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The Galveston County Daily News : Letters To Editor

November 25, 2014

Letters To Editor

Tuesday 11/25/2014
So the editor is retiring?

Heber Taylor is a remarkable journalist and an even more remarkable person. I had the privilege of working with Heber at The Galveston County Daily News two decades ago. In my nearly 40-year career, no colleague was more trusted and respected.

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Eulogies are best kept short, to the point

In some funeral addresses, it is difficult for a hearer to ascertain whether any distinction is made between the righteous and the wicked — all are good at death. With reference to most men who disappear from this stage of life, it is best to say nothing. I have delivered eulogies and did not have the right to comment regarding the righteous or wicked.

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Monday 11/24/2014
Retirement is always better when you’re prepared

Alvin Sallee wrote an article on planning retirement, which was right on the money (“He’s got retirement down to an art,” The Daily News Nov. 12).

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We need casino gambling

In my opinion, the time is right for us to make an aggressive effort in getting the state legislature to pass casino gambling in Texas. However, this time around, let’s try a new approach: select marketing, which could be used in introducing a new product.

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When will President Obama get it?

What does it take for President Barack Obama to get the message that the American people do not support his policies? His own party members did not want him to campaign for them. The result of the November elections should have given him a clue.

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Sunday 11/23/2014
Keep Galveston tasteful, quaint

Regarding the guest column by Robert Lynch (“We need height limits on the beach front,” The Daily News, Nov. 20): It is important that the regulations be updated. I applaud the city for that.

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What did President Obama fix?

In a nationally broadcast speech, President Obama announced plans to grant legal relief to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants.

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Fair tax plan isn’t as fair for the poor

With all due respect to my friend Bill Fullen (“A fair tax plan includes everyone,” The Daily News, Nov. 19), I must disagree that his fair tax plan, a 23 percent national sales tax to replace the income tax, would be a fair method of taxation.

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Saturday 11/22/2014
Valero is a generous community partner

Recently, several local children’s charities received a total of $350,000 from Valero Texas City Refinery employees and its business partners, who helped raise the funds through sponsorship of the 2014 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children Golf Classic in San Antonio. Thanks to the continuing generosity of Valero’s business partners and sponsors, the Valero Texas Open remains one of the most charitable tournaments on the PGA Tour.

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Friday 11/21/2014
Planned Parenthood offers services at low cost

A recent United States Census reported that 14.7 percent of the residents living within Galveston County are living in poverty. The census also reported 26.6 percent of citizens living in the United States are uninsured.

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Here’s a sure way to improve education

Our education system is failing us.

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‘Left-Wing Day’ at The Daily News

At 75, I don’t get overly excited by many things, but election night and the morning after I was as excited as a little kid in a candy shop. With the sweep and takeover of the Senate by Republicans and the major expansion of House seats and governors, it should be obvious that the voters, both Republicans and Democrats, have had enough of the President Barack Obama Administration and those who have supported his lawless antics and lies.

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Thursday 11/20/2014
Reception at Old Central was a success

Old Central Cultural Center hosted a back to school reception for Central High School alumni officers Oct. 30.

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Public housing a means to rise above poverty

My curiosity is constant with the president of the Galveston Open Government Project, David Stanowski (“Such a deal on housing,” The Daily News, Nov. 12). I am curious if he is even a resident of Galveston. Is he a registered voter in my community? Why does he continue to attempt to divide us over public housing?

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UTMB incentive a slap in the face of support staff

As a retired employee of the University of Texas Medical Branch, I can finally express my disgust about the ridiculous incentive payments that faculty and executives receive at UTMB (“UTMB pays more than $20 million in incentives to employees,” The Daily News, Nov. 16).

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Wednesday 11/19/2014
Obamacare is not affordable

The American voter is not stupid, according to Jonathan Gruber, in writing up the Affordable Health care plan. I am an independent voter who votes on both sides of the aisle.

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Illegal immigrants shouldn’t be gifted with citizenship

With the highly publicized, recent flood of illegal immigrants in the forefront of our governing body’s looming agenda to be addressed, it appears that there is a total lack of recognition of the desires of the constituents of that governing body.

