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…

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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…

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After reading the Dec. 7 News-Journal, I was disappointed not to see anything about it being the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. That is history that should never be forgotten, and the soldiers that gave their all for their country.

Ken Schuler (letter, Dec. 19), has a right to voice his personal opinion on President Trump but that is what it is, personal opinion with very little in facts but full of innuendo and hearsay with bits of news.

Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 people a year, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I would like to emphasize the importance of banning cigarettes in America, because cigarettes are the number one cause of preventable disease and mortality in the Uni…

I would like to alert you about a recent finding in the Independent Fundamental Baptist Church culture. One of the leading pastors in the sector is being accused of many counts of rape and indecency. Many other churches in this sector, including local Longview Baptist Temple, are choosing to…

I was excited to read about the mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness (news story, Dec. 23). However, as an advocate for fiscal responsibility and homeless people, I believe the city’s efforts to reduce homelessness are a waste of resources.

Without any assistance from the United States Department of Transportation, the Texas Department of Transportation, the Texas Department of Public Safety or the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, the city fathers of Waskom will, once again, take the public safety lead on Interstate 20. (news …

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Day in and day out, sunlight to darkness, there are those who serve others all year-round. These are public service workers. Their toils are continuous. Their thanks are few, but they do it by choice. They work in the ditches and trenches, in all kinds of weather, for those they don’t know. …

I am a student at Kilgore College and this semester in my English 1301 class we have been researching issues that are important in today’s world. I am writing concerning the issue of bullying in East Texas.

We must not base any thinking about gun problems on Mr. Gebelhoff’s numbers printed in the Dec. 7 News-Journal (Opinion).

Would it be too far off to say that President Donald Trump and his family are receiving money, and are owing money, to Russia and Saudi Arabia? Everyone by now has seen this man and his family’s main objective is building up the Trump name and making billions of dollars to enrich his power. …

I wish to thank Gayle Raif for her excellent column “Cultural values create a new Christianity,” printed in your paper Dec. 1.

Mrs. Raif, your entire column (Saturday Forum, Dec. 1) is the “gospel” of the Democrats who lost the election and are now trying to put that on the un-Christianity of the winning Republicans — and President Donald Trump, specifically. Real Christians aren’t having any of your diatribe.

I feel that teachers should get paid more than they are being paid because teachers play a huge role in society today. Their jobs consist of hard work, dedication and devoting extra time off the clock. They help build a foundation from the ground up for today’s youth.

The complexities existing in our world today are overwhelming and confusing. Since confusion is of the devil, we must learn ways to take a rolling pin to a scrub board and roll out the hills that make our mountains. We must be able to pull the best from the left and the best from the right a…

We always read “Yes, Virginia,” your editorial printed during the holidays. Thank you. My grands and greats hear “Yes, Virginia” every year — our tradition.

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Data show 10 percent of all fatal crashes and 15 percent of all injury crashes in the U.S. were caused by texting and driving. A simple text, you think, it will never hurt — until a horrendous accident is a wake-up call.

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.” — 14th Amendment.

The popular position for attacking President Trump is that it was Russian collusion that made it possible for Trump to win in the 2016 election. This is the whole thrust of the Mueller investigation. Some so-called progressives and neoliberals put all their eggs in this one basket to take do…

Animal cruelty is a major issue and I believe we can help lessen the amount of cruelty to animals by administering background checks at every local animal shelter for people who want to adopt animals.

It would be nice if someone besides myself would post the laws for drivers around school buses. It’s rather apparent that some either do not know the law or could care less. Either way, children’s lives are at stake.