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The Galveston County Daily News: Letters To Editor

October 24, 2016

Letters To Editor

Sunday 10/23/2016
Media has already decided the presidency

Why do we as taxpaying Americans even go to the polls and vote for our next president?

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Move forward with Mihovil on the navigation district board

The navigation district board has operated quietly while the Pelican Island Bridge, the link to Galveston's future economic development, has rusted away. Is there a strategic plan to address the rapid growth of the Texas A&M campus, commercial operations and potential economic growth?

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Just a simple request, please...

To the mayor and city council of Galveston, a request: For the love of God and for the love of the great Republic of Texas, can someone please sync the lights on Harborside Drive?

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Friday 10/21/2016
This presidential election isn't free and fair

The two candidates are firmly in place, each with a majority of primary votes, but national polling shows that a majority of us view both unfavorably. How does that happen in a democracy? Well, let's see.

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Thursday 10/20/2016
Stuttering Awareness Day is Saturday

International Stuttering Awareness Day is Saturday. Did you know that 70 million people worldwide stutter — more than the population of France? 

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Column finally called the question

David Michael Smith, your guest column finally made up my mind ("There's still time to jump off the Trump Train," The Daily News, Oct. 19). He complains about a seasoned county judge, about College of the Mainland leadership and the only thing he can push is his Marxist views.

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Hillary will bring down this country

I am impressed by the very active Hillary Clinton campaign workers in Galveston. Last week they stole one of my Trump/Pence signs from inside my fence.

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Byrd in the best choice for Navigation Distrct

Four people are in the race for Navigation District Commissioner. Half of them would serve with the necessary integrity and commitment. But, it takes more, and only one candidate is fully qualified. That candidate is clearly the incumbent, Dennis Byrd.

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Monday 10/17/2016

In response to the guest column by Ray Holbrook ("Don't vote for Hillary," The Daily News, Oct. 13): Seriously... you were really a judge? Your views are ridiculous, to say the least.

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Trump fighting the media and GOP

When you look at Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as presidential candidates, I think Trump is correct when he says most of the media is against him. He's fighting the media and numerous established Republican leaders.

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Bad behavior should have consequences

In response to the editorial by Dave Mathews ("Bad behavior is just bad behavior," The Daily News, Oct. 10): He's exactly right in most of his comments — except this didn't originate with President Kennedy. Any historian will tell you that it has always been there in any positions that some people consider "power."

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Friday 10/14/2016
Art in the Park set for Oct. 22

Keep Dickinson Beautiful is usually involved in projects or events involving litter control, cleanups or recycling. But on Oct. 22, it will be showcasing Art in the Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. under the flags at the Dickinson City Hall complex, 4403 state Highway 3. This is a free event.

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Trump is really irking me

WikiLeaks, Russia's Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. What's really with this bizarre alliance? Russia is one of the United States' main adversaries. At one point Trump was praising Putin and Russia over our current president, etc.

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Thanks to all who helped make event a success

On behalf of the National Society of Artists and the artists who participated in the 32nd annual National Juried Art Show, I would like to thank the directors and trustees of Rosenberg Library for allowing the use of the newly renovated Wortham Auditorium.

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Tuesday 10/11/2016
Golden opportunity to put Criss back in office

Greetings to Jeanie Bond in Bacliff who I do not know ("It's time to get Criss back where he belongs," The Daily News, Oct. 7). I do know Lloyd Criss, however. I have known him quite awhile.

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Support your local animal shelter — not Trump

After hearing the latest Donald Trump tape on Oct. 7, and seeing the related political cartoon on Oct. 9, I just wanted to say how disgusted I am by Trump’s actions.

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How can we know the citizens?

How do we identify "legal" citizens? I am proud to be an American citizen (my grandparents emigrated from England and Germany) — and I know many naturalized citizens. We all would gladly produce our proof of citizenship, but we carry no proof. At any one time, all I have is my driver’s license (this applies to state issued IDs too). At the time I got it, I had to show my birth certificate and Social Security Card (birth certificate also required). But nowhere on the license or ID does it state U.S. citizen.

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We're all hypocrites when it comes to Trump

The recent condemnation of Donald Trump prompted me to think about how Jesus would have handled this situation. First of all, it is appalling to hear the hypocrisy. Crimes that were "forgiven." Hillary, a husband, a repeat offender of the Word of God, and still accused another human being of sins of the past.

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Friday 10/07/2016
Make sure your pets are a part of your hurricane preparedness

Hurricane Matthew — the Category 3 storm roaring toward the U.S. coast after ravaging Haiti — underlines the urgent need for emergency preparedness, which includes precautionary measures to keep your beloved pets safe when disasters strike.

