Winning isn’t everything, especially in high school athletics, but judging by the reactions of the Ball High players, coaches, fans and even the stadium maintenance worker, it was obvious that Friday night’s win meant a lot.
We are in that transition period when more frequent cold fronts start appearing. The current frontal system likely will have some effect on the movement of fish; however, it should be short-lived.
Despite what you hear during tonight's presidential debate, no one man or woman is going to make America great again.
The schooner America, a replica of the fabled racing yacht that coined the phrase America's Cup, will visit Galveston late next month.
If you are reading this sentence, then you are conscious. In fact, we are conscious unless we are in a deep sleep, coma, anesthetized or suffering from a medical condition such as a stroke, brain injury or another condition that disrupts our normal brain function. When we are conscious we can think, talk, make plans and engage in all kinds of human activities. But what is consciousness?
I have mixed feelings about the column written by Dayna Owen, the director of communications for Friendswood ISD (“A 21st century struggle,” The Daily News, Sept. 19). Nicole Ferro, who was the teacher mentioned in the column, has the unfortunate task of teaching English (now a subject with the vague name of “Language Arts”) to seventh-graders for whom punctuation, capitalization and paragraphing “do not exist” — those skills having been replaced by the dubious skill of texting on cellphones.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness … .”
Let’s start with the fact that none of the party platforms are worth the paper they are written on. Seldom if ever is the platform of a given party ever delivered when the realities of governing in a democracy are confronted. Having said that, the editorial written by Dave Mathews (“GOP has the most reasonable approach to gun legislation,” The Daily News, Sept. 14) makes the mistake of basing favor for the Republican plank on the fact that the Democrats’ gun control plank “fails to take into account that micromanaging a legal industry in the U.S. — whether if it be firearms or Wall Street paper — seldom works.”
In October 2008, immediately after Hurricane Ike, a wave of contractors flooded Galveston Island to help repair Ike-induced flood damage.
Keeping the Pelican Island Bridge operational is a balancing act, literally and figuratively. Not only does its single-leaf bascule design (lifting from one side) depend on the operation of a series of weights and balances, its age and condition should be of interest to all Galvestonians.
Bravo for Terrilyn Tarlton-Shannon! In the last council meeting, she spoke eloquently and forcefully in an effort to save the Neighborhood Revitalization program.
Individuals who experience a substance use disorder often feel isolated and alone. We, as a community, can offer crucial help and support. Communities and family members are invited to create environments and relationships that promote acceptance.
On Sept. 13, 2008, Hurricane Ike sent storm surges crashing into Galveston, Galveston Bay and the Bolivar Peninsula. Broken glass and debris littered streets, and high winds damaged homes and businesses across the region. Galveston was shut down for weeks.
It is a rare family that is not touched by addiction. However, firsthand experience does not always mean we get the insight or understanding we need to deal with the shattering consequences of addiction. So often both the addict and her family are worn down through the slow erosion of family bonds as the disease of addiction takes firm hold in the family. Given the relentless and progressive nature of addiction, we find it difficult to name the tipping point where exposure turned to dependence and dependence to addiction. How did we get here? How do we get out?
On Sept. 7, The Daily News wrote about the ongoing pursuit by the board of trustees at College of the Mainland to find a new long-term president after the departure of Beth Lewis (“Search for COM’s new president moves ahead”). Among the top criteria listed for the ideal candidate was someone who is “inclined toward transparency, knowledgeable about policy” and has “experience getting major bonds passed.”
Like many historic moments, you always remember exactly where you were when it happened.
You may challenge my numbers — but yours will not change my point. Homicides in the United States will be 11,000 this year; in Chicago at 3 per day it will be 1,000. Houston at more than one per day will be 365.
There has been much discussion about global warming. Resolutions about it have been proposed by both presidential candidates (“On global warming, Trump, Clinton live on different Earths,” The Daily News, Aug. 31). Their positions on global warming remind me of a story about a Greek god. Today we have moved away from mythology, but some stories prevail.
The Daily News addressed an important issue in an interview with Glenn Jones, a climate scientist at Texas A&M at Galveston (“TAMUG expert: Scientists largely agree rate of global warming ‘unprecedented,’” Sept. 4). The consensus among the scientific community is that the earth is heating up at a rate not experienced in the last millennium. This unwelcome news is compounded by a growing belief among researchers that the society is unlikely to meet the goals of the Paris Accord to slow global warming. From my perspective, Jones’ science is spot on. Concerns whether we humans will take the necessary action to mitigate climate change is a compelling issue for our time. Warming and inaction look to be recipe for despair for us all — including those who deny climate change.
