Children at Elizabet Nay Elementary School joined students across Texas and the country Tuesday for Read Across America Day, an annual literacy initiative that takes place on or near the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, famed author of the beloved Dr. Seuss children’s books.
Throughout the pandemic, as local and state officials have instituted restrictions on businesses and mandates on personal behavior, objectors consistently have said the people should decide what is best for them in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Upon first hearing a local police chief had been arrested and charged for multiple offenses in another city, our reaction was no different than it would have been for anyone in a position of public trust — the public has a right to know and we needed to fulfill our obligation to ensure it did.
As politics plays out these days, we can expect lots of indignation, raised voices and blame-shifting when the Texas House and Senate host hearings today about the electrical catastrophe that befell the state during last week’s historic winter storm.
The easing of COVID restrictions in local businesses is good news, but it doesn't mean we're past the crisis or that we can let up on precautions we've been taking.
If there’s one thing people freezing inside their own homes didn’t need, it was an elected official hopping on social media, preaching about only the strong surviving, and lecturing us on government overreach.
Two days after a historic storm system crippled the Texas power grid and left millions of people to fight off hypothermia in their own, electricity-deprived homes, Texas state leaders have taken decisive actions.
With a good number of Brazoria County residents being transplants from places such as Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania — where sub-freezing temperatures, snow and sleet aren’t headline-making weather conditions — they know what a lot of Texas natives likely do not about what we are expe…
Concerns r aised by Pct. 2 County Commissioner Ryan Cade about how cities are implementing development rules in what is ostensibly county jurisdiction have some legitimacy and should spur discussions about how extraterritorial jurisdictions are regulated.
It takes a lot to win the local spelling bee and this year's champion had a family team to help her along the way. An annual food drive again shows the giving spirit of the community. And the Dallas Mavericks could find another way to protest the national anthem.
People in southern Brazoria County must be pretty happy with how their towns are being run, based on our most recent update of filings for open seats in local government.
A requirement is meaningless if variances are easily granted for them, which has been an issue in Angleton for some time. Appeasing a developer by absolving them of the sidewalk requirement only passed son the eventual cost to homeowners and taxpayers. The city is right to stand firm by the mandate.
Businesses and individuals are not entitled to blanket absolution if they decline to practice and enforce reasonable measures to protect their patrons and workers.
A community shrimp boil and a community garden had the same ultimate goal in mind — helping. Whether it be those in the community affected by the pandemic or elementary school children learning about gardening, both projects will benefit people in the area. Meanwhile, nationally, folks like the My Pillow guy Mike Lindell, don't need to be seen anywhere until they can stop spreading lies on television.
Were it not for the decision now almost a century ago to institute a federal minimum wage, it is unlikely the average U.S. worker would have been able to help make America the economic superpower it has become. Revisiting the wage floor is overdue, but it must be done in measured, incrementa…
Brazoria County’s unemployed can spend countless hours trying to find a job, but until businesses feel secure enough in the region’s economic future, there won’t be much work to be found.
Dow's actions in response to a Clean Air Act complaint filed by federal officials defies what many people perceive is the company's lax approach to environmental regulations.
For a small town’s downtown area to truly prosper, it needs to offer more than a collection of businesses. That is the idea behind the “livable centers” concept, and one which could provide Angleton’s once largely vacant downtown to thrive beyond its current modest resurgence.
A law is only as effective as its enforcement. A history of letting people ignore laws only makes the reaction exponentially more explosive when the inevitable crackdown comes.
We posted a poll question on our website Thursday asking people who they believe is most responsible for the difficulties eligible Americans have in receiving the coronavirus vaccine. We did do because it seems more fingers than syringes are being pointed at people.
President Donald Trump leaves office this week, his legacy forever tarnished by the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. But a full and fair accounting of his four years in the White House should acknowledge his achievements along with the unacceptable events of the past few weeks.
In a state such as Texas where regulation is a four-letter word, the proposal by two Democratic lawmakers to put new handcuffs on companies with above-ground storage tanks is largely a non-starter. Looking objectively at the issue, the bills do not seem necessary when companies’ self-regulat…
The Texas Capitol, where lawmakers gather every two years to pass laws, write budgets and argue politics, has a new function in 2021: It’s the incidental scene of a large public health experiment, a human-scale science fair exhibition of intense social interaction during a pandemic.
The decisions by social media giants to wield their monopolistic swords against specific people and groups raises significant issues related to Americans' free speech protections. Those issues have more to do with technology than with whether people's rights are being violated.
It has been a quarter-century since the disappearance of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman of Arlington led to a change in how law enforcement treats child abductions and made the public central to returning missing children safely to their homes.
When Brazoria County has experienced devastating storms and floods, a home destroyed by fire or a family’s loss a loved one by tragic means, our neighbors are among the most generous that can be found.
Of all t he emotions Americans experienced watching tens of thousands of their fellow citizens storm our citadel of democracy, surprise shouldn’t have been among them. The powder keg had been building for a long time, and the assault on the U.S. Capitol merely was its detonation.
Every other year before the Texas Legislature starts up a new session, advocates of casino gambling find every available microphone to push a new reason why the state should legalize gambling in the state. This year is no different.
TREE DROPOFFS Natural Christmas trees can be donated at these sites around Brazoria County. They should be free of all decorations. Brazoria County Parks Department offices, 313 W. Mulberry St. in Angleton Surfside Beach main entrance Manvel substation, 7313 Corporate Drive Precinct 1 office…
The upper Texas Gulf Coast has a lot to offer for tourists and local residents alike. It is in everyone’s best interest to conserve it while attracting people to enjoy its recreational aspects.
A new Department of Labor regulation could require tipped restaurant workers to share their tips with employees more likely to earn an hourly wage, like cooks and dishwashers, which undermines the purpose of tipping.
It’s worth applauding state education officials for determining there is enough upheaval in children’s lives to not assign performance grades to schools and school districts. When administrators and teachers don’t know from one day to the next whether they will have to shift entirely to onli…
The circular logic being used by COVID deniers and anti-maskers to support their viewpoints can be described as a self-licking ice cream cone, to deploy a common phrase used in Washington.
When a city has gone through four police chiefs in the span of a year, shaking up the old way of choosing the department’s leader only makes sense. To its credit, that is what Danbury’s leadership is doing.
Young children who have a hard time remembering to put their dishes in the sink after a meal, argue about taking a bath and struggle to pull themselves away from Minecraft are being expected to have enough discipline to attend school from home. It should surprise no one that the failure rate…
The d evelopment of a vaccine to inoculate people against the novel coronavirus is an incredible achievement that demonstrates what can be accomplished when government resources use private entities for the greater good.
Back in 2013, Democratic Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, then the majority leader in the U.S. Senate, implemented the so-called “nuclear option” lowering the threshold needed to approve federal executive branch nominees and judicial appointments. Instead of needing 60 votes, a simple majority wou…
The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association board raised rates because they had no other option considering a report showed rates were too low by 26 percent for residential coverage and 44 percent for commercial coverage.
The massive influx of public comments about a proposed oil terminal off the Brazoria County coast is encouraging. Too often potentially environmentally sensitive and economically damaging projects never make it onto the average resident’s radar, and a minimal number of objections make them f…
A recent change in quarantine rules will yield widespread benefits for workplaces and public schools reducing the suggested isolation times of those who were in close contact with someone infected with COVID-19.
CHI St. Luke’s has not been forthcoming with information about its CEO search for the Brazosport hospital, which should be disheartening for residents who know how important that position is within the community.