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As we say “farewell” to the 45th president in a few weeks, I thought it would be instructional to look at the topic that has bedeviled Donald Trump the past four years — Russian interference into U.S. presidential elections.

Recently, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert and Bummercloud in Chief, Dr. Anthony Fauci, expressed concerns over families gathering together for a traditional Thanksgiving celebration this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Of all the false narratives spun by President Trump’s opponents in Congress, the press and the academy — and there are many — perhaps the most nonsensical is that William Barr has been Trump’s legal henchman, using the instruments of the DOJ to go after Trump’s opponents and protect the pres…

The rapid pace of technology, along with global competition from China, Korea, India, South Vietnam and others affects the American economy even in Gregg County. This competition from abroad and even our neighbors in surrounding states and counties exacts a toll, putting our citizens at risk…

Opening Day for deer hunting. I remember those mornings well. Before bed, prepare a large, strong pot of coffee. Wake up when it is dark, head out in the dark and get ready when the sun comes up.

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There is something alluring and even addictive about power — especially military and political powers. Though war is terrible, military might has a certain appeal whether it be the pomp of a parade, the thunder of fighters flying overhead or the lethal shock and awe displayed in real time, h…

At a newspaper, part of our daily routine is fielding the emails, phone calls and visits to the office for an obituary. It’s the worst part of the job and the best part.

This week, Longview ISD limited remote learning by ending the asynchronous option as surrounding districts have ended remote learning in its entirety. Our district still offers synchronous learning, where students attend in real time, but parents are afraid it will soon follow the same fate.…

I’m a professed news junkie. I read as much as I can find in newspapers and on the internet. Sometimes, I wish I weren’t so “addicted.” I get angry, sad and fed up with everything that is happening in our society. But I still read anyway.

In our family, it’s usually one of my two driving teen daughters who violates social distancing guidelines with her bumper. Recently, though, I experienced my own embarrassing accident on my morning commute to work when my SUV skidded on the wet roadway and struck a curb dangerously close to…

Should we have been shocked that a fly on the head of Vice President Mike Pence was going to become an Associated Press story before the main story on the debate was sent out? Or the social media photos and jokes?

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There is one thing to keep in mind as you read the pages of this newspaper or look at this column online and then switch to check other stories on this site and then the social media apps on your phone.

“People know in their hearts that journalism is a conventional art like any other, that it selects, heightens, and falsifies. Only its Nemesis is the same as that of other arts: if it loses all care for the truth it loses all form likewise.”

With all the violence blasted daily across our television screens, many conservatives are trying to blame liberal leftists for inciting mayhem in our nation’s cities after the death of George Floyd. But the real instigator of much of this turmoil is none other than our dear leader, Donald Tr…

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Home is the front line for the COVID-19 crisis unfolding in our nation. How we spend time sheltering in place says a lot about the world we live in. Normally, our differences are masked. It’s hard to tell who gets free lunches at school and who doesn’t, who needs the library’s free internet …

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Growing up, I watched my mom grade papers well into the night. I watched her trek to school before dawn to prepare lessons, and I saw her sacrifice time to ensure her students learned crucial life lessons: how to tell a story, how to write a sentence and how to put critical thinking skills i…

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it more times than my math skills will allow: “This school year is going to be like no other.” No kidding!

Some of the best laws passed by Congress in the past decades, on issues such as Social Security, taxes and welfare, were the result of input from and compromise between the two parties. Now is the time to put partisan politics aside and find compromise to help our small businesses.

Mrs. Johnnie H. Melton, are you trying to pull as fast one on East Texas? You thought you could smear Democrats by claiming they omitted “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance during their recent convention.

Is there something that someone does that sets your teeth on edge, causes the hair to stand up on the back of your neck and raises your blood pressure about 10 points?

This month celebrates the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Little did I know 30 years ago how much the ADA would change my life.

Why is a traffic stop a story? The question landed in my inbox several times this week, some from casual observers who only read headlines and some from readers who pore over every word and every second of our videos.

After reading the comments from online readers (July 31) regarding STAAR testing and the letter to the editor (Aug. 6) from Barbara Williams, I am encouraged that more parents/grandparents are beginning to understand the toxic learning environment that is a result of the STAAR test (State of…

It goes without saying that, since the tragic death of George Floyd a few months ago, the subject of race has rivaled COVID-19 as a preoccupation of the American mass media, and as a result, that of the public as well.

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I am glad to see how some children have adapted to this pandemic shutdown by creating joy for others. I especially was impressed by the young girl who is writing and illustrating story books and then putting them in a house-shaped (pink, no less) box for others to take one to read. The only …

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Over the past several months, COVID-19 has become a central focus in all our lives. We anxiously await the news each evening with hopes that the numbers of cases and hospitalizations are decreasing. However, in Tyler, cases rose by sixty just last weekend. And as of early this week, 152 East Texas patients were receiving treatment for the coronavirus at Tyler hospitals. As we work together to flatten the curve, it seems the virus is affecting every decision we make.

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I read with interest the article concerning Pct. 4 Commissioner Shannon Brown’s plans to put the question of whether to remove and what to do with the Confederate veterans’ monument currently residing on the Gregg County Courthouse lawn.

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Donald Trump likes to wrap his arms around the American flag and proclaim his patriotism when addressing rallies across the land. But if he’s counting on support from the nation’s military in November, he may be in for a rude awakening.

With cases of COVID-19 on the rise in the state of Texas, and Halloween just around the corner, Gov. Greg Abbott has signed an executive order requiring the wearing of masks in public.

Over the past several months, COVID-19 has become a central focus in all of our lives. And unfortunately, as cases continue to surge in the wrong direction, we must make take certain precautions to protect against the spread of the virus.

I have read articles about the sad pulling down of monuments all across the U.S., mainly soldiers who served long ago in military service for the Confederate States of America.

With respect to the matter of the Confederate monument at the Gregg County Courthouse, allow me to offer a suggestion and an opportunity for Longview leaders to shine.

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Jim Ross Lightfoot posed some interesting questions in his commentary last Saturday on the Forum page. And from the tone of these questions, you’re led to believe that Democrats have lost their way and Republicans are the only ones fighting for truth, religion and the American way.

Recently, I visited my local gym for the first time after snacking-in-place for over two months. It was like going to see an annoying former friend — out of guilt.

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Texas is struggling to strike the appropriate balance in the tragic choice between effective public health measures and restoring vitality to the economy.

I was disturbed by Phil Latham’s comment in his June 17 column asking, “White people, can we just get over ourselves a bit and stop continually protesting that ‘all lives matter.’ “

Today's Bible verse

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

Colossians 2:6-7

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