By: Joe Strupp
It is not exactly the Hatfields praising the McCoys, but in an usual tip of the hat to its cross-state rival, the Dallas Morning News chose the City of Houston as its Texan of the Year. In noting those from the Lone Star State worthy of recognition Sunday, the Belo paper reached south to acknowledge Houston?s aide in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
?In 2005, Houston became the heart of Texas,? the Morning News stated in a story about the choice. ?For resilience, resourcefulness and good old Texas neighborliness on a scale that did the whole state proud, Houston is the 2005 Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year.?
The story went on to say that, ?to this day, an estimated 150,000 survivors of hurricanes Katrina and Rita call the Houston area home, and surveys show that most of them plan to stay. When Katrina hurled them, battered and destitute, onto Houston’s doorstep, Houston met the challenge with the largest shelter operation in the nation’s history.?
Also making the Morning News list of Texans deserving praise were Cyclist Lance Armstrong, Actor Jamie Foxx and Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, who spearheaded the investigation that led to the indictment of Rep. Tom Delay.