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September 26, 2016

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Lectures will explore mysteries of the brain

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?

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Friday 09/23/2016
Slide in standards leads to problems like Trump
Posted: September 23, 2016

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Arts”) to seventh-graders for whom punctuation, capitalization and paragraphing “do not exist” — those skills having been replaced by the dubious skill of texting on cellphones.

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Thursday 09/22/2016
A tale of two foundations
Posted: September 22, 2016

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness … .”

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Editorial was wrong about gun regulation
Posted: September 22, 2016

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.”

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Wednesday 09/21/2016
Last scam artist looks like the next scam artist
Posted: September 21, 2016

In October 2008, immediately after Hurricane Ike, a wave of contractors flooded Galveston Island to help repair Ike-induced flood damage.

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Pelican Island Bridge's present as important as its future
Posted: September 21, 2016

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.

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Tuesday 09/20/2016
It's the city manager's job to move projects along
Posted: September 20, 2016

Bravo for Terrilyn Tarlton-Shannon! In the last council meeting, she spoke eloquently and forcefully in an effort to save the Neighborhood Revitalization program.

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Saturday 09/17/2016
Families and communities make a difference at 11th annual Cruisin' 2 Recovery Festival
Posted: September 17, 2016

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.

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Thursday 09/15/2016
Catholic Charities was here for Ike and is here for the future
Posted: September 15, 2016

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.

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
Angels Among Us Luncheon set for Sept. 30
Posted: September 14, 2016

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?

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