NASA and Boeing Space Exploration mark a major milestone in nation's return to space.
NASA and Boeing Space Exploration mark a major milestone in nation's return to space.
When Zach Henry moved to Texas City from Tampa, Fla., in the seventh grade, the biggest adjustment he had to make was to the weather.
That three people, including one of baseball’s brightest young stars, Jose Fernandez, died in a boating accident that could have been prevented is tragic and heartbreaking.
Galveston Bay is one of the largest — and most important — estuaries on the Gulf Coast.
The schooner America, a replica of the fabled racing yacht that coined the phrase America's Cup, will visit Galveston late next month.
The Galveston Island Convention Center occupies a prominent spot on Galveston’s seawall at 56th Street. While many island residents have driven by the facility on numerous occasions, on Thursday they will have the opportunity to see what lies behind its doors.
I can remember when stories being written about the highway system through Houston described the map as depicting a plate of spilled spaghetti. Hence the “spaghetti bowl” name for one section of roadway.
My wife plays bridge. She plays a lot of bridge. She plays with other people and with the computer (which also has live people playing with her).
In a recent business news video, Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo discussed an unprecedented, impending wealth transfer coming over the next two decades. On a worldwide basis, the numbers reach to approximately $30 trillion, most of it being self-made or first generation money. This wealth is held by a quarter of a million individuals whose net-worth is greater than $30 million, and at least in the United States, is subject to the maximum estate tax rates. Primarily, the money exists within private business with one-third being very liquid, the rest being capital. The amount in the United States exceeds $6 trillion. Most of the wealth exists in countries with high estate taxes, meaning governments might be in-line for huge tax windfalls.
A few weeks ago, Colin Kaepernick, backup quarterback with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, set off a firestorm after he refused to stand during the traditional pregame performance of the national anthem. He stated that his refusal to stand was his way of calling attention to the many injustices faced by African-Americans. Instead of standing, Kaepernick has chosen to quietly kneel on one knee.
I am convinced God put dogs and man together for a reason.
Two years ago at the Mod Coffee Shop, I pitched the idea of a newspaper series on the wharves to then-editor Heber Taylor. Over the years exploring Galveston County, I had met the most interesting, shall we say, characters around the wharves. Not to mention I wanted to get behind the fences to see firsthand the ships and the people who make them go.
The anniversary of Hurricane Ike came and went without much fanfare.
A side story that will run throughout the 2016-17 NFL season will certainly be 49ers back-up quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the “Star-Spangled Banner” and the showing of the U.S. flag.
Once upon a time, tourism marketing used to be a bit of a guessing game. Advertising messages went out via a variety of mediums, but there were very few ways to measure whether those ads translated into visitation.
What was it like, trying to figure out the best way of combining two school districts into one? José Boix told about his experiences with that dilemma to members of the Texas City Civic Club.
Ever since I started writing these columns I have avoided political issues. Today’s column is not a political issue.
Last week was the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Ike making landfall in Galveston County. It was a massive storm that claimed lives and had an economic impact on thousands of people.
My first reaction to almost all of what I hear people say or what I read on the internet about presidential candidates is complete disbelief. Fact checking went on life support when the internet was born. Accuracy became a casualty in the race to get stories out on social media. The ability to remain anonymous and unaccountable for untruths contributed to this decline of credibility. And at some point the competition for the public’s attention caused network media to confuse shock value reality entertainment with actual news.
This column has been writing itself for 35 years.
Like many wharf stories, this one began with a phone call from one of my new friends at the Port of Galveston. “Do you want to go aboard the Texas A&M at Galveston’s General Rudder?” The next day I head for Pier 21, where the General Rudder is tied alongside.
The frontal system moved toward us rapidly. I was on a personal water craft and the other guy was on an 18-foot disabled catamaran. We were about a mile from shore, the wind had just switched, and there was a green and black line of demonic spiders running toward us on electric legs. I had asked, then pleaded, and finally resorted to yelling and threats for him to jump on the sled so we could get to shore before the 60 mile an hour wind slammed into us. The roiling green monster finally convinced him, he jumped on and we raced to shore dodging lightning bolts that were striking all around us.
Each year, Galveston welcomes more than 1.2 million visitors to the island specifically for conventions and meetings. When they’re not at presentations or in break-out sessions, many of them are out exploring the island seeking great places to play, eat and shop.
