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On Sunday afternoon, I went to the Capitol and spoke to the civilian security guard manning the metal detector. “Could you direct me to that Confederate plaque that has been in the news recently?”

I agree that health care coverage needs to be expanded. Your editorial (Opinion, Wednesday) implies the Legislature should expand Medicare. Medicare is a federal program and our state Legislature does not have any input. Medicaid is a state program jointly funded by states and the federal go…

I am sad for Kilgore’s cats, wildlife and residents upon learning the city has embraced the TNR (trap, neuter, re-abandon) fallacy to deal with feral cats (news story, Thursday).

Under the blazing sun of the Sonoran Desert, on a weird landscape of rock dusted with ancient cinders and pimpled with blown volcanos, an unknown party of thirsty travelers paused to bury their dead. On the Camino del Diablo, the Devil’s Highway, death stalks wayfarers at a distance of one s…

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My wife, Gerda, is a legal immigrant. The process was long, expensive, invasive and arduous.

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Nancy and Chuck, we know that the border isn’t a crisis to you. We know you are not on drugs, you have walls to protect you, you aren’t affected by human trafficking, you don’t mind the rest of us paying for the effects of your “opinions,” etc.

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I, like many, am sick and tired of the political games being played by all politicians. It is time for each of us to be Americans first and put party aside. Our country’s leaders must now do the work they were elected to do.

As The Wall dominated the week’s news, a pitiful juxtaposition of two realities — one the hard truth, the other a lie — emerged to clarify the destructiveness of the American president’s toxic narcissism.

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With the smells of the holidays (among other things) still hanging in the air, it’s time for another of those annoying “Year in Review” segments that make you want to drown yourself in leftover Rotel dip.

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Gazing out an open sliding-glass door to my left, I can see only clear blue sky and greenish-gray river water. The Suwanee River is well out of its banks, the floodwaters lapping gently at the base of our house. I don’t fear the flood invading the house, built on sturdy concrete stilts to of…

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First, I appreciate the News-Journal very much. It helps me keep up with today’s news that happens around the Longview area.

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I would like to give President Trump credit for something if he carries through with his promise to remove 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria and reduce the number of US troops in Afghanistan.

Almost three weeks in, the pain of the government shutdown is real and is only going to get worse. Yet let’s be clear: This shutdown happened because of the fiction that a wall — which has morphed in President Trump’s mind from a massive concrete structure to essentially steel venetian blind…

In both Austin and Washington, the houses of representatives are beginning their new two-year sessions as more moderate, and more powerful, than in the recent past.

Like most of you, I haven’t seen much of Lake Lomond. What I’ve seen looking at it from a distance is beautiful, just like the rest of East Texas. It’s still a bit difficult to believe that what looks like wilderness used to be a groomed park.

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What a blessed Christmas season Haverty/Newgate Mission Angel Tree had this year! Thanks to all the hundreds of dedicated and caring people that touched the lives of over 500 children.

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Kudos to the Longview Police Department for extra efforts over the holidays enforcing DUI laws (news story, Jan. 3). Now I would suggest that some effort be put forth to catch those who run red lights.

Recently you ran a story (Dec. 18) about the Jefferson City Council meeting concerning the Humane Society of Jefferson County’s latest debacle concerning the findings of animal cruelty going on there.

It’s been a long time coming. Eight decades, in fact. But the Longview Lobos finally have that albatross off their backs. On Wednesday, a downtown parade will confirm that the Lobos are indeed the state champions of football.

Another attaboy for a federal judge here in Texas. As a state in the bottom tier of heath care for children, we have a judge with little or no compassion for the common people (news stories, Dec. 14-18).

In response to David Harrison (letters, Dec. 30) about Waskom lowering the speed limit on I-20: Waskom always has been a speed trap on I-20. Most locals know this, and the only reason they are lowering the speed limit now (news story, Dec. 19) is money. They are not concerned about safety, t…

In his second year in office, President Trump did many positive things. But he also did a lot of bad things that ranged from cringeworthy to catastrophic. Here are the 10 worst.

CAMDEN, S.C. — Tom Mullikin is that guy — you know, the one who finishes Christmas dinner, then takes off to scale Mount Everest, conducting business by satellite phone to check progress on his plan to build an ocean reef upon his return.

I commend the News-Journal for its coverage of the Longview Lobos state football championship just days ago. It was the first time in 81 years this feat has been achieved. The last time was when Franklin D. Roosevelt was president of the United States. I mention this only because the first p…

We’re starting 2019 with a clean slate and first thing on my to-do list is to make a resolution to follow George H.W. Bush’s encouragement to make American a “kinder and gentler” nation through my own words and deeds.

It’s hard for me to believe, but my husband Byron has been gone for seven months now. Getting through the holidays was a struggle at times. People begin warning you of this in October, and start checking on your status in November. (I can’t tell you when the status-checking ends, because it …

GUSHER: For the declining number of homicides in Longview during 2018. Though one is too many, we are pleased the half-dozen homicides tallied within city limits in the past year is down from the recent high of 15, reached in both 2015 and 2016. That is a result of a growing focus, both offi…

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