Recent News

Reader Responses, July 27, 2014

THERE ARE COMMON-SENSE SOLUTIONS TO BORDER CRISIS On July 22, my wife and I attended State Rep. David Simpson’s report on the immigration crisis from his tour of the Texas border, hoping to clarify our understanding and feelings. I believe…

26 July 2014 [10:11 PM]
Reader Responses, July 20, 2014

The president has requested $3.7 billion to take care of the border situation. There does not seem to be any specificity to how this money will be spent or how it will actually do any good in “taking care” of…

19 July 2014 [10:25 PM]
Reader Responses, July 13, 2014

MAYBE IT’S TIME TO RETHINK THE SUPREME COURT’S POWER Thanks for your recent editorial supporting the Supreme Court’s decisions to uphold the religious freedom of “closely held” corporations like Hobby Lobby, and the freedom of association of home health care…

12 July 2014 [10:23 PM]
Reader Responses, July 6, 2014

WITH PRIMARIES OVER, THE GOP SHOULD COME TOGETHER It’s time for some Republicans to adjust their attitudes. The primaries are all but finished. Soon the November general election ballots will be printed and before you know it, absentee ballots will…

05 July 2014 [09:52 PM]
Reader Responses, July 4, 2014

TAKE TIME ON FOURTH TO CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION This Independence Day, honor our nation and democracy by making sure your voter registration is up-to-date in time to participate in this year’s important elections. Then, take a moment to ask…

03 July 2014 [11:04 PM]
Reader Responses, June 29, 2014

STUDENT LOAN BORROWERS AND COLLEGES ALSO AT FAULT With respect to the president’s plans to cap, modify or otherwise forgive student loan debt, students who have loans with crushing interest payments or who cannot ever conceivability repay the loans are…

28 June 2014 [10:37 PM]
Reader Responses, June 22, 2014

CANTOR’S LOSS SHOWS THE MOOD OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE The political landscape is as volatile as ever, but expect a decidedly conservative shift across the nation. Not because House Majority Leader Eric Cantor got replaced, nor because the pro-amnesty “Texas…

21 June 2014 [09:38 PM]
Reader Responses, June 8, 2014

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG SHOULD PRACTICE WHAT HE PREACHES Something struck me as I read the recent editorial, “Bloomberg makes a case for freedom,” (June 3, 2014) in which Michael Bloomberg tells his Harvard audience that “tolerance for other peoples’ ideas…

07 June 2014 [09:22 PM]
Reader Responses, June 1, 2014

FORMER MAYOR BASS THANKS TYLER CITIZENS AND LEADERS Thank you, Tyler, Texas for the opportunity to serve as your mayor for the last six years. From our great and dedicated City Council members to our phenomenal City staff…

31 May 2014 [10:59 PM]
Reader Responses - endorsements in upcoming GOP runoff

This is the first letter to the editor I have ever submitted. But I do so because I firmly believe that Mike Patterson is the right person to become the next judge of the County Court at Law. I have…

22 May 2014 [09:40 PM]
Readers offer their endorsements in primary runoff

As Republican Party Chairman for 12 years and 35 years of Republican activist experience, I confidently endorse Mike Patterson for election as County Court at Law judge. Voters who have studied the candidates understand Mike Patterson’s superb qualifications. Mike has…

17 May 2014 [10:37 PM]
Reader Responses, May 11, 2014

AMERICAN FORCES MUST HELP FIND NIGERIAN SCHOOL GIRLS On April 14, over 230 girls aged between 12 and 18 were abducted from their boarding school in Borno State, Nigeria. These girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram an Islamic group…

10 May 2014 [09:32 PM]
Reader Responses, May 9, 2014

Don Warren is my choice for City Council, District 4. Don currently chairs the Bergfeld Park Improvement Project, which serves as a prime example of a public-private partnership focused on creating a dynamic outdoor venue for all of Tyler’s diverse…

08 May 2014 [10:52 PM]
Reader Responses, May 4, 2014

As a resident of District 4 here in Tyler, I feel strongly that the man to represent us on the Tyler City Council is Don Warren. As a native Tylerite, Don shares a true love for our district as…

