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Turning left onto Seawall Boulevard, I see the soft backlit cloud bank in the distance. The Ferris wheel and twisted roller-a-coaster of Pleasure Pier materializes. Then ships. Fuchsia forms the bottom layer across the horizon laid on the blue water, while white wavelets lick the wide beach.…

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One of the things that makes Galveston so great is the diversity of activities that the island has to offer. If you are here to relax and do nothing there is no better place — and if you are interested in staying active and have your voice heard — then, this is your community.

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Ball High School students and Randalls have joined forces again this year for a special two-week in-store promotion to kick off the 38th annual ABC-13 “Share Your Holidays” Food Drive in Galveston. This year’s in-store initiative runs through July 29.

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Does our government understand the issues we are dealing with? I fear not! Issues like immigration are a hot topic of discussion in my part of the country, but how does it play in Memphis, or much less Kansas City? A good question on my mind is how is immigration playing in Washington? From …

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Start your summer off with a chance to win one of two custom designed and built child playhouses during Court Appointed Special Advocates of Galveston County’s CASA’s for CASA Playhouse Raffle event. These beautifully crafted custom playhouses will be on display outdoors at Baybrook Mall thr…

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Many in our community have been affected by recent tragedies such as teen suicides, flooding or the recent shooting at Santa Fe High School. These types of public events add additional worries to our already stressful daily lives. As a result, some people may feel anxious, sad or irritable. …

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Editor’s note: Hurricane Ike killed 40,000 trees on Galveston Island. The Galveston Island Tree Conservancy formed to address that loss and has replaced more than 17,000 through grant-funded plantings and giveaways.

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Forecasters say hurricane season 2018 could be an active one. Hurricane Harvey was a stark reminder of how important fuel supplies are to our daily lives. The Texas oil and natural gas industry and its public and private sector partners are ready.

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For a contextual change, members of The Eagles’ Nest and The West End Community Organization will share some good news with readers. Our community is growing by leaps and bounds, both physically and morally.

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I’ve done genealogical research for years, and recently had a DNA test to help identify my ancestors and where they came from to find out “what I am.” It appears I’m your basic “white guy,” with essentially no Native American, African or Asian DNA.

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The Texas Supreme Court made a decision last week that could adversely affect the lives of thousands of children. In John Doe vs. Episcopal School of Dallas, the justices refused to consider a harmful ruling issued by an appellate court. The ruling allows a faith-based school to avoid civil …

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The Texas Pension Review Board isn’t a household name, but when its members question your city’s position on its pension fund, as it has for Galveston’s police officers’ system, you should take notice.

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Dogs on Galveston Island need special care during the hot summer. Those of us who live here can spread the word about hazards and life-saving measures to those who don’t yet understand.

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Now that I come to the end of my term as chairwoman of the Park Board of Trustees, I wanted to let the Galveston community know about this organization and all it has accomplished.

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On June 23, 1996, Judge Elbert Tuttle died at the age of 98. He was a member of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. It was during his time on the court that a group of judges known as the “Fifth Circuit Four” became distinguished for several decisions that advanced the civil rights for Afric…

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I know little about Ed Rachal except that he was a successful rancher and cattleman in the Corpus Christi area. He was successful enough that his will enabled the founding of the Ed Rachal Foundation in Corpus Christi to fund nonprofit groups that promote “charitable, scientific, literary an…

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Galveston Independent School District is pleased to announce the generous funding of five grants from The Moody Foundation. The five grants consist of the following: Tor Kids/Tor Prep After School Program, Safe and Civil Schools CHAMPS, Ready, Set, Read Above!, Causeway Galveston and Galvest…

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In 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his last book “Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community?” The current condition of my hometown Hitchcock has me asking the same question. Where do we go from here?

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Sir, while I am glad to see a swift response from Austin on the tragedy in Santa Fe, I have a question or two as to some of the suggestions that were tossed about.

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It starts with spikes in our heat index, rolling into early storm predictions, and suddenly it’s June 1 and it’s official — we’re in hurricane season. For the next several months, residents of the Gulf Coast, particularly communities that live on our warm waters’ edge, brace themselves for s…

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Galveston’s second “Fields of Dreams” will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. June 28 at Crockett fields at 53rd Street and Avenue S, as part of a citywide party sponsored by Better Parks for Galveston and many local parks’ supporters. The second annual Party for the Parks: Let’s Play Ball, will hon…

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Charter boat captains are preparing for the big fishing season when Americans from across the country head down to the Gulf to enjoy sunny days on the water. This favorite American pastime has long been sustained by science-based regulations ensuring fish stocks remain healthy. In addition t…

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Arming teachers is bad idea because of the potential for students to get guns. The teacher puts a gun down for a moment and the student picks it up out of curiosity or because they want to attack someone that is bullying them or they want to bully someone. Perhaps, a teacher and a student ge…

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I get to see young people grow up and turn into marvelous human beings. I also see them in pain, distress and turmoil. It is part of the human condition that growing up can be tough. They are transitioning from being children to being adults. It is a time in their lives of immense pressures …

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It’s the kick off to summer boating season, but thanks to President Trump’s recent announcement to allow the sale of E15 (15 percent ethanol) fuel year-round, some boats could be headed for the dry docks. Misfueling, reliability and safety issues, as well as environmental questions have recr…

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When I was 10 years old, I was fortunate to have a Little League coach by the name of Dick Luzzi, who taught me much more than how to play ball. Fifty-two years later, I still try to do my best not to be a sore loser, to be a gracious winner and, more importantly, to be a good guy. Learning …

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I’m inspired by the courageous students practicing their Constitutional rights of freedom of expression in speaking up for their schools remaining safe from random gun-related school murders last month.

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In the wake of the recent evil worked at Santa Fe, several have suggested that “all we can do is pray.” It is understandable that, in such times, many turn to an omnipotent and loving God for understanding and solace. But, in fact, each of us can — and will — do more.

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I am a resident of Galveston County, writing a short list of possible solutions/suggestions for the benefit of the chiefs of police, sheriff departments and school personnel regarding the horrible tragedy that occurred at Santa Fe High School.

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We, the members of the United Steelworkers, spent last week in the nation’s Capitol. We met there to discuss our legislative agenda going forward. We discussed the upcoming mid-term elections among other things.

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Lest any of us forget, we live in a high-risk area, on a barrier island. Our high flood and wind insurance premiums are reminders. Despite the risk, we live and work here, we raise our families here, and we choose this place as our home. This year, the National Hurricane Center predicts more…

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No words can heal the broken heart of the Santa Fe community. Their feelings of anger and desire for revenge hopefully will be set aside by a quick, very severe judicial procedure. Some solace exists in knowing this demented individual will live incarcerated and knowing his soul will suffer …

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President Trump’s pardon of Jack Johnson, Galveston’s most famous son, for crimes that were born of racist legislation serves as an excellent example of what we term “Meet in the Middle” politics.

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These things could be done easily by the Park Board of Trustees, most at minimal expense, and would define the island’s ethos in a way that is both fun and sophisticated attracting that sort of visitor.

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As I prepare to leave NASA after 30 years, having served the past five years as director of Johnson Space Center, I feel a huge debt of gratitude — to all of my talented NASA colleagues, the community and also to the American people, who support the most amazing agency in the world.

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Hanging over the front of the pulpit, I stretched far over. No, it was not Sunday, and, no, I was not in church preaching. I was on USS Stewart’s top deck, 50 feet up in a lookout platform painting the antenna platform below.

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On Thursday, I was honored to be keynote speaker at the 2018 National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day Service, co-sponsored by the Galveston County Sheriff’s Department and the Galveston Police Department.