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The Galveston County Daily News : Letters To Editor

December 19, 2014

Letters To Editor

Friday 12/19/2014
The problems are with the media

With all the recent events across the nation involving police versus individuals — regardless of whose right and whose wrong — seeing all the protesters creating unnecessary attention only shows why there is so much hatred between not only the victims, but also the innocent.

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Deputy Claus brightens lives of hundreds across the county

For Deputy Claus of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, 2014 was a banner year for putting fun in the lives of children throughout the entire county. The event, hosted by Galveston County Citizen Sheriff’s Academy Alumni Association, was an overwhelming success this year.

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Thursday 12/18/2014
Daily News shouldn’t publish those columns

Just a comment: I don’t much care what David Michael Smith thinks or says. I find his comments pretentious and wonder why this newspaper continues to publish his views, as if he represents the consensus of Galveston County. Smith does not speak for me or anyone else I know, for that matter.

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Shelter dogs have potential to be great pets

We adopted a dog from Dog Dynasty some three months ago. He was thought to be a year-old black Lab mix that had been with them for nine months. My wife said she saw something in his eyes that said he would be right for us.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
Taxpayers have a right to know

I see that College of the Mainland has settled the suit with former COM professor David Michael Smith (“College trustees settle suit from former professor,” The Daily News, Dec. 13).

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Tuesday 12/16/2014
Exercise shouldn’t stop during the holidays

Keeping fit is one of the best ways to resist the strains of life. But during the holidays, such as Christmas, one sometimes neglects fun and recreation. Wherever you are, there are a variety of activities for the family to continue general fitness and health. Check out your destination for recreational facilities. Ask friends and relatives about fun and recreational sites. Choose a motel with an exercise room and swimming pool for the family. There is always something to do. Stay fit wherever you go.

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O’Connell’s ‘Salute to Veterans’ very touching

I attended a program at O’Connell High School Dec. 6 called “A Salute to Veterans.” This program was sponsored by O’Connell student Maddie Mallia. It honored veterans from all branches and included a speech by Michael Guarino about Galveston’s own Lt. Col. Max Clark USMCR, whose grandson was present in the audience.

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It’s all big business with Republicans

One of the Republicans’ favorite songs is titled “Less Government Is The Best Government.”

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Sunday 12/14/2014
‘The Talk’ is for everyone

When I was a kid, we young men all got The Talk. “Don’t run from the cops, if-when approached; do exactly what the cops say and no means ‘no’ on a date with a girl.” I’m 57-years old and a white male. Our dads, coaches and teachers made this — and other important things — crystal clear, respect law enforcement and your date.

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Beware the politics in League City

The politics behind League City’s Council runoff election are nasty and mostly hidden from public view.

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‘The Talk’ is not a minority issue

Regarding Steve McIntyre’s article (“At some point, a parent gives The Talk,” The Daily News, Dec. 11): “The Talk” is not a minority issue. I grew up in Indiana in the 1930s and 1940s. I am 83 years old and heard “The Talk” many times from my parents, and had it with my own children, and have heard them repeat it to their children.

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Saturday 12/13/2014
Don’t miss the homes tour in Dickinson

The Pilot Club of Dickinson Christmas Tour of Homes is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and features five Dickinson homes, The Train Show — at the Train Depot Museum — two Dickinson designated historical sites, and the Food and Nutrition Service Building in Dickinson Independent School District.

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We need your help to bring holiday cheer

The Knights of Columbus in La Marque and Helping Hands will join together to provide Christmas joy for local families, children, seniors and shut-ins.

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Friday 12/12/2014
Thank to all who helped

I would like to thank the many people involved in my husband Roland Morales’ care on Nov. 8. Many people in the community may know me from my past involvement in political activism and most recently being involved in coordinating the Galveston VA Clinic Outpatient Vet Fair. The fair was a great success.

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Pier 19 takes great pride in helping the birds

I just spent all morning down at Pier 19, where 15 more pelicans were rescued and four more were at Seawolf Park. I wanted to speak with the owners of businesses about the situation and try to educate myself on exactly what was happening with the pelicans. As a rehabilitator with the Wildlife Center in Houston and based here in Galveston, it has been a great concern to me.

