League City Post 554 was all over West Texas Pecos Post 460 from the get-go, cranking out four home runs in an 18-0 run-ruled win in the American Legion baseball state tournament championship Friday at Lutheran South Academy.
Friday, conditions began improving with light south to southeast wind prevailing over our area. Brandon Rowan and Kelly Groce, of Mariner Magazine, joined me for a morning of fishing that turned out to be much slower than we anticipated.
Nautical terms whiz by at a New York minute pace. Sitting in the back of Sonny’s Place, an island hamburger institution, Mike Leahy explains the ranks and privileges of U.S. Navy, Merchant Marine and Coast Guard personnel — all before the ice tea arrives. Each rank is illustrated with an example and moral of the story.
How many of us roll down the car window to smell the air as we cross the causeway after a long trip? I do. Do you also physically miss the beach after being away from it for more than a couple of days. A pool or lake is nice — but doesn’t come close to replace salt water and waves.
One of the Park Board’s most important missions is promoting and generating tourism to Galveston, helping to drive the second largest economic sector on the island, which also accounts for a third of all island jobs.
So the memories of the Sun, which I discussed last week, keep cropping up as former readers ring in.
We humans are made up of several parts. Cells come together and make tissues. Tissues come together and become organs. Organs come together into organ systems and organ systems come together into a total human being. If that sounds complicated, I can assure you it is. And, as with any complicated process, things break.
Last week, Republicans meet in Cleveland, Ohio, to conduct business, ratify a platform and formally nominate their candidate for the United States Presidency. Describing the atmosphere, Chris Wallace, the host of Fox News Sunday, remarked, “I will tell you going down on the floor yesterday, it was a very different Republican party than I have seen in prior conventions. It was much more of a country club type atmosphere in prior Republican conventions… This is much more of working class, white collar rather blue collar workers.” On Tuesday, they formally nominated Donald Trump and Mike Pence for President and Vice-President.
I was riding in a police car as a young prosecutor. Lights were flashing. Sirens on. Adrenalin pumping including mine. It was exhilarating, scary, and dangerous.
As much as time passes, it remains the same.
The bridge over the Bosporus in Istanbul, Turkey has been on TV this past week. Connecting Europe with Asia, this strait is a fitting symbol of Turkey, attempting to link the Middle East with the West, the past with the future and democracy with security.
Years ago, the original inhabitants of this part of the world held periodic gatherings that included athletic competitions that highlighted skills needed to survive and thrive. These were opportunities to share information and new ideas, forge and maintain social connections and renew commitment to a way of life. As open-water lifeguards we continued that tradition.
This time of year, I need to remind myself to take the one-way streets as often as I can and to avoid the grocery store on the weekends. Living in a tourist town can be tough during peak season.
Things have changed a lot since Norman Rockwell painted the ideal physician for the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
It happens all the time. Somebody brings up the subject of the Texas City Sun.
In a Congressional hearing earlier this month with FBI Director James Comey being the witness, the following exchange took place with Congressman Trey Gowdy (South Carolina):
America is reeling from the recent horrific murder of five Dallas police officers and the wounding of nine others and two civilians. According to police officials, the shooter, Micah Johnson, laughed at and taunted the police and threatened to kill more officers. The ordeal finally ended when the police sent in a robot armed with an explosive device, detonated it near the shooter, which killed him.
The older I get, the more I appreciate the “you are the sum of your parts” theory.
My TWIC and a polite nod from the port police cleared me to drive among dozens of maneuvering 18-wheelers on the wharf. Where is the office? Oh, an SUV with a Master Garden license plate answers my question.
Last weekend’s “Ocean Fest” was a big success. Last Saturday at East Beach Park, around 130 competitors participated in an ocean race in several different categories. Then on Sunday at Moody Gardens, the Texas Dragon Boat organization held the first Dragon Boat races in Galveston.
I’ve tried not to write or say anything about the deaths of innocent black men and women that have occurred over the past couple of years. However, after the senseless deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and five police officers in Dallas, I can no longer keep my peace. I have two sons, ages 27 and 23. I also have three grandsons ages 6, 2 and 5 months old. I fear for them daily, and yet, I stay quiet.
