When I moved here back in 1984 there were two things more than a few people told me that stick out in my mind.

The first was that the best nightclub was located at the Racquet Club, and I should enter the popular party place from Fulton Beach Road. Also, in regard to the Racquet Club, I was told to always use Fulton Beach Road when driving home because local law enforcement “never patrolled” that roadway. I never was a big bar or dance hall type after I graduated from Texas A&M. I got married the December after I moved here, and our first daughter was born in 1987.

The point of me mentioning that is I didn’t have a lot of time to be clubbing, and I never really had the opportunity to use the advice I received.

The second thing I heard about was how everyone in Aransas County was going to get sick and die due the red dust flying out of the waste pits on either side of SH 188 (back then it was called FM 881).

The reason I remember that so well is that after hearing about the pits a few times, I basically never heard them seriously discussed … until recently.

In case you missed it, read the story about the TCEQ representatives’ presentation to Aransas County commissioners. It is in this edition.

The “opportunity” to make it a local political issue should not be lost on clear thinking individuals. Those who say that’s not the reason behind bringing it up a couple of weeks before a critical election, hiding behind the environmental impact the beds are going to have … tomorrow, are simply not being honest.

Folks, the pits have been there a long time, and they aren’t going to be moved out of Aransas and San Patricio counties anytime soon.

Political landscape

Oh how I love election time in Aransas County – NOT.

I actually hate it, especially now because of the filth spewed during heated campaigns.

Most news people love it, I don’t.

I learned several years ago what’s happening in our community would be coming down the pipe. I flew to Mississippi about a month after Hurricane Harvey to talk with officials there about what happens to your community four to five years after a major natural disaster. They had gone through Hurricane Katrina in 2005, 12 years prior to our Harvey experience.

Let me just share that what they said happens to a community after a major disaster, is happening … and on steroids due to social media.

That really shouldn’t be a shocker to most people.

I’ll address that issue more, probably next week, but suffice it to say I look forward to the day we quit tearing each other apart. We are the microcosm of our national political landscape, which I thought we’d never see.

Until next week, have a good week!

Mike Probst can be reached at publisher@rockportpilot.com.

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