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Texas ID law a solution in search of a problem

In defense of the Texas Legislature, The Three Musketeers assert that their adoption of the Photo Voter ID law (“Voter ID law just makes sense,” The Daily News, Oct. 27) was “ ... to ensure the integrity of the election process.” But their defense did not include a single word of history of how Texas’ elections have been violated.

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Tuesday 11/18/2014
Bring the Bag and save the sea turtles

Endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles and other marine wildlife can easily mistake plastic bags for food because floating in the ocean they look similar to a jellyfish. To save sea turtles from a deadly bite of plastic, Turtle Island Restoration Network, SeaTurtles. Org, is teaming up with Surfrider Galveston Chapter and Clean Galveston to encourage residents and tourists alike to “Bring the Bag” and reduce single-use plastic bag pollution in Galveston.

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Silence is often times best

Regarding Melvyn Schreiber’s essay (“Today’s essay: Silence,” The Daily News, Nov. 16): “If A is success in life, then A equals X plus Y plus Z, where X is work, Y is play and Z is keeping your mouth shut.” — Albert Einstein

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That’s not a way to make a decision

Jeri Kinnear’s article about LDR (“It’s time for new development rules,” The Daily News, Nov. 16) made me physically ill. I thought, here we go again. The Chamber of Commerce was the group that pushed the paid parking “no” plan on the ballot, and we see how well that went.

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Monday 11/17/2014
Retirement has its perks

Retirement is that often yearned for event in the distant future. Well, it eventually comes.

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Voters are to blame

Congratulations, voters. Here is what you rejected by voting out the Democrats:

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Sunday 11/16/2014
We need you to play in the band

It’s that time of year. The Texas Volunteer Band is looking for band members to play in the Christmas show beginning Dec. 8.

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Digital signs are effective

In response to Scenic Texas and the Veridian Group, Inc. of Berkeley California’s engineering psychologist specialist regarding the sign code in Galveston (“There are problems with digital signs,” The Daily News, Nov. 13): Galveston has a restrictive sign code currently in place, proven to be effective in controlling new and existing businesses developed by Galveston’s building and governmental officials and business owners.

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Saturday 11/15/2014
Terrorism is an ongoing battle

The United States can no longer be the idyllic country it has been privileged to be. The reason is the implacable adversary that we cannot defeat now or in the future called terrorism.

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Republicans play on fear

It’s Monday, and the Three Musketeers once again produce their alternate reality (“An agenda for the new Congress,” The Daily News, Nov. 10). They repeat the code words — for example, “secure the border” is a condition for immigration reform. It is apparent that the only way the Tea Party will consider the border secure is to have a Berlin Wall from the Pacific to the Gulf.

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Friday 11/14/2014
Save our beaches

Much has been made of the differences between the two proposed coastal barriers systems: the Ike Dike and Centennial Gate. But something everyone can agree on is that as we protect our people and property, we must also protect what makes our beautiful island special, our beaches.

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Galveston is simply the best

A few years back, I was a newcomer to Galveston. Sure, I visited in the past, but things were not as they are now. However, the feelings I had then are the same. Everyone that lived here made me feel at home. So when I retired, Galveston was the only place I wanted to be.

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
Bush’s face was a hotel doormat

I thank Ruth Lacquement for her contention (“Column was an insult,” The Daily News, Nov. 6) that I was repeating mere Internet gossip when I said that President George W. Bush went to war with Iraq to defend his family’s honor (“There is no bigger insult than a shoe upon the face,” The Daily News, Oct 7). Her letter gives me opportunity to correct an error in my guest column: the mosaic of the elder Bush’s face was constructed not in a public square, but in the doorway of the Al-Rashid Hotel. The Al-Rashid was the principal hotel in Baghdad, and Saddam Hussein, himself, chose that site to ensure that important foreign guests — diplomats and journalists — would tread on the doormat of the American president’s face.

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What has become of our judicial system?

Yesterday, only seven months after they abandoned a sinking ferry, leaving most of the passengers to perish, a South Korean court sent the captain, all officers and all crew members to prison for up to 36 years. How long would this have dragged on in our judicial system? Years, not months, with endless motions for dismissal and delays?

