The March Primaries Near.
I want to vote in the Cameron County Democratic Primary for County Judge and Precinct Two Commissioner, but the candidates (also the ones in Precinct Three) have been silent about environmental issues close to my well-being, and the well-being of thousands: The West Loop and causeways.
I am waiting for any candidate to denounce any, repeat, any, road on the eight-mile railroad bed when the tracks are moved west.
I am waiting for any candidate to advocate a bike hike nature trail on the eight miles.
I am waiting for any candidate to tell the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority to drop even the vaguest notion of a road.
I am waiting for any candidate to declare that he (no women in the races) will only appoint CCRMA members who oppose any road.
And to the northeast, I am waiting for any candidate to demand that the proposed second causeway across the Laguna Madre contain a bike hike nature lane – and while at it – question if a second causeway is even needed.
Finally, and not so far-fetched, will any candidate dare to suggest that the current causeway get widened for a bike hike nature trail?
Candidates, give me and other exercise and nature advocates a reason to vote for you – and if you win, keep your I-want-your-vote-promises.
Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky
Author: Gene Novogrodsky
Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, a Brownsville resident for nearly three decades, writes North American border slices, from eastern Canada to central Mexico, and in between. He is one of the founders of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Writers Forum in San Benito. He sometimes participates with the informal Resaca Writers Group in Brownsville. He prefers, however, to read to two or three attentive listeners – when asked!