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If you are the Real Jeffrey Bryant I suggest you use the next 20 years to learn proper grammar. I read your comment one time, and I still have a headache. It may take you 20 years before you can read this, hopefully you make some changes in your life for the better. It is true there were pictures of adults engaged in sexual acts on your phone. The people that were trying to find out who the phone belonged to, were sickened by the type of adult sexual photos you had on the phone, before they saw the child porn. Enjoy your next 20 years, and tell Bubba hello.
Biggest crock of sh** it ever seen there was no. Child porn it was a scam violation of all his right because it was some s@m pictures all adults he didn't possess the phone illeagle search said they got warrant after looking in the phone they are supposed to do that. Before they look denied phone expert but now you can go anywhere downtown macdonalds Walmart whistle stop Jack in the box and get free wifi and watch porn even at court house your children. CAN WATCH IT IT THERE in Polk county TB Here
National Anthem Protests are Built on a Lie
Donald Trump refuses to take a knee when it comes to countering the wave of national anthem protests across the NFL. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence released a petition demanding all players and fans stand for the national anthem and emailed supporters asking for signatures Thursday, according to the GOP's website. The President has asked for a list of supporters who stand for the National Anthem. Add your name below to show your patriotism and support: https://gop.com/stand-for-anthem-petition/
Snapper When we the NFL protest meet with whomever they are protesting to discuss what it is that they are protest? Will they discussion be a comprehensive meeting on injustice? Will it be about social injustice? economic injustice? Police brutality? Who will head up the meeting? The NFL players, Colin Kapernick? Someone from the Trump Administration? Eric Holder? Condoleezza Rice? What are the NFL Players asking for? What are they willing to give? How much are they willing to give of themselves? I'm all for protesting if the protest has a purpose, a goal.
You see things your way and I see it my way your white so you could never understand you keep talking numbers that's irrelevant to reality. The reality is America has some issues when it comes to race and it's never going to change everyone has their own opinion and beliefs so who are you and anyone else to discredit anyone for what they believe in only Good can judge. And your comments said black men you didn't say some black men. The only thing we can do for this country is to get on our knees and pray because in the end we all have to go to our knees to the man upstairs.
A group of peoples' problems will not go away until they're willing to face up to the source of their problems. Thank you for your service to our country. - Editor
Anthony Walker Livingston The right to protest is protected by both the U.S. Constitution and the Texas Constitution. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble. I served my country proudly and respect the flag the anthem I also repsect a person's right to protest peacefully. The comments you made about black men being faithful and taking care of their kids had nothing to do with above subject. The comments are also racist and down right disrespectful and I would figure a man in your position would know better. Comments like that is one of the reasons for the protest. By the way I as a black veteran take care of my kids and my home so watch what you say Mr editor there are just as many white men that don't take care of their kids or cheat. I approve this message.
Sorry you feel that way. If white Americans have a bunch of problems, are we supposed to take a knee and disrespect our country and claim that we're being oppressed by black people? I never denied NFL players' right to protest, but if they're going to protest (based on a lie) and simultaneously slap the face of the USA, then don't expect to be treated as heroes. Lastly, how are my comments racist? Telling the truth is not racist. Do I need to show you the numbers? I never said that ALL black men don't take care of their kids, but an alarming number of them don't. - Editor
"Whether you like it or not, there are grievances that need to be addressed. (no, you're response does not help, it is merely deflection)."
You say merely a deflection, I am a Veteran and I am offended by your statement and what those NFL wussys are saying to me and all veterans dead and alive. In case you don't know what that means, in todays society I can sue you and all those cowards in the NFL. Good for you I do sue, I gain the knowledge that people like you and the NFL thug whiners are nothing more than weak minded unamericans. "I'm sorry that you feel you are being inconvenienced by people asking to be treated fairly and equally under the law and by society." I am not inconvenienced, I am being disrespected by you and the NFL weaklings, but knowing your kind that is nothing new. I am fully in support of equal treatment for all Americans, but there is a time and place for bringing these concerns to the public eye, during the national anthem is not the time nor the place. So if you feel it is OK to disrespect people that have given for this country, go right ahead, but do not expect us to support your protest, we will see you and your cry babies as nothing mare than bunch of children throwing a fit.
They ARE treated equally under the law. So, again, the protests are built on a lie. - Editor
I knew I was going to get this response from you and Paul. I simply stated what the protest was about, disputing the claim that this is some conspiracy. Whether you like it or not, there are grievances that need to be addressed. (no, you're response does not help, it is merely deflection). Instead of getting defensive, have you ever looked at why there are discreprencies between the communities. If things are so good, why would the black community complain about inequality? You may not like the protest, it's you're right, but the grievances are real. The kneeling is nice peaceful protesting. The guy in the white house may take us back to the sixties level of protest. I'm sorry that you feel you are being inconvenienced by people asking to be treated fairly and equally under the law and by society. But if all citizens aren't afforded the same rights, then this is a cause worth kneeling for.