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Brushes By the Beach was a success

Rain and frigid, gusty wind did not deter over 30 tough Texans from participating in Brushes By the Beach Plein Air contest Nov. 15-22. From Victoria to Fort Worth and points in between, artists converged on the island to paint everything from beaches to the bay, historic homes, famous landmarks and popular eateries.

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Food trucks aren’t a threat to local businesses

Let me get this straight (“Could a food truck be the answer?” The Daily News, Dec. 6). The poor multitudinous restaurants here on the island are threatened by the presence of a few mobile produce trucks providing fresh food to our food deserts here? 

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Thursday 12/11/2014
Grand jury system doesn’t deserve the criticism

I have heard and read all of the criticisms of the grand jury system and must strongly disagree. It was my duty and pleasure to serve on the grand jury of Galveston County, and what I experienced was far from what is being portrayed by the liberal media.

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Where is the independent thinking?

The following is a quote from Bill Sargent’s, Mark Mansius’ and John Gay’s article “Let’s consider the minimum wage” (The Daily News, Dec. 1): “We concur; we all need to have a willingness to think independently. Nobody, Republican or Democrat, should be so connected to a political party that he/she blindly votes for people he/she doesn’t know and who may, or may not, be trustworthy!”

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Wednesday 12/10/2014
Cruise lot owners just want fair fees

There has been so much discussion about the port of Galveston tariff increases on the private cruise parking lots that I want to share my views, as the manager of the largest private cruise parking company in Galveston. We have worked with the port over the years to provide much needed additional parking spaces to the cruise industry.

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Moore Memorial Public Library makes it pay to be a patron

The new year is the perfect time to try new things, and the library is the perfect place. This year, Moore Memorial Public Library wants to make it pay to be a patron.

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We need more people like Smokey Culver

When I read the article about Smokey Culver, who rescued the puppy from the cold and a hopeless situation (“A pup in Bacliff gets a new home,” The Daily News, Dec. 2), I knew immediately what I wanted from Santa Claus this Christmas. I sat down and wrote a little letter to him. This is how it went:

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Tuesday 12/09/2014
Dog Dynasty dogs need homes

A couple of months back, I wrote an article about Dog Dynasty in Santa Fe, a no-kill shelter desperately needing donations to remain open. I just saw on the news that they are closing their doors, which means 100 dogs need homes. Some will be taken to other shelters (most full), some hopefully will be adopted by anyone reading this who wants a pet and some probably will be euthanized.

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League City tree policy deceptive, hypocritical

I just read the headlines about League City adjusting its tree policy (“League City adjusts its tree policy,” The Daily News, Dec. 3), and found it to be deceptive and hypocritical. League City has demonstrated a total disregard to what it has stated.

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The system isn’t the problem in Ferguson

We should all feel sympathy for innocent residents in Ferguson, Mo., regardless of race. It is always unfortunate to lose a loved one, but the grand jury had all the time to look at the forensic reports, weed out the lies and render a “no bill.” The protesters in Ferguson did not even wait for this fact finding process to start before they went animal. How can anyone justify their actions, burning, looting, attacking innocent people, teaching children this ignorance?

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Monday 12/08/2014
Thanks to all who helped Galvez

Great news! The Senate and House both have passed the bill to make Bernardo de Galvez an honorary citizen. All that is left is for President Barack Obama to sign it into law. There should be no problem with that.

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Sunday 12/07/2014
Pearl Harbor, the third wave of attacks

Many know that Japan attacked us without warning at 7:55 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, with two waves of planes. But did you know there was a planned third wave of attacks?

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Saturday 12/06/2014
A common misconception of fair tax

The response of my good friend Bill Love to my column extolling the virtues of the fair tax (“Fair tax plan isn’t as fair for the poor,” The Daily News, Nov. 23) was one that I would agree with if it was correct. Mr. Love said it was regressive and those who are at or below the poverty income level would be paying a 23 percent income tax rate. Actually, they would pay no income tax at all because of the prebate clause in the bill.