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Trump, the Caped Misleader

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2015, median household income grew by 5.2 percent (7 percent for middle income earners); poverty is lowest since 2000; 20 million more people have health insurance; and unemployment is lowest since 1999. The value of the stock market has tripled since 2009, and gasoline prices are the lowest they've been in 60 years (inflation adjusted). Thanks Obama. Doesn’t sound like Gotham City is burning as described by the “Caped Billionaire Vigilante” (aka Donald Trump).

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Don't talk about Trump, if...

Don't talk about Donald Trump if you have ever talked about how fat or ugly a woman you saw was, or told your buddy how fine or well built a woman you saw was.

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Residents should unite against crime

I love, support and admire our police force, and would like to say one thing to those who disrespect, criticize and fail to support our police. Don't ask for help in your time of need. If you do, you will deny your own convictions and continue to shoot yourself in your own foot.

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Thursday 10/06/2016
U.S. is going to hell in a handbasket

I hate to say this, but if Obama finishes what he has started it will not matter who we elect to be the next president because America will be bankrupt. Without funds how will they be able to operate?

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Who will you believe when it comes to polls?

Are political polls accurate? Yes. If pre-determined results is what you call accuracy. Are they honest? Only by mistake.

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Retention ponds make mosquitoes worse

In response to the letter by Larry Stanley ("County isn't helping with mosquitoes," The Daily News, Sept. 28): I completely agree with you about retention ponds being breeding grounds for virus-bearing mosquitoes.

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It's time to get Criss back where he belongs

We have had some good legislators representing Galveston County, and Lloyd Criss was one of the best.

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Wednesday 10/05/2016
Congrats to True Cross Church School for 70 years

I had the recent privilege as director of the Dickinson Historical Society to present a plaque to The Rev. Larry Wilson, pastor of True Cross Catholic Church, Yolanda Agrella, principal of True Cross School and the students and parish at the 10 a.m. Children’s Service on Sept. 4, in recognition of 70 years of education on the mainland.

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TIRZ 13 deal an example of opaque government

Michael A. Smith recently wrote in support of all government bodies following the Texas Open Meetings Law ("Council should support proposed open-meetings ordinance," The Daily News, Sept. 27). I couldn't agree more. The law is so important that Elizabeth Beeton, Jos Wristers and I have filed a lawsuit alleging violations of the open meetings law by the Galveston Redevelopment Authority while creating a new agreement with the developer of TIRZ 13 over several months of meetings in 2014.

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Disguised corporate welfare worsens wage stagnation

Kudos to Michael A. Smith for convincingly laying out the facts concerning the wage stagnation that has afflicted our nation ("What's causing real-wage stagnation in the US?," The Daily News, Sept. 30). I have long been a proponent of a higher minimum wage as long as it is set at the municipal level. It makes no sense for a federal wage to be broadly applied across the nation when the costs of living differ so much depending on one's locale.

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Hillary Clinton — do as I say, not as I do

The elitist Hillary Clinton, that thinks she's about the law of this country, has once again shown what a hypocrite she is. She sends her daughter Chelsea to a clean-energy roundtable meeting while she was in North Carolina campaigning for her mother. The conference is five hours away. How does Chelsea get to this clean-energy conference where the discussion will be the impacts of our carbon emissions? (Hillary Clinton believes man-made climate change will end mankind if we don't tax ourselves on the energy we consume).

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Thursday 09/29/2016
Plant-based diets are good for you and the planet

It seems like there is always some special observance around the corner. There is even a World Day for Farmed Animals. It's observed fittingly on Oct. 2 (Gandhi's birthday). It's intended to memorialize the tens of billions of animals abused and killed for food around the world.

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Who does Baron think he's fooling?

It is beyond amusing to see leftists, including lawyer Neil Baron, proclaim the sanctity of court decisions in the era of Obama who has shown absolute distain for same ("Despite court losses, Texas continues voting shenanigans," The Daily News, Sept. 12). Especially since the president has packed the courts with activist judges who base their judicial conclusions on the Democrat party agenda. 

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Meanwhile, at the Bureau of Unlike Things

Our federal government has a “Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.” What do these four things have to do with each other? Little or nothing.

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Wednesday 09/28/2016
Americans should stop acting like brats

It's time we as Americans grow up and stop acting like spoiled brats. This country we know as the "United States" has more or less slowly become the "Divided States." And when it gets down to the bottom line, the government does not carry all the blame.

