The potential amendment represents a re-zoning request at its core, but it also illustrates the city’s struggle to increase the amount of commercial entities in the city.
The potential amendment represents a re-zoning request at its core, but it also illustrates the city’s struggle to increase the amount of commercial entities in the city.
Joseph Spears went missing from Mississippi in July 1973. On Wednesday, authorities exhumed the body of an unidentified boy killed three weeks after the disappearance.
Members of the athletics department, faculty and staff have made a concerted effort to reach out and engage students at the University of Houston.
Clear Springs and Clear Creek walked away with plenty of hardware from the Deer Park Varsity Invitational tennis tournament, which concluded Saturday at Clear Brook High School.
City Manager Brian Maxwell has for months now been sponsoring a discussion about how Galveston — both the city and Park Board of Trustees — can better manage events such as foot races that cover a lot of ground and cause street closures or otherwise impede residents’ ability to get around town.
Valentine’s Day scares the daylights out of most men.
Kidnappers have the upper-hand and are not prone to returning someone just because they are a handful.
The 60th — count ‘em, 60 — Treasure Ball found the Moody Gardens Convention Center was filled with a standing-room-only crowd to applaud the 2016 Royal Court. The queen was Erial Jade Cromie, daughter of Jay and Dawn Godinich Cromie (Lady -in-Waiting and Aide to the King in 1992, led the Old Galveston Family with 40 years’ worth of ties to the TB.)
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Follow Me Crev won the $65,000 feature for older horses by 2 1/2 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Jamie Weisner scored from deep and on slashing drives and tied career-highs with 27 points and four steals as No. 8 Oregon State built an early lead and cruised to a 72-53 victory over Utah on Sunday.
Each year as we get closer to the month of February I begin to receive calls and emails inviting me to be a guest speaker for Black History Month. I know black history is important, but I do not believe it should only be discussed during February.
When you are being pursued romantically, you typically expect flowers, candy, food, music, poetry and an assortment of other strategies. We know: the gentle pursuer will try anything.
Walk the walk of preservation and education as well as you talk the talk.
For the past four years, we have hosted the annual community awareness event, Hand in Hand for Lupus Awareness Walk, in the Galveston County area.
Dan Freeman’s recipe for curing public school education problems, (“Making Lone Star state best in education,” The Daily News, Feb. 4), doesn’t really address the underlying problems.
The Galveston Central Appraisal District estimates the Port of Galveston’s value at $105 million. A market return of 7.5 percent, usual for real estate, would generate income of about $7.9 million.
When President Theodore Roosevelt presented the National Park Service initiative to Congress he met great opposition. After making little progress with Congress, Roosevelt focused on the public by hosting The Conference of Governors in 1908. Roosevelt’s agenda was to achieve his conservation efforts and to cast conservation as a public, rather than private, and moral, rather than economic, issue.
Iread with interest the guest column by Charlotte O’Rouke (“Historic Districts: Know the real costs” The Daily News, Feb. 5). Since the early 1970s, I have owned and remodeled three historic Galveston houses and consulted in the remodel of several others.
It’s been said that volunteers are seldom paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.
Galveston Historical Foundation was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and reincorporated in 1954 as a nonprofit organization devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the past 60 years, the foundation has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency and stewardship of historic properties. Island businesses, individuals and families have witnessed, for 145 years, the value and positive impact history and historic preservation make in our community.
It is characteristically Galveston to read a 2016 Daily News editorial (“Is giving the city more of the port’s money the right move?” The Daily News, Feb. 7) opposing a proposal that attempts to fulfill the 1940 promise made by this same newspaper’s editorial page. In 1940, Galveston voters went to the polls to decide if they should purchase the remaining portion of the port they did not own. A 1940 Daily News editorial:
The Constitution of the United States of America guarantees freedom of speech to all American citizens. Nowhere does it guarantee protection from “hurt feelings” or “political correctness.” Let’s “stop the madness” and cut straight to the issues.
