LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
We attended the first of what we hope will be many to come lighted boat parade on Saturday, Dec. 9, and would just like to thank Kim Morris and the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce for a job well done.
It was very evident that much planning and organizing had gone into the parade and following events. Thank you for a wonderful evening, and we'll see y'all at the next year's parade!
Marty and Patty Karr
Port Aransas & Abilene
Never forget Dec. 7
I was pleased to read your article about Dec. 7, 1941.
Not only is that date almost forgotten, but for many people is not even known. It was one of the most important days of my life. I was born and raised in England. I went through WWII there, including better than three years in the British Navy. When the so-called phony war ended in June of 1940, the Germans overran all of Europe. They kicked the British out of France. About a quarter of a million men made it off the beaches of Dunkirk back to England. But all they could save were the shirts on their backs.
What was known as a home guard was formed of boys under, and men above, military age. I joined and was asked to go on sentry duty at the golf course. I said, “Yes, but I don't know how to load and fire a rifle.”
I was told to just show up, and I did. I was issued an ill-fitting set of fatigues, a 303 bolt action rifle and 10 rounds of ammunition. I walked with 11 old men to the golf course. I worried about not knowing how to load my rifle. An old man said to quit worrying, “If anything happens, give me your ammunition.”
So the village slept that night guarded by 11 men and one boy, 12 rifles and 120 rounds of ammunition!
Next came the “Battle of Britain”. The Germans could not overcome the young guys in their Hurricanes and Spitfires, so we were saved from invasion. But the truth is that we were lost and we couldn't win the war. Then came Dec. 1, 1941. As young as I was, I realized that when the full power and resources of the United States came into play, the Axis powers would lose, and we would come out of it all free men.
So, yes, I always remember, remember, remember.
Gordon Hodgkins Irving
A hearty thank you goes out to the captain and crew of the Island Queen for providing a venue to sing Christmas carols on Saturday, Dec. 9.
Those in attendance had their spirits lifted as they joined the captain and crew in singing the holiday season standards. I enjoyed the songs that were sung, and it helped bring the spirit of Christmas closer to Port Aransas. Thank you for an enjoyable evening.
Larry Heagren Sr.
Impressed with PAISD
As a longtime reader of the South Jetty, I have been peripherally aware of the evolving success of the Port Aransas Independent School District. This past week, however, I saw first hand what a terrific system your community has wrought for the benefit of the children as well as all the rest of us who must live with them when they grow up to be responsible citizens of our country.
I came away from a day spent in all three schools in a state of awe at how attractive and well-behaved the students were, how cool and tough and loving the principals and the superintendent were, and how heroic and precious the teachers were.
I'm not foolish enough to think that things don't go wrong, but I am here to tell your readers that this former teacher who considers herself half-way intelligent and lucid saw a community of scholars who are all following the “it takes a village” dictum.
I send my compliments to the entire city of Port Aransas, and to the people in the schools themselves I say, I took away with me 10 times what I brought. Thank you for a memorable day.
San Antonio, Washington and Port Aransas Pearson fans
[Editor's note: The following letter to South Jetty columnist Rachel Pearson is shared with our readers.]
We sure hope you get lots of email thanking you for your column, because we want you to continue. We're winter Port Aransans who subscribe to the South Jetty year-round and thoroughly enjoy staying in touch with our “true” home.
Just read your “Winter takes on a new meaning” article and thought the attached photo might just warm you a little.
Thank you again. Steve Smith and Mary Anne Maurer Park Rapids, MN