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Know your Constitution

Eliminating thousands of national, state and local Progressives produced enough new red states to convene a constitutional convention.

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Kudos to some great Animal Resource Center employees

In a state of grief over an old beloved pet’s condition, I went to Texas City Animal Resource Center to consider euthanasia. This letter is to offer my sincerest gratitude to the intake manager and wonderful young animal control officer who counseled with me about my precious old Amber, who has multiple health issues.

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Obstructionism was name of the game

David Brooks wrote this “wholesomeness and traditional American values” explanation in The New York Times (“The governing party,” Nov. 07):

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Tuesday 11/11/2014
Sports letter: Congratulations, Dickinson Gators

It was with great excitement that I attended the Dickinson versus Clear Springs football game last Friday night.

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Republicans should consider middle class

Republicans might be careful to consider the middle class in their directions and legislative initiatives. Only slightly more than half of those who voted Republican.

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Congratulations, Republicans; time to work now

I would like to congratulate my Republican friends on their election sweep. I was very impressed. Enjoy your victory and celebrate the win. But when the lights dim and the celebration and party is over, you have to go to work carrying out your agenda — whatever that is — because that is why you were elected.

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Legal clinics can help veterans

On Veterans Day, we honor brave men and women in uniform for sacrifices they have made and continue to make for our safety and freedom. Sadly, once back home, many veterans have a difficult time making ends meet. One of the challenges they face is access to legal help.

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Sunday 11/09/2014
Editor got it wrong on appointments

More often than not, I am in agreement with Heber Taylor’s editorial opinions. However, with all due respect, I disagree with a statement he made in a Nov. 3 editorial (“It’s the appointees, not the method of appointing”) that reflected on appointments to city boards and commissions.

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Time to represent your constituents

No time to rest. As the midterm elections come to an end, it is time to set our sights on the task ahead. Specifically, the 84th legislative session that begins in just 69 days.

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Election’s over, please pick up all political signs

It is bad enough when a candidate I voted for lost, but it is even worse when their campaign signs remain on public property nearly a week after the election. Maybe this demonstrates they were not suited for the office.

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Saturday 11/08/2014
Clean Galveston to host Galveston ISD recycling contest

Do you remember the first America Recycles Day in 1997?

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Celebrate our caregivers

National Caregivers Awareness Month is observed every November to acknowledge the important role caregivers play in the lives of their loved ones with chronic or terminal illnesses.

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Please support your veterans

The Daily News does an excellent job providing listings for the many veteran events throughout the year and adds great stories about Veterans Day events this time of year. We appreciate the work of this paper and those of you who care enough to show support for veterans throughout the year.

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Friday 11/07/2014
Told you so: Paid parking plan is unworkable

Well, now we have proof the paid parking plan is not going to make $1.5 million per year. In fact, according to Heber Taylor’s editorial on Nov. 2 (“Seawall parking meets the day of reckoning,” The Daily News), the plan was $307,310 in the red.

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Disabled Texans should be heard

As a Texan with disabilities, whose kin stood with Sam Houston, great challenges face me and all those with disabilities, and we look to others to respect our rights.

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COM’s faculty makeup is unacceptable

I am glad Jeanette Slaughter from COM-Unity has exposed the problems of racism and discrimination in hiring at College of the Mainland (“Professor makeup doesn’t match diversity in student population,” The Daily News, Oct. 20).

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Thursday 11/06/2014
Americans respect the office

I have to agree with the Rev. James E. Daniels. I also believe everyone should prosper but not rely on the federal government to do it, regardless of race (“The lack of respect for president is appalling,” The Daily News, Oct. 21).

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Column was an insult

I had to roll my eyes and groan when I read Jim Bagg’s guest column (“There is no bigger insult than a shoe upon the face,” The Daily News, Oct 7) that he is bringing up that old hypothesis about why President George W. Bush went to war with Iraq. 

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Obama has no real plan

Since Roy Birkelbach used my name in his letter printed Nov. 1 (“Obama bashing goes from amazing to amusing,” The Daily News), I feel that I deserve a brief rebuttal. I never blamed President Barack Obama for Ebola; I only asked how safe do you feel that Obama will respond responsibly to this terrible virus on our shores?

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