Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 7, No. 31, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 19, 1978 Page: 3 of 8
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JANUARY 19, 1978
Last week I shared with you a
parable about a barrel of wine
that turned out to be water, Then
I smarted off and said parables,
like jokes, are not to be explained.
I’ve changed my mind — that
parable requires a little help.
The point was that everyone in
the village figured just a little
water wouldn’t be noticed in that
barrel of wine. And they wound
up with nothing but water.
What you do — vote, debate,
contribute, help, love, whatever
— is important. Don’t you wait
for George to do it Do what you
can, and do it as well as you can.
Did you see the TV program,
Sixty Minutes last Sunday even-
ing? They presented a film
story of pay-offs and corruption in
one of our major cities. Even
more disheartening, they inter-
viewed a wealthy “businessman”
who was involved up to his eye-
brows. And this man expressed
no sense or feeling of guilt.
As far as he is concerned, dis-
honesty is a way of life. “Every-
body does it,” he maintains, so
what’s all the fuss about.
Watching'and listening to him,
I was reminded that unless we
have learned what is right, there
is no wrong. If someone doesn’t
provide us with an example of
living filled with loving and caring
and respecting, we can go
through life without knowing what
we are missing.
If out children and the young-
sters of our community see us
disregarding the law, polluting
the environment, taking what we
want without concern for the
rights of others; if our homes and
places of business are filled with
anger and greed and distrust; if
we base our living on a dog-eat-
dog philosophy, we surely cannot
be surprised when their behavior
reflects what we do instead of
what we say.
We do well to remember: sowing
a thought reaps an act, sowing an
act reaps a habit; sowing a
habit reaps a character; and
sowing a character yeilds a
Some of you will likely not
agree with this.
It seems to me, though, that
whether your faith is that there
is a God or that there is not a
God, if you don’t have doubts you
are either kidding yourself or
Doubts are the ants in the pants
of faith. They keep it awake,
alive, and moving.
If that didn’t get you, maybe
Someone has said Christianity
is mainly wishful thinking. And
goes on to say dreams are wishful
thinking. Children playing at
being grown-up is wishful think-
ing. Travel between planets is
I say sometimes wishing is the
wings of the truth come true on.
Sometimes the truth is what
sets us wishing for it!
State of the Region
by Juliet K. Wenger
Coastal Bend Council of Govmts.
A good year economically with
no boom or bust, that is the way
Bill Cobb sees 1978. Cobb is
senior vice president of Corpus
Christi Bank and Trust and a rec-
ognized economic analyst.
He expects living costs in our
area to rise about 7% during the
year, the same amount of increase
that was experienced in 1975 and
again in 1976. Cobb said this is
eating into the customer’s pocket,
even though it is not as extreme
as the 12% increase experienced
in 1974. He expects the increase
in output of goods and services to
be about 4.8%, as it has been in
the past year. This is more than a
2% discrepancy. Unemployment
is foreseen as holding at 7%,
higher than the national and state
Retail sales are holding up well.
They passed the $1 billion mark
for the first time in 1976 and the
second time in 1977. As Cobb had
predicted a year ago, durable
goods were leaders, furniture,
major appliances, and automo-
biles. The tourist industry is
encouraging to Cobb. New com-
muter flights are bringing many
more people into the area. He
says we are still short of attrac-
tions to hold them for a long
period of time and in dire need of
more hotels. He expects 1,0™'
new hotel rooms to be built t
year and estimates the need f r
Activity in the oil business is
credited by Cobb with keeping our
economy better than that of t'
Midwest and East. Increa1
activityy both onshore an 1
shore is predicted in 1978.
Delay in maintenance dredging
of the inner harbor of the Port of
Corpus Christi is a serious threat
to the economy of all of South
Texas. But in spite of the incon-
venience, the Port has had a rec-
ord year in 1977 and expects
another in 1978. Cobb expects
resolution of the dredging prob-
lems before the year is out. He
does not think there will be final
action on a deepwater port at
Harbor Island this year, but does
consider the long range chances
of establishing that port have
Cobb says construction of
Choke Canyon Dam could very
well get underway this year. The
combination of the dam and the
deep water port, he feels, would
eliminate danger of economic
stagnation for this part of the
The days of rampant growth are
gone, in his opinion. With only
17% growth expected in the
United States between now and
1985, the story is told for the
parts of the whole.
He says that what happens here
to a great extent depends on de-
cisions made in Washington. He
adds that if we don’t get an
energy bill, we will be in big
trouble bv 1985. He does not
think we are facing up to the
reality of the energy crisis. He
foresees small cars, no travel to
speak of, and what gas is
available for cars selling at $1 to
$1.25 unless every possible ap-
proach is taken to assure enerby
sources. Otherwise, Cobb says,
“It is going to be devastating.”
by L.D. Nuckles
TP&WD Information Officer
Cold weather fishing can, in
certain instances, be better than it
is during warmer times, according
to Texas Parks and Wildlife De-
Ed Hegen, coastal biologist sta-
tioned at Rockport reports that tag
returns indicate a lot of redfish
and black drum are caught during
the coldest weather. When bitter
cold “northers” rip through the
coastal areas the hardy fishermen
bundle up and hunt the deeper,
usually dredged, holes where the
fish congregate to escape the
Even though these howling
winds whip the bay waters into a
witches cauldron that is to rough
for even the most foolhardy boat-
men, fishing is still available.
Boat basins, deep channels and
such places as the Rockport Ski
Basin are readily available to the
bank fisherman and these places
are where the fish are found.
Live shrimp, peeled shrimp
tails, live small fish, cut bait and
artificial lures fished very slowly
have all produced fish. The fish
are cold and move very slowly so
rapidly moving baits are rarely
taken. Once hooked, however, the
fish fight as though they had
never heard of cold water.
Hardy “Winter Texans,” who
come to South Texas every winter
to escape the snow and ice of
their Midwestern homes, gather
at these deep holes every time the
temperature drops enough to
force the fish off the shallow flats.
They catch fish too and every time
they catch a tagged fish they can
collect a reward of from $1.00 to
$25.00, in addition to having the
fish to eat.
Sports fishermen, of course are
limited to 10 redfish per day
all of them must be over 14 inches
The Corpus Christi Area Tourist
and Convention Bureau has re-
leased figures indicating that in
1977 conventions brouht expendi-
tures of $19.4 million to Corpus
Christi, in addition to the growing
total for area tourism generated
dollars. The convention expendi-
ture figure was derived from esti-
mates based on per capita
spending by the 88,720 conven-
tioneers in Corpus Christi in 1977.
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Frishman, Steve. Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 7, No. 31, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 19, 1978, newspaper, January 19, 1978; Port Aransas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth623924/m1/3/: accessed October 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Ellis Memorial Library.