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Hays Free Press ,: September 28, 2011 THEY REALLY SAiD THAT? "These tires have been here for years. Tbey'veprobably been here longer than some of these new (council) members. - Rick Gaitan, owner of Rick's Tires in Kyle Page 3A with field in 60P debate A field of nine Republican can- didates participated in the Fox J. INews-Google GOP Presidential Debate on Sept. 22 in Orlando, Fla. As the top-polling candidate pres- ent, Gov. Rick Perry drew extra fire from rivals over his positions and/ or record on Social Security, border security, job creation, health care and education. For example, he took heat over his withdrawn executive order that would have required pre-teen girls to get vaccinated against human papilloma virus. And he defended his support of in-state college tuition for children of undocumented workers. Meanwhile, as national media at- tention to campaign issues continued to build over the week, it was learned that questions over the legality of redistricting maps passed by the Texas Legislature would have to be addressed. The U.S. Department of Justice elected not to "predear" the proposed Texas House and congressional district maps, alleging possible dilu- tion of the voting rights of minority populations in some districtsi Most of the growth of the state's population over the last 10 years was among minority groups and pursuant to the 2010 Census, Texas picked up four congressional seats to bring its total to 36. Texas is among a group of states required to have its redistricting maps precleared under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. On July 19 Texas submit- ted its redrawn district maps to the Department of Justice for preclear- ance. If the maps prove unacceptable, Gov. Perry has the option of calling a special session of the Texas Legisla- ture to have the maps adjusted and any other voting issues fixed. Another possibility is that U.S. district courts could be:tasked with fixing the maps. In either case, the pressure is on to have any voOng rights issues resolved in time for the 2012 elections. ro TEXAS SENATE LEADERS TO RETIRE State Sens. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, and Florence Shapiro, R-Piano, announced they would not seek re- election. As chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Ogden has been one of the state's chief budget writers in ad- dition to serving in other high-profile capacities. Before serving in the Texas House from 1992-97 he was an officer in the U.S. Navy. He won the Senate Dist. 5 seat by special election in 1997. Shapiro, a member of the Senate since 1993 and a former Piano mayor and city council member, is chair of the body's powerful Education Com- mittee and former chair of the State Affairs Commission. Among her ac- complishments is principal author- ship of a series of laws to protect children from sexual predators. LAST MEAL PRACTICE DISCONTINUED Brad Livingston, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, stopped the practice of allow- ing death row offenders to choose their last meal, effective Sept. 22. "They will receive the same meal served to other offenders on the unit," Livingston said. The change was made after state Sen. lohnWhitmire, D-Houston, wrote a letter to Livingston in disap- proval of the last meal tradition after death row inmate Lawrence Brewer ordered a long list of food for his last meal before execution and did not eat it. Whitmire is dean of the Senate and chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. HOLIDAY ROAD ARRESTS TOP 2,000 Texas Highway Patrol troopers ar- rested 2,033 intoxicated drivers state- wide during a Labor Day holiday enforcement program conducted Aug. 19 through Sept. 6, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Sept. 20. Troopers focused on looking for and stopping intoxicated drivers in high-risk locations during the times when alcohol-related crashes occur most often. Ed Sterling works for the Texas Press Association and follows the Legislature for the association. Who is really following the money? cky, bewitching Michele achmann, whose candidacy s melting, melting, actually has offered something of substance to voters just before she becomes a vapor. She's called the hand that has suddenly doused her campaign with her own tea-steeped brew, the hand of Rick Perry. So doing, she's made a very important point. It deals with Perry's controversial directive that all Texas girls be inoculated against cervical cancer. Bachmann's point-worth-making, however, has nothing to do with her irresponsible claim that the widely used vaccine causes mental retardation. For that, she should have her literary license revoked. However, Bachmann's citing Perry's relationship with Merck, maker of the vaccine, is very much on the mark. If Team Obama isn't taking notes, it isn't as smart as advertised. Back in 2006, Merck was putting on a full-court press to get legislatures to mandate use of the serum. It had no luck until Perry decided to circumvent Texas lawmakers entirely and issue his order. A firestorm ensued, particularly among Perry's core constituents of the religious right. He yanked his order. Thanks to Bachmann. rite back story: Part of Merck's campaign in Texas was to use its political action committee to funnel $28,500 toward Perry's re- election. For a while, this looked like money extraordinarily well spent. Perry feigns indignation at the assertion that his influence could be bought. No, Governor, we know that's :;;.,e:e;i::ii: : i::tiiWlii :;1:::: ;::;:;;;:  ;;@ii ii::ii;:;:: ii!i;:i::ii gg  :.,:.::., ........ . ., . not possible. The problem, of course, is the appearance of you being bought. Forgive people for wondering. We all know that anyone who looks so good in a suit and tie is above said reproach. One might wonder why this cozy matter with Merck wasn't an issue in Perry's re- election campaigns. The explanation is this: They took place in Texas. Now, you probably have a low estimation of campaign ethics as practiced in Washington. Whatever you estimate, understand: .Disregarding their respective charms, on campaign ethics, Washington is Plymouth Colony compared to Austin, which is Mogadishu." On campaign spending, Texas is the Land that Watergate Forgot. Hence, you have someone like homebuilder Bob Perry (no relation) having donated $2 million to Perry since 2001. (Bob Perry was one of the big guns behind the "Swiftboaters for Truth" campaign against decorated war veteran John Kerry on behalf of Texas Air National Guard no-show George W Bush.) San Antonio religious-fight scion James Leininger has spent millions to elect Republicans in Texas, none benefitting as much as Rick Perry. He got a $1 million loan from Leininger at the last minute in his razor-tight win of the lieutenant governor's post in 1998. Three years earlier, Perry bought 2,800 shares of stock in Leiningefs medical equipment company- just before an acquisition effort drove up stocks and made Perry $4,487 in one month. Sweet. Many have wondered how Perry, a career public servant born of humble origins, reports a net worth of $2.8 million. Smart investing, naturally. Anyway, these are the kinds of questions few ask in Texas. where the prevailing questions tend to be about guns, God and gayness, and you'd better not straddle any of these issues. Running to be the leader of the free world, his past laid bare before the nation's press, Perry will have a paper trail that would make many Americans blanch - and not just related to policy. That's frightening enough. What will make eyes grow wide will be the paper trail of lucrative sweetheart relationships with big business, and Perry's nonstop back-scratching fiesta with major contributors. Those money sources are one reason why, as with Bush, Perry could towel offffom a morning coyote- killing run and launch a presidential campaign from a standing start. Follow the money, folks. Be amazed. If you thought Washington is corrupt, well, to phrase it in a way Perry would write himself. "You ain't seen nothing yet." Long!!me Texas newspaperman lohn Young lives in Colorado. Government jobs? You bet! he radio entertainers and the Re- publicans in Congress along with the locals are screaming about President Barack Obama's proposal to create jobs !nAmer!ca. The general cry? That the government has never created a job. I don't know what world these people live in or on what planet they exist, but it is certainly a denial Of reality. What about the local police? What about other city, county or state em- ployees? Those citizens driving around in parks and working in local facilities are not employees of a private cor- poration. Those judges sitting on the bench and hearing all those cases are not part pf a fraternity which charges the lawyers before them. The all-inclu- sive term "the government" seems not to apply to those people who we elect every so often and call our neighbors. Another frequently overlooked as- pect of the government creating jobs? What about the parks we enjoy? Many of those parks were first created by the Civilian Conservation Corps back in the 1930s. Those campgrounds in the national parks were created by the government and, for that matter, are run by the government. If you think that the government has not created jobs, you may want to research how places like Phoenix and Los Angeles survive. You will find a small structure known as the Hoover Dam that holds back the Colorado River and eventually supplies those and other cities with electricity. That little structure was built with govern- ment money and expertise. Some would argue that World War II would have lasted longer had it not been for the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. That is debatable, but assuming that it is true, howwas the science devel- oped to create the bombs? The basic mechanics of the bombwere created under the bleachers of Stagg Field in Chicago. The final creation of the bomb took place in Oak Ridge, Tennes- see, because of the water power that had been harnessed by the Tennessee Valley Authority. another product of the jobs created by the federal gov- ernment. The final development of the atomic bomb took place in Los Alamos, New Mexico, a secret city developed and paid for by the federal government. In more modern times, who among us has traveled outside our home- towns and enjoyed the interstate highways? Some of us remember driv- ing on the two-lane highways, behind those semi trucks going up grades and relishing the day when we could pass. That highway system was developed by the federal government under a republican president. How can anyone drive on those highways and say that the federal government doesn't create jobs? Even many of the expressways in cities and counties would not have been built without 90 percent of the cost being funded by the federal gov- ernment. Even overpasses in Buda and Kyle have benefitted from funds from the. Federal Government. I am amazed by this machine on which I am writing this article. Yes, it was built by a private corporation but where did the development of the computer begin? In some laboratory paid for with federal dollars and the salaries of the employees by grants from that same government. The entire concept of the internet system was developed for military use, not for civilian. Where would the world be today without the internet and all the different aspects of it? So the government doesn't create jobs? It may not be the innovator, but certainly the government created the groundwork for the interne! today, I wonder where states such as Texas, Florida and California would be were it not for the space program. Would Houston be the city it is without Johnson Space Center? Would Cape Canaveral. Florida be the tourist spot without the jobs that were created by the fe4eral government? Check out the space 'elated employment in Cali- fornia to see how "government can't create jobs." One could go on and on just elabo- rating on how much our lifestyles have changed because of programs and jobs created by the federal government. For those of you who think that jobs weren't created, you live in an imagi- nary world. CO0000ENTS FROM THE WEBSiTE This was a great game with all the action, nail biting, and thrilling moments that a Friday night veteran of many years lives for/Both teams brought it to the field! Levi Medley was a great player and Kimbro had lots of great moves to deter those approaching defensive players at the final two minutes of game/ Way to go Hays! Congratu- lations to both teams/ Lady Reb on Between the Lines: Both Hays and Lehman walk out of Shelton Stadium winners Friday night What I would like to know is when is this project going to be done. It is tak- ing too long and causing people to go the different (way) which is a hassle. We need this project completed, instead every time I drive by all you see is the workers standing there visiting. This is a big mess and unacceptable. Please get it done! 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