When A.R. “Babe” Schwartz lost his reelection bid in 1980, he had been in several battles during his previous term that contributed to his end as the senior senator in Texas.

Being Babe, he was standing up for the people and opposing lobbyists who were seeking legislation that did not favor the public.

John Merritt lives in Galveston.


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Charlene Adams

The new version does basically the same thing as SB 434 in that it removes the determination of the public easement from the commissioner with this section:

“(c) The determination of the location of the line of vegetation by the commissioner as provided by Section 61.0171 does not constitute prima facie evidence of the landward boundary of the area subject to the public easement.”

We do not need Mayes Middleton messing with our public right to access the beaches, period!

Rusty Schroeder

GREAT guest commentary Mr. Merritt, it's the best yet on this subject. I remember Mr. Schwartz from campaign parties and especially the County Fair when I was growing up He had a big personality and my Dad liked him, there was always a sign in our yard or a sticker on his truck. He had a BIG personality, that's a given. What would he say, I think in a real loud voice: What the hell is going on here ?.

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