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The Galveston County Daily News : Letters To Editor

September 18, 2014

Letters To Editor

Thursday 09/18/2014
Constitution Week note for Sept. 18, 2014

Our Constitution, the cornerstone of our freedoms, was written to protect every American from the abuse of power by government. The Fifth Amendment states: “No person shall be ... deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law,” and it protects us from double jeopardy and incrimination.

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President Reagan was not a model of fiscal responsibility

Regarding the guest column by Wayne Faircloth (“Two politicians, two different solutions,” The Daily News, Sept. 7): I want to point out some things about President Ronald Reagan that Mr. Faircloth evidently doesn’t know. President Reagan raised deficit spending to record levels. That pattern was also followed by President H.W. Bush.

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Designated Drivers Day is Friday

On Friday, employees of Anheuser-Busch and Del Papa Distributing Co. will promote the use of designated drivers as part of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Global Be(er) Responsible Day.

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Texas should have its say on marriage

Here is what I find dangerous about Susan Criss’ guest column in support of same-sex marriage (“Gays have equal marriage rights,” The Daily News, Sept. 14): She says that she believes the Constitution should ultimately decide, and she says the Supremacy Clause determines that federal court opinions always trump state law on any issue. She either doesn’t know what the Constitution actually says, or she doesn’t care.

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
Winograd to speak on no-kill advocacy

Relevant to your recent stories about animal shelters in the county — particularly Friendswood Animal Shelter and Galveston County Animal Resource Center — Nathan Winograd, director of the No Kill Advocacy Center, will be presenting his documentary “Redemption” in Houston on Oct. 7.

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We need better mosquito control

The Galveston County Mosquito Control District surely needs some better management. Every year, we have an influx of mosquitoes and the same excuse that it was caused by high tides or that the north winds blew them in from Harris County.

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The Daily News is an example of media liberal bias

Regarding the story written by John Wayne Ferguson (“Authority breaks ground on mixed-income housing projects,” The Daily News, Sept. 11): Today’s Daily News provides a textbook example of media liberal bias. Recall that the day after the anti-public housing councilors were swept into office in 2012, The Daily News completely ignored that event and, instead, celebrated the diversity of a new local school superintendent.

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Supreme Court can’t redefine ‘person’

In the race for governor this fall, the topic of abortion is sure to come up. State Sen. Wendy Davis became famous for defending it. 

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Tuesday 09/16/2014
GAIN invites you to hear about city budget

This year the Galveston Alliance of Island Neighborhoods (GAIN) has had the following illustrious speakers address our members: Mayor Jim Yarbrough, Police Chief Henry Porretto, Dr. Bill Merrell, Kelly de Schaun, executive director of the Galveston Park Board, as well as council members Ralph McMorris, Craig Brown and Mayor Pro Tem Terrilyn Tarlton.

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Mentoring can change lives

I started mentoring four years ago. It changed my life. Working with kids who are behind other kids is a rewarding experience that allows you to meet incredible young people who are yearning to make a better life for themselves and their families.

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COM pool is a necessity for all

Repairing the College of the Mainland swimming pool could cost about $875,000. Curtis Morgan, owner of Paddock Southwest, told trustees repairs could extend the life of the 42-year-old pool.

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Monday 09/15/2014
America is great

Reading the recent column by the Three Musketeers (“Never forget United States is exceptional,” The Daily News, Sept. 8) reminds me of the quote by Tony Blair, former prime minister of the United Kingdom. He said, “A simple way to take the measure of a country is to look at how many want in … and how many want out.”

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Saturday 09/13/2014
We have a long history of bias

The idea of martial law in Galveston seems like a crazy proposition. However, it already happened during the longshoremen’s strike of 1920. The strike was caused by steamship companies trying to break the International Longshoremen’s Association unions, and they sent white scab workers to black shops, and sent black scab workers to white shops.

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America can be exceptional

Mel Tarman’s opinion that the United States is not exceptional is a good start to looking back in history (“America needs some work to become ‘exceptional’,” The Daily News, Sept. 11). Although Native Americans suffered from the French, Spanish, English, etc., only Americans continue to support that group hundreds of years later.

