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!+ + QUOTE OF THE WEEK "This is fare oell to a small town." - Michelle Ham, Niederwald resident, on increased developments on eastern Hays County. See story on page 1A. Hays Free Press July 12, 2017 Page 3A i "Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind." - Henry David Thoreau Araybe a hectic I V I lifestyle has .L JLpreventedyou Tyrades from marking it on " your calendar; but July Dannv Tvree 12 is the bicentennial " " of the birth of essay- ist, poet, abolitionist, philosopher, naturalist, Thoreau surveyor and historian . . Henry David Thoreau. realized that Many of you may have only dim, foggy TOO many memories of high school American Literature discus- sions of this Concord, Massachusetts native and Harvard College graduate. If so, you probably think the "transcendental move- ment" had something to do with either (a) driving a golden spike at Promontory, Utah or (b) translating a Greek tragedy about dietary fiber. One of Thoreau's two most famous books is "Walden, or Life In The Woods," which recounts the au- thor's two-year exper- iment with living the simple life in a small house he had built nearWalden Pond. (Of course, this adventure has been memorial- ized via Walden Puddle in the "Doonesbury" comic strip.) As my son Gideon points out, people are mistaken when they think that Thoreau was a total hermit during his stay at Walden. He entertained many vis- itors, although I have to wonder about the quality of the games he used to entertain them. CI spy with my little eye...um, er...wish I hadn't simplified my belongings QUITE so much.") Both during and after his stay, Tho- reau was fascinated with the study of flora and fauna. He was a proponent of conserv- ing natural resources on private land and of preserving wilder- ness as public land. However, he was NOT particularly fond of the messenger-pigeons that constantly inter- rupted his mealtime with handbills stating that he had won a free home security system. Thoreau's oth- er main book was "Civil Disobedience." Thoreau's ideas were ignored by many of his contemporaries, but some of the biggest movers and shakers of the 20th century were fans. Both Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. were inspired by "Civil Disobedience." Good thing they didn't draw their inspi- ration from competing 19th century authors. We might have had proclamations such as "It was the best of people are afraid of being alone with their own thoughts and analyzing the truly worthwhile things in life. times, it was the worst of times...it was a display of passive resis- tance against British troops, it was a long line to get Winston Churchill's auto- graph..." and "I have been to the mountain- top...and I have seen 15 men on the dead man's chest, yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!" "Civil Disobedi- ence" has been highly influential in recent years, even if some disobedience hasn't been particularly, well, CIVIL. (%w, c'mon, officer- I burned the innocent bystander's car BEFORE any little kids could see all the F-words I spray-paint- ed on it.") From approximately 1980 to 2000, I kept a detailed journal, so I am impressed that Thoreau recorded 2 million words during his lifetime. This feat is marred only by the fact that the journals end with "If you are one of my REAL friends, you will make longhand copies of this and share it with 10 other people." Thoreau realized that too many people are afraid of being alone with their own thoughts and analyz- ing the truly worth- while things in life. Pay homage to him with a little introspection. But don't let your mind drift to his entertainment op- tions. ("Wait! I can do shadow puppets of a squirrel water- skiing. Although it sort of just sinks into Walden Pond...") Danny welcomes email responses at tyreetyrades@aol. corn and visits to his Facebook fan page "Tyree's Tyrades." Dan- ny's weekly column is distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons lnc. newspaper syndicate. LIW' I/ PAYING MAtABFAC h ,NCv ] I onald Trump and Ihis apologists have put the "con" in "conservative." Conservatism? He doesn't stand for anything in particular. What he stands for is the con. What Senate leaders have hilariously named the Better Care Reconcil- iation Act is just another con- just another luxury vessel Trmnp wants to christen as his own. "Better Care" - that's some moniker for yanking health coverage from 22 million Americans. Trump couldn't care less about this, though he said his health care plan would "cover everyone" and he praised Australia's sin- gle-payer system as being "better than ours." The extent to which Trump is a fraud, a phony, an ideological jackal, was on display recently in a New York Times editorial that counted down all the falsehoods - one lie a day for his first 40 days, 74 lies for the 113 days thereafter. There have been the petty roses, like the phony covers of Time at his golf properties featuring his smirking countenance. Then there are the major lies, like pulling out of the Paris agreement At Large by John Young because "China will be allowed to build hun- dreds of additional coal plants." No, Sir. The treaty doesn't allow or disallow coal plants. But the last thing you're interested in is sharing truth with that freeze-dried political base you hold dear: people with their credulousness reduced to powder. Trump did a rooster strut over the fact that evil CNN had parted ways with three journalists