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_L_ + QUOTE OF THE WEEK "Some accountability has to be there ... There's no way they're going to tell me 1,800 votes would not have made a difference in this election." -Arthur Taylor on voting system errors in the November 2016 election. See story on page 1A. Hays Free Press June 7, 2017 Page 3A If all politics is the state all spoke local, as Tip O'Neil out against President famously said, then Trump's decision after this year local politics he highlighted the city, is also national - or saying reneging on our maybe international,country's commitment That was driven to the climate treaty home again last weekwill hurt local citizens when President Trumpand local jobs in announced he will Pittsburg. pull the United States It will almost from the Paris climate certainly hurt local jobs accord, saying he was and ratepayers here, elected to representtoo - unless local and Pittsburg, not Paris. regional leaders stand The local against it. implications are Our local economy is profound in several tethered to technology, ways. First, the innovation, wind, chairman of the solar and clean- committee that burning natural gas oversees science, infinitely more than technology and climate it is tied to coal or legislation in the even old-style oils- United States House and-gas production. of Representatives is A bucketful of local local - Lamar Smith,companies thriving a Republican from in the space between San Antonio, who Austin and San represents much of Antonio are focused Hays County, including on this newer energy big swaths along thetechnology. Thousands west side of Interstate of locals commute into 35. You can argue neighboring urban semantics here but centers for similar jobs. basically Smith is And our electric co- a fairly nice guy inop is using more and person who is also, more alternative energy essentially, a science sources, even allowing denier, customers to sell That's right. The home-generated solar head of the science and power back to the grid. tech committee doesn't This is the future believe the scientists economy, if we'll just he helps fund. At times, seize it, with billions the world is an odd of dollars at stake in place, world markets. The U.S. Chairman Smith also - and Central Texas says his constituents - could be a leader if should put more faith we invested in science in President Trump'sand research, instead tweets than in news of denying or hiding coverage, from it. The president's But more than trumpeting "Pittsburg that, we live in one of over Paris" is a bitthe places that may hard to swallow. As be most affected by the mayor of Pittsburg climate change. While pointed out, the prone to drought, we president's view of that are at the same time city (and the world) is the flash-flood capital hopelessly outdated,of the continent. In fact, Pittsburg is no Spikes in extreme longer the poster child weather on both ends for coal-fired industrial - drought and flood plants belching smoke. - are a phenomena The city has re-madewe should be eager to itself, embracing study, understand and environmental mitigate, here of all sustainability and places. relying on new-tech Instead, too many jobs and clean energy, of our national elected If President Trump leaders seem afraid to thinks he should follow ask honest questions - the whims of Pittsburg or even to let scientists then he has a problem, look into them. It Seventy five percent of seems to us a fearful the city voted against and pessimistic view of him in the presidential humankind's potential election. The mayor,and our nation's ability. the largest local And it means that newspaper, leading this year national lights of business politics is very much a and the governor of local concern. It seasydist Dn I aid Trump's decision ung- on the Paris Climate Agreement down to the At Large fact that, like a coddled by : toddler, he ascertained John Young that as president no one could make him do it. Easy to deduce that, seemed to be seeking like a smart 3-year-old, by allowing nations to he rejected peas and car- choose the amount of rots because, yuck. greenhouse-gas emis- The thing is, if that sions they were willing was Trump's mindset, to cut." he'd have explained it That's "tremendous in terms any 3-year-old flexibility with no pen- could understand, alties," explained Co- Instead, Trump laid lumbia University envi- out his decision with a ronmental law professor fused to ratify the Paris President Pence says, it is whole bunch of words Michael Gerard. accords, just part of the "climate that amounted to (1) a Gerard added, "Trump But, walt. Someone change agenda" pushed Gaffing gun of lies or (2) obviously didn't read the phone Sen. James Inhofe by liberals because, hey, a sophomoric attempt to Paris agreement, and his and the "hoax" chorus, that's what liberals do. explain something way statement was written by Climate deniers sure-They conspire to get over his head. people who willfully mis- ly rubbed their ears to masses of climate experts First, the lies (for a flfll represented its content hear Trump imply in his to agree with them, and review, Google "Trump" - his staff or his lobbyist statement that reducing they march onWashing- "Paris" and "fact check," friends." emissions might actually ton to make everyone but reserve some time): Then there's the whole do something, tempera- uncomfortable. Even for one who has issue at hand: climate ture-wise: The problem, America, established himself as change - an issue on "Even if the Paris is that we are trying to the least credible per- which Trump has had Agreement were imple-parse the words of a man son ever to rise to his several positions, de- mented in full, with total who is at a loss for them, position - with only 36 pending on what his compliance, it is estimat- and whose command of percent of Americans audience wanted to hear, ed that it would only pro- facts makes words im- telling Gallup they find we can presume, duce a one degree - think material. him