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July 15, 2013

Senator Nichols: My five cents


AUSTIN — 4. Texas golden gladecress and Neches River rose-mallow

A somewhat troubling trend which could soon affect many of us in Senate District 3 is a significant increase in endangered and threatened species listings by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Over the past few years we have seen the number of new species added annually increase multi-fold. Of specific concern to East Texas is an attempt to add the Neches River rose-mallow and Texas golden gladecress plants to that list.

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Susan Combs, has determined that the Neches River rose-mallow, if designated as threatened, could impact ground water management; reservoir construction, road and bridge projects; and agriculture operations in Cherokee, Harrison, Houston, Nacogdoches and Trinity Counties. Comptroller Combs also determined designating the Texas golden gladecress as endangered could impact agriculture and timber planting operations; oil and gas operations; and highway construction and maintenance projects in Nacogdoches, Sabine and San Augustine Counties. Furthermore, projects with a federal component could be delayed or cancelled in the listed counties. All affected counties are located in rural Texas. It is crucial that our federal government does not hinder economic growth and industry or interfere with private property in these counties.

5. Don't mess with Texas

You've probably seen the 'Don't mess with Texas' slogan in innumerable places around our state and beyond, but did you know it's actually a registered trademark? It was coined back in 1985 to encourage Texans to keep litter off the roads.

The slogan has since been touted from singers like Willie Nelson and George Strait, athletes like George Foreman and Randy White, and even a World War II-era B-17 bomber to remind Texans what Don’t mess with Texas really means. It doesn't get much better than that.


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