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James, in my opinion you are the one biased, not Linda. Just to disclose, I do not know either party in the accident and I do not know Linda and I am many years under 70. I know 70+ year olds that should not be driving, I also know 70+ year olds that are very capable of driving. Perhaps a better idea James, would be to have 70+ year olds take a driving test every few years.
"Linda, looky, honey listen" Lol You have way, way to much free time on your hands. I'm not gonna fish around here, but if I had to guess I sense some emotional attachment to this subject with very biased views. Maybe you know the lady in this story? Dk, don't care. But Linda honey listen to me. You asked some questions, I have answers. Ok, Yes I would turn over my keys if an age limit exist. Why I would do that? Because with old age come deteriorating health. Poor vision, slower time to react, poor timing and depth perception. So why put me or anyone else in jeopardy over ignorance and bull headed ness .Plus old people just aren't as sharp as they were in their 20's. Yes if ones 70 and they have been driving since 16 that's 54yrs exp. But again "listen Linda" They don't have the vision, movement ext they did when they were younger. In reality if you read between the lines they can have all the exp in the world but with poor vision and slow reflexes that don't mean nothing. Now Linda for my closing argument. Lets use some common sense. elderly people are like the minority age group let that soak in a moment. When looking at numbers of course they won't be as high in number. But if you looked on Google unbiased mind you. Not searching with wording to discredit me, but a unbiased search it might be a little different. Anyways I enjoyed the debate. If you wanna keep going just writing in and ill keep going. I almost forgot Linda, you made a comment stating you want to see the numbers of young people involved in accidents with cell phone use at fault. Well I have an suggestion how about you ask Google. Again your assumption "Fishing" if you will of me being young "20's" is my age is false. My age is not relevant. But if you must know I'm, well its none of your business.
James, I would like to see the statistics of accidents involving young people chatting and texting on their cell phones and making videos of themselves driving down the highway rocking out to their favorite songs to post on You Tube.It must have been so easy for you to make the blanket statement – older drivers are worse than drunks. Full retirement age for people born after 1959 is currently 67, and the retirement age likely will continue to creep up? Assuming you posted because you are a “younger” individual outraged that Grandma had an accident, are you committed to turning in your keys when you reach age 70. Your grandchildren can drive you to work when Uncle Sam slaps Grandpa (that's you James) on the wrists and says “No, no, no, James – you are too YOUNG to retire, retirement age is 71."You may not want to sleep in the bed you wish to make for everyone 70 and up. You wanted to know the number of accidents caused by Grandma & Grandpa, so a quick google search and it appears Senior Drivers are not the road menace you proclaim them to be.
Excerpts from Driven Autos Magazine:Teens Vs Senior Drivers:Who’s Worse:The big question is do seniors really have more fatal accidents than younger drivers? After studying the results of a 2005 survey found on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, I can honestly answer, no. Seniors are more likely to die in an accident than some age groups, probably because they are physically more fragile, but they do not have more accidents. In fact, we get safer as we get older. See the study yourself at www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/TSF2005/810622.pdf. …… Several articles try to dispute this fact, with no proof to back up their claims, but the numbers don’t lie. The NHTSA is a division of the USDOT, so whom are you going to believe – the DOT or some talk-show host or writer? Again, the only exception is fatalities. Older drivers are more likely to die than some of their younger counterparts, but, of course, that is probably because they are simply not as strong, physically. In fact, here is a quote from the NHTSA on this study: “In two-vehicle fatal crashes with an older and a younger driver, the older driver’s vehicle was nearly twice as likely to be the one that was struck.” … Now, how about teen drivers? We automatically assume teens are the worst drivers because they are so young and inexperienced. Although this is generally true, the worst safety record goes to the 21-24 year-old age group, with teens 16-20 coming in second.http://drivenautos.com/2012/04/teens-vs-senior-drivers-whos-worse/
Excerpts from Older Drivers Have Fewer Accidents:U.S. Census Bureau data published in 2012 offers a small snapshot into the actual number of crashes for each age group. Drivers 19 and under accounted for 4.9% of all car accidents, while drivers 75 and older accounted for 6.5%. Considering the larger subject sample upon which the senior driver percentage is based, it seems clear that younger drivers have more car accident fault issues than their senior compatriots. … Car accident fault and age are always sensitive subjects. Gaining a driver’s license is often a symbolic granting of freedom upon young people, and losing—or being forced to give up—a driver’s license due to old age can be crushing and demoralizing. But based upon recent studies, it appears that senior drivers are safer drivers.http://accident-law.freeadvice.com/accident-law/accidents-in-the-news/seniors-young-drivers-who-causes-more-accidents.htm
James, you obviously read PolkCountyToday. Willie reported on 22 accidents from December 11 through February 10. 16 accidents stated the age of the driver causing the accident, and 6 reported no age. My gut feeling is that if they involved an elderly person Willie would have put their age in his report.
12/11 – 65; 12/14 – 40; 12/15 – 44; 12/18 – 58; 12/28 – 62; 12/28 – 52; 1/1 – 75; 1/7 – 44 & 53; 1/15 – 37; 1/20 – 22; 1/23 – 55; 1/25 – 43; 1/27 – 47; 2/6 – 53; 2/10 - 82. So James, in Polk County out of the 22 accidents in the last 2 months, only 2 drivers were reported to be over 70. How is it that you are able turn a blind eye to the 20 accidents, and lash out only at the 2 drivers over 70? It looks like drivers age 70 have many more years of good driving ahead of them.
Why do we as a society feel the need to send a reporter to shove a microphone in the face of someone who just lost the biggest game of their life and ask asinine questions like "How do you feel right now?" or "Why do you think you lost?".
I understand he is a paid professional athlete but why submit anyone to that? I would have been annoyed and rolling my eyes too! And what is really wrong with sulking after losing, especially such a big game? He didn't do it on the field.
Why do we find it so horrible that this young man has feelings? We don't want him to celebrate when he is winning and we don't want him to be upset when he loses.
I think Cam Newton is still an exceptional role model. Sports is about emotion - you can't win without it. It is so important that our youth see the excitement, joy and exuberance he has for the game. That is what sports are about. It is also about losing and being upset about it and even sulking for a time. And it's about picking yourself up after a loss, finding a way to be better and finding that excitement, joy and exuberance again.
I think rather than sticking a microscope into someone else's life and judging them we would be better off having compassion and empathy. Just because he is a "public figure" is no excuse for the rudeness of reporters or anyone else.
What ever happened to class and humility in sports? Do you think dabbing and proclaiming yourself to be superman is classy? It's easy to do all that when you're winning, but what about after you lose? What kind of example does that set for America's youth? - Editor
Willie your arrow hit the target right in the center it could not have been said better.
Cam Newton made this bed, now he can sleep in it. - Editor
Problems at Cedar Grove Elementary?
