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Pago 4 Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Bumet Bulletin Burnet, Texas Commentary Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 18 met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a business devel- opment tour in Israel. Abbott said in a news release that the meeting was "to discuss Texas and Israel's historic bond" and how he can further solidify their relation- ship. Abbott informed Netanyahu that Texas would "maintain its Iran dives- titure policy" and that he would "seek new laws to strengthen Texas' prohibitions on the investment of public funds in lran." Abbott said the legislation he plans to promote would: Require local governmental entities to divest investments in Iran; Require all Texas state entities that invest money to divest Iran investments, not just Texas' various retirement funds; and Close loopholes in Texas' Iran divestment law after examining them to determine where and how any exceptions can be minimized or eliminated altogether. Abbott reminded readers that in September 2015, he sent a letter to the Texas congressional delegation stating his opposition President Nxas immigrants. The case is scheduled be Paxton said, "Paid daily 'fantasy said Texas Workforce Commission Capilal Highlighls argued before the court in April, with sports' operators claim they can Chair Andres Alcantar. a decision expected in June. legally operate as an unregulated Texas' seasonally adjusted unem- Texas Attorney General Ken house, but none of their arguments ployment rate increased to 4.7 per- Paxton reacted to the Supremesquare with existing Texas law. cent in December, up from 4.6 per- Court's decision to hear the case, Simply put, it is prohibited gambling cent in November. It remained below Ed saying that the court "recognizes the in Texas if you bet on the perform- the national average of 5.0 percent. importance of the separation ofpow- ance of a participant in a sporting The Workforce Commission, citing Sterling ers." event and the house takes a cut." figures compiled by the U.S. Texas leads a 26-state coalition Paxton said that unlike some against the president's immigration other states, Texas law only requires Department of Labor Statistics, Texas Press Association plan. Federal courts have ruled in the "partial chance" for something to be pointed out these statistics: states' favor three times, most gambling; it does not require that Professional and business serv- recently in the U.S. Court of Appeals chance predominate, ices employment surged in December for the Fifth Circuit, Paxton noted. The opinion makes clear, Paxton with the addition of 12,500 positions, Obama's Iran nuclear deal. On July AG opines on added, that "traditional fantasy sports the industry's largest over-the-month 14, 2015, the president signed what online gaming leagues are, as a general rule, legal gain since November 2014; and the White House called "a compre- Texas Attorney General Ken under Texas law. In those leagues, The education and health serv- hensive, long-term deal that will Paxton on Jan. 19 issued an opinion participants generally split any pot ices industry recorded the second- verifiably prevent Iran from obtain- in response to a legislative inquiry amongst themselves, so there is no largest employment gain over the ing a nuclear weapon." regarding the legality of online gum- house that takes a cut." month in Texas with 7,400 jobs Court to review ing. Job statistics added, marking 21 consecutive Texas case State Rep. Myra Crownover, R- are posted months of growth and a total of The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. Denton, chair of the House The Texas Workforce 19 announced it would review an Committee on Public Health, asked Commission on Jan. 22 announced 66,700 jobs added since January immigration case that originated in Paxton whether "daily fantasy sports the state ended calendar year 2015 2015. Brownsville. leagues" are permissible under Texas with another month of growth inFurthermore, said Ruth R. Hughs, Styled now as United States v. law, and if it is legal to participate in employment, adding 24,900 jobs. TWC's commissioner representing Texas, the case challenges the fantasy sports leagues where the "Texas finished 2015 on a strong employers, "Private-sector employ- Obama administration's November house does not take a "rake" and the note in December with employers mint was strong over the year with the 2014 executive order affecting the participants only wager among them- adding 166,900 jobs over the year overall job growth of l41,300jobs in deportation policy for undocumented selves, across a diverse range of industries," December." easure cruise :]-" The Mittie Stephens steamed out of New Orleans on Feb. 2, 1869, on a pleasure cruise through the inland waterways of Texas that ended in fiery tragedy on Caddo Lake. The 312-ton, side-wheel steam- boat was built six years earlier in Indiana. Used by the Union for a year as a transport and packet (a ship that carried mail, passengers and goods on an established route,) the Mittie Stephens later saw less hazardous duty as a private passenger craft on the navigable rivers of Louisiana. Paying customers traveled in style on the luxury cruise ship, dining on the finest cuisine prepared by a staff of four-star chefs. Chamber maids, servants and other employees of the floating hotel waited on the pampered passengers hand and foot. The Mittie Stephens left New :Orleans with 107 passengers and crew in the capable hands of an expe- rienced riverboat captain named Homer Kellogg. The cargo consisted of 274 bales of hay, ten kegs of gun- powder and $100,000 in gold to pay the post-Civil War occupation troops at the final destination -- Jefferson, Texas. Thanks to a freak of nature, the East Texas community