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This week’s prestigious “No Truer Words Were Spoken” award goes to County Commissioner Darrell Apffel, who told the unvarnished truth about the proposed Pelican Island Bridge.

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The ceremony Thursday to mark the opening of two mixed-income housing developments in Galveston was a milestone.

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The public recently spent millions to rebuild beaches in front of the seawall. And so many islanders watched Wednesday as high tides from Tropical Storm Cindy scoured sand off those beaches. Should we be dismayed?

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It was a small but telling thing that the new Galveston Wharves Board of Trustees decided to form an executive committee.

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Friday’s news that Texas City Independent School District would have to return $8 million in the form of a tax refund to Valero Energy Corp. was rife with irony.

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Obviously, there are questions among residents and interest groups about the city council’s plan, led by Mayor Jim Yarbrough, to review how the park and wharves boards of trustees are managing certain municipal assets.

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Galveston’s Park Board of Trustees this week is asking people to voice their support to state officials for funding two local projects with money from a pot awarded to Texas as part of various settlements over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The battle over state and local control of several issues continued last week as Dallas officials said they would join other cities in fighting the recently enacted “sanctuary cities” measure.

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Taxpayers should be tuning in over the next few months because two governmental entities that haven’t attempted to issue bond debt in years are contemplating referendums, perhaps as early as November.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday called a special session of the Legislature for July 18, which gives locals interested in maintaining quality in public education a little less than two months to lobby on behalf of that worthy cause.

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In one week, the American political scene saw one state lawmaker threaten a colleague and a comedian hold up a bloody mask of the president and then defend herself by saying President Donald Trump and his team have a sexist vendetta against her.

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For the third year, Galveston residents have an opportunity to hear directly from two of the city’s key municipal leaders during a State of the City event.

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At 3 p.m. today, take a moment from watching the ballgame, from eating barbecue or from other Memorial Day activities with friends and family and just for a moment remember those who died in U.S. military service.

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Bullies aren’t born. They’re made. Although some authorities say children can be born with a disposition to bully, the environment in which they’re reared makes all the difference.

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A s much as it did anything else, the Galveston City Council put itself on notice Thursday when it approved a moratorium on development along Broadway.

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How hard should the government have to work at informing you about a proposed tax rate increase? If Senate Bill 669 passes the Texas Legislature with an amendment tagged on at the last minute, the government can simply post notice of its intent to raise your taxes on its website and call it a day.

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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.