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Michael A. Smith commented on On a father's lessons for his accidental son

Thank you all for reading the column and taking the time to comment. I might have my noted father’s experience wasn’t unique or even uncommon for the time. It was just life for most people back before the war. Some had it better, some worse. Some caught luckier breaks, so took worse hits.…

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Mr. Brown, our coronavirus coverage has been free ever since we started reporting about coronavirus.

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Thank you for your support.

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It's only Galveston at this point.

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As a matter of policy, reporters are supposed to always find out why members of boards abstain or are absent from votes. The reporter in this case just didn't follow policy.

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It wasn’t worth fighting during the holiday season, however, he said.

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Michael A. Smith commented on We're bullish on Galveston code enforcement

Wayne, which carpetbaggers are getting a pass on code enforcement?

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How do you explain what there are a lot more passes than people? To believe that these are being used as intended, you have to accept that everybody who lives on Bolivar is too infirm to sit in a ferry line and that a number of visitors slightly greater than the total population is as wel…

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I agree that is the case. The U.S. Census in 2017 estimated 32,000 housing units in Galveston, of which more than 11,000 were vacant. More than 35 percent is high and can’t help influence the market. That percentage has been about the same since 2010, however, as rent has gone up. In fa…

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That's an excellent suggestion and we'll attempt to do it.