Transfer of courts slows proceedings in Sea Scout Base lawsuit.
Transfer of courts slows proceedings in Sea Scout Base lawsuit.
The Galveston County Commissioners Court could approve new regulations on game rooms similar to those passed in Harris County in 2013.
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.
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.
Elderberry is a common native that often shows up in damp soils near streams and helps control erosion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marriage! Who created it? God did!
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 to set himself up to magistrate inmates, preside over juvenile hearings and take criminal pleas in one county court.
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 needs a bit of polishing. It’s also based on actual events:
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 to read and discuss Pulitzer-winning author Leonard Pitts Jr.’s historical fiction novel “Freeman.” This program owes its success to many hardworking people, whom we’d like to thank publicly.
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.”
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.
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 building. Much to the committee’s surprise and delight, the original long leaf pine floors were discovered underneath the old vinyl in both the Founders and Patrons Rooms next to the east entrance. Needless to say, our Committee quickly abandoned the idea of installing a vinyl floor in the two rooms and instead opted to restore the exquisite pine floors.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 the same sex was a protected right under the United States Constitution.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 as “National Areas.” And contrary to the name, this control actually extends an additional 25 miles inland from the coast.
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 purchased with the funds from Niigata.
We call areas with below atmospheric pressure a “vacuum.” However there is a very wide range of vacuums.
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 hardly recognize today’s nurses, nor would she understand one fraction of their duties and responsibilities.
In times gone by, when we were saying goodbye to someone, we might say, “See you in the funny papers.”
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 named after a Past Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas, who was also a native of Galveston County.
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 an emergency call came through.
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 of my home increased by $45,000 in one year.
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).
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 these two mixed up is having disastrous consequences.
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.
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 supporters of the various groups that work so hard to keep our beaches safe, clean and enjoyable.
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 legalization, as a whole, is a giant step backward.
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 addition, the Galveston Economic Development Partnership has moved into our new offices within the UTMB Customs House, our plan of work is in full swing and planning for this year’s economic summit, scheduled for Oct. 16th, is underway.
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 when she “stepped off a sandbar” herself.
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.
That’s especially so when he is 83 years old and in an impetuous second childhood.
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.
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 appreciate our governor and president working together to relieve some of the despair. Recognizing the scope of this disaster, Sen. Ted Cruz also called on the federal government to step up to the plate with disaster assistance.
As you read in last week’s column there was legislation in Austin this year that would have had Texas join a growing number of states calling for an Article V Constitutional Convention. Consideration of a constitutional amendment is normally done when Congress passes resolutions calling for amending the U.S. Constitution. For example, in 1972 both houses of Congress passed a resolution offering the Equal Rights Amendment. The proposed amendment got 35 of the required 38 state legislatures to approve it but it failed to garner enough support for approval.
In early 2008, Galveston City Council appointed a Comprehensive Plan Review Committee, composed of 35 citizens from diverse backgrounds and neighborhoods, who developed a vision for Galveston that was reviewed and revised by their fellow Galvestonians in meetings hosted by council members and held in each council district for easy citizen access.
Galveston Police Dept. Chief Henry Porretto and I both sit on the advisory board for the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy. Last week we both had the honor to speak to the graduating class. Chief Porretto did an excellent talk about the core values of a peace officer, so I chose to focus on the idea of compassion through public safety work. In light of last week’s drowning of a 12-year-old girl, excerpts of this seem especially poignant and I’d like to share them with you.
You may have thought the war between the North and the South was over years ago. You’d be partially wrong.
Some people are fascinated by operating rooms. I’ve never been able to figure out a reason; except of course, there’s always a natural curiosity about the unknown. When I was a kid, I used to wonder what my mother did at the beauty shop; then I found out and lost interest.
Effective June 1, 2015, The Galveston County Daily News will begin publishing a writer’s real name next to comments or letters posted on our digital product, www.galvnews.com.
Hello Galveston. I have been on the job now for just over a month and thought it was probably time to introduce myself and to tell you a little about what we are doing here at The Galveston County Daily News.
The current Tea Party dominated State Legislature earned its super-majority by arguing for smaller government and state’s rights. Those campaign promises don’t seem to apply to their efforts to assert state control over local political issues especially when the local political issue affects a primary source of their political funding.
Almost everybody remembers former congressman Ron Paul.
More than 5,000 United Steelworkersunion members are striking at refineries across the nation. Several hundred of them are on strike here in Texas City.
I know that most people don’t like to visit the doctor.