• By PETER DAVIS
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Drones are a hot topic right now in a lot of areas, but the international lifesaving community is becoming more and more interested in them as we look to see the newest developments. It is, however, hard to separate fact from fiction in a world where a YouTube video can go viral and become “…

  • By ELIZA THOMAS QUIGLEY
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I am absolutely confident in my endorsement of Johnny Smecca for the position of Galveston Independent School District 6-F trustee. Let me share with you my reasons for this confidence.

  • By JIMMIE STATHAKOS
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We recently went to Happy Buddha for supper, and parked in front facing 61st Street. When we came out, we found our car full of bird droppings from the hood to the trunk. We could barely see through the windshield. We left and went to the Chevron station on 61st Street and washed it.

  • By RICHARD DEPLACENCIA
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Having worked for the Smecca family for over 40 years, I have come to know Johnny Smecca and his generous spirit well. Over the years I have been treated like family, and he has shown to truly be concerned about his employees' well-being.

  • By LAURA ADDISON, BEAU RAWLINS & SANDRA TETLEY
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The Galveston County Daily News has invited the three of us to a Galveston ISD trustee candidate’s forum. We have refused the invitation and feel that the voters of GISD Districts 5-E and 6-F should know some of the reasons why.

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The public forum for candidates to the Galveston Independent School District board of trustees will happen Monday, although not exactly as envisioned.

  • By BETTY LEE STRECKFUSS
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The answer to the question “do adults need vaccinations?” is a resounding yes! In light of the flooding in many areas of the Gulf Coast and the health issues that has brought with it, and with approaching winter, the importance of immunization is only increasing for adults.

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For decades, in their wishful thinking, many voting Americans have put forth the view they wanted an alternative choice between the country’s two major parties and candidates — not just a pick one from column A or one from column B choice.

  • By DAVID O'NEAL JR.
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I’m writing in response to the guest column by Norman Pappous (“O’Neal’s column revealed several serious issues,” The Daily News, Sept. 30) and the guest column by Cindi Lyons (“Matthew Hay should not misrepresent facts,” The Daily News, Oct. 4): Galveston Independent School District is doin…

  • By BETTY MASSEY
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In many communities, school board elections are not contested races. There is one candidate willing to serve, and he or she is voted into office. This year in Galveston is different; there are three candidates vying for the position in District 6-F and two running in District 5-E.

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Editor’s note: Robert Duke and Art Markman, psychologists at the University of Texas and hosts of an NPR radio show, will be the next speakers in the Robert and Russell Moody Lecture Series, which explores consciousness and the life cycle of the brain. Professor Markman talked about the lecture.

  • By JANIS LOWE
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The Galveston County Commissioners Court has packaged a countywide bond for your vote on Nov 7. The total amount of the county bond is $80 million with $56 million designated for transportation, $18 million for county facilities updating and repair and $6 million for drainage projects. You c…

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In the anything but halcyon early days of the Texas Republic, Galveston wasn’t a particularly inviting place — many residents lived in tents, those better off occupied shacks, and the island’s brackish water was barely potable — but it was the gateway into and out of the new nation.

  • By DAVID F. SMITH
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I will continue to watch and enjoy professional football — and I will give consideration to and will respect the players exercising their constitutional right to peacefully protest the injustices currently going on in this country.

  • By GEORGE & JUDY ESPONGE
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We have known Johnny Smecca for many, many years and have watched him grow from an outstanding son of two of the most wonderful Italians ever to grace this island, to a devoted husband, an outstanding father, and without a doubt a very successful businessman.

  • By PAUL ANDRE BROWN
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In response to the letter by Kenneth L. Johnson ("I will no longer watch football," The Daily News, Oct. 12): First Mr. Johnson, the kneeling to the national anthem is by no means a disrespect to this country or the military.

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There’s an old adage that goes something like this: The first step to fixing a problem is admitting you have one.

