Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 41, No. 17, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 26, 2012 Page: 3 of 20
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Mary Henkel Judson
& Murray Judson
Mary Henkel Judson
Texas Press Association
South Texas Press Association
Texas Gulf Coast Press Association
National Newspaper Association
Port Aransas South Jetty
Thursday, April 26, 2012 3 A
appeal to Texans
not be all
of them, but
lEELY envy voters
in states like
That’s because even though Wisconsinites
(Wisconsinians? Badgers? Cheeseheads?)
elected Republican Scott Walker for gover-
nor in 2010, the assault on public employee
unions he’s carried out since has angered
enough folks that they gathered almost a
million petition signatures to recall the guy.
A considerable number of Texans are fed
up with what they consider the failure by the
governor and state legislature to adequately
invest in the education of Texas children.
They might like a shot, even though it would
be a very long one, at recalling Gov. Rick
And that’s where the Texans’ envy comes
in. Wisconsin is one of 18 states, plus the
District of Columbia, that allow for the
recall of state officials. Alas, Texas isn’t.
Most states don’t require specific grounds
to recall an official. The recall is performed
The Wisconsin recall election is coming
up June 5. There will be a preliminary elec-
tion May 8 for the Democrats to decide on a
candidate to put up against Walker.
But, sadly for those who might welcome
a change, the only way Texans can legally
remove a governor between elections is the
old-fashioned way: Impeach him or her.
If you’re among those who’d like to set
Gov. Perry free to roam about the country
running for president, without the bother to
him, or them, of his continuing as governor,
here’s the only way:
The Texas House would have to pass
articles of impeachment, and then the
Texas Senate would act as the jury on those
charges. Two-thirds of the senators present
would have to vote to remove him for it to
become a done deal.
With more than two-thirds of the House
sharing Gov. Perry’s Republican affiliation,
and 19 of the 31 senators, the chances of his
being impeached and removed from office
are probably quite remote.
Anyway, for those who wondered, and
even for those who didn’t, there it is.
• • •
There is precedent in Texas for throwing
out the governor through impeachment.
That was done to Gov. James “Pa” Ferguson
There were charges of misuse of pub-
lic funds. But what actually had raised
the hackles of the Legislature was when
Ferguson vetoed much of the budget of The
After Ferguson left office, Lt. Gov. Wil-
liam P. Hobby Sr. moved up to the gover-
norship, and was elected in his own right
in 1918, despite Ferguson’s effort try for
another two-year term.
He ran for president in 1920 on his own
American party ticket, and for the U.S. Sen-
ate in 1922, losing both times.
Ferguson’s impeachment, and his failure
to regain political traction, set the stage
for the state’s first woman governor - his
wife, Miriam “Ma” Ferguson, running on a
platform of “two governors for the price of
one.” She won the job in 1924, was beaten
for re-election in 1926, ran in 1930 and lost,
and then ran in 1932 and won.
The only two governors recalled in United
States history were North Dakota’s Lynn
Frazier in 1921 and California’s Democratic
Gov. Gray Davis in 2003 - which, you may
recall, produced the election of Republican
Californians attempted 32 governor
recalls since 1911, including three to remove
Republican Gov. Ronald Reagan, but the
Gray Davis recall was the only attempt that
actually got on the ballot.
The last impeachment of a governor in
the United States was of Democrat Rob
Blagojevich, the former Governor of Illinois,
on Jan. 14,2009.
The charges against him centered around
his wiretapped efforts to try to get some-
thing in return for his appointment of
President Barack Obama’s replacement as a
United States senator from Illinois.
It’s possible that some of those Republican
legislators, in the privacy of their late-night
thoughts, wouldn’t mind letting the gover-
nor get on down the road.
By challenging legislators to sign a Grover
Norquist-style pledge not to raise taxes in
the coming legislative session, Perry has put
them in a potentially difficult position.
While indeed many of them are in com-
plete accord with Perry, and are comfort-
able with continuing the shortfall in money
for schools, there probably are some who
wouldn’t mind having some wiggle room
from the no-tax corner they painted them-
selves into last year, at Perry’s insistence.
Contact McNeely at
davemcneelyl 11 @gmail. com or (512) 458-
with Port Aransas
Reach out to bullied, bullies
Bullying seems to be the hot topic du jour.
I read or hear stories about bullying just
about every week, and I think not only about
the kids who are bullied, but about the kids
doing the bullying.
Still, it came as a shock to me when just
last Saturday I realized I had been bullied. It
was a shock because, in 1963, the word “bul-
lying” wasn’t bandied about much. Obvi-
ously, I survived it.
