• By HARVEY CAPPEL
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At the risk of being tarred, feathered and run out of town, here are some thoughts on creation and evolution. First of all I am not an atheist. This is about logic, as opposed to blind faith. If your beliefs are based on blind faith this may be offensive to you; if so, I apologize.

  • By KATHY VANDEWALLI
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Hopefully you saw the article (“Season of Need,” The Daily News, Dec. 1) about the Galveston County Salvation Army Angel Tree program — and the increased need for Angel adoptions due to Hurricane Harvey.

  • By RALPH MCMORRIS
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This morning I jogged along the seawall bordering the last natural urban beach in Texas. This wide and expanding beach, flourishing with natural vegetation, is the only undeveloped beach area adjacent to an established residential area in Texas. Other folks strolled, jogged, biked, and playe…

  • By NORMAN PAPPOUS
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Jerome Bourgois criticizes past Republican tax bills and offers up some facts (“GOP tax overhaul more failed trickle-down economics,” The Daily News, Dec. 5). He claims that after the Republicans’ 1986 tax plan, workers’ wages and benefits declined. According to the Bureau of Economic Analys…

  • By MARGARET CANAVAN
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Editor’s note: Hurricane Ike caused the loss of 40,000 trees on Galveston Island. The Galveston Island Tree Conservancy was formed to address that loss and has replaced over 16,000 through grant-funded plantings and giveaways.

  • By KAREN E. SMITH
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Generally speaking, babies are born with the number of brain cells they will have for life. However, at birth the cells are isolated due to limited connections within the same brain area as well as connections to other parts of the brain.

  • By SHANNON BURKE
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Little Sister Danica’s only wish was for a new pair of flip-flops. She has been wearing the same pair since late August, when floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey washed away every other pair of shoes that she, her two sisters and mother owned.

  • By DAVID COLLINS
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If the Galveston City Council votes Dec. 14 to give away the rights of way on Porretto Beach, then The Daily News is wrong — that will have been the relevant question, and it will be too late to do anything about it.

  • By KENNETH SHELTON
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The free market is the propensity of someone — an individual, a tribe, a corporation — to willingly trade something he has — labor, rhubarbs, intellectual property — for something he prefers. As understood by economists, the free market has rules. Economists do not consider kiboshing someone…

  • By OLIVIA MEYER
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The Galveston Independent School District Educational Foundation is off to a great start this year as we enter the teacher grant application and awards season this fall.

  • By KIM DIMMETT
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In the holiday rush, please don’t forget #GivingTuesday, a global giving movement built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world.

  • By JAMES R. TEMPLER
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The other day I ran into a friend of mine and noticed he was wearing a brand-new backpack. It’s not every day you see old guys like us wearing backpacks. In fact, I haven’t worn one since I was in the army, back in the ‘60s.

  • By DAN FREEMAN
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I always liked guns. When I was 6, Mom sent my picture to LIFE magazine, laughing with my toy six shooters, claiming I had lassoed my Grandpop’s cigar. The story was apocryphal, but the laugh was genuine.

  • By ZACK ROSENBURG
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SBP is a national nonprofit organization committed to helping residents and communities recover from disaster in a prompt, efficient and predictable way. We are driven by the idea there is a human toll to a delayed recovery, one that can bring victims to their breaking point.

  • By BILL BROUSSARD
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The transaction goes by many names: “Buying a pig in a poke,” “Shares in the Brooklyn Bridge,” “Buying a sow’s ear and trying to turn it into a silk purse,” or simply “I owned Enron Stock.”

  • By SHAWN CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS
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Most voters may know little about the countywide ballot position of county chair, and yet, both parties elect one in their primaries. The county chair is the head of the county executive committee, which in turn contains all of the elected precinct chairs.

  • By GREGORY SAMFORD
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November has been National Adoption Month. Adoption was a unique opportunity I was given at birth to live a normal productive life. I am thankful for the unconditional love I was given by my adoptive parents; I am quite sure at times I was undeserving.

  • By JEANNIE JANOTA
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In response to the letter by Kenneth Johnson (“Thank goodness the military doesn’t ‘take a knee,’” The Daily News, Nov. 16): Johnson clearly is among the many who simply do not understand that the “taking a knee” issue has absolutely nothing to do with the military, whatsoever.

  • By JOE CONCIENNE
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The two sand replenishment projects completed over the past three years have restored most of our seawall beaches. Sadly, our new beaches will slowly erode away.

  • By GERHARD MEINECKE
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Next year, when we fly and wave our flag, honoring our veterans, less will be left of those who defended us in the past. But, sadly, there will be new heroes to remember. More will have died for us.

  • By PAUL BOOR
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I completely agree with the commentary by Kenneth Shelton (“Market should decide about hot tubs and restaurants,” The Daily News, Nov. 11) about the importance of free markets in a democracy, and local government steering frivolous issues such as hot tubs.

