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Gushers & Dusters: A weekly look at what we liked -- and didn't

Dec. 8, 2017 at 12:04 a.m.


GUSHER: For the six-county coalition working together to bring our area's Small Business Development Center to the UT Tyler Longview University Center. The center, which had long been based in Kilgore, was moved to Tyler in the past year. That was a bit far afield for some of the counties it serves. The move is another reminder of what can be accomplished with cooperation and communication.

DUSTER: For the Texas Department of Agriculture for allowing a computer security breach that could have compromised area students' personal information. The department oversees school breakfast and lunch programs, which is why the districts were affected. At least eight in the Longview area were scrambling to protect their students.

GUSHER: For the abundance of opportunities across East Texas to get into the Christmas spirit. As this is being written, downtown is gearing up for the Longview Ambucs Christmas Parade, which drew more than 100 entries. Other parades have been and will keep rolling in cities across the region, and this past weekend saw other events to delight young and old in downtown Longview, at Kilgore College and elsewhere. There is no reason not to get out and enjoy this most joyous season.

GUSHER: For the Pine Tree High School cheerleading team, which earned a bid to the Universal Cheerleaders Association's national championship this year. That is quite an accomplishment for a program that has been working at it only a couple of years. It is so new, in fact, that the squad lacks the budget to make the trip to the championships in Florida. For now, they're focused on UIL competitions in January. We bet they can make the nationals trip next year.

DUSTER: For a politically inspired rush to judgment after an incident near Van Horn that left one Border Patrol agent dead and another injured. Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. Ted Cruz and President Donald Trump jumped on the incident, which they called an attack, to argue for throwing more money at border security — despite the fact border arrests have dropped precipitously. They have been strangely silent since a local sheriff said the tragedy appeared to be caused by a traffic accident.

GUSHER: For the effort already beginning to make sure Longview has one heck of a birthday bash in 2020 when it will turn 150 years old. Our city's rich history is worth remembering and celebrating in such an event, and we are grateful to Longview Community Services Director Laura Hill and others who are leading the effort to make sure 2020 goes down in history, as well.

GUSHER: For the five Longview and area football teams that made it to the state quarterfinals round in state playoffs. The list includes Longview High School, which will take on rival Lufkin on Saturday at SFA's Homer Bryce Stadium. Still taking the field this weekend as well are Carthage, Henderson, New Diana and Tenaha. We are proud of all the programs and wish every one of them the best of luck.

— Readers are invited to nominate events as gushers or dusters. They may be emailed to lnjletters@news-journal.com or mailed to Letters, P.O. Box 1792, Longview, TX 75606.

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