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The Galveston County Daily News: Columns

September 29, 2016

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Galveston Island Convention Center to hold open house

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.

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Monday 09/26/2016
County houses a spaghetti bowl of pipelines
Posted: September 26, 2016

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.

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Active minds — how to keep them that way
Posted: September 26, 2016

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).

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Deciding our economic future
Posted: September 26, 2016

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.

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Standing down for freedom
Posted: September 26, 2016

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.

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Saturday 09/24/2016
Dog proves attitude is everything
Posted: September 24, 2016

I am convinced God put dogs and man together for a reason.

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Winding down wharf stories column
Posted: September 24, 2016

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.

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Thursday 09/22/2016
How to avoid the 'inevitables'
Posted: September 22, 2016

The anniversary of Hurricane Ike came and went without much fanfare.

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Wednesday 09/21/2016
Respect Old Glory, but respect Flag Code, too
Updated: September 21, 2016 - 11:27 pm

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.

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Tuesday 09/20/2016
Software allows for tracking travelers to Galveston
Posted: September 20, 2016

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.

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