• By GERALD PACKARD & DAVE SHADE
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We're writing this letter in honor and memory of Audie Leon Murphy, who was a member of the Army and awarded the Medal of Honor.

  • By DAVID F. SMITH
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In response to "Fight for issues; don't make it personal" (The Daily News, June 19): Once again it looks like our resident three from the right had their heads in the sand or somewhere else for the past eight "pre-monarchy" years.

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This week’s prestigious “No Truer Words Were Spoken” award goes to County Commissioner Darrell Apffel, who told the unvarnished truth about the proposed Pelican Island Bridge.

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  • By REV. FREDA MARIE S. BROWN
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Sometimes, you just need a change. But, change is so hard for most of us even when it’s the basis of all of life. As a matter of fact, without change there can be no hope. At St. Vincent’s House, we’re all about hope.

  • By HUSSEIN ELWY
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I first learned of The Jesse Tree during my senior seminar project at the University of St. Thomas. As soon as I heard it was a nonprofit organization I was intrigued.

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While leaving a hotel located on the Mescalero Apache reservation in New Mexico, the doorman mentions a blind man needing a lift across town.

  • By HARVEY CAPPEL
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How about a little change of pace with a feel good story — a Trump-free moment?

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The ceremony Thursday to mark the opening of two mixed-income housing developments in Galveston was a milestone.

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The public recently spent millions to rebuild beaches in front of the seawall. And so many islanders watched Wednesday as high tides from Tropical Storm Cindy scoured sand off those beaches. Should we be dismayed?

  • By MALCOLM D. GIBSON
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I marvel at how indelibly I recollect certain images and sentiments from my high school and college days. The most poignant usually channel the optimism I felt about the future. Though later buffeted by reality, their clarity still resonates.

  • By MARGARET CANAVAN
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Recent rains have been a real gift to our trees. Our wet winter was followed by a relatively dry spring, so June rains have provided a boost that will help them thrive during our scorching summer and boom-or-bust rainfall season.

  • By JOSEPH COLLINS
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During the week of June 11-16, I was blessed and honored with the opportunity to attend Texas Boys State at the University of Texas at Austin. The trip altogether was a wonderful experience.

  • By DALE M. TAYLOR
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Ike persists as a fresh memory in my mind. As much as I want to forget it, the sight of boats washed up on the highway and debris piled three stories high created a long-lasting impression.

  • By DOROTHY MCDONALD KARILANOVIC
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The late Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas touched the lives of our citizens in many ways.

  • By MELANIE WIGGINS
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On Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002, the Galveston Historical Foundation presented a seminar titled "Women's Roles in World War II" at the Lone Star Flight Museum, and one of the participants was Izola Collins.

  • By DON CIACCIO
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With all the current discussion about crime in Galveston, I decided to do the work to get the facts on crime in Galveston from online FBI records.

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It was a small but telling thing that the new Galveston Wharves Board of Trustees decided to form an executive committee.

  • By MICHAEL JACKSON
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Well, it has been a bit inconvenient at times, but we now have a very nice thoroughfare on 65th Street. Thank you very much. Now, if the city will replace the four-way stop sign we may have a chance to drive onto Heards Lane.

  • By MICHELLE M. DAVIS
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Here is a perfect example of bias on the part of The Daily News. The story about the shooting of U.S. Republican representatives and others by a left-wing nut job was not front page news. Worse than that, it was reported in Political Buzz (!?!) that a Weber staffer was among those injured on…

  • By CHARLES T. DOYLE
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The Daily News outlined the refund of $15 million in property taxes to Valero Energy Corp., which is using loopholes in Texas’ tax code to successfully protest its property tax valuations for recent tax years, unfairly receiving millions of dollars in refunds and shifting payment of taxes th…

  • By OLIVIA MEYER
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Galveston has lost another treasured citizen and visionary leader in the passing of Janice Coggeshall. Jan will be remembered by most as the first woman elected mayor of our city, following five years of service on the city council.

  • By BILL SARGENT, MARK MANSIUS & JOHN GAY
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Over the past year we have seen a growing anger in our country. We saw it at the polling places in November where voters lashed out at election workers who were there to serve every voter who walked in the door. In anticipation of this anger we cautioned our election workers to not take such…

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Friday’s news that Texas City Independent School District would have to return $8 million in the form of a tax refund to Valero Energy Corp. was rife with irony.

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Obviously, there are questions among residents and interest groups about the city council’s plan, led by Mayor Jim Yarbrough, to review how the park and wharves boards of trustees are managing certain municipal assets.

  • By JOHN K. DUNDEE
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My wife always wanted two annual family gatherings at our ancient beach house “Rancho Deelux” on west Galveston Island. We have had “Christmas Week” for years, but she has become adamant concerning a summer gathering, especially since our grandson came along a little over two years ago.

  • By GERHARD MEINECKE
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Those responsible for our safety don’t seem to fully realize the danger our country faces. They are trivially squabbling, too naive or too handicapped by their vanity.

  • By ROSE BROUSSARD-MURPHY
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As a concerned citizen of Galveston for nearly 50 years, I fully support the city council's three-month moratorium on construction of new structures on Broadway ("Domino's effect? Pizzeria blamed for Broadway ban," The Daily News, June 15).

  • By VICTOR CANTU
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I live on the Galveston's West End (Sea Isle). For years I've been waiting for a business or two to pop up on this side of the island. In the last month or two I've watched with anticipation as a new building is being erected just north of the Galveston Island State Park.

  • By BOB CHAPIN
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Very shortly after “the left” realized they’d been defeated in the presidential election their leaders in Washington made it clear that they, and those who followed them, would make it impossible for the Trump administration to succeed. They may have done just as they promised.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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Tonight is the Beach Patrol BBQ! This is the primary fundraiser for our nonprofit, which partners with the beach patrol to support initiatives we either can’t afford or which are not appropriate to spend governmental funds on. For example, we give two scholarships a year from the nonprofit a…

  • By REV. JAMES E. DANIELS
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Every year as our community pauses to reflect on the events surrounding the acknowledgment of news arriving in Galveston that the slaves had been set free, I give honor to those four freedmen who took their freed status, worked on a cattle drive, took their wages and came to this area and ga…

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Galveston’s Park Board of Trustees this week is asking people to voice their support to state officials for funding two local projects with money from a pot awarded to Texas as part of various settlements over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

  • By MICHAEL J. LEVINE
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Thank you for your attention to the issue of the unexpected, unannounced, unvoted and exorbitant increase in water bills (“Isle works to stop erroneously high water bills,” The Daily News, June 6). Having received an almost quadrupling of our usual water bill, we visited with a senior offici…