Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 8, No. 8, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 10, 1978 Page: 3 of 8
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AUGUST 10, 1978
You have heard it said “the pen
is mightier than the sword”, but
did you know that playwright
Edward Bulwer Lytton expressed
that philosophy in an 1839 play?
What’s more, he likely borrowed
the phrase from Robert Burton
who, in the early 1600’s, wrote:
Hinc quam sic calamus saevior
ense patet. “The pen worse than
the sword.” Illustrating the survi-
val of a thought, I have to tell you
that my old friend Plutarch,
writing about 100 A.D. said it this
way: “Pyrrhus was used to say
that Cineas had taken more towns
with his words than he with his
All of this by way of easing into
a personal bit of dialogue.
Since using a sword is considered
somewhat illegal, I’m depending
on my pen to get you out to the
polling place this Saturday. My
pen and your conscious pride in
being a voting citizen of our
I’m probably gonna wish I could
have borrowed a sword!
Would it help any to remind
you and me that, just as public
office is a public trust so is the
right to vote. And it is a disgrace
that so many of us so often fail
the trust given us.
At issue Saturday is the matter
of a Home Rule Charter for the
City of Port Aransas. A cross-
section of citizens, elected by
their peers, worked long hours
over many months in writing this
After agonizing, sometimes
heated, debate and soul-searching
discussions, the commission (with
14 members) produced a document
that it unanimously recommends
to the city. The City Council, after
. studying the charter and hearing
the commission report, unani-
mously endorses it.
At the public meeting to answer
questions and offer explanations
of various parts of the lengthy
charter, no serious objections
were raised. Most of the handful
who came out were pleased and
All in all, it seems fairly certain
the proposed charter will be
approved Saturday. And maybe I
should be satisfied. But I’m not.
I am proud to live in Port
Aransas. To be a part of a unique
community that has a rich history,
an exciting present, and promise
of a fulfilling future.
I yearn for you and you and you
to share that pride.
To express it with a resounding
yes vote for an historical document
which will enable us to have a
true Home Rule, expanded capa-
city to rule our own destiny, and
more efficient means of community
decision-making reflecting grass-
We will have a heavy voter
turnout - if you turn out.
Maybe you don’t have to get as
serious about it as Daniel Webster
who, in the course of a political
debate, declared: “Sink or swim,
live or die, survive or perish, I
give my hand and my heart to this
But it wouldn’t hurt!
P.S. The voting will be held at
.he school. The Community Center
was not available... Thanks for
School Aug. 21
The Port Aransas Independent
School District will have registra-
tion on Monday, August 21, 1978.
All students should register be-
tween the hours of 9:15 a.m. and
noon. Students in secondary
school, grades 7-11 will register in
the library and students in grades
Early Childhood through sixth will
register in their respective rooms.
It is essential that parents
accompany students and clear
with the school nurse on immuni-
zations before registering. The
school nurse will be in the
elementary building all day and
will give immunizations to students
who need them; however, she
cannot give these immunizations
without parental consent which
must be signed in person. Birth
certificates and immunization
records are required in Early
Childhood, Kindergarten and first
grade. In addition, all students
new to this district should be sure
to bring immunization records and
report cards from previous school.
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Frishman, Steve. Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 8, No. 8, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 10, 1978, newspaper, August 10, 1978; Port Aransas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth623874/m1/3/: accessed February 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Ellis Memorial Library.