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Nothing is apt to get a member of the Texas Legislature squawking and advocating for secession faster than some real or perceived federal intrusion on the state’s right to govern itself.

  • By LONNIE COX
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March 9 is the long awaited moment when the Texas Supreme Court hears oral arguments from the attorneys representing Judge Lonnie Cox and Judge Mark Henry. Most of you already know that I am accusing Judge Henry of interfering with the judicial branch of government in Galveston County. Most …

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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I bet there aren’t too many kids who can say they spent their spring break on a submarine. But the kids who attend the American Underwater Warfare Center’s Spring Break Camp for Junior Sailors will be able to do just that — and a whole lot more.

  • By JAMES FLEX
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First off, "all" veteran issues are tied to both parties, regardless of who is president. But, time is helping resolve the issue too late for most veterans. With more than half of all the veterans in Texas 65 and older, by the time anyone applies a possible fix to those having VA issues, mos…

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In response to the article "Weber has no plans for town hall meetings" (The Daily News, Feb. 24): By refusing to attend a town hall meeting, U.S. Rep. Randy Weber has demonstrated three things: 1. He’s afraid, really afraid of progressives; 2. He couldn’t muster enough supporters to protect …

  • By RICHARD CAPESTANI
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“Locals should take action on Dickinson Bayou cleanup” (The Daily News, Feb. 25) discusses a regional problem and highlights the importance of local, state and national elections. This is an issue that cannot be resolved at the local level since it involves several cities and at least three …

  • By CATHY GILLENTINE
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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.

  • By SCOTT PACKARD
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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.

  • DAVE MATHEWS
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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.

  • By BILL SARGENT, MARK MANSIUS & JOHN GAY
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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…

  • By NEIL G. BARON
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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…

  • By DR. STEPHEN DUNCAN
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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…

  • By BYRON YORK
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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.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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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…

  • By E. T. ANDERSON
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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…

  • By CLARENCE COPE
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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.

  • By CHARLOTTE LARSON
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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.

  • By CATHY GILLENTINE
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If Capt. Brian Goetschius arrests you for a crime and he is convinced you are guilty, he will do everything in his power to make sure you get safely behind bars.

  • By GEORGIE ANNE GEYER
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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.

  • By RALPH MCMORRIS
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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.

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Among the common answers when we ask local leaders to list things essential to quality of life and progress is institutions of higher education.

  • By ELIZABETH BEETON
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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.

  • By MARY BETH BASSET
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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.

  • By BILL SARGENT, MARK MANSIUS & JOHN GAY
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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…

  • By ROBERTO TORRES
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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…

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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.

  • By BARBARA WALLACE
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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…

  • By BEN SCHATZ
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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.

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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.

  • By BOB CHAPIN
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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.

  • By ALVIN SALLEE
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“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.

  • By GEORGE A. LAIACONA JR.
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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).

  • By JOSEPH A. CONTI
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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.

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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.

  • By SHIRLEY TERRELL
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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.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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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.

  • By RYAN HOLLIDAY
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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…