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Hays Free Press * October 27, 2010 OPINION Page 5A My wife expressed alarm that the mute on the TV remote is being unresponsive, or at least slow on the draw. I suggested that the problem is simply struc- tural fatigue. A mopey mute is a seri- ous matter right now. Put in personal terms: Through Nov. 2, if viewing TV- baseball and football most pertinently- the remote is my only protection from that one decisive politi- cal hammer that will cause my head to split apart like a jack-o- lantern flung from a horseman. Doesn't matter the party. Doesn't matter the issue. The human brain can take only so many accusations. Zenith is credited with developing the first TV remote control in the 1950s. Sure, that was 60 years ago, but I must acknowledge this to be a relatively recent revelation from where I sit. Sure, through- out the '80s and '90s, we had a remote in our house, but for most of that time it was the VCR's, and therefore with no mute function. When the blessed mute became a way of life for us, I re- alized how effectively we were circumventing the misleading appeals any number of politi- cal thugs and merchandizers were purveying. (See: "War on Terror") Now we are in the throes of a campaign stretch where unprecedented amounts of YOUNG- anonymous cash are directed at midterm elections. The claims are presented under the names of organizations we've never heard of and which one can assume are headquartered on the disk drives of party schemers. And their appeals - have they ever been more outlandish? Sadly, we know they work. In their incessancy, they drill their way into voters' crania. The result: People who are highly discriminatory con- sumers when choosing, sa~ margarine or bleach, become slobbering zombies at the polls, sawdust seeping from their ear canals. Now, in case you are saying, "I don't remember it being this bad before," and someone says, "Well, you just don't remem- ber" - the fact is that your mind isn't playing tricks on you. The tricks being played on your mind are coming from a swelling tide of anonymous corporate donors. The Supreme Court gets credit for this. Its ruling last year effec- tively equating money with free speech, lifting controls on corporate campaign contribu- tions, bequeathed upon the land more loose campaign cash than ever before for an off-year election. The same anonymous and unchecked forms of untrace- able campaign loot that gave us Watergate are back in currency. By review, the forces of Richard Nixon did their dirty tricks with $22 million in secret donations. One can only imagine what favors were exchanged, and to what political and public policy ends. So, the issue is on two planes: first, the plane of politics and policy; second, the plane at which messages intersect with the inner ear and render the human brain to the watery consistency of the Hawaiian finger dish known as poi. Against this, we have two chief allies. The first is Com- mon Cause, the organization that sprang out of the Water- gate em and committed itself to rooting out the corruption that comes with unrestrained campaign gifts. The second is the TV remote - principally "off" and "mute." Common Cause is pushing Congress to pass the DIS- CLOSE Act, requiring corpora- tions and unions to publicly stand by the content in the ads themselves -"just as candi- dates for Congress must now stand by ads financed by their campaigns." After a round of unchecked, anonymous campaign dollars, policy makers must take the initiative and force companies to fess up. In the meantime, we, the consumers must protect and conserve our neural tissue. The impulse starts at the brain, channels through the wrist, and ends at the finger. The mute. Yes. Give these shame- less barkers the finger. Longt/me Texas newspa- perrnan ]ohn Young lives in Colorado. jyoungoolumn@gmsll.oom TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS AND PARTIES: RTI Hot Mix, Ltd. has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for renewal of Air Quality Permit No. 46728, which would authorize continued operation of the South Asphalt Plant located at 1101 !FM 2770, Buda, Hays County, Texas 78610.!Additional information conceming this application is contained in the public notice Section of this newspaper. Honest Qualified, i~ill iiiiiii il ~ii{iiiiiiiiiiiiii!!~:~ ~i~iii~iiiiiiii~i~ili~ililili~iiii~ii!~ii:i~i~i ?i ~didato:i~ that has Chief D~puty- Courts Division e~nce~ DMsions 13 year~ experience of the Hays County Cle~s Office. 40-year realdent of Hays County 12 years experience in OffiCial Graduate of Texas State University Public Records (SWT), B8 in Criminal Justice Pol. Ad. Pd. by Pete T. Isles, Campaign Treasurer, 726 Willow Creek Circle, San Morcos, TX 78666 + Republicans and Democrats agree: for the Court of Appeals * A leading appellate attorney * Voted "best qualified" by lawyers * Endorsed by four former Texas Supreme Court Justices - one Democrat and three Republicans "Kurt Kuhn is undoubtedly the best candidate for this very important court. Because experience and qualifications are what matter in a judicial race, not party politics, I am endorsing Kurt. He will make an excellent appellate judge." - Tom Phillips, Republican and former Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court Hays Kurt Kuhn has also been endorsed by many Hays County community leaders, including: County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe * Bob Barton Mayor Lucy Johnson of Kyle* Dick Schneider FOR :)URT OF APPEAL5 Pol adv Kurt Kuhn in compliance with the voluntary limits of the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act, Marcy Greer, Treasurer EDUCATION IS FOREVER The Austin Communit6r College annexation effort is drawing its share of attention from opponents recently as we get closer to the election. One of the m&in arguments from annexation opponent8 that I keep hearing and reading is "tuition is temporary, taxes are forever." I would argue that EDUCATION IS FOREVER. The latest figures that I saw from the Texas Education Agency were for the 2007-2008 school year. Of the nearly 13,000 students in the Hays CISD, aboUt 5,400 were classified as "Economically Disadvantaged." That's over 40% of o Ir students living in families with very difficult financial conditions. A more educated workforce and the opportunity to attract employers offering more skflled,i better-paying jobs is a response to that problem. Affordable, accessible higher education should be a priority. ACC would provide a college campus in our! community that our children and our neighbors could use to work toward improvi their lives. Better education. Better jobs. Better incomes. Better family situations. Better community. Terry Mazurek Buda Political advertisement paid for by the North Hays County Steering Committee, Sarah Mangham Treasurer, 5401 S FM 1626, Suite 170-497, Kyle, Tx 78640 'The right man for the job" Endorsed by: Earl Pearson-Former Chief of the TEXA RANGERS Charlie Brune - Former Captain of the TEXAS RANGERS The Allen Bridges Family EXPERIENCE * LEADERSHIP * DEDICATION PoZ Adv. Paid b2 the Cutler for Sboiff Ca~paign +