Clear Creek ISD teams defended their home courts with championship wins Saturday in both the Peggy Whitley Classic girls basketball tournament and the Carlisle-Krueger boys basketball tournament.
If you missed the article, Hallisey told The Daily News on Tuesday he intended to get an item on the agenda for a Dec. 13 meeting calling for the council to consider firing the two.
A beautiful, vivacious, young woman with potential for being a productive citizen in our society has been snatched away by a very ugly epidemic — bullying.
But isn’t that the point of the flag burner? Isn’t the action of the intentional destruction of a deeply shared symbol designed to provoke a powerful reaction in others? Does the burning of the flag, an emotionally terrifying as it is to some, make the action a perfect tool to motivate and inspire discussion?
It’s unbelievable that the water stayed in the 70s until December this year. There have been people swimming in the ocean all fall during times that normally only surfers equipped with proper wet suits normally venture out.
On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese armed forces raided Pearl Harbor. Galveston’s tie to this dark day in history can be found at Seawolf Park in the USS Cavalla where a special ceremony will mark the 75th anniversary of this occasion.
Let’s take a short trip down memory lane. I believe most of us remember our first car. Not our parent’s car, but the first car we could call our own and didn’t need to ask for keys to it from someone else.
Every year about this time, the Community Action Committee gets treated to another report from the people who measure pollutants in the air. You may remember from times past I get pretty tired of these annual reports, because they basically say the same thing.
Establishment Republicans, who have been tone deaf to the people who elected them, complained that “candidate” Trump would hurt down ballot elections and adversely affect the Republican brand. Many of these same people are now scrambling to make peace with President-elect Trump. Some of our friends overseas are now hopeful that the “Trump effect” will extend to foreign countries like the Netherlands, France, Germany, Britain and Italy in their upcoming 2017 elections.
Donald Trump has been elected president, and Republicans will maintain control of Congress. This would strongly suggest that Trump’s agenda should have no trouble being enacted by a GOP led Congress. However, even before Trump has taken office, cracks are emerging between he and the GOP led Senate.
“I needed a place to go for Thanksgiving dinner.”
The 13-year-old boy sat cross-legged in a hole dug in the sand as his two brothers filled it in. He was laughing as they all played a few yards from their mom. It was a beautiful evening on the beach as they played near the shoreline.
Nature lovers flock to Galveston for its diverse ecological habitats and wide array of wildlife watching. With the help of its partners, the Park Board of Trustees is putting together a nature tourism guide certification program that will help to educate residents and visitors about Galveston’s natural offerings.
Well, here we go again. It’s “turkey time.” So, the usual scenario is to gather family and friends at someone’s home. Eat a huge turkey-centered meal with all the trimmings, sit around the TV, fall asleep while watching your favorite football team get beat and then avoid the bathroom scale for several days, until you get up the nerve to see how much weight you have gained.
As Beth Steiner was finishing her talk to members of the Civic Club, I said, “Before there was Google, there was the reference desk at Moore Memorial Public Library.”
Noted historian, David McCullough once opened a national broadcast talking about the unifying influence American music plays especially during difficult and divisive times. He reminded his audience of the important role music played during one of our darkest time in history, World War II.
I don’t care about using politically correct language. I do care about avoiding language that is unkind, hurtful and discriminatory.
Fake news is real. And believe it or not, the practice is as old as time.
It’s always interesting how chance encounters can lead to great things.
This is the time of year when I am cracking pecans and thinking about sweet goodies for Christmas.
Q: My doctor wants me to take some immunizations. I am 70-years-old. I thought immunization shots were for kids so they could get into school. What is going on?
By midnight on Election Day it was apparent that I along with countless pollsters, news broadcasters and 60 million Americans were wrong and the 45th President of the United States was going to be Donald J. Trump. For the second time in the last five elections the Democratic candidate won the popular vote, albeit by a slim margin, but failed to reach the magic number of 270 Electoral College votes and lost the election.
On Dec. 19, certified Electoral College delegates from each state will meet in their respective states formally casting votes for the next President of the United States. They vote for the president and vice president separately, recording votes on six separate “Certificates of Vote.”
I woke up Wednesday morning feeling like it was 1984.
One by one, four young surfers rode down the “mountain trail,” a dirt path that wove through the scrub brush around the big hill at Fort Crockett. They wore wetsuits and had surfboards tucked under their arms. After crossing the seawall they locked their bikes to a sign post and climbed down the old steps that were built into the seawall. After a brief stretch, while telling jokes and smack-talking, they paddled out on the east side of the 53rd Street rock groin. The year was 1978, and the four surfers were Jack Kaiser, Steve Garcia, Kevin Allen and myself.
From National Oatmeal Day to National Golf Lovers Day, it seems like there’s an official “day” for everything. On Tuesday, we celebrate America Recycles Day, and that’s one we should all get behind.
When good old November finally rolls around again, it is really time to celebrate. Not the final arrival of cool weather, we hope. Not the ripening of the pecans, which is now taking place.
I was talking to one of my friends recently and he asked me the following question: “I have been a regular blood donor all my adult life. I recently spent several months in India. When I returned and went to the blood bank to donate, they told me that my blood would not be acceptable since I had been to India and my blood might be contaminated by malaria. This doesn’t make sense to me. Even if my blood did have malaria in it, couldn’t it be used in those situations where no other blood was available and the needs were desperate? By the way, I feel fine and have no symptoms of any type of illness.”
Over 20 years ago, New Zealand’s left-leaning government was facing a crisis. It was running out of money! In a surprising move, they decided to eliminate government subsidies for farmers. It was a shock to the country’s agricultural system. But the farmers in New Zealand had spunk and they reacted as anybody would have in a free-market economy environment. They reinvented themselves and coming out on the other side of this challenge they’re now a worldwide powerhouse when it comes to agricultural production.
