Do you think you’d ever pack up all your belongings and move to another town, based on somebody’s survey?
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.
The Alabama Senate race appears to be reverting to a fundamental political truth: A state that is one of the most Republican in the nation is likely to vote Republican.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 1976, at the age of 28, Kapax swam the length of the Magdalena River, a distance of over 1,000 miles. It took him about five weeks to do this. The Magdalena is a tributary of the Amazon River and Kapax, whose real name is Alberto Lesmes Rojas, was ahead of his time.
I get a lot of strange email and I’ll bet you do, too. But one missive I get regularly, which is really entertaining, comes uninvited from the Texas Parks and Wildlife people. I love their television show every weekend, and I have subscribed to their magazine, but I really don’t know why I s…
In the damp and chill latter half of December 1899, three British-flagged steamships set out from Galveston only to run full face into a fierce Atlantic storm.
I still remember how the water felt as I slogged down 16th Street heading into the biting wind; how the grit had gotten in my water shoes and how saturated my skin felt after several hours in and out of the grimy water; the fear in my stomach as a transformer blew close by; wondering whether…
It’s hard to exaggerate the praise heaped on Air Force Gen. Jay Silveria after his impassioned speech against racism went viral at the end of September.
This week establishment Republicans fired a possible mortal blow in the civil war instigated by former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. This particular skirmish started in Alabama when Bannonite Roy Moore defeated establishment candidate, Luther Strange, in a special primary election to become Re…
A decade after atomically bombing Japan into submission in August 1945, bringing at long last an end to the most destructive war in mankind’s enduring tradition of destructive war, the United States sought to rehabilitate the humble atom’s suddenly ferocious image.
The other day, a friend and I were talking about life. Jokingly, I suggested I wouldn’t be surprised if at my funeral someone might say, “Well that was fun to watch while it lasted.”
This week has been a great example of why Galveston in the fall is such a great combination. The water still hovers just over 70 degrees and the days have been beautiful. We still run patrol vehicles and are scheduled to do that until Dec. 1, at which time we’ll focus on rebuilding lifeguard…
The young man is in his early 20s. He smiles as broadly as the mountains surrounding the small Alabama town tucked at the piedmont of one of God’s practice runs before getting to the Rockies.
If there’s one thing lifeguards hate on an offshore wind day is an emergency where a person is being blown out. When the wind blows offshore it creates a unique set of circumstances that can potentially be lethal. This is mostly a danger during the spring and fall when repeated frontal syste…
In September 2017, Hillary Clinton released her book “What Happened” where she blamed her loss to Donald Trump on a variety of factors, including former FBI director James Comey, the Russians and the media.
There was never much doubt that an arsonist torched the Beach Hotel, though it was never proved. Some also reasoned that the firebug had a soft spot for dogs.
Every year when the season slows down we review our season to see how we did. I enjoy the process because it helps show how the beach patrol is an entire safety and educational network, as opposed to merely the lifeguard service for the city of Galveston. The process also helps target areas …
Every day the sun rises in the east and slowly heads to its inevitable fall in the west. Every day the Trump presidency equally inexorably continues its transformation into a reality TV show strangely blending elements of the Jerry Springer show, “Jersey Shore” and “Hogan Knows Best.”
My wife will not walk into a room when a baseball game is playing on the television. Welcome to the life of a spouse married to a superstitious baseball fan.
There are still plenty of swimmers and an occasional person blown offshore when these fronts come through. In fact, Tuesday, Brandon Venegas and Micah Fowler made a rescue of a kite boarder that had some equipment problems and couldn’t make it back in.
Drones are a hot topic right now in a lot of areas, but the international lifesaving community is becoming more and more interested in them as we look to see the newest developments. It is, however, hard to separate fact from fiction in a world where a YouTube video can go viral and become “…
Many of the people who landed in Galveston as immigrants ended up in La Grange and its neighboring cities and the effects of those Germans and Czechs and Wends are everywhere.
In the anything but halcyon early days of the Texas Republic, Galveston wasn’t a particularly inviting place — many residents lived in tents, those better off occupied shacks, and the island’s brackish water was barely potable — but it was the gateway into and out of the new nation.
Last weekend was the final day for the seasonal lifeguards to work. This means no more towers or tower lifeguards until next March. We’ll still have patrol units staffed with our full-time guards out until December, and they’ll be back out patrolling on Feb. 1, 2018.
What happens in Vegas can no longer be allowed to stay in Vegas after disgruntled gambler, Stephen Paddock, committed the largest mass shooting in modern American history. Using a device called a “bump stock” Paddock modified one of the dozens of guns found in his hotel room allowing it to f…
Yesterday brought to close National Newspaper Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness of the important role newspapers play in everything from communities to democracy. And while those lofty topics are important, I’d rather tell you a bit about two groups of people behind The Daily News.
My friend David and I were 11 and 10 when we made skim boards. We rode them after the rains in the flooded ditch in front of my house until our moms couldn’t put up with all the cuts and scrapes anymore and my mom started taking us to the beach.
In August 2016, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during a pregame performance of the national anthem to protest the treatment of African-Americans in the criminal justice system. Kaepernick has since been vilified by many as ungrateful and unpatriotic.