Sunday, September 21, 2008

Galveston County

Galveston is the county seat but the county also includes mainland Texas City, Friendswood, La Marque and the Bolivar Peninsula towns of Port Bolivar (pop. ±1200) and Gilcrist (pop. ±750). Galveston is historic, home of the state's oldest newspaper, and accommodates the U.T. Medical Branch, National Maritime Research Center and Texas A&M at Galveston. The city will be rebuilt. BUT...

I don't know that Bolivar Peninsula should, at least not at taxpayer expense, other than to keep state highway 87 in shape. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson stated that Gilcrist was unlikely to be rebuilt beyond a "beer joint and bait camp." Hopefully the people who lived there had insurance, but they should not be allowed back to rebuild any more than the people in the ninth ward in New Orleans.

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