Yes, there are problems in black America that need to be addressed. These grievances must be addressed by the black community. No race is forcing black people to do the things they do, yet you want to saddle white America with black America's own faults? I'm white, what am I supposed to do? Force black men to be faithful to one woman and force them to be responsible for their children? Am I supposed to just show up in black neighborhoods and start keeping up all the maintenance on houses so there wont be poor living conditions? If I'm NOT supposed to do these things, then WHO is responsible for them? - Editor
Louis Enard, take off your race card glasses and look at the cold hard facts about cops shooting people, not just black people. During the time of Fergusson more white people nation wide were shot by black cops than black people by white cops. Now to the point, taking a knee during the national anthem is disrespectful to every man, woman, and child that has fought and died for this country. You call it a silent protest, well there is your problem. If these millionaire football players want to make a statement about this kind of situation, go out and help the black people that live in poverty and gang areas to get a better life, of course that means they will have to use some of their own money. (That will never happen.) Now I have a question for you, which I believe you will not give me a straight answer to. Why do these players, who's only talent is football, and make millions of dollars every season deserve more respect than the soldiers and sailors that make just above minimum wage, and put their life and limb on the line every day? Remember that a lot of those service people come home under the US flag, and a lot of their bodies are so mangled and destroyed, their mothers can not have a open casket funeral. So if those "Talented" football players want to take a knee in protest of the flag, they are also saying screw you to every person that has ever fought for this country.
Louis Enard Lamont The kneeling during the national anthem was done to shine light upon the harsh police tactics used against African-Americans. While you may not feel that no one is being oppressed, statistics and anecdotal evidence say otherwise. Africian-Americans have less wealth, have higher incarseration rates with longer sentences (even though population groups commit crime at the same rate), higher infant and maternity mortality, higher poverty and more likely to attend poor performing schools than whites. Because you have a web site you have access to the internet. If you were curious about whether this is a conspiracy or real, a Google search will verify what I have said is true. I and many of my family and friends have been subjected to racism police profiling and discrimination. I consider that oppression. Protest is never convient nor is it easy. It is done to bring light to injustices that the oppressed are seeking relief. By its very definition protest is supposed to be controversial. As for the matter of protest, it seems to me a kind gesture. No where in the history of man has kneeling been considered disrespectful. You kneel when you pray. You used to kneel before royalty. You kneel when you ask for a hand in marriage. You kneel down to comfort your child. Kneeling shows that you are placing your well being in the hands of others. These athletes are being quiet while bring attention to an important issue. That's a lot different than those "patriots" who booed throughout the national anthem ruining the experience for everyone else in the stands. You may not like the manner by which the protests occur, but the grievances are real. The best way to end the protest is for this country to acknowledge the inequalities in society and commit to the hard work of fixing the problems.
Racist police? Police arrest criminals. I promise you, police aren't hunting down blacks to kill and/or arrest. When crimes happen, and police are called out, they do their jobs. That's it. Sentencing for crimes (depending on what crime) usually has a lot to do with the criminal's prior history. If a criminal has a lengthy history of crime, then you can be sure he'll get a harsher sentence (regardless of color).
Please don't consider the police doing their jobs "oppression". If these NFL players are worried about police brutality, then bring it up on the air in talk shows and news media, but don't slap the USA in the face. Blacks have a higher drop out rate (who's fault is that?). Why are blacks shooting eachother in significantly higher rates than whites shoot eachother? Why is 13 percent of the population responsible for 50 percent of the murder? Explain to me why the single motherhood rate in the black community jumped from 20 percent in 1960 to 70 percent today. Is the USA more racist now than in 1960? If it is, please explain how. There is a cultural problem in black America and ONLY black America can fix it. - Editor
You can always tell when someone loses an argument, they revert to name calling and personal attacks. First, Mr. Parker there were 10 pics, not a "dozen", second, the fluid you see on the ground was, more than likely, transmission fluid. It tends to show up more than blood because it keeps its red color when it leaks on the pavement. Finally, Mr. Parker if you are going to call people "rubes" and "yokels" you might want to check the grammatical construction of your attack...it becomes comical when you try to demean others intelligence with a poorly written composition. Thanks again to you, Mr. Openshaw, for putting up with the "slings and arrows" to bring us the news. I check it daily to keep up with what is happening in my old home town.
Jeff, you have had a very sheltered life, what you call "Pools of Blood" are pools of transmission fluid. I have seen pools of blood, enough to fill a small swimming pool. I spent 11 years in the military, worked on a Ambulance, and worked in hospital ERs, so when I say I know what blood looks like, I do know what I am saying. When I was working on the Ambulance I had news reporters push me out of their way to get "that picture" of a patient in my ambulance. I have friends that work on the local ambulances and with the fire departments here in Polk county, They have said Willie is the kind of reporter that will put his camera down and help, giving up "that picture". ""You yokels defend it because you’re all sick, and those images excite you."" Wow, really, what a statement to make about your beloved fellow Polk Countyians. Yes I am not from around here, but I never would make such a disrespectful statement about those that live here. That is the kind of statement somebody makes when they show their true colors. Jeff, you have your opinion's, just like everybody else, but you do not have the right to be disrespectful because someone disagrees with your opinion. Stop acting like a liberal, and start being a human, tolerance is a two way street.
Typical Conservative hive mind nonsense and gibberish, it’s all you rubes ever spout. When it happens to YOU, when it’s the blood and guts of someone you love, when it personally affects you, you’ll change your tune. You people always do. Nothing wrong with reporting the news. Nothing wrong with posting a picture of an accident. However, there is certainly something disturbing about posting a dozen pictures of the same thing from a dozen different angles, posting pictures of what is obviously pools of blood (something Local news has always strived to not show), and posting pictures of corpses being loaded into hearses. You yokels defend it because you’re all sick, and those images excite you.
