Dear editor:

I have been listening intently to the national media and our government’s explanation about the supply chain issues currently plaguing our country. We see pictures of hundreds of ships offshore California and other ports that cannot unload their container cargos. A variety of explanations have been offered. Truckers are an aging group and are not being replaced by younger drivers who cannot be CDL licensed until they are 21. We had 18 months of limited demand and the subsequent pent-up buying is stressing inventories - on and on. The backlog is now predicted to last until the middle of next summer.

As much as I would like to believe the national media explanations and that of our government spokespersons - I cannot. And the reason is there are larger, unasked, and therefore unanswered questions. The products we await come from around the world; some might say principally from China. Perhaps. How is it that these foreign countries have been able to manufacture their products, put them on transports of one kind or another, send them to ports, load them on ships and set them to sail for the U.S. mainland all during the same pandemic that has crippled us? Was the pandemic milder overseas? Is it perhaps their governments did not pay their workers not to work? Is it because they handled the pandemic differently than we did? Did we long ago sell our soul to cheaper suppliers and are now paying the price? All the above?

I profess that I do not have the answers. But these are the questions that the big boys should be asking and then delivering to us direct and believable answers. Because in my Texas drawl – “This @*^% ain’t workin’ now”.

Sincerely,

Jack W. Wright

Dear editor:

First Hand account: Crab race

So one of the activities at Rockport’s annual Seafair is an event known as a crab race. Being new to Rockport, a friend and I thought it would be fun to enter. As an added incentive, one of the prizes for winning was a coveted crab hat.

Racing crabs kinda reminded me of the Llama races in Knoxville, TN where it appeared the Llamas did not fully comprehend the idea of the race. Some would stop. Some turned around. Some appeared to engage in conversations with other Llamas - all during the race.

Similarly, even though I am not a sea life psychologist (nor a crustacean counselor), I am convinced that not all the crabs understood the race concept.

Further, I also concluded that not all the crabs wanted to be there. This was evidenced by their multiple attempts to escape and/or snap at various parts of my anatomy with their claws. Some were downright testy, and I also did not appreciate the way they were eyeing me.

But I digress.

So we all lined up on our appointed lane, and at the start time, the barrier was raised and (most of) the crabs took off down the track. The contestants are not allowed to touch the crabs, but can “encourage them” by banging on the underside of the racetrack when the race begins. I always believe that practice makes perfect, but it is not clear to me exactly how I will prepare for next year’s crab race.

In fairly short order, it was over. My crab finished second. But at least he finished. My friend’s crab appeared to give it all and went to that great reef in the sky, but his effort is to be admired.

All in all, a fun time and an experience that you won’t find too many other places.

Next year: The Cardboard Boat race!

John Seffern

(aka - Twilliger S. McGillicuddy)

Dear editor:

Residents of Aransas County should be aware that the City of Aransas Pass has become a speed trap because that city is broke, and trying to raise money quickly. I know that fact because an algorithm on YouTube has picked up a bunch of videos posted by the Aransas Pass Police showing police body cam footage from traffic stops and arrests, in detail, which have recently occurred in Aransas Pass.

The reason the City of Aransas Pass is broke is because the Aransas Pass City Council did a bunch of illegal stuff roughly two years ago to favor (some people) that wanted to be a part of that city. Some ordinary residents of that city caught the misconduct by the Aransas Pass City Council. They went and got a lawyer, who in turn got the County Attorneys of Aransas and San Patricio counties involved.  All of them sued the City of Aransas Pass, whose Council members decided to fight rather than reverse their law breaking.

As a result, the City of Aransas Pass ran up a huge legal bill defending the Council’s and the City’s wrongdoing. The case went to trial, and when the city’s attorneys realized they were going to lose, they offered to settle. As a result, the City of Aransas Pass had to pay $800,000 in settlement to reimburse Aransas and San Patricio counties for attorneys’ fees, plus a currently undisclosed amount to pay their own attorney’s fees.

As a result, Aransas Pass making itself into a speed trap is completely understandable, because they desperately need the ticket and fine money!

Stay off Business SH 35 in Aransas Pass. There are plenty of the same stores in Rockport or further south of Wheeler Avenue off SH 35.  While the drive may be a little longer for you, you won’t save any money at all if the cost of your shopping trip includes a speeding or traffic ticket!

Sincerely,

Derek A. Shaw

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