Public News (Houston) - - LETTER RIP -

There might be a few mis­con­cep­tions be­ing floated around the na­tion that Texas is un­der­wa­ter. In fact, I’ve even seen a “new” map of Texas with the Gulf of Mexico reach­ing into the South­east­ern part of this great state and touch­ing the out­skirts of Dal­las.

Let me re­as­sure you now, es­pe­cially those of you who are un­der the im­pres­sion that Texas is soon to join At­lantis at the bot­tom of a lot of wa­ter, that we are still stand­ing tall. Re­gard­less of where you came from, if you are in Texas, you are there­fore Texas-proud.

Texas-proud knows no lim­its. We know no bound­aries as to what we can do. Bound­aries and lim­its are for those who think that the line of ac­cept­abil­ity is the ul­ti­mate goal. Tex­ans go be­yond what is ex­pected by oth­ers, and achieve what­ever their minds can con­ceive. Thank you Napoleon Hill and W. Cle­ment Stone (both adop­tive Tex­ans).

Let’s have fun with this. Let’s as­sume that ev­ery­one is cor­rect (ex­cept us Tex­ans) and that a large por­tion of Texas has gone un­der­wa­ter for good wip­ing out Hous­ton, Austin and the Tri-Cities (Beau­mont/Or­ange/Port Arthur). What would this mean to sur­viv­ing Tex­ans, af­ter all we do know how to make a good thing come from a bad thing.

Firstly, Dal­las and San An­to­nio all of a sud­den would ex­pe­ri­ence a tourist boom for those who want ac­cess to a large city and its ameni­ties plus close ac­cess to beaches! Abi­lene, also a coastal city, would ex­pe­ri­ence a boom in pop­u­la­tion and tourism. The south­ern part of Texas, be­tween the Texas Sea and Mexico, would be likened to an Amer­i­can ver­sion of Italy with the Texan Hill County over­look­ing the western shores of the Texas Sea. In be­tween the Amer­i­can Italy and Abi­lene would be the great oil pro­duc­ing Texas Pan­han­dle, no longer a des­o­late and dry re­gion, but one full of life and farm­land!

Un­for­tu­nately, we lost both ma­jor univer­si­ties. So, Texas A&M would move what­ever ma­te­ri­als they could save and cre­ate a cam­pus at Cor­pus Christi. The Univer­sity of Texas would move its sal­vage­able cam­pus to Dal­las.

Trav­el­ing by plane be­tween San An­to­nio and New Or­leans you would fly over the great rem­nant of the city of Hous­ton with her tall build­ings stick­ing out of the wa­ter like a mod­ern me­tal Easter Is­land.

Texas would not lose pop­u­la­tion as one would imag­ine, but gain some due to new arable land, beach front prop­erty that didn’t ex­ist be­fore May 1st and cooler cli­mates due to Texas Sea air meet­ing with the cooler moist air from the north.

Texas would not be the only ben­e­fi­ciary of a pop­u­la­tion boom. Ok­la­homa and her two ma­jor cities, Tulsa and Ok­la­homa City, would be a mere four hour drive to the Texas Sea coast. Back to re­al­ity... The Texas Sea, the new beach front prop­erty, ma­jor col­lege lo­ca­tion shifts and all that is just a dream, a ‘what if’ sce­nario that will never hap­pen. So what do Tex­ans do when it floods? We help each other, that’s what we do. We don’t need the gov­ern­ment’s FEMA or Jade Helm 15 to teach Tex­ans how to sur­vive. We’ve been do­ing well and teach­ing oth­ers these skills for the last 150 years. Tex­ans hurt to­gether, strive to­gether and win to­gether. Af­ter all, isn’t that the rea­son most of New Or­leans came here af­ter Ka­t­rina?

Ken Petty

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