Do you remember the fairy tale about the princess who got cursed by a bad witch or a bad fairy or somebody and she was in a deep sleep.
It happens every year. As the weather warms, the words “flesh-eating bacteria” cycle into headlines and social media feeds. After all, those words are much more likely to grab attention than Vibrio vulnificus, the actual name of the bacteria.
While by tradition not a formal state of the union address — presidents since Richard Nixon have waited until after their first year in office — President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress could take any sort of direction.
As Dick Daugird tells the story, his friends brought meat over to his house and said to he and his wife, Horacene, “You guys are such great cooks, would you mind cooking this for us?” From that small beginning has come what today is known as the Lighthouse Charity Team. They cook meals for o…
When I first started contributing to this column two years ago it never crossed my mind that I would have to pick up the pen, or actually open up Microsoft Word, to address the issue of anti-Semitism in America. After all, for at least the last 50 years, most of my adult life, Jews have been…
I have loved learning as long as I can remember. My mom worked as an accountant so she got my brother and I into a day care just down the street from her office. I got to do two years at Small Fry Academy and even learned some French. My brother and I started out in the Catholic school in ou…
Candidate Donald Trump set off a furious controversy when he said NATO countries should pay their “fair share” of mutual defense costs and, later, that the treaty organization was “obsolete” because not enough of its efforts were directed against radical Islamic terrorism.
While there’s been much demonizing of a development in a special taxing zone on East Beach, there’s little evidence it’s been a raw deal for Galveston — at least not yet.
I mentioned in a previous column that when I started working for the Beach Patrol back in the early ‘80s I was assigned to the area of 29th Street for a couple of years as a tower lifeguard. At the time, it was unofficially an African-American beach. Later, I realized that my time there came…
Alvin Sallee’s guest column (“Time to call Galveston a port of call,” The Daily News, Feb. 18) struck a chord with me. Last week, four guests from Idaho joined me and other Galvestonians on a cruise to Honduras. I was so glad they could come early to enjoy some of the sights and tastes Salle…
Mr. President says the enemy of the people is lurking somewhere out there near the newsstand or the postoffice, the restaurant or your front yard. Compound sentences are no longer safe. Adverbs and verbs are running for cover. Who, what, when, where and why can't really believe what they're seeing.
The first week of Mardi Gras is the one time of the year when all the local Galveston people like to enjoy the seawall. Cook, visit with family and friends. Why can’t Galveston leadership, once a year, just say park and have a good time. You pay your taxes.
I thought I was an enemy of the dictators, the killers and the plagues of mankind. I used my pen to fight against the Soviets killing political prisoners in the gulags and marauding Serbs massacring Bosnians in the ‘90s. But, no, I was mistaken.
If the city shows up at your house tomorrow and asks you to donate your front yard to a land speculator, are you going to say “Yes?” Mr. Land Speculator has promised to let you look at the shiny new McMansions built 3 feet off your front door every day free of charge.
Galveston City Council will consider a giveaway of your city property tomorrow. The trustee of Sonya Porretto’s bankruptcy has asked the council to “affirm” that she owns ten city streets and alleys that run through Porretto Beach even though there is no evidence that this is true.
The Galveston Park Board of Trustees recently received notice of initial approval for more than $10 million in federal grants to fund two coastal improvement projects on the island.
If it has skipped past you on your daily planner, today is Presidents Day. Banks will be closed, businesses will be offering incredible Presidents Day special offers, there might even be a special Red-White-and-Blue special at your favorite diner.
Recently, the states of Washington and Minnesota filed injunctions seeking to block the enforcement of President Trump’s temporary suspension on the entrance into the United States, of individuals from seven countries. Washington state filed first in the federal court located in Seattle, a c…
On Feb. 13, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned less than one month on the job. In late December, Flynn spoke by telephone with the Russian ambassador and discussed punitive measures imposed on Russia, which by “coincidence” was the same day that Preside…
Anybody who cares about and supports preserving the great American outdoors has got to oppose President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall or a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.
In response to the brief in the Texas politics at a glance section ("Patrick promotes 'bathroom bill' nationally," The Daily News, Feb. 16): I have a question for Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton: Is there going to be a guard at every restroom where we h…
Recently, President Trump initiated several controversial executive immigration orders that are deeply concerning to immigrants and native-born Americans alike. We all value our security, however, I’m concerned that more than terrorists and criminals will be swept up in a broader deportation net.
Questions of whether and how much were settled last week when Clear Creek Independent School District’s board voted unanimously to call a $487 million bond election for May.
The repaving and underground plumbing replacement at 69th Street is fast approaching completion. It has been a mess for several months, but thanks to the project's management, traffic has continued to flow throughout with a minimum of inconvenience for the neighborhood. Thanks for the good work.
“No mother, we did not need to go to Houston. All the attractions were within two miles of our home on Galveston Island,” I answered over the phone. Our kids and granddaughters had just visited us for a busy week.
There have been many thoughts about just what to do about presenting a "pretty picture" to those who visit Galveston Island by way of Broadway, including the most recent article ("Hitting roadblocks," The Daily News, Feb. 8).
Who was the genius that came up with the design for the bus stops on the beach? Talk about a hazard and potential lawsuit. The new bus stops project cut into a turn lane and have 4-inch high curbs to surround it. I almost busted my tires trying to avoid it while driving.
Mardi Gras Galveston gets underway this evening with events including the Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade Parade and the George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Honoree Parade, this year held in recognition of Larry Del Papa of Del Papa Distributing Co.
Vocational Guidance Services is preparing for its seventh annual Talent Has No Boundaries job fair for people with mental and physical disabilities. This job fair will showcase the skills and talents of workers with disabilities who represent a diverse and vibrant talent pool for hire.
When we teach water safety we focus on topics like the importance of learning to swim, avoiding the rip currents, obeying signs, flags and lifeguards, etc. What we don’t mention is how to teach good swimmers how to swim in the ocean.
I understand that a lot of Trump supporters are very concerned about the political theater that is permeating the mainstream media. It is truth that the current political hype is more anti-Trump than pro-Trump. It's always impossible to read an article about politics without encountering som…
In the middle of an increasingly ugly storm surrounding immigration and refugee travel, Galveston Mayor Jim Yarbrough stepped forward Monday night to offer a sincere gesture of kindness and compassion.
The First Amendment to the Constitution allows for "people to peaceably assemble." When people destroy public and private property, they are wrong. When people attack police and citizens, they are wrong. When people hide behind masks and riot, they are cowards and criminals.
A small piece of news just jumped out at me. It hadn’t gotten much attention. I speak of a respected military officer, Army Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., testifying that outside powers, led by Russia, have increased their interference in the 16-year-old Afghan war.
Why is the city creating a hazard with the seawall parking? They are putting planter boxes and bus stops in the parking lane making it unsafe for pedestrians and drivers. We don't even have a bus that runs down the seawall. If the city wanted to put them in the parking lane they should have …
Congratulations are in order for Michael Mierzwa, former director of the Port of Galveston, who today is being honored by the American Association of Port Authorities with its 2017 Cruise Award for “his diverse and highly impactful maritime career and a recognition of his legacy in the AAPA …
The tourism industry is one of the largest in the state of Texas. To help ensure the industry continues to thrive, tourism professionals from across the state “Converge on the Capitol” each year to let their legislative leaders know their priorities.