Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 42, No. 32, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 8, 2013 Page: 3 of 20
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Mary Henkel Judson
& Murray Judson
Mary Henkel Judson
Port Aransas South Jetty
Texas Press Association
South Texas Press Association
Texas Gulf Coast Press Association
National Newspaper Association
Thursday, August 8,2013 3 A
Rock in the
road is Rick
__ for president
UAVE again, went to
McNeely New 0rleans
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a RedState blogging group - to whom he’d
announced in 2011 his last presidential
Meanwhile, to out-conservative other
Republican hopefuls, he wanted the Texas
Legislature to give him bragging rights for
Perry had told legislators to fix transpor-
tation, but not with logical methods like
raising the motor fuels tax or larger fees on
The gas tax was last hiked a nickel in
1991, to 20 cents a gallon. It would have
to be 34.3 cents a gallon today to have the
same buying power.
Under threat of Perrys veto, that 20-cent
tax today is worth in 11.7 cents in 1991
dollars. Meanwhile, cars get many more
miles per gallon.
So, solve a money problem, Perry had
said, without new taxes or fees. Perrys
feigned conservatism has forced legislators
to rely on toll roads, or highway bonds -far
more expensive over time.
That legislators finally came up Monday,
Aug. 5, with just over a quarter of a loaf is
more a credit to their inventiveness than
When a slightly different version had
gotten just 84 of the the necessary 100
to achieve a two-thirds vote in the House
at the close of the second special session
a week earlier, House Speaker Joe Straus
released a rare critical statement saying a
growing number of House members agreed
that it was “a Band-Aid over a pothole?
In the end, you still have a pothole and
you’ve spent a lot of money without solving
the fundamental problem? the usually
tight-lipped Straus said. “Legislators know
that Texas needs a much more comprehen-
sive approach to funding our growing state’s
growing transportation needs, and another
30-day special session will not change that.”
But Perry scolded the House, and ignored
pleas from exhausted lawmakers, in session
since January, to give them a rest.
“A plan was on the table that would have
taken a significant step toward improving
our roads and highways using existing
revenue,” Perry’s statement said. “Inaction
is a Washington-style attempt to kick a can
down the road - but everybody in Texas
knows we’re rapidly running out of roads to
kick that can down.”
That legislators succeeded in passing
the cobbled-together proposal in a slightly
different form in a whirlwind effort Monday
((8/5/13)) is more attributable to their sheer
interest in finally getting some time off, af-
ter meeting for seven months straight, than
fondness for the Band-Aid.
“I’m frustrated,” Rep. Drew Darby, R-San
Angelo, had said as the second special ses-
sion fizzled to a close, “because we’ve been
given marching orders and rules that pre-
vent us from actually fixing the problem.”
But, Monday, after a lot of back-and-forth
churning, the House and Senate managed
to agree on a convoluted proposal that
diverts part of the oil and gas tax money
that goes into the state’s Rainy Day Fund to
To avoid directly taking money out of the
fund, which requires a two-thirds vote in
both the House and Senate, key legislators
chose to amend the set-up for the fund - its
real name is the Economic Stabilization
Fund -in the Texas Constitution.
That also took a two-thirds vote in each
chamber, and will require voters to approve
the proposal 1 in the Nov. 4,2014, general
election for it to take effect.
There are two parts of the proposal. Sen-
ate Joint Resolution 1 is the constitutional
amendment proposal. House Bill 1 is the
implementing legislation, to put the mea-
sure into effect if voters agree next year. The
Legislature would have to re-approve the
diversion in 2025 in order for it to continue.
The proposal will produce an estimated
$1.2 billion a year - just 30 percent of the
way to making up the $4 billion trans-
portation annual addition that the execu-
tive director of the Texas Department of
Transportation says is necessary just to keep
Texas’ mobility from deteriorating further.
The TxDOT executive director, Phil
Wilson, is no spend-crazy bureaucrat. After
a decade on the staff of former Republican
U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm, he was on Perry’s
staff for years. As deputy chief of staff,
Wilson oversaw the governor’s initiatives
on economic development and job creation.
