Expanding health care would boost rural Texas Posted in: Opinions The rural communities we serve in Bastrop County are a short drive from Interstate 10 and Interstate 35. Residents, businesses, farmers, and law enforcement officers rely on those regional and statewide highways to visit family and customers, ship supplies and products, and keep the area safe. That’s what President Eisenhower had in mind when he built the interstate highways in the 1950s. Generally, our residents like to take care of themselves and their neighbors; we as Texans don’t ask a lot from government. But there are times — as with the construction of the interstate highways — when elected officials have a ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!