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+ RR XlN6 Kyle Council considers study to alleviate railroad woes. - Page 1D HaysFreePress.com ree ]ress November 16, 2016 Page 1C Ill For many of my friends the ar- rival of November signals the start of the deer and wild turkey season. For me, it's onion planting time. While Baker and Oli- ver hone their hunting skills over at the ranch in Brackettville over in Kinney County, I'm in my backyard planting this season's crop. I am often asked about the 'key to suc- cess' with onions, and I always tell gardeners that they first have to know which variety is best suited to the area where they live. Here in central Texas, we plant short-day onions. These grow during the short days of winter and are ready for harvest when the days become longer in the spring. Short-day onions mature in roughly 120 days, and you can plant Ws About Thyme by Chris Winslow them from the middle of this month through late winter. It's impor- tant to know that the earlier you plant them, the larger they will grow. My top five onion choices for the Hay and Travis counties: 1.Texas 1015y'Su- per-Sweet': Probably the most popular onion in Texas. The 1015 is globe-shaped, yellow,- and can grow up to 6 inches in diameter. It's so sweet that you can eat it like an apple! 2. Texas EarlyWhite: A new, sweet, white onion that has won awards for its flavor, ease-of-growing, and IT'S ABOUT THYME, 3C GnlObe-trotting ewspaper 1~|S reporter Hubert in Texas Renfro Knickerbocker spoke at Southern Methodist University in Dallas on Nov. 20, 1941, but as usual his pro- war message fell on deaf and hostile ears. For years the award- winning journalist had implored the public to take a hard second look at Adolph Hitler and the threat fascism posed to democracy around the world. But he was drowned out by the greatest American hero of the century, who emphatically insisted that events in Europe did not con- cern this country. Knickerbocker was a native of Yoakmn and a graduate of South- western University at Georgetown. A short tour of army duty along the Mexican border and a job delivering milk in Austin preced- ed his 1919 departure for NewYork City. Although Knicker- bocker planned on a career in psychiatry, between classes at Co- lumbia.he moonlight- ed as a cub reporter for two Manhattan newspapers. Retum- ing to Texas in 1922, he chaired the journalism department at SMU for a term before leaving for Germany to con- tinue his studies. Knickerbocker no sooner arrived in Mu- nich than he witnessed first-hand the Nazis' Beer Hall Putsch of November 1923. After selling his top-notch report of the crushed coup, the young Texan decided the newspaper business rather than the lucrative couch game was for him. He moved to Berlin and by 1928 was the chief correspondent for the New York Evening Post and the Phila- delphia Public Ledger. Mastering the unfamil- iar foreign language, he wrote two regular newspaper columns History by Bartee Halle and six books all in flawless German. A 1931 Pu]itzer Prize did not protect Knickerbocker from the wrath of the Nazis, after they took power two years later. Quickly deported for his critical coverage of the fascist regime, he interviewed dozens of important Europeans for a best- seller that accurately predicted the Second World War. Meanwhile, most Americans were trying hard to ignore the dis- turbing developments on the distant conti- nent. Reinforcing this traditional head-in- the-sand isolationism was none other than pioneer aviator Charles Lindbergh. On four occasions between 1936 and 1938, the Lone Eagle visited the Third Reich and each time came back with a positive impression of the Na- zis. "Don't believe any- thing you read about them in the press," he said. "It's lies. All lies." Even as the Ger- man blitzkrieg rolled through Poland in September 1939, Lindbergh went on nationwide radio to argue more strongly than ever the case for neutrality. Urging mil- lions of listeners to be "as impersonal as the surgeon with his knife," he advised Americans "not to permit our sentiment, our pity, or our personal feelings of sympathy to obscure the issue." While the Brit- ish endured inces- sant bombing by the Luftwaffe, a Gallup poll taken in April 1941 showed that 80 percent of the American people TEXAS HISTORY, 2C PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Employees at Night Hawk in Buda and several volunteers dedicated time Nov. 11 to help the Hays County Food Bank fill roughly 3,000 holiday meal boxes as part of its Turkeys Tackling Hunger campaign. Mallory Raschke, HCFB communications coordinator, said the group constructed 3,000 boxes for needy families for Thanksgiving week. The HCFB will distribute boxes Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Kyle Elementary and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the HCFB in San Marcos. Next week, we'll explore the process the HCFB takes to construct their boxes. BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ AND MOSES LEOS III news@haysfreepress.com I .iYle is turning to ts youth to help mprove pedestrian mobility across the city. The Kyle Area Youth Advisory Council (KAYAC) last week held a commu- nity charette, or public meeting, to determine what types of sidewalks are needed in the city, said Lyler Ramos, KAYAC secretary. KAYAC'S initiative is a capstone project for members, who are stu- dents in Hays CISD high schools in Kyle. This year's capstone project looks to address the mobility needs and the quality of life benefits of increasing the amount of sidewalks in the city. Alden O'Keefe, KAYAC chairperson, said they wanted to gather public input on the need for sidewalks so they can put together a proposal that is representative of the needs of the city at large. "Right now, you need a car to get around the city, Ramos said. "We'd like to change that not just for the youth, but for the adult and senior popula- tion of the city." KAYAC's charette had members of the public take a look at the city's network of roads and streets and identify where more sidewalks were needed. Members of KAYAC gathered the data and will process it. They did not make a determination at the time of the meeting. Travis Mitchell, Kyle City Council member, attended the meeting and was impressed with the organization's effort to make the city "more safer and walkable." It stems from the city's effort to make the town Kyle City Council member Travis the community and the Kyle in the city. "Right now, you need a car to get around the city ... We'd like to change that not just for the youth, but for the adult and senior population of the city." - Lyler Ramos, KAYAC secretary interconnected. But Mitchell said the chal- lenge is that sidewalks aren't the only thing the city needs. "It's providing a safe corridor from point A to point B," Mitchell said. "Sidewalks don't solve that. Lighting is something the students pointed out. Just because there's a sidewalk doesn't Mitchell points to a spot on a Area Youth Advisory Council mean they will walk it." Mitchell said students spent time talking with residents on the deficien- cies in the city's mobil- ity plan and ways to strengthen it, Mitchell said he was interested in discovering that every subdivision in the city has sidewalks. That was information gathered by KAYAC mem- bers. One discussion centered on sidewalks around schools in Kyle, which Mitchell said was a weak point in terms of mobility. The group also dis- cussed the dilemma of adding sidewalks near schools as doing so could change Hays CISD bus routes to certain neigh- borhoods. According to Hays CISD's Safe Routes to School program, subdi- visions that are deemed to have a "safe route" within two miles to a campus do not receive bus service. "There's a tradeoff," Mitchell said. "Putting sidewalks could have a negative affect on some of the parents in terms of how they get their chil- dren to school." PHOTO BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ map of Kyle as members of (KAYAC) discuss mobility needs For Mitchell, balancing installation of sidewalks with maintenance and safety improvements is what the city is working to accomplish with KAYAC, which has seen success with previous capstone projects. Ramos said that a past capstone project led the group to study the effects of e-cigarettes on youth. As a result of their ef- forts and their presenta- tion to the Kyle city coun- cil, the city to instituted a ban on the sale of e-cigs to minors. That presentation was then picked up by state representative Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs), who in turn made it pos- sible for KAYAC members to testify in the state legislature in 2013. Nicky Ladet, Recreation Coordinator for the city of Kyle and liaison to KAYAC, urged for more public involvement with KAYAC. Ladet said KAYAC is "doing awesome worlC and that "citizens should get to know what KAYAC is all about and suppo the organization as it sets out to accomplish its mis- sion." +