Would you buy property or live in a Galveston historic district? Would your decision change based on whether the property is located in a national or local historic district?
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In 2015, the Galveston Island Humane Society took in more than 3,000 stray animals; 2,300 of those lost, homeless, or unwanted pets were brought in by the Animal Services Unit of the Galveston Police Department. Unfortunately, many of these animals were never reunited with their owners. Licensing your pet helps ensure your pet will be returned safely.
“The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”
Gold is without rival as a symbol of value and wealth. However, there was a time in early human history when iron was more valuable than gold. However, iron is not rare. Once economical means were developed to separate iron from its abundant ores, iron became much less precious.
Gina Spagnola is president of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Hot off the press. Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees annual report — read it and smile. The report is chock-full of good news.
Winter holidays are past and outdoor decorations are stored. But here on the coast some trees are still adorned with lovely yellow and orange globes — citrus. For weeks I’ve enjoyed kumquats from my small tree’s bumper crop thanks to generous fall rains. A friend has harvested 900 plus Meyer lemons. There are some huge grapefruit down the street. Not to mention oranges, limes, satsumas, loquats and tangerines — there are dozens of varieties of citrus, many of which can be grown right here.
It is that time of year again on Galveston Island and in the rest of the world. It is a season for parties, parades and king cakes. But many of us don’t know what the origin is and why we have these celebrations. Back in the day, before World War II, my Aunt Theresa Deasy was Queen of the Mardi Gras here in Galveston. Probably her favorite title ever, well, other than grandma.
As I stood at the base of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, in my heart and mind, I reflected on the effect the civil rights movement had on me and the community in which I grew up. I stood and gave thanks for the life and legacy of Dr. King and for the four ex-slaves who came, settled and founded what would come to be known as the Settlement. Because of their visions and hopes, men and women came from many miles to join the Settlement. These honest and decent people partnered with citizens of Highlands to become known as La Marque.
On Jan. 18th, during the Martin Luther King Day Unity Prayer Circle at St. Vincent’s Episcopal House in Galveston, a number of Galveston religious leaders offered prayers and reflections on the the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his legacy, and the importance of his leadership.
I am a retired professor of government, having taught at major Texas universities and Galveston County’s two community colleges. On Jan. 17th, I watched the Democratic debate. It terrified me.
Soon many people will participate in the time honored tradition of taking their dirty rugs outside to beat the nasty out of them. Which reminds me — we have an election coming up.
Let me begin by saying that Michael A. Smith’s editorial regarding La Marque ISD is disrespectful to the community who supports the elected board members of LMISD and their decision making (Paxton should act while there’s still some lump-sum to recover, The Daily News, Jan. 17).
In response to the letter by Jake Feigle (“Obama’s report card shows he has definitely failed,” The Daily News, Jan. 13): I am certain that Feigle wasn’t authorized by some presidential grading commission to prepare the report card on President Barack Obama and conclude that Feigle was merely presenting his opinion on the President’s performance. Feigle gives the President an “F” on a balanced budget.
Fiscal accountability requires government spending to remain within the limits of revenue. Every level of government should mandate a balanced budget.
Nationwide each year 450,000 individuals receive medical treatment for burn care. UTMB Health Blocker Burn Unit, a center of clinical excellence, is the world’s most productive burn care and research facility. As a social worker who worked with burn survivors for more than 12 years, I have had the privilege of meeting some extraordinary and resilient individuals. The remarkable survivors and their incredible stories compelled me to write a grant to the UTMB President’s Cabinet. Their amazing stories of survival should be shared with others. Burn Survivors’ Journeys: Real Stories of Challenges, Strength, and Triumph, an anthology of short stories of burn survivors, funded by the UTMB President’s Cabinet, will include original art on its cover.
One of the most important books of 2015 was published in Galveston.
