• By MARK CIAVAGLIA
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Last fall, over 70 members of the Texas City Independent School District community began meeting to assess the district’s facilities. Do the current facilities meet the existing needs of our students and teachers? What about in the future? Are our schools as safe and secure as our students a…

  • By EDNA COURVILLE
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We are fast approaching the date for the school bond election for Texas City Independent School District. If you are reading this, you most probably are cognizant of the fact that Texas City and La Marque ISDs are now one district. That means that our school community is one.

  • By JAMES E. DANIELS
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As we watched the commemoration of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and heard the divisive rhetoric from both sides, it became apparent that we need a concerted effort to bring back the sense of unity and dignity in this country.

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  • By ELIZABETH ANDERSON
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Galveston’s premier birding event, FeatherFest, begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday at 4700 Broadway in Galveston, thanks to the fine folks at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, who share their space each year.

  • By DAN FREEMAN
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“Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1927

  • By BONNIE CANAVAN HAYS
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When life gets tough — you discover your true friends. After a series of extremely difficult experiences, I know mine and one of them is The Jesse Tree.

  • By CONNIE RIKETTS
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In Texas, every nine minutes a child becomes a victim of abuse and neglect. And every day in Texas, 52 children enter the foster care system. In Texas alone there are 48,795 children in the foster care system on any given day. Sixty percent of the abused and neglected children in Texas are 6…

  • By HENRY FREUDENBURG
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If you are an apartment owner with eight or more units, who saw a big increase in your 2018 windstorm insurance premium from the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA), it may be a mistake. Contact your insurance agent.

  • By SALLY PACHULSKI
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In March 1959, Victor Emanuel was a freshman at Rice University studying and trying to decide on a major. He had a keen interest in birds, so when he received a call from a friend who said he had just seen a very rare Eskimo curlew in Galveston, Emanuel was tempted to go, but instead, decide…

  • By BILL KIENE
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As the advocates for building the coastal spine, also known as the Ike Dike, gear up to use the tragic flooding to our region by Hurricane Harvey to get the political machines working to build the project, let’s take a step back and discuss what the Ike Dike will and won’t do, and whether it…

  • By DIANE FALKENHAGEN
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I grew up in a creative household and discovered my passion for visual art at an early age. I am grateful my interests were nurtured and that I had the opportunity to pursue art as a profession. My artistic practice has rewarded me with much satisfaction in life, but you do not have to be an…

  • By JORDAN MACHA & JOANIE STEINHAUS
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While discussions of how to protect our coastal communities on the upper Texas coast is nothing new, the hurricane season of 2017 has strengthened the need and rhetoric around providing protection from ever increasing storms and its surge impacts.

  • By JACK ROADY
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Every April, the Office of Victims of Crime helps lead communities throughout the country in its annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. This year’s National Crime Victims’ Right…

  • By HARVEY CAPPEL
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Recently, I saw this yellow ball in the sky. Soon it came to me, it was the sun; we used to see it often, even in the winter. Before I realized what it was, I stayed exposed too long and this happened to me just as I was about to pass out from heat stroke. I met this martian from Mars. She t…

  • By ALLISON WINNIKE
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Cancer cases related to the human papillomavirus (HPV) have been heading in the wrong direction, while far too few teenagers in Texas are protected with a simple two-dose vaccine that is proving remarkably successful at preventing those cancers.

  • By JOHN H. RING
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Trish Hanks is running for Friendswood City Council Position 3 and I urge you to support her. My support for Trish Hanks is based upon knowing her in her capacity as a contributing resident to our city, as well as her professional career performance at all levels in the Friendswood Independe…

  • By BILLY A. WILLIAMS JR.
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My name is Billy A. Williams Jr., and I recently ran in the Democratic Primary for Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 in Galveston County. This precinct covers Crystal Beach, parts of La Marque, Galveston, Texas City and Hitchcock.

  • By DR. PRAVEEN GUTURU
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If the idea of getting a colonoscopy makes you grimace, you’re not alone. However, the procedure may not be as bad as you think — and it could save your life. Colorectal cancer is the No. 2 cancer killer in the United States. Early detection and regular screenings are key to avoiding this de…

  • By MARGARET LEE
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I wanted to clear some things up in regards to Bruce Luerson’s guest column (“You should vote against the TCISD bond proposition,” The Daily News, Feb. 26) regarding the Texas City Independent School District bond issue and its relation to Chapter 41 status.

