A city project to build sidewalks along Stewart Road in Galveston has been delayed, not by weather or broken equipment but by an apparent errant key stroke.
If you're wondering what the Falcons are doing in the NFL's version of the Final Four with the Patriots, Steelers and Packers, you aren't alone.
Recently, our office tried a case in which a grand jury, comprised of Galveston County citizens, indicted an officer for unlawfully entering the vehicle of someone he had arrested without probable cause. The trial caused impassioned responses from across our community and drew some national attention.
Steve McIntyre’s guest column on National Geographic’s “Years of Living Dangerously” asks us to consider whether the series is based on fact or fiction (“When fact is scarier than TV fiction,” The Daily News, Jan. 13). And, should it be shown to children? I have watched half of the second year episodes that are presently available. I can confidently evaluate the eighth episode in year two, “Safe Passage,” that covers electric cars and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. That episode accurately describes the CCL and is suitable for children to watch. I feel qualified to make that determination because I am a member of the Galveston Chapter of the CCL and a grandfather.
Regarding the recent report (“GISD seeks input about reconfiguring schools and building repairs,” The Daily News, Jan. 9) about the poor condition in some of the buildings such as Ball High School and Central Middle School were mentioned, let me present some thoughts about addressing the problems.
Recently, Galveston Mayor Jim Yarbrough, City Manager Brian Maxwell, Police Chief Rick Boyle and Assistant Chief Byron Frankland visited the mosque to assure Muslims of their support.
The cozy relationship between the hotel/motel lobby and the Island Visitors Bureau is something the public should be aware of.
There are a lot of shows that you and your family can watch on TV or the internet. Recently, I watched a show on the National Geographic Channel that seems no scarier than other prime time shows, but it is hard to know whether it is fact or some sort of twisted fiction. I have been watching episodes of “Years of Living Dangerously.” I guess it would help to have some guidance from the experts when trying to decide whether to watch it with children.
I was afforded the opportunity to attend the United Steelworkers International Civil and Human Rights Conference in Birmingham, Ala., in December thanks to my local union. Contrary to what critics say about organized labor, we are very committed to the welfare of our country.
Laura Elder, in much of her quest to expound her intuition regarding what is really happening to Galveston Independent School District in its cost-cutting efforts (“Sentimentality has no place in GISD cost-cutting efforts,” The Daily News, Jan. 6), did well until she made the following statements, implicitly: “But a state takeover can be the fate of any Texas school district deemed financially mismanaged. Ask the former La Marque ISD about that.”
Join with Galveston County Crime Stoppers, law enforcement and the media to secure a safe environment in which to live and work.
In response to the guest column by John D. Colyandro and Russell H. Withers (“Scare tactics and misinformation cheapen the school choice debate,” The Daily News, Jan. 4): I guess I should be scared when an adviser to Rove, Abbott and Delay comments on my column reviewing flaws in Dan Patrick’s voucher proposal, but when Colyandro started by calling me names like dishonorable and dishonest, I realized his matching sophomoric logic in the article could be easily rebutted using the details of the same long range Harvard study by Chingos & Peterson.
Dickens 2016 was wet. Very wet. The unprecedented rainfall for December created what we now call “Double Dickens.” As far as I know, the Dickens tradition of the first weekend in December has never seen such rainfall and has never been canceled. We welcomed over 10,000 guests the second weekend which was on par with our Dickens held after Hurricane Ike.
Arguing that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s push for school choice would make Texas “the most cost effective place for ISIS to train children,” as Rod Dunklee has done in a guest column (“Lt. Governor’s proposal is Obamacare for Texas schools,” The Daily News, Dec. 15), is dishonorable and dishonest.
Change is hard. Any of us who have tried new resolutions at New Year’s know this. But it is possible and happening all over the country including right here in Galveston. In December, the White House hosted a reunion of the Champions of Change. I was invited after being recognized in 2012 for my work with Galveston Island Tree Conservancy to restore our trees after the devastating loss from Hurricane Ike. Over 400 of the 1,300 past Champions representing 41 states attended the daylong conference held in the beautiful new Department of Transportation building in Washington.
There’s nothing good about goodbyes. So the European Union learned several months ago in Brussels when Great Britain said its adieus. Goodbye to unity, hello to nationalism.
The end of the year is typically the time we reflect on the past and look forward to setting and achieving future goals. At the Galveston County Health District, we’ve spent much of the past year looking ahead and planning for ways in which we can work to improve the health of our community over the next five years through the development of a new strategic health plan. As we’ve worked on developing the plan, one thing is very clear, obesity is a problem in our community.
In response to the letter by Ed Hooven (“Concern about fake news a little late,” The Daily News, Dec. 28): Hooven wrote: “... they (the mainstream press) continue to peddle the same old misinformation ... that the global cooling/global warming/climate change mongers didn’t manipulate data.”
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt articulated the Four Freedoms as goals in his State of the Union address Jan. 6, 1941. With this statement, he rejected the non-interventionist policies that dominated American foreign policy subsequent to the end of World War I and our rejection of the League of Nations.
