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+ THEY SAID THAT Page 4A "Because of the encouragement I had here at Hands of Holoe, I encouraged my husband and he is in college right now." -Alma Hernandez, see story page 5C Hays Free Press June 10, 2015 Te times, they are changing. Buda and Kyle know that so well right now, as Kyle sees new faces on its council and Buda considers recent "surprise!" legislation that could affect its water deal with El tro Purification. Recently, Kyle voters chose Damon Fogley and Daphne Tenorio, two politi- cal newcomers, to take their place on the dais. Congrat- ulations go out to these two, who have their job cut out for them. The city is bursting at the seams, and problems are everywhere as a result- roads, public safety issues, debt. But the job will surely bring them a lot of joy, too. Making Kyle a destination city, working on parks, mak- ing constituents happy as road repairs move forward, get-ring mixed used devel- opments to choose the city - those are all areas that the two want to look at. Tenorio, while a newcom- er, comes from a family that has long been involved in Hip Czech by Cyndy Slovak-Barton governmental entities for a long time. Her husband, Willie Ten- orio, sits on the Hays CISD board of trustees. She has distant kin who have served in Kyle and elsewhere in var- ious positions. So, maybe it is just part of giving back to the com- munity. As for Fogley, he took the election to the streets, walk- ing door to door to win. He also graciously attributed his win to his neighbors and subdivision. He will step on to the dais knowing that he has the support of many people throughout the city. He shouldn't have been surprised that the voters said "yes" for him. But "Surprise!" applies to Buda. A last minute reprieve on a procedural vote left State Rep. Jason Isaac, who introduced House Bill 3405, in tears on the floor of the House. Earlier, the bill was shot down on a point of order by an E1 Paso legislator. But late at night right before the House took its break, the bill was brought up due to "an error in legal reasoning." What does this have to do with Buda? The city's deal with EP to bring billions of gallons of water its way could be affected by the bill, which closed the loophole in the water regulatory areas within Hays County Barton Springs / Edwards Aquifer Conservation District was given oversight on the well- fields owned by EP While EP says it doesn't mind reporting to BSEACD, as long as it is given the same regulations as every- one else, no one knows what the future holds for the wa- ter company now. So, change is definitely in the air. We'll see what the next couple of months bring. ars a sound Methodist, be it from me o sound critical of more "fundamentalist" denominations and their practices and beliefs. I often point out that this country was founded, not just on the premises espoused by more funda- mental groups of freedom "of" religion, but "from" it as well. No, I'm not encourag- ing fleeing from any faith. Rather, I'm just not very un- derstanding or accepting of the use of pressure and fear as a tool for lassoing someone into professing faith and joining a church. Make no mistake, there is or was a very real fear in most people of faith of an eternity in the fires of hell. That alone should not be the reason for confessing Webb's Wisdom by Willis Webb one's sins (as almost every church expects), repenting and embracing Jesus as Savior. I was taught that those who did not accept Chris- tianity were doomed to eternity in Hell, where the fires were hotter than one could even imagine and never-ending. Pretty scary. As a youngster of seven, ! was assigned to watch my then-youngest brother, not yet a toddler, as he sat in what I called a "jumper" chair playing with a rattle. Mother was outside our country farm home, work- ing in the garden, getting it ready for the approaching spring. She had positioned his chair near the fireplace hearth where a fire was blazing away. Little Brother was playing with a rattle made, in the days before hard plastic, of a flimsy, thin ma- terial known as celluloid. What I knew was that ff he dropped it and it rolled into the fire, itwas a goner. What I believed was that, ffthat happened, I was in deep trouble with Mother. Sure enough, he dropped it and it started rolling across the hearth toward the fire. I grabbed and got it just before it got to the fire but the heat was intense enough that the flimsy celluloid burst into flames as I scooped it up. The flimsy material immediately meked over my left hand, particularly the thumb. Naturally it hurt; I thought I was in Hell burn- ing for the sin of not saving Little Brother's rattle. Mother, alerted by my screams of pain, came rushing into the house and saw what had happened. She did what she knew to do in those World War II days, particularly for some- one minus an automobile out in a rural area. "Doctor- ing" was one of the realms of a farm wife and mother. She applied a salve/oint- ment and loose bandages to the hand and fashioned a sling to keep the arm and hand immobile. Mom checked the bums sever- al times a day, changing bandages and applying ointment when needed. We saw a doctor "in town" in a few days and he said she'd done as well as he could have. It took about sixweeks for it to heal enough to be able to use, but left the left thumb pretty nastily scarred. Almost 70 years later, the thumb still looks a little different than the right one, and with a dou- ble-thickness nail, unno- ticeable unless you point it out to someone. So, at age 12, when I felt the guilt pangs of sin brought on by the intona- tions of a revival preacher at our one-room country church, I fled sobbingly down the aisle to confess those sins (without detail, of course) and to pledge my soul to Jesus. Naturally, I strayed. We all do daffy. However, when I did, I'd feel the pain of Hell in my left hand and would realign myself. As I gained maturity, I understood