I was the new girl in town, and unfor-
tunately caught the attention of one of the
boys in class. I say “unfortunately” because
the bully, whose victim I was to become, laid
claim to that boy. It was fifth grade, and not
only had I unknowingly stolen someone’s
boyfriend, I was among the first of the girls
to wear a bra. It was horribly embarrassing,
and it was obvious under the white Catholic
school uniform blouse I wore.
My tormentor punched me in my (barely)
blossoming chest and popped the back strap
of my bra.
I reported none of this to my mother or
The final straw came when at recess I hit
a home run playing softball. My reward was
being spat on in the face by my bully.
Again, I did not tell my parents, but the
next morning I refused to go to school. After
much prying and prodding (I had dug in
my heels deeper than either parent had ever
seen before), I spilled the beans.
If I described my mother as furious, it
would be an understatement. Keep in mind,
she was a
fire. She met
I did not return to that school (two weeks
were left in the school year).
I moved on, and at our 10-year high
school reunion, I met up with my tormen-
tor. In the interim, she had “come out,” and
in the process was disowned by her parents,
a rift that to my knowledge was never
healed. That was sad, but I’d never seen
her so genuinely happy. She was a different
person - she was finally herself. And she
Now, looking back, I realize the person
really suffering was my tormentor, and the
pain I feel is for her.
Parents (and/or teachers) of the victims
of bullies should protect their children
Parents (and/or teachers) of bullies should
not deny their children’s (students’) behavior,
and instead offer a helping hand, because
there’s a good chance something is causing
them to inflict pain on others as a result of
the pain they’re suffering.
Mary Henkel Judson is editor and co-
publisher of the South Jetty. Contact her at
southietty@centurytel. net. (361) 749-5131
or P.O. Box 1117, Port Aransas, TX 78373.
Letters to the Editor
Give dogs freedom
During the most recent city council meet-
ing Thursday, April 19, our much needed
dog park, to be located near our animal
shelter, was shot down!
The need for this park has been voiced by
many. Both tourists and locals would benefit
greatly. Volunteers of Animal Friends of Port
Aransas (AFPA) have agreed to maintain
this park. Mowing, lawn treatment for fleas,
scooping, etc. would all be done at no cost
to the city. All we asked is that the park be
located near the shelter so that our shel-
ter animals would also have the benefit of
supervised running and playing.
However, Councilmen John Price and
Edwin Myers would prefer to use taxpayer
funds to build this park near our community
AFPA cannot maintain a park away
from the shelter area. This would re-
quire AFPA to be in two places at one
time. Impossible! AFPA’s president Connie
Beane and many volunteers already put in
very long hours after our paying full time
jobs that allow us to live in Port Aransas.
Price wants our park to compare to the
parks in Houston areas. If we preferred
Houston, we would live there.
Citizens of Port Aransas, please let our
council know if you prefer your tax dollars
to fund a “Houston like” dog park, or allow
AFPA to maintain, free of charge to the city,
a “Port Aransas” style dog park.
Our aging, so-called “throw away” pets
deserve to live their lives out with better
Councilmen Price and Meyers, would you
enjoy retiring to a cage, feeling unwanted
and without a bit of freedom?
Julie Gall, Port Aransas
Stop ‘monster’ houses
When I first visited Port Aransas several
years ago, it was like a “sleepy little fishing
village.” While we cannot stop progress,
I am somewhat dismayed at some of the
changes that are occurring. This is particu-
larly true of the buildings that are going up
around and practically on the beach.
I have been particularly perturbed about
what has happened on Banyan Beach Road,
right off of 11th Street. First proposed as
single-story cabins, then the builder deter-
mined instead to build two- and three-story
“monster” houses — some of them practi-
cally on the beach. Contacting the building
department in Port Aransas, officials state
that everything is A-OK. Building code
rules? Seem very open! Dunes laws? Who
knows but apparently also OK.
I am convinced that something needs to
be done to overhaul these rules. Otherwise,
in a few years, Port Aransas will begin to
look like South Padre. I trust and believe that
many of the citizens of your beautiful town
will agree with me.
Earl Paisley, New York City, NY
Dog park, please
Why can’t the citizens of Port Aransas get
a dog park?
Five years ago a petition for one gathered
350 names and was submitted to the council.
The citizens were told that the county was
going to help them. That did not materialize.
Once again the council took up the matter
at its last meeting, in light of the fact that the
animal shelter is in critical need of a place to
let the shelter dogs run. Dogs that get to run
off leash are healthier, better adjusted dogs.
