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I EDITORIAL ONGRESS f-you are not satisfied with the redis- tricting job done fbr Congress. don't blame anyone other than the Texas l of them got caught to create~CCashingron congres- cohorts. all, the pay up there is 20 times But unbelievably shoddy work in Austin of dumb mistakes by our state , General Greg Abbott resulted in federal court tossing the out the window. As a result. Congressman Lloyd Doggett in the western two-thirds Hays County and in his stronghold southern and western Travis: he'll over the seat when former Con- )ed down and has a dream native San Antonio. and the County folks who were in J are now in district which will almost surely elect a Democrat. Gone and good riddance is the cock- us the I county of less than 200.000 in the .S. to have that many congressmen. It a very dumb idea that should have at birth but didn't. Hays Countians will have to walt a few s to allow our county's efficient ]oyce badly awed plan. A good result is already evi- voting precincts the three congressional ~, our local gurus Hill man- to reduce it to slightly more than 50. That's, at the very least, a welcome PERSPECTIVES vet so often a giant falls and leaves I'Ma vacuum which likely will not be ...Jovercome for a very long time. Such is the situation at Penn State. Joe Patemo has been head coach at Penn State University for 46 years and assistant coach for years before that. His total coaching career at Penn State totals nearly 60 years. During this past week he has watched his reputa- tion come apart at the seams with little way to regain it. Bynow the reports of child abuse are nationwide - and even worldwide. The good that Paterno has done, especially for Penn State, is being put in danger ofbeinglost, l think it was Marc Antonywho said it best, "The evil that men do live after them. The good is often interred with their bones." How sad it would be if that were the case here. Over a span of severalyears, at least 18 boys - now men- have come forward to re- port sexual abuse. It is difficult to know how things Hill come out at this point, but likely Patemo's hnage has suffered a fatal blow. Patemo reportedly buried reports of abuse over a long period of time. Nowhe must bear the brunt of criticism for failing to report the incidents to police. Patemo was like a little god at Penn State. He gave great sums of money to the university and did a lot of good. Now he is in danger of living out his life in shame and humiliation. I feel some sense of sympathy, in light of all the good he did. However. one of the most sacred areas for a teacher/ coach is watching out for our youth. That stands far and away more important than anything else. President Truman said it best when he proclaimed, "The buck stops here." That was the troth then mad is now. There cannot be any joy coming out of this, but hopeflflly things will be better in the future for all of us. THEY REALLY SAID THAT? "Your ar ment (Pat. 2 Commissioner Mark Jones) does not make sense to me, but I find tt hard to accept the idea that you are either that vindictive orpartisan, so I am still unsure of exactly ohat your motivation is." ] -Mike Fulton, ESD #5 board member Hays Free Press November 30, 2011 COMMENTS FROM THE WEBSITE My heart goes out to all of you and no one can imagine the pain that everyone in your family is feeling, nor can we begin to wrap our heads around what led up to that fateful moment. - Andrea Casas on "Mom says she shot son in struggle over reeds" Do NOT give him a slap on the wrist and release him back into sOcie~ He gave up his human rights when he violated that girl's. - Cobalt on "6-year-old girl describes abuse by relative" I'm glad I got to see you before you left. We had so much fun everyday and I think of you all the time. You are my best friend and the coolest #erson I met in sacramento. I love you, Texas. I hope you're smoking a fat blunt right now; most likely you are, I tTope I see you in another life, I shed a tear when I think about aft ... we did. I just wonder ff I could've saved your life the day before. You wanted to hang out and I didn't want to and I know it looked like I avoided you but I was just tryin9 to straighten up. If I knew you were moving I would've done somethin9 with you before you left. I hope you weren't mad. I wish you could come back. I hate god for this one. R.LP - Eric J Pulllam on "Updated: Teen struck, killed by train in Kyle" &s they took pepper spray in their ces, I wonder if they thought out fire hoses in Birmingham, tear gas in Chicago's Lincoln Park. National Guard bullets at Kent State. Probably not, They thought of pain, and disbelief, the kind many felt see- ing it on YouTube and on the news. That, and inspiration. The seated Occupy protesters in Portland and at the University of California-Davis were doing some- thing gallant in the face of unblinking authority. In the process theywere burrowing into the nation's con- sciousness. Back when Bull Connor was bru- talizing uppity "nigras." face it: Most Americans were wholly ambivalent, or on the side of Birmingham's police commissioner. They were concerned with order you know, commerce, convenience, stablli~ the blessed stares quo. So, too, today, do most Americans side with