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A promise made to his younger brother resulted in scholarships valued at $17,000 for 17 area students. This incredible achievement occurred within the first two years of The Nick Gary Foundation’s existence. Our family, friends, and supporters deserve all the recognition in making these scho…

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People of limited means often find themselves with little control over their living conditions. They feel powerless to leave substandard housing and they, their children and the wider community pay the price.

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In response to Ray Holbrook’s guest column ("Vote Cruz to stop the socialist takeover of America" The Daily News, Sept. 22), I have two bipartisan quotes for him. The first is from a Republican, Ronald Reagan: “There you go again!” The second from a Democrat, Beto O’Rourke, from the Sept. 21…

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The 1867 Settlement Committee will celebrate its eighth annual Historical Western Event from noon to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Bell Drive Historic District at 117 Bell Drive in Texas City. The museum also will be open for tours from noon to 5 p.m.

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Is lying the new political norm? Of course not. Politicians and their political operatives, along with their core supporters, have been involved with the practice of politically lying and deceiving voters by making false claims that they know not to be true, etc., since I can remember.

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It was good news last week that the city of Hitchcock had taken a big step toward getting its financial house in order after having gotten near insolvency, but there’s still evidence of deep dysfunction in the small mainland community.

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Summer is over, but at its beginning I spent a magical summer day visiting Artist Boat’s Coastal Heritage Preserve on West Galveston Island. The “Preserve” runs across 669 acres and hosts freshwater and saltwater marshes, coastal prairie and a few tiny woodlots.

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The good news for many retired teachers in the area, the Teacher Retirement System of Texas opted Friday not to raise health care premiums by $50 a month.

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It is difficult to believe the U.S. Senate race in Texas is close. Sen. Ted Cruz has been senator for six years and has done a fine job. What has he done that make you want to vote for the Democrat, Rep. Beto O’Rourke? And, just what is Beto for? He is for what his Democratic leader in the H…

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On Sept. 16, “60 Minutes” aired a program that every Galvestonian should have seen. It covered a simple, but effective, way of dealing with the feral cat problem in Hawaii with no threat to their birds, human habitation, or their unique wild animals. It was at base, something I suggested in …

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As "The Big Bang Theory" CBS juggernaut rolls into a record 12th season on Monday, most of the gang exploring mysteries of the universe have gone vegan, opting for plant-based eating. Leading actress Kaley Cuoco (Penny) also campaigns against Canadian slaughter of baby seals. Mayim Bialik (A…

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John R. Cobarruvias’ comments about detectors will not curing gun violence are correct; however, busting Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s chops over the offer to give 10 of them to Santa Fe schools is not warranted (Metal detectors don't add up to less gun violence," The Daily News, Sept. 19).

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How do you catch a dream? Think about it. Fantastical things happen in our dreams. We fly through the air unaided by jetpacks; we swim underwater without tanks; feasts appear without the effort of cooking; houses designed by the likes of Escher expand as needed; and loved ones who are lost t…

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As a tourist destination, Galveston has long had to endure and overcome criticisms about its appearance and amenities. Some of those criticisms might be unfair. Much — although not all — of the trash tourists gripe about comes from tourists, for example.

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In 1960, Nikita Khrushchev of the USSR pounded his shoe on the table at the United Nations and said, “We will take over America without firing a shot.” We all laughed. This was during the Cold War era, and we knew he was just trying to look strong for his people.

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The choice is clear for Position 2 in the Friendswood ISD school board race. Denise Ruiz has the experience needed to continue to serve as a trustee on this distinguished board.

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League City council should approve an amended ordinance meant to tighten and clarify its protection of significant trees, which should come up for a second vote near the end of this month.

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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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Diaper Need Awareness Week, which is Monday through Sept. 30, is an initiative of the National Diaper Bank Network created to mobilize efforts to help make a difference in the lives of the nearly 5.2 million babies in the United States ages 3 and younger, who live in poor or low-income families.

