"Continuing rains at least make rafts of ducks happy" by: Mike Reddell

   We already have separate tag teams of geese-led ducks on our daily-deluge, land of lakes here at the Reddell spread.
   Through careful observation of my web-footed friends, I’ve noticed ducks in one raft or paddling definitely aren’t welcome in the other tribe.
   Since I went to the trouble of looking it up, a group of ducks is called a raft or paddling and a gathering of geese is a gaggle.
   Apparently, if one of the geese chieftains notices non-member ducks following his mixed-species gaggle, there will be squawking heard and other signs of discouragement.
   For the time being, however, there’s plenty of puddles to stake claim around.
   I like watching the birds on the tiny ponds, but that doesn’t mean they are welcome to the chicken’s feed. 
   Shouldn’t roosters step in and stop that?
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   I went to cover Matagorda Volunteer Fire Department’s fundraiser Saturday and by noon things were popping. 
   The firefighters had a fill-the-boot going at the main intersection and the auction area at the Fireman’s Hall had more people than I’ve seen in a while.
   I left and went to see what was happening at Matagorda Beach at Jetty Park, but turns out I was a bit early to make any turnout appraisal.
   My timing was impressed on me as I encountered a mostly beach-bound steady stream of cars and trucks headed south as I was leaving.
   By the time I returned to Matagorda, an hour had elapsed yet the population and traffic had seemed to more than double.
   Good news for the Matagorda economy after being in the pandemic doldrums since mid-2020 or so.
   I’m sure Caney Creek’s flooding problems in the Sargent area cut back on the normal tourist traffic.
   Most of us hope to see lots of tourists pour into Matagorda and Sargent this summer, without some meteorological and/or financial hindrance hovering nearby.
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   I would add to my previous caustic remarks about the Texas Legislature’s intrigues, but I’m rewarded for my comments with an even further right swing.
   The legislature’s work this year is already billed as the most conservative in modern Texas history. 
   Our statehouse representatives appear headed toward writing a bill to weatherize our electric grid and hopefully stave off the disaster we had in February when I wrote this column Monday. 
   Ignoring our rainy day fund – we don’t use that for rainy days either – the lawmakers look like they’ll make the ratepayers fund those improvements.
   Some of us will remember next election cycle. 
   Clearly, many voters will rejoice in the decisions made and return these open-carry warriors to the statehouse.
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