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Friday 09/12/2014
President Obama should do his job

President Barack Obama showed blatant disrespect to the family of the reporter that was beheaded by enemies of America when he made a brief reference about it and rushed off to get back to the golf course. On every scandal, he has never seen any of them through. He either leaves to play golf, goes to attend a fundraiser or returns to finish one of his vacations.

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Group seeks working women of World War II

American Rosie the Riveter Association is trying to locate women who worked on the home front during World War II.

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Thursday 09/11/2014
Drunken driving, texting cause many deaths

Our servicemen are engaged, in many parts of the world to protect our freedom and the freedom of people in many areas. I salute them and their efforts. 

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Help us honor two homecoming vets

The Santa Fe VFW Post 5400 is hosting a homecoming celebration at 6:30 p.m. Friday for two veterans who recently returned from their service in Afghanistan.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Why bring a nuclear barge to Galveston?

The Sturgis, a World War II-era Liberty ship converted into a nuclear-reactor barge, will meet its fate in a berth at the Port of Galveston sometime this winter. The barge would be towed from its berth in Virgina to the Port of Galveston, arriving in Galveston in the second week of December.The ship would be gutted and then sold, either as is or cut up into the scrap, once radioactive parts of it had been removed.

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Low-wage workers need affordable housing

So, let me get this right, since the job market pay scale is low and families income are low, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development should not build affordable housing in Galveston? So where are the hotel, amusement park, fast food and restaurant workers supposed to live? When reading David Stanowski’s guest column (“Poverty another tragedy of Ferguson,” The Daily News, Sep. 3), I get the feeling he doesn’t care about those people.

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Tuesday 09/09/2014
League City council censure a great disappointment

League City council’s recent action to censure Councilman Dennis OKeeffe has been a great disappointment to the principles of good governance (“League City council censures OKeeffe for threatening email,” The Daily News, Aug. 12).

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Paulissen’s support is surprising

The Gulf Coast Center’s plans to expand its bus service between League City and Galveston hit a snag when the League City council balked at providing $80,000 to help fund the service. The city already pays $60,000 a year to help subsidize the service, which serves 90,000 riders a year.

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Mass transit has many advantages

The Gulf Coast Center’s plans to expand its bus service between League City and Galveston hit a snag when the League City council balked at providing $80,000 to help fund the service. The city already pays $60,000 a year to help subsidize the service, which serves 90,000 riders a year.

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Saturday 09/06/2014
Eiland, Apffel, James to be honored Sept. 13

The public is invited to an appreciation banquet honoring state Rep. Craig Eiland and Justices of the Peace Darrell Apffel and Sonny James at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Dole Center, 2010 5th Ave. N., in Texas City. Individual supporters are $25 each.

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Faircloth is our best choice

Husband, father, teacher, business owner and community leader — these are important words that describe Wayne Faircloth. Wayne is one of us, and that is why he is the right choice for state representative. He understands how hard it is to raise a family and to help create a better community — he has lived it.

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Criss should be next state representative

In all of his campaigns, Wayne Faircloth’s favorite tactic is to call his opponents liberals. Even in the 2014 Republican Party Primary election, he falsely accused his opponent. The opponent became a liberal because he had received campaign contributions from friends who were Democrats and Independents. Faircloth’s campaign received $25,000 from insurance industry committees. What does that make him?

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Thursday 09/04/2014
Historical Society plans unveiling, fundraiser

The unveiling of the “Rancher,” the first of three bronze statues in the Cultural, Educational, Historical Monument honoring the groups of people who founded the Dickinson community, will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the city complex next to the library.

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No politica motivation in Perry indictment

The familiar cry by politicians when indicted on charges of crimes in office is, “it was politically motivated.”

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Davis, de Putte, Criss offer opportunity for change

Gov. Rick Perry and Greg Abbott have always put hard-right Republican political ideology before their responsibilities to the Texas people.

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Three Musketeers opt for usual GOP talking points

The Three Musketeers rightly stated that impeachment of President Barack Obama probably couldn’t happen then falsely asserted that the White House is the source of impeachment talk (“Impeach President Obama? Really?” The Daily News, Aug. 25).