Mrs. Hickman, I agree with you, we had the exact problems and concerns you are having with Livingston ISD. They have this I Don't Care attitude when problems arise. I am thankful me and my wife have had great employers to work with us and allow us to leave work when emergencies happen. The school seems to care less if you have an emergency. My daughters are now in Jr. High and High School and I hate to tell you this but it doesn't get any better. We have learned that no matter how much you complain or call them or even go see them, nothing will change. Good Luck,
My name is Julie Hickmon and I have a daughter in Cedar Grove Elementary School in Livingston tx. I have had a few issues with the school I think should be addressed not only for the parents peace of mind but also for the safety and health of our children. When a parent sends their child to school we want to think that the teachers and employees of the school would take care of the. As if it were their own children, that is simply not always the case at Cedar Grove Elementary. I can't speak for the other schools but there were some problems that I think should come to light with this school system.
1) One day in the second week of school I went to eat lunch with my daughter, the kids were eating and they had about 5-7 chips with very little cheese on their plate and one Apple. The kids were still hungry and kept asking me to buy them more food. That is unacceptable when I spoke with the principle and head of cafeteria staff I was told there was no meat due to the cheese being protein. They support choice over serve, what I think is they don't want the kids "wasting" their money. Something should be done as to make sure our kids receive a little of each food group, with empty stomachs they will learn nothing.
2) Transportation: the first three days of school my daughter was "misplaced" and put on the wrong bus. I was called at work and scared about the safety of my child. I did find her all three times very upset as well. Then again last month she was placed on the right bus to be dropped off at my place of employment and made to exit the bus at the wrong place and an adult walked her crying to my job as she did not want to walk with a stranger.
As if these things are not scary enough for a parent I received a call today that my regular care provider for her who gets her off the bus and watches her for me was at the hospital and could not pick her up. It was at 2:20 I received the call so immediately I called the school to change transportation plans. When I made a request that she be brought to my place of employment I was told the notes were passed out at two and they could not take her a note. I asked to speak with the principal as this is an emergency, and the lady did get the principal for me. As I spoke with the principal I expected to be on the right track when things again went wrong. The principal did agree the notes went out at two and they could not give my child a bus pass. I told her the situation that no one would be there and my six year old would have to walk home alone and be locked out of the home until I get off at 5 or 6 pm. I said would that even be allowed for my six year to just be dropped like that and no one be there she wouldn't know what to do and scared. This is not a quote but principal smith proceeded to say yes that is what will happen then I do quote " anything else I can help you with today."
Now I ask you are these things we should have on our minds, should we not trust the schools with our children's safety and well being, and should these problems not be brought to light ?
I hope I'm on the right track and someone could help me with these problems. And I also hope other parents are as cautious with their children.
I thank u for your time and consideration in bringing these problems to light and caring for our children the future of our community!
FUND SET UP FOR MOTHER AND KIDS WHO LOST EVERYTHING IN HOUSE FIRE...
Hi, We here at Memorial Point Information Center are collect items and donations for Gillian Brusky. Memorial Point Subdivision 106 Echo Lane and phone for question at 936-566-4146. Also we have set up a GOFUNDME.com account. All you have to do is go to that website and do a search for Gillian Brusky.
Thanks, Memorial Point Information Center
I would like to know if you have any contact info for Ms Brusky. I would like to help in some way.
I do not have contact with Mrs. Brusky, however, if anyone knows of an account or charity that has been set up for the Brusky family, please let us know. We'll GLADLY advertise it on this website. - Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I just wanted to let you know i read your article about big jakes and it is nice.what you really need to know is that there is a new bussiness owner in onalaska that is just starting a childrens clothing store and new to polk county snd although she is very busy is taking time to help a total stranger in onalaska who is living in a mold filled home and just diagnosed with cancer thtough out her body. She continues to close her store and even start a fundraiser for shirley hedge this woman is doing evetything she can to help a total stranger at the costof her bussiness and she gets no recognition at all.i feel like it is time reporting should be done on people like miss harris at cest bien for the humanitatian efforts she does and she is an advertiser in your paper thank you
U have a menu n price and detail n price 4 val special
Have bought all the ingredients that I did not have which was collards and the Greek seasons. My question is do you have a Saladmaster electric fryer? Bought mine 43 years ago from a traveling salesman. Those were the days. If the salad is as good as the fryer will be happy.
Yes mam, it's a genuine Saladmaster. Top notch stainless steel oil core electric skillet. My wife and I love it. - Editor
18 Wheeler Lose Load
I dash cam video recorded an 18 wheeler truck that lost part of his load and it sailed over the top of my vehicle. It hit harmlessly in the median. I tried to stop the driver and was ignored. I videoed the side of the cab with all identification. I called them and they said if I published the video and the trucking company name was visible, they would sue. Have you ever heard of that?
Hmmmm... No. But I know this, if your video footage was filmed on the road, then it's perfectly legal. That being said, you're allowed to post it all over the internet or wherever you see fit. I think that they're just trying to scare you. - Editor
Good Afternoon ~ My name is Cheryl Hogard and I am an aunt of Dawn Poirier in the above referenced article. I want to thank you very much for removing the video that was initially posted with your article. At this time, the parents and sister of Dawn do not need to view the video. I do believe in the future they will want to see it. Would you please send me the video so when that time comes, and they are ready, they will have it available. Thank you very much!
Sad in Livingston
I am so very sorry for the children who have lost their mother, and her family. But who in our community could be so cold-hearted that they flee the scene of the major accident they just caused in order to avoid the consequences of their actions. How will you sleep at night knowing the heartbreak your indifference inflicted on these families. How will you look in the mirror when the face looking back at you is the face of a coward that did not stop and render aid or call for help. I can’t imagine it will be too very hard to find out who you are, since you were leaving the address of a business.
Larisarae Sitzes Our entire family would like to know why in the hell anyone would post that video of the crash scene. Why on earth is it necessary for the entire would to see my niece being pulled from a vehicle in critical condition and her mother receiving cpr?? Is there not a single shred of privacy left in the world? Thank you for making a hard situation even harder on our family. I hope you sleep well at night!
People react differently to these things. I've had the mother of a deceased actually man thank me for video and pictures from her son's fatal accident scene. I've had people on a number of occasions thank us for this. At the same time, we've been verbally attacked on a number of occasions. I mainly publish these so the reader can be at the scene, and to show people the amazing job our first respondes do. Our condolences. - Editor
Thank you for reporting the news.
You're very welcome. Thank YOU for being a reader. - Editor
Wendy's family loved her and her children will miss her very much. It's horrible that someone would leave her alone like that.
My Soapbox of the Day (Obama tries to force more gun control laws and bypasses congress)
Amen brother. Tryants like Barry are nothing more than dictators. That is why we spanked the crown during the Revolutionary War. Speaking of that.. what's going on in Oregon could be called a modern day Boston Tea Party...