  • By DAN FREEMAN
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There are a variety of reasons for the expense of our health care system — and I cannot begin to summarize them in 500 words or less. Arguably, the existence of investor-owned health care systems and insurance companies plays a major role. Making a profit from disease has not served our coun…

  • By REV. JAMES E. DANIELS
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As the observance of black history was coming to a close, individuals of all races had an opportunity to reflect on the effect that black history has had on their lives. There were many programs and events which were dedicated to the accomplishments of African-Americans; men and women on the…

  • By JACK CROSS
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In 1979, the state created central appraisal districts, CADs. Legislators wrote a tax law and appraisal procedures. The comptroller was assigned as the state bureau to be the governing agency for the districts. As the governing body, the comptroller has major influence on every aspect of the…

  • By ADRIENNE BELL
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I am a teacher. This national conversation of arming teachers to prevent gun violence in our schools, is disturbing. Texas teachers are trained to meet pedagogy and professional standards, that make learning relevant for today’s learners. Our responsibility does not, and should not, be that …

  • By CANDY HATTINGH
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When Little Jacob’s body washed up on our beach it became a stark reminder of something none of us want to know about. We just hope and pray we will never know the reality of it too close to home and don’t want to talk about it. Yet, in the shadow it grows, rearing its horrific head.

  • By LEE ANNE WILDE
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Since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I have sent my two children to school wondering if I will see them again in the afternoon. Every day. Every day I kiss them goodbye, hug them extra tightly and think of the parents who did exactly that the morning of that terrible event. Ev…

  • By HARRIS L. 'SHRUB' KEMPNER
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I typically vote in the Democrat primary. Not this time. There is one Republican race, in particular, in which I think the choice is crucial to our local needs and in which my vote has more effect than in many others.

  • By MARTY FLUKE
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In response to Suezette Griffin’s guest column (“Wayne Faircloth should apologize to constituents,” The Daily News, Feb. 10): You missed the point of my letter (“Middleton campaign owes Faircloth an apology,” The Daily News, Jan. 25). The point is that it is, at a minimum disingenuous, and p…

  • By ALVIN SALLEE
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Walking out on the front yard each morning I wonder what the op-ed page will reveal today and whether it will it warm up. Something new and no fog is my hope.

  • By BRUCE LUERSON
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A recent committee recommendation to the Texas City Independent School District school board to issue a $136 million bond has been accepted by the board and will appear on the ballot in May.

  • By KITTY ALLEN
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When I retired last year after a long career in governmental affairs and public health care, I felt I still had a lot to offer. The time seemed right to go into public service and I filed to run in the Democratic primary for Justice of the Peace in Galveston County’s Precinct 3.

  • By ELAINE KOSTY
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In the race for county judge, Mark Henry has been screaming he does not want anything said about his personal relationships. After looking at his troubled relationship with “the truth” it is easy to see why he is demanding everyone shut up.

  • By CAPT. CHRISTOS SOTIRELIS
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As mariners, we know firsthand what can go wrong when fog robs us of our visual references at sea. As Texans who make our livings on the waterways, we have a special appreciation and profound love for our state’s coast.

  • By GERHARD MEINECKE
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When trying to make informed election decisions, I look for factual perspectives about candidates and expected such in recent columns by Ray Holbrook (“Don’t vote for Cox in the county judge election,” The Daily News, Jan. 31) and Shawn Phillips (“Told you Lonnie Cox is a bad judge,” The Dai…

  • By JIM BULGIER
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After being in office many years, some elected officials forget who they are working for. This is called the incumbency syndrome, where politicians identify more with lobbyist than voters and forget that government exists to serve the people — not vice versa.

  • By LEWIS ROSEN
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As a former mayor, I’ve learned to pay close attention to the actual words candidates use to describe their positions, particularly when it comes to local taxation. So, this direct quote caught my eye in a campaign piece from the millionaire oilman running against our Texas Representative Wa…

  • By RICHARD CHAPA
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The Texas City Independent School District Industrial Trades Center is a program that was implemented to support students across Galveston County, as well as the industry workforce. Center administrators worked with industry and community representatives to design the programs in need. That …

  • By JERI KINNEAR
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I read Gov. Greg Abbott’s glowing endorsement of Mayes Middleton over Republican incumbent Wayne Faircloth (“Spurning incumbent, Abbott endorses Middleton,” The Daily News, Jan. 10) for the District 23 house seat. Following that, I went to Middleton’s campaign website where the governor’s en…

  • By DOUG MCLEOD
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Politics has always been a contact sport, but it seems to be especially rough this election cycle. “Low E” and even less civility appear to be radiating out of several local incumbents’ offices, while the school children of Texas, vital flood control projects, and property tax burdens are no…

  • By RAYMOND LEWIS
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Usually when a friend is aware that I am a regent at Galveston College, their first question is, “How’s the college?” They don’t "really" want to know. Kind of like, “How are you this morning” when they really don’t want the answer. My response is always, “The college is doing well.” Here’s …

  • By BILL SARGENT
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Ensuring viable red snapper fishing requires accurate data on the size of the fishery and the number of fish being caught. Clearly, everyone wants a strong fishery for years and generations to come. Presently, the National Marine Fisheries Service evaluates the data, data which is often chal…

  • By DON JOHNSON
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At a candidate forum in League City, Mark Henry accused me of causing political races in Galveston County to be unusually bitter and personal. This was one of many factually inaccurate statements.