Willie I live in Liberty County where news is seldom heard I believe some people would rather see the truth on your site than hear gossip about the wrecks that happen. There was a wreck that happened not long ago a car pulled in front of an 18 wheeler turns out the pics and news said the car ran a stop sign and was hit by a small pickup. Some say the family should not see these pics on here but people will call family members and tell them about the wreck and family will rush to it and that could cause another wreck. I drove a wrecker years ago and seen what happens when they do. One wreck a pickup hit a 18 wheeler head on and the EMS had to take care of the family that showed up. There were four after seeing the pickup that fainted because they knew what was under the white sheet.I wonder if the complainers write to every news site and complain about the news and photos. Keep up the good work.
Thank you, Bill. :) - Editor
Mr. Parker you obviously have an issue with Polkcountytoday.com. Your comments about the family being traumatized because there are photos of his vehicle on the internet seem awful silly and misplaced since they had his vehicle towed to their body shop! Accident photos are a normal part of journalism and his photos are no worse than any other news outlet. And he even posts a warning before the pictures - if you may be offended don't scroll down. You obviously need to stop scrolling down. The really pathetic thing is you are choosing to push your agenda and take the focus away from the great man who passed. My thoughts and prayers are with the Fawbush family. He will be missed.
So Mr Jeff Parker, you say you don't read the articles? You get the info from friends? How do you know they are being accurate and not embellishing to make you angry? Or are you just lying? Do you attack the Polk County Enterprise for the same articles? What about the Houston Chronicle? KTRE? KHOU? Fox News or CNN? You, sir, don't understand journalists or news. You are simply being a jerk and an ignoramus. Grow up!!
""J.R, I don’t read this website. However friends and family do, and they share the stories from time to time and send links with images attached. Telling someone to “not look” is a cop out. Why don’t all you cornballs just “not look” when Kaepernic takes a knee, or when they take down a Confederate statue? Better yet, if you don’t like my opinion, don’t “read it.”" Mr. Parker, I noticed that "friends and family" have not complained, only you. Maybe you should notify all your friends and family not to send you links to any stories like this, and you will not have to worry about being traumatized. Telling someone not to look is not a cop out, it is a option so you can avoid seeing that kind of thing. The NFL protest and removal of American history are a entirely different issue, and this is not the place for that. Your opinion, you put it out on a public web site for people to read, if Willie had not posted it, you would be crying about censorship, so all in all you are the cornball that can not see that the whole media in America prints, post, and shoves in your face pictures and video every day of accidents, hurricanes, war, and anything else that you find gruesome. I recommend you get into counseling in order to find a way to deal with those issues.
Willie,Comparing a jetliner crash on the national news to your “ambulance chaser” style of photojournalism is laughable. I’ve spent the better part of 35 years in Polk County, and in all that time not ONCE to my recollection has the Polk County Enterprise printing anything as near disturbing as the content you post almost DAILY. I suppose there is a hierarchy there, where a crew of people keep it all in check and strive towards some watermark of taste and refinement. On the contrary your website is solely run by, and all content is personally approved by you alone. And in this very occasional reader’s opinion, you post scores of graphic pics to get more traffic on your website to generate more ad revenue. While I understand that every business needs to turn a profit in order to survive, I would hardly describe what you do as “news.” It’s mostly gruesome imagery for rubberneckers, juxtaposed with ads for local businesses. A two color, half page insert for Sealy Posturepedic mattresses has more information than most of your articles.
LOL! Okay Jeff. - Editor
J.R, I don’t read this website. However friends and family do, and they share the stories from time to time and send links with images attached. Telling someone to “not look” is a cop out. Why don’t all you cornballs just “not look” when Kaepernic takes a knee, or when they take down a Confederate statue? Better yet, if you don’t like my opinion, don’t “read it.”
Jeff, if a commercial jet crashes and over a hundred people are killed, do you NOT EXPECT the news to show the crash sight? Yeah, that's what I thought. - Editor
Thanks so much for you local news reports. Unfortunately all news can't be nice and to everyone's taste. Sorry for Mr. Fawbushes death. But thanks for all the news you report .
J.R. Willie, I do enjoy your news reporting, Keep up the good work. If someone doesn’t want to see the pictures you post tell them to not look, it’s like those girl magazines in the store if it offends you don’t look. Thanks again for a good job.
Thank you, and you're very welcome. - Editor
So Frank Fawbush gets to be the next in line for gruesome pictures of his demise on your website. Go you. I’ve known this man since I was born, I really don’t need to see how he died. What separates you from an actual journalist is that a real journalist would show some refinement and taste. No one needs to see this. Leave those images to the EMTs and First Responders. The families and friends of the recently deceased have to go to sleep tonight, and we will be kept awake by these images, for many nights to come. There’s a difference between reporting the news and posting as many pics of death and destruction as you are allowed to.
Livingston Lions Football Team
I have a question for anyone who can answer? If the teams in our district are teams we are support to beat or compete with why is it that we want to drop from 5A to 4A? The teams we will be playing in District 4A are talent wise like the teams we are now playing in 5A. Just asking, thanks.
