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The Galveston County Daily News: Columns

August 27, 2016


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Source of Dana Point wharves found

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.

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Thursday 08/25/2016
Listen folks, rules are rules
Posted: August 25, 2016

“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?”

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Tuesday 08/23/2016
Beach parks draw new visitors with special events
Posted: August 23, 2016

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.

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Monday 08/22/2016
Remembering the days of good mental health care
Posted: August 22, 2016

I am mourning the passing of Dr. Lee Emory. I imagine there are probably thousands of others feeling the loss.

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Hospitals are worth considering when planning to move
Posted: August 22, 2016

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.

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Elected officials are employees — get the job done
Posted: August 22, 2016

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.

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Texas voter ID law found illegal again
Posted: August 22, 2016

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.

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Saturday 08/20/2016
Democracy alive and well in one Texas town
Posted: August 20, 2016

Democracy is alive and well — at least in one small town in the Hill Country of Texas.

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Rental van, bus, planes and trains to California
Posted: August 20, 2016

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.

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Thursday 08/18/2016
Be careful out there — it's hot
Posted: August 18, 2016

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.

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