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Redundant actions

Why would Kendall County be looking at a comprehensive plan when not too long ago the leadership of Boerne said that they had a created a Master Growth Plan that would guide all development of Kendall County? What happened to all of the money, time, and “experts” that were brought in to develop this plan? At the time, everybody was in for controlled growth of Kendall County and this was a compromise to the growth that was starting.

All of the double-dealing started with, “Still feels like a small town.” I remember hearing that phrase when the growth of Kendall County started to take off. That was a way of making excuses for the shortsightedness of leadership at the time. All of it was a shell game that was being thrown around so as to fool the people of Kendall County into thinking that the leadership at the time was doing what was best for Kendall County and Boerne.

The Master Plan was nothing more than an attempt to cover up leadership that had no idea how to deal with the growth that they knew was coming.

Do you remember when Boerne reduced the minimum lot size so, “Neighbors could get to know each other better”? That was the reason actually given and put into the paper when it happened. But, guess what? Nobody said a word about it and so be the standing minimum lot size allowed in Boerne.

The Shoreline development is an example of poor leadership from Boerne and Kendall County and getting out maneuvered by professional shysters. Kendall County should have bought that land, protected our water supply, and created some sort of outdoor education/recreation area. But, instead, the City of Boerne is busy buying art pieces.KB homes are not what you want out by Boerne Lake. They could care less about doing what is best for the county. All they want to do is cut down every tree, put in their Lego-land houses, and then move to their next sucker. Goodbye Kendall County and hello cement, smog, traffic and worse living conditions.

– Tyler Smurr, Boerne

Declare independence

What ever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on the Fourth of July were traffic jams and wayward fireworks?

According to USDA’s Meat & Poultry Hotline, this year’s top threat is food poisoning by nasty E. coli and Salmonella bugs lurking in hamburgers and hot dogs at backyard barbecues. The hotline’s advice is to grill them longer and hotter. They don’t bother to mention that high-temperature grilling of meat products also forms lots of cancer-causing compounds. And, who knows what they really put into those hot dog casings in the first place?

Luckily, a bunch of enterprising U.S. food manufacturers and processors have met this challenge head-on by developing a great variety of healthful, delicious and convenient, veggie burgers and soy dogs. These plant-based foods don’t harbor nasty pathogens or cancer-causing compounds. They don’t even carry cholesterol, saturated fats, drugs or pesticides. And, they are waiting for us in the frozen food section of our supermarket.

This Fourth of July offers a great opportunity to declare our independence from the meat industry and to share wholesome veggie burgers and soy dogs with our family and friends.

– Braxton Stuttgard,