The council will discuss the termination of the city manager and the city attorney during an executive session Tuesday.
The council will discuss the termination of the city manager and the city attorney during an executive session Tuesday.
If Congress makes good on its promise to repeal parts of Obamacare, by 2019 an estimate 2.55 million Texans would no longer have coverage, resulting in greater financial pressure on local governments, healthcare providers and the insured, according to a new public health study.
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.”
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.
As a member of the Granaderos y Damas de Gálvez, I’d like to invite interested parties to a Wreath Laying Ceremony at 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at the World War I Monument on Seawall Boulevard, between 27th and 29th streets in Menard Park.
I am writing to encourage you to join me in voting to re-elect my friend Wayne Faircloth as our State Representative in the Texas Legislature for District 23. Wayne and his wife Cheryl are Galvestonians who care about our community.
If the former La Marque ISD board vice-president wants to speak the "truth" then at least use the truth in your argument.
The truth regarding what happened to La Marque ISD will continue to be told. As I read about the hard work that José Boix spoke about in Cathy Gillentine's potpourri column ("Boix shares growing pains of school merger," The Daily News, Sept. 20), I chuckled to myself and quietly discounted his account, period.
Death is a fact of life. If students get to middle school or high school there is a distinct possibility they will see someone dead, shot or killed on the school campus.
On Thursday, the Battle for Mosul entered its 10th day (starting on Oct. 17). Only a short span of time, considering it was a whole two years ago that Iraqi forces fled the city as Mosul fell to ISIS. This past weekend, presidential candidate Donald Trump described the ongoing offensive to reclaim the city as, “turning out to be a total disaster,” and went on to discuss what he would have done differently, claiming that the lack of surprise would be detrimental to the Iraqi attempts to take Mosul back.
Democrat Woodrow Wilson was elected president in 1912. He took office in 1913 and we got a 100 percent increase in taxes; the federal income tax was instituted. We had continuing upward prosperity until the death of Republican President Warren Harding when his vice president Republican Calvin Coolidge took over and gave us our first major tax cut. We began drifting toward our greatest stock market crash and our greatest economic depression.
On Nov. 8, we will go to the polls to vote. This year is like no other and will determine the future and direction we will face in our country, state, county and cities. No matter what your party affiliation is please vote — it matters.
A quick recap on Hillary Clinton’s personal wealth: In 1976 and till today the primary source of Hillary’s W-2 income has been from public tax coffers. She has amassed a fortune by maneuvering her and Bill’s public servant powers. Trump amassed a fortune maneuvering in business. And legally taking advantage of complex IRS codes.
The White House has had problems for as long as I have been voting. The main ones that come to mind are starting with J.F.K. and Marilyn Monroe. Then there was Ronald Reagan and the air traffic controllers and deregulation that led to price gouging and the term trickle-down economics that never trickled down.
Do you wonder what goes on in the minds of preverbal toddlers? Do they only think about food and toys and naps?
Royal Masset, former director of the Republican Party of Texas opined that “among Republicans it is an article of religious faith that voter fraud is causing us to lose elections.” He believed that requiring photo IDs could add 3 percent to the Republican vote.
I want to express my sincerest thanks to Michael A. Smith for his editorial (“Video slots situation weirder than we knew,” The Daily News, Oct. 21). It’s as though he read my mind.
It appears the only thing that will satisfy former La Marque school board members would be to turn back the clock and put them back in charge. Knowing this is not going to happen, they apparently are on a mission to create road blocks for Texas City ISD, either deliberately or otherwise.
The press, the Democratic Party joined by Republican elites are all tied in knots, over Donald Trump’s answer to a question thrown in at the end of the last debate, asking if he would accept the results of the election. Trump’s answer was: “We’ll have to wait and see.”
