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The Galveston County Daily News: Letters To Editor

July 30, 2016

Letters To Editor

Thursday 07/28/2016
Council members should have known better

Michael A. Smith's editorial “Council’s letter a more serious breach than mayor’s alleged slur” (The Daily News, July 24) hit the nail directly on the head. 

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Guest columnist was right, but ...

In response to Joseph B. Jaworski ("Vote for the right kind of change," The Daily News, July 23): Your comments toward the end of your column show some naiveté on your part as to what is actually the inner movement by the government that you do not see. Your veiled insinuation that our government or the French government are or have been sitting on their hands and not planning on prevention of these heinous attacks on society is really misplaced.

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Trustee's drowning comment was unbelievable

When talking about next year’s Beach Patrol budget, Trustee Thayer Evans' quote is unbelievable: “I’d love to save everyone, but it’s not realistic.” ("Beach patrol's 2017 budget down slightly from 2016," The Daily News, July 27)

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Tuesday 07/26/2016
Voter ID requirement is needed

The recent Fifth Circuit Court opinion regarding voter ID laws is astounding in its disregard for the facts ("Court: Voter ID law discriminates, orders fix before November," The Daily News, July 21).

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Just keep your pants on

In response to the editorial by Dave Mathews ("On some issues, there are no clear-cut answers," The Daily News, July 25): Alcohol is the most abused mind-altering drug in the nation. There are numerous such drugs available, both legal and illegal, to the public of which are mind-altering, impeding sound judgement.

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Volunteers needed for Settlement event

The African-American Historic Preservation Committee, honoring the black cowboys and our four founding fathers of the 1867 Settlement, has previously hosted its annual September celebration in the very heart of our historical district on Bell Drive. It has been well attended by many. Nevertheless, in the spirit of unification — and our quest to work toward revitalization within our community — we have expanded the gathering and changed locations for this year’s event.

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America now the 'home of cowards'

In the column "Small giant speaks of big lesson" (The Daily News, July 10) Leonard Woolsey says, "We should never lose our motivation to understand nor passively allow injustices to stand unchecked. For to do so is to simply tolerate. And we are better than that."

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There was a fix in Clinton's email scandal

Loretta Lynch claims the meeting with Bill Clinton was a chance encounter. She was on her way to Aspen, Colo., for a speaking engagement, so why did she go 600 hundred miles out her way if it wasn't a planned meeting? She told Congress that it was purely social and that they talked about grandkids and golf. She has no grandkids and doesn't play golf. So just what did they talk about just days before Hillary was to be questioned by the FBI?

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'Foster child:' What do you think?

Do you think of a child who has no family? Do you think of a child who has been abused or neglected by people who were supposed to love them and protect them? Do you think of a child who wants to see his or her siblings? Do you think of a child who does not know how to answer, “Where is your mom?”

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Saturday 07/23/2016
Casino gambling will never happen in Texas

In response to the Michael A. Smith's editorial ("Dog racing plan is just a stalling tactic," The Daily News, July 19): The state will never approve casino gambling because the pockets of legislators are always open to deposits by lobbyists from bordering states who cross over into Texas with fists full of dollars and head straight to Austin.

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Cruelty to greyhounds simply isn't true

In response to the letter by Ben Blankenship ("Please don't support greyhound racing," The Daily News, July 19) where he's asking people to not support greyhound racing siting that the breeders are cruel to the dogs. This is simply not true.

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Please say 'no' to planned parking garage on seawall

In response to the story "The Parking Spot" (The Daily News, June 28): As a BOI and a commuter to Houston who parks daily in multilevel garages, I am diametrically opposed to the placement of such a facility near The Spot. The ambiance of the neighborhood and area would be destroyed.

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Thursday 07/21/2016
Misconceptions about Muslims must stop

The violence continues and more blood has been shed; a misguided individual has once again taken the lives of innocent people. According to the true teachings of Islam, it’s important that we continue speaking out against these atrocities and offer our prayers and condolences to the families of all the innocent victims.

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Police officers saved husband's life

Lately, we are always hearing, seeing on the news or reading in the newspaper about negative police actions. I thought this was a good time to praise the actions of two Galveston police officers.

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'AR' doesn't stand for assault rifle

In response to the letter by Gaylon Ray ("Banning types of rifles won't stop crime," The Daily News, July 15): AR doesn't stand for automatic or assault; it stand for Armalite Rifle after the company that designed it. AK stands for Avtomat Kalashnikova, which was designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov.

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Help in the fight against human trafficking

Human trafficking, the transportation of a person by use of force, fraud, or coercion, and then exploitation, is happening in Houston, Galveston and everywhere in between. Women, children and men are forced to work for little to no pay, or forced into sex work. It happens to both immigrants and citizens of our country. It happens in residential neighborhoods, in public businesses, behind closed doors.