Littering the Roads in Onalaska?
That's all over the county. Saturday afternoon I rode my 1500' of road frontage and got 5 deer corn bags. The kicker was that I filled all those bags full with other debris thrown out by drivers. Lots of drink cans and bottles, fast food containers and sacks, even a couple of liquor jugs, baby diapers and a large used oil filter. It's not only irritating but sad that many people don't give a damn.
I'm a property owner in Onalaska. Recently I took a ride with my brother on FM 3152. My brother brought to my attention all of the deer corn feed sacks along the highway. It didn't take us long to count 50 sacks on side of the road between FM 3152 and 350N. The hunters are leaving these sack in the back of their trucks and letting them blow out on the highways. I know that most hunters are responsible hunters and respect the law when it comes to the hunting laws but they are not with their trash. This was very discouraging to me to see all of these sacks littering our roadways. I want to bring awareness to this situation and ask the hunters to be more responsible when it comes to their trash. Please stop littering our highways.
Willie, I was wondering with all your connections about town if you could help my family out with something. At the Christmas parade this year one of the floats was handing out bikes to some unexpecting boys and girls. My granddaughter happened to be one of the unexpecting children to receive a bike. Because we were so shocked by the generosity of this we didn't pay attention to the float that did it. All that we remember hearing was there is a little girl give it to her, then they were gone, before we could even as much as get a thank you out. All we could see of the float was the back and another bike being ready to go to another child. Is there any way you might be able to find out which float did that so that we can thank them?
I don't know. Perhaps one of them will see your letter to the editor? - Editor
I loved the video just wish y'all would have got the whataburger float on there! This is the first year they did a float and I thought they did very good. Go whataburger.
Because of the rain we found ourselves grabbing our video camera at times and running for cover (for the sake of the video camera). Because of this, we missed a few floats. I'm a big Whataburger fan (love a Whataburger with cheese, all the way, with jalapeños. That's my favorite fast food burger). - Editor
I am sorry for your loss Steve, but according to the article the accident occurred at 6:40pm. It is dark at that time and I believe the speed limit is 60mph in that area. If a person is in the highway at that time, in the darkness, plus the possibility of blinding headlights from oncoming traffic there is no way a driver will see someone standing or walking in the road in time to avoid them.
I just wonder how somebody just appears in the middle of the road wonder if they were busy on the phone or the computer that's in his truck and why not go into the ditch instead of slamming on the brakes was he tested for drug's how do they just let him drive his truck on home sounds like he wasn't paying attention to the road isn't that involuntary manslaughter
I just wonder what was going through her head on the impact. she was my friends I'm so sorry Tracy that your life had to end this way I hope you didn't commit suicide because I sure would like to see you in heaven one day . Love you rest easy friend
No you are not overreacting the punk shoukd be slapped around and slapped with fines for being disruptive and instilling fear into people
No you are not over reacting clock boy should be sued..
TB Stutts Livingston Well Willie I think they should all be deported. Old, young no matter. Even if your president. Let's face it everyone knows that Obama is Muslim and a Muslim sympathizer. He won't call them terrorists or radical heck he even says ISIL instead of ISIS. I can't believe that we Americans are letting him get away with all the crap he does. Have we just given up? Why do we put up with this crap? He is the only president in the history of presidents to have all his records sealed. All his school transcripts and anything else that would prove who this lying bastard really is are sealed and not available to anyone. WHY???? I'll tell you why, because he is not the person that the idiot majority thinks he is. Just saying...
That was a great editorial on “Clock Boy”. I think it was a demonstration test run for a digital time bomb.
Keep up the good work Willie.I agree with your political viewpoints about this story.
To Norma and others. I like Willie's Website. Willie has a website and is very frank about his political viewpoints. That is much better than those who claim to be totally objective and hide their true feeling behind subtle insinuations, both physical and verbal. Most news sources use various means to promote their personal or corporate views. As Ford King once said, "You can't see two animals fight without taking sides." Voice inflections, intonations, accentuations all go to swaying viewer opinion. Body language, even eye rolling, head tosses are reactions that give the viewers a certain mindset. Reports can be dismissive, or give importance and approval to trivialities that should be on TMZ and aren't worthy of serious journalism.
Very good observation about the subtle biasness that's so prevelant (and extremely liberal, and PC) in today's "news". - Editor
I agree with u. The president has caused so much conflict here. How he got re elected was by the promises he made & never carries them out.
No, it’s not just you. Every thinking person saw this smelling to high heaven as soon as it happened.
No, Willie, you are seeing through the BS. There is no way of knowing, if he had not been stopped, would he have brought a real clock bomb the next time?
He's the child of a known islamic extremist sympathizer. It's obvious how his dad is going to raise him. - Editor
TwilaJCR I'm not sure Mr. Stephens fully understands the threat. If someone puts a device that looks like a bomb, not a clock, inside of a locker at a public place, that is terroristic activity. As far as age, our legals systems protects minors. However, that is not their reality. One terrorist planner was jailed for life in the UK. He instigated a plot to be carried out in Australia. He won't be publicly identified until he comes of age. At the time of arrest, he was 14. Children are taken to detention for much lesser offenses. Their parents are notified, but some time may elapse before that transpires. Ahmed's sister was along, taking the pictures that surfaced on social media. She could have called his parents herself immediately had she been concerned and not part of a bigger plan.. Google "teen terrorist." You will be amazed that most of these terrorist are young, and many in their teen years. Age 15 is not uncommon. Further, males and females both detonate bombs. One fanatic mother, tried to get her three year old son into terrorist training with the Islamic State. This has the earmarks of a conspiracy due to the father's activism and businesses he owned. In one "honor killing case" in the Houston area, a family conspired and murdered Gelareh Bagherzadeh, a 30-year-old researcher at MD Anderson, because they thought she was trying to convert their daughter to Christianity. The family also conspired and murdered Coty Beavers, the twin brother of Gelareh's boyfriend. Both of the murder victims were Christians. Killing is a family affair. This also looks like a practice run such as the has been done in several terrorist bombing. The unfortunate things is the knee jerk reaction and making this potential Bin Laden a celebrity. It should have been investigated and the investigation take it's course. Now, they have left the country and nothing can be done.
You are 100 per cent right.he and his whole family are POS.they came over here,took advantage of all our country has to offer then dreams up this little stunt.they new it looked like a bomb when they put it together and was hoping it would get the reaction it did.All you bleeding hearts that want to take up for this family then why don't all of you volunteer to pay him what he wants.seems to me you would want to help him out since he is a poor little mistreated boy.And why your at it,go ahead and tell him your sorry also when you are handing him the money. Personaly,his whole family can K--- M- A--.