In response to the guest column by Bob Fields (“Bush, Obama had different motives in Iraq,” The Daily News, Dec. 22): The writer suggests that a previous guest column gets the idea of partisan politics (as an enabler of a terrorist presence in Syria) half right. Here’s why the writer is half wrong. The Bush Doctrine started in 2001 with his unilateral withdrawal from the ABM Treaty and his rejection of the Kyoto Protocol. Bush replaced the heretofore successful U.S. strategy of deterrence and containment known as the “Truman Doctrine” with a strategy of “unilateralism;” i.e. pre-emptive strikes against immediate security threats, a willingness to unilaterally pursue U.S. military interests, and an effort to affect “Democratic Regime Change.” It is within this last part of the strategy where Bush defied the successful diplomatic policy the U.S. had employed since becoming a world power.
Too many young people lack strong and sustained relationships with caring adults, putting them at serious risk. An estimated 8.5 million youth don’t have caring adults in their lives, and those from disadvantaged homes and communities are overrepresented in this number. All the research tells us that young people who lack a strong relationship with a caring adult while growing up are much more vulnerable to a host of difficulties, ranging from academic failure to involvement in serious risky behaviors.
In response to the guest column by Mike McAfee (“Don’t kick scientific evidence to the curb,” The Daily News, Dec. 17): McAfee says the hockey stick science is irrefutable. Not so.
He was born on Aug 12, 1862, in Springfield, Illinois, to German Jewish immigrant parents. They named their son Julius.
Mr. and Mrs. Candidate, from left to right, please don’t waste your words on me when you say:
Adog doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his. — John Grogan (Marley and Me)
Ipreviously wrote that the Galveston City Council’s consideration of providing itself compensation in the form of pay, as well as insurance, was self-serving (“City council move demonstrably self-serving,” The Daily News, Dec. 24). Additionally, when you add term extensions and elimination of term limits, you’re brewing an elixir of career professional politicians that, in my humble opinion, have no place in Galveston.
In her article (“Former La Marque ISD board members’ challenge move to Travis County,” The Daily News, Dec. 29), Marissa Barnett reported that not only had the former board members voted to spend $300,000 to hire Tritico Rainey, but the money had been paid in a lump sum. Barnett quotes Christopher Tritico as saying, “It’s a flat fee … that money has been paid.”
In response to the guest column by Joe Concienne “A fatal disease” (The Daily News, Dec. 30): Joe are you trying to get us to believe 99 percent is 50 percent or intuitive is a disease or do you just intend mathematical confusion? Actually, I think you’re not paying enough for your wine Joe. Now don’t get upset; I’m not Trump and Joe is a good friend. He wouldn’t expect any less from me. I’ve got some better numbers to share with you; you too, Joe.
When defining dignity, words like “quality of being worthy of honor and respect” appear. Our greatest task is the quest itself; seeking, pursuing, building character, empowering young men and men to search from within themselves, grabbing from the inner-being of greatness.
Michael Moriarty’s guest column addresses a city council agenda item that concerned the possible inclusion of a charter amendment ballot selection designed for elected city council members to be paid (“Council move demonstrably self-serving,” The Daily News, Dec. 24). Moriarty writes “ … it is historically the desire to serve the public that drives individuals to apply for board positions or throw their names into a hat for election knowing, in advance, there is no paycheck associated with their service.”
In my early life I lived and worked with highly educated and extremely focused individuals. They have analytical thinking and they don’t take any news for granted. That is why they are scientists.
There’s an economic theory that says every dollar a person spends on a product or service generates at least 1.5 times more in the local economy. That’s because that dollar goes not only into the business, but parts of it also go toward wages, overhead, and the like. The receiving individuals and entities likewise spend their parts of that dollar in a never-ending cycle.
If you say the “wrong thing” in America today, you could be penalized, fired or even taken to court. Political correctness is running rampant, and it is absolutely destroying this nation.