As if the fog were not bad enough in Galveston this time of year, Michael Smith intends to worsen it (“Council should change Landmark Commission’s authority,” The Daily News, Dec. 9). For someone whose writing I usually admire, I was stunned by the footnote type apology issued by Smith (“We missed the mark on landmark” hidden within “Pay Rohr’s severance and be done with it,” The Daily News, Dec. 21). Smith’s apology was election 2016 campaign prose; I apologize for my remarks — but I was and still am — right. If fact mattered, Smith could read the actual ordinance instead of listening to sources with an agenda then reporting their agenda as news.
On behalf of the Galveston Vietnam Veterans Fallen Heroes Committee and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 880, we would like to thank over 75 people that found it in their heart to help us to exceed our goals of collecting donations and creating tiles, which recognized and honored those Galveston Vietnam veterans who gave their lives for freedom and country. Donations came from all over the state of Texas, including one from as far as Long Island, N.Y. That says a lot for The Daily News and their reach in our community and beyond.
Thanks to our community, CASA of Galveston County’s second annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes was a great success! We are bridging the gap toward our goal of serving 100 percent of all the abused and neglected children in Galveston County that need a CASA.
Dan Patrick is espousing school vouchers. Again.
The Galveston Bay Foundation has been working with the Environmental Protection Agency, the responsible companies and other stakeholders on the San Jacinto River Waste Pits since this site was placed on the Superfund list in 2008. We are calling for removal of the dioxin wastes, rather than capping.
Carter 7 Fashion Lounge (Carla Smith), G County Apparel (Robert Hockley), DGA Decorations (Maduesuel and Lakesha Curry) Vickie’s Hidden Treasures (Victoria Taylor), LRT Air & Heating Service (Fred and Nicki Jones), Iron Man Club, Light of Perception (Tyerre El Amin Boyd), Reality of Wrestling, Toys for Tots, as well as The Daily News, and a host of community supporters have all come together for our fourth annual toy drive giveaway, founded by G-County Hope Foundation in 2013.
It’s that time of year when we come together to celebrate Christmas, Hannukah and Kwanzaa. For some, the holidays are a time of togetherness, family and friends. For others, it is a time of isolation and loneliness — perhaps this holiday has the kids with their other parent; or this is the first holiday after the death of a loved one; or family and friends are fighting or are scattered in all different directions. Whatever the circumstances, the holidays can be a time of loneliness and negative self-reflection focusing on past failures and uncertain futures. Instead of dreading the holidays, these tips can help improve your well-being, lessen holiday stress and put the “happy” back into the holidays.
Education is, as we all know, an exceedingly important thing for the future. Not just the future of our children, but ours as well. Today’s elementary students will be the doctors, lawyers, engineers, architects and policymakers of our twilight years.
Ensuring Texas will have water to meet the needs of humans and wildlife is a huge challenge. Fortunately, we can all play a role in reaching that goal because conserving water is one of the cheapest and most effective tools we have to protect our water supply.
This holiday season, the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol wants to remind all drivers that “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving” and to always plan a sober ride before the holiday parties begin.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick probably has the votes to force a $3.74 billion Obamacare-like education program on Texas taxpayers unless tea party, liberal and conservatives block his foolishness. It’s an Obamacare-like power grab from local voters that takes taxpayer money and gives it to private business with none of the accountability controls taxpayers have over elected bodies. He wants to give money to for-profit schools like the ones whose commercials now fill late night TV telling you how wonderful life will be if you only sign up.
The November 2016 election was the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act at work to protect the right to vote of black, Latino, Native American, Asian and other voters of color.
On behalf of the Texas City-La Marque Community Advisory Council, I would like to thank our community who in partnership with businesses, educators and industry helped make 2016 another successful year.
The joy of Christmas magic is a special part of the holidays for both children and grown-ups. I wish, I could say the same. This past year has been the hardest year of my life.
What do you want to be when you grow up? That’s the question I thought Dan Matthews’ seventh-grade Career Readiness class would be able to answer.
A beautiful, vivacious, young woman with potential for being a productive citizen in our society has been snatched away by a very ugly epidemic — bullying.
For the past 40 years, the Rotary Club of Galveston Island has helped ring in the holidays with the residents of what is now known as The Meridian, 2228 Seawall Blvd. The tradition continues this year on Tuesday when Santa and his Rotary elves host their annual holiday party.
As the debate rages on about plastic bags, we start to get a good feeling that we can do something beneficial for the environment. Before we pat ourselves on the back, there are several things to consider.
When Ronald Reagan was elected president, commentators thought him a simpleton; a Hollywood cowboy who somehow got elected president and was then probably asking himself, “Now what?” The question more aptly applies to Trump.
We decry the violence in our cities, yet we persecute the very people who can and do try to keep us safe, our police officers. They are being executed in the streets of America. They are truly that thin blue line who keeps us free and safe in our neighborhoods.
