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Hays Free Press * October 26, 2011 OPINION Page 5A + an in W~coaile on stage with ...... lawsuits, privatization of state ther Republican ..... CAPITAL .... services and homelessness. ing the Oct.ndidates18 presidentialdUr" REMINDER ABOUT SCHOOL debate in Las Vegas, Gov. Rick BUSES Perry brought up his own jobs plan tiffed 'Energizing Ameri- National School Bus Safety can Jobs and Security." Week was Oct. 17-21. The plan, according to the The Texas Department of Perry campaign, "is based on a simple premise: Make what Americans buy. Buy what Americans make. And sell it to the world." Presented as an alternative to the Obama Administration's unpassed American Jobs Act, Perry's idea is to open America to more energy exploration and cut back on regulations enforced by the Environmen- tal Protection Agency as a path toward the creation of more than 3 million jobs. Perry's fellow contend- ers for the GOP nomination voiced little disapproval, although his plan points to- ward clear benefits for energy infrastructure and resource rich Texas as opposed to most other states. Now, in regards to the im: mediate employment situa- tion in the Lone Star State, the Texas Workforce Commission on Oct. 21 reported a net gain of 15,400 jobs statewide in September. The gain holds Texas' seasonally adjusted unem- ployment rate at 8.5 percent in September, same as in Au- gust, and compares favorably with the national unemploy- ment rate of 9.1 percent. Back to the Obama Admin- istration's American Jobs Act. According to the nonparti- san Center for Public Policy Priorities in Austin, "Congress is on the verge of cutting ! 50,000 out- of-work Texans off unemployment insurance unless it passes the (Obama) Administration's proposal in the American Jobs Act to continue unemployment insurance extended benefits. Failing to continue extended benefits will leave Texas fami- lies without help and create a drag on the Texas economy." SCHOOL FINANCE SUIT FILED Last spring, the Texas Leg- islature passed school finance legislation that triggered alaw- suit filed by the Texas Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition on Oct. 11. More than 250 school dis- tricts have joined as plaintiffs, alleging that property wealthy districts unfairly benefit from the legislation, while property poor districts are forced into heavier taxation. Defendants named in the lawsuit are the State Board of Education, Education Commis- sioner Robert Scott and State Comptroller Susan Combs. Similar lawsuits in the past have been settled by state court rulings based on the Texas Con- stimtion's requirement that the funding system must achieve a general diffusion of knowledge. Plaintiffs' argmnents hinge on the claim that school districts with unequal access to avail- able revenues face a barrier that prevents them from per- forming their mission. INTERIM CHARGES ARE ISSUED Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who presides over the Senate, and House Speaker Joe Straus last week issued lists of interim charges to committees of their respective houses to get a jump on legislation to be considered in 2013. Both leaders put extra emphasis on finding ways to address the extreme drought conditions and wildfires that have plagued the state this year. A few samples of other mat- ters to be studied: state agency budget reductions, driver's license improvement, juvenile justice, border health services, border securit, manufactur- ing capabilities, redistricting Public Safety on Oct. 14 posted a reminder that state law pro- hibits motorists from passing any school bus that is stopped and has its flashing red lights activated. A ticket for violating the law could cost up to $1,000. In 2010, Texas Highway Patrol troopers wrote 414 tickets for passing a stopped school bus; there were 762 crashes in Texas involving school buses last year; and in those crashes, one person died and 89 people had serious injuries, the DPS reported. GOVERNOR PLACES SERIES WAGER Game One of Major League Baseball's 2011 World Series was Oct. 19. Gov. Perry and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon placed traditional governors' wagers on the out- , come. Perry predicted a Texas Rangers win, putting up Dr Pepper and barbecue against Nixon's ravioli, salami, frozen custard and a six-pack of Bud- weiser in favor of the St. Louis Cardinals. EARLY VOTING THROUGH NOV. 4 Texas' chief elections officer, Secretary of State Esperanza "Hope" Andrade, annotmced earlyvo0ng for the Nov. 8 Constitutional Amendment election runs through Nov. 4. Voters will find 10 proposed amendments on the ballot. Go to www.votexas.org to read about each of them. Ed Sterling works for the Texas Press Association and follows the Legisiature for the association. W~aren it came to the s begun by eorge W Bush, I was an outspoken critic. I under- stood the retaliation against the Taliban and al Qaeda were a justified reaction to the attack on the United States. However, I did not and do not condone the continuing war in Afghanistan. Neither the Bush nor the Obama admin- istration has justified the con- finuafion of loss of life, injuries and resources