First, I feel the representatives we elect must fall in line with the status quo. When we elect someone, they have clear eyes and a full heart to do the right thing. Then something seems to happen. They discover that they need to build up their war chest for the next election. Consequently, they take donations from the lobbyist and/or super pacs. Now they are obligated to support legislation that the donors want.
It was a hot June afternoon when I told my wife I wanted to run for the Navigation District. Overall, she took it well. She asked if I was having a heat stroke. At the time, she was seven months pregnant with our second child and she thought it was not a good time to run for office. I was prepared for this reaction and proceeded to explain why I had to run. When I was done, I had her full support. What I told her can be summed up in five words: We need a better bridge.
Our Galveston community is a patchwork quilt of young and old, black and white, rich and poor, and straight or gay. Our diversity adds to the richness of our community and we all need each other at one time or another. It could be following a disastrous hurricane, a house fire or losing one’s job. It might be you or your relative, your co-worker or your neighbor in need.
I am writing in response to several issues raised in Stephen A. Hodgson’s guest column (“Public should have a seat on library board,” The Daily News, Oct. 20).
In 2014, the voters of the 23rd District of the Texas House of Representatives sent a Republican to Austin for the first time since Reconstruction. The 85th Legislative Session begins Jan. 10 and I ‘m asking you to vote Nov. 8 to send Wayne Faircloth back to represent us.
In response to the editorial by Michael A. Smith (“Climate change is real and its effects are here,” The Daily News, Oct. 19): There are all kinds of evidence of global warming. Things like surface temperature, sea level, tree line, droughts, floods, storms and many others, but they all show change that is no different from other periods. Only the hockey stick and yes it is the only one that shows something unprecedented going on in temperature.
Truisms are pronouncements of everyday wisdom of the common man. That makes them valuable to those who take the time to listen.
For the past decade, the funding formula provided by the legislature for public education in Texas has been broken. It has been patched, repaired, cobbled together and still is difficult to fathom. Justice Don Willett in writing the 100-page opinion saying the system “satisfies minimum constitutional requirements” also commented that, “Our Byzantine school funding ‘system’ is undeniably imperfect, with immense room for improvement.” The court urges the legislature to work for actual “transformational, top-to-bottom reforms that amount to more than Band-Aid on top of Band-Aid.”
Why can’t I discuss candidates or politics in the polling place?
Let me introduce my comments by saying that Rosenberg Library offers many good services, such as the children’s center. Upon entering the library, one notices that children of ages varying from about 3 years old to 12-plus years, are using the computers to play different games. This says that the library is a fun place to be.
Donald Trump is the most openly racist, misogynistic, authoritarian and dangerous presidential candidate in recent United States history. Born into bourgeois privilege and brought up to value wealth and power instead of morality and decency, Trump has long had a reputation for bigotry and mistreatment of people. In the 1970s, he and his father were sued for racial discrimination in housing and had to settle the lawsuits.
As State Representative for House District 23, and as a former classroom teacher, I am committed to focusing our attention on the current state of education. Most of us, myself included, have opinions which are based upon our experiences of being educated in the Texas public school system.
Thanks for nothing Obama. The unemployment rate has been cut in half. We have had 78 consecutive months of private-sector job growth. We have seen the biggest job growth in manufacturing since the 1990s. The auto industry has shown record sales. Clean energy production has doubled. Our deficit has been cut three quarters. The stock market has tripled. We have the fewest uninsured in our history and we now have marriage equality nationwide.
We owe a lot to Ray Holbrook. I know I do. I arrived in Galveston County in April of 1973, married only a year and in graduate school at Sam Houston State University. Judge Holbrook had volunteered Galveston County to the graduate school to provide an internship with the Commissioners Court. Paid for by an Intergovernmental Personnel Act grant, I was staffed to the very first effort at identifying just who worked for Galveston County and what they did — pre-personnel department. In that job I traveled to all the departments of the county, and learned most of the jobs. There were some recalcitrant elected officials who thought the commissioners court didn’t need to know those things.