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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.

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For the past four months, I have had the honor and privilege of serving as your port director. I am happy to say that my wife, our two sons and I continue to experience “Texas-sized” friendliness on a daily basis. Thank you for warmly embracing us into Galveston!

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The city of Galveston has enjoyed a Fourth of July Parade for the past 25 years. Every year, a full complement of volunteers donate their time and resources to make the parade a success. The parade has been staged in several locations during the past.

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This Saturday, the Galveston Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will host the inaugural Ennis Emmanuel Williams Jr. Scholarship luncheon. We are honored to keep the legacy of our Brother, Ennis Williams Jr., alive through this scholarship luncheon. Brother Williams touched the live…

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Growing up on Galveston Island I remember the great times had on the beaches, fishing, crabbing and camping — young or old, rich or poor — solace and happiness could be found on these beautiful beaches. There have been many changes in Galveston and Galveston County over the years. Some good,…

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Like any nonprofit organization, the volunteers of the Galveston County Food Bank are very important to its success. We have hardworking employees who do an amazing job, but there is so much that goes into running a nonprofit.

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May is the month of sunshine and flowers, birds singing in the wind, and the celebration of the mother figures in our lives, who so unselfishly provide love and support. While we take the time to celebrate and reflect on the support that we sometimes take for granted, we must remember there …

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Hurricane season officially begins June 1. With the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey still very fresh in our minds, now is the time to take important steps to protect your family and your property, even as rebuilding continues in our coastal communities, in Houston and beyond.

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On the surface, you might think of the book signing at Moody Mansion on May 20, as just one more worthwhile Galveston event vying for your time and attention on a Sunday afternoon.

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The birth of a child is one of life’s most joyful events. However, for many Texas women that happiness is darkened by sadness and anxiety of postpartum depression. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about 10 percent of new mothers may experience postpartum depress…

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Since 2012, I have been participating in Lemonade Day activities in Galveston County. This year marked my seventh and final lemonade stand. Those hot, sunny days presented an opportunity to provide my customers with a thirst quencher that has been around since at least 1857.

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The world’s oceans are filled with trillions of pieces of plastic debris, and Texas beaches are littered with thousands of pounds of trash. Artist Boat is inviting creative ocean-lovers of all ages to turn debris into something beautiful to raise awareness for World Oceans Day on June 8.

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The police pension board’s petty vote to censure Thayer Evans was ethically unsupportable and unnecessarily provocative (“Police pension board accuses member of ethical breach,” The Daily News, May 2). The board should focus on the issue in front of it — the police pension fund needs an anal…

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A stiff breeze blew the half-mast flags to attention. The sea gray as the bow of USS Stewart accented by the pitch black hull of USS Cavalla. Standing behind the 100 seated former Cavalla sailors and officers, I witnessed the Tolling for the Boats ceremony at Seawolf Park.

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In mid-April, a 4-year-old boy was summoned to jury duty in Pennsylvania, but was unable to go because “he has preschool that day.” The situation was a lighthearted reminder that errors do happen and some potential jurors do have legitimate reasons they can’t serve.

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A wonderful thing happened Saturday in Texas City Independent School District. Our taxpayers in both Texas City and La Marque came together for the better good of the community and our students by approving the 2018 district bond referendum.

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I write a sports column for my local newspaper. They pay me $25 a week to churn out 600 words — mostly about my time spent playing and coaching football — and up until recently, I was a big hit in my little corner of Arkansas.

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Hurricane Harvey isn’t the county’s first rodeo when it comes to disaster response. Galveston County has successfully managed and implemented U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development and Federal Emergency Management Agency recovery programs for almost 10 years — dating back to Hurrica…