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Hays Free Press June I ,2016 QUOTE OF THE WEEK "This much manpo verfor a guy whorled from a traj c stop. He better be wanted for murder!A helicopter and everything, bow much is the cost for that?" - Osbeida Jaimes Reeves on the Hays Free Press Facebook page. See story, 2A. Page 3A III Hundreds and hundreds of stu- dents from Hays CISD will walk the stage this week, as the three high schools, Hays, Leh- man and Live Oak, say goodbye to their seniors It's an emotional night for parents, as many face the fact that their children are becoming adults. Some of these will head on to college, while others make the jump immediately into the work- ing world. But par- ents have many other wor- ries these days. First, they wor- ry about their children being out on gradua- tion night, partying a little too much. For the hun- dreds of students at the Project Grad- uation parties, at least their parents know they will bein a safe envi- ronment .... For those not attending Project Gradua- tion, and not staying at home with parents and grandparents, the pos- sibility of a death within the group is very real. A harsh cartoon with a graduation party crasher- the skeleton of death - is accurate for many communities across the nation. We don't want it to be a regular visitor here. Thank you, Project Graduation parents, for keeping some of the students safe this year. Other worries for parents includes paying for college. At some point, state legislators will have to face facts that middle class parents cannot foot the entire bill for college. But students going offto college should not expect their parents to pay for everything. Want to party through your college years? Think Hip Czech by Cyndy Slovak-Barton again. One good way for par- ents to squash the party idea is to only pay for college for one or two years, weaning students off their junior year and allowing students to take out loans their Paying back senior year(s). student loans Itis import- over the ten ant for years following students to under- graduation stand that they have harkens back arespon- sibility for to former their own generations, education. Taking out Students then loans and working were happy at least a to have the fewhours a week chance to go forces students to coneye,"- and toallocate knowing that their free time bet- they would ter, and prepares make more them money over for their future - in their lifetime the work- force. was added Pay- incentive to ing back student take that leap. loans over the ten years following graduation harkens back to former generations. Students then were happy to have the chance to go to college, and knowing that they would make more money over their lifetime was added incentive to take that leap. While the job market today might appear a bit stagnant, at least in the Austin area, we are lucky to have one of the lowest job rates in the country. That means students can get a job. It might not be the exact job they want, but it's at least easier than during the early 2000s. So, cheer up parents. Your students are grow- ing up. And you might just have a bit more time - if not more money- to do something you have always wanted to try. '.. \ everal years ago, one of our nieces spent )art of a day riding around with Life Mate ]ulie while she tracked down news. After a while she said "You have a great job; you get to get in everyone's business and you get paid for it." Perhaps that's how some people might see it, but one of the very best things about our busi- ness is the interesting people we get to meet. And, if we're lucky, we get to know them well. One of the first inter- esting and delightful peo- ple I met when I moved to Jasper was attorney Joe Tonahill. Tonahill was a person- al injury-trial attorney with quite the reputation for winning big sums of money for his clients. Most of his cases were of a personal injury nature. Of course, I'd heard of him before we met. His time in the headlines had little to do with the ma- jority of his cases. What got him the big headlines was a national trial. Joining famed San Francisco attorney Mel- vin Belli, Tonahill was appointed as one of the attorneys to defend Jack Ruby, the man who half of America had wit- nessed on live TV shoot President John E Kenne- Webb's Wisdom by Willis Webb dy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. Ruby ran right up to the group of police- men and shot Oswald to death. Ruby was initially found guilty, but they won a new trial for him when an appellate court ruled Ruby should not have been tried in the highly charged atmo- sphere in Dallas. Ruby died in jail awaiting a new trial. Soon after arriving in Jasper in 1991, I instruct- ed a reporter to interview Tonahill. She shrieked and drew back... "You mean Joe Tonahill?!" "Yes, I mean Joe Tona- hill." So, off she went and a couple of hours later she came back just bubbling about the interview. I told her to write the story while it was flesh on her mind. Within a few minutes of her return, I received a phone call from none other than Tonahill. "I want to thank you for sending that young lady over here to inter- view me," he said. "That's the very first time anyone from The ]asper Newsboy has ever interviewed me for anything." I was astounded. And, the reporter cranked out a great feature. Tonahill and I be- gan regular visits in his cavernous office replete with all sorts of awards, trophies and plaques. On one large section of wall was the nearly life-size, well-known picture of Ruby shooting Oswald. But, more than those memorabilia, he had lots of stuffed wildlife on his walls. He loved hunting and the outdoors. What he also loved was talking politics. Aha! The great man and I had something in common. And, we spent a lot of time doing just that over the next several years. Since the gifted lawyer had a colorful reputation, he tried to live up to it in some ways. Tonahill's ranch, a tract that, true to the area, contained a sizable number of pine trees and was named Sherwood Forest. For those not immersed in adventures, Sherwood Forest is the "home" of Robin Hood, famed English "outlaw," about whom a number of movies have been made. According to legend, Robin Hood robbed the rich and gave it to the poor. Tonahill did enjoy his wealth -- he had two Rolls Royce automo- biles, one red and the other yellow. However, he drove a Ford pickup powered by propane. So, he practiced what his politics preached. I believe Tonahill's use of the Sherwood Forest name represented his thinking that in winning personal injury cases and high awards for clients, he was essentially taking from the "haves" and giv- ing it to the "have-nots." The soft- spoken lawyer was a participant in the political process and gave lots of money to elected officials. On one occasion, East Texas Democratic Con- gressman Charlie Wilson was coming to town for a big bash in downtown Jasper. I strode up to Joe standing by a tree as he awaited the congress- man's appearance. He was holding a large check in his hand to give to the congressman. I had a great job. Willis Webb is a retired community newspaper editor and publisher of more than 50years expe- rience. LETrER TO THE EDITOR WATER RUNS DOWNHILL by way of Stagecoach lems for the landowners ing preventive measures Road. to the west and south of from developers and The city/county seems There are deep ditches the new development, builders. to have not required any- on each side of this road I am not speaking The problem is all of thing from developers that carry water thatsolely for my subdivision, Hays County has allowed in the way of manag- eventually comes to a low since the brunt of the apartments and homes ing storm runoff. This place where the waterdamage is done to theto be built in natural throws a tremendous runs across the road and east. I am trying to point drainage areas and where burden on the homeown- into the drainage ditch out that one subdivision water collects when it ers, who, for the most through HTK, across 150 may not be able to afford rains. part, were innocent of and eventually makes its necessary preventive Common sense the potential for flood- way to the east side.measures or the repair of should prevail. Water ing where building was Cypress Forest is going damage to the main con- runs downhill, or if there allowed in so many areas to significantly increase duits of water and that is a rain bomb and the in Kyie and Buda. the amount of water go- individual homeownersland is fiat, water rises. A lot of water comes ing through HTK as well are affected due to the Jetty Sutton through Hometown Kyle as create flooding prob- city/county not requir- Kyle Barton Publications, Inc. News tips: Opinions: 113 W. Center St., Kyle, TX 78640 512-268-7862 122 Main St., Buda, TX 78610 512-295-9760 Publisher Cyndy Slovak-Barton Reporters Paige Lambert, Samantha Smith Proofreaders Jane Kirkham Production Manager David White Circulation/Classifieds Suzanne Hallarn News and Sports Editor Moses Leos III Columnists Bartee Haile, Chris Winslow, Pauline Tom, Clint Younts Marketing Director Tracy Mack Marketing Specialists James Darby, Pam Patino Production Assistant Christine Thorpe Distribution Gabe Oranelas ] i; i; ;1 I