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Page 4A THEY REALLY SAID THAT?. ' CC ,toe, not it, etf be, efit n,na.lty by ,nn,=aio,,." - Austin Community College District trustee vice chaiI Allen Kaplan on proposals before voters in the Hays and San Marcoslschool districts. b . ~[,al~S ~'ree ]~ress ayS Free Press October 13, 2010 + EDITORIAL COMMENT Lcann addition to our endorsement last week of the didacy of BillWhite for governor, we offer me additional recommendations for state- wide and district offices. As early voting begins Monday, and culminates in Election Day Nov. 2, we want to offer these observations on some of the other state and mulri- county races on the ballot. For Co~ Let's re-elect our nearby neigh- bor Lloyd Doggett, who has gone to bat for this county since his days as our state senator many years ago. He has continued a deep involvement in Hays County affairs, large and small, that were the backbone of his predecessor, lake Pickle. His dose relationship with our local gov- ernments - county and dries - has paid big dividends in funding projects like the additional overpass on IH-35 in our end of the cotmty. Doggett is an independent minded Democrat who has a strong backbone and lots of smarts. He is on the poweffulWays and Means Commit- tee and will continue to serve on it, regardless of which party controls the U.S. House That is the kind of seniority that pays dividends for those of us back home. Doggett voted against the stimulus bill, but he still managed to get a considerable amount of funds for Hays Countypmjects Nowis not the time to send a novice to Con- gress, whose only involvement with Hays County has been the erection of say-nothing campaign signs in much of the countryside. Let's keep what we already have- steady hands and a lifetime of community service. Railroad Commissioner. ]effWeems His Republican opponent's claim to fame is that he slipped ahead of incumbent Commission ChairmanVictor Carrillo, a fellow Republican, in his party's primary because of anti-Hispanic feeling in parts of the state Even many Republican leaning newspapers are endorsingWeems, who actually has much more experience in the oil and gas field. Supre=ne Court Justice, Place 3, 5 & 9:. Jim Shar Democrat; Bill Moody, Democrat; and Eva Gmmmn, Republican There was a long period of time in the late 20th Century when Democrats dominated the highest non-criminal court in the state. For the last 20 years it has been totaled dominated byRepub- licans. Absolute control by either political party is unhealthy and unwise. The election of Sharp and Moo~, both experienced state judges, to this court will retain a strong 7-2 Republican majority. Judge Gtmman is the cream of the existing court and deserves election. Court ofCrimlnal Appeah, Places 2, 5 & 6: The Court of CriminaiAppeais is now 100 percent Republican and the pendulum has swung too far, much like the Supreme Court. We need some dissenting views, we recommend Repub- ,can Larry Meyers for Place 2, Ubertarian Dave Howard for Place 5 and Democrat Keith Hamp- tan for Place 6. We need a court that is not mono- lithic and not beholden to the big money interests of either the Democrats and Republicans. State Board of Education, Dist. 5: Bell-Metereau This highly respected member of the Texas State University faculty offers us a good chance of ending the laughing stock reputation of the cur- rent board. A rising number of education minded folk, both Democratic and Republican, have al- most recaptured a majority on this board that has engaged in outrageous and embarrassing political grandstanding that has made us the laughing stock of the state, and the butt of comedians far and wide Let's finish the job by electing an educator instead ofa ideologue. State Rep., Place 45: Patrick Bose Rose is well financed and a centrist Democrat who, along with most members of his party and a majorityofRepublicanlegislators, dected mod- erate Republican Joe Straus Speaker of the House two years ago, Rose is chair of the Human Services Commit- tee that provides vital services for hundreds of thousands of Texans. Texas will have an enormous shortfall in income that must be addressed in lan- uary's legislative session. Having an experienced and influential incumbent is crucial to the citizens of this district, regardless of party preference. Nowis not the time for us to experiment with even talented beginners. Rose is the best choice on November 2. Third Court oflkopeab: Kurt Kuhn A selection for this judicial position, which hears appeals