Galveston and Galveston County need to get serious about securing Juneteenth.

Our community played a loud, steady drumbeat in getting Juneteenth declared a national holiday. We can also be proud that thousands of visitors travel here to bathe themselves in the authentic history of this watershed moment in U.S. history.

Leonard Woolsey: 409-683-5207; leonard.woolsey@galvnews.com

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Bailey Jones

[thumbup] It's a tremendous opportunity - one that the city doesn't seem to want.

Ron Woody

Mr. Jones, unfortunately you are correct.

- over $100 million for the Alamo

- over $40 million for Juneteenth

- Rollover pass received $10 million

NOTHING FOR JUNETEENTH/GALVESTON

Nice article by Mr. Woolsey, but waiting for legislature to be in session is too little, too late. Where was this nine months ago. GDN knew the challenges the last few years.

This is simply embarassing!

Samuel Collins III

Thank you Leonard for this excellent editorial. There is no lack of resources on the island or throughout the state to get this done. We can if we only will and all interested parties can sit a round table with an inclusive spirit to make this beneficial for all involved.

Charlotte O'rourke

The people that want to build something long lasting instead of just marketing for more and more day trippers and want to create historical and other family venues for overnight stays shouldn’t allow the Park Board to claim all six Pennies of HOT without elected oversight and allowing an opportunity for the city and other entities to have input. It’s clear that the PB had an over abundance of HOT funds as it accumulated over $14 million as it collected HOT for the city and then did not turn over the excess to the city when requested. I thought Mr. Trevino’s letter to the letter was spot on. It’s time to reevaluate and mandate that our two major boards and the city work together - instead of infighting - to achieve common goals. If Trustees on these boards don’t want common goals that benefit the city and residents as well the entity that they serve the Trustees should be replaced. I would be advocating for the Port to receive HOT funds but until they can give accurate financial statements, I’m opposed to them getting any HOT funds until they receive a robust internal controls audit.

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