• By CATHY GILLENTINE
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Every year when time for the Super Bowl rolls around, I crank up the old recorder, not for the game, but for the commercials.

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A friend once shared one of the hidden secrets to life he’d discovered.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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The first lifeguards were trying to spot shipwrecks and help the occupants off as best they could. Most of the work happened at night as sailing ships weren’t able to see hazards during the dark hours.

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The breakup was hard. We’d become so close over the years. With each day, our lives became increasingly intertwined; my secrets no longer mine and mine alone. My thoughts consumed by my need to share, the need to tell and an increasing expectation for validation.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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With this cold weather, it’s hard to believe that we’re on the verge of starting beach season. We’ve started our daily patrols and it’s only a month until our first lifeguard tryouts and academy, which will happen over spring break.

  • By CATHY GILLENTINE
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Jose Boix, who is head honcho of the local community advisory committee, likes to think of me as the official reporter of everything the committee does. Most of the time he is right, and he always indicates his appreciation and I always ask him not to extend his bountiful thanks.

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Terlingua is hard to spell and even more difficult to get to. No one ends up in a small desert town by accident. Located west of Big Bend National Park, the small town is at the crossroads of nowhere and hard to find.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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As the seven strangers sat in a circle around the table, I briefly looked around and was surprised to see each person’s attention riveted on the speaker. The man in front of us was the team leader. He described a time in his life where he found his only son dead in the house. He then talked …

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I’ve lived long enough to complete crossing the arc of Harry Chapin’s iconic folk song, “Cat’s in the Cradle.”

  • By PETER DAVIS
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Recently, some footage of what was reported to be the first real water rescue made by a drone at Lennox Head, New South Wales, Australia, went viral. There were two swimmers just outside the surf line kind of floating around. The footage was from the drone itself as it dropped this package f…

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We owe each of our readers a big thank you for your gracious understanding about last week’s weather and an untimely mechanical issue a few days later that may have contributed to a delay of your home delivery.

  • By CATHY GILLENTINE Columnist
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People who break the law, like students who don’t get their homework done, seem always to be creative in their excuses and their alibis.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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I hate the cold. I’d be happy if it never dipped below 80 degrees year round. I have a lot of friends through the International Lifesaving Federation from all over and I mentioned how cold it’s been here to the head of the Lifesaving Federation of Norway and to the executive director of the …

  • By CATHY GILLENTINE
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People who live in Texas City have known for years that we have remarkable facilities for our size. Unique, in fact.

  • By ROBERTO TORRES
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At the start of 2018, California became the latest state to legalize the recreational use and possession of marijuana. Soon thereafter, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a staunch advocate for states’ rights, except as it pertains to marijuana, announced that he was authorizing U.S. attor…

  • By PETER DAVIS
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It was a moonless bitter cold night as the hooded figure walked along the beach front. His long coat swirled around him as the icy rain and wind whipped through his clothes despite his efforts to keep them wrapped around his thin body.

  • By CATHY GILLENTINE Columnist
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As I turn the corner into another year, I am doing something I never do in honor of the New Year. I am making a resolution. It’s one I am suggesting might be of benefit to a lot of us.

  • By NEIL G. BARON
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Every time Trump puts his foot in his mouth his supporters urge us to let Trump be Trump. Now it seems only fair that those same people should shut up and let special counsel Robert Mueller do his job.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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Since 1983, I’ve missed one summer of lifeguarding in Galveston. That summer I missed was because after college I took a job teaching on a one-year contract in Botswana, Africa, and traveled at the end of my contract for about nine months.

  • By CATHY GILLENTINE Columnist
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If your New Year’s resolution this year is to stop being single, the surveyors at a finance website called WalletHub have been out with their little pads and pencils looking again for the best and worst.

  • By ROBERTO TORRES
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One of the most important responsibilities of a president is the nomination of federal judges, ranging from district court judges to Supreme Court justices. They serve for life once approved by the U.S. Senate, and therefore, they continue having a lasting impact on public policy long after …

  • By PETER DAVIS
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During the holiday season I try, as many of us do, to focus on the things I’m thankful for. This year I asked each of our permanent staff members what they, as a representative of the beach patrol, feel most thankful for. Here are their responses:

  • By BYRON YORK
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“Mr. Trump continues to exhibit paranoia about American intelligence agencies,” wrote the NeverTrump conservative Max Boot in The New York Times a week or so before the president took office.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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The water temperature on the beach front dropped 12 degrees in three days last week. This is a pretty dramatic shift as only a degree or two makes a significant difference when you’re swimming. Because the water is so shallow here on the upper Texas coast, the water temperature is constantly…

  • By NEIL G. BARON
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We can now clearly see what Republican members of Congress are really made of. Any regular reader of this column already knows my low opinion of just about every member of Congress from the Republican side of the aisle, but the recent flurry of sexual harassment claims has created a new dynamic.

  • By TOM BASSING
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Galveston’s street layout, conceived the year before the city’s birth, doesn’t conform to the rectitude of the compass, in which north goes to south, east to west, the typical arrangement for urban grids.

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Rows of tall, empty cardboard boxes stand at attention waiting to be filled. Each box represents a family in need; each family represents a child or several children. There are hundreds of them. The math equates to more than 3,000 Galveston County children in need this season.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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As a teenager, when I had free time one of my favorite things to do was ride my bike on the seawall. In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s the beach was a big deal. Everyone I knew would ride bikes or hang out up there. Lifeguards and surfers ruled the day.

  • By ROBERTO TORRES
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Last Monday, President Trump invited members of the Navajo nation to commemorate their military service as “code talkers” during World War II. The men were instrumental in maintaining secure communications against Japanese forces.