I want to say ‘kudos’ to Coach Broussard for given us his honest and frank assessment of the football team. The only problem with his statement is not tone but timing. What he said should have been said long ago by other coaches who muttered these words behind closed doors, out of the hearing of the public. Most athletes are committed to the concept of playing football; they are on the team because they have friends on the football team. They don’t have the same kind of mindset and commitment to win like the few players who are on the team have. As a parent I come to some of the practices and I would encourage any and all parents to come and watch your son practice during the week like we come or Friday nights. If we would come to practice especially our dads whom I played with and watch our sons practice you will see why they are getting blown out in every game. There is only so much that a coach can do to make his or her team successful. I have yet to see a coach design a play during the week and then Friday’s night, he suit up and personally run the play himself. I have been to many, many games in Livingston and have supported the Lions for years, but the question I have is ‘when will the team, the players take responsibility for the losses. No they are not professional football players, yet! They are not collegiate players, yet! But in the Lion’s Den where the professionalism starts. When we played we played with heart. We played against some tough teams, teams that we knew that we did not have a chance to beat; Beaumont-Hubert, Huntsville, Jasper, Silsbee, Cleveland, Galveston Ball, teams that were as their best. And although we did not win the majority of those games at least we were committed. So the coach is right, he is only saying what so many coaches before have said but not publicly. You can’t blame the coaching staff for the way the team is playing. The problem is that there are too many Cubs and not enough Lions of the team.
If you don't believe that the Lions don't have a commitment problem I challenge any and all parents to show up for football practice like the do the games. If parents showed up for practice they will notice players coming late and early, many are not dressing out nor are the paying attention. They hit each other on the backside harder than they hit the opposing team. I challenge any and all parents to come and watch their kids practice like I do. You might be surprised to learn that your son is not showing up for prsctice.
Las Vegas Massacre
I can not belief for a second this was not done by The left that is NOTORIOUS for taking any bad situation and using it to help advance their ideologies. For example, if a hurricane strikes, the leftists will be screaming it's because "climate change". If a cop shoots an unarmed black man, the left will be screaming that cops are redneck racists hunting down innocent black people to shoot (even though there's many more white people shot and killed by cops every year). In the case of the Las Vegas massacre, the left is seizing the moment to try and get our guns while everyone is still emotional and rattled from the incident. Propaganda is one of the left's biggest tools (the left has completely infiltrated our news outlets, education systems, Hollywood, and professional sports). Damn man - how unbeliefable is that?
I have read many articles about the shooting in Las Vegas, and the comments following the articles. I would venture to say about 90% of the commenters are more concerned about the democrats, republicans, guns, ammo, or ISIS being to blame than Paddock. This man planned for months, if not years to kill as many people as he could, the guns did not tell him to do it, politicians didn't say go forth and kill, no body told him to do that except Paddock. It all comes down to one thing, 58 people are dead and over 500 are injured for nothing more than the enjoyment of a single person. As Americans, we need to focus on mourning the dead, and helping the injured, not Paddock's political connection, his religious relationship, our political beliefs or any other distraction from the men and women that died and are suffering.
The left is NOTORIOUS for taking any bad situation and using it to help advance their ideologies. For example, if a hurricane strikes, the leftists will be screaming it's because "climate change". If a cop shoots an unarmed black man, the left will be screaming that cops are redneck racists hunting down innocent black people to shoot (even though there's many more white people shot and killed by cops every year). In the case of the Las Vegas massacre, the left is seizing the moment to try and get our guns while everyone is still emotional and rattled from the incident. Propaganda is one of the left's biggest tools (the left has completely infiltrated our news outlets, education systems, Hollywood, and professional sports). - Editor
“In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.” George Orwell
Mr. Gonzales, Sometimes knowing someone doesn't dismiss the fact that they are sick individuals. The justice system isn't messed up, this pervert is. If you've known him for 20 years, you may should be thankful that he didn't molest one of your children, or nieces, if you have any. It would be wonderful if all child predators were sentenced to 99 years. This man took/stole a young childs innocence. He got what he deserves.
How can a man be sentenced to 99 years without listening to all evidence or both sides of the story?? I have known Mr. Martinez for over 20 years and not once would it even cross my mind that he could or would do this to any child. This really shows how twisted the justice system is.
I've know Jeremy Harper since Jr. High school back in the early 80’s. He was always a good kid until after he graduated high school then he started doing drugs. And when I say drugs he was smoking crack and marijuana and trying to run a flower and garden nursery at the same time which failed miserably. That's when Jeremy decided he'd steal from the ex sheriff of Natchitoches parish who he was "friends" with. He stole some checks from Norm Flector's (ex sheriff) and wrote the checks to himself for a few hundred dollars and signed it like Norm would and he would cash those checks to feed his crack habit. Jeremy almost got caught growing marijuana in his nursery as well but his brother (who is now a Texas Marshall but then he was still in high school) said to get rid of it all or he would turn Jeremy in. Jeremy is a theft. He stole all the copper wiring out of all the run down houses around where he lived in campti and sold the copper to get his crack money. He was in his 30's then. He can talk a sweet game and make you think its the truth and that he's a good person but he's not. Not even close to the truth. He stole all my mothers belonging from her house that she was moving out of and he was "helping" her move. He stole my dads (who had long passed away) guns and my mothers wedding rings my dad gave her and was the only thing she had left of him but they used that for crack. I say they because Jeremy is never alone in his crimes. His lover is always involved some way. Yes he's gay and smart. He has all the right things to say to get out of trouble but he's lying but the sad part is is that that's probably not all he has done or stolen from this city. He's very slick and I know he's done wrong in other ways besides stealing some gravel and electric. I'm not sure what it is but believe me he is slick and will make you look one way while he's stealing from you from behind. I just now found out about all this and am not one bit surprised. I hope he goes to jail and stays there for a while. He deserves it for all the things he’s done to his family, my family and everyone’s else who he’s stolen from and never got caught or nothing was ever done about it. Still mad he never once paid me for all the hard work I did for him at his nursery. I was trying to make it survive but the money would all go to his crack habit. So I gave up and left. 2 weeks later he was tearing his nursery houses down. Haha
As one of the papers of record, I don't disagree with the assessment of the game, just the tone. A long time ago, darn near a lifetime ago, I used to cover sports for a daily newspaper everything from high school to the pros. The one thing the professional writers do not do is dog pile on high school players. They're kids still learning the game and for a vast majority of them this is the last time they'll suit up. Trust me, the kids know that wasn't their best effort. I'm not saying you have to be a cheerleader for the team, but ripping the team like they're professionals is out of line. Report the facts as facts - two special team fumbles lead to two quick Nederland touchdowns - clearly expresses where some of the wrong happened without beating down on the team. You're better than this.