By the meeting’s close, once again, nothing
was done except to have it referred to the
The council has $22,000 set aside for a
dog park! The shelter has a half-acre of
land adjacent to it that also is next to the
city hall/library parking lot,( i.e. lowering
the cost) plus a need that can be addressed
now, not a year from now. Some folks on the
council want a big, fancy, dog park over by
the community park. This is why it was re-
ferred to the budget process again. But this
does nothing to help the current need at the
shelter, which is a city-owned facility. A dog
park out back would solve their problem,
and give the rest of the dog owners a place
to take their pets. A half-acre is better than
Dogs cannot go into Charlie’s Pasture,
dogs cannot run on the beach. Where can a
dog run in this town? Why can we not get a
dog park in Port Aransas?
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The ‘new,’ late
lost the 1960
John F. Ken-
nedy and the
race two years
later (when he uttered the immortal line to
the media, “You don’t have Nixon to kick
around anymore.”) the former vice president
knew he must reinvent himself to run for
president again in 1968.
Thus was born “the new Nixon,” an at-
tempt to transform himself from “the old
Nixon” the public didn’t like, into a warmer,
softer, more approachable person. As it
turned out, the “new Nixon” was simply
the “old Nixon” with a new coat of political
Not so with Charles W. Colson, who died
last Saturday at age 80. Colson, was an ex-
Marine and Nixon’s “hatchet man” who en-
joyed going to any lengths to ensure his boss
got his way, including re-election in 1972, as
the Watergate scandal was just breaking.
No one doubted Colson’s political
shrewdness. Here’s an example. He once
told me that Nixon wanted a book hyped
because it exposed what he considered bias
at CBS News. Colson said he obtained the
supposedly secret list of bookstores the New
York Times used to determine its “best sell-
ers” and then sent people into those stores
to buy the book, which made the New York
Times list for one-week before disappearing.
But, said Colson, Nixon was' satisfied.
That and more occurfed before the “new”
Charles Colsonrwas born... again. Unlike
Nixon, who sought to transform himself by
his own political strength and for an earthly
agenda, Colson was transformed byjaJiigher
power and not by his own efforts. First,
though, he had to descend to the depths.
He told James Rosen of Fox News that after
being a Marine captain and a WhiffiHouse
special counsel, the “worst blow of his life”
was standing in the federal courthouse in
Washington, D.C., and hearing a court of-
ficer speak the words, “The United States vs.
Charles W. Colson.”
Colson plead guilty in 1974 to an obstruc-
tion of justice charge relating to attempts to
discredit Daniel Ellsberg, a former Marine
and military analyst, who three years earlier
had released “The Pentagon Papers,” a top-
secret account of U.S. military activities dur-
ing the Vietnam War, to the New York Times.
Colson served seven months in federal
prison, but before he went to jail, he said he
accepted Christ as payment for his sins.
The world was stunned. Some laughed
in derision, thinking Colson was trying
to obtain a “stay out of jail” card. Others
said none of the Nixon officials should be
forgiven for their “high crimes and misde-
When Colson got out of prison, he
founded Prison Fellowship, a Christian
organization that recruits volunteers to “visit
those in prison” in response to the com-
mand of Jesus, conduct Bible studies behind
prison walls and help ex-convicts find jobs
after their release so they won’t return to
crime and jail.
It has worked. According to Prison
prisoners who take part in their faith-based
programs have a much lower recidivism rate
than other prisoners.
In 1983, Colson established Justice Fel-
lowship, a Christian-based criminal justice
reform group. Through Justice Fellowship,
Colson became a leading prison reformer,
taking positions one doesn’t usually associ-
ate with Republicans. He criticized the death
penalty, mostly for being unequally applied
(though he believed in it for rare cases). He
opposed the incarceration of nonviolent,
non-dangerous offenders, believing restitu-
tion was a more redemptive approach for
both perpetrator and victim.
I once asked him if he would ever seek a
pardon. He replied, “I have the only pardon
I need,” referring to God. In 2000, he ac-
cepted a restoration of his civil rights from
then-Governor Jeb Bush of Florida, but was
never pardoned by a president. President
George W. Bush awarded him the Presiden-
tial Citizens Medal in 2008 for his work in
In one of his many books, “Who Speaks
for God?”, Colson warned against attaching
a heavenly kingdom to the political agendas
of the age. He also urged Christians to think
and act more like Jesus.
In 1973, when news of Colson’s conver-
sion became public, the Boston Globe edi-
torialized, “If Mr. Colson can repent of his
sins, there just has to be hope for everyone.”
To which the “new” Charles Colson would
undoubtedly shout, “Amen!”
Contact Cal Thomas at Tribune Me-
dia Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Suite
114, Buffalo, N.Y. 14207, or e-mail him at
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