Dear editor:

In the March 7 issue of the Pilot, Jeff Hutt, candidate for Tax Assessor-Collector in the Republican Primary, made a statement that “It is hard to win a countywide race when the local Chamber and the local Republican Party actively supports your opponent.”

That assertion is patently false. No party resources were used in favor of any given candidate, nor were there any endorsements by the party or party officials on behalf of the party.

When the candidates filed for office, they were all given access to the Republican Party of Texas voter database where they were able to create walk lists, phone lists, mail lists or any other list that would help them in their campaigns. How the candidates chose to use that information was up to them.

That said, individual precinct chairs are free to support, endorse or volunteer for the candidate of their choice as long as they do so as individuals.

Several precinct chairs showed support for various candidates including social media posts, yard signs, and tangible volunteer efforts.

We do not give up our first amendment rights as party leaders. There is no prohibition in the Texas Election Code or the Republican Party of Texas rules which has been further clarified by Republican Party of Texas Chairman, James Dickey https://www.texasgop.org/rule-9-precinct-chair-endorsements-rule-5/.

The voters made their choices at the ballot box based on information provided during the campaigns with no interference by the local party.

Kim Hesley

Precinct Chair, Precinct 3, Aransas County

Dear editor:

The following is a parody of the pages of the TxDOT manual on road resurfacing as applied to South Texas highways.

1. Obtain a tar-like toxic substance that if accidentally spilled, would require a HAZMAT crew to clean up.

2. Spray it on the road surface evenly, more or less.

3. Spread some gravel or rocks on the sticky toxic substance.

4. Mash it in with a large roller, with the goal of imbedding 50 to 60% of the gravel into the toxic substance.

5. Sweep up 10% of the unstuck gravel with a specially designed wire brush on wheels.

6. Complete the job leaving the “Road Work Ahead” signs in place for the next 2 years.

7. Repeat in 4-5 years.

If you are one of the ones whose windshield or paint has been damaged by this archaic method of paving, let TxDOT know how you feel. Surely there is a better way.

Jack Wright

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