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
Liberals are losing ground

Liberals expected Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society to provide permanent political dominance for them. His war on poverty — using tax money to concentrate welfare voters in liberal population centers — became a war on local taxpayers. The cost of an untaxed population is driving taxpaying jobs and residents from liberal cities into conservative suburbs, counties and states.

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Tuesday 09/02/2014
It’s never too late to live your dream

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to become a model or win Miss America. Well, it took me 38 years, but I did it — well, sort of. My name is Madilyn Deyon and I wanted to share with you something positive that came out of Galveston.

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Monday 09/01/2014
Labor Day honors working people

Labor is a man’s greatest function. He is nothing, he can do nothing, he can achieve nothing and he can fulfill nothing without work.

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Sunday 08/31/2014
Check record: It’s not Republicans

Regarding the letter “A House Divided” by Jack Graham (The Daily News, Aug. 13): Low-information Democrats continue to plumb the depths demagoguery as Graham’s letter amply demonstrates.

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Saturday 08/30/2014
Appalling that The Daily News runs this commentary

The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas is turning over in his grave at the use of this moniker) accuse senior White House officials of spinning the storyline about impeachment (“Impeach President Obama? Really?” The Daily News, Aug. 25)?

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Friday 08/29/2014
What exactly is a conservative?

I need a little help with this because I am really confused now. Would anyone be kind enough to tell me what a conservative is? I mean, I looked in the dictionary and it’s defined as a person who holds on to traditional values and is averse to change.

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Thursday 08/28/2014
We should teach youth to respect, love

Editor’s note: A recent guest column on racial issues brought to the foreground by the happenings in Ferguson, Mo., has generated many responses from Daily News readers.

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Columnist missed the reality for African-Americans

Editor’s note: A recent guest column on racial issues brought to the foreground by the happenings in Ferguson, Mo., has generated many responses from Daily News readers.

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Race baiters only fuel the fire

Editor’s note: A recent guest column on racial issues brought to the foreground by the happenings in Ferguson, Mo., has generated many responses from Daily News readers.

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Owners must protect their pets from coyotes

Recently, there was a letter about coyotes killing pets (“A coyote killed dog in Back Bay Circle,” The Daily News, July 13). I get tired of hearing irresponsible pet owners whine about this issue. If you live where there are coyotes, you do not let small pets roam about unattended.

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Feral cats the result of irresponsible pet owners on island

Galveston City Councilman Craig Brown said residents of his district are asking for a solution to the problem of hundreds of feral cats.

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Shouldn’t there be a traffic light near the schools?

In Texas City, crews are set to remove traffic lights at three places — one near the high school and new middle school and two nearby signals on Texas Avenue — after a study by the Texas Department of Transportation deemed they weren’t needed.

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
Galveston should focus on its tax base

Galveston needs to increase its tax base. Our city needs more revenue — no one would disagree with that.

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Columnist should look at Texas City

I find it amusing that Cathy Gillentine feels the need to critique television commercials as often as she does (“When it comes to TV commercials, I’m often puzzled,” The Daily News, Aug. 18).

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Support is available for those suffering with Parkinson’s

Comedian Robin Williams was struggling with depression and the early stages of Parkinson’s disease when he died.

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Monday 08/25/2014
Prompt response saved theater

I received a call from Alert Alarms on Wednesday that the fire alarm at Island ETC was going off and the fire department had been dispatched.

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Farmers Market grand opening set

The long awaited Coastal Community Farmers Market will be having its grand opening from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 6, at 515 Sixth Ave. N., in Texas City.

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Letter to the Sports Editor for Aug. 25, 2014

Thank you for helping us

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Sunday 08/24/2014
Animal waste is a whale of a problem

Last weekend the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was fouled by animal waste. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen again in our own state.

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Saturday 08/23/2014
Obama should stay on the golf course

After reading the two letters by Agnes Bailey Bourgeois and Linda Reid (“Assertions about Obama are wrong” and “Democracy is gone,” The Daily News, Aug. 15), the first speaks to President Barack Obama’s golf game compared to former President George W. Bush’s.

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