• By MARSHA WILSON RAPPAPORT
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The Galveston Symphony Orchestra opened it’s 2017-18 season this month at The Grand 1894 Opera House. It was a performance that included internationally renowned cellist Brinton Averil Smith in a masterful performance, a Cello Concerto by Antonin Dvorak. Moreover, the orchestra opened with “…

  • By NORMAN PAPPOUS
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Galveston ISD Board President Matthew Hay writes “I know we’ve still got some work to do at a couple of campuses ...” (“What ‘Political Buzz’ didn’t say,” The Daily News, Sept. 29). David O’Neal’s column claimed “GISD is doing well, and already excels” (The Daily News, Oct. 17). Previously, …

  • By ELIZA THOMAS QUIGLEY
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I am absolutely confident in my endorsement of Johnny Smecca for the position of Galveston Independent School District 6-F trustee. Let me share with you my reasons for this confidence.

  • By BETTY LEE STRECKFUSS
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The answer to the question “do adults need vaccinations?” is a resounding yes! In light of the flooding in many areas of the Gulf Coast and the health issues that has brought with it, and with approaching winter, the importance of immunization is only increasing for adults.

  • By LAURA ADDISON, BEAU RAWLINS & SANDRA TETLEY
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The Galveston County Daily News has invited the three of us to a Galveston ISD trustee candidate’s forum. We have refused the invitation and feel that the voters of GISD Districts 5-E and 6-F should know some of the reasons why.

  • By DAVID O'NEAL JR.
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I’m writing in response to the guest column by Norman Pappous (“O’Neal’s column revealed several serious issues,” The Daily News, Sept. 30) and the guest column by Cindi Lyons (“Matthew Hay should not misrepresent facts,” The Daily News, Oct. 4): Galveston Independent School District is doin…

  • By BETTY MASSEY
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In many communities, school board elections are not contested races. There is one candidate willing to serve, and he or she is voted into office. This year in Galveston is different; there are three candidates vying for the position in District 6-F and two running in District 5-E.

  • From staff reports
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Editor’s note: Robert Duke and Art Markman, psychologists at the University of Texas and hosts of an NPR radio show, will be the next speakers in the Robert and Russell Moody Lecture Series, which explores consciousness and the life cycle of the brain. Professor Markman talked about the lecture.

  • By JANIS LOWE
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The Galveston County Commissioners Court has packaged a countywide bond for your vote on Nov 7. The total amount of the county bond is $80 million with $56 million designated for transportation, $18 million for county facilities updating and repair and $6 million for drainage projects. You c…

  • By MIKE COLLIER
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Hurricane Harvey has wiped away value from many Texans’ homes. To continue to tax them as if the storm never happened is akin to taxing property that doesn’t exist. Since the Texas Constitution states that property subject to taxation shall be appraised at market value, taxing the lost value…

  • By JACK CROSS
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It is difficult to imagine what Christopher Columbus faced as he crossed the Atlantic in search of what he thought was a route to Asia. The hardship and danger was immense. If things went awry, there would be nothing to save his little flotilla besides hope, courage and prayer.

  • By MARY JO NASCHKE
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Galveston’s diverse cultural heritage is what makes it a unique and interesting place to live. Early immigrants from various countries arriving here were processed at the Quarantine Station that was located at what is now Seawolf Park.

  • By HARVEY CAPPEL
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My wife and I have I have been married to each other for 59 years. We both came from a time that when if something was broke you didn’t throw it away — you fixed it. Just might be the secret to our long marriage. I’m guessing that we, my wife and I, might know a little about love.

  • By GREG SAMFORD
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On Oct. 9, 1956, Gerald Chatham died of a massive heart attack. He was 50 years old. Who is Gerald Chatham? He was the District Attorney of Tallahatchie County, Miss. Maybe if I mentioned he was the district attorney that attempted to convict Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam in the brutal murder of…

  • By ALVN SALLEE
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The last communication I received from Dr. Alan Baharlou was an actual letter, the one that comes in the mail. He wrote, “If you completed half of what your resume says then you really did a lot of good during your career.” That was in 2013. What a nice response, I needed to let him know. Bu…

  • By BETTY MASSEY
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On Galveston Island we have been blessed to have people living among us whose vision and absolute determination have brought us community-changing projects, organizations and institutions. The late Alfreda Houston’s compassion for people often forgotten led to the founding of St. Vincent’s H…

  • By CINDI LYONS
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In response to the letter that Matthew Hay wrote (“What ‘Political Buzz’ didn’t say,” The Daily News, Sept. 29): Someone seeking a position of community leadership should not misrepresent facts. Dr. Hay is correct that posts were removed in a Facebook forum, but he also neglects to mention t…

  • By BARBARA SLUSHER
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Every year, we celebrate National Physician Assistant Week Oct. 6 through Oct. 12, and recognize the important contributions that PAs make to improve the health of Texans.

