2015-05-21 / Opinion

Letters to the Editor

Beach bummer

I got so furious reading Tony’s (Amos) column (May 14) that I called my state representative to complain about the beach scraping and turtle abuse. He happens to be Joe Strauss, the Speaker of the House. His spokesman gravely took down my info and said he would get it downstairs for analysis immediately.

I was so mad, I told the rep that if the state did not stop the scraping, I would contact U.S. fisheries and wildlife friends and would contemplate “making a federal case out of it,” i.e. filing a lawsuit with the EPA (much as I hate to involve the federal government).

I hope any citizens who feel as I do will contact their legislators immediately. They do not have to reside in Nueces County, as the endangered turtles are the state sea turtle (Kemp’s ridley) and are federally protected as well.

Personally, I think Port Aransas would be better off in the long run with more turtles and fewer drunk tourists.

Molly Porter Burke
San Antonio and Rockport

Plastic reminder

June is around the corner and that means that Port Aransas is half way through the one-year, voluntary phase of the plastic bag ban. Come January, shoppers will need to remember to bring their own bags to any Port Aransas store.

Are you ready? Keep Port Aransas Beautiful, Skip the Plastic, UTMSI Green Team, as well as other citizens have been busy educating people, and giving away and selling re-usable bags. Next time you see them around town, stop by for some info, grab a bag and start using it! Once you get into this easy habit, you will find that using a sturdy, larger re-usable bag is so much more convenient.

My hope is that this plastic bag ordinance will cause a positive, cascading effect on Port Aransas residents and visitors’ awareness of litter, overuse of disposable plastics and their impacts on the environment. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place, but we must respect what we have and take care of it.

Way to go, Port Aransas, on being a leader in the Coastal Bend – once again!

Rae Mooney
Port Aransas

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