TEXAS CITY — In Shawn Trader’s classroom, it’s important that students learn not just about welding, but that they also learn some important things about life, he said.
TEXAS CITY — In Shawn Trader’s classroom, it’s important that students learn not just about welding, but that they also learn some important things about life, he said.
The La Marque City Council gave its unanimous approval to a plan that would put in place a mentoring program for at-risk youth at La Marque High School.
Ball High girls basketball coach Sonny Benefield likens his three starting seniors — Sheridan Hopkins, Martina Rawls and Olivia Sjostrom — to a colorful jigsaw puzzle.
Clear Creek boys basketball took another step toward the top of Class 6A, while the Clear Springs girls made their way into the Top 25 in the most recent Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll, which was released Monday.
It’s good that Councilman Craig Brown has opened a debate about doing something to reduce the number of cats at large in Galveston.
It is my absolute favorite time of year: Lemonade Day Galveston County is right around the corner.
Teenagers around the world are exposed to tobacco smoke at an alarming rate, whether or not they are themselves smokers.
The University of Texas Medical Branch offers a new minimally invasive procedure to remove blood clots that has been shown to help patients better recover from a stroke. The procedure currently only is available in about half of the advanced stroke centers in the United States and UTMB is the only stroke facility in Galveston County that offers this procedure.
Pfizer Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit fell by half as worsening generic competition and unfavorable currency rates reduced sales, and higher research spending and legal costs also hurt the bottom line.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Most of Zimbabwe's white farmers were stripped of their land in often violent evictions that started in 2000. Now the remaining white farmers are on edge because of threats of new evictions linked to the country's long-running political turmoil.
Regarding the recent pulling of David Michael Smith’s weekly column — I, as a reader of The Daily News, would like to know why the publisher decided to pull the weekly column. I thoroughly enjoyed Smith’s viewpoint and responses to the conservative viewpoint in articles by Bill Sargent, Mark Mansius and John Gay (Three Musketeers), and other articles.
It is shameful that in response to the attacks and baseless slander of a few readers, the column by Dr. David M. Smith has been removed from your newspaper. If bringing current community issues to the people’s attention makes someone feel uncomfortable, then the vast majority of people are guilty of that. Steel workers protest the lack of agreements between workers and management, guilty; not including ethical standards for city employees, guilty; commissioners proposing the purchase of cameras for police to promote transparency, guilty; and many more situations. All these have been aired in your newspaper. But then, why is Smith victimized?
Am I the only one concerned about the role of the private advisory panels appointed by the newly elected lieutenant governor (“‘Citizen’ board of wealthy Texas donors will help lawmakers,” The Daily News, Jan. 15)? Shouldn’t these panels be required to publicize their topics of discussion and recommendations?
I saw nothing wrong with what congressman Randy Weber put on Twitter (“Lawmaker apologizes for tweet comparing Obama to Hitler,” The Daily News, Jan. 13). He did not call President Barack Obama a communist. He merely said Adolf Hitler thought some things more important than Obama does.
It is outrageous that Publisher Leonard Woolsey has ended David Michael Smith’s weekly column. I have been keeping up with Smith’s columns and everyone who wants to read a quality local newspaper should be disturbed by Woolsey’s censorship. There have been many letters of support for Smith’s writings and the importance of different views. Critics of his columns have mainly engaged in personal attacks, character assassination and McCarthyism. I guess the truths that Smith discusses have really frightened the local powers that be, but Woolsey should not kowtow to them. That’s toadyism, not journalism.
Regarding the various letters supporting David Michael Smith: Having spent over four decades in graduate school and as a faculty member in several universities, I find it amusing that some readers are concerned about Smith’s free speech rights. Marxist academics such as Smith are a dime a dozen, and are in firm control of virtually every United States college and university.
Bill Sargent, Mark Mansius and John Gay (Three Musketeers) once again skip through 400 years of history, cherry picking facts to justify their support for the dominion concept of correctness of permitting the 1 percent upper class owning nearly half the world’s wealth (“Reaching our dreams through self-reliance,” The Daily News, Jan. 19). Back to history, their favorite concept uses ideas conceived during the feudal era that had already began to crumble in the modern 1600s application of free men. They failed to mention the Jamestown slackers were the 1 percent of the era, gentlemen and their manservants, who did no manual work. The colony only started returning big money after the first 1614 harvest of tobacco. Nothing like self-reliance on freedom with an addicting drug. The capitalist illegals irritated Pocahontas’ relatives enough they periodically killed them with their stone-age weapons.
