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Don’t let ISD die
Mainland Ecumenical Ministers Association Of Galveston County supports the La Marque independent school district superintendent, school board, faculty, staff and students.
After the trustees saw fit to retain attorney Christopher Tritico to represent the board in its battle to save the district, MEMA saw fit to stand in unity with the district to ensure all that transpires will contribute to the continued building of our community and the development of our children.

watkins, terri tabse.net                Terri Watkins

It is our organization’s distinct belief that La Marque ISD is worth saving and much needed for the continuation of our venerable community. Throughout La Marque’s long history, its clergy have served as the voice of the people and that tradition still holds strong.
Lifelong learning is the fabric of our community. If La Marque ISD dies, La Marque dies.
It is the intent of our show of solidarity to voice our concerns with leaders in the educational field, to connect, share insights and ultimately reiterate our support of superintendent Terri Watkins and La Marque ISD’s continued existence.
Since Watkins’ appointment, the district has shown improvements in finances, discipline,  community involvement and initiatives, curriculum and instruction and academic performance, according to figures issued by the Texas education agency.
DN Benfield,
President, MEMA
Texas City

Trump is the real
radical extremist
The leading Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, declares that we should bar Muslims from entering America.
He obviously believes that this type of obscenity is popular with the American public. Does he really understand what major damage he is doing to our country?
Is he so ignorant or greedy and power hungry that he is willing to sacrifice the national interests of this country for a few more votes from a minority group?
Nullifying the US constitution and alienating one-and-a-half billion Muslims around the world is not in the best interests of America.
Suggesting this type of policy, regardless of whether it is ever considered or not, is a disaster for America and should be condemned.
Ali Khalili

SMALL BUSINESS Thursday is an annual event featuring open houses, special offers, discounts, giveaways and some special guests or demonstrations at participating businesses throughout Texas City.
It’s timed for Thursday, November 19, enabling holiday shoppers to avoid the crowds, pushy atmosphere, hectic racing here and there on Black Friday by getting out a week earlier in a calmer setting with more chance of finding that unique holiday gift.
And, as I have found out, often a small business will order what it doesn’t have on hand so you don’t have to rush around to find it. This extra attention is lost at so many large stores or crowded malls.
Now is the time for Texas City business owners to sign up to participate and take full advantage of the marketing we do for the event at city hall. Businesses wanting to participate this year need to register quickly if they wish to avoid a $25 participation fee.
Registration is free until Wednesday, October 7, and our registration contacts are James Hartshorn – by phone at 409-643-5919 or by e-mail at jhartshorn@texas-city-tx.org – and Justin Herter, at 409-643-5926 or jherter@texas-city-tx.org.
Alternatively, business owners can go to our website at texas-city-tx.org by October 15.
Advertising dollars go so much further with this program as the city works with local advertisers to produce ads listing participating businesses, promoting the event, providing flags to identify each business as a participant and sharing information through other local businesses.
Texas City supports its small businesses and hosting a kick-off holiday-shopping day in November is just one way we make it easier for companies and patrons to do business together by making it fun.
We work closely with our sponsoring partners, all of whom share in a desire to make Texas City a better place to live and shop.
So please remember: Try Us First – Shop Texas City!
Nick Finan
Texas City

Why not a chamber of commerce for Dickinson?

AS A BUSINESSWOMAN and artistic director of Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, a nonprofit community theatre in Dickinson, for 24 years, I believe a chamber of commerce would be a wonderful addition to our growing community.
Dickinson does not have its own newspaper. Our businesses and citizens are dependent upon other cities’ newspapers and community newsletters for publicity about local events. If we desire publicity other than a casual mention, we must purchase advertisements in these publications.
Our businesses are forced to become members of other cities’ chambers of commerce that have little or no interest in what goes on in Dickinson.
Dues are paid with little return and local businesses that support other chambers seem to have little interest in what their own city offers.
There is no voice to promote our town’s assets or businesses. We need a way to support growth and listen to concerns.
Dickinson needs a chamber of commerce to encourage existing and new businesses to invest in the city as it grows, as evidenced by the continual replacement of aging school buildings with updated structures and the addition of more schools to accommodate its increasing population.
Dickinson is a proud community and a chamber would attract more businesses.
What a fantastic addition it would be to potential local businesses if newcomers were welcomed with ribbon cuttings and a listing in a buyers’ guide.
We have already started the process and we ask for continued support in our venture by everyone in our city.
Bennie Nipper

Help make Settlement day a really great party

This year’s 1867 Settlement will host its annual celebration on the Bell Strip at 117 Bell Drive, Texas City, from noon to 7:00pm on Saturday, September 26.
Our event will feature a parade, trail ride, historical program, live musical entertainment, a disc jockey, food and arts-and-crafts vendors, a moonwalk, antique and Corvette car show and much, much more!
The 1867 Settlement committee would appreciate Post readers’ involvement to help make this celebration of 148 years since emancipation one of our best.
We need more street vendors, sponsors and volunteers, so I implore anyone who would like to help in any way call me at 409-935-5219 or Frankie Haynes at 409-599-1967.
Vera Bell-Gary
Texas City

