Fishing was non-existent around the Galveston area Sunday, as moderate northerly winds and rain prevailed all day. Tuesday and Wednesday look the best for fishing this week, as the rain is forecast to be out of here and light winds taking over.
And so the clown show continues. For those Trump supporters still trying to convince me (or themselves) that Trump was just putting on a show and that Steve Bannon is an “economic nationalist” not a white supremacist I beg to differ. Feel free to refer to the barrage of tweets and retweets on everything from “Saturday Night Live” sketches to flag burning for a representative sample of the president-elect’s policy statements to the nation.
Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote that “The world will be saved by beauty,” which leads us to ask two rhetorical questions: first, does this mean that the world is lost and, second, is ugliness to blame for its condition? Rhetorical questions require no answer, but what we can see for ourselves is that in their multiple forms — artistic, personal and moral — beauty and ugliness contend for cultural supremacy. Today the general consensus among humanistic thinkers is that a “cult of ugliness” prevails.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The longest, loudest standing ovation of the Kennedy Center Honors gala wasn't reserved for Al Pacino, Mavis Staples or the Eagles. Instead, it went to the man sitting to their left, attending his eighth and most likely his last honors presentation: President Barack Obama.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — As investigators searched for signs of a crime in the fire that killed at least 33 in an Oakland warehouse during a late-night dance party, survivors and teary-eyed friends of those who perished viewed the charred building from a distance, placed flowers on several small memorials and embraced each other to mourn their losses.
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All that you state in this piece are valid concerns and questions. My question is why are there no statements or comments solicited by our elected representatives? This is a very real concern and yet you cannot seem to get a single quote from the very persons who can make a difference. I just do not understand how you can write these articles without talking to the commissioners. This happens time and again, with all of our elected reps. Maybe they all have unlisted phone numbers or work in secret offices somewhere. Or, maybe you need to get out of your office and pound the pavement and get answers for your readers.2 weeks ago
I have made that very same comment on many different issues which the GDN will initially give a brief report on but fail to follow up. I have suggested on several occasions that something like a quarterly sit down Q&A with all of our elected officials would be very informative for the readers. For many of us, the news paper is the only source of information about the candidates or where they stand on important issues. If anyone has tried writing to the reps, they soon find that it is an exercise in futility, you either get a canned political answer or no response at all. As subscribers, I think we deserve this service. In fact, rarely do we get any kind of follow ups whether they be political, the courts or with business. So the answer to your question is yes they certainly could get some answers, but in reality their record indicates that they will not. It's sad.1 month ago
Mr. Cross time and again you bring up valid concerns about our federal and state governmental waste. I've stated before and will again that the GDN is very irresponsible in that they rarely have a regular scheduled sit down Q&A with any of our elected representatives whether it be about this very topic or a myriad of other items you and others have written about in these forums. I have asked the GDN about this on several occasions, the only response I get is the sound of crickets. I write to our reps and get no response at all. Doesn't the news organization have a responsibility to hold their feet to the fire on issues?2 months ago
Has the paper followed up with Mr. Weber's office? It would seem that he would be the logical point to begin to get this problem solved. I do not understand why GDN does not conduct regular sit down Q & A sessions with our congressional representative while he is in town and available. The same goes for all of our elected representatives. The GDN poses many questions or concerns about various problems in our county but rarely do I see any investigative reporting to try and get answers.2 months ago
Really, "The majority of students in our schools live in poverty". As an involved grandparent with our local school I do not believe this statement. Some yes, but clearly not the majority. I believe your group has the best of intentions but misstatements such as this is a turn off to potential donors.3 months ago
When a grieving family asks for help, its hard to say no. Still, you have a valid point about downsizing.May 30, 2015
This is the type of legislation that freshmen representatives can introduce. Meaningful bills are reserved for the senior reps. IMHO.May 18, 2015
Thanks again Joe for a great column and for causing me to exercise my brain.May 14, 2015
Sounds like a win - win situation for any of the proposals. I dont understand why they havent pulled the trigger already.May 14, 2015
Thank you Mr. Criss for a most thoughtful and refreshing column. I say Amen.May 7, 2015