Please join my wife, Sue, and I in supporting the Mummers Quaker City String Band for Mardi Gras with a donation. Any amount would help.
I am a volunteer with AARP Tax-Aide, where we provide free tax preparation for low-mid income and/or senior citizens. We will again provide these services at our Texas City site at Carver Center (in Carver Park), 6615 Park Avenue, West Texas City. We will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday beginning Feb. 1 through April 15. Everyone must bring a Social Security card and a photo ID, and a Social Security card for each dependent that can legally be claimed on the tax return.
Del Kilgore’s and Linda Wilson’s recent letter (Why no weekly column?, The Daily News, Jan. 17) discussed a huge problem at The Daily News — Publisher Leonard Woolsey’s cancellation of David Michael Smith’s weekly column. I agree with Kilgore’s and Wilson’s criticism of Woolsey. I am also very upset by this decision. Smith’s columns provided a counterpoint to all the conservative and Republican columns. His columns also had many more facts to back up his arguments and were easy to read. Woolsey owes readers an explanation about why he — not the editorial department, but he — canceled Smith’s weekly columns.
Plenty of Republicans run for Congress as conservatives, only to succumb to Beltway Fever once reaching Washington. The most common symptoms among GOP politicians is an irresistible desire to hike the debt ceiling and spend more of other people’s money. U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, however, was vaccinated against Beltway Fever with a dose of grass-roots conservatism.
Regarding Michael A. Smith’s editorial on the Freeport police department’s decision (“Quanell X should not be doing a detective’s job,” The Daily News, Jan. 19): I guess we need a polemicist from the left, but I am pretty disappointed in your column. You start with feigned ignorance of the reasons for the Freeport decision. Then you announce that you have such a treasure trove of arguments that you are having trouble picking from the list. We get two silly observations that Quanell X isn’t a forensic expert or a grand jury. Your finale begs the question with the statement that the decision didn’t benefit anyone or the community. Last, you are alarmed that Quanell X is now “activizing out” instead of “activizing in,” thus benefiting the police. Huh?
Some people do not want to look at all the facts before jumping on the rampant racism wagon. Obviously Mary Fike’s assessment (“Many fail to recognize racism” The Daily News Jan. 12) reflects the convoluted and twisted view of some who feel the arrest and incarceration rates are grossly skewed.
On Jan. 14, our son, Tommy Duke, went home to be with the Lord after a long illness. At 8 a.m., I tried to wake him to let him know I had to go to my appointment and that his meds and juice was ready for him to take at 9 a.m. He wouldn’t wake up. I called my husband and he came to help me. We called 9-1-1 and the operator was very helpful and stayed with us until the ambulance came. She walked Davied and I through CPR until the EMS and the police arrived.
Heights Elementary School third grade students and teachers are excited to begin their project “Thanking our Veterans” in February. The project was funded through the Texas City Independent School District’s Foundation For The Future.
Daily News publisher Leonard Woolsey should be ashamed of himself for dropping Dr. David Michael Smith’s column, “From the Left.”
Caught up in a scandal which is being investigated by public corruption prosecutors and the FBI, Kyle Janek should resign as Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner.
Where the heck were our Three Musketeer friends and their long-winded lectures on Constitutional trivia and quaint 1800s philosopher quotes when we could have really used them?
In order for the trolley to regain its rightful place, the city will have to re-evaluate its management approach to mass transit. Galveston has already attempted to operate the buses and trolleys as part of one entity, but the established bus routes took priority and, for good reason, income. The University of Texas Medical Branch paid the city to ensure that their employees got to and from group-parking areas on the Island and on the Mainland in a timely manner. Add to that, the mundane process of shuttling cruise passengers to and from remote parking lots three to four days a week, and you have an understaffed department, tired equipment and an overworked group of drivers.
When trolley issues were first discussed, before a trolley car even existing and the rail being set, I was beginning my career at the University of Texas Medical Branch. I imagined seeing a 43-year-old nurse with her purse and plastic bag, containing a lunch, board the trolley. Oops, she doesn’t live by a popular tourist stop.
Publisher’s note: David Michael Smith’s columns have not been canceled. The columns will be published on a monthly basis.