Thank you for writing. Duly noted. I wasn't trying to beat down the team, I fully intended for that column to be directed at the coaches of the Lions. - Editor
Ms. Jennifer Fuller, I am saddened by the loss of your father, maybe you can see this news article in a better light. If 1 person sees those pictures and that causes them to be a little more cautious, and 1 life is saved because of, people saw those pictures, wouldn't your father be happy knowing he did that? As for the pictures of 09/11, they need to be kept in peoples face, because the same group of people that did that, are still here in America, and want to do it again.
Chester, (Daughter of Al Bryan)
I realize that coverage of Al Bryan's accident was not unusual or illegal, but it was insensitive and disrespectful. Exactly like the disturbing photos from 9-11-01, as well as local events, there is a line that is being crossed. It's not right in either case. I wasn't suggesting it was unusual. I was expressing my disappointment in the fact that the news outlet in our good ole, down home part of Deep East Texas, stoops to the same level. The Society of Professional Journalist Code of Ethics has guidelines that define this "line". (Granted, it is open for interpretation.) One guideline is " Realize legal access to information differs from an ethical justification to publish or broadcast." I realize these photographs are necessary for things like DPS investigations. I disagree that they are necessary to be released to the public. Another statement in the SPJ Code of Ethics is, "Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity, even if others do." I'm not suggesting my case is unique. Like you, I am exercising my right to free speech and expressing my disappointment. We will now take our place alongside the other families whose loved ones' misfortune has been used to satisfy the morbid curiosity of the public.
Yes the news is just news to most ! With that being said a family member at the scene of the accident begged for these pictures not to be posted ! The man taking the pictures was nothing but short and heartless ! Absolutely no care in the world that the family did not want to see this !
To the Bryan Family. I am sorry for you loss. I extend my deepest sympathies and sincere prayers for your family. All news sources use, post, print, publish and broadcast photos of events that happen in public and often in private. I'm sure it was disturbing to the 9/11 families to see pictures of the Towers, the crash site of Flight 93, and hear the audio, the last words of their loved ones. Everyday, on the news there are photos of tragic events. The only way to avoid any news, reporting, photo-journalism one doesn't like would be to not watch television, read print news or internet news sources. Again, I am sorry for your loss, but there is no need for your attack on Polk County Today. Nothing unusual, illegal or unethical happened.
Al Bryan is my Daddy. You posted horrific pictures of his accident without even asking permission from our family. You think you're reporting news? You didn't even get his name right. His name is Alfred Bryan. This shows you don't care enough to even make sure he information is correct. You just get a kick it if showing gross pictures. It's obvious. My mother never wants to see these pictures and I hope she never comes across this. How disrespectful. I'm surprised this is legal to have these kinds of pictures without notifying the family and getting approval. At the point these pictures were taken, my mother and sister didn't even know about the accident yet. I'm very disappointed to see this equivalent of the national enquirer type of reporting. It's pathetic. Jennifer Bryan Fuller, Chester, Texas, daughter of Al Bryan
There's any number of conditions that cause momentary loss of consciousness, muscle weakness, diminished mental effectiveness and dementia. Diabetes, syncope, narcolepsy, cataplexy, epilepsy etc. to name a few.
From the story I get what she did and how she will be punished. The the question is why did this keep happening?......medical?..... drugs/ alcohol?
Pretty sure it's medical. - Editor
Thank You to Local Law Enforcement
I just wanted to tell all the LEOs in Polk county THANK YOU. You people have had a heck of a week, from dealing with the aftermath of Harvey to cleaning the streets of drug heads. You are the embodiment of true Texan Law Enforcement Officers, again THANK YOU.
Destroying Our History
Fasterhorse Livingston Why is it that anything and anyone that has a connection to the Confederacy is being destroyed or removed from public property while several presidents who were slave owners remain on our currency and have prominent statues across the country? If we're trying to erase our history then why should they be exempt? When ISIS was destroying historical monuments in the middle east, we were outraged. How is that different from what we're doing?
Historically, slavery was a worldwide practice. It goes back as far as written history, an probably bfore. It is not limited to human beings. Even certain species of ants enslave others. The idea that it was wrong to enslave other human beings was a rather novel concept in the late 18th century and early 19th century. People had used slaves as far back as anyone knew, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Orientals countries; it had always been a common practice worldwide. Changing an international way of life took time. One cannot condemn people of that time based on values and philosophies of the present time. A favorite line comes from Henry Van Dyke's Poem, "America for Me."
"I know that Europe’s wonderful, yet something seems to lack:
The Past is too much with her, and the people looking back. But the glory of the Present is to make our Future free — We love our land for what she is and what she is to be."