that we are mere humans and sus- ceptible to sin. Atonement and faith are also ours, but fleeing down an aisle in tears isn't necessary for forgiveness. My current church membership allows me to have intellectual and spir- itual discussions without being preceded by fears and tears. After all, religion and faith are a very individual thing. Willis Webb is a retired community newspaper ed- itor-publisher of more than 50 years experience. wwebb@att.net FOR RETAIL CHOICE were cheaper. However,and low demand growth,heard first-hand the agree to the PID (Assum- terrent to businesses and natural gas prices are now So, to maintain this ex- challenges these home- ing 100% approval), future residents moving to PEC should seriously down to around $2.75 /pansive rural distribution owners have faced with a 2. Potentially takes the Kyle. consider opening up its MMBtu from $13/MMBtu system, wires charges will similar program years ago city off the hook for the You may note that I system to retail choice. No- in 2008. PEC's rate de- be higher per kilowatt, brings to reality that while cost of development of the haven't included one body likes central planning creases have not nearly Should PEC decide to offer these may be attractive . city in the form of infra- single figure in this list. - holding us all captive in kept up with this hugeconsumer's the freedom of mechanisms to providestructure (water, sewer, I did so on purpose, a one size fits all model, decline. That is because retail choice, it should con- additional infrastructure etc) as the developer often because I believe that any PEC still has a long way to they signed a long-term sider this in the context of and amenities, reducing rolls these costs onto those discussion about a PID go to get our trust back. deal with LCRA that favors spinning off the Junction the financial burden on all that purchase in the PID ordinance should first No candidate is talking LCRA so they can't shop system we are subsidizing taxpayers in the city, any area voluntarily, come with what is the about cutting the average wholesale supply, except through higher trans- PID policy should be care- Cons: concept (something I am board members $80,000 for renewable energy, mission and distribution fully written to ensure that 1. Those that are im- struggling with and will compensation package for LCRXs cost plus deal is charges, mistakes from the past pacted by the PID must continue to because it part-time service. Are they higher than the marketBryce Bales aren't repeated, approve either by buying isn't something within my doing what's right for the and PEC's cost structure Manchaca Like quite a few city is- property in the PID area expertise), then a separate membership or feathering likely needs more scrub- sues, I often move towards after it is established, and discussion on what the their own nest? bing starting at the board's making a list of what I live with the extra cost of financial aspects of what Choice allows diversity ludicrous compensation. PROS AND CONS OF PIDS like and don't like about a living in that district, or the PID could save or cost in product offerings. It is It is true Nueces Co-op's After recent discus- particular issue facing the if they live in that district taxpayers and finally a not all or nothing for ev- customers are not happy sion about developing a city and I would like to do approve of the PID being discussion of how it will be eryone. If you want budget with retail choice but that's PID policy at the Juneso now, it generally comes established after they administered. certainty, you can lock in because their distribution 2nd City Council meeting down to two on each side have set their budgets and I encourage the City a fixed price for five years charges are very high. It's I took the initiative to read of the issue, have to pay more than Council to hold some under retail choice! not because the competi- up a little more on PIDs Pros: expected. Without 100% public forums and let folks When markets were tive supply of electricity is and put down on paper 1. Reduces the amountapproval, or at least a huge come and learn both the deregulated, cooperatives over priced. Kerrville buys what the advantages and/ that developers have to majority (say 90%) this is pros and cons of PIDs, and municipal utilities from I_ERA. They have or disadvantages are for raise via construction unfair and isn't what they from people that don't were exempted from man- no meter charge. Theirthe community. ! ap- loans, and thus charge af- expected when they pur-have an interest in benefit- datory retail choice. Mem- delivery charges as well as proached my look at these terwards, for development chased the home; forcing ing from a particular word- bers should demand it. the cost of power are much financing instruments within the city by allowing them to make a decisioning in an ordinance. I have The marginal price of lower than much largerwith some skepticism some of the cost of the to stay and pay or movequite a few more questions electricity is dependent on PEC. Why? because of the recent development to be paid elsewhere, and would greatly wel- natural gas prices. When PEC has a lot of history here in Kyle with for with bonds that are 2. k potentially rais- come this opportunity to natural gas prices were nn-cntiguus territo- home owners that have backed by proceeds from es the overall price for learn more. rising, these closed system ry in the Junction area it suffered as the result of a assessments on those that purchasing property (both Respec :ully, rate adjustments lagged purchased some years ago poorly managed programbuy within the district (or residential and commer-Brad Growt the market so their prices which has low demand from years ago. Havingalready own property and cial) which could be a de- Kyle Barton Publications, Inc. News tips: news@haysfreepress.com Opinions: csb@haysfreepress.com 113 W. 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