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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]
Reader Responses, August 24, 2014

BIODIESEL, OTHER BIOFUELS WILL SOLVE ENERGY PROBLEMS Readers shouldn’t be fooled by the Aug. 18 Tyler Paper editorial, “The disappointing reality of biofuels.” For starters, as America’s only fully commercialized and readily available advanced biofuel, biodiesel does not have the…

23 August 2014 [10:03 PM]
Reader Responses, August 17, 2014

FEDERAL JUDGE IN TYLER GAVE RIGHTS TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS A majority of immigration problems began in 1968 when President Lyndon Johnson appointed Judge William Wayne Justice to the federal bench. In the Plyler v. Doe case, which originated in Tyler,…

16 August 2014 [09:22 PM]
Reader Responses, August 10, 2014

FEDERAL ‘THOUGHT POLICE’ ARE OUT IN FORCE THESE DAYS I read with great interest your recent editorial regarding “Tolerance.” It reminded me of Orson Welles’ book “1984.” Your comment that “the federal government is setting itself up to enforce the…

09 August 2014 [09:26 PM]
Reader Responses, August 6

Government has wasted money on ‘renewable’ fuels I was disappointed to read in a recent letter to the editor that fossil fuels contribute to climate change, or global warming, without any supporting evidence. It’s mostly a fantasy perpetrated by individuals…

05 August 2014 [11:53 PM]
Reader Responses, August 3, 2014

CLIMATE HAS BEEN CHANGING SINCE LONG BEFORE PETROLEUM Your July 31 editorial was on target in exposing the hoax of manmade climate change (formerly called “global warming” before it got cooler). The climate has been changing for all know…

02 August 2014 [10:29 PM]
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]