• By NEIL G. BARON
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We can now clearly see what Republican members of Congress are really made of. Any regular reader of this column already knows my low opinion of just about every member of Congress from the Republican side of the aisle, but the recent flurry of sexual harassment claims has created a new dynamic.

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Various plans being considered for some sort of coastal barrier meant to protect this region from storm-driven surge offer a lot to debate about and there’s time to do that before any solid decisions are made.

  • By TOM BASSING
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Galveston’s street layout, conceived the year before the city’s birth, doesn’t conform to the rectitude of the compass, in which north goes to south, east to west, the typical arrangement for urban grids.

  • By ANA M. RODRIGUEZ
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Many men and women who have been infected with HPV never develop any health problems, but, for some, the infection can lead to various types of cancers and genital warts.

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Rows of tall, empty cardboard boxes stand at attention waiting to be filled. Each box represents a family in need; each family represents a child or several children. There are hundreds of them. The math equates to more than 3,000 Galveston County children in need this season.

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Last week, reader Dennis Sheehan wrote: “I am seeking to determine why there are orange barrels at each of the completed improvements on the seawall — bus stops, planter boxes and restrooms. Would you please find out what is the answer?”

  • By HARVEY CAPPEL
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At the risk of being tarred, feathered and run out of town, here are some thoughts on creation and evolution. First of all I am not an atheist. This is about logic, as opposed to blind faith. If your beliefs are based on blind faith this may be offensive to you; if so, I apologize.

  • By KATHY VANDEWALLI
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Hopefully you saw the article (“Season of Need,” The Daily News, Dec. 1) about the Galveston County Salvation Army Angel Tree program — and the increased need for Angel adoptions due to Hurricane Harvey.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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As a teenager, when I had free time one of my favorite things to do was ride my bike on the seawall. In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s the beach was a big deal. Everyone I knew would ride bikes or hang out up there. Lifeguards and surfers ruled the day.

  • By BILL SARGENT
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Seventy-six years ago, the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor. Back then our military was ill-prepared and, with the surprise attack, the situation looked even worse. 

  • By DWIGHT STRAIN
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In the story about girls joining the Boy Scouts ("Historic shift," The Daily News, Dec. 7), it seemed curious that according to Scout officials, the girls would join an all-girl Cub Scout den, while the boys will remain in all boy dens.

  • By RALPH MCMORRIS
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This morning I jogged along the seawall bordering the last natural urban beach in Texas. This wide and expanding beach, flourishing with natural vegetation, is the only undeveloped beach area adjacent to an established residential area in Texas. Other folks strolled, jogged, biked, and playe…

  • By PREMAL PATEL
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As Human Rights Day approaches on Sunday, let's take a moment to reflect on what this day means. After the atrocities of World War II, the international community reaffirmed that all human beings should be treated with dignity and respect in the 1948 United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.

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If you ever needed a reminder of what a wonderful community Galveston County is, you don’t need to look any further than an update to the story of the Christmas tree atop The Daily News.

  • By NORMAN PAPPOUS
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Jerome Bourgois criticizes past Republican tax bills and offers up some facts (“GOP tax overhaul more failed trickle-down economics,” The Daily News, Dec. 5). He claims that after the Republicans’ 1986 tax plan, workers’ wages and benefits declined. According to the Bureau of Economic Analys…

  • By MARGARET CANAVAN
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Editor’s note: Hurricane Ike caused the loss of 40,000 trees on Galveston Island. The Galveston Island Tree Conservancy was formed to address that loss and has replaced over 16,000 through grant-funded plantings and giveaways.

  • By MARY PATRICK
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The Galveston Project for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, called Discovery Club, is a program that provides services to children that do not have a fixed, permanent residence.

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Drop the name American Civil Liberties Union into a conversation in certain circles, and there’s a good chance you’ll be answered with some eye-rolling and mutterings about strident liberals and the erosion of all that made this country great.

  • By KAREN E. SMITH
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Generally speaking, babies are born with the number of brain cells they will have for life. However, at birth the cells are isolated due to limited connections within the same brain area as well as connections to other parts of the brain.

  • By ROBERTO TORRES
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Last Monday, President Trump invited members of the Navajo nation to commemorate their military service as “code talkers” during World War II. The men were instrumental in maintaining secure communications against Japanese forces.

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The much-anticipated consultant’s report recommending ways Galveston might make the Broadway corridor look better seems to have raised more questions about that long-running effort than it answered.

  • By SHANNON BURKE
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Little Sister Danica’s only wish was for a new pair of flip-flops. She has been wearing the same pair since late August, when floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey washed away every other pair of shoes that she, her two sisters and mother owned.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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In 1976, at the age of 28, Kapax swam the length of the Magdalena River, a distance of over 1,000 miles. It took him about five weeks to do this. The Magdalena is a tributary of the Amazon River and Kapax, whose real name is Alberto Lesmes Rojas, was ahead of his time.

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League City leaders are right to be actively planning how they wish to see the community grow in the coming years. Not doing so would risk not only the quality of life for the more than 100,000 current residents, but the future of the city and surrounding communities in Galveston County.

  • By DAVID COLLINS
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If the Galveston City Council votes Dec. 14 to give away the rights of way on Porretto Beach, then The Daily News is wrong — that will have been the relevant question, and it will be too late to do anything about it.

  • By PATRICIA HOLLEMAN
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A number of years ago, Galvestonians voted against any high-rise developments on the beach side of the seawall. It seems, with the Poretto situation, that some of our city council members do not know nor remember this.

  • By BRIAN GOLDMAN
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Dickinson drowns and Julie Masters decorates. I find it interesting the Dickinson families and businesses struggle to regain some degree of normalcy as they try to rebuild. Some reduced to sleeping in their truck as the city won't permit a temporary pole to provide power to their FEMA trailer.

  • By MICHAEL WELCH
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A bayou, by definition, is a body of water found in flat, low-lying areas with an extremely slow moving stream and/or a marshy wetland.

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Galveston’s Wharves Board of Trustees voted 5-2 Monday to conduct a sociopolitical experiment into whether an important but somewhat detached public institution can become better integrated through a change of venue.

  • By KENNETH SHELTON
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The free market is the propensity of someone — an individual, a tribe, a corporation — to willingly trade something he has — labor, rhubarbs, intellectual property — for something he prefers. As understood by economists, the free market has rules. Economists do not consider kiboshing someone…

  • By MARY DUNBAUGH
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The big storm debris is gone, but the small stuff still remains along the Dickinson roadways and ditches. Heavily devastated by Hurricane Harvey, remnants of loss continue to litter the community, a constant reminder of the havoc left behind by unprecedented flooding.

  • By MORRIS PARROTT
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Regarding the article ("Galveston gets $875K to hire police, with one string," The Daily News, Nov. 22): Does The Daily News editorial board have what it takes to report their stance on the "one string" portion in the headline and article?