Dear editor:

Sept. 30 is the last day to respond to the 2020 Census. It is critically important that you complete your Census if you have not completed it already.

According to Self-Responded data on the 2020census.gov website, Aransas County only has a Census completion percentage of 39% and it is ranked 209th in Texas. Refugio County only has a Census completion percentage of 40.8% and it is ranked 200th in Texas. The leading counties in the country have an 84.6% completion rate. Texas as a state is ranked 38th in the country with a completion rate of 61.9%.

I am writing to stress the importance of completing your 2020 Census. Census data is used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and also to draw district lines for the Texas Senate, the Texas House of Representatives and the State Board of Education. Additionally, Census data is used to inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to the states. As we saw during Hurricane Harvey, that federal funding is important to our community, our businesses and our families. Now, as we face a new threat in Covid-19, we need to make sure we are accurately counting the number of residents in our community who may rely on that assistance in the coming years.

You can do your part by responding to the Census at https://my2020census.gov/, calling 844-330-2020 or by filling out the questionnaire that was mailed to you. Census workers may even come to your door. They are taking proper safety measures to wear masks and remain at a distance, so please follow their guidance while assisting them in filling out your Census.

As you can see, 2021 has significant implications for our state and it all starts with each and every one of you responding to the Census. So please make sure you respond to the Census by Sept. 30 and let my office know if you have any questions.

Geanie W. Morrison

State Representative, District 30

Dear editor:

The upcoming bond election represents the most important decision local voters will make in years. The outcome will impact our community for generations to come.

We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to create something very special that will make local government more efficient and convenient for the benefit of our community, improve county roads and drainage, solve an age old problem of not having a centrally located hospital, boost the local economy and businesses, and create jobs.

The best part is that we can accomplish all this at little additional cost to taxpayers because of historically low interest rates, prudent financial and debt management practices, and the use of insurance proceeds and state and federal grants.

How can we say no to this golden opportunity?

In my view, no reasonable arguments support voting against the propositions on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Growth and change are coming to Aransas County. We must be prepared for the future and act responsibly. I urge everyone to vote YES on each of the three county bond propositions.

Sincerely,

Jon Heffron

Dear editor:

Many, many weeks ago, I learned the exact dates of the HummerBird Celebration. I began to make plans to attend. I was ready to pack a bag.

I planned to arrive on Wednesday, take in events Thursday through Sunday. I planned to visit the Fulton Mansion, a fishing trip with a fishing guide, and enjoy the hotel after six months of shut-down.

My heart sank when I learned the HummerBird Celebration had been cancelled.

But, I received an email about the virtual HummerBird Celebration. I may have to miss the other planned events, but after viewing the schedule of virtuals, I felt I was in Rockport.

With many cups of coffee or a glass of wine in hand, I watched virtuals and I was a happy camper.

The only thing I was missing was the good fresh seafood dinner(s) in Rockport!

Looking forward to 2021. It has to get better.

Thanks to the City of Rockport, Master Gardeners, speakers and the HummerBird Celebration staff and volunteers for a great weekend in Rockport … even though I wasn’t really there.

I missed my seafood dinners!

Barbara Hall

Schertz, TX

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