from lower courts in about 40 mid- Texas counties, is eas~. Kurt Kuhn, a Democrat, has amassed support from an overwhelming number of area lawyers, including many Republicans, and is head and shoulders above Melissa Cux~win, who briefly served as a district judge in Austin: Alarge number of Buda and Kyle area business owners are also lending him bi-partisan support. A reminder Our policy of not printing letters the last edi- tion before election day means that we will print final letters to the editor regarding elections Nov. 2 in next week's edition. And, to you letter writers who insist on drop- ping off and mailing us unsigned letters and "challenging" us to print them - try again. We challenge yon to have the guts to print your name. In addition, give us your. phone number. We don't print any letters unless we have spoken to and/or verified that the person is Indeed the letter writer. It's our challenge to you. Write those letters, sign your name, and give us your daytime phone number, which we promise NOT to print in the newspaper! w C.tVlI. 7-ATION 30, 000 IzA t PAP.E 'T wir AbV,4NclAIG O Adfew weeks ago, I was sud- enly transformed from a brant, mature man into an apparently old geezer. A month ago, I was still catching a glimpse from the ladies, some without cataracts. Back in August, I was body-surfing at South Padre, not waddling up to the waterline just to cool off my feet like some of the old guys on the beach.Three weeks ago, I was still climbing, not yet over the hill. Today, I'm being addressed as "Old man" and other archaic names. Somewhere around 6:30 on the night of September 29, I was inducted into the Hall of Geezerdom by becoming a grand- father. I know, I know! I don't look old enough to be a grandfather. I still have a full head of hair with just a touch of gray. Maw says I look "distinguished", or did she say"ex- ringuished"? I'm still standing tall and walking without a cane. I don't have to check my drawers every time I sneeze. I'm too young to be a grandpa, right? Or did some mysti- cal power transform me overnight from a younger-looking, middle- aged guy into a seasoned old fogey once his kid brought a beautiful baby boy into the world? A few nights after becoming a grandfather, I attended a wed- ding. I thought I cleaned up pretty good, even bathed for the occa- sion. I wore a jacket that the young female salesclerk at Men's Ware- house claimed would never go out of style. I wore the same cowboy boots that I've worn to every for- mal shindig for the past 20 years. Once the sun dipped below the oak trees at Texas Old Town, you couldn't even see the gray in my hair. So how in the world did folks know I had turned into a grandpa? One twentyish young buck walked up to me, thinking we knew each other, and struck up a conver- sation. I found the young cowboy rather friendly until he called me "Sir." Not once but twice! "Sir!" The nerve of the guy! I wasn't his drill sergeant or his grandpappy. Why did he address me as "sir"? Perhaps FROM THE he noticed my firm, calloused handshake or got a whiff of my co- logne, Eau de Angus, that revealed he was standing in front of an older cowboy who'd roped more heifers, castrated more calves, and drank more Lone Star than most men he knew. Maybe he called me "sir" in honor of my vast ranching experi- ence and not because his mamma told him to respect his elders. Later that night, as I was rub- bing Ben-Gay on my sore shoulder, sipping on a bourbon and prune juice, I became curious, wondering at what age was I first addressed as "sir". I know it wasn't in my early 20s when I still looked like a teenager. I even grew a mustache to make me look older, but I just looked like an 18-year-old cow- boy with a fake mustache. I recall working part-time at a college bookstore when I was 26 or 27, and a cute young co-ed approached me and flirtatiously asked, "Sir, where's the philosophy section?" Dang, that hurt worse than an intimate encounter with a saddlehorn, compliments of a bucking bronc. I don't mind being called "sir" by a waiter or bartender. They say nice stuff to anyone with an overstuffed wallet, no matter how old you are. Healthcare provid- ers will call you "sir" if you visit an emergency room suffering from a horrendous bout of gout. l've noticed funeral directors will call you "sir", which I don't mind. What does bother me is his pulling out a measuring tape to size me up. "I'm sorry, sir. I thought you came in for a fitting." I suppose I should get used to being called "Sir," "Mister" and "Old-timer." Days of