trustworthy- his In the mode of one of that, this much- Cel- As David Brooks statement about the Par- who isn't ready to think sius reduction in global writes in The New York is agreement was a tour big thoughts, Trump ap- temperatures by the year Times, base Trump is de farce, pears disinclined to think 2100." (MIT analysis says an infantalist... Imma- Washington Post re- this whole thing through the agreement, if fully turity is becoming the porters shredded his fac- before embarrassing his enforced, would reduce dominant note of his tual claims, the biggest country in the eyes of the the planet's warming by a presidency." being that the agreement world, full degree.) In other words, we're tied U.S. hands while Yes, truly, this is Ah, so are you sayingout of the Paris Accords giving the Chinese free Donald Trump against climate change can bebecause, yuck. rein to "do whatever they the planet on multiple mitigated by emissions want." planes. What good com- cuts, Mr. President? Or Longtime newspaper- Not true. "From the party we have found with are you plying the made- man and former Texan start," reports the Post, Nicaragua and Syria. in-China hoax you were John Young liues in Col- "the agreement was However, let us not forget telling us about on the orado. designed to have the that the Republican-con- campaign trail? kind of plasticity Trump trolled Senate has re- More likely, as Vice jyoungcolumn@gmail.com LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PLAN FOR "growth". A plan is electricity with costBoard Members INFRASTRUCTURE usually developed to effectiveness. Employees are not given the support future goals must be able to authority by us, their This letter relates and provide the meansparticipate in company owners, to threaten to two articles in your to accomplish those discourse without fear any of our employees. May 31st issue. First, goals. Certainly the of incrimination and In fact, we need open Kyle plans $1.2M for 2010 comprehensive losing their jobs. If they discourse and the need road fixes in 2018. It plan didn't include had not testified to the for active exchange of seems that there is support for the growth fraud and oppression ideas. Low morale and no correspondence that has and continues under Bennie Fuelberg, oppression are very between budget plans to occur. Why not stop crimes would still beserious to a progressive and actions being developing plans thatoccurring. The HFP was environment. taken as a result of seem to be ignored effective in reporting the James Oakley was Kyle's "growth". Kyle and then make the city investigations, removed from his has certainly been on deal with a "we've got Our service employeesleadership as Chairman a growth spurt, since to fix the roads since are not hired on their because he called for I arrived here 10 years they're falling apart" political affiliations nor a tree and a rope for a ago, but there seems basis as it is obvious that should Board Members black suspect, harking to be no control of allowing constructionbe elected on theirs.Yet back to lynching days. various new projects of countless new homes political partisanship Equally offensive and developments will cause just that.from the Board may are threats to silence approved being within Don't call these have initiated the our employees. After budgetary limits, musings on what resignation of John Hewa leaves, the next Every new subdivision may occur a plan and Hewa, an outstanding,General Manager must puts a strain on the either get professional progressive General assure that he supports infrastructure including and limit what isn't Manager. He defended open dissent without police, fire, roads, water, supported by the plan or intimidation by some repercussions. drainage, electrical be up-front and a make Board Members againstHFP needs to etc. If the goal of the the plans financiallyemployees who objected investigate the PEC city administration is realistic to support Kyle's to remarks made by then Board with the vigor to have Kyle grow to all out growth if that is Board President, Oakley they took in the Fuelberg a certain population what is intended, who retained Board era. The newspaper has level, budgets for Dick McGuinness Membership despite a "Free Press" in its title. infrastructure should Kyle strong Coop request to The U.S. Constitution provide the wherewith to be replaced.Hewa chose upholds the freedom of support that growth. To PEC BOARD NEEDS MORF not to direct under these the speech and of the wait until the the houses censoring conditions,press. HFP and PEC co- are up and occupied and MONITORING Unfortunately, the op owners must be more the facilities are in dire Readers, we own PEC majority of the Boarddiligent in monitoring need of improvement and pay its employeesdid not honor the the Board. or repair seems to be including the Board achievements of Call for the following. very shortsighted and a Members. James Oakley, Hewa and ignored More Press coverage. terrible way to run a city. the main subject to the the best interest of More user awareness The second item, troubling reporting in the shareholders. In about the selection Kyle approves update to last week's HFP editorial, the business world of the next General midterm comprehensive actually receives twocensorship of employees Manager. Stop voting plan is another paychecks, would have required on political identities. example of spending All elected and all directors involved Support cleaner and time and money to hired employees are to step down. Co-op cheaper products. construct a plan, said required to representowners, all of us, should Enjoy your rebates from to be comprehensive the best services for PEC protect the interestsproper management, in nature, that has users in maintaining of all users and looknot repression. no relation to the and developing new at changing Board Margaret Williams reality regarding city advances in our Membership. Buda Barton Publications, Inc. 113 W. 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