The long 2016 presidential campaign is coming to an end, and either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be our next President. Whoever it is will have a plate full of problems waiting upon taking the oath of office.
If you haven't already heard the roar of engines outside of your house as you read the paper this morning, this is biker rally weekend, so the island should be full again.
Today, it’s hard to imagine life before social media. In an effort to help business owners and tourism partners navigate this new world, the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau — the tourism development arm of the Park Board of Trustees — is offering free education sessions every month.
I got my title back.
Q. Is there any danger from all these cellphone devices to me or my family’s health?
We find it interesting that a local newspaper endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. What we are hearing on the street is that a lot of people don’t like either of the two major candidates. Perhaps the paper should have considered not endorsing anyone for president.
“I done been where you are going.” My friend Wille Bird used to tell me that before he dispensed advice. I can still hear him say it though he has long since gone on to a better world.
Often in life we preoccupy ourselves with the intent of avoiding failure at all costs — as if doing so will guarantee our personal growth and success in life. And then I remember a small dead bush.
Stewart Beach has seen many iterations in the recent past. In the ‘70s and ‘80s it was booming. In the summer of ‘83 I worked at the bumper boats with my friend Robert Edwards. Later that summer I started working for the Beach Patrol. There was so much going on down there in those years.
The Galveston Island Beach Patrol is the first line of defense for keeping beachgoers safe. During the 2015-16 fiscal year that ended in September, the beach patrol realized its mission in practice and in message providing more than twice the number of preventive actions than last year and delivering water safety talks to a record number of students.
I heard a quote from Billy Graham one day that said if dogs were what make people happy, then dogs would be in heaven.
A few years ago a “friend” sent me a card with a photo of two dinosaurs on the front. Inside it read: “Do you remember us? We sat behind you in homeroom.” With friends like that, who needs enemies?
Reports surfaced last week that professional FBI agents are alarmed over the decision by FBI Director James Comey to recommend that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton not be prosecuted for her mishandling of classified information. According to reputable accounts, federal agents within the bureau are frustrated by the director’s leadership.
A telephone poll of 1,000 registered voters conducted by the University Of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs showed Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in a virtual tie in the red state of Texas. The poll conducted between Oct. 7-15, showed Trump leading by a margin of 41 to 38 percent with 11 percent undecided. The poll has a margin of error of plus/minus 3 percent.
Last week I found myself apologizing to both my voting-age children for the state of today’s national election.
There are many ways to enjoy the water, but one of the fastest growing aquatic sports is stand-up paddle-boarding. A “stand-up board” is typically wider, thicker and longer than a surfboard. They’re designed for the rider to stand straight up and use a light paddle.
Last week, the Galveston Park Board unveiled a new website design with the goal of making the organization’s information more accessible to the public. Whether you’re looking for information about board projects, meetings or parking passes, you’ll find it at the newly updated www.galvestonparkboard.org.
Dr. William Johnson never met a bug he didn’t like.
Q: How important are the expiration dates on foods and medications? Am I at risk if I take pills or eat foods that are out of date?
The mainstream media has been all a “twitter” over the language used by Donald Trump 10 years ago, which he terms “locker room talk.” Unmentioned are the ways Hillary has treated the women who her husband forced himself upon.
Donald Trump’s campaign is imploding. He’s lashing out at friends and foes, real and imaginary. His vision is increasingly angry, dark and apocalyptic. His words and actions range from creepy to destructive, from delusional to dangerous.
“I don’t know what’s wrong with these kids today.”
By my second year on Beach Patrol, I had work experience that enabled me to move away from Stewart Beach to the more challenging areas with rock groins on the seawall.
The USS Cavalla submarine and the USS Stewart destroyer escort, testaments to the country’s historic military might, are the centerpieces of Seawolf Park. Keeping these naval ships in tiptop shape is a labor of love for the volunteers who do so.
What do I write about when I have nothing to write about? That problem strikes every so often.
Lots of things happen in October. There is Oktoberfest, Halloween and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But even if this was not October and it was not Breast Cancer Awareness Month, breast cancer is not going away. Don’t let the weather, your own personal laziness or fear or the busyness of this social season mask your need to be vigilant and make that appointment for a screening mammogram.
Vice presidential debates are watched by small audiences. Most people don’t focus on the No. 2 guys. Because the vice president is just one heartbeat away from the presidency, we shouldn’t skip over the opportunity to consider the VP choices.
Any hopes of Galveston County Commissioner Ryan Dennard detouring from the path of most destruction during his last few weeks in office are gone. Why would he not stop? Perhaps that answer can be found in the $470-an-hour attorney fees his buddy Joe Nixon bills Galveston County for continually generating frivolous litigation.
My wife once framed and displayed a broken piece of plastic from the refrigerator to remind me not to try to repair things around the house.
We’ve been experiencing some amazing beach weather lately. A number of people have been out enjoying Galveston’s 33 miles of beach on the weekdays in small groups or solo. Weekends will still be crowded for a couple of months, and our staff has been busy moving swimmers away from the deep holes and strong rip currents by the groins while making the occasional rescue.
Coming over the causeway heading to the island, the iconic Moody Gardens pyramids come into view. What began as a horse arena on the island’s West End, is now a driving force for tourism in Galveston.
It has become impossible to turn on the television without being bombarded with three types of advertising. The first is to try and convince you that you should buy gold. The second group of ads is about illnesses or injuries you may have suffered and how you can receive compensation by talking to a lawyer. That is a topic that is important and we need to discuss, but not now.