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.
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.
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.
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…
It’s been a long week already, so I’m going to share a few funnies I have as backup for times like these!
We are celebrating the 150th birthday, or Sesquicentennial, of Aransas County June 12-20.
We all hear about our federal government on steroids handing out money and benefits, training people to be like dogs, beholding to their provider.
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.
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.
Last week the NFL draft was held. It brought back a memory, and provided more proof that time is flying by.
I try not to get mad anymore about the current state of our country and society, but I’m not always successful.
I realize the COVID-19 pandemic has not ended, but we’re a long way from where we were 13 months ago.
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?
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.
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.
I only have to wear half a mask nowadays … I got my first vaccine shot last week!
With state lawmakers immersed in the COVID-19 pandemic response and Texas’ electricity failures, the public’s access to information must be at the forefront of the Legislature’s actions. Information allows citizens to watch over their government, to speak out and to ask questions.
I’m happy today!
Today is March 10, 2021.
If one is a regular reader of this newspaper he or she is well aware Little Bay is not what it used to be, in terms of both water quality and depth.
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.
It looks like we’ve made it through another “thing” together.
A number of months ago my wife joined a workout program at a place called Rising Tide. Last week I joined her.
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…
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.
On January 12, 2021, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) released results of the investigation generated by a complaint filed with TCEQ on November 3, 2020 by The Aransas Project (TAP). The TCEQ investigation found Steel Dynamics, LLC violated the Texas Water Code by beginni…
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?
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.
I closed the office on Thursday and Friday the past two weeks to give my employees a much-needed rest.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, and I know we are all looking forward to a better New Year.
That headline doesn’t have a very good ring to it, but hey, we have to deal with what’s in front of us.
The year 2020 was a very tough year.
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.
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…
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.
The year 2020 will go down in history as one strange string of 365 days.
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.
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.
Depending when you read this, there are up to three days left of early voting in the Nov. 3 Election.
Reopening public places amid the COVID-19 pandemic should certainly be carried out with caution. Government offices are no exception.
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.
This page features two guest columns this week, along with a number of letters to the editor, so I’m going to be brief.
The purpose of this column is to do two things. First, I want to provide you with accurate facts about the three upcoming bond issues to be voted on with the rest of ballot issues in the Nov. 3 election.
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.
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.
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.
Okay Beta, welcome to 2020.
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.
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 …