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Thursday 07/14/2016
Anti-gun column was ill-informed

In response to the guest column by Mark W. Stevens ("AR- and AK-type weapons should be banned," The Daily News, July 13): A well written column — but from an ill-informed and progressive viewpoint.

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Thank you, thank you very much

As Elvis would say, "thank you, thank you very much" to the house here in Galveston that has the Elvis for President sign in their yard. It makes me smile every time I drive by it. Too bad Elvis has left the building or I would send in a donation for him.

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Banning types of rifles won't stop crime

Mark W. Stevens stated several facts that need clarifying ("AR- and AK-type weapons should be banned," The Daily News, July 13). There are 11 states with verbiage about weapons and cartridges in deer hunting. Half these states list shotgun only. That leaves five that don't allow the .223 to be used.

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Texas City ISD is already doing a good job

The Texas City Independent School District board of trustees, Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lusignolo and her staff, as well as all the hardworking district employees, are to be highly commended for the hours they are spending cleaning up the poor and dilapidated conditions of the former La Marque ISD schools.

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Wednesday 07/13/2016
Why aren't we hiring from closer to home?

Obviously, entities like Galveston County, Galveston Independent School District, the health district, municipal police departments, etc., are separate and autonomous. However, for some of us average citizens looking “up,” it seems like a lot of the highest leadership positions around the county are getting filled by outside applicants. (Are y’all using the same headhunters?)

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A simple policy change to save lives and tax money

The TV pundits and their expert guests are discussing 24/7 recent killings by police of two black men and the killing by one black man of five white police officers.

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Something's missing in the racial-shooting discussion

Sifting through all the shouting, endless commentaries and heartfelt pleas coming from all sides this past week I found something lacking that puzzles me.

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We must look for ways to heal

I was compelled to address how our wounded United States of America grieves from the senseless violent deaths in this flawed system — not about black or white — but about wrong to right.

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Saturday 07/09/2016
Hillary's 'swag' is untouchable

Hillary Clinton’s FBI pass spotlights the current state of injustice. Jails are filled with common people lacking the Clintons’ swag to deflect prosecution.

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Thursday 07/07/2016
Harborside Drive still has issues

The editorial by Anthony Oppermann ("Despite delays, added costs, port's terminal expansion worthwhile," The Daily News, July 2) referencing Harborside Drive becoming the primary gateway to the city, was long overdue. Oppermann referenced improvements to accommodate thousands of cruise passengers, visitors and workers driving to the island. However, he left out the one major problem of this gateway: the railroad crossings.

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You have to take the good with the bad

Phillip Cayton must feel that any viewpoint contrary to his is worthless ("Right-wing columnists need to go," The Daily News, July 1). Perhaps he can find a more liberal paper than The Daily News (doubtful). To be fair, The Daily News seems to give space to liberals and conservatives equally. However, the paper appears to have a leftward slant.

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Christian rhetoric is divisive

In response to the column by Bill Tinsley ("On faith and democracy," The Daily News, July 2): I understand the need for your religion to create demons to justify the decline of the influence of Christianity, but atheists, humanists and non-Christians are not those demons. Your beliefs, rhetoric and actions are increasingly divisive, rather than unifying.

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Wednesday 07/06/2016
Abbott's support of Paxton has gotten clearer

I have thought it very strange that Gov. Greg Abbott continued to stand behind Attorney General Ken Paxton, despite the fact that the securities fraud cases against Paxton in Collin County and by the Securities Exchange Commission appear to be “slam dunk” cases.

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Thanks to TCISD for making Guajardo memorial go smoothly

For a quarter of a century, Texas City ISD school board member Manuel Guajardo was an advocate for Texas City children and their schools. His wit was a great blessing to us and his faithful wisdom about the future of our city was admirable. Carnes Funeral Home had the great honor to serve his family as they laid him to rest.

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Supreme Court ruling on abortion was a sham

The decision by the Supreme Court on June 27, declaring the Texas abortion clinic regulation unconstitutional was a sham. The Court essentially reiterated that abortion is a cultural idol. As such, any attempt by the states to regulate it, via the 10th Amendment, must be resisted whenever possible.

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Maceo: I couldn't have done it without your support

I want to send out a personal thanks to everyone that helped to win this election. First, I would like to thank the Galveston Firefighters Association for their time and effort in helping to get out the vote, the Galveston Bar and Tavern Association, Island Famous Inc. and the International Longshoreman Association for their endorsements and support.

