Texas is special, a place like no other. It is a land of epic proportions and extreme contrasts. A land hemmed by mountains and deserts, forests and plains, and rivers and a sea. Of blizzards and heat, rain and drought, unique unto itself.
Texans are special, too — characterized throughout a rich history by an independent, pragmatic, persistent, and generous attitude, and a confidence in ourselves and what we can accomplish. We are adaptable, willing to rise together to confront a challenge, and united in our sense of Texas pride. This is as evident today, as we confront the COVID-19 pandemic, as it ever has been.
Generations of Texans have shared a sincere optimism that Texas’s future will be even brighter than its past, a faith that has drawn millions of people to our state. As we work to recover from the coronavirus, we must not ignore the challenges and acute disparities this pandemic has surfaced. We must face them head-on and develop innovative new ways to solve them.