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The Galveston County Daily News : Letters To Editor

April 23, 2014

Letters To Editor

Wednesday 04/23/2014
That Mustang has plenty of memories

Tim Paulissen, League City’s mayor, went to Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Ford Mustang.

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Become part of Beeton’s special interest group

Elizabeth Beeton has a passion for Galveston. Many of us love Galveston, but Beeton translates her love of the island into action.

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Yarbrough is best choice for mayor

Please vote for Jim Yarbrough for mayor. Here’s why:

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Smart voters will scrutinize campaign promises

We have the wrong system to elect the next mayor of Galveston. Under either a strong mayor or a 4-2-1 system, we would have the ideal race — one with real choices.

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Tuesday 04/22/2014
The city has interests west of the seawall

Many will disagree, but it seems we have at least three good leading candidates for mayor.

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Column on climate change was short on information

I looked forward to Harold Vanderpool’s guest column on climate change and global warming (“The ideology of climate change,” Daily News, April 10), hoping to find a considered and reasoned discussion of this issue.

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Pappous brings steady leadership to City Council

Norman Pappous is a conservative thinker who just happens to actually pay attention to what his constituents and other voters of Galveston think about all issues.

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Monday 04/21/2014
Why bother voting if no one pays attention?

A Daily News editorial about a lawsuit that will affect 383 units of public housing on scattered sites said: “The Galveston Housing Authority is going to have no role in the construction of public housing on scattered sites in Galveston. None. That point was clear in court documents filed in the Galveston Open Government Project’s lawsuit aimed at blocking the construction of mixed-income developments in Galveston.”

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City officials have a history of ignoring voters

In regards to Benny Davis’ letter (“Galveston isn’t Miami or Carmel,” Daily News, April 18), if The Daily News reviewed its archives it would discover that, in the past, city councils have violated the vote of the people.

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Stewart Beach is safe and open for business

There was one drop of oil found on Stewart Beach after last month's oil spill. The drop was the size of a nickel and somebody stuck an orange flag in to mark the spot that would destroy Galveston’s economy.

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Sunday 04/20/2014
Remember to forgive on Easter

The story of Easter is told in Matthew 28: 1-10. Let’s not forget the words of Jesus, “Father let them forgive me.” Human hatred has not declined. Let’s be more forgiving.

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Pappous is the right choice for District 4

In Galveston, 19 candidates have filed for seven seats on the City Council. The election is May 10.

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Mafrige supports Galveston

In Galveston, 19 candidates have filed for seven seats on the City Council. The election is May 10.

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Yarbrough is a great leader

In Galveston, 19 candidates have filed for seven seats on the City Council. The election is May 10.

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Saturday 04/19/2014
Chamber’s endorsement of Marx is curious

As a resident of District 3 in Galveston, I am puzzled by the chamber of commerce’s endorsement of Kate Marx (“Galveston chamber endorses seven candidates,” The Daily News, April 15).

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Pappous deserves a landslide win

Norman Pappous has been attentive to District 4’s needs like we haven’t experienced in ages.

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Two wrongs don’t make a right, but 529 do?

If the two proposed sites for public housing at Cedar Terrace and Magnolia Homes fail to comply with fair housing laws, then how can 529 units of public housing scattered throughout neighborhoods do otherwise? That is what some are apparently claiming.

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NOAA’s Discovery Day was a big success

For the past several years, my wife and I have made an effort to visit NOAA’s Ocean Discovery Day at its facilities at Fort Crockett.

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Friday 04/18/2014
Don’t forget the commandments of good driving

Houston reported another deadly incident of road rage, and I bet you’re wondering why Galveston County is so free of these dumb-dumb drivers.

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Texas needs more teachers

In the current Program for International Student Assessment, the United States is 26th of 32 countries in math, and 21st in science.

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Galveston isn’t Miami or Carmel

In her letter (“Beeton respects voters’ wishes,” Daily News, April 10), Carol Preble writes voters said no to extensive beach-side development and high-rises on the south side of the seawall. She implied there was a vote of the citizens at an election and the city council violated the vote.

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Thursday 04/17/2014
Galveston wins with Don Mafrige as its mayor

With due diligence, I have come to the following conclusions regarding the 2014 Galveston Mayoral election:

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Yarbrough has a solid track record for success

Rarely does a city the size of Galveston, which does not pay its elected officials a salary, have the opportunity to have someone of the caliber of Jim Yarbrough step up to the plate and offer to serve as mayor.

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Yarbrough getting big money from out of county

Jim Yarbrough raised more than $74,000 for his Galveston mayoral campaign during the first three months of the year, far outpacing his opponents City Councilwoman Elizabeth Beeton and local businessman Don Mafrige. The three disclosed fundraising results in campaign finance reports due 30 days before the election.

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Mafrige tried to cut support for library from charter

The Galveston City Charter sets aside a small percent of tax revenue to support the Rosenberg Library. During the 2007-08 city charter review, Don Mafrige repeatedly tried to have this support deleted.

