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i Hays Free Press September 8, 2010 the ach year I have to wait for the passage of eight long months to finally get to this, my favorite sea- son. As a youth, of course, the best was the summer. School's out. But as I now enter my sixth decade, sum- mer has fallen from grace, especially given the high temperatures of the last three summers. September brings with it cooler weather and a glorious new season for our vegetable gardens and landscapes. Many gardening friends agree that fall is the best season to plant. The weather is cooling while the ground temperature remains warm. Root systems get a great start with the warm ground while top growth has less stress from cooler air temperatures. For tomato and pep- per plants that have lasted through the should set and Organic granular f top or side-dressec these crops a muc] boost. Now is the time the fall veggies tha the shorter days ot winter. Favorites for gai are the crucifers - cauliflower, brussc broccoli and kohlr can sow seeds for varieties, or grow t transplants. Leafy winter gre NEIGHBORS time to plant fall veggies love the fail an 'S ABOUT seasons. Most Central Texas spinach, must', lard greens, be chard. Let's not forl These leafy gr{ array of colors flowers Top of my list ; and red leaf lel ,rtffizers, Red Sails. In ol will give varieties perle d head lettuce. Radishes arC Io plant easiest veggies t thrive in seed. I love thi fall and speed and flay vest them wi deners of planting anq :abbage, them through 1 sprouts, months of fall bi. You Fall is also fl these time for shall( aem from from bulbs (a cai garden cei ms also are a perenni I winter )opular in re arugula, rd greens, col- ,'ts and Swiss et lettuce. ms come in an md leaf forms. re romaine race such as r area, leafy m better than one of the to grow from crop for its ar. You can har- in a few weeks i then replant mt the cooler nd winter. Le perfect ts. Started affable in lu- rers) shallots that you can harvest, divide and replant throughout the year. They are often called 'ever-bunching onions' because of this. Early November will be the time to plant your garlic and Texas short-day onions. Early November plantings of Texas 1015Y and Southern Belle Red will insure a large and suc- cessful harvest m mid-April. Along.with the cooler weather, hopefully, Mother Nature will bless us with some drought- breaking rain. The combination always makes fall the very best time to grow. Happy gardening, every- one! Ifyou have a question for Chris Winslow, send it to him via email: iathyme@yahoo.com. Or mail your question to Chris at:. It's About Thyme: 11726 Man- chaca Road Austin, TX 78748 " SlickTexan helps doctor peddle depression cure sination of Lclng in Septem- against FDR and Republican ber 1935, a fr}elance bigot Alf Landon. With a wistful he Sept. 10, 1935 as- sassination of Huey E Long, the Louisiana "Kingfish," left two living members of the Depression triumvirate - Father Cough- lin and Dr. Townsend. Francis Everett Townsend, the stick figure millions considered a modern mes- siah, spent most of his adult life trying to stay out of the poorhouse. A cow- boy, farmer, schoolteacher, miner and salesman before finally choosing medi- cine, he ended up a health inspector in Long Beach, California. Cutbacks in city services cost Dr. Townsend his job in 1933. With less than $200 in the bank and no prospects of employment, the 66-year- old physician suddenly found himself in dire straits. The majority of aged Americans were in the same sinking boat. The Depres- sion had devoured their sav- ings and reduced their stan- dard of living to desperate subsistence at a time when younger relatives, who tradi- tionally cared for elderly kin, were too hard-strapped to help. Only six states pro- vided senior citizens with so much as a pittance leaving 98 percent of the 15 million over 60 completely out in the cold. As Townsend never tired of telling it, he looked out the window one morn- ing and saw three starv- ing women scrounging for scraps in his garbage. '9, torrent of invectives tore out of me," he recalled, "the big blast of all the bitter- ness that had been building in me for years." Spurning his spouse's efforts to shush him, the doctor yelled at the top of his lungs, "I want God Almighty to hear me! I'm going to shout until the whole country hears!" This famous incident in- spired the OldAge Revolving Pension Plan that Townsend detailed in a series of letters to the Long Beach newspa- per. He prescribed a federal payment of $200 a month to everybody over the age of 60 with the stipulation they stop working and spend the whole amount within 30 days. A two-percent national sales tax would generate the necessary revenue, which seniors would pump back into the stagnant economy creating employment for their idle juniors The fact that the pie-in- the-sky scheme was a fatally flawed fiscal fantasy made no difference to t beneficiaries. Co gible for an annu of $4,800 - nearl yearly income of of ten household deaf to any critici heaven-sent plan The idea instar fire flooding the doctor with requ information and engagements. He to Robert E. Clerf shrewd salesman Texas with a che whose energetic launched the Tm Clubs. By January 19 mushrooming m had spread from California to eve of the country. TI i [ N ,otential ples eli- al windfall twice the aine out ; - were sm of the itly caught lazed sts for peaking turned ants, a from kered past, expertise msend 5, the avement southern :y section ree thou- sand clubs boast ed a dues- paying membershi p of half a million with a insatiable appetite for Clan trinkets - button covers, license p the like - and a P that pulled in $4 of advertising ea every week. The Townsend roared into Wasl early 1935 in the of John Steven M an editorial writi Los Angeles Tim to congress by T, troops. He intro, pension packag House of Repres but opponents controversial bil a vote. The disa I doctor managed little face by clai credit for the sul passage of the S, rity Act. Though lump, with Father Cha Couglin and Hu in a radical trim Townsend had nothing in comi "The Radio Prie Kingfish." He w stretch of the ir a populist and c lents' many wheel ares and ublication 000 worth zh and tornado ington in 3erson r for the 's elected wnsend's uced a in the ;ntatives, ever let the I come to pointed to save a ruing partial sequent )cial Secu- .d together les E. ;y P. Long avirate, ractically aon with ;t" and "The s by no agination refully avoided comprt mising alli- ances with the two flamboy- ant figures. However, after the assas- and rabble-re his way into 1 inner circle. ( Smith replac as the numbe and duped th supporting t] dential candi Lemke on the ticket, a Cou But by the came to Texa he clearly re endorsemen off the cuff u rival in Hous acknowledge long-shot sta aser wormed wnsend's ierald L.K. d Clements r-two man e doctor into e 1936 presi- lacy of William Union Party hlin creation. ime Townsend in October, retted the rash Speaking on his ar- on, he frankly Lemke's :us in the race smile he added, "If we had our party in the field this fall, we'd carry every state in the Union." A thousand silver-haired citizens packed a Houston cfiurch that night to hear "The Founder" preach his pension gospel. But the gaunt guru's perfunctory pitch for the Union Party re- ceived only polite applause. As a plain-spoken admirer explained on his way out the door, "Texas Townsen- dites will follow you most anywhere but not out of the Democratic Party." 8udoku 8oM'io00 Toxlui Crossword klution Page 3C ii Norton Internet Security and AnU-Virus 2010 Mfr. 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