Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 26, No. 6, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 8, 1996 Page: 2 of 36
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was. they lost by a lot less than
everyone (including me)
thought they would.
quarterback did that. I think the
Donald KAUL P®^ for ** commercials
were so long and so numerous
CTYibune Media Services he forgot what color jersey he
"1 ■' - vjM,. was wearing. He kept throw-
ing to the guy in white under the impression he was a
teammate and wide open. (I realise that's only a theory,
like evolution, but it makes sense.)
Other than that, the game was its usual bang-up extrava-
ganza; chiller than Las Vegas and twice as tacky. NBC.it
is Mid, used 28 cameras to capture the mqjesty of the event.
That’s one of each player on the field with a half-dozen
left over for cheerleaders. Why so many? I’m glad you
Norm Chad, the very funny sportswiiter, had the an-
swer. Writing in the Washington Post on the day after
game, he said: -
“NBC was still smarting from its much-criticized cov-
a craft ini
conversation with a
r who was once i
his craft ____
he added, “I can’t recall ever <
l as to ever allow my views appear in a news i
Hell, I’d lave 1
Once upon a time, February was the dullest month of play-offs. - ^
t’s ridiculous. Politics, like baseball, should begin
during the winter in Florida, maybe Arizona, places con-
ducive to outdoor meetings and cars that actually start
when you turn the key. Those should be the venues of the
first presidential primaries. Then, as spring arrives, the
contests could move northward: first Ibxas, Tennessee
and California, then Iowa and Illinois, until finally places
like Minnesota, New Hampshire and Maine would be fit
to campaign in. —• .- ■» ■
You’d get better campaigns, bigger turnouts and a more
representative candidate. At present, the system is rigged
to favor candidates who draw support from the politically
deranged—people who will suffer frostbite to hear a po-
You can go too far in making elections user-friendly,
however, and Oregon has. They’re allowing people there S don a hectic basketbaO schedule that. See you at the basketball games, the Blade and Red Ball,
to vole by mail this year. That’s awful. 5 J °*for die past several years, has seen the Mardi Gras, the Fish and Game Dinner, the Rotary
Fotget the opportunities for fraud. (They vote tomb- our high school girls' and boys' varsity teams go into the Rummage Sale----
stones now in Chicago when you have to show up in per- -
son. Imagine the turnout of the dead if all it took was a o, 1 1#
SToPU's the pleasure of voting that is at risk, that won- JL/Cttd"S tO tBv CulwT
derful feeling of actually punching the name of a candi-
date and slipping your ballot in to a box. It makes me feel
disposition. Better than I turned to yesterday’s newspaper.
Even so a few words on Whitewater which in the end will
result in increasing the wasted $30 millions it has already
costthejSH*™^ • “
Yorife Senator p^mag^wgr
should date go. iatheend.truthuLaofWhitewkt^'.'Mr.
and Mrs. USA shall never know, unless for the unlikeli-
hood of the combined news sources joining to retain the
nation’s best attorneys to clarify the matter. Result then, no
Think ahead to future of island ,
Several opportunities are presenting them- in the form of spring elections for city council, !,
erage of The Last Supper, in which it faifedto isolate any selves to the people of Port Aransas and Mus- . school board and water district East!
raiMion Judas and was in commercial w en the chec island in the coming weeks and months. All three are important bodies that will guide social
That’s investigative journalism at its finest One is the county's proposal to reopen Packery us into the next century. We should not take PJJJf
I have noticed one thing about the Super Bowl over the Channel to the Gulf of Mexico. This is a propo- lightly the potential impact the people we put on SmwWchis
years, however. The play it either in warm weather or sition that eight years ago drew vigorous oppo- hny one of these boards will have cm the future
indoors. This is because it is played in January, when die sition from the merchants of Port Aransas who of Port Aransas and Mustang Island.
jgg y«wt spectating. If you’re conducting a contest to de- oil bust of the 1980s. Today, that resistance must consider carefully our future and approach
tide the very best, it makes sense to do it under the very is hard to find as Precinct 4 Commissioner Joe the coming elections with ah eye to the long-
best conditions. That seems logical, doesn’t it? McComb spearheads the drive to reopen Packery term future that will insure the environmental
TlffiN WHY CAN’T POLITICIANS FIGURE IT Channel to the Gulf. There is much to learn about and economic health of all concerned. never an eariv riser i n mil later in
this point, the Republicans are fighting among themselves both aspects. portunities should not be wasted,
to pick thdr champion. And they’re doing it in Iowa and Other opportunities are presenting themselves
New Hampshire. In January. _____________
^Onc^upoiT a timd, Februarywas dull
what the weather will be next month, when the actual vot- ' ~ iU!
ing takes place? Once upon a time, February was the dullest month of play-offs.
