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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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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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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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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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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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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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Today marks the 118th anniversary of The Great Storm that came roaring out of the Gulf of Mexico on Sept. 8, 1900, destroying this island city and ensuring its place in the history of calamity.

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Saturday is the 118th anniversary of the Great Storm, which destroyed Galveston and environs in early September 1900 and remains today the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history.

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The front page of Monday’s Daily News presented an interesting contrast of the past versus the future when it comes to one of the more hateful elements of human behavior — prejudices over race, creed or color.

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Maybe it’s inevitable, like debris piles and FEMA trailers, that after every hurricane somebody in Galveston County will go to war with the Texas General Land Office and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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One of the most perplexing facts of this age is that some otherwise rational, educated people think they are protecting their children by foregoing vaccinations against diseases that had been on the way to becoming historical footnotes.

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The U.S. International Trade Commission voted Wednesday to stop Trump administration-sponsored tariffs on Canadian newsprint.

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Area residents and leaders should be alarmed by speculation the state’s plan to bring a new segment of the Grand Parkway through League City has hit a political snag. A lot is riding on that proposed ribbon of asphalt.

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Recently, the Texas Department of Public Safety released a list of offices around the state that it will present next week to the Sunset Advisory Commission for possible closure.

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Daily News reporters spent a lot of time recently talking to people in preparation for a special publication marking the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey.

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It’s easy to underestimate what the recent news from Central Media Arts Academy, more commonly known as Central Middle School, means for Galveston Independent School District, and what it implies for Texas education at large.

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If you have an opinion about whether Insurance Commissioner Kent Sullivan should approve or deny a 10 percent increase in the rates Texas consumers along the coast must pay for windstorm insurance, now’s the time to make it known.

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Last week, something remarkable happened. More than a half-dozen organizations came together for the greater good — more specifically, to help teach almost 1,200 local school employees about first aid.

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The fundamental question Galveston voters will have to ask themselves when the city’s authority to charge parking fees along the seawall comes up for a sunset referendum, perhaps as early as May, is this: What public good would come from shutting off that revenue stream?

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The Daily News supports calls by parents for an independent investigation of how Santa Fe Independent School District monitored and disciplined Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the teenager accused of killing 10 people inside Santa Fe High School during a May 18 shooting.

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No matter how you slice it, Galveston businessman Dennis Byrd shouldn’t be in this predicament — a multimillion project stalled, perhaps fatally, with expenses mounting but accomplishing nothing.

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We’re happy — and also obliged, considering how much editors have complained about it — to report the Texas Department of Transportation has removed the brick pavers that had plagued the intersection where Teichman Road passes under Interstate 45.

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There might be some things the Texas Department of Transportation could do make the work zones along Interstate 45 near League City safer, but there are definitely some things drivers could do to achieve that.

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No matter whether the criticism aimed at, and regulatory action taken against, several Texas assisted living facilities for their disaster preparedness was justified, lawmakers should take a deep look at common practices in that industry, as the American Association of Retired People suggest…

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Just when some of us had decided there was nothing to love and everything to hate about social media, here comes news about a loose-knit group on Bolivar Peninsula that pulls cars out of the sand for kicks.

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Many teens and their parents ought to heed a warning that three Major League Baseball players are now learning. Comments tweeted or posted on social media can last a very long time.

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Texas’ first Reform Jewish congregation, which celebrated its historic sesquicentennial anniversary Thursday, just happens to be in Galveston. The synagogue, one of two in Galveston, marked the event with a Torah procession Saturday.

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Here’s hoping that along with all the other work it’s sponsoring at the intersection of Teichman Road and Interstate 45 in Galveston, the Texas Department of Transportation will also shut down the rock-chip factory that has been operating there for years.

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Galveston’s Industrial Development Corp. should move forward with the request from the Park Board of Trustees for an additional $500,000 for a pending beach-building project along the seawall west on 61st Street.