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+ QUOTE OF THE WEEK "They told me that's acceptable ... I told them they're out of their cotton-pickin' mind." -Dena Dupuie, Kyle resident, on being told to drive 1,200 miles to get medical care for her daughter. See story on page 1A. Hays Free Press August 2, 2017 Page 3A AamilylaS, we haven't been a"dog "since we had to euthanize poor old Turpy; but a time. com article titled"More Evidence That Owning A Dog Is Really Good For You" certainly grabbed my attention. Not only can having a dog around the house lead to lower stress levels, decrease the risk of asthma in children and contribute to lower blood pressure, but the responsibility of caring for a canine can jolt older people out of a life-shortening sedentary lifestyle. (Younger people? Owning a family dog USED to mean lots of romping and frolicking in the Great Outdoors. Now caring for a dog just jolts young couch potatoes into ordering a drone to walk the critter. But I digress.) A recent study shows that older people who take their dogs for a walk take 2,760 steps more per day on average com- pared to non-owners. That's an extra 23 min- utes a day of moderate exercise! (Granted, this is very close to the amount of time that we cat owners spend letting the cat in and out .... and look- ing at the feline's smug expression that says, "They thought Lincoln freed ALL the slaves? Puh-leeze.') The findings of that study were strengthened by even more recent research by the Univer- sity of East Anglia and the Center for Diet and Activity Research at the University of Cambridge. True, common sense should make such studies unnecessary; but every little reminder/ nudge helps. There are probably people out there waiting with bated breath, thinking, "I wish the University of East An- glia and the University of Cambridge would give us some glimmer of indica- tion whether we should leave the oven on while vacationing or give our Social Security number to a Nigerian general's widow. Enquiring minds want to know?" If you're a self-identi- fying "older person" or care about someone who is, keep dog ownership Tirades by Danny Tyree in mind as a healthy life- style motivator. But, just as not every child gives high-quality lifelong sup- port to an Easter rabbit, not everyone is prepared to care for "Man's Best Friend." Don't be pre- sumptuous and provide a dog without discussing it. ("He followed me home, Ma. CanYOU keep him?") Last year some anony- mous kind soul dumped a mother dog and seven (9 puppies on my then- 89-year-old mother. Only Shasta remains from the litter; but I've been foolhardy enough to take her on a few walks, and she could have a bright future competing in Truck & Tractor pulls. I guess whoever left those puppies thought they were giving my moth- er enough "moderate exercise" to re-create the Fountain of Youth and start singing "On The Good Ship Lollipop." A mutually beneficial dog/owner relationship is something to prize, but beware of the law of un- intended consequences. If all older people start spending an extra 23 minutes a day away from the T~, Pat andVanna may wind up having a sedentary lifestyle and eating dog food. Enjoy the relatively inexpensive health ben- efits of dogs while you still can."Big Pharma" is probably already investi- gating ways to homin on the business. ("Who owns the patent on poodles? Let's buy it up and raise the price of free puppies 10 zillion percent to cover research and develop- ment. What do you mean 10 zillion percent of zero is still zero? That's a doggone travesty my con- gressman needs to look into! Somebody hand me his leash.") Danny Tyree wel- comes email responses at tyreetyrades@aol.com and visits to his Facebook fan page "Tyree' s Tyrades." Danny's weekly column is distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons Inc. news- paper syndicate. "Can't take my dog?! But I don't even know HOW to run without my dogP' d AYDlright, I know all all have heard that J Simpson is get- ting paroled in a couple of months. And I'm not about to step into a pile of horse turds and give my honest opinion on this subject. I reckon about 90% of Americans with an IQ in double digits know that OJ is about as innocent as an American politician in a Russian hot tub. Now, I have sat in a few jury boxes in my days, and I understand a bit about the legal system. A defendant, such as OJ, is considered innocent until proven guilty. I sat on a jury where pert near every juror thought the dude was guilty, but the DA could not present enough evidence to persuade us to declare him guilty. The guy got offbecause we jurors saw insufficient evidence to convict. Personally, I think we should tweak our judicial system a little. Instead of a jury just having two choices, guilty and not guilty, I think we jurors should have a third From Ilte Crow Nest by ClintYounts option. Just once I would like to hear this in court: Judge: "Jury, have you made a decision?" Foreman of the jury: "Yes, your Honor. We find the defendant probably guilty as hell, but we're gonna let him go anyway." So, back to OJ. A jury found him not guilty of murdering his wife and her friend, but he was tossed in jail a few years