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@ + THEY SAiD THAT "There are so many diamonds in the rough here... All these kids come with different gi s. They just haven't gotten an opportunity to shine." -Isaac Tortes, SEEDS program director at the Hays County Juvenile Center. See story, page 3B. Hays Free Press July 8, 2015 Page 3A yffnU know how men e. Even men ow how men are, though we may be somewhat reluctant to 'fess up to it. It's that macho thing. Especially when we're young. You know invin- cible, bulletproof and sometimes, even invisi- ble. Or so we think. As for pain... "Shucks, ma'am, it don't hurt none," he said as his nearly severed arm dan- gled by a skin flap. But, dang it, we age. Get older. Gray hair. No Grecian Formula for me. I earned every one of those suckers. As men get somewhere Webb's Wisdom by Willis Webb body. It started with the shoulders, announcing itself forcefully in crowd- ed seating conditions in a live theater production. My mother's farm girl advice to her young son was to eat a lot-- "heavy" people can ward off illness easier (because they have more resistance "stored up" than skinny folks). That's what she said. Well, she didn't have to near maturity, say in their carry all that extra weight early 40s, they may reach around on her small- the point where they ad- boned frame. mit having aches, pains My knees, which had and weaknesses, undergone some abuse At age 30, I remember in high school football, getting an affliction that screeched at carrying I thought represented those additional pounds. enough wear, tear and Eventually, common abuse (by men particu- sense and pain won out laxly) on the body that and dieting reduced a lot I must be "GETTING of that poundage. But, OLD!" Double gasp! it is difficult to stay out Dr. Fred Beavers in of the cookie jar or the Richmond broke the freezer where the greatest news to me that I had sweet challenge re- (heavens to murgatroid) sides....mmm! Ice cream! those "H" things. Yeah, I I scream for it. know, it's a family news- Never the less, Arthur paper, but I'm being as continued waging his circumspect as possible, invasions.Particularly Okay, so I said to my- bothersome was the fact self, "Self, you work hard that, after the shoulders, and, put a lot of stress the hands thought THEY on your mind and body, were the Pearl Harbor of so these kinds of things the war. Along with swol- are bound to happen, len joints, trigger finger You just didn't expect raised its ugly; well, finger. them when you were A guy who makes still, ahem, young and his living sitting at a dashing." keyboard and writing However, as the doesn't need a trigger vagaries of time and age finger. And, to make began to take their toll things worse, the most on my already non-Apol- afflicted digit is, as Roy D. lonic body, I began to be Mercer would phrase it, more resigned to afflic- "the naughty finger" of tions and determined the left hand. to handle whatever fate Trigger.finger has tossed in my direction, brought about a (ugh!) "Be a trooper!" "For- shot in that middle finger ward, he!" "Charge!" on the left hand. I hate Here came the forties, needles but I hate pain The realities of aging more. The dec put the really began to set in. A needle in the part of the doctor told me that the joint that you feel in the biggest and baddest of palm of your hand; It those Riffs boys, Arthur, relieved the pain. had moved in and was So, a great deal of the going to be a leeching time, I walk around with !@#$%^&* resident of my this elasticized black still somewhat trim body. fabric splint on that digit. Little did I know that There's a"pad" extension the lithe look would give down toward the palm way, too. Short breath from that digit it covers and less stamina began the joint of that finger, to be regulars in adapta- thus calling attention to tion to the aging process, the "naughty finger." Fat didn't help afflicted It IS a medical joints either, condition. It is NOT O1' Arthur announced intended to be naughty. in no uncertain terms that I'd better make room Really. because he was taking up Willis Webb is a retired permanent residence and community newspaper was doing nothing to earn editor-publisher of more his keep. Instead he was than 50 years experience. adding a frequent visit to EVERY joint in my aging wwebb@att.net I was there/The starlight symphony orchestra was awesome/The breeze was great/The crowd was bountiful/ The fireworks were spectacular/God Bless America...My Home Sweet Home/// I hope the starlight symphony orchestra can perform outside of the hays pac center every 4th of duly// - Barbie Garza Degollado on Fourth of July in Kyle Let's go there next year/ - Veronica Vargas Perez on Fourth of July fireworks in Kyle Before we even took one step on our walk this night, she observed our shadow, dancing on the barn building behind us, and she immediately began enthusiastically barking. I was confused at first about her outburst. Since we got her as a puppy from the pound in Bay Ci~ I hadn't heard her bark at any- thing, much. Since then I discovered that she barked at vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, brooms, and even my wife brushing her hair. Of course, she barks at other dogs- but that's a story for another time. When she starting bark- ing in the twilight of the day, my first thought was that someone was coming. I looked for some intruder, but found no one. Then I saw the direction of her ire was aimed at the barn wall behind