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Friday 12/05/2014
Adopt a child for Christmas

The Galveston Project for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth/Discovery Club is a program that provides services to homeless children (those that do not have a fixed, permanent residence). We make sure that the homeless students in the Galveston Independent School District have an equal opportunity to get a quality education.

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Thanks for making veterans fair successful

On behalf of nurse practitioner Dr. Rosie Morales, we would like to thank everyone who helped make our fair a success, Nov. 8, at Galveston VA Clinic, 3828 Ave. N. We had over 30 agencies present, and more than 100 veterans attended.

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Thursday 12/04/2014
Galveston is not getting its money from the port

The Daily News’ recent article on the port states that the port does not receive tax assistance. This is not accurate.

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We ought to be thankful for teachers

With the current school year under way, beginning teachers must be aware of the magnitude, enormity and quantity of problems facing them.

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Wednesday 12/03/2014
Don’t let young people go to Middle East

Regarding Anzil Salam’s letter to the editor (“Muslims oppose the radicalization of youth,” The Daily News, Nov. 29): I think the best way to oppose the radicalization, is to not let youth go to the Middle East.

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State park is a source of inspiration

There was a fine front page photo of Mr. Jim Bragg in The Daily News (“State park is an economic engine,” Nov. 24), as part of an article about Galveston Island State Park.

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America’s descending into madnes

In a guest column published Sunday, Gary Bledsoe, president of the Texas State NAACP, wrote: “Like Americans of all colors, African-Americans support law enforcement and understand the need to have effective public safety, yet we still are entitled to equitable, proper and humane treatment by law enforcement.The problem of needless shootings of young black men is one of the primary causes of our nation’s great racial divide and continues to happen all around the nation at an alarming rate.”

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Tuesday 12/02/2014
Don’t miss Dickens on The Strand

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”

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Sunday 11/30/2014
Let’s take the index seriously

The city of Galveston scores an estimated 20 points on the 100-point scale created to show which U.S. cities are making progress in guaranteeing rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. The new municipal equality index, released by the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C., reports on 353 cities, including 22 in Texas.

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Saturday 11/29/2014
Muslims oppose the radicalization of youth

Nowadays, some Muslim youth have chosen to travel to the Middle East where they are being radicalized. It is possible that some may return to carry out lone wolf attacks. These evil acts are being associated with Islam, whereas the true message of Islam is of love, universal peace and justice. Thus, there is a great need to bring to the forefront Islamic solutions to the problem of radicalization of youth.

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Finally, something worth talking about

Wow! Something from fired College of the Mainland Professor David Michael Smith (“Are Americans really against health care?” The Daily News, Nov. 17) that doesn’t call anyone who disagrees with his left-leaning views either a racist or some other vulgar names. Must have been a ghost writer.

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Friday 11/28/2014
A public pool deserves support

I was surprised to receive a recent city utility bill and see an insert providing information about the proposed public swimming pool at Lasker Park, and appealing for donations.

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It’s not racism, it’s politics

Regarding the Rev. James E. Daniels’ guest column (“Unfortunately, racism does still exist in 2014,” The Daily News, Nov. 22): Racism is surely alive and well, as long as we so label any criticism of President Barack Obama. That stops any constructive and reasonable dialogue dead in its tracks. Properly labeled, the dart throwing incident was politics.

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Wednesday 11/26/2014
Remember your blessings on Thanksgiving Day

All of us should praise the Lord at Thanksgiving. In Psalms 103, we are reminded “not to forget all his benefits.”

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Gratitude should open our eyes to the needs of others

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that has little to do with religion but everything to do with being grateful and giving thanks to those who have shown kindness. Sometimes we forget to express that gratefulness adequately.

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Texas should embrace casino gambling

One of the incontestable and most effective arguments for casino gambling in Texas is the number of daily buses leaving each of our major Texas cities for Louisiana and Oklahoma.

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The evidence is awfully thin

Regarding the Rev. James E. Daniels’ guest column (“Unfortunately, racism does still exist in 2014,” The Daily News, Nov. 22): Those who claim to see evidence of pervasive white racism clearly have extremely sensitive antennae. However, the evidence they adduce seems an awfully thin reed indeed.

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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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