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Mihovil an excellent choice for Navigation District

My wife, Lavinia, and I have known Robert Mihovil since we moved to Galveston in 1985, and think he is an excellent choice to serve as a commissioner for the Navigation District No. 1. He has always been an outstanding and undisputed leader in our University Area when it comes to civic activities or neighborhood needs, and we know he would continue that dedicated service on Galveston’s navigation district board.

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Liberals are what's wrong with America

In response to the guest column by James Bagg ("Slide in standards leads to problems like Trump," The Daily News, Sept. 24): The liberals of today are not the liberals of the 19th century. The 19th century liberals were libertarians and believed in freedom — not security. The liberals of today want security.

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Tuesday 09/27/2016
Help us celebrate these deserving professionals

Central service professionals are being celebrated for their important role and commitment to patient safety during the annual International Central Service Week, Oct. 11-17. The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management has served more than 21,000 central service professionals in the United States and abroad by providing educational and professional development opportunities for these professionals.

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Oppermann is out of his league

In response to Anthony Oppermann's editorial ("Baylor fans should vent at Baylor, not MOB," The Daily News, Sept. 22): If Oppermann's sophomoric comments lack logic and reflect a certain jock-mentality, then "so be it." His opinions are best kept in the back of the sports section; otherwise, he is much out of his league.

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County isn't helping with mosquitoes

What gets me peeved is how the county asked everyone to empty any containers with stagnant water to control the mosquito population when the retention ponds they ask all business owners to install probably contain enough mosquito larvae to give everyone in the county Zika virus.

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Thursday 09/22/2016
'No homework' in elementary worked well for me

I must agree with Nicole Obert's letter ("Editorial didn't produce any facts supporting homework," The Daily News, Sept. 21). When I was in elementary school we did not have homework. That came to us when we entered middle school.

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Applications being accepted for preservation conference

The Daily News in June ran a story about my efforts to help raise money to increase Diversity Scholars attendance from 35 to 50, at the National Trust for Historic Preservation conference in Houston ("Preservationist hopes to increase National Trust diversity, presence," The Daily News, June 7).

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Let's hope Benghazi doesn't keep Clinton out of White House

Churchill's Benghazi, involving 250,000 casualties, did not stop his rise to commander-in-chief. Hopefully, Clinton’s Benghazi, involving 11 casualties, will also not stop her rise to commander-in-chief.

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Tuesday 09/20/2016
Liberals oppose voter ID to abet voter fraud

How does anyone live in the United States today without some form of identification? If you don't have identification you cannot conduct much business.

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Better family planning services would cut diaper demand

In response to Don Reavis' reaction to diaper need awareness week ("If parents can't afford diapers, shame on them," The Daily News, Sept. 12): Perhaps the need for diapers would be reduced if couples had greater access to Planned Parenthood services where they could receive condoms and information about other birth control methods.

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Editorial didn't produce any facts supporting homework

Anthony Oppermann’s editorial implores parents to fight for homework, suggesting it is essential to achievement, but research fails to support this ("Elementary school homework bans not necessarily a benefit to students, The Daily News, Sept. 15).

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
Yacht Basin fees are ridiculous

Really... $1,500 a year to launch your boat at the Yacht Basin? Why don't they just say we don't want you on our property anymore so we are gonna price you out, and even if you can afford it you probably won't pay it because it's a ridiculous amount to begin with.

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Does Russia trump America for Trump?

This election year, Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, has chosen to openly embrace and praise Russia's dictator, Vladimir Putin. Trump has declared Putin to be a stronger leader than President Barack Obama. I guess America is considered by Trump to be weak militarily as well. Putin, after all, is a Russian dictator.

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Diaper bank is a hand up — not a hand out

In response to the letter by Don Reavis ("If parents can't afford diapers, shame on them," The Daily News, Sept. 12): My daughter is a working mom. She takes her children to childcare so she can work to support her family. Like many moms she has to provide a month’s worth of diapers to the childcare provider at the first of each month plus wipes, snacks. She also has to purchase diapers and supplies for use when her child is at home.

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When's the last time you went down diaper aisle?

"Modest price" for diapers? Apparently, Don Reavis hasn't been down that aisle lately ("If parents can't afford diapers, shame on them," The Daily News, Sept. 12).

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Monday 09/12/2016
Be careful of throwing stones

In response to Don Reavis ("If parents can't afford diapers, shame on them," The Daily News, Sept. 12): How do you know what a parent might be going through to need a little help with diapers? What if they got sick and missed a few days from work and just needed one pack? You don't know the background on what each case has and why they needed the help.

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