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High Island public school trustees were right to put Superintendent D’Ann Vonderau on administrative leave while they investigate how she came to leave a loaded handgun unsecured in a school vehicle where students found it.

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Overshadowed by hot-button issues pushed by Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, two bills advanced during the closing days of the legislature that don’t incite the emotion of the bathroom fight or sanctuary cities, but are just as — if not more — important.

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We’re willing to wager most teachers don’t pursue their careers to abuse their power. In fact, most are likely inspired by altruism to enter a field not known for high pay or prestige. And most teachers are positive influences.

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Galveston council members should follow City Manager Brian Maxwell’s recommendation and loosen the regulations for taxi drivers to match the rules mandated by the state of Texas for ride-hailing services, which are taxi companies by another name.

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Sediment isn’t sexy. But we need to talk about it, because who should pay for removing sediment and debris from harbors is a serious subject. Sediment fills channels and harbors and removing it by dredging ensures U.S. ports remain open to all manner of vessel.

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A lot of us tend to have very heated reactions to instances of bullying. Part of that probably is because of the fundamental injustice typically involved in it; the strong intimidating the weak, the many tormenting the one, the ins ridiculing and shunning the outs.

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It’s obvious in retrospect, but we admit having had no idea that devotion to, and fear for the safety of, pets presented such a huge barrier to women wanting to leave abusive relationships.

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality should follow an administrative judge’s recommendation and require water testing by a company seeking to dump treated wastewater into a tributary flowing in Dickinson Bayou.

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Two things have become increasingly clear in the months since our reporting staff set out to explore the prevalence and consequences of bullying in schools and elsewhere.

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It seems odd to have a single week dedicated to celebrating the small businesses in our communities. If we look at the statistics, we should be doing this each and every day.

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When Port Neches- Groves Superintendent Rodney Cavness last year was asked about then-President Barack Obama’s directive requiring schools to let students use bathrooms according to their gender identity, he could have objected in any number of reasonable ways.

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Robin Hood may be a hero in a favorite children’s tale, but to parents, teachers and communities with the unusual combination of both high property values and high percentages of economically disadvantaged students, Robin Hood is a villain from which local school officials are seeking relief.

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Federal lawmakers should grant a small concession to Texas’ struggling shrimp industry, rather than delivering to it another blow for very little good reason.

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Editor’s note: Editorial Roundup is meant to provide Daily News readers with insight into what other Texas newspapers are saying about issues of local interest. It will appear Mondays.

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Bullying has always been around. So it’s easy for the older generation, looking back on school days, to dismiss the problem as a rite of passage and a normal part of life. Children will be children. And sometimes children can be exceptionally cruel, they argue.

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The Daily News on April 23 launched a major series of articles called “Bullied to the Brink,” in which we’ll attempt over about six weeks to illuminate what some authorities have called a national crisis — the prevalence and consequences of bullying in schools and in the larger community thr…

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It appears to us that two of Galveston’s most important institutions — the city and Park Board of Trustees — are drifting toward a confrontation in which someone has to win and someone has to lose.

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Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is asking President Donald Trump to build a wall of sorts that coastal residents and businesses can get behind — one designed to protect the lives and property from hurricanes such as Ike, which swamped the county in 2008.

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When government talks about seizing private property through eminent domain, Americans rightfully get their backs up. The notion runs counter to ideals in a nation founded by the belief that a right to property is fundamental and that government exists to protect private property.

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When alarm clocks go off Monday morning, you can rest assured a lot of children and teenagers will wake up afraid to go to school. They dread being verbally or physically tormented by a classmate or classmates. Or they worry about being excluded and shunned.

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May elections can be sad affairs. There are no national candidates on the ballots; most voters don’t even bother.

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It’s spring in Texas. That means some beautiful crystalline blue days; weather as near perfect as weather ever is.

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Like a lot of people in Galveston, Daily News editors Thursday were pondering the loss of Lyda Ann Thomas, the civic leader and former mayor who died Wednesday of cancer.

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News being what it is, it’s easy to start thinking that a lot is wrong with education these days. And while public schools are flying against headwinds stronger perhaps than ever before, there’s an awful lot going right with public education.

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Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees, and sometimes you can’t see the trees for the forest.

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Editor’s Note: This editorial was originally published in The Galveston Daily News on April 19, 1947. It’s reprinted here to mark the 70th anniversary of what remains today the worst industrial disaster in U.S. history.

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Each April, The Daily News pauses to recognize a special group of people in Galveston County who quietly make a difference in the lives of others.

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The Texas House State Affairs Committee today will hear two bills posing serious threats to your ability to stay informed about the operations of government entities funded with your tax dollars.

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Congress went home on recess without a palatable solution to the Affordable Care Act for Democrats and Republicans — not to mention acceptable to factions inside the Republican Party in Washington.

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You have, no doubt, noticed by now that your Daily News has changed. We’re flying a new flag, there are some new things to read and some things you usually see on Sundays aren’t where they were.

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One of life’s vexations for anyone with a home and at least a sliver of environmental conscience is what to do with household hazardous waste and other detritus that shouldn’t go into municipal refuse collection systems and end up in a landfill.

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We’re reassured by emergency management officials who insist construction on the three major evacuation routes from Galveston County won’t hinder people high-tailing it out of town when a hurricane threatens.