for our children in HCISD. From letting preschoolers explore what the bus is like, to protect- ing the youngest students on and off of the bus, to waiting that extra couple of seconds to allow some families (ahem!) to get out the door, he has been there each day with a smile and a wave. Mr. Jack has set high expectations for the kids who ride his bus, for the benefit of all. He has kept them organized and safe, at school and on field trips, and in- stilled a sense of order for his students. Just yesterday we noticed an older rider following the same routine she was probably taught in grade school - wait for the bus to stop, for Mr. Jack to give the signal, then cross and board the bus. What a reassurance to parents that our children have been so well cared for at every juncture! This particular letter comes from one family, however, we know that we speak for many in Elliott Ranch and the surrounding neighborhoods when we say "thank you." Thanks for every daily route and field trip when you have been there without fail, safe and familiar. You will be one of the great memories of many kids' school days, Mr. Jack, and we wish you a long and relaxing retirement! Greg & Lauren Miller, Erin, ]ake, Ben and ]osh Buda THANKS TO OFFICIALS The Kyle / BudaVFW Post 12058 held a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Post on Center Street in Kyle Monday morn- ing. I am a Buda resident and would like to personally thank Mayor pro-tem Mr Bobby Lane and the other Buda City officials who attended. I do not wish to single out the Buda officials over any of the many other city and county officials who honored us with their presence. However, as a Buda resident, aViet Nam Veteran, and a member of Post 12058, I really appreciated my city officials pres- ence to honor all the fallen veterans. ThankYou. Bob Holcomb Buda Is that Anthony Crispino I've been hearing tell us what horrific things President Obama has done? I think so. Crispino - Bobby Moynihan's "Sattuday Night Live" "second-hand news" character- knows everything except for everything. "Didja hear the IRS interrogated the tea party?" I hear Crispino say. "Yeah. It's true." It doesn't phase Anthony at all when reality interjects, Seth Meyers- style: 'Actually, Anthony, the IRS interviewed leaders of tea party groups that sought tax exemption." "Oh, yeah. It was interrogation," says Crispino. 'And you know how I know? The Army was involved." How so, Anthony? "You heard that Obama sent in this general." You mean the IRS inspector general? Ah, whatever. For this news cycle, parody is sitting in for reality. Those people constructed to believe the worst about a good president will construct stories you wouldn't believe. And shouldn't. Didja hear that the White House had the House cloak room wiretapped?Well, yeah, you read it on the Drudge Report. Except: After Congressman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., birthed the claim on right-wing radio and it circled the globe as "truth," Nunes said he, urn, misspoke. The sad thing: The reason such scandal scavengers can get any mileage out of such baselessness at the moment is because the FBI has to defend something truly odious - subpoenaing assorted Associated Press phone records, which included the main number for the AP in the House press gallery. See? The cloak room. That's not wiretapping. That's not even close. Still, the FBI's actions provided an opening through which pi~k elephants could fly. in the same way, the internal Revenue Service has provided a monster opening to the Anthony Crispinos of the world by having given extra scrutiny to conservative The tea party claims to be nonpartisan. I will claim to have shattered the Olympic long-jump record in fourth grade. Let the tea party's spawns prove the claim if they are to be tax-exempt. I cannot prove mine, unfortunately. groups seeking tax exemption. Understand: Scrutiny is exactly what taxpayers demand. Tax-exempt non profits shouldn't be partisan fronts. But taxpayers demand evenhandedness, too. The IRS has disgraced itself and disserved the nation. Did I mention pink elephants? FOrmer Reagan speechifier Peggy Noonan let '~m fly when she used hearsay and sour grapes from a few Republicans to report that the IRS had audited them as Obama-style paybacL leave it to The, New York 7trees' Nate Silver, the Einstein of political pmbabili~,t~ analyze Noonan's claim down to raw hysteria. Statistically, he points out, it is a certainty that many in Arnerica's 1 pelcent will get audited. Get used to it, rich white folks. Regardless of administration, D or R, he wrote, "The probability of being audited is highest for high-income taxpayers." He observed that 12 percent of individuals who made more than $1 million were audited last year. But seriously, now. No joke. No pun. No giggle. This IRS stuffis a serious matter. The fanciful claims now afloat by anti-Obama balloonists are exactly why what the IRS did was wrong and stupid. Americans should be able to trust their government to treat each i of them equally. Doing anything else inflates those hot-air rigs ever-ready to launch. in The New Yorker, Jeffxey Toobin writes, "The real scandal -is that 501(c)(4) groups have been engaged in political activity in such a sustained and open way." The tax code has been abused by players on both sides of the political spectrum. An aggressive, effective - and most important, credible - IRS is crucial. The tea party claims to be nonpartisan. I will claim to have shattered the Olympic long-jump record in fourth grade. Let the tea party's spawns prove the claim if they are to be tax-exempt. I cannot prove mine, unfortunately. As Obama has made dear, the IRS made a horrible blunder- one that makes it more difficult to do a difficult job. What it also did was give all those Anthony Crispinos out there a reason to tell stories you wouldn't believe. 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