Michael A. Smith

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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.


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I have lived in Galveston for almost 20 years and I own property in Galveston.

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How can land be biggest the problem? Anywhere from 20,000 to 30,000 more people have lived here in the past. Seems pretty obvious that there's enough land for at least that many more people.

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Michael A. Smith commented on An apology to our readers

I agree with your point to some extent, but some subjects are never appropriate for comics page. I don’t think cartoons about rape, child abuse, suicide, genocide or a whole bunch of other grim subjects should ever appear on that page, which is supposed to be comical, by design, even if they…

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I have no idea what you're talking about.

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Vague allusions about performance don't constitute a rationale sufficient to justify what the commission bloc proposes doing.

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Michael A. Smith commented on Council should approve McGuire-Dent user fees

The fee doesn't apply to children at all.

michaelsmith

Ok. Thanks. That helps narrow it down. We've been looking into this but there's nothing obviously wrong on this end. We'll keep trying to figure it out.