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Thanks for stopping feds’ land grab

MOST residents of Galveston County have not heard of the Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area. This proposal – which would have affected Matagorda, Brazoria, Galveston and Chambers counties – sought to bring business and control flooding to these coastal areas.
The truth is that the LSCNRA did not address the flooding risk in our county. Instead of the Ike Dike, the proposal aimed at wetlands and natural barriers to protect our cities.
We know, from the devastation caused by Hurricane Ike, that these are not enough. The ulterior motive of this plan was not to bring business and protect our county but, rather, a move by the federal government to control our coastal properties and waterways.
League City was the last bastion the LSCNRA needed to sign up in order for the proposal to pass. Fortunately, the council voted to deny it 8-0.
I am so thankful that the council members saw through this proposal for its true intention and believe we owe a debt of gratitude to them.
This was a great victory for we, the people, as well as a victory against a gluttonous federal government.
Scott Presler
League City

Beat grief with Hands Together

NO ONE wants to face the fact that the death of a loved one changes everything; that, in many ways, life will never be the same again.
Those who love us don’t want us to suffer; they want everything to “return to normal” and may try to rush us through the grieving process.
Our task when grieving is finding a new normal, a process that can take much longer than anyone could anticipate.
That’s the time when Hospice Care Team’s grief-support groups can be most helpful so, in order to serve the needs of those who are grieving throughout the Bay Area, we are offering our seven-week Hands Together groups in Clear Lake and Dickinson this spring.
On Mondays beginning April 20, we will meet at First United Methodist church in Dickinson from 4:00-5:30pm.
Then, on Tuesdays beginning April 21, our Clear Lake groups will meet at Gloria Dei Lutheran church 6:00-7:30pm.
Each group series is free and open to anyone in the community who is grieving a death, regardless of whether their loved one was on hospice service. Space is limited, so advance registration is required.
For information or to register, please contact me at 409-938-0070 or 800-545-8738.
Rebecca Deaton
Bereavement services director
Hospice Care Team
Texas City

National labor board’s decisions worthless

IN JANUARY 2012, president Barack Obama bypassed the US senate’s confirmation process and nominated three members to serve five-year terms on the national labor relations board. This was an unconstitutional abuse of presidential power that flouted our system of checks and balances.
In January 2013, the US court of appeals for the District Of Columbia circuit ruled in the case Noel Canning v NLRB that the appointments the president had made to the NLRB in 2012 were unconstitutional. Therefore, all NLRB orders made since the illegal appointments are invalid due to a lack of a legitimate quorum.
On June 26, 2014, the US supreme court confirmed the federal appeals court’s ruling in a unanimous decision.
In recent years, the NLRB has continually overstepped its authority in seeking to undo private business’ investment decisions. Furthermore, the Obama administration has been pushing the NLRB toward union advocacy rather than fair adjudication.
I believe the US congress must protect the rights of workers during the collective-bargaining process and insist on more transparency and accountability in the way that union dues are used.
Post readers may be certain that I will keep their concerns in mind as the senate considers federal labor policy and workers’ rights during the 114th congress.
John Cornyn
Member for Texas
United States Senate

Foster kids deserve normal lives

SENATE bill 1406 and SB 1407, introduced in the Texas legislature by senator Charles Schwertner, were developed in partnership with Texas CASA, the state’s branch of the National Court-Appointed Special Advocates Association.
Texas CASA is grateful to Senator Schwertner for his leadership and advocacy on behalf of children and youth in the foster-care system.
We are honored to work with both the senator and the state’s department of family and protective services to strengthen opportunities for children in care to lead lives that are as normal as possible.
Vicki Spriggs
Chief executive, Texas CASA

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