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  • By DOLPH TILLOTSON
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The Daily News is celebrating its 175th birthday this year, and in the hoopla, one name has not been mentioned much — Les Daughtry Sr.

  • By ED BUCKNER
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A recent front-page story (“County gives up control of Meals on Wheels,” The Daily News, April 12) detailed an unconstitutional government action and concluded with a foolish statement supporting his unconstitutional vote from Galveston County Judge Mark Henry.

  • By MARGARET CANAVAN
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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 m…

  • By SUSAN CRISS
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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.

  • By JOANIE STEINHAUS
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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 MARGARET CANAVAN
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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…

  • By MARGARET CANAVAN
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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.

  • By BILL SARGENT, MARK MANSIUS & JOHN GAY
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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 Democra…

  • By SUSAN CRISS
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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 abou…

  • By CATHY GILLENTINE
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Avast majority of you, asked if you liked classical music, would probably turn up your noses. A vast majority would claim you not only didn’t like it, you didn’t really know any. Most of you have forgotten a subtle wafting of music into your brain. If ever there was a brainwashing, this is it.

  • By DR. MICHAEL M WARREN
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In my career, I’ve seen amazing changes in the practice of surgery. In the old days, the removal of cataracts was considered major surgery. Patients were in bed for days, flat on their back with sandbags around their head to keep them immobile.

  • By SUSAN CRISS
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One of the first things County Judge Mark Henry did upon taking office was to sign up to earn an extra $14,000 a year by committing to spend at least 40 percent of his time performing judicial functions, that is where he acts as a judge in real lawsuits and prosecutions. He quickly hustled t…

  • By PETER DAVIS
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I’ve noticed that many websites have a “helpful tips” or a “frequently asked questions.” After the busy Fourth of July weekend (and all the goofy stuff people ask and do!) my staff and I have compiled a tentative list for our website. Keep in mind that this is a very rough draft and probably…

  • By LOUISE KIDDER & IDALIA AVEZEULA
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Galveston Reads recently concluded its 12th successful year full of exciting events thanks to a fantastic group of volunteers and the support of various community organizations. This citywide book club, led by the Rosenberg Library, sponsored a series of events to encourage everyone in town …

  • By JOANNA MORA
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A few weeks ago there was a good editorial about the Texas Legislature reducing the money it sends to community colleges. I agree with the editorial’s statement that our representatives in Austin need to provide better funding and “show these institutions some love.”

  • By TERRI ASTIN
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America celebrated Independence Day last week, remembering our freedom in the United States of America. As a fifty-something patriotic citizen, I must remark on our lack of respect for our national anthem. 

  • By JAN COGGESHALL
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What do marble, vinyl, long leaf pine and carpet squares have in common? This month, members of the Rosenberg Library Design Committee have been grappling with these various flooring options as we try to find a balance between cost efficiency and beauty during the ongoing restoration of the …

  • By GEORGE BLACK
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I am a frequent visitor to downtown, and am a frequent user of the “PayByPhone” app. I have been so since the advent of the horrible debacle of the Ampco contract. I normally cheer private enterprise solutions; however, was elated when the city took over the parking system.

  • By CATHY GILLENTINE
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If you are walking the red carpet in Hollywood and someone asks you, “What are you wearing,” you tell them the name of a designer, like Vera Wang or Armani.

  • By DR. MICHAEL M. WARREN
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Medical students are a vital part of your health care, because without medical students, there would be no doctors. We’ve all got to start some place, right? To put it another way, just as the kids in boot camp become seasoned soldiers, medical students are the future doctors of the world.

  • By BILL SARGENT, MARK MANSIUS & JOHN GAY
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WIth the recent Supreme Court decisions, reflection is in order. It’s clear the federal government was formed by the states; not the other way around. That’s why the 10th amendment is included in the Bill of Rights; it says:

  • By NEIL G. BARON
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This past week the United States Supreme Court was front page news everywhere. The Supreme Court again held that “Obamacare” as constitutional, ensuring that millions of Americans would continue to receive health care. Even more controversially, SCOTUS held that marriage between members of t…

  • By PETER DAVIS
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Summer is flying by. There have been so many people on the beach that even weekdays feel like weekends. As busy as it’s been even all of our rookie lifeguards have gotten a good amount experience under their belts which helps things run smoothly. We’re already to the Fourth of July weekend!

  • By JAMES C. HARRINGTON & JIMMY ALAN HALL
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U.S. citizens don’t have to exert any effort to register to have the Bill of Rights protect them. Registration isn’t required to have and exercise our rights to free speech, religious freedom, a jury trial, or to be free from warrantless searches.