  • By MIKE COLLIER
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Hurricane Harvey has wiped away value from many Texans’ homes. To continue to tax them as if the storm never happened is akin to taxing property that doesn’t exist. Since the Texas Constitution states that property subject to taxation shall be appraised at market value, taxing the lost value…

  • By THOMAS DITTO
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In response to the "AP Poll-Trump" blurb on page A2 (The Daily News, Oct. 7): Why would this news brief be entered in the news section of the paper? This is not news, but someone’s opinion or the paper's opinion that doesn’t even rate a signature of who wrote it. Just another dig at Presiden…

  • By ROSEMARY LINDLEY
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What type of representation would Sandra Tetley provide as Galveston Independent School District trustee for District 6-F? Would she have the on-site experience of being in the various schools, for more than 14 years, during the school day, working her way up to leading various PTOs and work…

  • By MARY PATRICK
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At 7 p.m. Friday at the Old Central Cultural Center in Galveston, we will host an annual Freedom Fund Scholarship Banquet. Our theme this year is “Celebrating Community Champions — Vision Transformed into Action.”

  • By JACK CROSS
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It is difficult to imagine what Christopher Columbus faced as he crossed the Atlantic in search of what he thought was a route to Asia. The hardship and danger was immense. If things went awry, there would be nothing to save his little flotilla besides hope, courage and prayer.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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Last weekend was the final day for the seasonal lifeguards to work. This means no more towers or tower lifeguards until next March. We’ll still have patrol units staffed with our full-time guards out until December, and they’ll be back out patrolling on Feb. 1, 2018.

  • By DAVID DUMAS
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The press and media are saying that there were no red flags associated with Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter. I guess it is normal for a person to purchase 33 assault type rifles in a year.

  • By KENNETH L. JOHNSON
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Lately, I’ve watched some professional football players show total disrespect for our flag and country during the playing of the national anthem. I was career military and have observed things that no one should have seen. Those players have no idea what pain and suffering our military have …

  • By MARY JO NASCHKE
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Galveston’s diverse cultural heritage is what makes it a unique and interesting place to live. Early immigrants from various countries arriving here were processed at the Quarantine Station that was located at what is now Seawolf Park.

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Dickinson Mayor Julie Masters’ worry about small cities being forgotten when post-Harvey disaster recovery money begins flowing into Texas may have been unfounded, but she was right in expressing them.

  • By DIANE SMITH
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Galveston has a new tourist attraction: a boondoggle! The 27th Street Corridor project is a colossal waste of money, which may even turn out to be dangerous. Entire blocks of sidewalk are being replaced for no reason.

  • By JEROME BOURGEOIS
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“You should pray like God will solve 90 percent of your problem, but act like you will solve 90 percent of it,” said Monsignor H.A. Drouhillet, my high school and college mentor.

  • By NEIL G. BARON
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What happens in Vegas can no longer be allowed to stay in Vegas after disgruntled gambler, Stephen Paddock, committed the largest mass shooting in modern American history. Using a device called a “bump stock” Paddock modified one of the dozens of guns found in his hotel room allowing it to f…

  • By HARVEY CAPPEL
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My wife and I have I have been married to each other for 59 years. We both came from a time that when if something was broke you didn’t throw it away — you fixed it. Just might be the secret to our long marriage. I’m guessing that we, my wife and I, might know a little about love.

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There was a little good news near the end of last week about disaster housing programs to be funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and managed by the Texas General Land Office.

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Yesterday brought to close National Newspaper Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness of the important role newspapers play in everything from communities to democracy. And while those lofty topics are important, I’d rather tell you a bit about two groups of people behind The Daily News.

  • By GREG SAMFORD
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On Oct. 9, 1956, Gerald Chatham died of a massive heart attack. He was 50 years old. Who is Gerald Chatham? He was the District Attorney of Tallahatchie County, Miss. Maybe if I mentioned he was the district attorney that attempted to convict Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam in the brutal murder of…