I would like to be able to see into the minds of advertising specialists who create television ads. I think it might be a very good study for psychiatrists and psychologists.
For the last two weeks we have been discussing issues related to mass casualty events and the operations of a Level 1 Trauma Center. There are a few more issues that are worthy of mention to conclude this “miniseries.”
A few days ago, we celebrated an American Birthday with family gatherings, barbecues, fireworks and parades. The remarkable acts approved by Congress and dated on July 4th, Lincoln said, “brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Of the remarkable and untitled document (later titled the “Declaration of Independence”), Jefferson remarked that it contained no new principles, but rather a compilation of “ancient principles” successfully used by ancient Israel during the period of the Judges and “strangely” also existed among the Anglo-Saxons.
Seven years ago, some criminal defense lawyers celebrated the Fourth of July holiday by reading the Declaration of Independence aloud on the steps of the Harris County criminal courthouse. The idea spread across Texas. Led by the efforts of Houston attorney Robert Fickman and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, attorneys read the Declaration last week in ceremonies in front of courthouses in every one of 254 of Texas’ counties. In a few counties the attorneys dressed as the colonials did in 1776.
Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor, died within a week of when the ugliest chapters in modern American race relations broke out — leaving five Dallas police officers dead — and proving as a society, we have yet to learn from the painful lessons of our past.
Bellowing clouds of sails held down by three miles of tar-covered lines propel the ship across the Gulf. Sailors 100-feet above the sea released more sails, increasing the speed to nine whispering knots.
The Fourth of July weekend was a blur of activity, not that the crowds were that big. But the rough water and an incredibly strong lateral current that ran from west to east kept the guards hopping. In the blur that becomes memory are moments.
I’ll admit, jumping in rain puddles can be a whole lot of fun. But, no one wants to deal with them while at the beach on a sunny day.
I am a member of the 1 percent. Unfortunately, it’s not the group that contains all the billionaires. My 1 percent is featured in a commercial for AT&T in which a whole family of people trying to use various devices is assured that the network is on. Operating at 99 percent, as they say. So I am in the 1 percent, because my network only operates when the mood strikes it, which is not often, lately.
We have been talking about the value of a Level 1 trauma center and how it works. Today, I would like to pick up the story starting from the arrival of the patients — in my scenario, approximately twenty, virtually all at once.
Last week the British people voted, by a 52 percent majority, to leave the European Union. In many ways this was a vote for freedom and self-rule. Today, we celebrate our independence.
Despite operating with only eight justices, the United States Supreme Court has been busy this term issuing numerous opinions with something to love or hate for just about everybody.
The Fourth of July is more than hot dogs, colorful banners and fireworks.
“You are taller than I thought,” is the surprise reaction I often receive from readers the first time we meet in person. The comment is so unusual that I began exploring why the misunderstanding.
We'll be fully staffed as will the other emergency services, but with up to 500,000 visitors on the island this weekend make sure you think of us as an added layer of protection and take protective measures to ensure your personal safety and that of your family.
The next time you see a group of lanyard-wearing conference-goers on the island, keep in mind they didn’t get here by accident. The Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau has a sales team that works year-round to bring meetings and conventions to the island.
During the recent incessant rainstorms, my neighbors to the south were trying to put a roof on their house.
Last week I talked about some general issues regarding the value of a trauma center in regards to lifesaving care. Several of you commented on the column and expressed interest in some of the details of the inner workings of such a center. I welcome the chance to describe details, but it will take a few columns over the next few weeks.
America has been victimized by another mass shooting. This time it was Orlando, Fla., where 49 people were murdered and just more than 50 others wounded, some critically.
What happened in Orlando? Murder happened, plain and simple. It makes no difference whether those murdered were straight, homosexual, transgender, men or women. It was murder. As with the Paris attacks before it, it was a horrific act. And it’s now clear that it was a terrorist act upon a soft target.
Something is in the electorate’s water — and the status quo better watch out.
