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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 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 GEORGIE ANNE GEYER
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A small piece of news just jumped out at me. It hadn’t gotten much attention. I speak of a respected military officer, Army Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., testifying that outside powers, led by Russia, have increased their interference in the 16-year-old Afghan war.

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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The tourism industry is one of the largest in the state of Texas. To help ensure the industry continues to thrive, tourism professionals from across the state “Converge on the Capitol” each year to let their legislative leaders know their priorities.

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  • By CATHY GILLENTINE
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For many years I have watched a recording of the Super Bowl and written a commentary on the commercials. During most of that time, nobody else paid much attention to them, but all that has changed.

  • By BILL SARGENT, MARK MANSIUS & JOHN GAY
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On Feb. 1, President Trump nominated a federal judge from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals as his pick in replacing the seat left by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. Neil Gorsuch is a “textualist” (meaning he believes in the intent of the original words found in the Constitution). In …

  • By SUSAN CRISS
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At the new year, the attorney fees paid by Galveston County to Mark Henry’s lawyers in just one of his lawsuits reached $1.2 million. Cox v. Henry is referred to as “The Mandamus Action” to distinguish it from the others. All of the cases are litigating Henry and the commissioners court’s at…

  • By PETER DAVIS
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Monday night, a little after 8 p.m., I got a call from an old friend — Louis Trochesset. Louis is a longtime Galveston guy who has worked in law enforcement for much of his life. He really knows the water well and runs the sheriff’s Marine Division. I’ve worked many calls with him and really…

  • By GEORGIE ANNE GEYER
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I seem to be surrounded by fellow citizens who are indelibly confused. They are everywhere. Americans who, after previous election losses, would have simply grumbled and grouched, are now disconsolate, and their opposites, who everyone agrees won the election, seem to be unusually uncertain …

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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Last month a team from the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau was in Austin to exhibit at Southwest Showcase, an annual trade show that provides state association meeting planners the opportunity to meet with representatives from Texas cities, hotels and other meeting suppliers …

  • By BILL SARGENT, MARK MANSIUS & JOHN GAY
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The president is turning out to be a man of action and, interestingly enough, unlike many in political office he’s keeping his campaign promises. One such promise was to put on hold the immigration of potential terrorists into our country. Last month he ordered a 90-day suspension on immigra…

  • By NEIL G. BARON
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What a first two weeks! The old 24-hour news cycle has become a 24-second news cycle as the Trump administration has issued a literal blizzard of executive orders ranging from walling off Mexico to abolishing Obamacare to banning Muslims from entering the country. Keeping his campaign promis…

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“One day the dogs came back to our house wet. We didn’t even know the river was across the road.”

  • By PETER DAVIS
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Scanning the searchers briefly, I then turned to see with relief that a tent had been erected and the family was seated comfortably drinking water and talking to a Jesse Tree counselor who had just arrived.

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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The Galveston Park Board is a great place to work, and I’m not just saying that for the sake of job security. The results from a recent employee engagement survey speak for themselves.

  • By BILL SARGENT, MARK MANSIUS & JOHN GAY
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Many attended, and many more watched, the presidential inauguration on television. There has been much debate in the media about the truthfulness of President Trump’s claims about how many saw the inauguration. White House press secretary Sean Spicer expanded on the claim that the Trump inau…

  • By ROBERTO TORRES
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On Jan. 20, Donald Trump was sworn in as our 45th president. Perhaps because he lost the popular vote, Trump has been sensitive to any suggestion that he is an illegitimate president. Despite throngs of folks flocking to Washington to witness his inauguration, and instead of savoring the mom…

  • By CATHY GILLENTINE
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When Mayor Matt Doyle was taking about city things to members of the Civic Club, we all knew his talk was sort of a rehearsal for the same State of the City Address which was to occur that evening before members of the Friends of Moore Memorial Public Library.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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The wind was blasting from the west. The sand pelted the lone figure as he dragged his kayak to the water’s edge at Sunny Beach. Wearing waders and a lifejacket, he paddled his kayak from shore into the frothy water.

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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NASA’s Dr. Kate Rubins has spent some time in outer space, working at the international space station. Yesterday, she spent some time at Galveston’s Mosbacher Odyssey Academy sharing her experiences with a group of students there.