the house. The light from the house shown on the barn wall and our shadow played wonderfully black upon barn wall. When I discov- Goldlo Walks by Mark Stoub Barking at shadows is not just for puppies. It's something we all do. ered at what she was bark- ing, I laughed out loud. Then as we took our walk in the twilight of the day, I pondered what that might mean. And it seems to me, that we do a lot of barking at shadows in our own way. Anything we don't understand, anything that is out of our comfort zone, anything that is different from how we do things, manages to get our ire. I imagine that there will be a great hue and cry over the recent Supreme Court decision on gay marriage. As a minister of word and sacrament for almost 40 years, I wrested with this issue often and hard. Now that I'm retired, I will let others wrestle with it. Until recently, I thought marriage is between a man and a woman. I want gay people to have the. same protections under the law that I do as a mar- ried man, just don't call it marriage. But as I have heard many times since the decision came down, "love is love", and it should be honored in whatever form it takes. Honoring gay marriage doesn't demean marriage, but has the opportunity to show heterosexual couples how much marriage means to those it has been denied for so manyyears. Barking at shadows is not just about whom we many, but other areas of our living as well. One way we bark at shadows is in race relations. Our nation's just buried nine people, including the pastor of an historic African-Amer- ican church in Charlotte, North Carolina. As an old instructor of mine at Me- morial Medical Center in Corpus Christi used to say, "We are more alike than we are different." Of course, such a thing is easy to say, but hard to make lasting change in how we view one anoth- er. Barking at shadows is not just for puppies. It's something we all do. It helps, hopefully; to look at all the shadows in our lives, and instead of barking, embrace that darkness, making it more, a part of who we are so we no longer have to bark, realizing that, as the Bible says, "perfect love casts out fear." Mark W Stoub is the author of "Blood Under the Altar," and the sequel, "Fire in the Blood." His column, "Go Mie Walks," a re obser- vations made while walk- ing his dog, a Catahoula mix, named, Goldie. eUSSupreme I /R est d dsfr ourt, in a 5-4 vote women while protecting n June 29, grantedCap]tel our most vulnerable, the a stay preventing revisions Highligld unborn, and I'm confident to the state abortion the Supreme Court will law made by the Texas ultimately uphold this Legislature in 2013 from by Ed Sterling law." taking effect on July 1. The stay will remain in effect while the court is on hiatus. When it reconvenes in October, the court will decide if the issues at stake in the Texas case, Whole Woman's Health (and others) v. Cole, merit further review. Voting to deny the stay were Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito. Created by House Bill 2 in the second special session of the 83rd Texas Legislature, the law would further restrict abortion providers and complicate patient access to abortion services. In question are matters related to the law's admitting privileges requirement for physicians performing abortions and the requirement that abortion-providing facilities must upgrade as necessary to qualify as ambulatory surgical centers. Governor Greg Abbott commented, "HB 2 was a constitutional exercise of Texas' lawmaking authority that was correctly and unanimously upheld by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Texas will continue to fight for higher-quality SCOTUS against EPA The U.S. Supreme Court on June 29 ruled in favor of Texas plus 22 other states and a list of co-plaintiffs that sued the Environmental Protection Agency to stop the enforcement of rules the federal agency adopted to reduce the release of mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants that use coal to generate electricity. Plaintiffs claimed the EPA disregarded the cost of compliance, calculated at $9.6 billion per year, and potential job losses that obeying the regulations would cause. The EPA cited epidemiological information in showing its proposed regulation was intended to achieve the Clean Air Act's goal of improving public health. Justice Scalia, who delivered the majority opinion, wrote: "EPA must consider cost- including cost of compliance - before deciding whether regulation is appropriate and necessary. It will be up to the Agency to decide (as always, within the limits of reasonable interpretation) how to account for cost." Ed Sterling works for the Texas Press Association and follows the Legislature for the organization. edsterling@texaspress.com Barton Publications, Inc. News tips: news@haysfreepress,com Opinions: csb@haysfreepress.com 113 W. Center St., Kyle, 13( 78640 512-268-7862 122 Main St., Buda, TX 78610 * 512-295-9760 www.haysfreepress.com Publisher Cyndy Slovak-Barton Editor Kim Hilsenbeck kim@haysfreepress.com Moses Lees III, Sports Editor, News Reporter Paige Lambert, Reporter Kiana Poorfard, Reporter Columnists Ed Sterling, Chris Winslow, Bartee Halle, Clint ounts Proofreaders Jane Kirkham, Debbie Hall Connie Brewer, Office Manager Suzanne Hallam, Circulation/ Classifieds Tracy Mack, Marketing Director Miles Hanson, Marketing Specialist David White, Production Manager Christine Thorpe, Production Asst. Distribution Pete Sizemore, Cosme Cuellar +