John Moore: Memories of old traditions on July 4

Independence Day is a great day to watch “Independence Day.” Most families have their own holiday traditions. At Christmas at our house, it’s serving specific dishes for dinner. At Thanksgiving, it’s having a smoked ham. At some point over the last decade, watching the movie “Independence Day” has become our Fourth of July tradition.…

John Moore: All-in on electric cars and feeling like a pioneer

John Moore, Guest Columnist We bought an electric car. First, let me say that I do not consider myself a hippie, tree hugger, environmental wacko or anything of the sort. But I do believe that being a good steward of my little piece of Mother Nature is the responsible thing to do. And being a cheapskate helps. Buying less fuel is always nice.

Women should aim higher than a portrait on the $10 bill

With the announcement this week by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew that there will be a woman on the $10 bill, I found myself daydreaming about all the new equality that will presumably come with such a historic and meaningful honor. Because, surely, with all the current economic problems we’re attempting to solve — a still unstable job market, widening income inequality, rising poverty — the United States government wouldn’t waste its valuable time on some kind of empty symbolic gesture.

Buying power kills doing power

We buy a lot of food that we used to make ourselves. Consumerism has made the world a better place, but it’s also made us quite lazy. What we used to be forced to make at home for economic reasons, we now, generally, just go and buy. Last week, I made what was by my own count, the second loaf of bread in my life.

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Buying power kills doing power

We buy a lot of food that we used to make ourselves. Consumerism has made the world a better place, but it’s…

13 June 2015 [10:37 PM]
It's important for families to share meals together

Manners and family meals make life more enjoyable. Shared meals nourish mind, body and soul. Families that make the effort to schedule meals when most or all members can be present have experienced some benefits: Better communication: Mealtime conversations let…

03 June 2015 [11:18 PM]
When Henry Ford raised wages, his company profited

In 1914 conservative Henry Ford shocked America by more than doubling minimum wage to $5 per day ($120 in today’s dollars). Employee turnover dramatically decreased and consumers able to buy a Ford increased. Ironically, Ford’s income improved. Some employers today…

16 May 2015 [08:07 PM]
Linda Sellers has the experience, maturity to serve Tyler

Over the past years, the public and I have had the opportunity to observe and evaluate Tyler City Council District 1 candidate Linda Sellers. She has honest, pragmatic, and hopeful insight into our neighborhood. As a lifelong resident of Tyler,…

06 May 2015 [07:27 PM]
Garage sales and good finds

I love garage sales. Some habits you pick up from family and some you don’t. Going to garage sales is…

02 May 2015 [10:54 PM]
Readers sound off on Chapel Hill ISD bond vote

TOO MUCH DEBT Raising taxes, bond elections and debt, issues that can potentially unite or divide a community. Depending on too much or too little information, it can create frustration and mistrust. A vote based purely on emotions could lead…

02 May 2015 [08:27 PM]
Readers offer their endorsements in upcoming elections

As a Tyler ISD board member for nine years, board president for two years, and parent of three TISD graduates (as of June 2015), I appreciate a candidate like Aaron Martinez, who has stepped into this race with genuine reasons…

02 May 2015 [08:26 PM]
The '70s had the best bands

Kids nowadays may have cooler toys, but my generation had the best bands. The 1970s produced some of the best music this…

25 April 2015 [10:39 PM]
Readers weigh in on upcoming school, city elections

Here we go again. In November 2013 Chapel Hill ISD proposed a $31.2 million bond issue to modernize the middle school and make millions of dollars in improvements to other campus, sports and theater venues, and build a maintenance facility.…

25 April 2015 [09:26 PM]
Free market reform can improve dental care in Texas

In recent years, the national debate over the Affordable Care Act has drawn the attention of more Americans to our health care system and its problems. But for all the debate over Medicaid and Medi-care, a major area of health…

14 April 2015 [07:54 PM]
Southerners and how we drink our tea

There are many things that separate Northerners from Southerners, but the way we drink our tea has to rank near the top…

11 April 2015 [10:36 PM]
Single-ply karma

Life is full of unanswered questions. It seems that there are just some things we’ll never understand. I’m not referring to ‘What…

04 April 2015 [10:47 PM]
Same-sex marriage would affect even 'people of faith'

I am writing in response to the recent editorial concerning marriage. I want to focus on the supposition that if same-sex marriage becomes enshrined in law throughout this country, it won’t affect “people of faith.” Whether or not anyone’s individual…

04 April 2015 [10:20 PM]
Art is subjective

I know art when I see it. Recently, pranksters planted a $10 Ikea print in a Netherlands Museum and told visitors it…

29 March 2015 [12:08 AM]
Senate bill would penalize responsible cities like Tyler

This week the City Council passed a resolution to encourage our Legislative delegation to vote against S.B. 182. This is an unusual move on our part as we prefer to leave state level matters to those elected to serve in…

28 March 2015 [11:42 PM]
Texans should make hunting, fishing rights permanent

Hunting and fishing are more than just traditional lifestyles or weekend hobbies in Texas. They’re an economic force. Consider current statistics: — 2.7 million people hunt or fish in Texas — more than the population of Houston (2.1 million). —…

25 March 2015 [07:47 PM]
Time to update product prizes

I’d buy more products if they still put prizes in the box. I used to tell my mom that I didn’t want…

21 March 2015 [11:37 PM]
Thanks to a benefactor, Lindale Library will stay open

I read with great interest your recent article in the newspaper about the Lindale Library. Due to the loss of several key donors, and a decline in individual donations, the library was in dire danger of closing. That would have…

21 March 2015 [09:18 PM]
Democrats seem determined to shut down oil business

I wrote the following letter back in 2007. It’s amazing how relevant it is today: Just when the domestic oil business gets up a head of steam, the good old liberal Dems chomp at the bit to derail it. It…

07 March 2015 [11:44 PM]
Private schools should resist the temptation of vouchers

In the beginning, temptation appeared as a fruit. Today, it appears in the shape of a voucher. As tempting as it may be for private, religious schools to pluck the low-hanging fruit of “free” public money, the cost is too…

05 March 2015 [08:53 PM]
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