Dear editor:

I look back to Hurricane Harvey in August 2017 and the devastation caused by the worst disaster in Aransas County history. Many of us thought our community would never recover. Here we are 3+ years later and we are further along in our recovery efforts than anyone thought possible.

The reason is quality leadership from Mayor Pat Rios and County Judge Burt Mills. They had to learn what needed to be done and decide how our recovery should proceed. Mistakes were made, but lessons were learned. Then, the COVID-19 virus hit us and no one anywhere knew what to do about that. However, we are close to coming to the end of that situation with good results.

One good way to predict future performance is to look at what has happened in the past. Based upon that history, I believe Aransas County will be better in 2-3 years than it is now if we vote to pass all three propositions.

This will be the next step in our recovery and move our community in the direction of responsible growth.

Rick Smith

Dear editor:

TxDOT is adding three feet to each side of FM 1069, between FM 1781 and SH 188. As a result, TxDOT is cutting down some really majestic oak trees on FM 1069 (near FM 1781). Some of these trees are ancient! Is there any alternative?

Jon Gaskamp

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