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Over the past couple of weeks, I have been keeping up with the political chatter on social media and via network news sources, and to my surprise, it has been the total disregard for your opinion if you disagree with them.

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Coastal Flood Watches and Advisories are in effect for Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula through tomorrow night. Brisk east to southeast winds as a result of from high pressure to the east and low pressure to the north and west, are already resulting in tides running 1-2 feet above normal.

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The high pressure that brought welcome relief in terms of sunshine and mostly dry conditions is slowly lifting off to the east as a low pressure trough deepens to our west and moves east. This will set the stage for a gradual increase in clouds and rain chances, though it looks as though the…

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Welcome sunshine has returned to our area after one of the wettest spells ever. This past month gave our area the second wettest September and the third wettest month ever. In addition, it may surprise nobody to learn that September, 2018 had more days with measurable rainfall (22) than any …

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Despite an absence of any hurricanes or tropical storms along the upper-Texas coast, September, 2018 will not easily be forgotten. It is already the 3rd wettest month ever (topped only by Harvey influenced August, 2017 and an exceedingly wet September, 1885 in which some of the rainfall was …

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced he would donate up to 10 metal detectors to the Santa Fe Independent School District in response to the shooting that left eight students and two teachers dead. As much as this seems like a possible solution to gun violence, it’s not. In fact it’s worse, …

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Heavy rains overnight and this morning have led to widespread street flooding in Galveston. Unfortunately, radar trends show a band of rain training across the island and northwest Gulf of Mexico.

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Thunderstorms rumbled across Galveston County early this morning, bringing more rain to the already water-logged area. So far this month, Scholes Field in Galveston has picked up 13.78 inches of rain already, while the National Weather Service Office in League City had recorded 12.80 inches …

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A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through tomorrow as heavy downpours rolled into Galveston as expected. A stalled frontal boundary along the coast, a coastal trough and abundant moisture are the main drivers behind this stormy outlook. Although we may see a break in the rain this evening, th…

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Heavy rains overnight brought from 3- 5 inches of rain to much of Galveston County by 7 a.m. and continued heavy rainfall this morning has added another 4-5 inches, causing widespread street flooding around the City of Galveston. The downpours are a result of a trough along the coast interac…

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Clear Creek Independent School District has passed deficit budgets several times in recent years, but usually finishes the year with a surplus, said Paul McLarty, the district’s deputy superintendent of business and support services.

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Clear Creek Independent School District is forming a committee to develop new school boundaries to accommodate the opening of the new elementary school, officials said.

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I'm a retired senior citizen, and a fortunate recipient who received a portable air conditioner from DSW Homes this summer. I want to thank them with all of my heart for your kindness. I only have two names; Steve and Carmen Mataro, thank you. 

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Our weather this summer has been influenced by a massive upper-level high pressure system that has dominated the southern half of the country. Initially anchored over the Southwestern U.S., it periodically shifted east into Texas and beyond. This has led to our prolonged spells of hot, mostl…

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While some areas in the northwestern and northern parts of Galveston County received spotty, but fairly decent rains over the past three days, Galveston Island and the southern part of the County remain stuck in a month- long drought. The National Weather Service Office at League City/Dickin…

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Babe Schwartz’s legacy is wide, deep and enduring. No one is more deserving of a Texas beach named in his honor than perhaps Cabeza de Vaca or de La Salle. Thanks to him, every one of us, Texan and visitor alike, not only has free and clear access to Texas beaches, but beaches cleaned thanks…

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When a hurricane isn’t looming, late August has always been one of my favorite times of the year. Sunlight becomes a little softer and shady areas are easier to find as I take my dogs on their daily walks. August is also the start of the four rainiest months in Galveston with rainfall averag…

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It is hard to believe that 50 years have passed since Galveston fully integrated its schools. No longer would blacks and whites be educated in separate school systems. In 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that “separate but equal” facilities were legal. Southern states set up separate schoo…

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The weather outlook for the weekend is mixed for Galveston County with a fairly good chance of rain between now and Saturday night, but with drier conditions moving in by Sunday or Monday. A low pressure trough nosing into Oklahoma and North Texas combined with a weak frontal boundary across…

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American voters knew who Donald Trump was before they elected him. He hasn’t changed. He never will. So, stop being so shocked and appalled at his conspiracy of the day. Leave Donald Trump alone so he can do the work he was elected to do regardless of the many scandals he is facing.