for continuing this war. We cannot justify expendi- tures of human and financial resources in a country that was tribal at best- and famil- ial in structure. A functioning central, civil government was and is impossible to sustain in Afghanistan. If our goal was to wipe out a home for al Qaeda, we have done that. We cannot commit to creating a func- tioning government, and to assume we can is a figment of someone's imagination. The war in Iraq is even more insidious. The justification for beginning the war Was built on a lie. We seem to forget that when asked about the reason for the war, the tmdersecretaty of defense said that among the options to be presented to the public, only the allegation of weapons of mass destmc- tion would be acceptable to the American public. That was seven years ago; we are still there. We Americans have ac- edsterling@texaspress.com cepted so much since the ~TTERS FROM September 2001 attack. We have allowed the government to impose restrictions on our liberties. We have panicked to the point of accepting about anything in the name of fight- ing terrorism. The idiotic idea that we can stop terrorism completely is exactly that- an idiotic idea. While I have condemned the Bush administration, I must also condemn the ac- tions and non-actions of the Obama administration. Presi- dent Barack Obama has out- Bushed in many ways. I realize that some of his pledges have been stopped by the Congress but some have not. If we truly believe in American justice and its system, we would have dosed the prison at Guan- tanamo Bay and tried all of the accused in our courts of law. Congress stopped President Obama from dosing Guan- tanamo, but I think he did not try hard enough to fulfill his pledge. I agree that the president is bringing some troops home from both Afghanistan and Iraq. But, he has not given us a legitimate reason for keep- ing some there. Can he really justify spending almost two billion dollars a week in those wars? Can he justify rebuilding there? That is what we are do- ing in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Those monies are needed here at home. Not only has the president continued the wars in Afghan- istan and Iraq, he has expand- ed them into other countries. We know now that drones are being used in Pakistan. We also know that we have used ground troops there as well. Was it justifiable to use troops to capture and kill Osama bin Laden in Pakistan? While many may justify using force against al Qaeda hideouts in Pakistan to pursue the war in Afghanistan, how do we justify using drones to kill people in Yemen? Do we need to send troops to Soma- lia? Has the congress approved the sending of 100 troopS to Uganda? Where in the world is there now that a president can't send troops? Yes, President Obama, there is terror in the world ~and there are terrorists advocating it. You, who have studied law, should have learned that you can not destroy an idea. You do not need an army to com- bat terrorist threats against the United States. The U.S. can no longer police the entire world. We voted for change and while you have tried to change the politics of the United States, you have continued and expanded the war policies of the past administration. It is time you changed that. NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION (AVISO DE ELECCION ESPECIAL) To the registered voters of the City of Buda, Texas: (a los votantes registrados del Ciudad de Buda, Texas): Notice is hereby given that the polling places listed below will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.,on November 8, 2011, for voting in a special election to elect One At- Large Councilmember, Place 6. (Notifiquese, por las presente, que las casitlas electorales sitados abajo se abrir~n desde las 7:00 a.m. hasta las 7:00 p.m. el 8th de Novembre de 2011 para votar en la Elecci6n Especial pkra elegir One At-Large Councilmember, Place 6.) LOCATION(S) OF POLLING PLACES (DIRECCION(ES) DE LAS CASILLAS ELECTORALES) Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted each weekday at (La votaci6n adelantada en persona se llevar~i a cabo de lunes a viemes en) 121 Main Street, Buda, TX 78610 (location) (sitio) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. beginning on October 24, 2011 (entre las 8 de la mafiana y las 5 de la tarde empezando el October 24, 2011 (fecha) and ending on (y terminando el) November 4, 2011 (date) (fecha) Applications for ballot by mail shall be mailed to: (Las solicitudes para boletas que se votarfin em aisemcoa Joyce Cowan (Name of Early Voting Clerk) (Nombre del Secretario(a) de la Votaci6n Adelantada) 401 -C Broadway (Address) (Direcci6n) San Marcos. TX 78666 (City) (Zip Code) (Ciudad)(Zona Postal) Applications for ballots by mail (Las solicitudes para boletas que se votar~.n para el fin de las horas de negocio el) 10-21-11 por correo deber~in enviarse a:) must be received no later than the close of business on en ausencia por correo deber~in recibirse (date) (fecha) Issued this the 20th day of September. 2011. (Emitada este dfa 20th de September, 2011.) Mayor, Sarah Mangham Signature of Mayor (Firma del Alcalde) Advertise your ess in the 2012 Guide. 7; +