getting called "Young man" and "Bubba" are long gone. I have to accept that I am a grandfather. My youth is so far ~ i: hind in my rearview mirror. In of minutes on a clear', night, I drove over the hill and a now cruising brake pads. I the summit and look around, little Aidan said standing around and over here!" I don't look much older th~ did on September 28. I actuall~ have less gray hair, thanks to t fine fellas still I've been hurting that wrestling you by 200 body. I'm proud parade to be a grandfather, but don't need to call me "Methuselah." There's no need ask to carry my groceries out car. You better not call me "sir" or I'll out your nose hairs with m, pliers. And ifI g( for diapers and a helpful walks me over to the aisle with 1 pends, you can chalk up one more castration on my tab. i Clint Younts doesn't even like be- ing call "sir" by the dogs as he w~rks at a local veterinary clinic, much less by the cows on his ranch. The local Austin Community College annexation effort started more than five years g.dl~q" COLUMN ago when a group of Buda and Kyle ........ residents and business owners agreed that bringing higher educa- tion to our community would be an asset. That group believed that a community college would be the best alternative for educating our residents based upon our demo- graphics. In addition to credits for the first two years' classes that will transfer to any state college in Tex- as, a community college offering an education in technical, business and trade programs would better serve both our new high school graduates and existing workforce in improving their chances for em- ployment and advancement. Austin Community College has an excellent reputation for meet- hag the needs of the communities they serve. With more than 200 associate degree plans and certifi- cation programs and flexible class schedules for working students, ACC graduates have some of the highest passing rates on licensing exams in the state. The benefits of the annexation include paying "in-district" tuition rates of $42 per semester hour instead of $150 and a local college campus built on the 94 acres that ACC is purchasing on FM 1626 near Plum Creek. Past ACC annexation elections in Del Valle and Round Rock have shown that after the election, college enrollment in those communities nearly doubled within two years. In Round Rock, the annexation election was approved in Novem- ber 2008. Their new 5,000 student campus opened in September for the Fall 2010 semester with 5,034 students proving that a local cam- pus with affordable tuition can be very successful in helping students continue their education. Most things in life come at a cost and with the ACC annexation of the Hays CISD area, that cost is a tax on the assessed value of your property. ACC has one of the lowest tax rates of any commur~ty college district in Texas at $0.0951 per $100 of value. For the aver- age home in the Hays CISD, your monthly tax bill will increase about $10. For our senior citizens receiv- ing the additional $105,000 exemP- tion, the increase is less than $2| each month and they are eligibl~ to take up to 6 hours of ACC classeS each semester at no cost. My wife and I have lived in | the Buda area since 1986 and nc~ longer have children in college. ~ have never wanted to pay high~ taxes than I am already requirec1 to do, but can see beyond that cbst to the benefit provided A local I college campus with affordable r tuition that has programs for bqth traditional college classes and workforce education provides the opportunity and, hopefully, the I motivation for more of our com~ munity to improve their education and lives. Please join me in voting for the ACC annexation. Terry Mazurek is a member oJ~the North Hays County Steering Cor~- mittee, r FROM THE "This should give Buda an incen- tive to make these employees residents. They will eat lunch here and drive to Buda needing fuel. This will create other jobs as- sociated with the new industrial facility, sure the title is sensation- ism but it is still an opportunity for this small community." - Leslie Adams on "New industrial facility to employ 250 in south Buda" at "Kids don't learn the same way. They are a generation born/nto a fastpaced information age. We must stop the same old way of doing things. They have great ideas if we would allow them the time to solve problems and create and work together. Testing is so dond They begin in 2nd grade testing testing and it never stops. Doesn't work. 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