As I read the editorials and opinion sections of The Daily News, I had cause to wonder where all of this concern for our children and community was during the steady decline of La Marque Independent School District. I have been degraded simply because I supported superintendent Terri Watkins and the school board. Yes, I did support that team — and I still do. Some people have had the unmitigated gall to say that I should mind my own business. For the record, I have family members who are related to the four freed slaves of the settlement. My immediate family settled here in 1936.
Iwas in a hurry driving to work this morning, with so much on my mind and running behind as usual.
Thank you for the news. Perhaps I am in a minority. However, when I think in terms of “public service,” I think in terms of volunteerism and in the context of members of Galveston city boards and council, it is historically the desire to serve the public that drives individuals to apply for board positions or throw their names into a hat for election knowing, in advance, there is no paycheck associated with their service. With the exception of a single district, I do not recall Galveston ever having a problem attracting candidates for city council.
Drunken driving is a national epidemic. Each year, drunken-driving crashes kill more than 10,000 people in America. Galveston County Community Coalition of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol wants to remind all drivers with an important message about this deadly, preventable crime because “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.”
Neil G Baron’s guest column (“Partisan politics enables terrorists presence in Syria,” The Daily News, Dec. 7) argues that the ascendancy of ISIS in Iraq and Syria “can be directly traced to politically motivated foreign policy decisions by leaders of both American political parties” is halfway right. I.E. President Bush’s reasons for invading Iraq were not about burnishing his political image here at home; however, Obama’s pullout of Iraq was exactly that. The distinction is necessary since Baron is apparently oblivious to it.
Editor’s Note: Susan Criss, who is one of the Nothing Left Unsaid columnists, invited a guest to write this week’s column. Nothing Left Unsaid will return next week.
Caring. United Way of Galveston is asking you to show your compassion and caring by giving to the 2015 Annual Giving Campaign. This year we are finding ourselves short of reaching our campaign goal of $1.1 million dollars as the end of the year rapidly approaches. Please don’t be mistaken that achieving the goal is most important as the goal is simply a measurement of funds raised. What is truly important is the level of funding that our member agencies will receive as a result of meeting or exceeding our goal.
Snow falls rarely on a semi-tropical island such as Galveston where I grew up. And while one of those times was on Christmas (Dec. 2005), the "white Christmas" of my childhood was merely a tune or a story or a picture in a book. Our small home on Perry Avenue was one bath, one phone, one stay-at-home mom, one dad, three kids and countless pets.
Take a look at the world of 2015 as we approach Christmas. It seems that in every direction, men are at each others throats in a constant death struggle — it is what you call war. The world bristles with military might.
Recently two retired old guys went metal detecting in Lobit Park in League City.
Who are the Galveston County Master Gardeners? They are 240 members of the local community. They are willing to learn and able to communicate a wealth of horticultural knowledge to diverse groups. They are very enthusiastic and have fun helping others in the community to enjoy gardening. What really sets Galveston County Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their specialized training in horticulture and their horticultural knowledge of the surrounding area.
In response to the guest column by Robert Hart “A history of the climate” (The Daily News, Dec. 10): Hart attempts to define the pattern of glacial epochs as proof positive that climate change is a hoax perpetrated on the citizens of the planet as a means of creating a “one world government.”
Holiday spirit is everywhere. The end of the old year sharpens our focus like a laser elevating things we think are more important than the pedestrian weight of daily work and life. Families, social clubs, schools, churches all plan special events to bring people together to share the warmth of kinship defined by the various groups we join. It is so important we even fight over how we greet each other and whether coffee cups express the right sentiment.
The recent catastrophes in San Bernadino, California, in France, in Sinai Desert in Egypt, in Mali as well as in Tunisia are extremely criminalistics and unfortunate. Whatever amount of sorrow or sadness that is devastating my heart will not by any means suffice to minimize or revert these disastrous events.
By Galveston College