Perry appointed him Texas secretary of
state in 2007.
So, while Perry has been running around
the country begging businesses to come to
Texas, Wilson has been pleading for more
funding so they and everyone already here
can get around.
Late Monday night, the House concurred
with Senate in the final result, with more
than a two-thirds vote in each chamber. The
Legislature adjourned and everyone went
OK, voters - it’s up to you. We never told
you it was going to be easy.
Contact McNeely at davemcneelyllW
gmail.com or (512) 458-2963.
Even long af-
ter the chapters
of their active
lives as working,
people should be remembered, respected and
I didn’t know Julio Mendoza well, but I
did know who he was, and we had at least a
Mendoza died last week, and he is remem-
bered in a story this week.
Many reading this may never have heard of
him, but they’ve seen his work.
Most of those houses you see on stilts with
cedar siding - many in the Shibui Sands
subdivision - were built by Julio. People who
know, call them “Julio homes.”
The Pat Magee’s Surf Shop at the corner of
Alister Street and Avenue G (now encased
by a different exterior and called Third Coast
Beach Company) was built by Julio.
The late I.B. Magee Jr. and the late Bill Gas-
kins kept Julio in a lot of work for many years.
The late Bob Clark also kept Julio busy, as did
Mark Grosse and the late Jim Wiggins.
In those days, there wasn’t a lot of compe-
tition. You could pretty well bet that Julio’s
crew was going to be wielding hammers and
saws on any new construction in town during
the 1970s, 80s and beyond. As condominiums
were introduced to Port Aransas, so were
other contractors. But Julio kept on, and the
Magees and Gaskins, Clarks, Grosse and
Wiggins continued to depend on him, as did
Mike Hall, co-owner and store director of
the Family Center IGA, did a good job of cap-
turing the essence of Julio in a letter he wrote
to the Mendoza family upon Julio’s death. It is
quoted in Julio’s obituary.
Julio also left us a lot of kids, many of
whom live and work in Port Aransas as solid,
contributing members of the community.
But for past the several years, newcomers
to Port Aransas who would not have crossed
paths with Julio would not know the impact
he had on this town.
Port Aransas is more than fortunate to have
many who have taken part in shaping this
community, many of whom have passed on,
many of whom are still here, but not as active
as they once were.
We should not forget the Julios of this
world. Julio made a difference. Julio matters.
Mary Henkel Judson is editor and co-
publisher of the South Jetty. Contact her at
email@example.com, (361) 749-5131
or P.O. Box 1117, Port Aransas, TX 78373.
Letters to the Editor
Get a grip on trash
In re: City steps up trash collection by
Dan Parker, South Jetty, July 18.
There may be a simpler solution to our
beach trash problem! Nueces County had
the foresight to stop its trash problem in the
newly designated area by placing signs, “No
Overnight Camping- Day Use Only”
If you haven’t been by there lately, it is a
complete success and smartly designed as
families come, enjoy the beach, and leave
with little or no trash left behind.
The same concept could easily be imple-
mented from Lantana Drive to Access Road
1A (containing all of the bollard area). This
would create a small 2-mile stretch of pris-
tine beach for families to enjoy.
If our elected and appointed officials
would follow suit, the citizens of Port
Aransas and tourists alike would no longer
have to endure the degradation of our beach
by vagrants, and their discarded hypodermic
needles, RV users that secretively dump in
the darkness not to mention the amount of
parking spaces they consume, and beach
campers who leave behind their mounds of
trash, (i.e. diapers, bottles, plastic bags and
dog excrement) for our overworked and
underpaid city workers to clean.
“Let’s quit kicking the beer can down the
road” It’s not 1960 anymore!
“No overnight camping. Day use only.”
I wish to sound out a huge “thank you”
to the person who found my wallet on the
beach on July 4.
This honest person returned it to me by
mail - intact!
I do not know if you are a resident or a
visitor to our wonderful paradise on the
Gulf, but you have proved that there are still
honest people amongst us!
