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Anybody who cares about and supports preserving the great American outdoors has got to oppose President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall or a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Questions of whether and how much were settled last week when Clear Creek Independent School District’s board voted unanimously to call a $487 million bond election for May.

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Mardi Gras Galveston gets underway this evening with events including the Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade Parade and the George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Honoree Parade, this year held in recognition of Larry Del Papa of Del Papa Distributing Co.

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In the middle of an increasingly ugly storm surrounding immigration and refugee travel, Galveston Mayor Jim Yarbrough stepped forward Monday night to offer a sincere gesture of kindness and compassion.

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Congratulations are in order for Michael Mierzwa, former director of the Port of Galveston, who today is being honored by the American Association of Port Authorities with its 2017 Cruise Award for “his diverse and highly impactful maritime career and a recognition of his legacy in the AAPA …

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One of the least apparent, but most important, benefits of a school board decision to close Coastal Village Middle School in Galveston is that it will allow for an expansion of the Moody Early Childhood Center, both of which are housed in a building at 1110 21st St.

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When the Democratic-controlled Congress in 2009 pushed through the Affordable Care Act, Republicans were quick to complain the measure was done too fast. It was a reasonable complaint and both parties agree that the act now needs a fairly major overhaul.

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Whatever else League City’s council decides when it meets Tuesday to consider revising its governance policy and rules of procedure, it should substantially improve, and probably better, kill, the parts governing how ethics complaints are managed.

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Anyone hoping Clear Creek Independent School District’s Facility Advisory Committee would substantially cut the amount of a bond issue under consideration for a May election is probably disappointed.

Anyone interested in the future success of Galveston public schools should plan to attend a special meeting scheduled for Thursday evening.

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A lot of us probably avoid thinking much about the environment. That’s understandable. It’s a huge issue — among a few that are truly “global” — and it’s worrisome.

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While we still have hope that Rep. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, and the working group he is heading, will come up with a real plan to reform the state's school finance system, it is looking to be an uphill battle.

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It may or may not be true that League City is a difficult place to do business. What matters, is that some developers have that perception. And fair or not, perception is everything.

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We won’t presume to say who’s right in the legal disputes between the state’s windstorm insurer of last resort and school districts, cities and a community college waiting for nearly $52 million in Hurricane Ike claims.

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Galveston County Commissioners Court deserves praise for negotiating a contract with the state in a way that saves taxpayers money. In doing so, the commissioners quashed an unnerving and vaguely offensive effort by the state to pass off one of its costs of doing business to local governments.

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The League City Regional Chamber of Commerce, home to the fastest-growing population in Galveston County, is not unlike many other communities. Beyond the new faces, some with national identities, there are countless small- and medium-sized businesses that have helped create the foundation f…

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After Hurricane Ike, Galveston tied itself in knots on what to do about the public housing units destroyed in the storm. The debate was pointless and destructive. But it certainly made a difference in Galveston’s history. Largely as a result of that debate, a new mayor and council were elect…

  • By LEONARD WOOLSEY
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For too long riding a bike along the streets of Galveston was considered child’s play. As a matter of fact, many cyclists consider doing so dangerous.

  • By HEBER TAYLOR
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Image this: It’s 2037, and some Galvestonians are looking through the files of The Daily News, trying to figure out what their grandparents were doing in 2017 to make the city better.

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It’s easy to get annoyed with people like Phillip Turner. After all, Turner on Nov. 4 last year was looking for trouble and complained when he found it. In conducting what he called a “First Amendment audit” to test Galveston police officers’ knowledge of laws regarding our rights as citizen…

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The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce on Thursday will kick off the annual Lemonade Day Galveston County event. Now in its sixth year, the youth entrepreneurial program has grown from a few hundred participants on the island to well over 1,000 participants throughout Galveston County. L…

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Today, many Americans will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as a moment to celebrate the life of a man who helped change how America views itself.

  • By LEONARD WOOLSEY
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This week, the Galveston Independent School District began the arduous process of determining the pathway forward with a series of meetings to gather public input — the first of which occurred Tuesday night.

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Congratulations are in order for Ball High School’s Media Arts and Digital Technology program, which planned to debut a 24-hour online radio station called K-Tor “The Tornado” at 6 a.m. today.

  • By LEONARD WOOLSEY
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Friday night, the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual event and meeting at Moody Gardens Convention Center. The local chamber, now 171 years old, uses this high-profile event to recognize individuals and businesses who not only make an important difference in our comm…

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Can the city of Galveston win, or, more likely, simply improve in its ancient struggle with code violations through an internet-based tracking system?

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The League City council should support an item proposed by Councilman Hank Dugie and Mayor Pat Hallisey that would add a public comments section to all city boards and commissions.

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There’s some good in the fact that several elected officials have taken interest in a controversial application to dump treated industrial wastewater into a Galveston Bay tributary.

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As it works to resolve budget shortfalls and faces millions of dollars in building repairs, the Galveston Independent School District has some belt-tightening and tough decisions ahead. There’ll be talk of closing buildings and selling surplus property. The district will even consider reconf…

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Suggesting that supreme courts ought to do something is a lot like suggesting that giant blocks of concrete or granite ought to do something. They tend not to listen and just sit there monolithic, untouchable and immovable.

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Odds are if you are reading this newspaper, you are already a fan of Galveston County. The mix of breathtaking nature, diverse cultures, unique people, powerful industry and downright good-hearted community is second to none. I’d challenge you to find a comparable small stretch of land (only…