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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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League City council should approve a long-planned hike and bike trail along FM 518, despite opposition from some residents of a nearby subdivision who fear the trail would attract crime.

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The city of Galveston’s attempts to address the serious shortage of middle-income housing are noble. But the city should use public resources cautiously — if at all — in trying to solve a problem in which the private market can’t make the math work.

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Whiskers, fluffy tails and pink noses. Plenty of which residents will encounter at shelters in the county right now. One shelter in particular, the Galveston County Animal Resource Center, recently wrapped up a weekend of reduced adoption fees.

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Last week, President Donald Trump announced, by executive order, that he was rescinding the executive directive of former President Barack Obama to colleges and universities on how they can use race in admissions decisions to promote diversity.

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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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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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Some of the best post-Harvey news we’ve reported so far was on the front page Thursday and marked the return of the well-respected M.I. Lewis Social Service Center.

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Santa Fe public school officials suffered a trauma unimaginable to most of us when a student on May 18 shot and killed 10 people and wounded about a dozen others at the district’s high school. And they suffered a different kind of shock when reporters from local, national and international o…

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Although they took much longer than they should have, Hitchcock and Galveston officials did the right thing in following through with investigations of bullying claims lodged against their police officers.

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A Federal Bureau of Investigation report released this week on active shooting incidents, such as the one at Santa Fe High School last month, had more than a few interesting points.

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With trade tariff news heating up, we wanted to update Daily News readers on the recently instituted tariffs on Canadian newsprint. We also wanted to offer a public thanks to local elected officials and community organizations who are stepping up to help turn around this misguided interpreta…

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Water conservation seems to always be a hard sell among some consumers of the essential stuff, and it’s an extremely hard sell at times like these when large parts of the county still are recovering from an epic flood and it’s raining pretty hard.

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Juneteenth is a very important day. From parades to golf tournaments, from picnics to prayer breakfasts and the traditional reading of General Order No. 3 at Aston Villa in Galveston, most county residents know a least something about the significance of June 19.

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The meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un this week was nothing short of historic. No matter what side of the political spectrum you may fall on, the fact that the two leaders walked across a stage and shook hands is remarkable.

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Galveston City Council members will face a hard decision later this month if, as expected, they consider banning new duplexes and multifamily homes in single-family residential zoned districts and historic districts such as the East End, Silk Stocking and Lost Bayou.

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Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston is sometimes taken for granted. Part of the organization spends its time raising money so others in the organization can heal child burn victims.

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Both the elected leaders and hired staff at Galveston County have a lot of explaining to do about the disappearance of more than $500,000 that was supposed to pay a contractor for road repairs but apparently was stolen through an amazingly simple scam.

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The death of a Galveston Island Beach Patrol lifeguard while cycling along 69th Street is both a tragedy and a reminder of the inherent dangers of the mixing of bicycles and cars on congested roadways.

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Although we hear all the time about people who can’t feed themselves and their children or live in worry about where the next meal will come from, hunger is a hard concept for those of us with plenty to grasp.

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First, we apologize for not providing more notice about the change that began Monday in comics and puzzles published on weekdays and Saturdays. We had planned a lot of hoopla about the change during the week leading up to May 28, but bad news intervened.

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At 3 p.m. today, take a moment from watching the ball game, barbecue or other Memorial Day activities with friends and family for a moment of remembrance of those who died in U.S. military service.

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The shooting May 18 at Santa Fe High School, during which 10 people were killed and even more wounded, poses problems for people pushing extreme single-solution arguments about how to prevent such mass killings.

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On Wednesday, NFL team owners approved language to make players on the field stand during the national anthem. And as expected, the NFL Players Association is throwing a flag on the play.

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Years of tenacious lobbying by local people, celebrities and elected officials paid off Thursday when President Donald Trump signed a pardon for Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion and one of Galveston’s most famous sons.

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We don’t suggest that putting metal detectors in all schools would prevent all mass killings. We certainly don’t suggest it’s the only security measure area school districts should consider in the aftermath of a shooting at Santa Fe High School that left 10 dead and many others wounded.

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With Friday’s deadly school shooting, Santa Fe, Texas, is at the center of the media universe. And by extension, so is Galveston County and the state of Texas. This is our moment to help others — both in the past and future — on how to best deal with such a tragic and human crisis.

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Specious arguments, it seems, are a natural byproduct of terrible events such as the shooting Friday at Santa Fe High School in which eight children and two adults were shot dead and more than a dozen others were wounded.

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Following Friday’s school shooting at Santa Fe High School, most of us in Galveston County are feeling mad, hurt, confused and noticeably numb. Professionals will say this is normal. But what is not normal is the reason for the why.

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It should have been just another beautiful spring day on the Texas coast. It should have been a day for high school students and their teachers to think about the coming summer break. All the dread should have been about final exams, the outcome of those state-mandated tests that had seemed …