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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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Today is my 36th wedding anniversary. This is proof I did not forget the date, which, at least from what I always understood, is the one date a husband should never forget. I will admit, however, there is much more involved in a successful marriage than simply remembering a date. I’ve learne…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has completely altered our behaviors for all but three months this year, and half the population is mad, and the other half happy about the presidential results.

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Every four years I have to buy a new car. That means, the best our two-person Rockport home has at any one time is a brand new car and a four-year-old car. The worst (in terms of age of vehicles) is having a four-year-old car and an eight-year-old car.

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Turning 61 isn’t that bad, especially if one gets to fly to his birthplace (New Orleans) the day after a hurricane, and things, with some itinerary changes, work out.

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This is an important local election year. We in Aransas County must be involved and vote on the three Propositions on our ballot. We also must be informed with the facts on both sides of the issue.

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I must have been serious about not watching any NBA, MLB or NFL games. Like many millions of fans across the country, I’m not alone in my actions. Ratings are at an all-time low from what I understand.

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There were many things going on in Aransas County Monday, and this scribe didn’t have time to pen a column prior to deadline. There is a lot going on around us, and I encourage each of you to continue reading this newspaper, and even share it with friends who do not read it.

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A couple of weeks ago in this space I wrote about how I was going to start living day-to-day as close to how I lived life prior to when the COVID-19 bug graced our shores. This past weekend I took that opportunity, but the experience was pretty surreal.

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I had a trip planned to Biloxi a month after Hurricane Harvey hit Aransas County. I kept those plans in place because, quite frankly, my wife and I needed to get away after that first month of non-stop work. However, the original agenda for that trip changed quite a bit.

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Last week in this space I said I was going to address this week the Downtown Anchor Project (new courthouse and Rockport city hall), including the long-term ramifications of not taking advantage of the many opportunities before us. I also noted I would share my perspective about what we are …

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“At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” With that attorney Joseph Welch effectively ended Senator Joseph McCarthy’s which hunt against alleged “Communists”. Americans were able speak more freely and we assumed “witch hunts”, were a thing of the past.

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I’m giving most of my space this week to Steve Fischer (see guest column), but I wanted to share a piece I received via email last week. In these upside down times we’re all living through, I thought is was a bit apropos for the times.

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As noted in this newspaper last week, a petition is circulating in our community to put the decision to issue debt to fund the construction of a new county courthouse and related facilities (known as the Downtown Anchor Project) to a public vote, rather than allow County commissioners to mak…

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Action and reaction to Aransas County’s intention to issue “up to” $24.5 million in certificates of obligation, to cover the gap in funding for the new courthouse that will replace the one Hurricane Harvey destroyed, as well as some unrelated expenditures, has occurred as fast or faster than…

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For almost three years local government entities, either on their own, or with the help of the Aransas County Long Term Recovery Team (LTRT), have been steadily working to repair or replace government owned or operated assets that were either heavily damaged, or destroyed, by Hurricane Harvey.

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I’m pretty confident saying I probably wasn’t the only Aransas County resident who was on edge, if even just a little bit, when news broke last week about a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico, which might threaten our county.

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I’m glad I’m not the parent of a child who might not be able to go back into his or her classroom, once again, this fall. I haven’t had this conversation with my daughters and sons-in-law, and how possibly having to teach our grandchildren, again, will affect them, while at the same time the…

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One of the pitfalls of this job is having mistakes pointed out to you, especially typos on the front page. I look over page one many times, and the final thing I do is spell check all the headlines. Unfortunately, when I do misspell something, that is actually a word when misspelled, spell c…

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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.

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Last Thursday a March for Equality was held in Rockport. It was peaceful, and I’m thankful it was. Personally, had anything gotten out of hand the message, at least in my mind would have been lost.

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Sunday is Father’s Day, a day men like me are celebrated. It’s also a day I honor my father, and my sons-in-law who are dads to my grandchildren.

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Five grandchildren in the fold this week makes for one crazy week at the Probst homestead. My older sister and brother-in-law had grandchildren first and started their “Cousin Camp” a few years before us. We more or less stole the idea, and started “Camp NaniPoppie” shortly after our first g…

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Texans have been witnessing things that would have been unthinkable until now: Surge teams, testing of nursing homes for COVID-19 and the National Guard helping to disinfect nursing home facilities around the state.

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I was going to focus on my father’s 90th birthday this week, but then all hell broke loose in the streets of major cities across our nation after a rogue white cop from Minneapolis, captured on video, senselessly took the life of another human being, George Floyd, who is black.

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Monday marks the end of an era in Fulton. Jimmy Kendrick is walking away from public service. He served Fulton as mayor since the day he was appointed to the position in July 2011.

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We are all going through a lot in our lives right now with the reality (and yes, even the hype) of COVID-19. It came at a particularly bad time … when the majority of Aransas County residents and business owners were starting to see a real light at the end of the tunnel after Hurricane Harvey.

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