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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This space generally is devoted to the thoughts and opinions of The Daily News Editorial Board, a small group that meets to discuss and debate issues of compelling interest facing our local communities, state and nation.

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Call us old-fashioned here at The Galveston County Daily News, but we’re not getting into the game of “fake news.”

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The recent reporting of what could be nothing short of hateful behavior toward a Galveston businessman is disappointing if not outright insulting to our community.

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As early voting begins today, what is of equal, if not more, importance than the presidential race for Galveston County voters are the local races.

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In July, a record number of passengers boarded ships in Galveston. With more than 90,000 people embarking on cruises with Royal Caribbean Cruises and Carnival Cruise Lines, port officials predict about 870,000 cruise passengers will leave from Galveston this year, which would be an increase …

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Pretty frequently, we devote this space to the promotion of worthy local causes. Today, we’re taking the space on our own behalf, but also on behalf of Galveston County teachers, students, literacy, civic-mindedness and newspapers in general.

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Art is in the eye of the beholder — and that is exactly what a Houston artist who goes by GONZO247, the Houston Zoo, and the local Galveston Park Board of Trustees hopes happens to those walking along the sandy shoreline beneath Galveston’s seawall.

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Many of us awoke this morning already able to begin the long Fourth of July Weekend, which — considering watermelon, barbecue, fireworks, the beach, parades and the fact that it’s held in the USA — is among the best holidays on the calendar, in our humble opinion.

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More than 1,400 volunteers gathered one week ago, to collect trash along Galveston beaches as part of the annual Texas Adopt-a-Beach spring cleanup.

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During the past month on its Sunday Lifestyle front page, The Daily News began a series looking at the issues facing both teenagers and their parents.

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Hundreds of news organizations, civic groups, libraries, nonprofit groups and even some governmental subdivisions are celebrating Sunshine Week — which is not about the weather, but instead is meant to drum up awareness about the importance of open government and the dangers of its alternative.

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Galveston County has a stormy history. The county still bares the scars from Hurricane Ike in 2008; Tuesday was the 32nd anniversary of Hurricane Alicia; and Sunday marked 100 years since the 1915 storm, which was the second major storm to hit Galveston in the 20th century. 

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Several things are worth noting in the story of the Gustafson family of Friendswood.

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No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family,” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote. “In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”

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In an ongoing effort to engage our readers and encourage debate, The Galveston County Daily News made a few adjustments to the guidelines for posting comments in the GalvNews.com forums.

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The U.S. Supreme Court this week heard a case that could expand the definition of legal marriage to include a binding action between two individuals, regardless of sexual orientation. 

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State Rep. Jason Villalba, a Dallas Republican, has proposed legislation that would make it a crime, a Class B misdemeanor, for ordinary citizens to get within 25 feet to film, photograph or otherwise document a police officer performing his duties.

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Recent news about former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s decision to use her personal email account exclusively for government business shows the ongoing battle over the public’s right to know what our officials are doing, and those officials’ constant efforts to hide their actions from the light of public scrutiny.

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Galveston City Council is scheduled to vote Thursday on a sweeping revision of the city’s land-use regulations. The document at issue has been four years in the making and is meant to shape the city’s character for the next 50 or so years. 

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Congratulations to Galveston Ball High graduate and now Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans on being named a finalist for NFL Rookie of the Year.