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Readers offer endorsements in upcoming primary races

It is my privilege and joy to fully endorse the re-election of Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith. I have known Larry Smith for the past 25 years, and his track record as a law enforcement officer is impeccable. Larry Smith’s…

06 February 2016 [07:18 PM]
Candidate for Senate District 1 deserves consideration

While attending Tuesday’s BBB Award Luncheon at Green Acres Crosswalk Conference Center, I had the unexpected pleasure of speaking directly with Senate District 1 candidate David Simpson. I’ll admit I haven’t researched the candidates in this race, but over the…

30 January 2016 [09:03 PM]
Second Amendment must be seen in context of history

The Second Amendment protecting the right to bear arms is an interesting addition to our Constitution. It is the only one that submits a reason for its existence - to support our militias, (needed for wars fought on American soil).…

16 January 2016 [10:04 PM]
George Will wrongly dismissed creationists, believers

In his recent commentary titled, “Cities, markets and languages evolved,” George Will takes the opportunity to slam “religious creationists” who he claims are inconsequential. It also appears he has coined a new term: “secularist creationist.” He compares the Creator, mentioned…

02 January 2016 [08:21 PM]
There's a reason shepherds were the first to know

Recently you printed an article about Hanukkah and its meaning. At Christmas, we focus on the birth of Christ and the significance it holds for Christians. There is a passage in the biblical book of Micah, which the Jews of…

19 December 2015 [09:37 PM]
Donald Trump's appeal is he wants to defend America

In response to the Dec. 12 column by Jonah Goldberg, Donald Trump’s appeal is based on one outstanding principle - his absolute desire to protect America. Trump is decisive and has solutions for all our country’s current problems. We…

12 December 2015 [11:05 PM]
The US isn't morally obligated to take Syrian refugees

It is being reported that the U.S. will be receiving untold thousands of refugees that are flooding into Europe. We are not morally obligated to accept these masses, in spite of what our inept president says in trying to shame…

05 December 2015 [09:00 PM]
Veterans Day editorial page expressed proper respect

Congratulations on the finest Veterans Day editorial page coverage (Nov. 11) I have ever seen. The two student essays on the subject were just great, especially from young minds. The main editorial was superb and ended with a statement I…

21 November 2015 [08:15 PM]
Telemedicine is a bad idea for patients and physicians

Your recent editorial is dead wrong in claiming that telemedicine is safe and that Texas should embrace it - not regulate it out of existence. You cannot compare it (as your editorial stated) to the EMS responders consulting a physician…

14 November 2015 [08:40 PM]
Mayor: Independent experts will evaluate Tyler water

On Oct. 12, the city of Tyler received a letter from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality notifying us that the Tyler water system had exceeded maximum contaminant levels for haloacetic acids. According to guidelines from the TCEQ, the water…

07 November 2015 [09:25 PM]
Shame on firms that send manufacturing jobs overseas

I beg to differ - vehemently - with the recent editorial headlined, “We shouldn’t mourn manufacturing jobs.” First, as much as I would like to see everyone in the country enjoying a fine economy, and every family breadwinner gainfully employed,…

18 October 2015 [08:57 AM]
Sen. Ted Cruz remains faithful to the U.S. Constitution

I commend Sen. Ted Cruz for standing on principle for those who elected him, by exposing the culture of deception among establishment Republicans in Washington. The fact that Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate whipped up votes and stifled Republican…

11 October 2015 [04:31 AM]
Pope came to encourage Christians to build up families

I would like to thank the good people of East Texas for their openness to the message of Pope Francis during his historic visit to our nation last week. The main reason Pope Francis came to the United States was…

04 October 2015 [04:48 AM]
Pope Francis makes historic visit to Cuba and America

I was born, baptized and raised a Roman Catholic due to my mom’s family, and I have a very few protestant leanings from my dad’s Anglican and Methodist side. I have even prayed at two Jewish synagogues. We are all…

27 September 2015 [04:48 AM]
The misconception about conception, when life begins

There are 20 living females and 22 living males in my immediate family, and I thank God every day that none of them were aborted. We know that women who choose abortion invariably feel regret. They may become extremely depressed…

19 September 2015 [10:49 PM]
The young men fleeing Syria should stay and fight

As I was watching television coverage of the mass of humanity trying to flee Syria, I could not help but notice the high number of young men in this group. Why can’t they return to their country and fight for…

13 September 2015 [04:56 AM]
Editorial was wrong about benefits of tax abatements

On Aug. 30, the Tyler Morning Telegraph published an editorial - “Tax abatement plan will benefit all of us” - contending that the economy is better off when government picks winners and losers. This is wrong both in principle…

06 September 2015 [04:40 AM]
County commissioners knew their salary when they ran

Letters0830 / cq rm The full truth about salaries for commissioners still remains one of the best-kept secrets in Smith County. Having served for eight years as Precinct 1 county commissioner, I know the truth and will continue to speak…

30 August 2015 [04:38 AM]
Underage drinking has long-lasting negative impacts

When considering the possible consequences of underage drinking, some may immediately think of drunken driving. That risk is real - in 2014 in Texas, 1,949 drunken driving crashes involved underage drinking drivers (ages 16-20), leading to 91 deaths and 222…

23 August 2015 [04:54 AM]
Judge Rogers was right to tell defendant to get married

The liberal left is once again failing to recognize its own hypocrisy. This time it relates to Smith County Court at Law No. 2 Judge Randall Rogers. It has come out in local and national news that Judge Rogers is…

16 August 2015 [05:52 AM]
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