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The Galveston County Daily News: Guest Columns

August 24, 2016

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Help us recognize local veterans

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.

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Tuesday 08/23/2016
Fourth Galveston Living Wage Conference set for Sept. 26
Posted: August 23, 2016

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.

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Thanks to all who made fundraiser a huge success
Posted: August 23, 2016

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.

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Dickinson's VFD the topic at next social gathering
Posted: August 23, 2016

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

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A new orchestra season set to begin
Posted: August 23, 2016

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.

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Monday 08/22/2016
Local talent should have been used in branding campaign
Posted: August 22, 2016

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.

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month
Posted: August 22, 2016

If you or your children are not up-to-date on your vaccination schedule, make an appointment with your primary care physician today.

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Saturday 08/20/2016
We need your help to feed the hungry in Galveston County
Posted: August 20, 2016

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.

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Thursday 08/18/2016
Some facts about FISD's tax ratification election
Posted: August 18, 2016

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.

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Rest in peace, my dear friend
Posted: August 18, 2016

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.

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