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Hays Free Press September 29, 2010 OPINION Page 5A {iiiiiii@ii!!!zii! iiiiiiiiiiiiii !ii! i !! !i C W " OD LUCK WITH "tHAT !" To sched( !e an appointTT ent call 512-694-1746 mOMTHE Offering great homemade food and tasty Italian el with locally roasted & ground beans ~pressos II .... OPEN DAILY 1.1 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-8 ' Breakfast coming soon! 116 Main St. in downtown Bud=, 512-295-5500 ADWARE SPYWARE MALWARE VIRUSES On-Site Removal (requires broadband interact access) Norton Internet Security and Anti-Virus 2010 Mfr Rebates Available to Previous Owners ii ing like corn tortillas,and I was a half-inch taller. The One problem I face, and this beds down them are shorter may not altect you guys of less than a Korean point guard. I stature, are the condos de- needed to sleep diagonally just signed by short architects. Now, to have my feet on the bed, I stand well over 6'4", and most but Maw wasn't about to sleep showerheads are placed at eye on the Saltillo tile floor. Luck- level to Danny DeVito. Since fly my compadre, Ios6 Cuervo, most bathtubs at the beach are had a solution for my wakeful woes. But you'd think with so many gringos vacationing in the Yucatan Peninsula, they'd put in normal-sized beds for our lanky bodies to stretch out on. These are actually some mi- nor inconveniences I have found at seaside establishments. The beauty and serenity of the beach greatly outwe' la these minor irritatior~ 1 can tolerate the low sinks and-showerheads for a week, but ffyou see me lounging on the beach, don't mention my patchy beard and unruly locks. Speaking ofirritations, burlap sure is rough on your delicate areas. Better pack some udder balm for those rashes. Clint Younts likes to do his tannin~ shirt on, while he works at a veterinary clinic and while running cattle on his property. rook aopz8 t0O l o.o m yours. And if you are holding a steaming cup of Folgers, keep it away from the edge ofthe balcony where an unmannered gull may drop some unwanted creamer into your black coffee. I love sitting out on the balcony, watching the sunrise and ships starting out on their long joumeys, but the porch also serves as a good place to dry out your wet towels and swimwear, Every night, we would hang our new burlap swimsuits (Maw is such a fine seamstress) over a patio chair to dry so the next morning I could put on warm, dry draw- ers instead of ice-cold, damp trunks that transform me from a baritone to a soprano. Oh, one helpful tip from me if your wife also makes swim trunks out of burlap feed sacks: wash them thoroughly before wear- ing them to the beach or by midaftemoon, you'll be smell- AaS most readers who regn- ~ ly check out my distort- views from my Crow's Nest, you might recall a recent cohmm about a recent vacation that Maw and I partook upon to the sandy beaches of South Padre Island. I might've painted an enticing picture of two sun- and beer-soaked tourists sitting on a serene beach, watching sea birds and an occasional Northern Humpback passing in front of our sand-covered toes, and if this portrait lures you to the island, please pack your Speedo and Bull Frog sun block and head on down to paradise. But, as a pseudo-newspaper reporter, I feel it is also my duty to inform you of things that you might find uncomforting as you travel to the beach. Most condos on the beach, any beach, are pretty nice. Pert-near all of em have a patio that looks out over the beach, providing you a perfect perch to sit and watch the sunrise while sippinghot coffee. Oh, if you think you'll sleep through the sunrise, that ain't likely, not with that bright sun blaring through the glass doors and the squawk of the horde of seagulls being fed off the balcony just above State Attorney General Greg Abbott on Sept. 23 filed a legal challenge against the U.S. Department of Education to secure $830 million in federal education funds for Texas schools, teach- ers and students. The state's legal move comes in response to the Department of Education's Sept. 9 decision to deny Texas' application for the education jobs funds through H.R. 1586, U.S. House legislation signed into law in August. According to a Dallas Morn- ingNews story carrying a Sept. 23 Washington, D.C., dateline, U.S. Education SecretaryArne Duncan said Texas will even- tually get the money. Abbott said the state's Peti- tion for Review, filed in the Fifth U.S. District Court of Ap- peals in New Orleans, claims the Department of Education misapplied federal law when it construed an amendment by U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D- Austin, in a manner that un- constitutionally discriminates against the State of Texas. Doggett's amendment, Ab- bott said, singles out