When the city created four tax increment reinvestment zones in 2002, Houstonian Tofigh Shirazi, developer of upscale East End Beachtown, was awarded more benefits than anyone else.
Thanks to a recent email visit with an old friend, fellow journalist and classmate at the University of North Texas, I have been mentally tripping down the halls of the old Journalism Building and reliving some happy times.
How many times have you said, “Nobody is indispensable?” And I agree, but I also feel that even in the medical profession, some are more indispensable than others. One area that comes to mind is anesthesiology, because without anesthesia, a great deal of modern surgery would be virtually impossible.
While on the campaign trail in 2008, Barack Hussein Obama promised to fundamentally transform the USA. In the past seven years, along with the help of Senate Democrats and some Republicans, he has delivered on at least part of that promise, doing so under the radar.
You have got to hand it to Gov. Abbott, Attorney General Paxton and the State of Texas. They sure don’t give up easily especially when it comes to disenfranchising their poorest and most vulnerable citizens.
Bluer than blue.
As I began to get to know the wharves a few years ago folks told me the “Chief” really liked my columns. Learning the role the Port of Galveston Police play in the Port’s operation, I discovered the Chief’s permission was required to explore more.
Labor Day weekend was good. Despite sketchy forecasts, we ended up with beautifully sunny days, moderate surf, green water and large, well-behaved crowds.
When you want to get something done, sometimes it takes a village. And such will be the case for Galveston’s latest beach nourishment project, which will get underway this fall thanks to the willingness of local, state and national entities to work together and combine knowledge and resources.
Unlike several of my high school classmates, I did not take Latin. When we were required to choose a foreign language, I opted for Spanish, which I thought was more practical, even back in those days when Hispanics were not the majority they are today.
October is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.
In recent headlines, the Obama Administration boasted about the underlining strength of the American economy, claiming an unemployment rate of less than 5 percent. Yet, a recent article from Quartz says, “Employment statistics in particular have a habit of eclipsing the real story. It is not the number of jobs that matters most, but what kind of jobs are available, what they pay. The 5 percent unemployment rate is hiding the devastating story of underemployment, wage loss and precariousness that defines life for millions of Americans.”
Recently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was sued in federal court by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who are trying to block the construction of a pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois. The pipeline would carry crude oil from the Bakken fields in North Dakota to Illinois for link up with a pipeline to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico. The tribe alleges that the permits were issued without fully addressing the pipeline’s impact on sacred and culturally important tribal sites as well as the environmental impact on local water sources, habitat and wildlife. The judge has stated that he would issue a decision by Friday whether to grant the tribe’s request to stop the construction project.
“In America, anyone can grow up to be the President.”
Crystal clear mountain air with a hint of fall softly flowing through the car window. Meandering through narrow, piñon-covered, hilly roads, I watched for home number eight on the Hacienda Parade. The Parade of Homes in Santa Fe. Understand, there is no straight street in Santa Fe the “City Different” — no rectangular Galveston city blocks with numbers or letters.
Whenever I get a chance to visit other places and people ask me where I’m from, I’m always proud to say I’m from Galveston. Matter of fact, I say I’m a BOI.
The last big holiday of the summer is here. With school in session the numbers of people on the beaches during the weekday have dropped dramatically — but we expect big crowds this weekend. And holiday weekend crowds are a little different from the normal weekend crowds. For many people, once they plant themselves on the beach for a holiday they don’t plan on moving for a long time. Barbecue pits, chairs, canopies, tables, and even at times, couches are a pretty normal thing. Families gather and spend hours or even days together on the beach.
I am so glad there are people in this world who are good at and enjoy working with numbers — because I am not one of them. Here at the Park Board of Trustees, we are fortunate to have a hardworking finance committee comprised of knowledgeable and astute business leaders, that has recently determined the budget for the organization’s 2016-17 fiscal year that begins in October.
Do you like to shop?
You’re sick, it’s Sunday afternoon, and you need your doctor. You’ll have to wait hours at your local emergency room, and besides, all you really need is to have the doctor OK a refill for your prescription.