Regarding the article “Dad: Video of scuffle in LMHS classroom just part of the story” (The Daily News, Jan. 15): I had the unfortunate opportunity to read the article, as well as review the video on The Daily News website. School districts should ban students having cellphones at school. The teacher in the video’s safety and the safety of other students in the classroom was obviously in peril as a result of the student’s attack on the teacher. Instead of the students using the phone to get help for the teacher, in an effort to de-escalate the matter, the phone was used to exploit and entertain.
Galveston Island is not what it was before Hurricane Ike and the trolley system should evolve to the new environment, as well. “When life gives you lemons … .” Lemons suggest bitterness and the operating deficit of the trolley system’s former life was a bitter pill. However, we could be making the sweetest lemonade with the ingredients we have and can obtain. A fully functional trolley system opens doors of opportunity for advertising placement to underwrite the operations.
“Rats and termites” may not have been a good choice of words, but Michael Smith’s editorial about Ken Clark was well justified (“Texas Ethics Commission should serve the people,” The Daily News, Jan. 9). Regardless of the fine being ridiculously low, guilt was established. The Ethics Commission chose not to pursue one matter, waited out the statute of limitation in another, but — even though it just slapped his wrist ever so lightly for it — did find fault with Ken Clark. Yet Clark tragicomically declared himself vindicated. Is he also innocent of having thrown his staff under the bus? That may be legal, but ethical? Is popularity of a politician a shield against criticism?
On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Goodwill Industries of Houston’s San Jacinto Job Connection Center celebrated those who sacrificed so much to serve this country. This job connection center exclusively serves veterans and provides education, training employment opportunities and other services needed to successfully transition into the labor market after military service.
The one thing the Republicans really excel in doing is moving money around. This talent goes all the way back to the last Bush administration, when the cost of the Iraq War was hidden by back-seat accounting. The party somehow manipulates money that’s supposed to be used for one purpose and skillfully directs it to something else. I think they call this “the shell game.” And since we have become a Republican state government, I would like to see less big state government and local government.
I believe the trolley system is an asset. It’s unfortunate that its past operation was not more integrated into Galveston’s mass-transit system and it ran on a haphazard schedule. Granted, the tracks limit the ability to adjust the routes, but other historic cities operate trolley routes successfully, both as an integral part of their mass-transit system and as tourist attractions. One only has to look to New Orleans and San Francisco for positive examples.
U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) apologized for a tweet in which he linked President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler. Part of his apology states “ ... I now realize that the use of Hitler invokes pain and emotional trauma for those affected by the atrocities of the Holocaust and victims of anti-Semitism and hate.” (“Weber takes heat for Obama tweet that references Hitler,” The Daily News, Jan. 14)
Regarding the letter written about David Michael Smith (“Time to move on,” The Daily News, Jan. 11): Viva! Debbie Gremillion.
I was surprised as Kenneth Shelton brought up that David Michael Smith excused Russia and China as having no problem with freedom of speech (“Columnist speaks utter nonsense,” The Daily News, Jan. 12). I bet even he wouldn’t go railing against leaders and policies in their public squares.Our close ally, Saudi Arabia, just sentenced someone who blogged — mocking that country’s ban of Valentine’s Day and then making disparaging comments about religions in general — to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes — incrementally to be applied weekly — and $250,000 dollars. The United States is taking a stand against the decision.
Editor’s note: Friendswood attorney and developer Jerome Karam has an earnest money contract on the 451,000-square-foot Mall of the Mainland property in Texas City with plans to revive the shopping center.
I read with great interest an article in The Daily News regarding the trolley situation (“Feds urge council to make decision on rail trolley return,” The Daily News, Jan. 9). Most interesting was the fact that City Council has been sitting on $3.78 million since 2010 that were meant for the restoration of the trolley system. Galveston has the opportunity to recapture one of the signature aspects of our city, and in so doing, remind tourists and city people that we share a nearly unique trolley system with cities like New Orleans and San Francisco.
I work at the Galveston Railroad Museum, and year after year, visitors to Galveston Island and the museum ask “When are the trolleys going to run again? We miss the trolleys more than anything.”
Regarding Michael A. Smith’s editorial (“Texas Ethics Commissionshould serve the people,” The Daily News, Jan. 9): If I get a ticket in my big truck for one taillight out, the fine is over $200 dollars. If you break three ethics laws, it’s $100.