Thank you so much!
Dogs on the loose
I totally agree with Randy Johnson’s
“Enforce ordinances” letter to the editor in
the Aug. 1 South Jetty about the dogs in this
community that are allowed to be unleashed.
The Aug. 1 Police blotter notes 13 cases of
animal reports between July 22 and July 28.
One of these calls was from me reporting
two dog owners walking their unleashed
dogs on the beach.
After I was approached by one of these
unleashed dogs, I asked the owner to retain
his animal, and I advised him that he was in
violation of our city ordinance of keeping
your dogs leashed at all times. This pet own-
er told me that he could do as he wanted,
and after I mentioned calling the police, he
informed me that the police would not do
anything. He was correct, because when
the Port Aransas Animal Control Officer
arrived, and I pointed out the offenders to
him, he drove right on by them without even
giving them a verbal warning.
Later that same week, there was another
incident of an unleashed large dog being
walked on the beach. I observed a small
child shake in fear as this dog approached.
When the dog owner was told that her dog
needed to be on a leash at all times, she re-
plied that her dog had the right to run freely
on the beach.
I can watch every day as local dog owners
walk their dogs throughout our neighbor-
hoods unleashed or allow their dogs to roam
our streets unattended.
Is our law enforcement going to wait until
after a child is mauled by an unleashed dog
before it takes action?
Ken W. Jones
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DAM - On the
day I visit the
House, which is
actually the fam-
ily’s hiding place
the wait to get
in is as long as
three hours. Such is the attraction of this
historic site, 53 years after it was opened to
Anne and her family were among an
estimated 107,000 Jews deported to concen-
tration camps from The Netherlands during
the German occupation in World War II.
Anne’s diary has sold more than 30
million copies worldwide and is available in
75 languages. It is not only a testament to
the indomitable spirit of a young girl, but a
vision of hope in the midst of perhaps the
greatest inhumanity in world history.
While I have visited several museums
and memorials to the Jewish victims of the
Holocaust, my first visit to Anne’s hiding
place was quite different. Her story and that
of her family and some friends who eluded
the Nazis for two years before they were
betrayed by an unknown person, is a living
narrative that must be retold to this and
The timing of my visit coincides with the
resumption of “peace talks” between Israel
and the Palestinians. Some Palestinian
leaders have made statements about Israel
in general and Jews in particular that track
with Nazi beliefs and propaganda. It is a
sober reminder that history can repeat itself.
Anne’s appreciation of her culture finds
full expression in this diary entry dated
April 11,1944: “God has never deserted our
people. Through the ages Jews have had to
suffer, but through the ages they have gone
on living, and the centuries of suffering have
only made them stronger. The weak shall
fall and the strong shall survive and not be
In the midst of this declaration of
strength, there was also her understandable
fear of being discovered. As Anne wrote,
also on April 11 after hearing footsteps and
noises outside the wall that separated her
family from the rest of the building: “That
night I really thought I was going to die. I
waited for the police and I was ready for
death, like a soldier on the battlefield. I’d
gladly have given my life for my country.
But now that I’ve been spared, my first wish
after the war is to become a Dutch citizen. I
love the Dutch. I love this country. I love the
language and I want to work here...”
Ultimately she was not spared, but the
literary classic she created in the midst of
suffering, indeed because of it, has survived.
Anne and her sister, Margot, died of
typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration
camp in March 1945, just weeks before lib-
erating British troops arrived. Their bodies
were probably dumped in a mass grave.
In a diary entry dated April 4,1944, Anne
wrote, “I want to go on living even after my
death.” And so she has. Her desire was to be
a writer and she succeeded in her short life
more than many writers who live a normal
Her modest living conditions after the
family was forced to move out of their
home, is a monument to the power of
individual courage and the triumph of good
over evil. In her diary, as in her life, Anne
Frank is a heroine, a role model, a martyr
and a reminder of the power and influence
one individual can have.
Anne Frank’s life was a candle in the
midst of great darkness. Her flame should
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