Many of you probably know Carol and I went to the coast last week. You are probably unaware of how terrifying the trip down and back was.

Everything was okay when we left home. As we moved through Hamilton County and into Coryell County things began to unwind. The farther south we traveled, the more things just seemed to be strange. My anxiety level was rising and I was sure we should turn around and go home. I began to feel claustrophobic from all the green, non-chemically pruned trees closing in on me. I was hardly able to drive down the highway with my field of vision being obstructed by all the trees with healthy green leaves.

Today I had to make trip to Granbury. It was so stress free driving down the chemical treated highway, knowing how much better I could see through the trees with their lifeless leaves still clinging to their dying host. It made me long for the depths of winter when all the leaves will be long ago fallen and knowing we will probably still have the poisoned ones hanging on.

To sum it up, I would like to thank the genius at the Texas Highway Dept for dreaming up such a brilliant plan to ruin our local highway landscape. I can only imagine how proud Lady Bird Johnson would be to see how The Texas Highway Beautification Act of 1965 is being implemented. Next year we should plan to mow and spray herbicide on all the Bluebonnets and other wildflowers.

David Jaquess