• By MICHAEL C. JOZWIAK
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Every so often branches of government work against their own interests, and the city of Galveston is no exception. We thrive on tourism when visitors flock over the island like seagulls to enjoy our beaches for months.

  • By ALVIN SALLEE
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When I tell someone I am from Galveston they usually sort of sing the first three words, “Galveston, oh Galveston.” We Galvestonians have all heard the response, it gets old. That’s all of the song they know. Maybe they recall Glen Campbell made the song famous.

  • By JOE JAWORSKI
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Nazis blew their one chance at being members of the human race in the 1931-45 time frame. So, anyone who dredges up the images, icons, salutations and rhetoric of Adolf Hitler and his band of monsters is not to be coddled or protected.

  • By DALE TAYLOR
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The monument we have at the Galveston County courthouse is a symbol of Confederate war service.

  • By KENDALL GUIDROZ
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Imagine a tranquil walk on the beach at sunrise. You reach down to pick up that perfect seashell … but wait. What’s that next to it — a filthy plastic bag! Trash doesn’t belong on our Galveston beaches for many reasons. It spoils the natural beauty, pollutes our Gulf of Mexico and is a hazar…

  • By JERI KINNEAR
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I was somewhat dismayed by the Aug. 10 council workshop discussion of the East End Lagoon and the use of hotel occupancy tax (trickle down) funds from the convention center. Hotel occupancy tax funds in this year’s city budget (2018) are close to $3 million.

  • By KAELEY TRILLER HAVER
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In the midst of a national voyeurism epidemic, the Texas Privacy Act (SB 3 and HB 46) is a common-sense solution to a problem that shouldn’t even exist. But its opponents argue that it unfairly discriminates against transgender individuals.

  • By RALPH MCMORRIS
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Recently, I explored the Stewart Beach Pavilion. Though not a structural engineer, I would bet it is the most solid structure on the island. Think of all the storms it has survived. There is not a crack to be found!

  • By MELISSA TUCKER
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The health care industry is undergoing massive change, with a focus on reduced cost, improved health outcomes and enhanced customer experience. Although we all agree on the goals, it does not mean this change is easy. The members of the community that rely on Gulf Coast Center for services k…

  • By WILLIAM WINSLADE
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Silvia Bunge, an acclaimed neuroscientist will deliver the fourth talk in the Robert and Russell Moody Lecture Series: “Children and Adolescent Brains: How Do They Change?”

  • By JOE CONCIENNE
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George Black was instrumental in my wife and I joining the First Lutheran Church of Galveston. He (along with wife Sherry) also literally paved the way for us to get involved with church activities. George had a way of doing that.

  • By SANDY CODY
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Is your small- to medium-sized business prepared to survive the physical and financial devastation of a natural disaster? Hurricanes impact Texas Gulf Coast businesses of all sizes, but smaller businesses can be the most severely impacted for a number of reasons.

  • By RODNEY DUNKLEE
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State Sen. Larry Taylor and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s starting proposal for this session’s private school voucher plan is to have the state provide $10,000 per student. They authorized the state to pay only $5,140 for other public school students. Average per student spending in our state is ar…

  • By SAM COLLINS III and NORMAN PAPPOUS
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Largely due to the 2008 financial crisis, America’s debt more than doubled, as a percentage of gross domestic product, between 2007 and 2015. However, even after the crisis, the debt continued to expand at an unsustainable rate.

  • By MARY MCCLURE
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It simply cannot be overstated. Galveston County is extraordinarily lucky to have a Community Health Center as modern, well-equipped and beautiful as Coastal Health & Wellness. Our two clinics, in Texas City and Galveston, rival and often surpass many private practices. In fact, our new …

  • By JOE CONCIENNE
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In response to the article (“Industrial Beatdown?” The Daily News, July 31): The reoccurring property tax controversies around Texas concerning oil refinery taxable value could be solved relatively easily.

  • By REV. JAMES E. DANIELS
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As a former star scout in Boy Scout Troop No. 238, even with the many years that have passed since, I was appalled at the message that President Trump espoused to the scouts that attended the National Boy Scout Jamboree.

  • By GERHARD MEINECKE
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Can an orchestra perform a Mozart concert without violins, as well as with them? That is the same kind of question I asked myself when the leader of the Senate’s majority party said if “we” can’t get it done we have to move to a plan B: Work with the other side.

  • By LILLIAN BORRONE
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Since colonial times, America’s wealth and prosperity has been tied to the free flow of maritime commerce in and out of U.S. ports. Today, a robust marine transportation system supports the movement of a massive amount of goods across the globe.