  • By DALE TAYLOR
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The fictional Johanna Leonberger of Paulette Jiles’ book “News of the World” represents hundreds of Americans who were taken captive or simply became part of First Nations people in the early days of this country.

  • By KATHRYN HOLMES
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Did you know that every nine minutes a child becomes a victim of abuse and neglect in Texas? Every day, 52 children enter foster care in Texas, totaling over 19,000 children in 2016.

  • By AHMED AHMED
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My prayers to Almighty and my sympathy, from all my heart and soul, are with the victims, their families and everyone who was hurt by violent acts of Muslims and non-Muslims in Nevada, New York, Texas and everywhere on earth.

  • By WARREN CLARK
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While commercial harvesting of our public’s land-based wildlife resources, such as ducks and deer, ended decades ago, the industrial harvest of marine resources using trawls and longlines remains an unexplainable priority for our federal fisheries management.

  • By KENNETH SHELTON
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The free market is unrivaled at producing the goods and services people want at the lowest possible price. It is the most democratic of institutions. Everyone’s dollar has the same value, and the voting of those dollars evidences demand and determines what will be produced.

  • By MARY BETH MILLS
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I have been connected to The Jesse Tree since its inception in 1995. As a person of faith and a registered nurse, I care about the charitable work in Galveston County. Is The Jesse Tree on your prayer list? Is your congregation making regular financial contributions or volunteering? The Jess…

  • By HARVEY CAPPEL
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The Texas City Rotary Club and the city of Texas City will hold its annual event honoring our veterans at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Rotary Pavilion in Nessler Park, 2010 Fifth Ave. N., in Texas City.

  • By KRISTEN CARLSON
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Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Galveston, the 41st annual chili supper is set for today in the cafeteria of Ball High School, 4115 Ave. O, in Galveston. Serving hours will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. We look forward to welcoming everyone to this popular event where you’re sure to enjoy a great…

  • By RALPH MCMORRIS
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Residents of Galveston, on Thursday, the Galveston City Council will give away your rights to Porretto Beach between Eighth and 12th streets. Unlike the damages from a hurricane, this travesty will live with us forever.

  • By BILL COCHRANE SR.
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In response to Bill Sargent’s guest column (“Red snapper: Here’s the bottom line,” The Daily News, Nov. 1): I am amazed that after all the research he has done on the recreational snapper issue, Sargent thinks that the commercial snapper fishery has anything to do with the short recreational…

  • By JAMES E. DANIELS
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Grateful is the noun that comes to mind when I think of the manner in which our parents, instructors and church leaders taught us, as young people of the community, to recognize “truth” for what it is, and how to use truth to make decisions based on realistic facts — no matter how ugly or pretty.

  • By TOM SCHWENK
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Every morning I walk along the seawall and enjoy a few moments of contemplation before another busy day begins. There’s something about the sea air and waves that heals!

  • By DALLAS COLLINS
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A few weeks ago, I had my first real encounter with the police during a traffic stop. Despite the details of what happened, it got me thinking about the relationship between the police and the community. It made me wonder, “What can we do to better this relationship?”

  • By BILL SARGENT
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I read with interest the column by Billie “Bubba” Cochrane (“Why local fishermen support the Magnuson-Stevens Act,” The Daily News, Oct. 25).

  • By FRANK BOWSER
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Some sour cynic long ago said ”No good deed goes unpunished.” Unfortunately, at times this rings true, but here at the Friends of Galveston State Park we do appreciate all those who through their good deeds make it possible for us to do our good deeds for the park.

  • By BETTY MASSEY
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Just a few days ago the Moody Early Childhood Center celebrated its first anniversary. The cafeteria echoed with the music of the Galveston Community Band as little MECC students danced.

  • By MARY FERRIS
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Our Galveston community needs you now more than ever. The United Way of Galveston Island is the umbrella that raises funds to help the local charities that support each and every one of you in your hour of need. And this year that umbrella expanded to support us through the Hurricane Harvey …

  • By DALE TAYLOR
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Celebrate the return of wintering Sandhill cranes this season during Holiday with the Cranes on Dec. 9 and 10. This winter weekend in historic Galveston is an open invitation to learn all there is to know about Sandhill cranes.

  • By ELLIE HANLEY
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Over 30 years ago, women in recovery joined with women from a faith community to create the Alcohol/Drug Abuse Women’s Center as a place where women find new beginnings every day.

  • By GERHARD MEINECKE
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On Monday, three members of the Galveston County Commissioners Court showed how much concern they have for Harvey victims — none — by refusing to give owners of flood-damaged homes the option of a reappraisal, making them pay property taxes for what they no longer have.

  • By BILLIE "BUBBA" COCHRANE
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Every day I spend on the water, I am amazed by the size of the Gulf, its natural resources and all the work it takes to preserve them for future generations. Not too long ago, for example, the red snapper population was on the brink of collapse. But, thanks to commercial fishermen here in Ga…