  • By BILL SARGENT, MARK MANSIUS & JOHN GAY
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On Jan. 7, the FBI released another 300 emails and the Hillary Clinton unauthorized server “saga” continued. This fifth release by the FBI came while Americans were watching the Golden Globes or Sunday Night Football. It came with little notice, no fanfare but with possible major explosive c…

  • By SUSAN CRISS
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When I was a prosecutor in the 90s, most criminal cases resulted from drug use. Property crimes were committed to pay for drugs. Acts of violence were committed by persons high on drugs. The largest part of the criminal dockets were drug selling and possession cases. Cocaine, crack and alcoh…

  • By DAVID M. SHRIBMAN
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Donald John Trump is the 45th president, and different from all who preceded him, just as his inaugural address was different from all that preceded his clarion call to “think big and dream even bigger.”

  • By PETER DAVIS
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Saturday afternoon I got a phone call from my friend Mark Porretto. He told me there were two kids close to the rip current on the west side of pleasure pier. He added that they weren’t in immediate danger, but that we should check on them. I immediately radioed our “on call” unit and they w…

  • By BYRON YORK
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Once Donald Trump responded to John Lewis’ “illegitimate president” attack, the question wasn’t whether Trump’s pushback would cause a Twitter furor. It would. The question was how many Democrats would go along with the Trump-is-not-legitimate charge.

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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It’s hard to believe the holidays are already behind us. This once-sleepy time in Galveston continues to show signs of life thanks in part to an island-wide marketing effort among the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau and its partners to showcase the destination as a “Winter Wo…

  • By CATHY GILLENTINE
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I was sitting in my new hospital room, hoping my doctors would be able to find me, when my primary, Dr. Lena Bruce, showed up and after some checking, told me it would probably be a good idea to have a bronchoscopy. Dr. Joseph Prince came later the same day to suggest the same thing.

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I don’t know of anyone who does not have some fear or another about medical problems. I will let you in on a secret. So do I and most physicians also have some fears about aspects of what we do.

  • By NEIL G. BARON
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Like the mythical lands depicted in Game of Thrones, the Middle East is a dangerous place where peace remains elusive. Americans who care about Israel and peace in the Middle East should be very concerned about President-elect Donald Trump’s simplistic view of the region.

  • By GEORGIE ANNE GEYER
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Russia has hacked into the Democratic Party computers. The highest level of the Russian state has attempted to throw the election to Donald Trump, who appears to just love Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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Take a trip to the Galveston Visitors Center and you’ll notice a map of the world dotted with pins that indicate where island visitors are from. The pins are in every country across the globe.

  • By CATHY GILLENTINE Columnist
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In the interest of passing on medical knowledge to all you potential patients, I have, as you know, fallen prey to various interesting illnesses. This time, it was a doozy, which managed to ruin most of my Christmas.

  • By BILL SARGENT, MARK MANSIUS & JOHN GAY
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Until recently, no presidency in our lifetime was greeted with such enthusiasm and unhinged hope as that of Barack Obama. It was the dawn of a new age. Obama campaigned on hope in 2008 and it helped turn out a large and diverse and excited electorate. To many he was like a savior. He spent t…

  • By ROBERTO TORRES
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The 115th Congress of the United States of America has now been sworn into office. With Republicans controlling both Houses of Congress, one would have expected the GOP to hit the ground running with a bold first vote focusing on radically reforming our health care system known as Obamacare.…

  • By DAVID M. SHRIBMAN
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Thomas Jefferson? Made the Louisiana Purchase. Andrew Jackson? Battled the Bank of the United States. Abraham Lincoln? Signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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Moving into position, I dropped in. There was a moment of free-fall and my stomach floated up briefly. Then I cut left, almost losing it for a moment, but then felt my board dig in, sending up a spray as I transitioned into the next turn.

  • By GEORGIE ANNE GEYER
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Just in case you are wondering what the most serious question of the new year will be, you might well start by thinking about Russia’s evil power plays, about the vulgar leaders who seem to be popping up everywhere, or about the rise of the oceans that, until now, have always protected America.

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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The Galveston Park Board began the job of collecting hotel occupancy taxes and registering short-term rental properties in March 2015. Since that time, the park board has made changes to HOT collection aimed at increasing customer service, implemented program audits and has begun focusing on…