over an online story about the relationship between Trump officials and a Russian investment frm. CNN officials didn't say the story was false, just that the reporters had violated policy by not suf- ficiently vetting claims. More fake news, right? Well, actually, Mr. President, this is how purveyors of truth act. People who work for news media- real, not fake - get fired for get- ting sloppy. Will you be parting with any member of your Lie Brigade on similar terms? How about firing your son-in-law for signing security clearance forms saying he'd had no contact with foreign governments? Unlike legitimate news organizations, Team Trump never retracts. Back to that long list of lies that will be the most lasting legacy of this pres- ident: Trump asks Amer- icans to return to Lie No. 1, or thereabouts, about those 5 million or so illegal votes he says were cast- each, of course, for Hillary Clinton. Tnunp's "Commis- sion on Voter Integrity" wants the nation's voter information, all of it - or at least all that's public record, to keep alive the narrative that the nation is awash in voter fraud. ("Integrity" - we de- mand it from voters. But for the Orange Spectacle and congressional lead- ers, integrity is like an- thrax on a snack cracker.) "Rampant voter fraud" is a spiel that Republican state officials have sought to prosecute for years, finding almost nothing to back it up. The fact is, like every- thing Trump does, this is just a con. It's not about "ballot integrity" but instead about pretenses about making it harder to vote, something that has become a never-ending Republican quest. The underlying objec- tive of Trump's commis- sion, says University of Kentucky law professor ]oshua Douglas, is to repeal the National Voter Registration Act - the "motor voter law." Trump wants to show Americans that easier ballot access, like mail-in voting and same-day reg- istration, somehow taint the system. He will not succeed in demonstrating that. Of course, as always, truth is not his objective. His objective is to con- tinue the con, whatever it might be at the moment. Never mind the costs of this pointless "ballot security" exercise. Never mind the issues raised by the states' refusing to participate. lust wondering: When will Trump form a com- mission to investigate why photos showed so few people in his inaugu- ral crowd? Longtime Texas newspa- perman John Young lives in Colorado. jyoungcolumn@gmail.com. It's strange who you run into driving across the vast expanse of Texas. My family and I were on our way to a Colorado vacation last week when I ran into a friend. I stopped in my tracks when I ran into the Texas Press Association Chair- man Randy Mankin. He owns The Eldorado Success and he and his wife were doing the same thing- heading up to the mountains to get a quick break from the Texas heat and the unending news cycle. Randy and I hugged and talked a bit, and then my family gathered around, wondering why I was chatting so merrily with someone I just met. As I informed them that I knew Randy and learned a lot from him regarding Hip Czech by Cyndy Slovak- Barton newspapers, they admit- ted that they thought I had gone crazy talking to a stranger like that. The coincidence of meeting someone you know in Muleshoe is not that great- or so I thought. Maybe it's the newspaper business. We talk to so many people every week, and we get together with other business owners to talk about, well, business. That's because small business owners have a real sense of community - and they don't alway like to leave their towns to take a break. But it's also a real problem that few small business owners actually take any time off, in any time frame other than a day here or a day there. My entire week in Colorado was unusual for me. The last full vacation I took was several years ago. Apparently, the same went for Randy Mankin, who said he occasionally tries to get away from the office with his wife. Studies show that small business owners simply don't take time off. A recent study from Funding Circle said that 70 percent of small business owners worked on Thanksgiving, even though they had planned on taking the entire day off. And when small busi- ness owners do take time off, they feel guilt about leaving their employees to have to cover for them. It's important that own- ers take time off; it helps physically and mentally. And, really, the employees love it when the boss it out of town. So, the next time you go into a local business - Casa Aide, The Tavern, Centerfield, Mitchell Mo- tors, Town and Country Vet clinic, AMM or any of the hundreds of others in Kyle and Buda- remem- ber that those folks might not have taken a vacation in years. And they still smile when you enter their door. That's because they love this community and they have passion for their jobs. Support your local small businesses. They need it- monetarily, but also mentally. Barton Publications, Inc. News tips: news@haysfreepress.com Opinions: csb@haysfreepress.com 113 W. Center St., Kyle, TX 78640 www.haysfreepress.com 512-268-7862 Publisher Cyndy Slovak-Barton News and Sports Editor Moses Leos III Reporters Samantha Smith Columnists Bartee Haile, Chris Winslow, Pauline Tom, Clint Younts Proofreaders Jane Kirkham Marketing Director Tracy Mack Marketing Specialist James Darby Production Manager David White Production Assistant Christine Thorpe Circulation/Classifieds David White Distribution Gabe Ornelas Tanya Ornelas + + ! ! iil i! i: 1i .... !i