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Letters on red light cameras, good old days, fighting crime, Kilgore College

April 15, 2015 at 3 a.m.

Red light cameras

I believe red light cameras are needed if we have over 9,000 hits at one intersection. Think of the death and injuries that could have happened. One death is too many. The fine for running a red light is $75 and nothing goes on your driving record.

You understand that if you run a light and are found guilty of causing a death or serious injury the cost will be much more than $75. We are so worried about Big Brother watching over us that we fail to understand that sometimes it is necessary.

Why do we have no texting in school zones, security cameras at homes and businesses? Is that all Big Brother or does it just make good sense?

If you had a close friend die from someone failing to stop like I have then you might feel different.

— Paul Attaway, Longview

A good era

As I look at things today, I am so very thankful I grew up in the '40s and '50s.

God was in. We had prayer in school, and our government even issued little prayer books to our military as they prepared for World War II.

Patriotism was strong — we bought "war bonds" ($35), by placing 10 cent stamps in books when we could.

Everything was family friendly — radio, music, movies and TV. There were a few movies you had to see across town or out of town but today they would be mild. God help our young people today.

— Barbara Mason, Hallsville

Great ideas

I read the article "Police appeal to public for help" about officers turning to their Facebook page and going door to door asking locals for help. As soon as I read it, I liked the idea very much, and I support this.

This new plan is effective. Everyone uses their social media accounts at least once a day. Sharing clues to Crime Stoppers via the Internet may open a way to solve unsolved homicides.

By doing this, people will be contributing to the community and help keep it safe. It is a great way to use the Internet.

Mayor Jay Dean also planned for police to revive the practice of questioning in neighborhoods to develop leads. I support this decision because the best way to get information is from witnesses.

The Crime Stoppers hotline is another great way to collect information. Callers can provide information anonymously and not worry about getting in trouble with the wrong kind of people.

I fully support the new ideas to be set into place by the Longview Police Department concerning rising crime. I would like to thank everyone at the Longview Police Department and the News-Journal for helping to spread awareness.

— Chetna Patel, Longview

On Kilgore College

If Stephen Sullivan (letters, April 8) had read the Forum article March 21, he would have noticed the four quotes were directly from the report of ERI by Larry Snodgrass.

Snodgrass is the president of ERI and a licensed asbestos handler.

I appreciate that Bridget Ortigo always mentions my opponent was a city manager in towns away from our area. I served six terms on City Council and four terms as mayor of Gladewater.

— James Walker, Gladewater (Walker is president of the Kilgore College board of trustees)



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