Texas by curiousgeor! elive.com subjecting the state to oner- ous standards that were differ- ent from the standards Con- gress placed on the other 49 states. Every state application for fundingunder the normal standards has been granted, ing legislation filed by U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and U.S. Pep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewis- ville, that would repeal Doggett's amendment If Congress passes the legislation, it may be unnec- essary for the state to proceed with the legal challenge. RECORD LEASE SALE HELPS EDUCATION Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, chairman of the Permanent Univer- sity Fund's Board for Lease of University Lands, on Sept. 22 announced the results of a coated with sand and tar, I don't want to sit under the spray, so I have to distort my elongated, ossified spine like some per- former from Cirque du Soleil just to wash the seaweed from my hair. The bathroom sinks are no better. Most are set just above my knees. When I bend over to spit out my Listerine, I often crack the mirror afld my back at the same time. And why are mirrors hung so low? IfI comb my chest hairs, they are at the perfect height, but my scalp hair often ends up looking like Alfalfa. (Kids, ask grandpa who Alfalfa was.) Why can't hotels and condos in America build bathrooms for Ameri- cans? I knowwe get a bunch of Asian tourists with a yen to see America, the beautiful, but do we have to plumb our bath- rooms for them? Maw and I once visited Cozu- mel back when we were young, SBOE PASSES RELIGION RESOLUTION The State Board of Educa- tion on Sept. 24 approved a resolution that encourages future state boards to reject social studies books that don't provide fair coverage to the world's major religious groups. taminants and pathogens in patient rooms from reaching surrounding areas. FIRST DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY A SUCCESS The Texas Department of Public Safety on Sept. 22 reminded Texans of a nation- wide presc;ription drug"take- back" initiative to prevent pill abuse and theft. On Sept.. 25, the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration and local partners collected expired, unused and un- wanted prescription drugs for destruction at drop-off sites in Texas nationwide. The serdce was free and anonymmxs, no questions asked. STATE FAIR OF TEXAS IN FULL SWING The State Fair of Texas opened Sept. 24 and will con- tinue through Oct. 17 at Fair Park in Dallas. 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Subscribe to the be the Rrst to Know at TexasBoxOffice.com Honest, Qualified, Dedicated e in both Chief Deputy Courts Division 13 years experience Clerk's Office ..... 4D-year ~ o~ ~ays ,oumy 12 years experience in Official Graduate of Texas State University Public Records (SWT), BS in Criminal Justice Pol. Ad. Pd. by Pete 1". 1811111, Compalgn Treasurer, 726 Willow Cre~k Clmle, San Matcos, "rx 78686 record oil and gas lease sale in Midland. The sale brought in $207 million, nearly four times more than the previous record of $52 million, set in 1980, Patterson said. Some 260,000 acres were sold and went for more than $1,000 per acre. The Permanent University Fund is a constitutionally cre- ated endowment that benefits institutions in the University of Texas and Texas A&M uni- versity systems. while Texas' application under the heightened Texas-only standard was denied. Doggett called the state's lawsuit "political theater" and said that all Gov. Rick Perry had to do to get the money was sign the finding applica- tion as written. Texas' applica- tion required the governor to assure that the federal money could only be spent to employ and pay teachers. In addition to Abbott, Texas' legal challenge also names Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, House Speaker Joe Straus, Education Commis- sioner Robert Scott and the State of Texas as petitioners. Meanwhile, Perryis support- The non-binding resolution says the board "will look to reject future prejudicial social studies submissions that con- tinue to offend Texas law with respect to treatment of the world's major religious groups by significant inequalities of coverage spacewise and/or by demonizing or li6nizing one or more of them over others." INFECTIOUS DISEASE CENTER OPENS The Texas Department of State Health Services on Sept. 22 unveiled the new Texas Center for Infectious Disease facility in San Antonio. The $36 million, 65,000-square-foot, 75-bed freestanding hospital replaces existing 57-year-old facili- ties in San Antonio and will provide treatment for patients diagnosed with tuberculosis. Patients will be transferred from the old building to the new one in mid-October. The new facility's air system is designed to prevent con- + t,