"He INTENTIONALLY came to school with a device made to look like a bomb. After he got his desired response, he then plays the victim. Yes, he is what his parents have created him to be... a POS. He is what he is. - Editor"
(Please note sarcasm below)
From this point on I respectfully request that you call every pedophile, thief, intentional drunk and doped up driver, rapist and murderer that you report about on your site ...a POS--- just so people can be clear. I mean we all think this don't we? Dont these sorry "POS" also INTENTIONALLY do these horrible things, blame them on others, lie about it , and play the Victim too? Don't they deserve the same name calling? I should think so....or do you reserve the name calling and judgement for a 14 year old Muslim kid only.
What happened to innocent until proven guilty?
I don't recall any of DWI people I covered getting celebrity status, invited to the white house, then turn around and demand a written apology from the (County or City), then sue them for millions (all with a smart alick grin on their face). Secondly, I just can't have any sympathy for muslim extremists. When he INTENTIONALLY brought a device to school that looked like a bomb, then that's terrorist activity... If it looks like a duck... - Editor
You asked in your editorial if others thought you were over reacting and I gave you my menial opinion ....which I said "a little bit." Sorry, but I do not think its a good thing to name call the child a "POS", period. It says something about you as a grown man. Yes, you can be angry but you can also be angry without cursing a kid and still get your point across.
First, it would seem the police violated Texas law. I can look up the statute if you wish. The kid was held/questioned/interrogated without legal counsel or without his parents present. That has already been established, and they admitted to it. I never said I agreed with the kids actions or bringing the clock to school.
It really doesn't matter if his father is UBL. Its the child whose rights were violated , and his father's business is inadmissible because it doesn't pertain to the case. So, let them sue. All the things the father witheld about his son, school records, etc. from the media will come out and that's a good thing. They are citizens of America. They are entitled to the same rights as anyone else.
Frivolous lawsuits happen everyday in this state. I don't agree with the family suing Irving, but as a parent I do not agree with the way the child was treated and denied access to his parents or counsel and "allegedly" pressured into signing a document of guilt....however, it's in the courts hands now. I hope the full truth of the case comes out.
I don't think the case will see the inside of a court room... the city will settle out of court and it won't be 15 mil, not even close.
You tell me I should be upset...fine, I'm upset that our fraudulent Attorney General , Ken Paxton, was recently indicted and no one talks about that...much less is even aware of it. I'm more upset with how much this dude is currently costing and embarrassing our state more than I am this kid and his family attempting to sue Irving for an amount of money that they will never get.
Happy Thanksgiving, I hope it's great.
He INTENTIONALLY came to school with a device made to look like a bomb. After he got his desired response, he then plays the victim. Yes, he is what his parents have created him to be... a POS. He is what he is. - Editor
For any who think you are overreaching, the back story on this family indicates it was an organized and planned hoax to further the father's agenda.
First. the father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, is a Muslim Activist. He has been involved in several well publicized events and activities to end what he determines is islamophobia.
Next, Mohamed Elhassan is a Sufi Iman who directs the Islamic Sufi Center in Texas.
Mohamed Elhassan also owns a computer repair shop in Irving, Texas ,a cab company called Jet Taxi, a medical emergency transport company called Paradise Prime Investments, and the solar energy business AlSufi International in Sudan. His primary interest is in Sudan While he lives in the US, he has twice run for president of Sudan, unsuccessfully.
If Papa has a computer shop, then Ahmed would know exactly what he was doing and it was not an original time keeping invention, not an invention at all, but a ruse.
The sister, who also took the videos released to the public, has problems at the school the year before. She threatened to blow up the school.
Just to throw in a a fact to give one some perspective, last week there were two female suicide bombers who killed in 15 in Nigeria. The youngest was a a 11 year old girl. The Islamic State has training camps for their young men, like 9, 10, 11, years to learn to make bombs and suicide vests as well as other jihad training.
Ronnie Smith Hey man you are so very correct. Stupid people and a very extremely stupid president. Best Regards
You are right.his family planned the whole thing.they made the clock look like a bomb on purpose and they got the reaction they wanted.as far as our president.he should have minded his own business instead of butting in on something like this.this had nothing to do with running the country.Now they want money,they need to tell them where they can stick it.
YOU ARE TOTALLY CORRECT
I think your over reacting a bit here. This is a 14 year old boy with brown skin and a Muslim background that built a clock, the media gets a hold of the story and people lost their $hit. ALL we know about him and his family is what the media has reported. I'm not saying what he did -building the clock- wasn't questionable. I get it. I'm saying that for a grown man (you) to be so "convinced" of purposeful wrongdoing and upset with a child that you don't even know and have never even met personally that you openly call him an " incorrigible little POS" on your editorial shows some anger and over reaction on your part.
Ummmm... Yeah. I should be a little angry, shouldn't I? (and you should be to). - Editor
We are taking donations for Jessica and her family. We were able to donate $1075 to her tonight from today toward funeral expenses. We need lothes,shoes,food, gift cards and toys we are collecting also. Feel free to call or text me for info. We are taking credit cards ( my company is paying the cc fees) so 100% of what you donate will go to her.
I just seen about the terrible fire and loss of the young lad,
Fire does not acknowledge age or who it hurts.
Bless the poor youngster and deepest condolences to family.
Thank you for writing. It's always nice to hear from folks across the pond. ;) - Editor
If anyone has information on where we can help this family by making donations, please let me know. I have some employees who want to help if they can including myself. Thank you,
Karen Holland Buck
Hi There, I just read about this tragedy and would like to find a way to assist the family and notify other neighbors as well.
I live in Spring, but am coming up to the Scenic Cove Loop area tomorrow and would like to see if I can find out a little info before hand so I may be able to bring a few things with me for the family. Can you please tell me how I may find out age/gender and sizes of the surviving children and the Mom's clothing size as well. Also, can items be delivered to the Fire Station there at Scenic Cove Loop, or where can we deliver them? Thanks so much, --832-766-0329
Sept 13th my husband, 4 friends, and myself donated money, $600 to rescue a 4yo foxtrot mare from bastrop killpen. PayPal ed the money to Hal. Connie Roxana picked up our mare, Hope, and brought her to the rescue. I only received 1 picture if Hope after numerous requests. I was told the scared mare went to a trainer and they kept her. I have not heard from Connie in a month. We lived so far away and am worried sick about Hope's whereabouts. In the county's seizure video in the beginning is a grey mare......I am wondering if that is our Hope? My cell # 267 312 6263. I need help located this scared probably thin and starved mare, Hope.
Thank you. Stephanie
Thankful that law enforcement noticed these poor animals and did something. The poor explanation for these horrendous conditions from people saying that the horses were skinny because they were in quarantine does not explain the improper humane disposal or the fact that dogs were kept locked up inside a trailer for 3 days in toxic conditions. ALL of the animals on this property needed to be seized! How can you make excuses for that? God Bless the poor children that had to live in these conditions also. How do people justify this?