was the sec- ond busiest port in the Lone Star State. An enormous mass of logs, N At my age, three-quarters of a cen- tury plus, I can no longer claim naiv- ete'. Well, I guess I could but who'd believe me. However, there was a time when this country-bred-and- raised youngster was plenty naive. But, maestro, a little music, please. Tah-dah. Eyen though I was 21 .years old and had two years at Sam Houston State Teachers College plus a year as news editor of The Teague Chronicle, I guess I wasn't prepared for Big City Life and the ways of the 1958 world in Houston and its suburbs. I trans- ferred to the University of Houston after the aforementioned experiences and thought I was prepared, or as Uncle Harvey would say, "repaired," for anything. Upon arrival in Big H, I should've been "repaired" for a sign atop the Shell Oil building. As I approached from the north side, the "S" had burned out of the neon name sign atop the skyscraper. For small town me, it was just as scary as it was funny. I moved in with aunt, uncle and their four children in a three-bedroom house and began a two bus-company a day ride to and from school. My day began at 5 a.m, and ended Dear Editor, We are all familiar with the issues of the proposed ordinance against feeding wild ani- mals including deer and feral (untamed; wild) cats. This topic yields a variety of emotions and complexities in enforcement. Regardless of where you stand, though, new ordinances that cause community unrest are not necess~ when there are existing ordi- nances that cover these issues. Why do we need a new ordinance? If it passes, how will it be enforced any differ- ently? Switching gears, the other proposed ordi- docked at Mooringsport, where off from the rest of the vessel, Swain yielding to the inevitable death." Bartee James C. Christian boarded the ill- and Lodwick jumped into the pitch- When the Dixie reached the fated vessel. He had sent his 10-year- black lake and swam the short dis- scene, the Mittie Stephens was a Halle old grandson home for a coat, but by tance to safety, smoldering hulk burned to the water the time the boy returned the Mittie In spite of the chaos, the clear- line. Capt. Jacobs transported 43 sur- Stephens had left for Swanson's thinking ship's carpenter remem- vivors to Jefferson and returned the -T---exas- Landing on the south side of Caddo bered the gunpowder in the hold. He next day with grappling hooks to historian Lake. saved countless lives by singlehand- Long-distance greetings were idly wrestling the kegs overboard, retrieve the bodies. The official death exchanged with the steamboat Dixie, Panic-stricken passengerstoll was 61, but estimates ranged as which was waiting for daylight in a retreated to the stem or rear of the high as 70. moss, weeds, vines, dirt and trash sheltered cove. Capt. Thornton Mittie Stephens, where the lake was However, no one had a bad word known as the Red River Raft made Jacobs was a cautious sort, who did eight to ten feet deep. Most of those to say about Capt. Kellogg and his Jefferson accessible to 200 or more not believe nighttime crossings of the that went over the side were crushed crew, who were praised for their steamboats a year. The six-day voyage to Shreveport Caddo were worth the risk. to death by' the paddle wheels or cool-headed courage. Grasping at was uneventful. J.W. Lively, who had Pilot William Swain and steers- drowned not knowing how close they straws, one newspaper blamed the a ticket all the way to Jefferson, dis- man Joe Lodwick were in the pilot were to shallow water and dry land. tragedy on "the passions of the embarked with several companions house around midnight, when Several survivors owed their and never got back on-board. "To Lodwick smelled smoke. Searching lives to a passing horse and rider, American people for rapid transit, this day we don't know, can't explain for the source, he discovered the hay who saved them one by one from a reckless of life and limb." why we done it," Lively told a bales on the larboard or loading side watery grave. Bartee welcomes your comments reporter in 1921. "But all at once we of the deck had caught fire appar- The vast majority of fatalities and questions at bartee- decided to leave the Mittie ently from sparks given off by,the were women and small children that or P.O. Box 152, Stephens." r~pine knots, ........ ~ " Clung i to their mothers. Lodwick Friendswo~d, TX 77549' and inv'#es The ship departed Shreveport at The pair quickly sounded the later spoke of the women's "strange four in the afternoon following a alarm and turned the Mittie Stephens infatuation with the buming boat" five-hour layover. At dusk the crew toward land. Crew members rushed and how nothing could induce them lit torch baskets and pine knots, on deck to douse the flames but to no "to leap overboard, their only means which cast a bright-red glow from avail as the fire raged out of control, of escape. Only four were saved, metal cages. At 10 o'clock the Mittie Twenty feet from shore, the blaz- probably from their being on the Stephens steamed into Caddo Lake ing bow hit bottom in three feet of lower deck." on the Texas-Louisiana border and water. The pilot and steersman kept Another eyewitness recalled set a course for Big Cypress Bayou the paddle wheels turning in a des- watching "the poor creatures as the and Jefferson. pirate attempt to drive the ship onto flames swept over them, some with An hour later, Capt. Kellogg land. With the fire closing in and cut out-stretched arms and others meekly more afternoons I was a commis- (convenient, no?) sioned ad sales person via a sales He arranged for an "office assis- internship at a suburban newspaper, tant," a pretty redheaded friend of the owned by UH J-GA prof Billy I. Ross editor, to be hired. On the assistant's and Rigby "Pop" Owen Sr. first day on the