I’m pretty much tired of COVID-19, statue destruction, anarchists in the streets of major U.S. cities, and the ridiculous groundswell of support in some areas of our great nation to defund police, or otherwise come up with some new way of policing.

I can’t wait to see how that works out.

I can just see the streets of our cities looking like the CHOP (Capitol Hill Organized Protest) on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. The area, first know as CHAZ (Capital Hill Autonomous Zone) is home to multiple deaths in an area where police aren’t allowed.

Sounds like that plan is working out well.

The destruction of our statues is ridiculous. They are history, and if we continue to destroy our history we are sure to repeat it.

Our universities no longer teach critical thinking, and students are basically expected to follow the line of the tenured professors who are most notably liberal in their thinking, if not radical left.

Conservative speakers are shouted down and not welcomed at many of our once great universities … so much for free speech.

Things have changed a lot since I was in college. I hardly recognize Texas A&M today. Protests to bring down the statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross, the 19th Governor of Texas, a Confederate States Army general during the Civil War, and Texas A&M president, amazes me.

One must consider the times during which these men and women lived.

We are no longer living in those times, but it is a part of our history.

If this is the way our country operates now, will any statue, of any great man or woman during the time in which he or she lived, be allowed to be destroyed simply because one is offended?

What if the Martin Luther King memorial in Washington, DC offended someone? Should it be torn down?

Not just no, but hell no.

Just like each of us individually, there are parts of our lives we wish we could “do over”, but we can’t. It’s part of our history, just like the imperfect men and women in our nation’s history were not perfect, nor are the times anything like they were during the Civil War.

Pray for our country. We need some divine help. We aren’t doing a very good job on our own accord.

Take the time to think about the real meaning of July 4 – Independence Day. Regardless of how good or bad our leaders and our people were at that time, we wouldn’t be the country we are today if it wasn’t for them, and all of those, regardless of skin color, to follow.

Happy Birthday to the United States!

We are a great country.

We are not a perfect country.

In case you are wondering

Recently Aransas County Attorney Kristen Barnebey held some type of press conference with the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and/or a Corpus Christi television station right on the heels of indictments being returned against three local law enforcement officials (two of the three are no longer employed).

The Rockport Pilot will publish those indictments when they are made public, just as we have all other grand jury indictments in the past.

I asked Aransas County District Clerk Pam Heard to explain to me why she has not released the indictments to the public (i.e. – when I receive them, and publish them in this newspaper).

She provided the following text from the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure:

Per Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 20.22 (b)AIf the defendant is not in custody or under bond at the time of the presentment of indictment, the indictment may not be made public and the entry in the record of the court relating to the indictment must be delayed until the capias is served and the defendant is placed in custody or under bond.

Heard said, “Most defendants have already been arrested and are in custody or out on bond at the time a felony case is presented to the grand jury by the county attorney.

“In the rare case when the defendant has never been arrested on the charge, my office follows the law in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 20.22 (b) and do not release the indictments to the press or any other entity as per statute. Sometimes it may be months before a capias is returned and the indictments become public.  It is not proper procedure for them to be released prematurely and could potentially be dangerous for law enforcement officers trying to serve a felony capias to a defendant that was ‘warned’ by seeing their indictment in the news.”

Back to my thoughts.

Based on my recollection, I have never seen Barnebey call a special news conference to announce an indictment(s) right after they were returned.

I do know she did not particularly care for one of the indicted officers, who was at the center of her initial uproar prior to Hurricane Harvey. The relationship between her office, and the Rockport Police Department, was pretty much sour after that, and has been well documented in the pages of your hometown newspaper.

Shortly before the election, in which Amanda Oster soundly defeated Barnebey, her office and the Aransas County Sheriff’s office had a big run-in in the courthouse, which probably didn’t help her cause in the election.

At some point a special prosecutor was retained.

I have no idea if Barnebey’s big announcement to the Corpus Christi media was a pre-planned event (like CNN miraculously showing up at Roger Stone’s house when the FBI conducted its raid), but it smells like payback, proudly announcing, “Got you.”

The bottom line is the legal process will carry on, and one day the indictments will be released to the public and you will read about them in this newspaper at that time.

Until next week, have a good week … smile, and be nice!

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

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