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  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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Last month, one of the park board team members was notified of his impending knighthood. And while you don’t have to call him Sir or Lord, Galveston Island Beach Patrol Chief Peter Davis will soon be officially recognized as a Knight in the Order of Lifesaving.

  • By CATHY GILLENTINE Columnist
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What’s new in local homeland security? Who’s new is Tom Munoz, emergency manager for Texas City, who, with assistant Ryan Rivera, is heading up what used to be called Civil Defense.

  • By SUSAN CRISS
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The Galveston County Commissioners Court voted 4-0 on March 14 to “retroactively” approve a lawsuit filed by their legal department against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. County Judge Mark Henry had previously ordered the suit be filed seeking reversal of an A.G. opinion granting an Open…

  • By BILL SARGENT, MARK MANSIUS & JOHN GAY
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In the last months in office, the Obama administration bypassed the legislative process, and issued an executive order on bathroom access. It stated, “Federal agencies occupying space under the jurisdiction, custody, or control of GSA must allow individuals to use restroom facilities and rel…

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Earlier this week, I received a telephone call from someone in the community I’ve met enough times to know he was not kidding me.

  • By BYRON YORK
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A key point in the theory that Donald Trump and the Russians conspired in the 2016 election is the allegation that during the Republican convention, the Trump campaign changed the GOP platform to weaken its stance on Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

  • By BILL SARGENT, MARK MANSIUS & JOHN GAY
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Continuing from Thursday, the fourth goal suggested by some recreational fisherman is to consider levying royalties on all red snapper being caught in the U.S. waters of the Gulf. Because they’re a natural resource of the United States such fees could apply to both the commercial and recreat…

  • By PETER DAVIS
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Calvin Stevens Jr., a new parking attendant, rode his Segue up on the seawall. As he went through his normal routine of helping people park, answering questions about the island and serving generally as a tourist ambassador, he noticed something out of the ordinary. Looking down at the 53rd …

  • By BILL SARGENT, MARK MANSIUS & JOHN GAY
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Tuesday we discussed NOAA’s apparent flawed assessment of the red snapper fishery. If its data is faulty then it stands to reason the total amount of fish NOAA is allowing to be caught is also significantly too small.

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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During the spring season, more than 300 bird species migrate through Galveston on their way north and south. For more than a decade, the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council celebrates their arrival with a popular annual festival.

  • By BILL SARGENT, MARK MANSIUS & JOHN GAY
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From 2008-16 there was a concerted effort by NOAA to reduce the number of fishermen. It accomplished this by instituting “catch shares” on the commercial sector and by continually reducing the total allowable catch levels.

  • By NEIL G. BARON
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Once upon a time, the Texas economy was ranked second in the nation and touted as the “Texas Miracle.” Not that long ago, the Texas Senate was also highly regarded as a place where serious politicians deliberated matters of great consequence to Texans. Unfortunately, in the words of immortal…

  • By BILL SARGENT, MARK MANSIUS & JOHN GAY
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The natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico are plentiful but limited. Because of high commercial and sports fisherman demand, one fish, the red snapper, is hotly contested. Red Snapper is a saltwater fish which thrives in rigs, wrecks, natural shelves and reefs in deep water. Adult red snap…

  • By PETER DAVIS
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If you’ve braved the seawall during spring break you’ve seen the beach getting bigger and bigger. It seems like every time I drive by they’ve made real progress. What a great deal for Galveston!

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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If you’ve driven along the seawall lately, chances are you’ve seen dark, watery sand bubbling out of a huge pipe and a lot of heavy equipment working along the beaches between 12th and 61st streets. When I talk to friends and read social media posts about the project, it seems like there are…

  • By CATHY GILLENTINE
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If the saying is true that “art reflects life” and if you consider that comic strips are “art” then it follows that comic strips are close duplicates of what is going on in the world.