police in whatever they might do to subjugate the Occupy protesters. They wince at the meth- ods, sure. but not the motivations: commerce, convenience, the blessed status quo. Back when marchers disrupted that order in the South in auda- cious and nonviolent defiance, most Americans were saying, "What do they want? To completely overturn all sense of normalcy? Of tradition? Do they hate America?What role are Communists playing in this?" Don't believe for a second that most Americans turned on the T~, saw the fire hoses crushing those people, and said, "This is unaccept- able." What was acceptable, what they wanted most, was normalcy. What the Occupy protesters are doing right now is amazingly gallant and important, even if all they do is make people think about America's definition of"normal." The phrase. "We are the 99 percent" is already etched in history, just as striking "ni- gra" Memphis garbage workers made "I am a man" part of it in 1968. Watch and see the extent to which Occupy's graphic illustration, "Amer- ica Divided byWeaith," becomes a banner. It shows i percent owning everything from the Pacific coast and across the Dakotas. and from the Canadian border to the Texas Panhandle. IF U.S. LAHI) LIKE U.S. WEALTH So, what would these protesters suggest that we do about that? Con- sider these proposals from a list of Occupy demands: They want less regressive taxation. such as an end to the cap on Social Security payroll taxes that exempts income after $102.000. They want to eliminate tax breaks for capital gains. They want to remove loopholes in the tax code for huge corporations which escape federal taxes. They want a federal tax on finan- cial transactions involving securities or derivatives. Your response might be: Any of these, though they would raise revenue for what America needs, would be terribly disruptive to the status quo, one which might require sacrifices, crimping markets and affecting all Americans. The amazing thing is that somehow apologists for the status quo think that what we are doing now comes without the very sacrifices that they don't wish to visit. Who is going to pay for blue-sky economic policies that drove up the national debt to untenable heights? Will it be America's wealthiest with their tax attorneys? No. it will be the middle class and poor when it becomes evident that this nation can't simply cut its way to a balanced budget, something that should be obvious already. The higher taxes to come will hit those with modest means, and what we cut ("Hands off defense spending") will hit those who already hurt the worst, America's fiscal policy is not serv- ing the needs of the 99 percent but those of the lenders, the traders, the insurers, the fiduciary slave masters. I'm not sure this is what was going through the minds of the protesters who took faces full of pepper spray, or if bewilderment and disbelief were the extent of it. But they have made increasing numbers of the 99 percent think that maybe what America has come to ac- cept as normalcy is not really that. It is a form of oppression that few of us have stopped to consider up to now because, well, order is so much more efficient than justice. Longtime Texas newspaperman John YoUng lives in Colorado. LETTER TO THE EDITOR DO-NOTHING WHO? Do-nothing congress? Really? You do know that the jobs bill failed in the Senate too right. You do real- ize the Senate is controlled by the Democrats. These seem to be facts you omit because you are too busy blaming the Republicans. Speaking of do-nothing congress, if you want to know who the actual do nothing members are look no further than the Democrat controlled Senate. The Democrat controlled Senate has not passed a budget in over 900 days. There are currently 25 House passed bills that are stuck in the Senate that pertain to helping the burdens of job creation that small business owners face. These bills have to do with gov- ernmem over-regulation and con- trolling the EPA, restarting drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, fixing the over complicated tax codes, etc. The Obama jobs bills had no chance of passing in either chamber of congress. Obama knew that. which is why he went around the country trying to talk it up. If his bill could stand on the merits of its content there is no reason for the President to have to travel the county trying to get support for it, In regards to your story about Erie Garza and her want to pass the Obama lobs bill, you might actually want to read a little about what the members of congress have done re- cently to help returning and retiring soldiers. The Veterans Opportunity to Work Act which originated in the evil, lazy, do-nothing (sarcasm) Republi- can controlled House was passed in October and was eventually signed by the President. The VOW overhauls the military's Transition Assistance Program, creating a job retraining program for older veterans who have been unemployed for 26 weeks or more. The bill helps returning soldiers find jobs and aims to greatly reduce the 11.7% unemployment rates for the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Before pointing fingers at the Republican Party for partisanship maybe you should look at the facts first. 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