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The COVID-19 pandemic has completely altered our behaviors for all but three months this year, and half the population is mad, and the other half happy about the presidential results.

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Every four years I have to buy a new car. That means, the best our two-person Rockport home has at any one time is a brand new car and a four-year-old car. The worst (in terms of age of vehicles) is having a four-year-old car and an eight-year-old car.

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Turning 61 isn’t that bad, especially if one gets to fly to his birthplace (New Orleans) the day after a hurricane, and things, with some itinerary changes, work out.

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This is an important local election year. We in Aransas County must be involved and vote on the three Propositions on our ballot. We also must be informed with the facts on both sides of the issue.

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I must have been serious about not watching any NBA, MLB or NFL games. Like many millions of fans across the country, I’m not alone in my actions. Ratings are at an all-time low from what I understand.

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There were many things going on in Aransas County Monday, and this scribe didn’t have time to pen a column prior to deadline. There is a lot going on around us, and I encourage each of you to continue reading this newspaper, and even share it with friends who do not read it.

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A couple of weeks ago in this space I wrote about how I was going to start living day-to-day as close to how I lived life prior to when the COVID-19 bug graced our shores. This past weekend I took that opportunity, but the experience was pretty surreal.

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I had a trip planned to Biloxi a month after Hurricane Harvey hit Aransas County. I kept those plans in place because, quite frankly, my wife and I needed to get away after that first month of non-stop work. However, the original agenda for that trip changed quite a bit.

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Last week in this space I said I was going to address this week the Downtown Anchor Project (new courthouse and Rockport city hall), including the long-term ramifications of not taking advantage of the many opportunities before us. I also noted I would share my perspective about what we are …

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“At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” With that attorney Joseph Welch effectively ended Senator Joseph McCarthy’s which hunt against alleged “Communists”. Americans were able speak more freely and we assumed “witch hunts”, were a thing of the past.

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I’m giving most of my space this week to Steve Fischer (see guest column), but I wanted to share a piece I received via email last week. In these upside down times we’re all living through, I thought is was a bit apropos for the times.

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As noted in this newspaper last week, a petition is circulating in our community to put the decision to issue debt to fund the construction of a new county courthouse and related facilities (known as the Downtown Anchor Project) to a public vote, rather than allow County commissioners to mak…

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Action and reaction to Aransas County’s intention to issue “up to” $24.5 million in certificates of obligation, to cover the gap in funding for the new courthouse that will replace the one Hurricane Harvey destroyed, as well as some unrelated expenditures, has occurred as fast or faster than…

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For almost three years local government entities, either on their own, or with the help of the Aransas County Long Term Recovery Team (LTRT), have been steadily working to repair or replace government owned or operated assets that were either heavily damaged, or destroyed, by Hurricane Harvey.

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I’m pretty confident saying I probably wasn’t the only Aransas County resident who was on edge, if even just a little bit, when news broke last week about a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico, which might threaten our county.

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