I'm afraid we are becoming Europe, dwelling on the past, not letting go of old fights, old differences. All those involved rest beneath the sod. Don't hate them, don't worship them, let it be. Nothing will change the past, the good, the bad, the right the wrong....it's time to set our sights on the challenges today. Concentrate on the task at hand, there are plenty of hurdles and obstacles to overcome in the here and now. Time to quit digging up bones.
This is my last response to this subject. Willie, you keep saying that I'm holding long dead people to today's standards. I am not. The acts committed by the leadership of the confederate was considered traitorous then. Slavery was considered bad back then. The U.S. was one of the last countries to outlaw that heinous system. Again, why you want to defend two terrible acts - treason and slavery - is beyond me. Wrong is wrong. You may want to do a little soul searching on that. Mr. Tuttle, I understand the Irish were discriminated against. However the Irish as slaves is a myth that has been busted by countless historians. It is actually a trope brought out by various white supremacist groups from time to time to try to deflect from the horrors of real American slavery. The paper of record, the New York Times, just wrote a massive article this year about the myth of Irish slavery. They quote tons of professors, people who get paid to research this stuff. While I have no doubt you ancestors may have been treated badly, mine were slaves. Don't dare tell me that system was good, not from the stories that have been passed down to me, not when I have ancestors who could have passed for white (think about how that happened?) and not when my closest living relatives survived Jim Crow. I'm sorry the history classes you took for your degrees did not really dig into the subject. Mine did and I went and dug a little deeper because I'm sceptical. Maybe you ought to audit a history course today. Just don't use the US History book issued to 9th grade Texans two years ago; they called African slaves guest workers. I corrected it in my children's books before we turned it in.
I'm not defending slavery. I'm only saying that those men grew up in a time when slavery was legal and normal. Just like (perpaps you?) people today view abortion as legal and normal. If one day you become president, and there's a statue somewhere of you, should we tear it down later when (hypothetically speaking) abortion is finally properly and officially recognized as murder? Secondly, slavery still exists in many parts of the world. In war torn Africa, people are enslaved (African enslaving African). There's slavery in Arab countries. The Jews were enslaved for 400 years in Egypt. The Jews were enslaved again and were being systematically exterminated in WW2. The Japanese enslaved Koreans and Chinese during WW2. As far as being traitors, all the South wanted to do was be left alone and have their own country (slavery would've inevitably ended soon). It was the North who imposed their laws on the South. My last word to you and those running around tearing down statues is to stop living in the past (rather, learn from the past). I nor anyone that I know ever owned a slave. I've never been a part of Jim Crow, nor would I support such laws. - Editor
Mr. Enard, I understand more about slavery than you shall ever know, my grandfather was a indignant servant to a English lord in Ireland in the late 1890's, for a debt his great grandfather incurred. At that time (late 1890's) he immigrated to the US with his pregnant wife, while in New York he and his wife were treated like the scum of the earth for being Irish. He moved to a little fishing town here in Texas called Rockport to be with other family. So, unlike you I have met a slave and I am the grandson of a slave. So do not get all high and mighty and tell me to stop holing on to my history. I have been to Colleges and Universities, I have taken history classes because they were required for my degrees, and in those classes slavery was not the primary reason for the civil war, it was government overreach. That is the problem today, the left wants government overreach to control every aspect of the American peoples life, while those of us on the right want limited government. In plain and simple terms, the left wants a nanny state, the right wants a free state. My grandfather, my father, my uncles, and myself did not put our life's on the line for a bunch of freeloading, cry baby, if it offends me it must be destroyed, anti American, leftist communist people. With that I bid you a fond farewell.
Taking up arms against the United States of America, especially after you swore to defend the country as a commissioned officer who graduated with honors from West Point, is the very definition of being a terrible American. I hold General Lee in the same esteem as Nidal Hasan, Edward Snowden and Bradley "Chelsea" Manning - traitors. Lincoln and Grant didn't exactly have enlightened views of slaves either, but they didn't take up arms against America. They fought to keep the country together, which is why they are remembered as American heroes. I understand that standards have changed. But slavery was wrong then and it's wrong now. Why memorialize a bad view point and why memorialize traitors? Again, if it's okay to put statues of traitors up, let's get to work for one for Benedict Arnold. It bothers me when people ignore facts and spread false information; which is why I was compelled to write.
Again, times were different then. The South felt that North was imposing their ways on them and that they couldn't stop them. When irreconcilable differences happen, then sadly, it often leads to armed conflict. I'm not going to stand in judgement of Americans who fought and died in a bloody war that cost more lives than all our other wars. 750,000 American lives were lost. The statues of Confederate leaders is debatable. But it should be decided legally and properly by the voters and legistlatures (not by a misguided angry mob). Where does it stop? Rename DC because George Washington was a slave owner? Remove forefathers from currency? It looks like we're headed down a slippery slope. It's time to stop living in the past. EVERY NATION ON EARTH has some ugly sides to their history. At least America was the nation who fought a civil war to end slavery. Geez man. - Editor
Any quick Google search about Robert E. Lee shows he owned slaves. He was considered to be cruel, even by the standards of the day. When he captured Freedmen in the civil war, he sold them into slavery. He also did not treat captured slaves kindly, as they were tortured or sometimes executed, things that did not happen to normal union troops. If you don't believe anything I wrote earlier, or just now, call the history department of your favorite university and they'll tell you the same thing. Your response shows you aren't ready accept history with open eyes, Mr. Tuttle. Why waste so much energy defending a man respected historians show was a defender of slavery. He did lead the army of Northern Virginia as a commissioned officer, which was fighting for slavery, by the way. While enlisted men follow orders, officers believe in the cause. The truth hurts sometimes, but if you accept it, it can help you grow. Good luck.
