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If you want to attract good jobs or retail rock stars, you have to shell out money, usually in the form of tax breaks and upfront financial perks. At least that’s the calcified conventional wisdom. Most cities and other governments justify such incentives by saying they make a place competit…

  • By JOSEPH EVERETT
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It's time for parents to take back control of our children from the government and everybody else. Children these days are lacking two of the most important elements of growing up — respect and discipline.

  • By JIM BULGIER
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After being in office many years, some elected officials forget who they are working for. This is called the incumbency syndrome, where politicians identify more with lobbyist than voters and forget that government exists to serve the people — not vice versa.

  • By CATHY GILLENTINE
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Every year when time for the Super Bowl rolls around, I crank up the old recorder, not for the game, but for the commercials.

  • By LEWIS ROSEN
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As a former mayor, I’ve learned to pay close attention to the actual words candidates use to describe their positions, particularly when it comes to local taxation. So, this direct quote caught my eye in a campaign piece from the millionaire oilman running against our Texas Representative Wa…

  • By RICHARD CHAPA
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The Texas City Independent School District Industrial Trades Center is a program that was implemented to support students across Galveston County, as well as the industry workforce. Center administrators worked with industry and community representatives to design the programs in need. That …

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The Port of Galveston probably needs a new strategy in its efforts to bring clarity to the issue of fog delays, how those are affecting the island’s lucrative cruise business and whether harbor pilots are using delays punitively against shippers who have complained about a substantial rate i…

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A friend once shared one of the hidden secrets to life he’d discovered.

  • By JERI KINNEAR
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I read Gov. Greg Abbott’s glowing endorsement of Mayes Middleton over Republican incumbent Wayne Faircloth (“Spurning incumbent, Abbott endorses Middleton,” The Daily News, Jan. 10) for the District 23 house seat. Following that, I went to Middleton’s campaign website where the governor’s en…

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Leaders of Galveston ISD and community volunteers charged with assessing demographic trends and facility needs in preparation for the second of two contemplated bond issues face two fundamental questions.

  • By MATT ROBINSON
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As a member of the Friendswood Independent School District school board since 2008, I understand how important the values of honesty and integrity are to our communities. That's why I'm supporting Billy Enochs for Galveston County Commissioner of Precinct 4.

  • By SANDRA WOODFORD
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In response to the article ("Mother charged after probe of malnourished triplets," The Daily News, Feb. 14): When the eight weeks premature infants were brought to the hospital in October 2017, it is unclear how old they were then. Even full-term triplets might be overwhelming for a new or n…

  • By RICHARD SASSON
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I have raised my family in Friendswood for the past 25 years. With my children grown, I have tried to give something back, joining many other Friendswood volunteers. It is heartening to see so many donate their time and talents improving the city with their only reward a better place for all…

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There is more to the city’s plan to build a public works building and warehouse a few blocks west of Galveston’s traditional downtown than immediately meets the eye, as Mayor Jim Yarbrough said in a news story published Thursday.

  • By DOUG MCLEOD
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Politics has always been a contact sport, but it seems to be especially rough this election cycle. “Low E” and even less civility appear to be radiating out of several local incumbents’ offices, while the school children of Texas, vital flood control projects, and property tax burdens are no…

  • By PETER DAVIS
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The first lifeguards were trying to spot shipwrecks and help the occupants off as best they could. Most of the work happened at night as sailing ships weren’t able to see hazards during the dark hours.

  • By RAYMOND LEWIS
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Usually when a friend is aware that I am a regent at Galveston College, their first question is, “How’s the college?” They don’t "really" want to know. Kind of like, “How are you this morning” when they really don’t want the answer. My response is always, “The college is doing well.” Here’s …

  • By BILL SARGENT
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Ensuring viable red snapper fishing requires accurate data on the size of the fishery and the number of fish being caught. Clearly, everyone wants a strong fishery for years and generations to come. Presently, the National Marine Fisheries Service evaluates the data, data which is often chal…

  • By ART SANCHEZ
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Red flags. Why don’t we always heed to the warning signs? The mortgage crisis of the 2000s; The Great Depression of 1929; the 1981 Recession; and in 2017-18 the three candidates that felt it was necessary to run against a 20-year career politician, Ken Clark.