You might have wanted to gather all the facts before you posted your slanderous story. All those horses were in quarantine, they had been rescued from kill pens and we're being quarantined, fed and doctored before being shipped to their new homes. They have thousands of dollars of receipts for vet care and feed bills. Looks like nice quality hay in your pictures too. The horses came to them like that or in worse condition from the kill pens. Sure some horses died that came to them that were beyond saving."
Pure LIES!! My friend bailed a young horse from auction & it was being held at this place--she has BEFORE & AFTER pics of the horse. PLUS she was paying board for him to stay at this dump. There is PROOF of the condition he was in before you got him. He was average weight "before" he got there--now after being in this Hell-hole--he is skeletal--STARVED--ribs, hip-bones showing. How can you call it a slanderous story--pictures don't lie. Oh and Yeah--"nice hay"?--you certainly didn't give it to any of the horses did you??? I have had horses over 20 years--they don't look like that unless YOU DON'T FEED THEM!!! LIARS! I hope you & your friend Connie are locked up somewhere & they don't feed YOU--wouldn't THAT be justice!!
You might have wanted to gather all the facts before you posted your slanderous story. All those horses were in quarantine, they had been rescued from kill pens and we're being quarantined, fed and doctored before being shipped to their new homes. They have thousands of dollars of receipts for vet care and feed bills. Looks like nice quality hay in your pictures too. The horses came to them like that or in worse condition from the kill pens. Sure some horses died that came to them that were beyond saving. He did not have the equipment to get them buried properly and the person that they used to dispose of them properly fell ill and they were having trouble getting soneone else to do it. When all this went down they were hauling horses to Arizona and had their youngest children with them and his two oldest sons were home, the only ones home ages 16 and 17 and we're responsible for doing chores and what not. Their landlord found out they were running a rescue quarantine and tried to extort them for additional money beyond their rent at over 100 dollars per horse per month and when they refused to pay tgat citing tgey weren't making a profit, their landlord started all this. It'll all come out in court and your worthless is gonna have to print a retraction!!!
Some of those horses where being held in quarentine for customers who rescued from kill pens so some probably where skinny but where can we contact if those where our horses
What about all the dead horses that were all over the property? - Editor
After reading this editorial, I have to say that it leans towards a racist overtone. It doesn't talk about illegal immigration, but immigration in general. It also mentions African American's which has nothing to do with immigration. It also doesn't mention the white supremacy groups that plague this country. But I do agree that if a person comes here illegally they should be held to the same standards as a criminal trespasser. I hated the fact that president Reagon gave a million illegal aliens amnesty with out first securing the border. And I hate it that Nixon brought china out of the closet to become such a powerful country and take so many of our jobs. There is a enough blame to go around. But the fact is, neither side wants to close the border. If they did they would have done it by now. What they really want do do is form a north America continent with out any fences and one currency, kind of like the euro.
It had racial overtones to YOU because you're a liberal and I don't agree with your views. - Editor
I lost all respect for the Democratic party in 2012 when they had to actually vote whether to keep God in their platform at their convention. And leftists supporters actually booed God! And you wonder why our country is on a downward spiral?! I can't see one positive thing Obama has done for this country in 8 years. I certainly didn't see him at the National Day of Prayer, didn't he cancel that & chose not to participate?!! 'Nuff said. I pray people search their hearts before voting in the upcoming elections!
Reading other news sites for the true source of the video, I learned that the Hispanic PAC group "DeportRacism" filmed it, and offered $5000 for anyone who'd call Trump a racist during his appearance on Saturday Night Live. Quote: "Deport Racism is a PAC that was created to fight anti-Latino racism in the 2016 election. The group focuses its work on creating viral videos, social media memes, and “headline-generating confrontations,” according to its website." It was also noted on several news sites that this particular PAC has no connection to Hillary Clinton, and neither do the websites they link to on their webpage. "Some have said that these are signs that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is behind the anti-Trump campaign run by Deport Racism. However, this isn’t actually the case. The truth is that Luke Montgomery, a Clinton supporter and activist, is the person behind all the sites, without any direct connections to Clinton."
If you want to harp on how Clinton is dividing our nation's people, perhaps it's time to look in the mirror at what part you're playing in that same type of divisiveness. Lumping people into your idea of "left", or "liberal" categories serves no purpose - other than to let them know that you'll resort to name-calling of anyone who may not agree with you (or vote like you). According to your definitions, I am "left", but had nothing to do with this PAC, their video, or their views, and don't agree with their tactics at all. You make it sound like I (and others of the same mindset) joined arms with Hillary to teach those kids how to use profanity... as if they are any less appalling than the kids I hear using the same language in WalMart! Lumping everyone into categories is not the way to foster discussion and compromise - two things we desperately need in our government and our country.
Chosen ignorance. That's what I call it when people have no desire to learn anything different than that which supports their viewpoint. Facts are out there, easy to find on the internet, and some just don't care enough to bother. That might require them to change their mind, or their opinion! It's easier to blame it all on the liberals or lefties, than to look within and realize that you might be perpetuating the problem.
When you look at the OVERWHELMING bias of the main stream media, and the witch hunts they conduct (like Paula Dean), the actions of Hillary Clinton and her race baiting and sexist speeches, and Bernie Sanders the self proclaimed socialist, and how around 50% of the nation supports these dispicable people, then I know everything I need to know about the liberal leftists. I'm not going to mention Obama sending his justice dept. to places like Freddie Gray and Michael Brown's funerals while ignoring our police putting their lives on the lines. - Editor
Willie, you know that the liberal left is all for the freedom of speech. That is if you agree with their point of view. If you do not agree with their view, your racist, homophobic, islamicphobic, ect ect.
I go to your site every day to see what’s happening in Polk County. I think you’re doing a good job and performing a service, but I don’t think your political views have a place here if you plan to be a professional journalist.
Really? Journalists in the biggest news services give political opinions all the time. - Editor
You nailed it Willie.i agree with everything you said and you said it well.trump is saying what most people would like to be able to say and I think he is going to be the next president.
Well I'm on the Trump Bandwagon :) - Editor
Hey john, You are obviously a typical CNN loving leftist Kool aid drinker who thinks all opposing views should be silenced. Here's an idea ..... Start your own news site and you can sing the praises of the socialist crap you believe in or...... Just don't offend yourself by going to this site.
Willie, you might as well name your website PolkCountyFoxNewsToday.com, because that is obviously the only "news source" that you get your information from. You say "Liberals are 99% emotion and MAYBE 1% substance". Newsflash, your website is 100% garbage. Polkcountytoday.com is in the same league as TMZ at best, and you are NOT a reporter, but merely an ambulance chaser. Your views are in line with Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, and Sean Hannity. Please, if you want to be a news reporter, keep your opinions to yourself and report the news, and not your "political views", because you are grossly politically illiterate. I'm sure you won't publish this in the letters to the editor, and I wouldn't expect anything less. Have a great day.