Recently, mega-billionaire George Soros’ emails were hacked. All 2,576 of these emails were released to the public last week granting us a clearer view into Soros’ left-wing empire. In one instance, he used his close relationship with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, telling her of his wish to manage the foreign affairs in Albania suggesting who should be dispatched to Tirana with the purpose of ending the unrest there. Shortly thereafter, the Department of State dispatched Soros’s hand-picked “negotiator” to Albania.
In today’s courtrooms lawyers come to trial armed with iPads, PowerPoints, laser pens and laptops hooked up to large drop-down screens. These electronic tools help present evidence to juries composed of persons hooked on social media, the internet and electronic devices.
I’m lucky to be alive.
Staring out at the delightful Dana Point harbor, paddle boarders gliding over the smooth water, I am distracted by a group of kids in blue Ocean Institute shirts. Nicole and I came for the tour, which was truncated to accommodate the last summer camp session. The Ocean Institute is a nationally known marine science and history educational center for thousands of students and teachers.
“Tower 1 to area supervisor, I just advised two surfers they can’t surf at East Beach Park, but they told me they’re doing it anyway. Could you come assist?”
After being rescheduled from May because of rainy weather, the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects held its 30th annual sandcastle contest at Galveston’s East Beach this past weekend. This time, the weather cooperated and the event drew thousands to the island.
I am mourning the passing of Dr. Lee Emory. I imagine there are probably thousands of others feeling the loss.
As you drive America’s highways you will see billboards, road signs and warning notices of all different colors, shapes and sizes. Among them are the blue and white signs that tell you there is a hospital in the neighborhood.
When you hire employees you expect them to accomplish the job you have hired them to do. Likewise, when you become someone’s employee you sign on to diligently strive to accomplish the goals your employer has set for you.
Once again, Gov. Abbott, Attorney General Paxton and Lt. Gov. Patrick seem determined to prove the truth of the old adage about the definition of insanity. Just last year I reported that a three-judge panel from the 5th Circuit, the most conservative federal circuit court in America, had struck down the Texas Voter ID law (SB14) because it discriminates against racial minorities in violation of the Voting Rights Act.
Democracy is alive and well — at least in one small town in the Hill Country of Texas.
Turning to my good friend Bill Flores, I said, “Can’t believe we are driving through Los Angeles at 70 miles an hour.” Of course it was 12:30 a.m. on the 210 to the 101. Keeping freeway numbers straight is harder than remembering passwords. Around SoCal, it’s, “take the 5 to the 57, off on the 91 and you are there.” At least there are a plethora of road signs.
We are in some weird weather patterns fluctuating between storms and heat waves. Although in Galveston the actual temperature isn’t really that high, the real thing that worries us is the heat index, which is a combination of relative humidity and air temperature. When the relative humidity is more than 60 percent it hampers with sweat evaporation and hinders your body’s ability to cool itself. Since in Galveston the humidity is pretty much always over 60 percent heat-related illnesses are an ever-present danger in the summer.
Last week, more than a dozen area citizens interviewed for four board seats on the Park Board of Trustees. It’s exciting to see that there’s so much interest in these volunteer positions among those who live and work here.
Hard to believe it’s been 30 years since we first heard those glorious words “Don’t Mess With Texas.”
Let’s make some assumptions. It’s late at night and you suddenly develop severe chest pain. A family member drives you to a nearby emergency room at the hospital. Let’s assume you have no health insurance. And, let’s assume you are not rich.
Last week, questions surfaced about Hillary Clinton’s health. It started when The Drudge Report ran a story, with photos, of Clinton needing assistance from two people to climb a short flight of stairs. Drudge laid out a timeline of Hillary’s “episodes” spanning several years.
The United States Department of Justice released a report citing the Baltimore Police Department with regularly violating the Constitutional rights of black citizens. The report concluded that a law enforcement culture of “us vs. them” contributed to the crisis.
Newton had his apple; I have my acorn.
As most readers of this column understand, I really get into exploring boats and ships. From aircraft carriers such as USS Midway in San Diego to cruise ships, to bulk carriers and even 1936 sailboats now on display in the mountains of New Mexico. I am intrigued by the construction, operation, history and names of each craft.
Sometimes the uneventful moments in your life are the most significant.
It’s one thing to think you’re succeeding in your profession — but it’s another thing when you receive validation from international industry leaders. For the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, the latter occurred this month at the Destination Marketing Association International annual conference, where the bureau was recognized as “Best in Class.”