What happened to change
Change! What a most interesting word in the English language. It has many meanings and can be used in a variety of ways. There can be change for the better and improvement, change for the status quo; change for the worse; and of course, change for the sake of change where nothing is truly accomplished, but change constantly happens. Which type change has occurred in Ennis?
Once upon a time there were several three story buildings, hotels and business, in Ennis. There were five cotton gins; now there are none. The farmers and agricultural business people truly appreciate being put out of business due to these changes. Once upon a time, there were five lumber yards; now only one exists. There were both corporate and family owned department stores; presently there are either very few or none. We had both chain and individually owned grocery stores. What is presently available today? Once upon a time Ennis had three movie theatres plus a drive in; today, there are none, but Ennis is experiencing change!
Once upon a time there were multi-automobile dealerships in town; today, there are two. Is this truly good growth and development or morbid, malignant deterioration?
Ennis, at one time, had three railroads with 19 passenger trains daily plus the freight trains. Today only a partial railroad exists and no passenger service is available. Once upon a time two bus lines provided bus service daily, but today no bus stops in Ennis. What wonderful transportation changes are currently available!
Do not over look the Port of Ennis on the Trinity River or the new, state-of-the-art "Howerton’s International Airport," now being planned and soon constructed on US 287 near the Texas Motorplex. The property owners scowled at the ridiculious unholy mess created by this project. Of course, it would be a great sin to over look the wonderful, poorly designed, stupidity planned and ridiculiously constructed US 287 bypass (commonly known as the "Death Trap" because it is pernicious in design. Naturally, it is to be expanded to four lanes from the City Airport to State Highway 34. The overpass, requested by numerous citizens, is to be places over a deadend street (Lampasas) which is near two schools and the hospital. What changes! The atrocious intersection of Ensign Road at US 287 is still dangerous and deadly. The nefarious crossing at Farm to Market Road 1183 at US 287 continues to be harmful and hazardous. Safety was not and continues to not be important to designers, engineers, construction workers as well as the employees of the Texas Department of Transportation. If safe, sound and stable driving (motoring) conditions were important and of vital interest to our city leaders, county officials and Texas Department of Transportation, better and improved changes would have been made.
Perhaps, some day very soon, changes for improvement and safety will happen in Ennis. At least, we can hope for enhanced byway design with a state of the art safety factor included for the traveling public. Perhaps, if city leaders, county officials, state personnel and some federal government people had to utilize and manipulate the two dangerous intersections on US 287, vast quality improvements would, no doubt be made immediately and with post-haste efforts.
The citizens have made known their desire to have more retail stores, restaurants and recreational facitities in Ennis. These requests are not a gentle rustling of rumors, neither are they based on various schemes or stupidity. They are based on factual foundations of need by the citizens and business owners. Unfortunately, certain city leaders are very good at sidestepping the real issues and turning a deaf ear to the cries and screams of the people.
In the meantime, we have the memory of once upon a time in a land far, far away!
Thank you for your attention and concern in this vital matter.
James R. Brazier