A recent $5,000 donation from the Alice Taylor Gray Foundation to Galveston Community Pool has pushed the fundraising effort over the halfway mark. Better Parks for Galveston and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department appreciate the contribution toward Galveston’s first ever public pool. Jeff Wind, a representative of Frost Bank, which is co-trustee of the foundation, said, “It was Mrs. Gray’s wish to benefit the children of Galveston. A public swimming pool where all children will have the opportunity to learn to swim and participate in healthy swimming activities would have pleased her.”
I agree with Councilman Dr. Craig Brown that, “the rail trolleys are important to Galveston.” We should do all we can to bring them back. The rail trolleys are nostalgic and can be a tourist attraction. They enhance the historic feel of the island. They can help set Galveston apart and make visits to the island more memorable. Rubber tire trolleys are just buses. Buses are usually memorable for the wrong reasons. Buses are not romantic and the sound of a diesel engine is not as sexy as steel wheels rubbing along the tracks of a rail line. A bus was not named “Desire.”
Bob Fields (“Political leaders have worsened race relations,” The Daily News, Jan. 8) is representative of the type of oblivious white Americans who fail to see racism, even when it is overwhelmingly obvious. Firstly, some of his statistics are wrong. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there were over 11 million arrests in the United States in 2013, not a couple of million.
It looks like Galveston City Council has an opportunity to vote to bring the trolley system back to life (“Feds urge council to make decision on rail trolley return,” The Daily News, Jan. 9). I urge council members and our mayor to vote for trolley funding. We already have the federal funds in place.
Silently, with less noise than a shadow, the new year has come. What are some things we wish we could do to make it a better year? Are we willing to: Cease looking for someone to help us and devote ourselves to helping others? Forget what we have accomplished and meditate on what others have done for us? Ignore what life owes us and think about what we owe life? Stop looking for friendship and start being friendly? Enjoy the simple blessing of life and cease striving for the artificial pleasures of the day? Concentrate our lives to the service of an imperfect church and remember that Christ chose 12 imperfect followers to be disciples?
This newspaper is a business that sells papers and nothing sells papers more than differing opinions. We have a former college professor who talked himself out of a job by his words and actions. Much like Karl Marx, who this professor claims is his idol and hero, Mr. Marx also earned his Ph.D., failed at teaching, then started writing for a newspaper. He outraged so many people that they literally ran him out of his country. It was from being in exile that this nice, educated person created the basis and guidebook for communism that eventually cost millions of lives worldwide, and failed in every form, in every country that it was tried.
I was very saddened to hear about the termination of Dr. David Michael Smith’s column in your newspaper. Seeing an alternative opinion expressed in a landscape dominated by corporate-media mouthpieces was a breath of fresh air. Most of the vile and slanderous accusations against Smith that you have received from a small group of political Neanderthals, are so ludicrous they do not warrant any comment. I would, however, like to point out that rather than being un-American, Smith’s views are quintessentially American. America has always been a country of immigrants and people did not leave their progressive ideas behind at Ellis (or Galveston) Island.
As a Navy veteran, and a former College of the Mainland employee, I’ve experienced a lot of politics. I’ve been on both sides of the story. Before I met David Michael Smith, I heard rumors about his agenda. But meeting him, I learned the rumors weren’t true. I’ve often observed David helping others. I’ve even experienced it. I didn’t realize how much he has sacrificed for the college and community until recently.
I am about as sick of reading about David Michael Smith as I can get. I think over the course of all the opinions that have been offered in this section, we get the jest of how people feel on both sides. The Daily News has the right to print his columns if it chooses. That’s freedom of speech.
Y’all have columns by various doctors, specialists, etc., miscellaneous columns all enjoyed. How about a column for us pet lovers? Select veterinarians to write columns and let us send in our questions ... sort of like our “Dear Tabby” or “Dear Gabby” (barking dogs).
Our city police department is requesting, with cause, more officers per an analysis completed in 2013 (“Ramping up the force,” The Daily News, Jan. 6). The dollar amount the chief of police is requesting to fill these positions should be a top priority to our city council and city manager. However, it doesn’t seem to be per the articles I’ve read in this paper. Or what am I missing?
I just Googled “Newspapers printing controversial material” and came up with some interesting results. One in particular caught my eye. It is a link to a transcript of a speech given to the American Newspaper Publishers Association by President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy said (and I am paraphrasing here) without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed — and no republic can survive. That is why our press is protected by the First Amendment — the real job of a newspaper is to arouse, state dangers and opportunities, lead, mold and sometimes even anger public opinion.
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