  • By CLARK HALL
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In response to the editorial by TJ Aulds (“Open communication is key to establishing trust,” The Daily News, June 20): One of man’s greatest assets is the ability to communicate. When communication breaks down we are in trouble.

  • By LONNIE COX
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For the last decade, the Rotary Club of Galveston has published a tabloid in the Galveston County Daily News each year to spotlight the club’s community service, projects, programs and to recognize its members and sponsors. 

  • By KATRINA EVENHOUSE
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The Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area. That sounds harmless enough, right? But it is anything but. What it is, in fact, is the systematic takeover of our coastline by the Federal Government. It would make nearly all of Matagorda, Brazoria, Galveston and Chambers counties categorized…

  • By STEPHEN DUNCAN
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We bring greetings from Mayor Shinoda of Niigata City. He sends his warmest regards to all the people of Galveston. He was very pleased to see how much our city has recovered after Ike. He remembers how lovely it was when he visited here. He also was pleased to see the trees, which were purc…

  • By DR. MICHAEL M. WARREN
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Although there were nurses before her time, Florence Nightingale is generally credited with bringing pride and respectability to the nursing profession. And while the “Lady of the Lamp” might relate to the compassion and dedication that continues to be the core of the nurses’ code, she would…

  • By JEREMIAH TAYLOR
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On May 23rd, after receiving petitions for membership, the Prince Hall Masonic District of 15B officially established the Knights of Pythagoras youth organization for Galveston and Chambers counties and are now legitimately known as Reuben G. White Council No. 18. This new KOP Council is nam…

  • By PETER DAVIS
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Supervisor and officer Joe Cerdas was on his way to work early one day in his personal car. He lives on the west end and was just nearing the end of the seawall. It was in the height of Tropical Storm Bill and the wind was blasting, so he was driving carefully. Suddenly his radio crackled as…

  • By ROBERT KOMAROWSKI
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I live in a subdivision of League City called The Village at Tuscan Lakes. We are a semiretirement village consisting of around 325 homes. Having reviewed the resale history of our village with the help of a resident Realtor, I found an interesting fact which explains why the appraised value…

  • By KIMBERLY BACHMEIER
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As creator and owner of Fit TRI Run, a specialty small business in Galveston, I would like to encourage Rep. Randy Weber to stand up for local businesses like mine by supporting the recently introduced eFairness legislation — the Remote Transaction Parity Act of 2015 (RTPA). 

  • By BILL SARGENT, MARK MANSIUS and JOHN GAY
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The U.S. Constitution says it’s the federal government’s responsibility to “promote the general welfare,” nowhere does it say the government should “provide” it! There is a big difference, and what we see coming out of Washington these days is an effort to provide it, not promote it. Getting…

  • By SUSAN CRISS
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Sadly the news of Jon Stewart refusing Thursday night to be funny was more unusual than his reason for boycotting his own comedy routine. News of acts of racially inspired violence have become much too common.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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It’s been a rough summer. The guards have performed under all kinds of adverse conditions admirably. Come support them tonight for our 18th annual barbecue fundraiser. This is the beach party of the year with well over a thousand Lifeguards, Junior Guards, water people, beach lovers and supp…

  • By DAVID CLARK
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Gov. Gregg Abbott’s recent signing of a limited medical marijuana bill, which would allow the use of nonintoxicating oils derived from marijuana for the treatment of epilepsy, is a baby step forward in sensible policy. However, his insistence on sticking with the status quo on drug legalizat…

  • By FRED RASCHKE & JEFFREY SJOSTROM
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Recently, there have been a number of positive hits for Galveston. Public Improvement District for Bayside at Waterman’s, acquisition of the Falstaff building, BMW vehicle processing center at the Port, topping off the new Texas A&M University at Galveston Residence Hall, and more. In ad…

  • By PETER DAVIS
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Igot an interesting call from a local woman who told me to write about what it means to “step off a sandbar” and why that can cause someone to drown. The woman, now in her 90s, said when she was young she had to hand her 3-year-old to someone else and trust him to bring her child to shore wh…

  • By TINA HESTER
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Sometime before the veto period ends on Father’s Day, Gov. Greg Abbott is almost certain to sign into law a bill affecting a minor’s ability to have an abortion without a parent’s permission.

  • By LLOYD CRISS
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Emotions are running high as the U. S. Supreme Court ponders the issue of same sex marriage. The final decision will be based on whether gay citizens are entitled to the same rights the U.S. Constitution guarantees others.

  • By ROBERTO TORRES
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After the deadly storms that occurred over Memorial Day weekend, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared 37  counties “disaster areas.” In response, President Obama pledged to expedite disaster assistance requests. In times of disasters, there’s no place for partisan politics, which is why Texans ap…