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Readers weigh in on Emergency Services District vote

Voters will be called upon to elect five commissioners for the ESD No. 2 on Nov. 4. This is the first time since the ESD’s inception that it has been a voted position. Previously the Smith County Commissioners Court appointed…

03 November 2014 [11:07 AM]
Reader endorses Thiessen for ESD No. 2 board seat

Although statewide positions top the ballot for the upcoming November general election, there are also some very important local positions up for consideration. This year marks the first time that Smith County voters will be allowed to choose who represents…

21 October 2014 [08:24 PM]
'The rest of the story' on bailiff's comments to potential jurors

A recent article in Tyler Morning Telegraph, regarding a Smith County bailiff’s comments to potential jurors, was reported correctly. But as Paul Harvey would say, “here is the rest of the story.” These Smith County Sheriff’s officers report for duty…

13 October 2014 [04:42 PM]
Justice Thomas understands the meaning of an oath

On Sept. 16, I had the privilege of hearing Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas deliver remarks at the Cowan Center in Tyler. His speech was great and exceeded my expectations. I was especially pleased that he told the audience that…

20 September 2014 [09:37 PM]
The 'servant leader' model helps heal relationships

The merits of the “servant leader” model, brought forth by James C. Hunter in a recent conference sponsored by Leadership LIVE, are commendable, but unfortunately their nemesis is the destructively engaged leader whose daily objective is undoing all the organizational…

14 September 2014 [01:07 AM]
Readers take sides on bicycles on public roadways

The third Tyler-area cyclist in the past six weeks was hit recently. Fortunately, all three cyclists will recover from their significant injuries. How many more cyclists need to be hit before the idle shoulders of Loop 49 are opened to…

06 September 2014 [10:53 PM]