Harvey, please go away. If it wasn’t bad enough you came ashore near Rockport, dumping feet of rain on Galveston County, you backed up and made another pass — this time south of us on your way to Louisiana.

Pardon us if we feel as if you were giving us an unflattering wave as you went by. Please go away — you have done enough damage to our communities.

NEWSPAPER CARRIER DESERVES CREDIT

Did you know your home-delivery newspaper is brought to each day by and independent contractor? Essentially small-business owners, these people are committed to delivering your newspaper during the dark hours of the night.

While they are not employees of The Daily News, we respect them and wish only the best for their safety during this weather event. Please keep them in your thoughts as they, as small businesses, are an important part of the fabric of our community.

In the past several days I’ve heard from many of you about how pleased you were to find your newspaper on the lawn in the morning. Know that while I appreciate your good words, The Daily News is fortunate to have a relationship with many talented and committed independent contract carriers. We salute them.

RUMOR CONTROL AN IMPORTANT

ROLE FOR REPORTERS

One thing the news staff at The Daily News does is carefully separate truth from rumors.

Social media can be a murky place where the truth can be loosely interpreted. And I do mean loosely. The role of the reporters is to verify the validity either way.

Only Tuesday, rumors were flying Galveston water was about to be shut off. Turns out, surprise, it is not.

But on Sunday, when it came to a photo of seniors flooded in an assisted living facility waiting to be rescued showing up on Twitter, reporter John Wayne Ferguson worked for hours to verify it. No one wants to get duped. Ferguson reached out to the original poster, who resides out of state, and who offered confirmation and a few specific details. Ferguson then made other calls to corroborate facts with other independent sources.

Only then, after reviewing all the facts, did The Daily News moved forward to publish the story.

If you see something or have something you’d like to share with us, please do at newsroom@galvnews.com. We are willing to do the legwork. After all, getting down to the truth is what we do best.

Leonard Woolsey: 409-683-5207; leonard.woolsey@galvnews.com

President & Publisher of The Galveston County Daily News.

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