It hasn’t quite sunk in yet for the players, but the 2016 Lady Tors volleyball squad are now and forever a part of school history — the first team to reach the playoffs in a program more than 40 years old.
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 Am I at risk if I take pills or eat foods that are out of date?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.
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.
There’s a TV commercial airing that I enjoy on several levels.
Facing history turning events, great Presidents have left us with a set of remarkable advice and challenges. We have sought to list a few.
Across Texas local communities are discussing anti-discrimination ordinances prohibiting bias against African Americans, Hispanics, women and the LGBTQ community. Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Patrick has vowed to pass a statewide “Bathroom Bill” prohibiting any local anti-discrimination ordinances. Patrick claims a law requiring transgender people to use bathrooms based on their sex at birth is necessary to protect Texas children.
My grandmother was gone long before her body gave out.
I got a call from the head of Coastal Zone Management last Tuesday saying that one of his guys saw an unoccupied kayak off the jetty at 33rd Street. Most of these are false alarms, but occasionally the real thing happens.
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.