Texas Attorney General and governor candidate Greg Abbott recently referred to the Wichita Falls water system during an interview, according to an article in the Tyler Morning Telegraph newspaper. Abbott would become the first native of Wichita Falls, Texas elected governor if he defeats Democrat Wendy Davis and Libertarian Kathy Glass in the Nov. 4 election.
Abbott said during an interview with the Tyler Morning Telegraph Editorial Board that the state’s “water woes could be addressed with technology as Wichita Falls has implemented, including reuse projects and surface water treatments to slow evaporation and expediting permitting processing for major water infrastructure projects.”
As the top law enforcement officer in the state, Abbott has discussed solutions to the state’s water problems on several occasions. The City of Wichita Falls, which is hugged by the Red River to the north, has made national and international news because of the draught which has suffocated the area during the past year. One city official recently said he thought the rainfall had been pretty normal up until 2011. Since then it has decreased as lake levels have decreased to around 20% normal of normal levels.
Abbott, 57, was born on Randel Drive in Wichita Falls and visited his boyhood home during a campaign stop. He mentioned his top priorities during his recent interview in Tyler, Texas. Those issues he listed included public education, transportation, water and security.
After he was raised in Wichita Falls, Abbott and his family moved to Longview where he played football for Judson Middle School. When he was only 27 the athletic Abbott was jogging in Houston when a huge tree fell and damaged his spine. He was left permanently paralyzed from the waist down.
Instead of moping around and feeling sorry for himself following the life-changing event he used the catastrophe to inspire him to many achievements included being elected Attorney General in 2002. He said recently his tramatic incident increased his perspective and empathy toward people from different backgrounds.
He also referred to education as an area of importance for him if he is elected. He opposed the CSCOPE curriculum which excluded many parents from their children’s education process. CSCOPE was criticized by many parents who were angered when they discovered their children were being taught that the heroes of the American Revolution were labeled terrorists. Students were also asked to design socialist flags and dress as Muslims as part of the controvesial curriculum.
Abbott also advocated school choice rather than vouchers as a way to give parents options. He said it wouldn’t be productive to compel students to enroll in failing schools.
Abbott also has repeatedly referred to the federal immigration system as not being functional. He vowed that Texas should provide security along its own border since lawmakers in the Washington D.C. are deadlocked on what should be done. The border situation has become even more critical in the wake of the ISIS beheading of two American journalists which were broadcast around the world. Concerns have been raised about the possibility of Palestinians sympathetic to ISIS illegally crossing the southern U.S. border and bringing their violence into the Lone Star State. Since ISI has declared the US a target of its violence, the concerns about their possible invasion would appear to be well-founded.
Abbott has also addressed the problems of Mexican drug cartels invading Texas and murdering people on Lone Star ranches. These drug cartel invasions have resulted in the finding of corpses along a pipeline which runs across southern Texas. The Wichita Falls native also promised to raise the conversation above partisan feuding which he credited with slowing progress in areas such as border security, education, water and roads.
He also proposed a $300 million program to send 500 additional Department of Public Safety officers and 20 Texas Rangers to the border. He said this effort would be funded by cartel cash seizures.
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