What we're doing today is, TAKING PEOPLE FROM YESTERYEAR and holding them up to today's standards. The standards in the 1860s were obviously different. Having said that, because Lee owned slaves doesn't mean that he WASN'T a great American. I wonder how many people (based on TODAY'S standards) would be viewed as horrible because their flippant attitudes toward the barbarous practice of abortion? If 100 years from now, it's properly viewed for what it truly is (murder), how these sanctimonious leftists would be viewed. - Editor
Louis Enard, by your own statement you proved that the history of the Civil War is not taught in schools. The institution of slavery, a Democrat program, was not the only issue that the south was fighting for. Over reach by the federal government was the primary cause of the Civil War. The federal government was violating State Sovreinty, by dictating unlawful demands on exported goods to the north, (cotton, tabaco...) and charging higher tax rates on property owners. This over reach affected every man, woman, and child in the south, again this was done by a Democrat congress. You say take the statues down, because they represent slavery, do you know Rodert E. Lee never owned slaves, as a matter of fact he was against slavery. This I learned in school, when the whole truth was allowed to be taught in school.
Removing symbols of the confederate states of America will not destroy history. Last time I checked the history of the confederacy is taught in school. However, lets get some facts straight. The confederacy was founded to keep slavery and to expand it. It was founded on the belief that Americans of European decent were superior. When Robert E Lee was asked about putting up statues to honor the confederate states he declined. Most of these statues were put up during Jim Crow to intimidate African Americans. Its how Houston's Emancipation Park, land paid by former slaves, had the street it was on renamed after Dick Dowling, a man who fought for the continuation of slavery. Thank goodness that was finally corrected this year. The battle flag of Northern Virginia, which most people confuse for the confederate flag, was considered embarrassing for the south until the 1940 and 1950s when the civil rights movement started making progress and the federal government started started cracking down on the south. Go look at the history of the state flags of Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina and see when they changed. Whether you want to admit it or not, the so called "lost cause" was a battle to preserve slavery. Go read the confederate declaration of independence and constitution. Go read the Texas confederate constitution. I've read them, and I'm willing to bet our other letter writer never looked at them. They are despicable documents. General Lee and Jefferson Davis, who both fought with distinction in in the Mexican American war, swore an oath to defend the United States as officers in the U.S. Army. That makes them traitors. We don't have statues of Benedict Arnold over here so why put statues of these men up? I know 99 percent of the men who fought were just regular guys who were following orders and probably too poor to own slaves. That still doesn't make the cause they fought for right. A soldier follows orders, so I don't begrudge them at all. I despise the leaders that dragged them into that boondoggle. I'm all for discussing history. I just want us to be honest about it. None of the letters I've seen on this subject on this site have been honest about it. I'm an American and I'm not in the business of honoring traitors. You shouldn't either. Take the statues down.
Pete, I will tell you who is at fault for the destruction of American history, it is every person that calls them self a American. True Americans would not allow this kind of thing to happen. The one statement that just grates me to the bone, "what can we do to stop this?". Try turning your TV off for a couple hours and go to the counsel meetings and make your voice heard, start a petition that demands these statues be protected, a petition that demands that all signatures on petitions calling for the destruction of any statue be from the people that live in that area. Tell your state and local politicians to do their job or get fired. As you can see there are many things that can be done without being out there and have bottles of pee thrown at you, cans of hair spay used as flame throwers against you, both of those are aggravated assault, and attempted murder. I know what I will do and have done so far, what are you and others willing to do?
Best comment regarding recent Confederate statues reactions: Blacks who were never slaves are fighting whites who were never Nazis over a Confederate statue erected by southern Democrats because now Democrats can't stand their own history anymore......yet somehow it's Trumps fault!
In the past groups have attempted to remove everything about the fight for Texas independence, to no avail. Now with this new PC movement destroying everything connected to the Confederacy because it offends people has gained serious momentum. Following the leftist logic the Alamo, San Jacinto Battle ground, the statue of Sam Houston outside of Huntsville along with a lot more, will be the next targets. If we as Texans/Americans allow for the destruction of our history, that makes us no better than ISIS. My Grandfathers, my Father, and myself did not put our lives on the line to allow a group of PC Communist Fascist to dictate to us what they want our history to be, or how we should think. Stand up and decide where you want to be, the land of the free and the brave, or the land of oppression and serfdom.
I agree 100 percent. The leftist minority has become a bully that's forcing their leftist beliefs and hatred on the rest of us. They tear down our statues that honor great Americans and we just stand by and watch. What in the hell is wrong with this country? - Editor
Polk County Center of Hope
I know that you respond and report the things that you think is the best for Polk County. Well I have seen the best of Polk county down at the Polk County Center of Hope. They have organized and supplied relief supplies to the area county's that have been effected by Harvey. They have taken several 18 wheeler van loads of food and supplies to help in these relief efforts. Although there was limited need in Polk county, the Polk County Center of Hope has continued to work every single day since the hurricane hit to supply needs. Jim Mayland is the President of PCCOH and is doing a great job managing this effort. The first day that the center was open for relief supply over 1000 volunteer hours were logged as a result of the outpouring support of this community to reach out to others in need. Jim Mayland may be reached by calling of texting 612-269-3812.