In a comfortable air-conditioned community college auditorium in New Mexico, a group of mostly men are sitting on the stage around tables. Name placards identify each as a state senator or representative. At a facing table, the state police chief is testifying.
We finally were able to unveil a project we've been working on for quite some time with some of our partners. The Beach Patrol's multiuse vehicle or "Big'Un" was the centerpiece for the event and DJ Joe Rios was working off its drop-down platform all through the night.
In America we are supposed to be governed by the “Rule of Law” instead of the arbitrary decisions of politicians, bureaucrats and activist judges. Wikipedia, referring to the rule of law, cited the Oxford English Dictionary, saying “It primarily refers to the influence and authority of law within society, particularly as a constraint upon behavior, including behavior of government officials.”
Peak season is here, which means millions of visitors will be flocking to the island’s beaches over the next several weeks. And, while the beach is Galveston’s most popular tourist draw, the park board is working to ensure the beach isn’t the only place tourists explore this summer.
People who lived in my hometown during my coming-up time should have been able to make marvelous pies.
Author’s note: This is not a political series and this is not a political column. First of all, let me add my condolences to the victims and their families of the tragedy in Orlando several days ago. There is no excusing the perpetrator or perpetrators of this misguided and repellent attack.
I never imagined I would be friends with Kerry Max Cook. As a young prosecutor, I believed what I had read about him. I thought he was a viscous, coldblooded homicidal rapist.
One week after the bullets stopped flying at an Orlando club – leaving 49 people dead – the impact of the killings stubbornly remains behind.
Last June, Mo Huddelston found a Cuban refugee raft on Matagorda Beach. It’s now on display at the Market Place in the Peanut Butter Warehouse, 102 20th St., in Galveston (See “Freedom Found,” The Daily News, Nov. 7, 2015).
It was a beautiful, early morning on the water. There still was the slightest hint of spring coolness and a light breeze was trailing around the island.
For more than 150 years, Galveston has celebrated Juneteenth to commemorate the day the last slaves in the United States found out they had been freed. The official announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation took place right here in Galveston on a harbor pier on June 19, 1865.
Sunday morning, with cable television and social media spewing reports of the mass killings in an Orlando nightclub, I found myself feeling uncomfortably numb.
You probably don’t need me to tell you again that hospitals are expensive. And since health care costs don’t tend to follow the old maxim that “what goes up must come down,” there’s little hope that hospital expenses will do anything but continue to rise.
Once in awhile, in addition to presentations by various organizations which basically serve the public, Chairman José Boix, of the Community Advisory Committee, brings in a person who runs a local business to talk about what they do, and why.
Last week President Obama took a “victory lap” arguing in a speech that his policies have brought the U.S. economy back from the brink. Then he continued to blame all the other economic weaknesses on trends that his predecessors left him. Next FED Chairman Yellen said, “Although this recent labor market report was on balance concerning, let me emphasize that one should never attach too much significance to any single monthly report.” Then, last Friday, the Labor Department reported a job growth number of 39,000 versus the expected 170,000. The problem, again; is that they don’t understand the current situation, or refuse to embrace truth.
Sometimes when Donald Trump opens his mouth I feel thankful, like a late night comedian, for the never ending source of material that constantly spews forth. With his attacks on Mexicans, disabled reporters, Muslims and just about any female, there is no shortage of jokes to be made at the Donald’s expense.
Earlier this week, I saw a dead woman walk out of the surf. That’s what her daughter had feared, at least.
Standing in a large conference room with wood-paneled cases, the temperature is 68, and humidity 45 percent on a hot, late spring day. It doesn’t look like a hurricane-proof vault, yet it is.
It’s interesting when the rivers get bloated and bring all the inland flora and fauna to the beach. We see freshwater plants and changes in salinity can cause algae blooms. We even see an occasional alligator wash up.
Today is World Oceans Day — a global day of ocean celebration. This year’s theme is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet,” and thanks to a partnership between the Park Board and Artist Boat, is being celebrated every day this summer through free, educational beach tours.