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Saturday 07/02/2016
Animal control officer deserves high praise

Congratulations are in order to the animal control services. I had a serious problem with a strange dog in my yard that was big and gnarly. I tried to lead it out, but it ended up killing one of my best chickens. Animal control sent a young man who easily put a leash on it and took it out to his vehicle. He even offered to take care of the disposal of my dead chicken. I told him that my husband would do it.

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"Don't mess with Texas City" should be our motto

With the Fourth of July coming up, will it be possible to have the Texas City Dike and its park cleaner than it was on Memorial Day? On Memorial Day, it was unbearable, with trash cans full, Porta Potties unbearable, etc. With all the revenue collected from those going on the dike, shouldn't that cover a crew to clean it?

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Plenty of intolerance among the "politically correct"

Thanks for another highly amusing progressive sermon by Dan Freeman (“Politically incorrect just code for bigoted,” The Daily News, June 29).

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Friday 07/01/2016
Thanks for 'cutting to the chase'

In response to the guest column by Norman Pappous ("Lesson for U.S., Galveston in UK union vote," The Daily News, June 25): This is the most intelligent and honest submission I have read in a long time, if ever. Cutting to the chase, he stated that the monies received from the Port of Galveston have not increased by more than 0 percent since 1945. How could this be? Does anyone think this is reasonable? He went on...

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With elections, 2018 promises to be interesting

The city council has new members; we will see if they accept the great drive the city is accomplishing and working on now.

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Right-wing columnists need to go

Please remove the "three musketballs" from your paper. They only spout right-wing propaganda and usually ignore the facts. Their recent column was just another bunch of misrepresentation of the truth about immigrants and terrorism ("Don't allow fear to rule response to terrorism," The Daily News, June 27).

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Friday 06/24/2016
Help stop the Rollover land grab

In response to the story "County declares local disaster to help oyster companies" (The Daily News, June 15): Gee, doesn't this conflict with their allegations of the salinity issues involving Rollover Pass? For years Ted Vega and I have fought this battle as Rice University proved the last biased GLO study to be false. Now our county judge wants to aid oyster companies because of small business?

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Thursday 06/23/2016
Gulf Parkinson Source is there to help

I read with great interest the story about Parkinson's disease ("Q-and-A: What is Parkinson's?" The Daily News, June 14); however, I was surprised to find no mention at all of the Galveston County Parkinson Support Group, a nonprofit formed six years ago. We meet the first and third Thursdays of the month at First United Methodist Church in Dickinson.

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Cities must help to make parades safe

Parades need a set of procedures to keep observers safe. While attending a recent parade, there were kids of all ages gathering candy and excited about all the participants in the parade along the route; however, the city places these wooden detours at every intersection thinking that is good enough.

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Veterans, don't miss out on your benefits

I joined the draft at 18 and spent three years in the U.S. Army, some serving in Vietnam.

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Operation Dry Water aims to keep waterways safe

Alcohol is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths in the United States, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Wednesday 06/22/2016
Gun control won't solve problems

Again the Democrats are calling for gun control. Why didn't they call for banning airplanes after 9/11? Why don't they call for banning automobiles since so many people are killed in accidents? Gun control sure makes lots of sense doesn't it!

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COM board needs to be removed

I'm glad The Daily News reported on the latest scandal at College of the Mainland ("COM spent more than $400,000 on 'separation agreements,'" The Daily News, June 12). These agreements pay employees to leave in exchange for not suing. What kind of board must pay people not to sue? This is more proof of all the mistreatment at COM. The total spent on these agreements is even higher than reported.

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Parking issues on seawall just don't make sense

I don't understand the proposal to discontinue parking along the south side of Seawall Boulevard. Is the prohibition just to last during daylight hours during "tourist season" or is someone proposing that residents just no longer get to park next to the beach, ever? Or is there a resident permit parking option?

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Help us welcome home our troops

The Dickinson Veterans of Foreign Wars and other veteran groups have rescheduled "Bugs & BBQ" for Saturday at Veterans Park, behind the Post, 5204 state Highway 3, in Dickinson. The event will help raise money for our returning Army National Guard Troops and for those facing deployment soon.

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Thursday 06/16/2016
I was fortunate enough to know Muhammad Ali

In the late 1970s, my brother and I were hired to work as extras in the Muhammad Ali movie "The Greatest," which was being filmed in Houston. We worked over two months on this movie. We had to show up every day at 6 a.m. for makeup and wardrobe.

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State of City event was a huge success

Thank you to everyone who came out to hear Mayor Jim Yarbrough and City Manager Brian Maxwell speak at the State of the City forum Monday. If you were unable to attend, the event was recorded and will be aired on Channel 16 or can be viewed on the city’s website at galvestontx.gov.

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Maceo will represent all in District 3

I encourage residents in District 3 to vote for Frank Maceo for city council.

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