That’s ridiculous. Politics, like baseball, should begin r- the year in Port Aransas. So vari- February is now full to the max. As is March with spring
ous groups began to schedule their Break. April has a few openings as does May. Forget sum-
activities then - when nothing was mer for anything but fishing tournaments and earning a more than another telly extravaganza,
going on. living. Come the Fall we're back on the treadmill with one A FEW DAYS ago, driving through the rich Refugio
Now February starts out with the festival, tournament or special event after another. Janu- County farmland, I noted that planting time is nearly at
library's book sale, goes on to the ary offers a bit of a reprieve, and Lord knows we need it! hand, the soil ready, except for a distressing dearth of
Black and Red Ball, the Mardi Gras With just over2,000 full-time souls occupying this little moisture.
and finally the Fish and Game Din- island, we should try Jay Kenigsberg's suggestion made Having spent more than 40 yean in South Texas, I can
ner. Between all that we have the yean ago that we all sit in one room with a stack of hats boast that there wasa time when I could claim knowing or
Cub Scouts Spaghetti Dinner, the beside our chairs and, as the topic changes, we aU change st least being acquamted with virtually everyone involved
_ Rotary Rummage Sale, the Tbur of hats. After all, it's the same busy people you aee doing all farming and ranching, that almost entirely because of a
hPINOFF-Homes (which I hear is already sold the doings in town. There aren't very many of us to go frienfflhip withone of the greatest men to ever pursue the
Mary Hfotft out “ cvcn bckcts went 0,1 wound, and we all seem to go tound and 'round and ’round! LSJ
mARY nENKEL ^ ^ myriad othcr misccUa. Forget the winter doldrums - we're too busy to notice! ” ■ r
JUDSON neoua activities. That's not to men-
in the Sunday editions of me Corpus Chrisd Caller Times.
In addition Grady wrote a weekly column for the
newspaper’s editorial page, "Brief Visits with the Fourth
Estate’’, resulting in ego trips for editors and publishers of
South Texas weekly newspapers. Each week he selected
a line or two from one of these newspapers followed by a
personal commentary. Grady was not just a good writer.
His prose flowed like poetry, neo-Hellenic-Greekorneo-
Platonian, whichever, I’ve never been quite certain. So let
me settle for the word beautiful. It is to Grady that I must
ever be grateful for the happiest journalistic post I ever
experienced. Almost unknown beyond this region, with
his passing a man of letters he was indeed.
AS YOU MIGHT guess I missed last Sunday’s gridiron
contest Later an, hearing the result my mind turned to
politics, leaving me to more or less repeat something at
least once before noted in this space. Football along with
other sports above high school level • college or profes-
sional - it is virtually impossible to differentiate between
the fellow who earns his daily bread on the playing field or
his brother whose sweat bongs more modest remunera-
like an American, like a member of my community. It
makes me feel virtuous. I miss the okl voting machines GlV6 US n&tUT&l DCEChCS
«*? No. Give them warm wether. il? ta of lookiog'-—'-
resent this town well.
Robert W. Sherwood
But make them get off their duffs to get to i
small price to pay for being an American.
Jerry Jones, Barry Switzer "Dumb, dumber and richer!”
"What was the winning score, Jerry?”
> “Would you like a Pepsi?"
"Noway. I don’t want to walk around with a can stuck
to my mouth."
"Are you trying to tell me that you guys at the National
cormaissance Office fan track of more than $2 billion
I money for spy satellites
ily gets a lot of entertainment looking through the “trash’1
of Sargasso weed on the beach. An empty bare beach is
not what we come to see! There are also physical benefits
to the island by not scouring the beach.
We really enjoy Tony's articles in the South Jetty.
John and Kate Maddock
RE: Letter of WE. "Bill" Tbmplemeyer, Feb. 1, in which
quoted. Plato never had an original thought,
g he knew came from Socrates who was his teacher
so it would be appreciated if you got it straight who you’re
quoting. “All societies we know of are governed by the
_ _ earned
), show me please the difference between a high
I winning election to political office - that is
The rest of the story...
After reading all the letters about the Martin
the Marlin team members, I am compelled to <
What the fans did during the Ague Duke ga
condoned by me or anyone else in Fori Aransas
locate one of the people involved, escorted the
premises of the school and told them to never cc
They were not Port Aransas school students or i
So far as we have gotten only one side of'
Here is the rest of the story.
I was sitting on the front row in fee bteachc
the game. When one of the Marhrts stole the bal
girl got up, turned to the crowd, and called us M
mouth. Socrates, the Jesui
Martin Luther King Jc paid the i
they knew what they were doing
why. Why? lb give us a chance.
then, they weren’t Politicans. in i
is what we have at present.
i, and so people with brain power
power. Kinds fimny,or so it strikes
•Wfell, Mr. Secretary, you can’t
expea us to see everything."
is an opiate of
And so I showed my New Hamp-
re landscape painting to Mr.
bes and asked him if he would
interested in buying it.
And he said, ’Yes. How much is
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Judson, Mary. Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 26, No. 6, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 8, 1996, newspaper, February 8, 1996; Port Aransas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth575288/m1/2/: accessed November 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Ellis Memorial Library.