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January 24, 2017


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City council should rescind secretive Beach Town TIRZ deal

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.

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Friday 09/02/2016
90-year-old plans march on Washington for Juneteenth bill
Posted: September 02, 2016

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.

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Tuesday 05/31/2016
The unappreciated elderberry
Posted: May 31, 2016

Elderberry is a common native that often shows up in damp soils near streams and helps control erosion.

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Friday 03/04/2016
Galveston tree restoration effort reaches major milestone
Posted: March 04, 2016

Feb. 18 marked a giant step in Galveston’s recovery from Hurricane Ike. The final oak was planted in the restoration of the Historic Broadway Esplanades. Disappearing is the memory of forlorn, leafless trees on that roadway, and the emptiness when they came down. Even the image of treeless medians is fading now that the oaks and palms are back.

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Monday 02/08/2016
'Man of Steel' Jamail was
Updated: February 08, 2016 - 10:24 am

At the end of 2015, Texas lost the King of Torts. Joe Jamail died in late December at the age of 90. It seems strange knowing he is never going to be in court again. His impact on our civil justice system was huge.

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Sunday 02/07/2016
Volunteers are needed for Kemp's ridley patrols
Posted: February 07, 2016

The Kemp’s ridley is the official sea turtle of Texas and a very critically endangered species. Our state sea turtle will soon be coming ashore to nest on beaches along the Texas Coast, facing a range of threats from predators to camouflaged nests, which could easily be stepped on or crushed by people or vehicles.

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Friday 01/29/2016
Tree stories: When life gives you lemons ...
Posted: January 29, 2016

Winter holidays are past and outdoor decorations are stored. But here on the coast some trees are still adorned with lovely yellow and orange globes — citrus. For weeks I’ve enjoyed kumquats from my small tree’s bumper crop thanks to generous fall rains. A friend has harvested 900 plus Meyer lemons. There are some huge grapefruit down the street. Not to mention oranges, limes, satsumas, loquats and tangerines — there are dozens of varieties of citrus, many of which can be grown right here.

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Thursday 11/19/2015
Something to be thankful for — our trees
Posted: November 19, 2015

Hurricane Ike caused the loss of 40,000 trees on Galveston Island. The Galveston Island Tree Conservancy was formed to address that loss and has replaced over 14,000 through grant-funded plantings and giveaways.

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Monday 08/03/2015
No deal is better than a bad deal
Posted: August 03, 2015

Last month the Administration urged and supported the UN Security Council vote favoring the Iran nuclear deal — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This was despite strong bipartisan opposition from Senate Foreign Affairs and House Foreign Affairs Committee members. These Democrats and Republicans correctly argued Congress should review the agreement before it being considered by the UN. 

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Galveston has survived its worst nightmare
Posted: August 03, 2015

The cover of this month’s Texas Monthly has an incredible aerial picture of our island under a headline “Galveston Island.” Robert Draper interviewed many locals including Heber Taylor, Shrub Kempner, Leon Phillips, Dr. Bill Merrell, Mayor Jim Yarbrough, Irwin M. “Buddy” Herz Jr. and me about how Galveston has recovered in the seven years since Hurricane Ike, against the backdrop of our history of surviving storms since 1900. Draper did a good job describing how unique we are in our psychological approaches both to storm preparation and recovery.

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