Have you ever been punched in the gut by an interaction with someone? Perhaps a conversation that jerked you right back down to earth?
There is a very old saying, “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.” There is also a portion of scripture which states “you will reap what you sow.”
Last year most Galveston County homeowners saw large increases in appraisal values which equals higher taxes.
The coming holidays are a difficult time for victims of violent crime and their families, but they can also be a time of reflection.
The George Washington Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution awards several annual scholarships to local students. Our local chapter is hosting a holiday tour from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 12:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the James S. Waters Home, 1116 Church St., in Galveston, to raise money to fund these scholarships.
Almost everyone has dealt with loss of a loved one at some time. It may have been the death of a grandparent or parent who lived a full and rewarding life or a sibling or friend gone too soon.
Who could have imagined that when Artist Boat was founded in 2003 it would grow to have such a positive impact on our region? It grew from a dream to promote awareness and preservation of coastal and marine habitats through the sciences and arts to become a major conservation and education organization based in Galveston and serving the region.
Hi Orf, glad you survived the election?
Texas taxpayers, beware. President Obama’s administration is quietly implementing one last massive taxpayer-funded bailout for special interests. Not only that, this bailout would prop up the Affordable Care Act only months before the law will likely be repealed.
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
The 2016 campaign brought out the self-centered in all of us. If you didn’t dwell in the question “Which of these folks can I live with?” almost every day, you should seek a physical just in case there is something very wrong with you.
In the movie “Remember the Titans,” two successful head football coaches, one black (Denzel Washington) the other white (Will Patton), were forced to decide if they could work together for the good of one newly integrated team, the Titans of T.C. Williams High School, in Alexandra, Va. Based on a true story, the conflict between them was less about race than character.
The week before her centennial birthday on Aug. 28, Marian Brick, a proud BOI, delivered a speech for the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Marian was a beautiful, gutsy little lady who will always be remembered by her family and many friends. Unfortunately, for us she went to her “forever home” on Nov. 12. At her memorial service she had requested Sissy’s Song, by Alan Jackson — “Don’t Worry ’bout Me.” That’s how she was.
I would like to thank The Daily News for it efforts for balanced reporting in the article “Ruff Reception” (The Daily News, Nov. 15) concerning the protests Sunday in Newport Park. Some of those against the park were wondering why all the statements in the paper were from the “yes” side. It turns out the reporter had dutifully contacted the homeowners association but the message got distorted and was unheeded by the time the article was published on Tuesday.
On Nov. 17, the city of Galveston’s City Council and concerned citizens joined together to discuss passing an ordinance banning stores and restaurants from offering single use plastic bags. This is great news for any Galveston resident or tourist that values our coastal environment. Each year, a trillion single use plastic bags are used worldwide with 100 billion in the United States alone.
On Oct. 26, The Daily News ran a very brief article from the Associated Press entitled “Texan who killed 2 endangered whooping cranes gets probation” about Trey Joseph Frederick’s crime against two critically endangered whooping cranes. But the title of that article did not do the subject justice.
Michael Smith’s editorial (“Council should reduce commission to advisory role,” The Daily News, Nov. 15) on the Landmark Commission misses the point. Widely.
Things have a way of tilting the scale of justice in a way that we don’t understand, and when it does do we bury our heads in the sand like an ostrich or do we do like that saying — pull yourself up by your bootstraps and make life worth living.
October 8 was a beautiful day on Galveston Island. Over 900 people from throughout the Bay Area gathered at Stewart Beach Pavilion. Their shared mission: to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Their common desire: to one day defeat this disease that torments so many people. Those affected are not just the patient, but also the families and friends who care for and love them.
It’s almost that time again as we all gear up for the end of the year. Those of us who serve the least, the lost and the left-out will spend these last few days of 2016 working desperately to keep hope alive for our neighbors who have felt the strain of loss of employment, fixed Social Security checks and catastrophic diagnoses for themselves or their loved ones.
Children often grow up to mimic the behavior, beliefs and attitudes of their parents and adults in their lives. The question is not whether your children will emulate you; they will. The better question is which behaviors they will imitate. You can influence your children’s development in positive ways and make it more likely that they become people you will admire when they mature. What kids see and believe, they become.
In response to a guest column by Lloyd Criss (“Budget cuts to community colleges will hurt local workforce,” The Daily News, Aug. 10), he mentioned that College of the Mainland received appropriations cuts of $530,715 and that Galveston College was cut $200,000. I agree with him that the cuts to the community colleges are damaging to the local economy as well as to the two community colleges. He also noted that Galveston College was ranked the No. 1 community college in Texas due to its innovative and outstanding leadership.
A guest columnist appeared in the news several weeks ago stating that author’s admiration for the excellent work of the Galveston County Navigation District in reliably maintaining and operating the Pelican Island causeway over the years and complimenting our General Manager, Frank Incaprera, and the members of the board. Those comments were appreciated. Incaprera has served as general manager since 1991. He’s a graduate engineer, formerly serving with the Corps of Engineers and is a capable and dedicated public servant.