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I think it's time to think blue. How can we expect Ted Cruz to stick up for Texas when he cannot stick up for himself? He was once brutally insulted by Donald Trump, who called him "Lyin' Ted" and added further indignity to his family. Lyin' Ted's reaction to this abuse — become close pals w…

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I got a kick out of reading the letter by John Hatch expressing a desire for fair and unbiased reporting ("For truth, tune out mainstream media, except Fox," The Daily News, Sept. 13).

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If you’ve had a parent who’s lived a life of adventure, danger, happiness, loss and reward then you’ve been truly blessed. More than likely, you’ve gotten a course in “basic knowledge.”

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In a letter by Don Treshman ("Beto O'Rourke is deceptive, support Ted Cruz," The Daily News, Sept. 12) he goes back to the current playbook of Trump Republicans. He attacked Beto O'Rouke for his name that his family gave him as a child.

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The 3-foot rule is important, but for much more than enforcement ("Citing enforcement, council defers bike safety vote," The Daily News, Sept. 14). It's about awareness and showing that Galveston is a bicycle-friendly city. The ordinance, along with signage, will make drivers aware and, hope…

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It’s an interesting apparent paradox coming as the Texas Legislature prepares to meet next year. You can expect to hear the continued clamor about property tax reform, but, at the same time, lawmakers are heading into the session looking at a projected drop in the state’s share of public edu…

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In the 2017 Texas legislative session, the Senate passed Bill No. 1882. Few people know of the bill, but one small school in Galveston is very happy that it exists. This October will be the beginning of the third year of Moody Early Childhood Center, a year-round school that caters to Galves…

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Don Treshman states that Beto O'Rourke changed his first name to conceal his Irish-American heritage from Latino voters ("Beto O'Rourke is deceptive, support Ted Cruz," The Daily News, Sept. 12).

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In response to the letter by Don Treshman ("Beto O'Rourke is deceptive, support Ted Cruz," The Daily News, Sept. 12): Not only is the writer offensive to Congressman O’Rourke and the work he does for his constituents, but he is also offensive to his fellow Texans for making such ridiculous c…

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As Friendswood residents for over 40 years and Friendswood High School alumni, it is our great honor to endorse Denise Ruiz for Friendswood ISD school board Position 2. Denise is a trusted leader in our community, our neighbor and dear friend. We are grateful that she has once again answered…

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Lifeguard No. 3 Michael Lucero was working the early shift at Stewart Beach on Sept. 9. It was looking to be a slow day with rain in the Houston area and not many people moving around on the beachfront yet. He watched over maybe 50 people on the beach, with 10 or so in the water.

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After success in Africa and lower Italy, the Allied leaders — Winston Churchill of Great Britain, Joseph Stalin of Russia and Franklin D. Roosevelt of the United States — in 1943 needed to plan the final stages of World War II.

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As a member of the Friends of Downtown Friendswood Association, when I first heard about the carousel for Stevenson Park, I envisioned a beautiful Saturday with a grandchild walking hand-in-hand through its quiet, green trails, then going over and riding the carousel.

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President Trump has accused the mainstream media of providing fake news, and being an enemy of the people. I agree with him. Why, because of the hypocrisy and dishonesty exhibited by the mainstream media on a daily basis.

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I for one am getting tired of the half- to full-page critics of this administration with The Associate Press as the only news source. The “spin” is always against any positive thing this president does right.

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The Salvation Army of Galveston County, which in July announced its long-sought groundbreaking for a new facility after six years of planning, has found a better opportunity.

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The “Evening of Serious Fun,” aptly named as an offshoot of the Harris L. Kempner Serious Fun Children’s Series performances (based on children’s books) — is not your typical fundraiser. This annual event set from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at The Grand 1894 Opera House at 2020 Postoffice St. i…

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I recently rode down the length of the Texas City Dike for the first time in many years and was pleasantly surprised by the improvements — particularly the efforts to keep the area clean by making trash cans available every several feet. Yet, in spite of this, people can’t be bothered to dis…