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Published on Saturday, 21 December 2013 20:09 - Written by


The people of District 6 were at a clear disadvantage in the Texas House of Representatives during the recent Legislative Session.

Although our State Representative took office January 8, 2013, he did not open a district office until June — after the legislative regular Session ended. The web page contact information for our District 6 state representative only listed his Austin, Texas address and his (512) telephone number prior to late October 2013. The web page contact information with the Tyler address and telephone number was finally added to his web page at approximately the time his re-election campaign was announced.

The legislative Session is the most important time to be in touch with constituents. Many issues are time-sensitive and require immediate attention. If constituents wanted to contact our state representative to voice concerns on proposed legislation or ask for assistance, they were forced to call long distance to his Austin telephone number. This put many people on fixed budgets at a great disadvantage.

The state of Texas knows the importance of representatives staying in touch their citizens. That is why funds are budgeted for all state representatives to have a fully functioning local office.

This lack of representation is not my idea of “Freedom, Texas Style”

Skip Ogle is a longtime resident and businessman of Smith County.

He realizes the significance of listening to and being available to our community. I am supporting Skip in the March 4 Republican primary.

Pat Pinkerton-Walker




Blake Bailey’s Dec. 15 contribution to the East Texas Mailbox was presumably intended to support the argument for increasing the minimum wage, which is well known to result in reduced entry level jobs, hurting most those who need such jobs.

In fact, Henry Ford didn’t increase wages to help the poor, but rather to increase production rate of his cars and reduce labor costs, both of which were hampered by the high rate of turnover in the production line work force. In other words, Mr. Ford was wise enough to realize it would be good for his business to raise wages, and he made the decision of his own volition, not because of a “one-size-fits-all” law which required him to do so.

This is a great example of free enterprise and capitalism at work, and I thank Mr. Bailey for bringing it to our attention.

Ted Heithecker




As I reviewed the recent Tyler Paper article regarding our low-performing Tyler schools, I was reminded of the promise that bringing our school buildings into the “21st Century” was the solution to low test scores. The fact is, the multi-million dollar building that adorns the West Loop is a shimmering example of the opposite. For those proud of this 21st Century building, please look beyond the structure of brick and mortar and view inside. Dixie and Rice are not on the list of low-performing schools, and they do not currently have new facilities.

A proud Tyler might set aside the Washington mentality that says “more money is the answer,” and instead look back to the 19th or 20th Century school house.

The real problem in our schools is a breakdown of the family, and no amount of money is going to repair that gaping wound.

Please unleash our great teachers from the bureaucracy that binds their hands. Please allow personal responsibility, Christian morals, ethics and Bible teaching back through the classroom doors. Don’t wait to offer Bibles when our students enter correctional facilities. The cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all education system must end. Our children deserve better — maybe even a choice.

Mark Lankford