In response to Michael A. Smith’s editorial ("The timing of Cox's complaint unfortunate for everybody," The Daily News, Jan. 12): It is amazing to see the difference between Harris and Galveston counties during a disaster. During Harvey, Harris County leadership shined, while Galveston County’s was not as bright.

The county judge’s job should be about more than just getting ditches mowed and roads paved, as Smith supposed it is. The race for county judge should not be about which insider can best his rival.

Many Galveston County residents are living in hotels, in what is left of their house, or in their driveways because Judge Mark Henry did little to nothing to improve flood control. Recovery has been slow. The county did not serve its citizens very well before Harvey, so why would it change now? Henry consistently waits for someone else to do something as shown by his constant scapegoating of FEMA and the state. And our county’s inability to shine during and after Harvey may deter outside interest in our county.

Galveston County needs a county judge that can lead us into greatness and not someone who merely wants to occupy the top spot. We need someone who can make Galveston County great.

Ray Taft



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