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Dec. 28, 2017 at 11:26 p.m.

Conversations about the news get lively at, where commenters are encouraged to weigh in on stories via Facebook. Here's a sampling of some recent comments:

How we're doing

Regarding "Letter: Find some happiness," Saturday:

"Amy: Tsk, tsk! Repeating Trump's lie of trashing Obamacare. 8.8 million people just signed up for it. But you want 8.8 million Americans to be without insurance, right Amy?"

" 'When the media only reports half of a story, or, in some cases, actually makes up the stories, they become part of the problem. We're sick of the negativity.' If I recall, when our last president was in office, I think he was referred to as a monkey, Rush Limbaugh told his listeners that he hoped he would fail, Fox news acknowledged that their Network had become "the voice of opposition" to Obama. As far as making up stories, we heard that job growth is calculated wrong, until now of course, or the Benghazi scandal, that even Republicans have to admit after umpteen Republican hearings that there never was a scandal, or how the right propagated the total falsehood that Seth Rich leaked emails to WikiLeaks, even though we know for a fact it was the same people that helped our current president, or how the Uranium One deal is another scandal, a scandal that even Shepherd Smith debunked. Ms. Knight, you should have been sick nine years ago after all the negativity. Where were you then? I know, I know, you had happiness back then, didn't you? The negativity today is just a product from the seeds planted nine years ago."

"The Dow had a low during Obama's presidency of 6,443 on March 6, 2009, mainly as a result of the chaos in our financial markets left by his predecessor. During his eight years in office, the Dow reached a high of 19,887. For the math-deficient, that is in excess of a tripling of market performance, or over 200 percent. For Donald to match this feat, the market must soar to over 60,000. Please save the bragging about the market until such time that we hit that mark (I wouldn't hold my breath). This is not meant to be a partisan post, nor is it 'fake news.' This is truth — verifiable fact. Sorry if it bursts your bubble."

"Hang in there Ms. Knight and I appreciate that you have the courage to express yourself in this republic where our forefathers died so that we might have that right. Just know that you are not alone in your opinion which you expressed so well and without a 'condescending' attitude such as we see so much of the time in this comment section."

FBI hiring

Regarding "FBI pushes for hiring diversity in East Texas," Monday:

"This is the biggest load of PC crap I've heard in a while. Just hire the best person for the job. It's not that complicated people."

"One problem is hiring women to do a man's job causing injuries and casualty to them."

"Everyone wins with diversity."

"I'm sure they do hire the most qualified for what they need. Straight from the FBI human resource section: 'To effectively accomplish our mission, the FBI needs people from different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. The FBI values and leverages human differences, opinions, and perspectives to empower the collective FBI community to achieve its greatest potential.' "

"No, no, and no. Most of you folks are too smart to believe anything like that, some will. Hopefully the Academy or Glenco will send them home while they are still breathing — Let E. Holder attend the training — Lip service by and for socialists (Democrats)."

"What you're effectively saying Jo Black is that people of color NEED the federal government to intervene in order to procure these jobs, which in and of itself is racist.

Hold up a mirror brother. I for one think there are plenty of qualified individuals who could get it on their own if they so chose."

"No, you're putting words in my mouth. Stop it. And if that's where you mind goes, it's you that's racist. Diversity is a necessity, just as it is a necessity in your 401k or the industry in your town. Don't diversify your portfolio, see hat happens. When the oil industry busted a few years ago, Longview's economy began tanking because they haven't diversified their industry. You gonna have a woman infiltrate the mafia? Or a black guy infiltrate a white supremacist group? You gonna covertly investigate a Southern extremist group with a New Yorker? Gonna interrogate a gang with someone that has never been around gangs? Not going to happen. You need a diverse pool of people to pull from to adapt to any situation. That's what 'leverages human differences' means. Good common sense, but apparently not that common. To sum up , they are simply searching for diverse skills and knowledge through individual's different backgrounds, environments and cultures."

Medical marijuana

Regarding "Limited Texas medical marijuana law rolling out amid more questions than answers," Monday:

"Opioids are safer, tested and proven. Cannabis is the devil's grass. ban it! $500,000 license fee, way too low, should be $1 million. Before doctors can prescribe this 'herb' patients need to have tried not two but three synthetic patented drugs. The Big Pharma 'capitalism' companies are losing money. Get these weed ingesting people out of here. Pathetic!"

"You are an idiot of the highest order."

"Bubba Parker, I believe Wayon is using satire."

"Bubba Parker, thank you. You know it takes one to know one LOL. I was being sarcastic. I guess it is a step in the right direction; Rome wasn't built in a day."

"Legal in EVERY West Coast State, we run this nation. ENJOY LEGAL WEED DOMINATING the nation."

"Slow progress, but progress nonetheless."

Stith dies

Regarding "Pizza Hut of East Texas owner Ernie Stith dies at 75," Thursday:

"Longview has lost a great man."

"A great loss to the Longview business community! RIP Mr. Stith."

"I worked for Mr. Stith 50 years ago as a young teen, passing out flyers for his new store on the highway 80 'mile of smiles' location. He was a very hardworking man and he was a kind and fair boss. Thank you, sir. After 50 years, I still remember you happily. Your race is won. Take a well deserved break and we will all see you again on the other side."

"My condolences to the Stith family and to the past and present Pizza Hut employees."

"I worked for Pizza Hut of East Texas for seven years (1990-1997). Learned so much through those years! Praying for Kim and the whole Stith and Pizza Hut Family!"

"Super nice guy and a great businessman. Longview was built on guys like him. Fellow Rotarian."

"I have known Ernie Stith since the 1980s as a fellow Pizza Hut franchisee and friend. He will be missed greatly. He was always friendly and continuously coming up with new ways to make things better. Ernie helped me get into the Pizza Hut franchise system in Nacogdoches. The year was 1984 and I will be eternally grateful. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Stith family."

"RIP Ernie. You were an awesome boss and teacher. Thank you for all the business knowledge you shared over the years. You will be truly missed. I look forward to seeing you again one day."

"A loss to the Pizza Hut system. God bless. RIP."



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