  • By ALVIN SALLEE
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A few years ago while sitting in an Austin midtown hotel restaurant, I observed a very interesting reaction on the part of almost every man in the place. A low wall separated the tables from the main hall leading back to the convention rooms.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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It has been a rough summer on the upper Texas coast up to this point, and this has led to some cause and effect incidents that are both interesting and tragic. We’ve had a persistent strong wind for most of the season, resulting in strong lateral current and surf. This has, in turn, led to a…

  • By HARVEY CAPPEL
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I was raised on a small farm. We had three or four cows, a dozen or so chickens, a pig, a few geese and 140 rabbits. Yes rabbits are as easy to grow as weeds.

  • By JENNIFER NEWTON
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Parents, you’ve probably heard many messages about the importance of talking to your teenager about alcohol, setting the standard that underage drinking is illegal, unsafe and unacceptable.

  • By KEITH G. HENRY
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Recently, while visiting family on the mainland, I promised my 16-year-old cousin that I would play him in a game of basketball to solidify my title as the families’ greatest athlete, albeit self-proclaimed. It may have been a foolish feat for me, as my budding teenage relative is 6 feet, 2 …

  • By MELVIN WILLIAMS
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It was 1964 and then President Lyndon Baines Johnson asked Congress to pass legislation that would address the plight facing our most vulnerable citizens, i.e., the poor. The legislation passed was to become known as The War on Poverty or the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, and was signed …

  • By MICHAEL DUDAS
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Ball High School students and Randalls have joined forces again this year for a special two-week, in-store promotion to kick off the 37th annual ABC13 “Share Your Holidays” food drive in Galveston. This year’s in-store initiative runs through July 30. This special “Christmas in July” promoti…

  • By STEVE PATERSON
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On June 28 at the University of Texas Medical Branch’s League City campus, community and business leaders as well as elected officials were invited to the “Bay Area Boom” event.

  • By CURTISS BROWN
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In his July 13 letter to the editor, Marion C. Medwedeff called the current investigation of President Trump a waste of time and taxpayer money. His letter was headlined as “Stop the investigation against President Trump.” I agree with Medwedeff’s plea. Medwedeff’s theory was Trump could par…

  • By BOB SENTER
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On Tuesday, the Texas Legislature will reconvene in Austin for a special session called by Gov. Greg Abbott. This is the first called special session since 2013. In 2013, PolitiFact Texas estimated that a one month special session would cost between $716,000 and $819,000 in lawmaker and staf…

  • By ANDREA HANCE
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It’s common knowledge that our tax code is broken. Thirty years old and riddled with loopholes, complaining about the ramifications of the code has become basic shoptalk across industries. Comprehensive tax reform is long overdue and we need Congress to pass legislation that revamps our tax …

  • By DAN FREEMAN
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When I left Virginia for a New England college, one of the striking observations I made was the layout of towns and villages. They usually surround a commons or “Green.” The shops are arranged around it with one or more churches on one side.

  • By DENA YNGVE
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Galveston Island Quilters Guild would like to invite you to enjoy our 2017 quilt show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (during ArtWalk) Saturday in the sanctuary of First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie, in Galveston. There will even be a new modern qu…

  • By KAREN PARSONS
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The Port of Galveston has not only been a great source of employment and a strength in the Galveston economy for nearly two centuries, but it has also been a place of grace, blessing and service by the church.

  • By JAMES C. HARRINGTON
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The time has come for us Texans to promote an economic boycott of our state until the misnamed “anti-sanctuary” law, Senate Bill 4, is repealed and state officials end their war on immigrants.

  • By PAULETTE ROBERSON
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Does racial profiling exist? The answer to this question will vary depending on who you ask. If you ask this question to a police chief or police officer the answer would be no. If you ask this to most black males ranging from teens to adults the answer will most likely be a yes.

  • By WILLIAM MERRELL
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The Galveston Bay region desperately needs protection from hurricane-induced storm surge soon. Engineered storm barriers are the only solutions that can accomplish this, and the coastal spine/Ike Dike concept is by far the best and most widely supported approach.

  • By DONNA SWENSON
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In response to the guest column by Joyce Bell (“Lynching continues through other means,” The Daily News, June 27): Crime and racism exists, but police officers are not the guilty parties. With the exception of Chester Sawyer, each of the mentioned incidents were the result of resistance or n…

  • By PAUL GAFFNEY
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In building a policy agenda for our nation’s future, the Trump Administration has made “America First” its guiding principle. With that in mind, our federal government must continue to invest in U.S. scientists to explore a resource critical to American strength and prosperity — our oceans.

  • By JEFF MURDOCK
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The article “Police union disagrees with city on crime, spending,” (The Daily News, June 26) contained the following attributed to Mayor Jim Yarbrough: “In regards to allocating more money to the police — including allocations to a pension fund that faces millions of dollars in unfunded liab…