later for armed robbery. OJ has served his time for this offense and has been a model citizen in prison, so why shouldn't he be paroled? Whoa! Hold on and let me continue without y'all getting your drawers twisted. Y'all should know there's more sarcasm lurking in the shadows. I believe we should help poor old OJ once he's a free man. He has lost lots of his money paying the family of the two people that he probably killed, and OJ may need help getting back on his feet once he gets paroled. And as you all know, I like to help out the downtrod- den. So, I have come up with some potential jobs that OJ could do once he gets released from prison. OJ would be a great salesman at a Ford deal- ership. Who else knows more about a Ford Bronco than OJ Simpson? I don't know about y'all, but when I see a white Ford Bronco, I think of OJ. How about being a hand model for Isotoner gloves? There has never been more brouhaha about a glove since OJ's murder trial. He could make a killing, urn, let me rephrase that. He could sell a lot of gloves to folks between his October release and Christmas. OJ has been around the block, or in his case, the cellblock, a time or two. He knows how to make the right choices and can lead others down the road to success. He would make a wonderful life coach. Or perhaps become a marriage coun- selor. O] was once a talented thespian back in the day. With such artistic movies being made now like the "Emoji Movie" and "Bay- watch", I am sure OJ could star in "Police Academy 7". Is it too early to talk about Academy Award nominations? Now, I believe that I have found the perfect career for OJ Simpson once he leaves the state pen in October. A job that he obviously is suited for. He has the skills and vast experience. Yep, OJ can trade his orange jumpsuit for an apron and become a chef at some Benihana restaurant in southern California. I heard he makes a spicy tuna roll that's to die for. Clint Younts lets his mind wander while he floats with his beer in his pool in the Crow's Nest. The cattle probably con- sider his pool us more like their trough. crowsnest78610@gmaU.com LETI"ER TO THE EDITOR REPLY TO "TUI"I'A'S TAKE" BY MILES R. JONES, PHD Thank you for printing my response to Wynette Barton's June 21 column on my book, The Writing of God. She makes some serious mischaracteriza- tions. Quoting Ms. Barton, "Miles Jones, who wrote a book about finding the original 10 Command- ments. Not Kidding. The original copy." I did not find the original, nor make any such claim. The Bible claims Mount Sinai is in Arabia (Galafians 4:25), not on Egypt's Sinai pen- insula. Inscriptions from the base of Mount Sinai (are) written in the oldest alphabet of letters known, dating to the 15th century BC, the Exodus date. I translated these He- brew inscriptions, which speak of events specified in the book of Exodus. There are footprints of Israelites captioned the "soles of our feet". (Deu- teronomy 11:24: "Every place where the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours") At Sinai, three inscriptions were found: "Died Hagar", "Died Amiah daughter of Hagar" and "Died Amalek". Exodus 17:8 says, "Then came Amalek and fought with Israel in Rephidim." Amalekites were appar- ently raping and killing stragglers. Help arrived to kill 'Amalek", but not in time to save Hagar and her daughter. This story is just the tip of the iceberg regarding archaeological evidence found at Mount Sinai. The "tablets" have been confused with the votive stone called the Yahweh or Moses Stone, which I also translated. There is little or no possibility of the Yahweh Stone being a fraud since it was given to Dr. Sung Hak Kim by a royal family prince from the Saudi Royal Collec- tion. It does indeed show, as Barton said, "YHWH, the Hebrew designation for God to be incorrectly written." It was written by a semi-literate pilgrim, found on a pilgrimage to Mount Sinai. Our pilgrim carved a face, apparently Yahweh or Moses, on one side and attempted to write the name YHWH in a circle. On the back he writes YH, which, all by itself is the name of God, YaH, used in the Hebrew Bible 49 times. He made a beginning writer's mis- take, failing to plan space well. He writes left to right on the back but later changes to writingWH right to left. He appeared to try writing in a circular pattem around the stone but got confused. Final letters of YHWH are on the other side. YHHW is not a Hebrew word. The only reason for a translator to champion a nonsense word on a votive stone is to deny the name of God, YHWH. The stone is at the History of Christianity Museum in Seoul, Korea. Miles ]ones BARTON COMMENTS: Dr.]ones'point above is that Mt. Sinai, where the Commandments origi- nated, is not on the Sinai Peninsula, as usually be- lieved, but is in Arabia. No argument from me on that. Assuming an artifact is authentic because it came from an Arabian prince is another matter, but to each his own. W.B. 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 Reporters Cyndy Slovak-Barton Samantha Smith Timothy Stuckey News and Sports Editor Moses Leos III 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 Wendie Hyer Distribution Gabe Ornelas Tanya Ornelas + JlJiJJl i1 I J