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Donna Spencer

And this guy wants us to vote for him for city council ! What a class guy. Finding loopholes and legal angles to avoid what is suppose to be for the good of us all. What a great guy.... yeah. I thought I had seen them open a few weeks ago but now I know how this guy thinks. And we should vote for him ? Sure.....

Allison Buchtien

Yeah, that was my thought exactly. I want a council member representing me who follows the rules and isn't in it for himself.

Kelly Naschke

Bravo to Sharky’s and Middleton. Enough is enough. Would rather see them go bankrupt and fire employees? You don’t want to go...STAY HOME. No one is putting gun to your head and dragging you in there. Stay home, watch more lies, inconsistencies, and democrat and media fear mongering.

PD Hyatt

If I lived in his district I would surely vote for him as sticking up for our Constitution and not bowing down to the haters of it is who I am for!

Blanca Bell

We and risk our health at Home Depot and Walmart but not at Sharky's ?

Well done, stay open and stick to your guns!

Ted Gillis

Rules are just suggestions to some people.

Mr. Sunset Man strikes again.

Miles has proven that he could care less about municipal rules or laws. It’s all about the Wild West for him and his likes.

Rick Altemose

"We're known for our pizza and our live music." That's precisely the reason that bars are so much more dangerous during a pandemic that other equivalently crowded retail spaces (the loud music- pizza is fine). if you have to raise your voice, even shout to talk to your companions, you are spreading whatever germs you have, even if you don't have symptoms yet.

Joshua Moore

Stay home, don't go out anymore. Maybe you can outlast the germs outside.

Ron Binkley

Ms Landry.....you are just splitting hairs playing the word game. You should be doing what's best for your employees and guests instead challenging a law that is meant to help protect everyone. It's all about the almighty buck, right?

Joshua Moore

Glad they are doing this. Anyone who has a business and provides is essential. Last I checked, the government does not have to authority to dictate who is essential and can provide for their families, as well as who cannot. We are not a communist country.

Jim Forsythe

The federal government derives its authority for isolation and quarantine from the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Under section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S. Code § 264), the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services is authorized to take measures to prevent the entry and spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the United States and between states.

State, local, and tribal authorities

Enforce isolation and quarantine within their borders.

It is possible for federal, state, local, and tribal health authorities to have and use all at the same time separate but coexisting legal quarantine power in certain events. In the event of a conflict, federal law is supreme.

Enforcement

If a quarantinable disease is suspected or identified, the CDC may issue a federal isolation or quarantine order.

Public health authorities at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels may sometimes seek help from police or other law enforcement officers to enforce a public health order.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Coast Guard officers are authorized to help enforce federal quarantine orders.

Breaking a federal quarantine order is punishable by fines and imprisonment.

Federal law allows the conditional release of persons from quarantine if they comply with medical monitoring and surveillance.

Seamus Dughan

And yet, there are sooo many judges who would disagree with you.

Ray Taft

So Abbott announces something and we’re all supposed to jump through his hoop?

Abbott is still getting his paycheck, and making sure our property taxes go up so government workers everywhere can get their paychecks. What about us, Abbott?

Time is up for Abbott! It’s time that Texans stop waiting. Let’s reopen and get back to work. Abbott can stay home with all the Democrats.

Bailey Jones

Dems don't want him either, Ray.

Ray Taft

Ok. Then stay home by yourselves. Abbott can wing it.

Kimberly Klepcyk

Will definitely remember which businesses were concerned with the health and good for all. The closures were based on minimizing the spread to the community. It's not just about putting yourself at risk. So tired of people asserting that they have a right to put others in harm's way. There are limits to your rights when you exercising that right infringes on the rights of others. It is a balance.

Wayne D Holt

A question for Mr. Maxwell; If there are no local orders to close bars; all alleged violations are turned over to TABC and the city doesn't trouble themselves with it after that; and Rep. MIddleton's assistance wasn't needed...why were GPD officers sent to this business four times? Were our officers informed this was the policy? When people called in a complaint, wouldn't it make more sense to have the dispatcher let them know over the phone rather than sending a unit to do what you say was clearly unnecessary?

This answer has all the hallmarks of another Maxwellian gem: the beach closings were never to protect the public, it was just for the responders' protection. Why then aren't we protecting our officers instead of forcing them to go into harm's way four times and interact with all those dangerous pizza eating revelers?

Lena Gilley

Yes! Everything needs to open back up! Pretty stupid decision to cancel fireworks in Galveston! Still going to be a lot of people in Galveston

Seamus Dughan

Holding their ground took significant courage. Its not about money, its about fulfilling commitments to landlords, employees and the public. Its living your principals. The "marshalls" acted like stormtroopers and did their best to intimidate Ms. Landry, Mr. Robertson put his candidacy on the line. Unlike the parking marshalls, GPD acted like public servants.

Civil disobedience, if that is even what this was, is a core requirement of a free society. Its refusing to sit in the back of the bus, its "sitting-in" to protest a war, its tossing tea into a harbor. There is zero actual proof that shutting down saved a single life or that fighting to stay solvent cost one.

History may not reveal which approach worked best, sadly, because there weren't enough Sharkey's out there.

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