  • By BILL SARGENT, MARK MANSIUS & JOHN GAY
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The use of “general warrants” or “writs of assistance,” a practice heavily relied upon by the British in the mid-1700s, is believed by many to have fueled the American Revolution more than taxation. King George II and III authorized their use during their reign hoping to subdue the American …

  • By ROBERTO TORRES
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House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan finally unveiled a health care plan that would “repeal and replace” Obamacare. Candidate Trump has called Obamacare a “disaster,” and promised to repeal and replace it with a “beautiful” health care plan that would: 1. Insure more folks; 2. Provide …

  • By PETER DAVIS
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As I drove down the row of towers checking on the guards I heard some static and voices. Looking up I saw Chris Sanderson’s silly grin looking down at me. “Chris,” I said, “you wouldn’t happen to have that police scanner up there again would you?”

  • By GEORGIE ANNE GEYER
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A handful of male Washington journalists got together 132 years ago and formed the Gridiron Club. It was to be a small group of writers who would sing, dance, and write songs and lyrics they thought were hilariously funny about people in power. It has been a highly successful venture, and th…

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We strongly support making sure every registered voter gets the opportunity to vote. At the same time we want to ensure all those who come to vote can be identified. The Texas voter ID bill was an effort to do both. First it required a photo ID (e.g., a driver’s license, a concealed carry pe…

  • By BYRON YORK
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President Trump’s job approval rating, 44 percent with a 48 percent disapproval rating in a new Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll, makes him “the first president of the post-World War II era with a net negative approval rating in his first gauge of public opinion.”

  • By PETER DAVIS
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The beach patrol has been fortunate for many, many years to have great support from the community and county. We are so lucky that the hard work our guards do is recognized and appreciated and we recognize that that is something we continually need to strive to maintain.

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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I bet there aren’t too many kids who can say they spent their spring break on a submarine. But the kids who attend the American Underwater Warfare Center’s Spring Break Camp for Junior Sailors will be able to do just that — and a whole lot more.

  • By CATHY GILLENTINE
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Do you remember the fairy tale about the princess who got cursed by a bad witch or a bad fairy or somebody and she was in a deep sleep.

  • By BILL SARGENT, MARK MANSIUS & JOHN GAY
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As Dick Daugird tells the story, his friends brought meat over to his house and said to he and his wife, Horacene, “You guys are such great cooks, would you mind cooking this for us?” From that small beginning has come what today is known as the Lighthouse Charity Team. They cook meals for o…

  • By NEIL G. BARON
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When I first started contributing to this column two years ago it never crossed my mind that I would have to pick up the pen, or actually open up Microsoft Word, to address the issue of anti-Semitism in America. After all, for at least the last 50 years, most of my adult life, Jews have been…

  • By BYRON YORK
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Candidate Donald Trump set off a furious controversy when he said NATO countries should pay their “fair share” of mutual defense costs and, later, that the treaty organization was “obsolete” because not enough of its efforts were directed against radical Islamic terrorism.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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I mentioned in a previous column that when I started working for the Beach Patrol back in the early ‘80s I was assigned to the area of 29th Street for a couple of years as a tower lifeguard. At the time, it was unofficially an African-American beach. Later, I realized that my time there came…

  • By CATHY GILLENTINE
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If Capt. Brian Goetschius arrests you for a crime and he is convinced you are guilty, he will do everything in his power to make sure you get safely behind bars.

  • By GEORGIE ANNE GEYER
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I thought I was an enemy of the dictators, the killers and the plagues of mankind. I used my pen to fight against the Soviets killing political prisoners in the gulags and marauding Serbs massacring Bosnians in the ‘90s. But, no, I was mistaken.

  • By MARY BETH BASSET
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The Galveston Park Board of Trustees recently received notice of initial approval for more than $10 million in federal grants to fund two coastal improvement projects on the island.

  • By BILL SARGENT, MARK MANSIUS & JOHN GAY
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Recently, the states of Washington and Minnesota filed injunctions seeking to block the enforcement of President Trump’s temporary suspension on the entrance into the United States, of individuals from seven countries. Washington state filed first in the federal court located in Seattle, a c…

  • By ROBERTO TORRES
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On Feb. 13, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned less than one month on the job. In late December, Flynn spoke by telephone with the Russian ambassador and discussed punitive measures imposed on Russia, which by “coincidence” was the same day that Preside…

  • By ALVIN SALLEE
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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.