Let’s have courtesy on the sidewalk

As elderly residents of Texas City, we appreciate that we are able to visit the dyke and levees, walk in the park and enjoy all the facilities of our city’s Nessler Center. However, something that happened on the morning of Wednesday, August 26, disturbed us.
As my wife and I took our morning walk, we crossed paths with two middle-aged women who were walking towards us at a fast rate. Being courteous, we stepped aside for them to pass on the sidewalk.
On our second time around, we met the same women. It seems that they were intent on forcing us off the sidewalk! They came at us with a forceful speed and my wife brushed arms with one of them as we were trying to get out of their way.
Who knows what would have happened if we hadn’t tried to evade them. We weren’t merely moving to our half of the sidewalk, we were almost forced off it so that they could have the “right of way”.
Rules for the walking paths should be posted outside the city’s fitness center so that people who don’t know common courtesy understand what is expected of them. The women we encountered were Hispanic, so the rules should be posted in both English and Spanish as a courtesy to all walkers.
We would appreciate Post readers’ consideration in this matter so that everyone in the community can be made aware of this situation.
John Jansen
Texas City

Curb end-of-summer drink-and-drive deaths

As summer celebrations enter their final weeks, the Texas department of transportation is unveiling its Drink, Drive, Go To Jail campaign.
We urge drivers not to turn their summer fun into a life-changing tragedy by being irresponsible when it comes to drinking and driving. A safe and sober ride should be at the top of every driver’s list when making plans with family and friends.
If not, they run the serious risk of being pulled over by a law-enforcement officer, being killed or killing someone else. It’s just not worth it.
According to data collected from the Texas Peace Officers Crash Report, which was received and processed by the department on July 20, last summer in Texas, 336 people were killed and 680 seriously injured in alcohol-related crashes.
Texas drivers convicted of DWI face up to $17,000 in costs, possible jail time, limited career prospects and loss of driver license. In an effort to curb impaired driving, TxDOT’s Drink, Drive, Go To Jail campaign is being supported by increased law-enforcement efforts until September 7.
TxDOT strongly encourages everyone to plan for a sober ride before going out. Anyone can visit SoberRides.org to find alternatives to drinking and driving, such as calling a taxi or using a transportation app on a smartphone, using mass transit, asking a sober friend or family member for a ride home and staying put.
John Barton
Deputy executive
director, TxDOT

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What price freedom of conscience?
In recent weeks, the freedoms provided by the US constitution’s first amendment have come under fire in such diverse places as Walkerton, Indiana, and Garland.
Freedom of speech was threatened by jihadists in Garland, while freedom of religion was flouted by the politically correct in Walkerton. Such developments spell danger for our republic if we are to remain a constitutional democracy.
For caricaturing their prophet, two radical jihadists sought to murder a host of contestants.
The US supreme court asserted, in its Westboro decision, that free speech must be protected – no matter how repugnant.
Indeed, if Andres Serrano’s picture of a crucifix immersed in urine, as well as a depiction of the Virgin Mary surrounded by elephant dung, qualified for constitutional protection, the first amendment cannot provide a right to avoid offense.
Otherwise, it loses its value as a bulwark of liberty, and the absolute freedom to speak one’s mind unfettered by political correctness would vanish from American society.
When Memories Pizza’s owner came under fire for saying his religious beliefs would prevent him from cater homosexual weddings, the collision of religiously-informed conscience and political correctness reached critical mass. The religious-freedom-restoration act, signed by president Bill Clinton, sought to ensure that the first amendment’s “free exercise” clause would remain a force for freedom of conscience.
When secularists extol tolerance as a prime necessity, they reveal their utter hypocrisy by their intolerance of Christian beliefs. To seek the oppression of such beliefs is antithetical to liberty in America and people of all faiths should realize the danger posed by those who are nothing more than “thought police”.
As freedom of conscience dies, so does civilization itself.
Ron Domel
Texas City
Feds’ EPA must toe the line
I regularly challenge the federal environmental protection agency and its costly regulations. This week in the US house of representatives, I offered an amendment to the interior-and-EPA-appropriations bill that would require the agency to follow the law and conduct ongoing evaluations of how its regulations impact American jobs. The amendment passed by voice vote on Wednesday night.
I also questioned EPA administrator Gina McCarthy on the agency’s costly regulations during a full hearing by the house’s science, space and technology committee on Thursday.
The EPA has a track record of unelected bureaucrats pushing regulations without truly understanding the impact these rules have on our job creators. Since 2009, our job creators have faced an onslaught of regulations from the EPA, even as the US congress has consistently reduced the agency’s budget year after year.
It is unacceptable for presidents or EPA administrators to cherry-pick the law based on their own ideological agenda.
Randy Weber
Member for Texas district 14,
US house of representatives
Washington, DC