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The Galveston County Daily News: Guest Columns

January 22, 2017

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Case was about keeping confidence in our justice system

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.

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Friday 01/20/2017
Parents should decide about 'Years of Living Dangerously'
Posted: January 20, 2017

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.

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Saturday 01/14/2017
Maybe volunteers could help with GISD repairs
Posted: January 14, 2017

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.

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City's Muslim outreach an important reminder
Posted: January 14, 2017

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.

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Friday 01/13/2017
HOT tax money shouldn't be reserved for big tourism players
Posted: January 13, 2017

The cozy relationship between the hotel/motel lobby and the Island Visitors Bureau is something the public should be aware of.

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Thursday 01/12/2017
When fact is scarier than TV fiction
Posted: January 12, 2017

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.

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Wednesday 01/11/2017
Conference clarified what we face in the Trump years
Posted: January 11, 2017

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.

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Tuesday 01/10/2017
Editorial writer needs to stick to the facts
Posted: January 10, 2017

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.”

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Saturday 01/07/2017
Help Crime Stoppers make our communities safer
Posted: January 07, 2017

Join with Galveston County Crime Stoppers, law enforcement and the media to secure a safe environment in which to live and work.

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Thursday 01/05/2017
Voucher column rebuttal used sophomoric logic
Posted: January 05, 2017

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.

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