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Wednesday 04/16/2014
BBQ lunch supports La Marque CPAA

The purpose of the La Marque Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association is to bring together graduates of the academy to enhance the relations between the community and the police force and to assist all law enforcement agencies.

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Free dance camp at Parker Elementary

We are excited to announce that M.O.V.E. Dance Camp is back. Pretty Gyrl Productions will be hosting our Free Dance Day at 10 a.m. April 26 at Parker Elementary School.

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The Republican Party is on a road to nowhere

One hallmark of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidency was sponsoring and signing into law the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956.

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Tuesday 04/15/2014
Veterans returning from overseas should seek support

This year, 49,000 to 69,000 veterans will return from overseas.

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Re-elect Norman Pappous

I would like to endorse Norman Pappous for City Council District 4.

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Obamacare is a scam

The law governing Obamacare has been changed 38 times by President Barack Obama with the stroke of his pen and no approval from Congress, which is mandated in our Constitution.

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Monday 04/14/2014
Bravo to Jeri Kinear

Jeri Kinear deserves thanks for her two recent letters, and especially for the second, stressing that attorneys are sworn to defend their clients (“This is what’s wrong with politics today,” April 12, The Daily News).

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Yarbrough is not citizens’ candidate

Platitudes about Jim Yarbrough don’t say much about what his abilities would be as mayor.

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One nation under God?

Despite my wholesome habit of ignoring the columns of the “Three Musketeers,” I was this time drawn into the slough by an incendiary title (“United States is One Nation under God,” Daily News, April 7).

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Sunday 04/13/2014
Invest in isle’s core neighborhoods

Elizabeth Beeton has it right. We should be investing in our neighborhoods and the citizens of Galveston.

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Mafrige is the ideal candidate

The ideal mayor of Galveston should be well versed in many facets of life. We have the opportunity to elect such a person.

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Yarbrough is the right man for Galveston

I met Jim Yarbrough in the early ’80s when he worked at the Bank of Galveston. I have followed his career with interest and through the years met and got to know most of his immediate family, including his beloved mother, Gloria, at First Baptist Church. She always saved me a seat for Sunday morning service.

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Saturday 04/12/2014
This is what’s wrong with politics today

Mr. Jason Delgado (“Mailing speaks to candidate’s merit,” April 7, The Daily News), I am pleased that there is now a face that I can address instead of the veiled Conservative Republicans of Galveston County, PAC.

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Ball High seeking donations for prom, graduation

Ball High School is looking for prom dresses, suits, tuxes, accessories and shoes for prom night on May 17 and for graduation on June 7.

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Pappous is a quality council member

Norman Pappous is my son-in-law. In the 10 years that I have known Norman, I have found him to be exactly as he appears — no nonsense, intelligent and trustworthy.

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Friday 04/11/2014
Let’s get some perspective on Three Musketeers

Karl Marx stated, “religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.”

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Ike Dike was not part of discussion

Please allow me to clear up a few inaccuracies I found in Bill Broussard’s guest column (“Proposed Ike Dike legislation actually supports other self-serving issues”) that appeared on April 5. Mr. Broussard repeatedly refers to “HB 1560.”

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Thanks for the coverage of fatal accident

A Silsbee woman was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison for driving while intoxicated and causing a fiery wreck that killed a 62-year-old Galveston resident on April 8, 2013. Alysia Rachele Monroe, 25, pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter in the collision that killed Andrea Knight Robertson.

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Thursday 04/10/2014
GAIN candidate forum today at The Grand

One of the highlights of the city of Galveston’s election season is Galveston Alliance of Island Neighborhoods’ candidate forum. It is free to the public and will be at 6:30 p.m. today at The Grand 1894 Opera House.

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Beeton respects voters’ wishes

Voters speak and the City Council overrides our wishes to cater to special interests and developers. The recent zoning to allow a high-rise development on the south side of the seawall clearly demonstrated this.

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Questioning Yarbrough was a waste of time

Why would Don Mafrige waste his time challenging Jim Yarbrough’s eligibility to run for mayor of Galveston?

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Don Mafrige is a hometown leader

In the 45 years I’ve known Don Mafrige, I have witnessed the numerous contributions he has made for the city of Galveston. In every area that he has devoted his skill and experience, successful, positive outcomes have occurred.

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Wednesday 04/09/2014
Island mayoral race should be about the issues

Up until now, the Galveston mayoral race has avoided negative campaigning, but in the April 7 Daily News (“Yarbrough for Galveston Mayor,” Mark W. Stevens), that changed.

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GAIN to host candidate forum Thursday

I am the current vice president of the Galveston Alliance of Island Neighborhoods, an independent organization that reflects the island’s diversity of income, ethnicity, neighborhood architectural design and lifestyle. GAIN was founded on the principle that an economically strong, livable community begins with vibrant neighborhoods. 

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Congress needs a call to action on Alzheimer’s disease

Today, people living with Alzheimer’s, caregivers and advocates from across the nation will gather in Washington D.C., for the 26th annual Alzheimer’s Advocacy Forum to appeal to the members of Congress for action on Alzheimer’s disease.

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