job, Adman and Editor Several other advertising students left quickly for lunch together, leaving Willis went through the sales intemship but me with Red. She quickly made her Webb it led to a much-needed, steady move. income for me. Tah-dah, dramatic musical cres- By summer time I was employed cendo, please... Writer's Roost as the full-time general manager of came another ad student, an this suburban weekly paper owned by older and married good friend of the aforementioned duo. It was a 30- mine, who immediately saw what was minute drive from the UH campus, happening and not being as naNe as I, at 11 p.m. Arising at that early hour which necessitated me to buy a car. put it all together. He dragged me out was necessary for me to get the mile My dad helped me acquire a 1952 of there for lunch and had me detail from my new residence to the private rusted-out, baby blue, two-door, stick the events prior to his arrival. He company bus line stop. A 6:30 a.m. shift Chevrolet, which also served as a exploded and told me, in no uncertain Pioneer Bus Lines ride would get me "newspaper hauler" from "Pop's" terms, to go home and he would call into downtown Houston just in time to Conroe printing plant to the one- me later. By the end of the day, I was catch a city bus that would put me out room-finished model shell home that informed that neither of the philander- by a University of Houston entrance served as the suburban paper's office, ing couple were employed and that I through which I'd sprint 250 yards to However, prior to the summer was the new, full-time GM of that the Journalism and Graphic Arts opportunity, there was a competition newspaper. building where I was employed, about which I was not aware. There Welcome to HELL-- I recalled At least that's where one of my was, however, some hanky-panky of of the sign on my entrance to hot jobs was. From 8 a.m.-1 p.m. which I'd become cognizant. One of Houston, which I then thought of as Monday-Friday, I was the secretary- the ad students, an older, married Texas' lust capitol. receptionist for the J-GA department man, was having an affair with a mar- Willis Webb is a retired community for which l was paid $1 perhour. Two ried woman who was the editor of the newspaper editor-publisher of more afternoons a week I was the $5 per suburban paper. He even bragged to than 50 years experience. He can be week copy editor of the Houston me about the affair. This philandering reached by email at Cougar, UH's student newspaper. Two ad student wanted the GM job as well nance prohibiting electronic pet contalmnent systems warrants the same overall considera- tion as to whether its enforcement would be possible given the many variables involved. While some dogs have breached "invisi- ble fence" systems, there are also dogs escap- ing from smactt~ fences, which are equally imperfect as their materials rust, rot or other- wise fail. Houses themselves even produce easy escape routes through every door poten- assisting with the dog-at-large situatiol~ I have an Invisible Fence~ Brand that I have used for over six years and can attest to the respon- sibility of the company, the dependability of the electronics, the containment of my dog and the expertise of their lraining. Suggestions: 1. Enforce current ordinances. If that doesn't work, then write new ones. 2. Require a sign in a yard that notifies tially left Ol~m. others that an electronic confinement system It's been an issue for ages. Ultimately, it is is in use. the animal owner who is responsible for his Signed, pet's containment, for any damage caused by Craig Lindholm and Peg Moore escaped animals and for the safety of the ani- Burner, Texas mals .......................................................................................... We already have ordinances coveting Dear Editor, animals at-large and even they are not fully enforced. The City of Burnet has a leash law con- Similar to the feeding ofthe wild animals, ceming pets in the city. the City of Bumet Code of Ordinances also I have mostly lived in the counlry where has ordinances that cover unrestrained ani- I did not have a leash law, but after living in reals, the city for awhile, I can see why there is a I can attest that professionally-installed need for the law due to people's personal pets. electronic fences have the best chance of All ofmy neigh~rs in my area are very respectful of people's space. I have noticed, however, there are feral cats that are running loose in the city. The Animal Conlrol Department here in the city has been very helpful in catching these cats on my property. I owe them huge thanks. I have seen what a feral cat can do to small pets as well as gass and how much of a nascence they can be. I have a small herd of deer in my back yard. I do not feed them but they do roam around my yard. The deer urine has not killed my grass as the cat urine has and has a horrible odor. I, myself, am a dog person and I like big dogs as pets. But, ,Maere my residence is located, it would not be fair to a large dog as a pet for me due to lack of space. I may get a small dog soon and a concern of mine would be what these feral cats would attempt to do to it. Sincerely, Larry Dannheim Burnet, Texas you to visit his web site at bartee- haile, com. B Bumet uiieiin Serving Burnet County Since 1873 220 South Main Burnet, TX 78611 The Burnet Bulletin is published weekly by Highland Lakes Newspapers. Periodicals post- age paid at Bumet, TX 78611; USPS 080-000. Combined with the Marble Falls Messenger and Bertram Enterpnse. Member of Texas Press Association and the South Texas Press Association. POSTMASTER Send address change to The Burnet Bulletin R O. Box 1000 Marble Falls, TX 78654 Corrections The Bulletin will gladly correct any error found in the newspaper. 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