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I’m standing in a small room of a 400-year-old building in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Hand-pressed reddish bricks peek from behind peeling plaster. Inside air moves with the aid of a historically learned combination of opening and closing doors.

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This month, The Daily News turned 180 years old. Let that sink in for a moment. The Daily News is among the oldest continuously operating businesses in Texas — even predating the statehood. One hundred eighty years is one big monumental chunk of time by any industry standard.

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Thank you to all who helped The Daily News publish this week’s historical and commemorative issue chronicling our 180 years of history. I am incredibly proud of the many community voices telling our story and the Galveston County community’s story.

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We tend to refer to the collective paintings by an artist or writings by an author as a body of work. In doing so, we form opinions or project a value to their efforts. This exercise allows us to believe our conclusions are based on true substance.

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If you’ve read my columns before, you probably recall my mentioning my mother passed when I was a teenager. And while she was not around, I never felt alone, as if her shadow was always visible or her hand within reach. Life, although different, went on.