  • By TOM HALL
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Mayes Middleton thinks Austin knows what's good for you better than you do. Ride-hailing company Uber recently agreed to pay almost $250 million dollars to settle lawsuits against the company for various illegal acts, but at a recent neighborhood association meeting, Middleton supported Uber…

  • By GREGORY DRISCOLL
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Today marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter when Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the wilderness.

  • By DANIEL HATMAKER
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I support Michelle Hatmaker, candidate for Precinct 4 County Commissioner. She is a leader with vision, strength and resilience.

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Despite all the appeals from prominent politicians, a resolution from both houses of the U.S. Congress, despite support in Galveston — which considers Jack Johnson a native son — and despite a Texas Historical Society recognition awarding a historical marker to go along with the park the cit…

  • By BETTY MASSEY
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I have lived and worked in Galveston for nearly 40 years, and I do not recall ever attending a city of Galveston Building Board of Adjustments meeting prior to the one held on Feb. 6.

  • By DON JOHNSON
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At a candidate forum in League City, Mark Henry accused me of causing political races in Galveston County to be unusually bitter and personal. This was one of many factually inaccurate statements.

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It was good news for disaster victims all over the country and in Puerto Rico when the U.S. Congress early Friday finally cleared an impasse formed around partisan policy disagreement and approved a massive budget measure that includes almost $90 billion in disaster relief.

  • By WILLIAM KING
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As a taxpayer in Galveston County, I have a simple question. Why is Galveston County’s tax rate 26 percent higher than the surrounding counties?

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The breakup was hard. We’d become so close over the years. With each day, our lives became increasingly intertwined; my secrets no longer mine and mine alone. My thoughts consumed by my need to share, the need to tell and an increasing expectation for validation.

  • By JENNIFER NEWTON
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According to the Texas School Survey, marijuana use among secondary students is increasing, with 38.2 percent of 12th-graders reporting that they have used marijuana at least once. Despite recent legalization movements in other states, marijuana remains a threat to public health and safety. …

  • By MATT FONDREN
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In response to Sandra Jones Tetley’s guest column ("Don't throw your vote away to outsiders," The Daily News, Feb. 4): I have to take issue with a county commissioner and a state representative being touted as trustworthy and worthy of my vote because they both are members of the National Ri…

  • By MARIS HELFRICH
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In response to the guest column by George Grace ("Thank President Trump for fighting against hatred," The Daily News, Feb. 6): Your column didn't provide information or facts to that statement. The bulk of your column was cherry-picking examples of how his opponents and others such as Obama,…

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A survey of more than 600 people registered to vote in Texas City ISD elections showed strong support, at least for the individual parts, of a bond proposition the school board is contemplating for a May referendum.

  • By WALTER MANUEL
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In response to Shawn Christopher Phillips' guest column ("Told you Lonnie Cox is a bad judge," The Daily News, Jan. 31): It's comical to read how Phillips attempts to steal a play out of Steve Bannon's playbook on how to run a smear in a campaign in order to promote his own political candida…

  • By SANDI BARON
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Although our vacation to Galveston took a turn for the worse when my husband came down with the flu, we will always remember the kindness of the residents here.

  • By JERRY L. ROSS
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I am supporting Mike Foreman for mayor of Friendswood. Mike and I worked together as NASA astronauts for nearly 15 years and our families both worship at Friendswood Methodist Church.

  • By JEFF TAYLOR
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Recently, there was an issue of receiving my newspaper on time. This continued for five days. I would call every morning ranting, raving and complaining. I had never experienced that type of issue before. I knew I had a "new carrier" and I reside in a secure apartment development. The first …