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The $1 million League City council members agreed to spend on a hike and bike trail along the FM 518 bypass was a good investment and a pretty modest one compared to what some other communities are willing to devote to similar efforts.

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In studying Texas lawmakers’ efforts to buy back oyster licenses from willing owners to reduce over-harvesting, it’s hard not to see the potential for some audacious boondogglery.

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The Texas Coastal Resiliency Master Plan unveiled last week by the state’s General Land Office is an important document, no matter how many projects it recommends ever get built.

  • By DAVE MATHEWS
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It’s no secret Texas House Speaker Joe Straus was not a supporter of the bathroom bill that passed the Senate and is now in the House.

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Gov. Greg Abbott says the state may be all wrong in its attempts to limit the power of local governments to regulate things happening locally.

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Last week, we congratulated state Rep. Wayne Faircloth for introducing a bill that would reduce payments property-rich school districts must make to the state under the Robin Hood funding system.

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A surefire way to dampen developer interest in any city is to introduce bureaucratic speed bumps and political booby traps at every turn.

  • DAVE MATHEWS
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For those who think that constructing a border wall between Mexico and the United States will magically fix many of the nation’s woes, think again.

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Whether state lawmakers this session get around to doing anything about the absurdly inequitable school financing system is unlikely. Some lawmakers early on made it clear they had better things to do. The general consensus was that fixing school financing was too hard and required effort an…

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There’s plenty going on in the Texas Legislature this session to debate about and downright object to, but one vote by the House this week was irreproachable and indisputably right.

  • By LEONARD WOOLSEY
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“Plastic bags are actually the most environmentally friendly option for transporting groceries,” said state Sen. Bob Hall, an Edgewood Republican. Bans on plastic bags, he said, force consumers to use “resource heavy” alternatives, like paper and reusable bags.

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This is Sunshine Week, established by the American Society of News Editors and Reporters to encourage us to consider how important transparency in government is to democracy.

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Today starts the home stretch for the state’s legislature. This week, both houses can begin considering bills that had not been named as emergency priorities by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott before the session began.

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State Rep. Greg Bonnen’s decision to withhold pro forma support for a senior housing project to which the League City council had granted initial approval raises some interesting questions — academic, perhaps, but still interesting.

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It may be a hard sell during a legislative session when lawmakers are dealing with reduced revenue from malaise in the oil patch, but we urge them to support the bill Rep. Geanie Morrison, a Republican from Victoria, filed March 2.

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If you’d like to experience something truly impressive and good, reserve some time Thursday evening to attend the open house at Texas City Independent School District’s new Industrial Trades Center.

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Measuring the value of a museum in a community isn’t easy. Determining a museum’s role in a community and the breadth of its contributions requires a study of things that are intangible. But it’s something League City is going to have to do before it continues to plow public money into the B…

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We’re having trouble getting worked up by reports this week that the White House plans to cut off funding for state grants for a beach water- quality testing program.

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Nothing is apt to get a member of the Texas Legislature squawking and advocating for secession faster than some real or perceived federal intrusion on the state’s right to govern itself.

  • DAVE MATHEWS
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While by tradition not a formal state of the union address — presidents since Richard Nixon have waited until after their first year in office — President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress could take any sort of direction.

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Among the common answers when we ask local leaders to list things essential to quality of life and progress is institutions of higher education.

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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.

  • DAVE MATHEWS
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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.