Michael A. Smith writes in an editorial (“Public housing fight winding up exactly as some warned,” The Daily News, Sept. 3): “That will come as no surprise to those in Galveston who warned all along that the city’s refusal to negotiate in good faith — that its decision to just stand and scream and wave its arms instead — would result in nothing but the loss of local control.”
The purpose of the week is three-fold: to draw public attention to the issue of diapers need; to prompt individuals, communities and elected officials to take action; and, to help support the diaper bank community in its effort to get diapers to babies who need them.
We have to come together and heal the wounds rather than fan the flames of bigotry.
Coastal Health and Wellness is happy to offer an opportunity for free blood pressure and glucose screenings from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in our mobile clinic in the parking lot of our Galveston clinic, 4700 Broadway.
We all fear it. Most of us know someone who suffers from it, maybe died from it.
I would like to invite you to Texas City’s 16th annual Oktoberfest by the Bay from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at Memorial Lutheran Church, 2021 29th St. N., in Texas City.
Wouldn't it be good if we could look into the heart of a person and see what motivates them? Probably not; it would most likely be much too similar to seeing our own heart with all its faults and failures, and I for one cannot sometimes understand them in myself much less anyone else.
On Oct. 8, the Bay Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Galveston’s Stewart Beach.
“Eleven Decades of Advancing the Arts” is the theme of the Galveston Art League 2016 Gala, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd., in Galveston.
The first week of July 2016, the graduating class of 1966 held its 50th class reunion. A glorious time was had by all that attended. We reflected joyously on our years as Lincoln High School Eagles and accomplishments of the entire school district.
As a teenager, I know I reflect my household. I reflect the views and beliefs of my parents. If they are supportive of a cause, I will likely follow their lead. If this is true for other teenagers, there could be many conflicting points of view since the fall semester has started. There could be many disagreements in the hallways and parking lots of our schools.
Health, education and financial stability. These are the building blocks for healthy neighborhoods. These are the core issues that United Way of Galveston fights for because these are the things that can make or break our community.
Galveston Island will begin a new chapter in its musical history Sept. 1 with the first meeting of the Galveston Community Band.
I am one individual that continues to argue that the manner in which Michael Williams maneuvered to close La Marque Independent School District down was neither legal nor wise. I have lived long enough to recognize fair play, legality and wise moves when I see them.
Labor Day is on the first Monday of September and on the last Monday we will be holding our fourth annual Galveston Living Wage Conference from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1010 35th St., in Galveston.
The Galveston Fire Department Honor Guard has been in existence since 1991, but due to the small number of trained members and the cost of funding such a group, it has had its ups and downs. However, in the last few years, new life has been breathed into the organization.
What do you know about the Dickinson Volunteer Fire Department and the important role that they have played in the community? Did you know that the Dickinson Volunteer Fire Department is one of the oldest volunteer departments on the mainland of Galveston County? The Dickinson Historical Society will host members of the Dickinson
The Galveston Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 880 has a program honoring veterans past and present with ceiling tiles naming all the awards that these soldiers earned while in service of the United States military.
An exciting Galveston Symphony season begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., in Galveston. I encourage you to put the entire concert season on your calendar and to buy your tickets early.
I can only now speculate like most everyone else why an “economic development partnership” would even consider letting a design contract to an Oklahoma firm when there is well proven and vastly superior talent locally experienced with the subject matter. I was moved to watery eyes, when my name was drawn into the conversation repeatedly on the topic of the new logos, posted by William S. Cherry on Facebook under the heading of “Why not our own local expert Michael Alan Basham?” I attempted to refrain from comment. I eventually chimed in with remarks to others’ comments, later to full-blown chest thumping. Having posted my credentials, lists of advertising triumphs and many local accounts who basically included every major account ever on the island, I resigned myself to the fact that the deed was done, the money spent and I was wasting my Facebook breath.
If you or your children are not up-to-date on your vaccination schedule, make an appointment with your primary care physician today.
The state calls them “economically disadvantaged.” I call them hungry: The children that find themselves in households at or below the poverty level. The mother that skips meals to make sure her kids never go without. School-aged kids without access to meals when school is out for the summer.
Academic performance is a priority for Friendswood. Recruiting and retaining quality staff is essential to remain in the top 3 percent of the state in student performance. On Sept. 10, the Friendswood Independent School District will join many other districts by holding a tax ratification election to increase the overall tax rate by two cents. It will require a vote to increase the maintenance and operation rate by 9 cents, while the board of trustees exercised its authority to lower the debt service rate by 7 cents, made possible by refinancing bonds and saving $16.7 million in interest payments.
