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Page 4A ~a~s ~c~ree ~ress THEY REALLY SAID THAT?. "I'm one of those folks that like to sho20 at home. I like to have things in-house." - Jim Hollis, president of Emergency Services District No. 8 in the Buda area, on its formation of an ambulance service. Hays Free Press September 15, 2010 "ays County residents ap- proved a $207 million road . construction bond package years ago, back in 2008, and locally we have seen quite a bit of fixing of roads - new bridges being con- structed over IH-35, the beginning of the Dacy Lane reconstruction, and Cement Plant Road and bypass to route trucks out of downtown Buda. The IH-35 bridge projects are coming in between 30 and 35% UN- DER budget. It just shows that now is a good time to be bidding out construction jobs. But the one road that affects so very many people in the Buda-Kyle area is FM 1626, which feeds local residents into Southwest Travis County, on to Mopac, and to their jobs. The problem? The Texas Depart- ment of Transportation seems to be lagging in its approval of environ- mental reviews. In January of this year, Hays County went so far as to send its engineers and lawyers to help speed up TxDOT'S review for wid- ening FM 1626. Seven months later, North Hays Countians wait. And walt. And wait. Traffic snarls in the morning back up at intersections. Winding, dangerous roads with heavy traffic trying to get to school and work in the momings is not a good way to start the day- or the school year. And it is not a good way to save on construction costs, or interest on about $40 million in road con- struction costs. Hurry up, TxDOT, and give us the approval that we are all begging for. We want a safer road. LETTER TO THE EDITOR ACC NEEDS TO PROVE ITS WORTH Will ACC be the redeemer for HCISD? When will we realize we can't afford all this? The federal net interest per year is over $222 billion. If spending continues at the current rate, net interest payments will be over $900 billion annually by 2020! We can't build more government forever. At the federal level, only 44 cents out of every dollar being spent today is covered by taxes. The 56 cents remaining is borrowed, mostly from foreign sovereign gov- emments. This is the biggest threat to national security we have today: Cumulative Debt. I see no reason whatsoever to mortgage our student's future any further. They need "skin in the game." When I had to pay for my college, I certainly appreciated it more. Our socialization of public education has not worked so why continue this model for higher edu- cation? What makes anyone think we have a further obligation to pay for adult's higher education over what our state taxes already pay now? When my daughter goes to college next year, 30% of her tuition is set aside for economically disad- vantage students. At least tuition is temporary. An ACC tax would be IRREVOCABLE and forever. Austin has never shown any inter- est in Hays County. In fact, they've fought everything we do. What ACC really wants is our $4B growing property tax base. They know once the ACC vote passes, we've given up control of our higher education des- tiny in Hays CISD because Austin's ACC students alone can out vote us. In fact, Austin can outvote us 14:1. Look at NOACCTAX.com and learn more. Let ACC annex the willing and let's watch their performance. If ACC can demonstrate how they've spent new tax dollars derived from these recent and forthcoming an- nexations wisely on the annexed areas students, and these students have gained employment or gradu- ated, then I'll reconsider supporting them in a future election. They say they can do it. Prove it! Too much is at stake to support them now in an irrevocable elec- tion. ACC needs to prove they really are the redeemer. Education is Everybody's Busi- ness! Bryce Bales Manchaca There seems to be a group of people in the United States who actually want the president and the Congress to fail. One of the enter- tainers has openly said that numerous times on radio. Even though when confronted with his statements, he has said that he does not mean for the president to fail, only his policies. It is beyond rational people's under- standing why the entertainers have so many followers. Is there nothing in America that those who follow the en- tertainers like? Is America so bad that the only comments coming from some people are negative? Do these people really find the president, who was elected by an overwhelming number of Americans, so intolerable, that they wish him to fail and thus potentially bring down the economy of America? There is no doubt that America is not in very good shape economically. We have borrowed too much, both at the governmental and personal level. Since we, or at least most of us, have borrowed too much to maintain the style of living to which we have be- come accustomed, shouldn't we all try to help get us out of the hole we are in? It is going to take some sacrificing on our part. Where do you want to start? Many of those who wish ill of the president demand that we keep a strong military. When the Secretary of the Defense announced that he was closing some redundant commands, the militarists screamed to the high heavens. Have those same people raised a question about why we should have a standing army in places like Germany, England, Japan, and dozens of other countries around the world? Could it be that some of them have not heeded the message of a Republi- can president some 50 years ago who warned us to beware of the military/ industrial complex. Are we willing to reduce the defense budget? More im- portantiy, have we asked the question - against whom are we defending? Are those of the militant right will- ing to reduce the spending on the health care of their grandparents? What about the autistic child? If Social Security is going broke, are they willing to demand that those now receiving it have their income reduced? Those federal highway dollars are merely pork according to those who are criticizing the size of government. Our highway system is deteriorat- ing rapidly and most states are not even putting in the 10 percent that is required to get the federal money. Can America continue to be a leader in the world without a superior transporta- tion system? Look around the world at developed nations and compare their transportation system with ours. You will find that we are sorely lacking. "We should abolish the Department of Education" is the campaign slogan of some of those who want to see the pres- ident fail Where would the educational system be in many of the states without the federal assistance? Look at the cost of a university education. Where would it be without federal grants (Pel], e.g.)