Hmmm, I think the column made simple good sense. Also, what fun is news without an occasional editorial piece? Thanks for writing! - Editor
Gaming at the Alabama Coushatta Tribe in East Polk County
Ben Barrow Leggett Bring it on…..hope they build a hugh casino eventually. I'm sure the casino owners in Louisiana are in Austin as we speak with loads of cash trying to keep the anti-gambling politicians paid off. So far they have been successful. We'll see how their latest attempt hold's up trying to stop the tribe from exersising it's rights and their own decision making.
this wreck was a big deal i feel so sorry for my teacher ms.shotwell i guess it was her daughter
Jaybird Werth/ big sand. The family are close friends and are going through some rough times right now without their mom and wife. The husband is a long distance driver who is wanting to stay with his two girls as much as he can. If any of you know any local trucks hiring or company owners please let me know my name is Jaybird, contact me in Facebook and I will relay the message to him. Please help this family in need at the holidays to be together and this man who is grieving because a part of his soul has gone home. Thank you
Also there was no man pull them out the 9 years pulled herself and her sister out and went to the road looking for help and tot passed a few times she said. They are just babies who really didn't want this story up because she felt it would not honor her memory. These are babies wanting to be together and if anyone can help with a local driving job it would be greatly appreciated.
No one has mentioned the man who stopped to help the woman and pulled her children from the vehicle. A Livingston man came upon the accident and did all he could to aide the family. He was put in the right spot at the right time to show compassion to a dying woman and comfort to her lovely girls. Let's not forget the unspoken hero in all this. This man is heartbroken that he could not do more.
that girl was related to my teacher
Were there witnesses to know that she swerved to avoid the deer?
That's what her 9 year old told the troopers. - Editor
Let's see...300 ft IN THE AIR.. That's the length of a football field. And 20ft in height, no less. That's higher than Evil Knievel's bus jumps. I SERIOUSLY doubt that is anywhere near accurate. Did he drive off of a cliff? I do not think a mustang could produce enough power for that kind of jump. Not to mention a 74 year old...that's not impossible of course but seems odd, I did not know the guy. The drinking part.... yes that is the believable part.
A path of freshly broken branches high in the trees show his exact path. - Editor
LISD School Bus Complaint
Angie B, I agree with you 1,000,000,% on your concerns!! I dare say if we did a survey on the accidents involving school buses, or due to them stopping on the highways now we would see a dramatic increase. When I was small they picked me up at my drive way. This should still be the case if a parent wants or needs their child to ride a bus. It is dangerous, and unnecessary for a child to stand on the side of highways such as 190, 146 and 59 with card zooming past them to wait for a school bus to pick them up before day light. I don't know who made this change but it needs to be reconsidered and changed. Thank you for all of the posts of tragic accidents proving these points as well
As a mother of small children that ride the bus in Livingston Texas. I found myself outraged. That one of the 5 children getting on the bus from home this morning on the corner of Young and HWY 146 was left. He had fallen and was running crying only about 15 seconds late to the door of the bus. Other Mothers were just as shocked to see the last of the 5 kids left as he stood in front of the bus doors. The driver made eye contact with him and then drove off leaving him standing on Hwy 146. It is my understanding from the children as no school official has brought the issue to me, that the driver does not like the fact that the 5 children sit on the porch and wait for the bus. Our home is seated where the bus stops. My children almost always get to the bus door faster than the 1 sometimes 2 other children waiting by the highway to ride the same bus. At maximum the children sprint 20 feet to the bus doors from our porch. They have there backpacks on and are waiting to see the bus come over the hill on the highway. This morning when I called the bus barn. I was told they agree with the bus driver that the 5 children should stand by this busy highway as it is safer for all the children on the bus. There point being my children would get on faster if they would be standing by the busy highway. How many mothers have unloaded 5 children from a car? It takes quite a bit more time. As I am not going to allow my children to stand by a busy highway. Safe? Wanting to save time? Yes I can pull my car out of my drive way to park by my mailbox 10 feet from my porch. Does this save time? No. There are seat belts, child locks and not to mention its safer for everyone else going to work from our road. not to have all the cars parked in there way. Our intersection is one of the more dangerous ones. The homes at the corner sit high above the highway leaving little visibility to to turn onto busy hwy 146.
Glenn and Beth Cassity McClammy Silsbee We represented the Silsbee VFD at the Livingston VFD 100 th. anniversary and I must say how well organized the event was, from the staging of emergency vehicles at the start of the parade to the parking of vehicles for the ceremony. Hats off to everyone involved in the anniversary realizing lots of planning had to be done thanks to the city employees as well as all the fireman both active and retired, certainly says something good when an organization that has had only 2 chiefs in 51 years what excellent leadership can do. Good to see former Chief B. R. Hanes in attendance. It says something good when an outsider notices that there is a good working relationship with the city and county officials. Special thanks to everyone that was involved and participated it was an honor to be part of Polk County, Texas history.
I know that everybody has their own opinion of Livingston Chi St Lukes hospital based on their own individual experiences!! Mine hasn't always been great either! But when the staff goes above and beyond what is required to make your experience great ,,,,well, i think they deserve recognition!! So i feel it is necessary to acknowledge the excellent care our mom received in the E.R. at the hands of Kathy Pixley and staff. Kathy has always treated our mom with so much respect going above and beyond what is required to make her feel comfortable while providing excellent care! Thank you Kathy for all that you have done for our mom!! In a time when seniors feel like they no longer matter your ethical behavior is to be commended! And thanks to Natalie who took care of our mom while in ICU. You both are assets to Chi St Lukes hospital! And because of the treatment our mom received during this last visit .....maybe it will be easier to persuade her to return when in need of medical treatment in the future! Because it is typically a challenge! Thank you both for taking such good care of our mom!!
Your correct Lynn did not want to press charges against Conrad but the DA should have picked up changes do to it being aggregate assault with a deadly weapon that is crazy that he was not held for his actions if he was in any other County in Texas he would have been charged but do to him being 74 years old and self proclaimed indigent he is being treated in this fashion if the rolls were reversed it would be a sob story of an elderly person being attacked.That is not the case here so will my brother see justice served in think not Polk County has already reduced his bond this morning so what is to say he doesn't attack my brother again if he bonds out i just don't understand the thought process of the Sheriff office and Polk County on this matter they really need to think about this vendetta he has against my brother how will they protect him if this man gets released from jail
To answer Brittney Parrott. Yes, there are children that live and play in that area. And this area is know for having a bad reputation. As far as suggesting to collect all the fact before posting the article. I believe Willie Openshaw did a fine job of getting all the fact. Both times he was out there. He is to let you know what I personally know because Lynn Langley is in fact a friend of my mother. Yes there was an argument over the fact the dog urinating on property. Yes, the shooter was arrested and booked and released last night because the victim did not wish to press charges. He did want to have problems with this older gentleman. So as far as the second shooting. The victim decided to not have any further altercation with the shooter. He would take a different route to his home. But this still did not stop him from shooting again. He was even witnessed sitting on his front porch laughing and saying he has no remorse. So with all that being said. I will like to state that Lynn Langley did make it through surgery just fine. And he is recouping and will be released soon. Thank You Willie for the fine work you do.