For the first time in 19 years, as I sit down to write this column, we finally know what happened to Jessica Cain. She was murdered on Aug. 17, 1997, by a serial killer. Six-thousand, seven-hundred and eighty-eight days later, remains were found and then later determined to belong to Jessica.
Galveston has many strange things. Some funny; some not. But as a fairly new permanent resident, I’ve found idiosyncrasies on the island that try ones patience. Some are stupid, some downright dangerous or illegal and many deal with traffic and driving.
Early in Obama’s first term in office I sent him two letters. One said, “either John, Hillary and Joe had it right and you are not qualified to be President, or you are deliberately trying to destroy America.”
News of a capital improvement bond election is proof that this Galveston city council has their priorities straight (“City plans first bond election in more than 10 years,” The Daily News, Aug. 14). Citizens should approve the bonds and make the necessary financial sacrifice. However, voters should also unequivocally demand that all parties that benefit from this financial obligation proportionately sacrifice as well.
Although I was warned not to say anything about Friendswood ISD’s Tax Ratification Election, as the County “Cut Tax” Assessor Collector, I have a duty to the voters who count on me to be their voice.
Internal polling by the Galveston Municipal Police Association determined that a non-competitive benefits package, highlighted by low wages and a troubled pension, are the leading reasons why officers are seeking employment elsewhere.
It is time for us to drop off our daughter Dallas at Sam Houston State University and I started thinking about when I left for Texas A&M University in August 1989. I had received an academic scholarship, but my success was not mine alone.
I'm a somewhat compassionate fellow, so I looked around for a reasonably solid bottom where I could beach the boat and put the fish back in the water. I chose wrong, for the bottom was muddy, and as I stepped out of the boat I slipped in the mud, and my feet went out from under me.
Galveston County Crime Stoppers is committed to its mission to solve and prevent serious crime in Galveston County, in partnership with citizens, media and the criminal justice system. We’re focused today on Public Safety and Crime Prevention.
Marissa Barnett's article "Anglers divided on red snapper fisheries plan" (The Daily News, Aug. 7) is a wonderful summary of the comments publicized by all sides of the red snapper debate. However, let's dig beyond the "talking points."
State funding for Texas community colleges took a big hit in the most recent session of the Texas Legislature. While four-year colleges were granted increases, a total of $24 million was cut from the budgets of Texas community colleges and technical schools.
We often hear new patients at Coastal Health and Wellness comment about how the facility and service exceeded their expectations. These common remarks highlight how lucky we are in Galveston County to have a beautiful and modern community health center that rivals and often surpasses many private practices.
I’m writing this guest column in response to the article “Stronger Bonds,” (The Daily News, July 26) regarding a town hall meeting that took place where officials were requesting community policing in Galveston.
Fall is football season in Texas. That brings with it the sounds of marching bands across the state. There are band students out on practice fields, in rehearsal halls and in practice rooms preparing for their performances.
Yes, I am talking about the hateful cartoon of the United States of America's most beautiful first lady, Michelle Obama.
How did charity begin?
Turtle Island Restoration Network and Texas A&M University at Galveston have successfully completed another sea turtle nesting season. Seventy-two miles of beach were covered from Rollover Pass on Bolivar Peninsula to Surfside Beach on Follet’s Island, including the east and west ends of Galveston Island.
I chaired the Park Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2010. To say those were tumultuous years is an understatement, but I was fortunate to have a wonderful board. We argued and fought, but most of the time we were able to come to agreements with the give and take it requires to operate a multifaceted governmental organization. We respected each other, even when there were differences of opinion, and we never went behind each other’s backs for the sake of harming another board member or staff.
African-American Historic Preservation Committee is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving, documenting and promoting Afro-American historical and cultural heritage in Galveston County. It is comprised of members keenly aware of the vital significance of preserving and exploring, in greater depth, our rich history and culture.
Amid all of the divisive rhetoric that is being spewed nationally, it is very impressive that our community has been dealing with police and communities of color for over three years. I am grateful that when I approached Chief Robert Burby and his administrative staff, Chief Burby immediately recognized the benefit that could come from such interaction. I reported back to other community leaders, and all agreed that this was a worthwhile endeavor. When our community leaders and Chief Burby approached our mayor with a proposal to begin the meetings, we were given the green light.
Recently, I have read and heard a lot from Galveston residents about striking a balance between our visitors and those of us who are fortunate enough to live here. I can tell you that many vacationers have decided to become residents because of their vacation experience.
Voting is the most important action we do as Americans. Yet, in the last few years, Texas politicians have made voting more difficult, reversing decades of progress. These methods are aimed at certain groups of people, whose interests differ significantly from those in power.