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The headline screamed “Galveston County woman dies of e-cigarette connected illness” (The Daily News, Jan. 7). The media continues to misrepresent the real cause of recent illnesses and deaths blamed on vaping, and the death counts will continue to rise because of it.

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A Texas law meant to ensure all people have a right to access and enjoy the state’s beaches is a sacred one worth protecting and repeating as the city of Galveston falls short of honoring the constitutional right.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once stated, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” By this he meant that, when we stop standing up for what we believe is right we are prohibiting ourselves from seeing a better day.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a prominent figure of the Civil Rights movement. In his famous address, “The Drum Major Instinct,” Dr. King preached, “We all have the drum major instinct. We all want to be important, to surpass others, to achieve distinction, to lead the parade.”

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War, hatred, anger; surrounding communities all around the world. The thought of having peace seems to be an impossible task to achieve. Martin Luther King Jr. was well known for standing up for the colored community through his powerful words of his speeches.

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The Galveston Historical Foundation’s Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest is meant to challenge students to think about how civil rights and diversity affect their lives and how they can continue King’s work in their own way.

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Galveston tourism leaders are working on partnerships that will encourage cruise passengers to linger longer and spend more money on the island.