This is my brother that was shot by this phyco he was walking home to lay down because his head was hurt from last night's shooting the man that shot him today was unprovoked as my brother said nothing to him today it is the sheriff office fault that the shooting today happened if he would have been in custody from lasts nights attempted murder this would not be a story today so please have the facts correct before you post any more incorrect comments. Any questions or comments my name is Charles lyons 281 594 1086
This is my brother text telling me what happened last night
Mr Conrad don't like my dog and I walk my dog past his house he yelled at me from across the road ask me if I let my dog shit next to his porch I said no I walked on took my dog to his kennel put my dog in his kennel walk back toward my house as I was passing by his house he said hey I said what he got off of his porch and started pushing me this man is 75 years old I cannot hit him I grabbed his hand that was on me and pushed it toward his chest and told him to stop he then pointed his pistol at me and shot me Becky & Lynn Langley Becky & Lynn Langley
And the let this guy go are you kidding me he shot my brother again today because of shear incompetence of the sheriff office in this case why would you let someone go after shooting someone I can't understand this
All I have to say is that the man who did the shooting regardless if it was a real bullet or not should have been arrested last night. It takes the victim getting shot a second time with a real gun for the shooter to be arrested. I bet you if it were anywhere else the place wouldn't be called dtsfunctional. I suggest all the fact be collected before an article is posted. There are kids that live over there. They play outside everyday. Would it be called dysfunctional if it was a child that was shot? Most likely not but I guess that's Polk County for you.
I live next door and I am very impressed with the response of all involved and handle everything very professional. I give hats off to Livingston Fire Dept. for a great job well done and Livingston PD for traffic control! And most of all PCT for being on the scene.
In view of recent and many past wrecks at the same spot, surely the County is looking into putting a red light at this intersection. It might save a life.
Nearly every accident that happens at that spot comes from people failing to yield from the crossover. A red light for a crossover isn't the answer. - Editor
I noticed two accidents at Hwy 190 and Fm 2457 and I am not surprised. The majority of the time vehicles coming Fm 2457 do not yield. I have almost been hit several times and gotten the "middle finger salute" when I could not safely yield to the vehicles coming on to Hwy 190 from Fm 2457. Perhaps a stop sign is needed instead of a yield sign before someone gets "mangled for life" or killed.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MY SISTER ANN SNOOK FIND KAYLA LATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON 10-11-15. THANK YOU LORD FOR SAVING HER FROM ANY INJURIES. THIS WAS A VERY SCARY TIME FOR THEM ALL I KNOW. ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR ALL YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT.
Dear Editor, We are very saddened that Jose Garcia Lara passed away from his injuries. We were in the vehicle behind the person that hit him. My husband, Michael Williams, offered his help to the paramedics and held Mr. Lara's hand and prayed for him. Mr Lara was not breathing very well and was moaning, but did not seem aware of what had happened. My husband held Mr. Lara's hand and prayed for him until the paramedics needed his help getting supplies from the van. Please let his family know that many, many people were praying for him and the lady driving the car that struck him. We continue to pray for his family and friends as they grieve the loss of Mr. Lara.
Willie, I am writing because of three recent articles in Polk County Today. Driver slams into the back of vehicle stopped for a school bus on Tuesday, September 22, three days later on Friday, September 25 and a few days later on Thursday, October 1. Is there a contest with points awarded if you can ram through the car/truck in front of you that has stopped for a school bus? Do you get extra points for texting at the point of impact, for causing a multi-vehicle accident, for injuries sustained, or for actually hitting the bus? I ask the question, because most drivers who stop and patiently wait for school busses loading and unloading children don't want to play this game, so can someone tell us how to opt out please? Each report states the driver was issued specific citations such as failure to control speed. Why no mention of a citation issued for failing to stop for a school bus, which is a serious offence in most states, with a hefty fine, several points on the driving record and higher insurance rates. Does the fact that an innocent driver blocked their path mitigate the fact that they obviously had no intention of stopping for the school bus and its precious cargo?
Well, school busses aren't the only time this happens. I've seen a number of times when there's a wreck and traffic is blocked and someone not paying attention slams someone else from behind that's sitting in blocked traffic. As far as getting cited for not stopping for a school bus, I'd have to say that since the vehicle slammed into another vehicle then the driver did stop (terrible way to stop, but they never passed the stopped school bus, so they can't be cited for that). - Editor
First have you checked to make sure her family was notified before posting pictures of her truck and blasting her name all over the internet.... also do some fact checks.... she left via life flight not via ambulance and before u blast alcohol could be smelled on her and in her truck probably should know she had a blood alcohol test done and it was negative... thanks one of her loving daughters
Family was notified before posting. She did leave via ambulance, then flown (air medical helicopter is ALSO an ambulance). If her test comes back negative, great, but the smell of alcohol was there. The story only says "alcohol SUSPSECTED". - Editor
Tammy H his eyes look crazy like the batman shooter. wonder if he was on psych drugs? ------------------------------------------ Skip Barrow
That dude reminds me of a spaced out beatnik from the 60's....... from an episode of the old "Dragnet" TV series ( yeah I know. I'm showing my age ...lol)
JLW Livingston Does anybody know if it is legal in Polk county to just dump all of your household trash on the ground? My neighbor has a huge pile of trash on the back of his place and every time it rains it washes down the draws and into the creek that crosses my place. Just don't seem right, but I don't know.
Kristopher Boddie If you view the dress policy of TDCJ it clearly states that the uniform shall not be worn off-duty in a casual manner. See PD-28 page 3. http://www.tdcj.texas.gov/divisions/hr/hr-policy/pd-28.pdf.
I would think this rule is enforced to prevent this sort of activity. Seriously, people need to read before claiming there is no such rule. I hope these guys don't work for TDCJ because they obviously shouldn't be if they don't know the policy. --------------------------------------------- Karla Burleson Onalaska To the first poster, that is not a rule. ------------------------------------------- John Livingston There is no policy stating you can't wear your uniform in public . ------------------------------------------ Rowan Blanchard Ok, no one else is going to say it, so here goes. I thought TDCJ policy was that correctional officers could not wear their uniforms in public for this very reason.
2015 Livingston Lions Not Getting Coverage from PolkCountyToday.com
Scott Walters Alto Willie, I write this as a former Livingston Lion football player, former big school administrator and now small school principal. I also have all respect for those coaches and players who have worked so hard and spilled their hearts on a Friday night.
