Archive - Apr 2013


April 30th

Cartoon for April 30, 2013

Reverse psychology vs. the Nanny State

Get this: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to ban the sale of cigarettes - now legal to people at age 18 - to people younger than 21.
Yeah, that ought to work!
Bloomberg, as you may know, has become the nation's poster child for nanny-state policies. He wants to ban the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces - but a judge overturned the proposal. The city is appealing.
He has already banned, or tried to ban, trans fats, smoking in public places and salty foods. And now he wants to prevent anyone under 21 from legally buying cigarettes within New York City.

Why won’t they go way?

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously uttered, "There are no second acts in American lives," but bless his heart, the besotted scribe seems blissfully unaware of the loophole large enough to taxi a C-130 through that exists for American politicians. These people are as indomitable as a mule falling off a bridge. Limber like a deboned eel.

Diamond Line: SMHS dance squad has had a successful season

The 2012-2013 San Marcos High School Diamond Line Dance Team, under the direction of Michelle Knight, had a successful contest season. The team competed in three major contests that were held in February.
At the Crowd Pleasers Hill Country Regional Showcase held in New Braunfels, the team took top honors and was named overall Grand Champions in the Medium High School Division.
The team earned 1st place in each dance category it entered. It was also recognized for the Best Jazz Routine of the Contest, and the Highest Scoring Routine of the Contest for their pom routine.

Appraisals rise: Hays County will begin sending notices Wednesday

The Hays Central Appraisal District is scheduled to start mailing 76,528 appraisal notices Wednesday.
Property owners who receive a notice of appraised value will have until May 31 to file a protest to appeal to the Appraisal Review Board.
Property owners can file a protest at the Hays Central Appraisal District office, located at 21001 N. IH 35, Kyle or call (512) 268-2522 for information.

SMCISD Teachers of the Year

Each year, Texas recognizes and rewards excellence in the teaching profession through the Texas Teacher of the Year (TOY) program. The project honors excellence in classroom education and showcases outstanding educators whose efforts and examples inspire students, colleagues, and the community.
San Marcos CISD takes advantage of the annual recognition as a time to recognize local educators who are known for their commitment to students and their families.

Water well training set for owners

LOCKHART — Anyone interested in private water well management in the Plum Creek watershed is invited to the Texas Well Owner Network (TWON) training May 9 in Lockhart to learn about improving and protecting their community water resources.
The no-cost training will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the First Lockhart Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 315 W. Prairie Lea St., Lockhart, Texas, according to Drew Gholson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist and TWON coordinator. Participants may bring water well samples for analysis.

Diamond Line continues to sparkle

City embraces transparency technology for use by residents

The city of San Marcos has adopted the use of the web based budget transparency web site in support of increased transparency for its citizens.
Historically, city and county budgets contain hundreds of pages of numbers that are often difficult for citizens to analyze and understand.
The Budget Infographics web site solves this problem by providing an efficient graphical user interface which allows citizens and government officials to easily understand the budget and drill down into the details with a click of the mouse.

Bartu, Morris ink NFL deals

Joplo Bartu and Darryl Morris waited for their opportunity.

Despite not hearing their names called in the 2013 NFL Draft, their ringing phones showed NFL teams wanted them on their rosters.

That’s when opportunity knocked for them in the guise of the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers. Bartu signed a free-agent contract with Atlanta, while Morris agreed to terms with San Francisco.

“It felt big to me, kind of like a ‘Mission Accomplished,’” Bartu said. “But it’s not accomplished until I make the 53-man roster.”

Morris felt the same way.