A city audit said applications for a city grant program were missing. On Wednesday, they were found.
A city audit said applications for a city grant program were missing. On Wednesday, they were found.
League City advances plans to revitalize downtown.
Clear Springs boasts plenty of talent at the skill positions on offense, but sophomore running back Todd Hudson has been an important part to the team’s success.
Clear Creek will have its hands full when it matches wits with No. 7 state-ranked Fort Bend Clements in the opening round of today’s Region III-6A team tennis championships at Clear Brook High School.
While we have been against the practice of using certificates of obligation to fund city or county projects, Galveston's capital improvement plan might be we're we reverse ourselves — in this one instance.
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.
The Galveston Vietnam Veterans Fallen Heroes Program started collecting donations to raise funds to purchase, design and display 40 tiles for fallen Vietnam veterans from Galveston.
Why can’t I use my phone in the polling place?
I believe Hillary Clinton is the worst candidate for president in my lifetime. She is a serial liar and corrupt the Nth degree. Her position on major issues of the day are very socialistic. I hope no one in Galveston County votes for her.
I was proud to have been a part of the grand opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. I feel privileged and honored to have been chosen as a charter member. The museum is a grand testament to the long struggle of the African American race.
George Grace’s guest column (“Only one candidate can save America,” The Daily News, Oct. 6) eloquently summarized some of the most pressing social issues and political problems bedeviling America today. Without re-listing them all, it is probably fair to say the majority of Americans feel exactly what Grace is describing. Poll after poll shows 65 percent of them think that America, in general, is heading in the wrong direction.
The flag, Pledge of Allegiance, national anthem, military uniform, law enforcement badge, and belief in something higher than ourselves; these and many more are symbols and traditions. There is great importance in the carrying on of tradition and symbolism; this is what gives us common ground and is our foundation. This is what helps us remember who we are.
A person that is ill may not be able to communicate effectively with their health care providers. Imagine not only feeling unwell, but also being unable to understand what is happening around you. Imagine you are unable to make your own medical decisions. Imagine you are unable to speak for yourself. Imagine you are completely dependent on others for your care. Imagine the challenge others would face if they did not know your medical care preferences.
John W. Ford, fifth generation Galvestonian and internationally renowned designer, manufacturer and gemstone importer, will grace the 50th anniversary Gala for Galveston College on Oct. 15 at the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort. He will make a presentation of a single, rare and perfectly executed necklace from his acclaimed “The Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford” featuring black opals and diamonds. Peaches Kempner, member of the Gala 2016 Planning Group and Ford are advocates of higher education at the college for Galveston’s high school graduates.
Within the last few months, with all the onslaught of negativity in the press and on the TV news, many have lost their ability to see, hear and speak words of encouragement.
Two words. Two little words created a 4 million tax dollar gift to a developer. And the bonanza continues with a cost to taxpayers of over $2,000 every single day in interest payments to developer Tofghi Shirazi on his partially built Beachtown project.
Galveston Bay is one of the largest — and most important — estuaries on the Gulf Coast.
State funding for public education and community colleges will be the major issue for the upcoming 85th Texas Legislative Session. Article VII, Section 1 of the state constitution requires, “an efficient system of public schools.” In recent years the Texas Legislature has ignored this responsibility and Texas public education has suffered.
“You need a ride where?”
Last year, I volunteered as a mentor at Ball High School. I was assigned to a handsome young man, and though it took us a little while to make a connection, we finally met in the mentoring office. A senior, he was concerned about passing the writing portion of the STAAR test because whenever he was given a writing prompt, his mind promptly went blank.
That was an excellent article on the history of College of the Mainland by Marissa Barnett (“COM at 50,” The Daily News, Sept. 18). It was all correct from my memory — except it left out some important details. Before the countywide college district could be voted on it had to be authorized by the State Board of Education.
How does a kid from Baytown end up working on the spacecraft that will take us to Mars?
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.