03 May 2014 [10:56 PM]
Reader Responses, April 27, 2014

Tyler City Council District 4 is an incredibly diverse district in more ways than one and will need a representative on the Tyler City Council who can speak for all its citizens. District 4 includes much of the Azalea District,…

26 April 2014 [11:01 PM]
Reader Responses, April 20, 2014

IS OUR SOCIETY DOING ENOUGH TO HELP THE MENTALLY ILL? As an employee of the healthcare system, a family member of a mentally ill person, and a citizen of Smith County, I have a question. Are the mentally ill population…

19 April 2014 [09:49 PM]
Reader Responses, April 13, 2014

QUESTIONS REMAIN ABOUT CHAPEL HILL SCHOOL BONDS The Chapel Hill School District (CHISD) has resurrected their failed bond from last November after losing by 65 percent to 35 percent. CHISD has again failed to provide the public with a…

12 April 2014 [09:34 PM]
Reader Responses, April 6, 2014

WE TAXPAYERS FUNDED THOSE HEALTH INSURANCE ‘SAVINGS’ In response to Ms. Joanna Reagan’s endorsement of Obamacare in last weekend’s newspaper, I take exception to her statement of this program providing her family with an upgraded insurance plan at a huge…

05 April 2014 [11:40 PM]
Reader Responses, March 30, 2014

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAS HELPED READER FIND INSURANCE At the close of this year’s sign up period for the Affordable Care Act, I want to write in support of the law and about how my own family benefited. We…

29 March 2014 [10:45 PM]
Reader Responses, March 23, 2014

OUR FOREIGN POLICY BEING CONDUCTED AS A PILLOW FIGHT It looks like our foreign policy has become a joke and the world is watching — and watching Russian President Vladimir Putin rebuild a Soviet empire. The United States acts…

22 March 2014 [11:16 PM]
Reader Responses, March 16, 2014

Lt. Gen. Fish’s recent guest column concerning cost savings to be found in the U.S. military budget was right on target. The Obama administration has stated that it wants to cut the military to pre-WWII force levels, but it has…

15 March 2014 [11:39 PM]
Reader Responses, March 9,2014

CONGRESS IS ALLOWING THE PRESIDENT TO USURP POWERS The entire Congress (both parties) should be impeached or voted out for not upholding their oaths of office to protect our Constitution. They let presidents legislate and change laws by “executive orders”…

08 March 2014 [09:58 PM]
Reader Responses, March 7, 2014

The Tyler paper has lately printed several columns by syndicated columnists slamming Sen. Ted Cruz that I would like to put in a few words in his defense. The concern expressed by these writers is that he fights battles that…

07 March 2014 [12:07 AM]
Reader Responses, March 2, 2014

There are three reasons Matt Schaefer should be sent back to Austin as our state representative. First, Matt Schaefer is a man of faith. That strong faith is the guiding force behind everything Matt says or does. Second, Matt Schaefer…

01 March 2014 [08:56 PM]
Reader Responses, February 28, 2014

We have a clear choice in East Texas between Matt Schaefer, a God-fearing Navy veteran, and Skip Ogle, a longtime political lobbyist with plenty of political signs. I’ve never been more proud to support Matt Schaefer than I am right…

27 February 2014 [11:59 PM]
Reader Responses, February 27, 2014

The term “lobbyist” has appeared frequently in this column and other places in the paper many times with a negative connotation. According to Webster’s Dictionary, a lobbyist is “one who visits the lobby of a legislative body for the…

26 February 2014 [11:27 PM]
Reader Responses, February 23,2014

Your editorial endorsements in the paper on Sunday left me confused. You said that County Judge Joel Baker had made mistakes but had grown into the job. Then you said that he seems overqualified. You said also that John Furlow…

22 February 2014 [11:14 PM]
Reader Responses, Febraury 21, 2014

Judge Carole Clark was elected based on her board certification in Family Law and years of family law experience. Since 1999, she has managed an annual caseload that has grown from 1,500 filings to over 2,400 filings in recent years.…

20 February 2014 [09:23 PM]
Reader Responses, February 16, 2014

I have watched with interest the State Representative race where Matt Schaefer is being challenged by Skip Ogle, local businessman and long-time lobbyist. Two issues are repeatedly mentioned concerning Matt’s service in Austin. The first is Matt not having a…

15 February 2014 [09:08 PM]