  • By DONNA SOLLENBERGER
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In the past two weeks, the University of Texas Medical Branch has achieved recognition for nursing excellence and for meeting rigorous standards for quality and safety. Recognition in both quality and nursing brings national distinction to the medical branch and underscores its tremendous va…

  • By NORMAN PAPPOUS
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Galveston Independent School District trustee David O’Neal Jr.’s column reveals one of several serious leadership issues that face our school district (“Central is doing well and on the road to excellence,” The Daily News, Sept. 24). As a parent of two district students, I’m troubled and I k…

  • By ALVIN SALLEE
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“You know Mr. Martinez almost began his business in Galveston.” A young man with a Panama hat smiled at me when I looked up from reading a poster. We were in a nice, small museum in downtown Ybor City, a section of Tampa.

  • By PETER WUENSCHEL
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Three weeks ago I never imagined the Clear Creek and Dickinson communities would be devastated by a storm that left thousands of families displaced from their homes. I never imagined there would be so many families who didn’t know where to turn for help.

  • By DAN FREEMAN
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Donald Trump claimed: “Nobody knew that health care was so complicated.” Now that several attempts to repeal and replace have failed, let’s take a hard look at why it is so complicated. People use “socialized medicine” to shut off discussion, but we have already adopted it in our spirit of a…

  • By JAMES E. DANIELS
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As we undertake the recovery of the natural disasters that befell our nation and its territories, it is stunning to witness what our elected officials are trying to do in our national and state capitols.

  • By MALCOLM D. GIBSON
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In the movie “Moneyball,” professional baseball scouts tell high school sensation Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) not to put off his playing career because, “We’re all told at some point that we can no longer play the children’s game. We just don’t know when that’s gonna be. Some of us are told at 1…

  • By DAVID O'NEAL JR.
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In response to the article (“Some miffed about Central Middle administration,” The Daily News, Sept. 11): Central is doing well and on the road to excellence. I speak with authority as a 22-year member of the school board.

  • By THELMA BOWIE
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During Nick Gary’s 2016 funeral services held Jan. 30, 2016, his brother, Russ, described how much his younger brother meant to him. Nick graduated at the top of his La Marque High School Class of 2000, and played basketball, baseball and football throughout his entire childhood.

  • By GEORGE GRACE
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No matter what you believe: when you are lonely, when you are sad, when you feel helpless, reach within yourself and pray — you will be surprised with what’s inside.

  • By LAUREN HAMILTON
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Known as the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, the Maker Faire movement launched in the Bay Area in 2006, and has spread across major metropolitan areas around the country and globe ever since, with independent fairs popping up in both Houston and Austin in recent years. Now it’s our turn.

  • By KATHY MODZELEWSKI
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Diaper Need Awareness Week, Sept. 25 through Oct. 1, is an initiative of the National Diaper Bank Network created to mobilize efforts to help make a difference in the lives of the nearly 5.2 million babies in the United States age 3 and younger who live in low-income families.

  • By KRISTENE BLACKSTONE
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During the past year, there have been remarkable changes at Child Protective Services. With Gov. Greg Abbott’s vision of CPS becoming the best child welfare program in the country, the inspirational leadership of Commissioner Hank Whitman, and the generous support of the Texas Legislature, C…

  • By ANNE HECHT
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Have you ever seen a “found” garden, one entirely made up of found objects and plants? Think a plant would make a good holiday gift? Find out at our Fall Garden Tour at 10 a.m. Sept. 30 — rain or shine.

  • By BILL SARGENT
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As the “Three Musketeers” over three years ago we wrote about the need for a coastal barrier system, or Ike Dike. We even laid out a road map for how to get the federal government to fund it. It’s indeed unfortunate that it may have taken another hurricane (Harvey) in order to get Congress t…

  • By HILARY REEH
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Moving into my sixth decade presents challenges that, as a planner, I want to anticipate. However, this aging business is tricky when it comes to Medicare. It seems almost impossible that I should have to think about things like Medicare, but it is a reality. Having been an audiology health …

  • By DARELL RODGERS
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As I clean the water from a leak caused by the 51.88 inches of rain we have received from your mighty downpour, I am reminded by water damage I received from your siblings, Alison and Ike.

  • By REKHA LAKSHMANAN
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Our hearts go out to our neighbors and fellow Texans as we navigate the destruction brought by Hurricane Harvey. As the sun re-emerges, we need to ensure Texas does not face a public health disaster.

  • By ROSEMARY DOOLIN
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When Charles and I bought our home on Galveston Island we knew that this was the right location for our dream to become a reality. As a former Sea Scout leader and avid sailor, Charles has been committed to youth sailing programs since his teens.

  • By RALPH MCMORRIS & BILL BROUSSARD
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Back in the 1980s, a ring levee around the city of Galveston was proposed by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Completion of this ring levee was included in the Coastal Protection Barrier, better known as the “Ike Dike.”