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As The Daily News begins to work on its annual high school football preview magazine (set to be published Sunday, Aug. 26), the excitement for a new season of Galveston County football is building; it’s starting to feel real.

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A weak cold front drifted south across the area yesterday, bringing clouds and some relief from the heat. Temperatures dipped into the upper-70’s this morning across most of the County, even Galveston Island. A hoped for long-shot for rain, however, did not materialize, leaving the area to f…

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Despite a last-ditch effort, including a petition with almost 1,900 signatures, parents of students attending Clear Creek Independent School District were unable this week to persuade officials to approve installing metal detectors at schools. But they vowed to continue the fight.

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The FBI is warning the public about a phone scam that fraudulently displays the FBI’s or U.S. Marshals’ real telephone numbers on caller ID.

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On Wednesday in Austin, the state’s Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security heard testimony from school staff members, which included administrators, activists, counselors and researchers. Two things occurred:

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The heat spell and drier weather that I mentioned in my blog last week is well on its way to settling across Southeast Texas. A persistent high pressure ridge aloft is likely to hang around, and even increase its impact on our weather, over the weekend. This pattern will be accompanied by su…

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The Texas General Land Office is asking for input about how it should spend about $137 million in federal block grants for flood mitigation.

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Federal lawmakers face a July 31 deadline to either reauthorize or reform the National Flood Insurance Program, which is vitally important to people living and doing business along the coast.

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Does our government understand the issues we are dealing with? I fear not! Issues like immigration are a hot topic of discussion in my part of the country, but how does it play in Memphis, or much less Kansas City? A good question on my mind is how is immigration playing in Washington? From …

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The Clear Creek Independent School District’s security council Monday recommended increased law enforcement presence, student and staff badges and a trench coat ban, among other items, to improve school security after the May 18 shooting at Santa Fe High School.

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The video is enough to give even a noncyclist pause. On Friday, The Daily News examined the subject of cyclists on the roads of Galveston County. The newspaper posted a link to a disturbing video captured by a cyclist while on FM 3005, which shows very clearly part of the problem.

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We believe the constant ordering of the Stars and Stripes to half-staff is eroding the value of the symbol, as well as creating a growing insensitively to the recognition it is intended to convey.

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

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The Fourth of July in Galveston County is synonymous with fireworks, barbecues, beaches, boats and parades. The fact that it’s a celebration of the USA makes it all the more enjoyable. However, it’s also a holiday when carelessness, inattention and, frequently, alcohol cause more accidents t…

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Bill Tinsley, surely a nice guy, can string sentences together well enough. Want a bland affirmation of faith, something to help maintain religious complacency? "Choosing Faith" (The Daily News, June 29) will suffice.

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Temperatures, more characteristic of July and August, combined with long, sunny days, are rapidly undoing any benefits received from the needed rains last week. With soil temperatures rising and high evaporation rates, Galveston County is already creeping back towards drought conditions.

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Sir, while I am glad to see a swift response from Austin on the tragedy in Santa Fe, I have a question or two as to some of the suggestions that were tossed about.

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A weak trough along the Texas coast, interacting with a mid and upper-level low over the west-central Gulf, should bring cloudy, breezy weather with periods of showers and scattered thunderstorms through tomorrow. More heavy rain, accompanied by gusty winds, elevated tides and rough seas wil…

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The National Flood Insurance Program, which thousands of residents across the county rely on, is set to expire July 31, and insurers and elected officials are urging Congress to not only reauthorize it, but to improve it and make it more reflective of the market. And those changes very well …

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Forecasters have been calling for possible heavy rain for the past several days. For those of you who are wondering where the rains are, the short-answer is that they are delayed somewhat, but should move into our area from Sunday through Tuesday or Wednesday, if not longer.

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The good news is that an unfavorable environment (high wind shear over the southern Gulf of Mexico and dry air) may inhibit development of the tropical wave now moving northwestward across the Yucatan Peninsula. Most models still suggest that the system will remain disorganized and open (lac…