? From where would the research grants come? Health care costs are growing at an astronomical rate yet there are those who do not want any form of federal laws conceming health care. If they don't, then let us get rid of Medicare, VA health benefits, Medicaid, Congressio- nal health insurance plans and all the other federal health benefits. Are they willing to end programs that affect min- ers and railroad employees?What about childhood immunization programs? There are too manyAmericans who are going to suffer if this president or any president fails. For those who wish this president to fail, they are also wishing that America and Americans fail. They are not offering construc- tive criticism or alternatives to what is being offered. They are too busy criticizing the president, workers of America and doubting the patriotism and motives of a great many. Those who are shouting the most will be the first to ask why the govern- ment let them down. They are also the ones who will be the first to blame the president for America's failure. Just as they have let others fight their wars, they will find fault with someone else. Yes, they might want him to fall, just as long as it does not affect them. jdlinden@satx.rr.com Back in my early 40s, my doctor presented me with a curious diagnosis: high blood pressure. This made no sense. I was healthy and active. My cholesterol was per- fect, as was everything else save my hairline. The doctor said that lots of otherwise healthy people have the condition, and science has no ready explanation. Now I have an explanation: High blood pressure, and hair loss, are caused by one's brake foot. The discovery was made when I started riding the bus with increasing regularity to my new job as a col- lege instructor. Riding a bus was not something I could do for many years in newspapers, because of the regular need to hop in a car and go to an interview or attend a meeting. I started riding the bus not just to save on gas and all it renders unto the environment, but because driving increasingly was a hassle. Where I live, particularly during warm months, nary an intersection is unadorned with barricades and orange barrels. Other considerations aside, I have a formula to tell you if you should be on a bus: It's if you spend more time braking than accelerating. Let's face it: That is true in most metro cities. Driving becomes idling -- blowing exhaust into the face of the stationionary sucker stationed behind you -- as opposed to having the breeze blowing through your hair. (Too often the breeze through your hair is another car's exhaust. No won- der mine fell out.) This is not to say I don't like to drive. I love it. I crave road trips. This is also not to say that I didn't first ar- rive at the bus depot without trepida- tion. The uninitiated might tend to view bus riders as the downcast, the los- ers, those going nowhere. I knew all along that was false, because I have a going-somewhere son who has used mass transit religiously while living in Austin. Now that I'm riding the bus, I understand how false the stereotype of these commuters is. Many riders are simply smart consumers. They are smart not only about the dollars and cents they save when someone else drives, but are smart enough to use a low-cost system to their benefit. My son is smart. He doesn't drive, and has demonstrated in almost 10 years in Austin that he doesn't need a car. And I do believe that his reliance on mass transit makes him more mel- low and better-connected to a city he loves. One key that can convince a person to start riding the bus is the realiza- tion that time spent driving is time wasted. For me, riding a bus means time to read the newspaper or a magazine, or to grade essays. I can do these when I let someone else ride the brake for me. True, you have to organize your coming and going a little better. You need to leave yourself a little more time. That can eat into a day. But if you utilize the time on the bus to your benefit, you've wasted none of it. The biggest discovery about riding a bus is that the stress I always imag- ined accompanying such commut- ers is not there. Getting to one's job through someone else's labor actually relaxes the body, starting with your overworked pedal foot. Not to get too technical, but your plantar bone is connected to your heel bone, which is connected to your shin bone, which is connected to your knee bone. And the muscles that keep each in a state of tension as a driver-- grinding at a lifetime's supply of cartilage and tooth enamel -- are connected indirectly to your neckbone and your cranial bone. All adds up to headaches, pulse rates that exceed speed limits, and the afore- mentioned high blood pressure. My doctor did not tell me this. My brake foot did. Longtime Texas newspaperman ]ohn Young lives in Colorado. jyoungcolumn@gmall.com COMMENTS FROM THE "We most definitely need addi- tional law enforcement in Kyle. As a community, they need our support to maintain a peaceful, orderly city. It is unacceptable to disrespect our 'cops. " -- Kylenar, on "Kyle council approves new budget, tax rate decrease" on ~ "I've known the LaCaze family for well over 30 years. I love "em like a second family. Hear- ing of his ordeal just made me so sad. I am so very glad, though, that he is doing better. He's tough/" -- Kimberley Slmpeon, via Facebook, on "Longtime Kyle resident survives attack from bee swarm" on haysfreepress.com "Congrats, Lobos. Y'all are looking better every week. Just continue to have that huge heart and drive that keeps you going and keeps the crowd ., pumped up." -- FLO on "Medley's righ- teous performance leads Lobo to win over Crockett" on haysfreepress.com MANAGEMENT BARTON PUBLICATIONS, INC. 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