I'm not sure what you mean by Livingston playing larger schools due to "political reasons"? You say because of that, they have to play schools the size of Lufkin etc. That part is true, I'm just confused by the political part. As a previous administrator and teacher in Lufkin for the better part of 18 years, we played in districts where we were the smallest school not only in the district but also in 5A. We always just missed out on the cut by sometimes 15 or 20 students. It wasn't until the re-alignment a couple years ago that changed. Most of those years Lufkin did well or dominated the larger schools with its play. In fact, last year, when Lufkin dropped down, they struggled against much smaller schools. Now at Alto (200 students), we play as a 2A division I. Except for our game this week which will be against Tenaha (ranked 2A div II), all of our preseason games are against very good 3A schools (we beat Crockett badly and more than held our own against your CC Bulldogs in a scrimmage, missed that coverage by the way). Some of these schools are 2 times larger than us. We are currently 4-0. My point in all this is to say that I'm not sure it's good enough just to say that you won't cover Livingston because they play schools larger than them. If that's the case than be mad and UIL and spread the love. I respect what you do and think you serve a great purpose for Polk County but I don't think it's good enough to say, I don't cover Livingston because they are in a stacked district. But back to my original question? What's political about the realignment?
Well, I could be wrong, but as a man who's not on the inside of these things, I can't imagine why LISD would be playing such large schools. That simply doesn't stand to reason. Who are the people that make these determinations when they realign? I don't know them. Hypothetically speaking, what if the district gets more financial assistance for being in a larger district? That could be political. - Editor ---------------------------------------------- Ashley Combs Livingston I'm not understanding some of these statements in these letters about the Livingston Lions. Statements about how you don't support them and about how bad you are treating them. People please stop making this a personal attack on the Lions. It's not. Nowhere has he ever said that he didn't support them, nowhere does he mistreat them. I can almost promise that in the near future when he does happen to cover a Lions game, he's the one that will be mistreated with nasty letters. --------------------------------------- Margie West
Willie,Here we ago again more belly aching from parents and other citizens because Livingston isn't in your spot light. I applaud you for everything you do. So Livingston isn't getting the football coverage this year who cares. I haven't once seen a post of belly aching because basketball, golf, softball, baseball, tennis, and all the other sports and activities haven't had a weekly following, only in football. If a parent wants their child and their team to be on your page they should help you. Everyone in this day and age has cell phones and I know there are lots of pictures being taken on these cell phones. In the time that a person took to write their belly aching post to you they could of sent you a summary of the game. I haven't been to a game in a few years as my children are out of school, and yes they attended Livingston from K-12th grade, but I know when I went they were always announcing who did what with the ball and for how many yards. Start taking notes parents and sending in your own report. Last I checked this county had what 6 school districts within the boundaries of Polk County. That is an awful lot of coverage for one individual, 1,100 square miles according to Wikipedia. So parents of any child in an extracurricular activity school related or other if you want individuals such as myself to read and see your child don't expect it to be Willie who travels all those miles. How about instead of belly aching help a man out and send the information? Just my opinion.
--------------------------------------------- Ben Barrow Leggett Willie , I agree with you on so many things but I have just got to say you are wrong on this. This county and community are like a family and family does not give attention to one child who is doing exceptionally well and ignore another child because they are struggling and don’t do as well. That is condescending and demeaning. As was stated those kiddos cant help their circumstance. Just getting out there and giving it there all when they no the odds are against them every week says a lot. That shows self respect and character. And lord knows we could use more of that in these times. ---------------------------------------------- Valerie S Livingston I've seen the other complaints about your lack of coverage of the Lions and your responses. The most recent says "I can only cover 1 team per week. The Bulldogs are hitting on all cylinders and are a part of Polk county." Ok given, they are part of Polk county, you have given full coverage to both games they have played without even a mention of the score of Livingstons games. The "political reasons" you cite as to why it's ok to ignore the effort and heart of these kids is ridiculous. Even if they were the worst team in the state, they're still kids doing their best and deserve acknowledgement. These kids don't get to choose who they play and deserve just as much attention as the other teams in the county you claim to cover fairly. No one is asking for you to stop covering Corrigan, just be fair to Livingston boys and cover them too. I know your comment to that will be you can't be 2 places at once. You don't have to be, go to Corrigan, but get the highlights from Livingston from one of your affiliates or the newspaper or whatever, and stop ignoring them. I usually agree with you and have even defended you and the job you do on several occasions, though I don't even know you. I am very disappointed at the treatment of these boys and don't even have a child playing. I hope you consider this and rethink your treatment of these kids who are just as deserving as the Bulldogs that you love so much. Thank you for your time.
Bottome line, we simply don't have the staff to cover two games per week. As things currently stand, Corrigan gets the coverage. Valerie, maybe you can email a writeup of the game each week. We'll post it. - Editor ----------------------------------------- Adron Seward Proud Lion Parent, Livingston Willie, I normally don't comment on any of this and roll my eyes when others are blasting you for anything. However, this time I have to say I don't agree with your reasoning.... My son plays on the varsity team and we couldn't be more proud of him and his team mates... They work harder than most can ever imagine...and while you are right they are paired up with much larger teams that is not by any means the players faults at all. They deserve support if for no other reason because they have chosen to be so dedicated in something positive.... They are all dedicated and give it their all despite political decisions others have made for them ...they still press on... While they may not win every game they are still deserving of praise for what they are doing as do the other schools in the county... I realize that you cannot be at all of the schools at the same time but it wouldn't be that difficult to give our boys a little support... Because they have just as much heart as the Corrigan Bulldogs despite decisions made for them... That in itself should be reason enough to show the KIDS they have the support of our community win or lose....because they have chosen athletics and football when in this crazy world we live in...it'd be easier to give up because they have been paired with much larger teams...but they are not giving up..
I understand your point of view, however, we can only cover 1 team per week. The Bulldogs are hitting on all cylinders and they are part of Polk County. In all the times we've been covering Livingston, the good folks in Corrigan never complained. Maybe it's their turn to get some of the coverage. - Editor ------------------------------------------------ Tammy Flowers
Dear Editor, Can you please tell us why there is nothing about Livingston ISD football games? We never see it and last night 9-4-15 was our first real game but we are not seeing anything. I was there but some people were not and would like to know who won or lost and if there are any pics taken can you please put some with the JROTC students they help out but putting up and down the Lion dome that the football players run throw are never showen in any pictures just the ones that hold the flags are always showen..
Football and a JROTC parent
We love the Lions, however, due political reasons (apparently), the Lions are playing schools the size of Lufkin. These schools have larger talent pools to choose from and are able to produce bigger teams. In short, the Lions, while they're a good team, are overmatched by playing much larger schools. On the other hand, the Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs are destroying everyone in their path, thus, they get the coverage. - Editor