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I’ve lived in Aransas County going on 38 years and I’ve never taken an art class at the Rockport Center for the Arts (RCA) – until now.

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On the front page of this edition there is a short story about the motor vehicle burglaries in Rockport Country Club and Whistler’s Cove.

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We live in Rockport, TX, which is an “artists colony’.  We all rely upon the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article 1, Section 8 of the Texas Constitution, which preserves everyone’s right of free expression, including the right of artists to paint, sculpt, and otherwise create…

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Last week I was going to address what I called one of my first days/weekends of normalcy since Hurricane Harvey, the COVID-19 pandemic, the big freeze, and our big rain event, but it was the week before the 20th anniversary of 9/11, so that obviously took precedent.

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Last Wednesday I published a picture of a shell found in local waters by Melanie Leal Debuttes. She didn’t believe the shell is usually found in our area, so we asked people to respond if they knew anything about it, as in where its type is generally found.

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It seems like I’ve gotten less sleep than usual, but that’s not the case. Yes, I keep a record of my sleep and I average a little more than 6-1/2 hours per night (or at times, per 24 hour period).

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There has been a lot of conversation recently about providing more affordable housing in Rockport, but there is a counterpoint to that sentiment.

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Last week was a busy one in our home, as well as in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

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A lot of people are either up in arms regarding local flooding, or sympathetic with government entities having to deal with huge drainage issues we’re facing, but at the same time noting it’s time to crack the whip.

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Last weekend my wife and I took off on a whim for an overnight trip to the Hill Country. She bought a gift basket at some event that included eight free admission tickets to any Texas Historical Commission State Historic Site, and she was itching to use a few.

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A subscriber emailed the picture accompanying my column this week. Ironically, 79 years ago, in the July 9 edition of this newspaper, the lead story was about 13 inches of rain falling in Rockport in 18 hours.

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Last winter I received an email from Rockport resident Wayne White. That in and of itself isn’t unusual, but this particular email originated from Antarctica.

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Sunday marked the end of a week’s worth of official activities celebrating Aransas County’s Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary). I hope everyone took the opportunity to participate in at least one of the events. As I said in a recent column, “I know some of you might not be interested in Ar…

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We all hear about our federal government on steroids handing out money and benefits, training people to be like dogs, beholding to their provider.

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I’m going to touch on two topics this week. One has passed, but should be observed daily in our hearts and minds. The other is current, and probably controls our thoughts and actions way too much.

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The loss of respect for the traditional family in the United States, coupled with a drop in church attendance, has done more harm to our country than illegal aliens flowing freely across our southern border, election shenanigans, or even globalism or global warming.

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On Saturday I had the opportunity to touch, kiss, and hug my 90-year-old parents for the first time in more than a year. Who would have thought 13 months ago that would be the way I opened my column this week?

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Bravo to Texas Governor Greg Abbott for declining to throw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ opening game due to Major League Baseball’s (MLB) false narrative about voter integrity laws.

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This Sunday is Easter. I’m hoping for the Second Coming. I don’t know about you, but I think the world needs it about now. God gave us our chance (actually millions and millions and million of chances) and we’ve royally messed things up.

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Being in the communication business, specifically the community newspaper business, I get a little troubled when people say things like, “I didn’t know anything about that”, when it has been published in this newspaper, on The Pilot’s website, or on our Facebook Page.

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The 87th Legislative Session is underway in Austin, and due to COVID-19, things are a lot different. One of the things I will miss is the trip up to Austin for Aransas County Day at the Capitol. It may still happen in some form (maybe through a computer screen?), but it won’t be like past se…

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I’ll be the first one to criticize a local official if I believe it is warranted, but local officials are getting raked over the coals regarding the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and there’s no reason for that.

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Is it just me, or does anyone else think fear is being used as a means to control our population? Can you say fear of being cancelled, or fear of anarchy or invasion?

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Like everyone (hopefully), I was appalled by the actions of a very small percentage of demonstrators that descended on Washington, D.C. Wednesday, Jan. 6 and stormed the U.S. Capitol. Those who broke laws should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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At this time of year I’m usually at my most relaxed, fresh off a 7-day anniversary cruise. It’s hard to believe what all has occurred in our world since last year at this time when I was in Hawaii (with my wife, of course) for our 35th anniversary.

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