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The Galveston County Daily News: Columns

July 30, 2016


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Mike Leahy — 'round the world over lunch

Nautical terms whiz by at a New York minute pace. Sitting in the back of Sonny’s Place, an island hamburger institution, Mike Leahy explains the ranks and privileges of U.S. Navy, Merchant Marine and Coast Guard personnel — all before the ice tea arrives. Each rank is illustrated with an example and moral of the story.

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Thursday 07/28/2016
There's no place like home
Posted: July 28, 2016

How many of us roll down the car window to smell the air as we cross the causeway after a long trip? I do. Do you also physically miss the beach after being away from it for more than a couple of days. A pool or lake is nice — but doesn’t come close to replace salt water and waves.

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Tuesday 07/26/2016
CVB is a major tourism asset
Posted: July 26, 2016

One of the Park Board’s most important missions is promoting and generating tourism to Galveston, helping to drive the second largest economic sector on the island, which also accounts for a third of all island jobs.

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Monday 07/25/2016
Being a Sun reporter was never dull
Posted: July 25, 2016

So the memories of the Sun, which I discussed last week, keep cropping up as former readers ring in.

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Are we really different?
Posted: July 25, 2016

We humans are made up of several parts. Cells come together and make tissues. Tissues come together and become organs. Organs come together into organ systems and organ systems come together into a total human being. If that sounds complicated, I can assure you it is. And, as with any complicated process, things break.

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The Republican Convention; a recap
Posted: July 25, 2016

Last week, Republicans meet in Cleveland, Ohio, to conduct business, ratify a platform and formally nominate their candidate for the United States Presidency. Describing the atmosphere, Chris Wallace, the host of Fox News Sunday, remarked, “I will tell you going down on the floor yesterday, it was a very different Republican party than I have seen in prior conventions. It was much more of a country club type atmosphere in prior Republican conventions… This is much more of working class, white collar rather blue collar workers.” On Tuesday, they formally nominated Donald Trump and Mike Pence for President and Vice-President.

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Judge Neves' comments were out of line
Posted: July 25, 2016

I was riding in a police car as a young prosecutor. Lights were flashing. Sirens on. Adrenalin pumping including mine. It was exhilarating, scary, and dangerous.

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Saturday 07/23/2016
Love of family our most valuable asset
Posted: July 23, 2016

As much as time passes, it remains the same.

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Friday 07/22/2016
Troubling times ahead for Turkey and the U.S.
Posted: July 22, 2016

The bridge over the Bosporus in Istanbul, Turkey has been on TV this past week. Connecting Europe with Asia, this strait is a fitting symbol of Turkey, attempting to link the Middle East with the West, the past with the future and democracy with security.

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Safety starts with prevention
Posted: July 22, 2016

Years ago, the original inhabitants of this part of the world held periodic gatherings that included athletic competitions that highlighted skills needed to survive and thrive. These were opportunities to share information and new ideas, forge and maintain social connections and renew commitment to a way of life. As open-water lifeguards we continued that tradition.

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