US Postal Service in Livingston
I talked to a representative of the post office here in Polk county yesterday, 08/29/2017. They told me that mail service will be halted until next Wednesday due to flooding in Houston. So people that get their medications through the mail will just have to deal with it, along with anybody that receives monetary instruments by mail, (Retirement, Pension, VA, etc. etc.).
What ever happened to Rain, Sleet, Snow, or the dark of night thing?
It is my understanding that Polk County is not included in the Harvey Disaster Area. How can our elected officials allow this to happen when we were under mandatory evacuation orders and many our our southern residents are completely under water?
"Tree Service" Scamming Elderly in Polk County
I would to pass to all that read this. There is a couple Michael Faulkner and Felica Smith Faulkner that is going around Polk County and surrounding counties that are scamming people into cutting their trees down for a price. After cutting them down they tell you that they will be back next day to haul off tree . They never show back up. I had a tree cut down June 28thand it is still in my yard. I have contacted this person so many times he doesn't answer his calls or texts any longer. I've gotten excuses like truck broke down, sorry he can't make it even down to please don't do anything to me cause I have a family to support. I put it on Facebook and have gotten comments from 4 surrounding towns. I called a local tree service ans was told if he ever ran into him he would like to run him out of polk county. Even gotten response from a man whose mother is 82 years old was approached by this couple. Luckily he showed up ans kicked them off their property. Please pass this info so these scammers do not take advantage of our county citizens. They leave the trees cut down and never show back up. Those on fixed incomes cannot afford to pay again to have it hauled off. Thank you in helping get the word out about this couple.
Appreciation for the Mayor of Onalaska
Just want to recognize and give a big thank you to the Mayor of Onalaska, Roy Newport for personally filling the potholes in Creeklake Cove. Roy filled the potholes by himself in this heat. He is a wonderful man and Mayor that goes above and beyond. Thank you Roy for all that you do for Onalaska. Sincerely
Here's hoping 'Ashlyn Drew Strange' (the teenage girl who rammed them head on) is charged with reckless endangerment, distracted driving, speeding, attempted manslaughter and anything else they can pin on her. I drive for a living and see teenage girls (especially) pulling these kinds of stunts all the time and an example needs to be made. If they aren't excessively speeding, then 90% of the time they are looking down at their cell phones and texting. At the very least she should be heavily fined, sentenced to lengthy community service (if not jail time or juvenile detention) and have her driver's license revoked. And I hope the family sues her for all she's worth.
A speed limit is exactly that - a limit. It limits your speed to NO MORE than XX miles per hour. It is NOT a "must" or "required" sign. There are a lot of reasons a person may need to drive less than the posted LIMIT - bad weather, objects in the roadway, slowing to turn etc. Although you may be frustrated and/or in a hurry it does not give you (anyone) an excuse to drive recklessly. This accident is not the fault of the driver that was getting passed, it is the fault of the driver that (attempted to) pass in an unsafe manner. If you cannot drive safely because you are in a hurry you need to either plan better and leave earlier so you aren't in such a rush or stay off of the road. Unfortunately as long as there are hurried people that feel they are entitled to drive however they see fit there will continue to be accidents like this.
Thank The Lord God Almighty no one was killed!!
Ms. Sutton,This accident was cause by a very impatient and inexperienced driver, ""Strange (and another vehicle in front of her) was attempting to pass another north-bound vehicle."" This driver, (Strange) was attempting a double pass, in that kind of situation the second driver (Strange) is unable to see the road ahead, resulting in Mr. Thompson's youngest child having severe life threating injuries because of inpatients on Ms. Strange's part. I worked in the OSHA office as a accident investigator while I was in the Navy, unfortunately I investigated many accidents like this, and the results were almost always the same, impatient and inexperienced driver.
The speed limit is 70 on that stretch of road. I see people doing less than 50 all the time, mostly those that live at the Escapees. If you can't or won't do the speed limit, then move to the shoulder when there are vehicles behind you trying to do the speed limit. It is not against the law to do so and accidents such as these may be avoided.
Thank you for your coverage of my wreck, all of us are slowly getting better but could use all the prayers we can get, my youngest son has the worst condition of us all he is in Serious condition in Herman now with bleeding on the brain, broke back, fractured skull, exploded eye socket. I need all witnesses to please send me your name and number to email@example.com.
The driver of the red car is a very good friend of mine, his baby is in serious condition, please pray for the whole family. William is a firefighter here in Polk county, and has run on scenes like this many times, it is sad for anybody to be involved in a crash like this. Now he may not be able to preform his duties as a firefighter because of injuries caused by this accident. People, slow down and think of others before you do something that can kill a entire family. There is no place you have to be that is worth the price of other peoples lives, or yours.
I live in the Escapees community and I see impatient people passing slower vehicles on this two lane streech of road all the time. I have had to pull to the shoulder many times to make room for an in a hurry idiot many times.
This accident is so sad and really needless. I hate to say this is going to be a sad reality on this piece of road, due to the impatients of others.
This really shows you how polk county sheriff's office works this man gets 40years basically for tattoos . But a man that killed my nephew in 2005 only gets 12 years and made parole this year.So I hope he comes back to polk county so we can get justice.wonder how many years they'll get .
M'am, you're talking about the Judicial System (not the Sheriff's Office). The Sheriff's Office enforces the laws and makes arrests, The judicial system determines the length of prison sentences and other punishment like probation. - Editor
Many years ago there was a company called the Wonder co. on loop 116 that I drove a 18 wheeler for I had & witnessed more than one near miss with crossing those tracks by vehicle . The main savior to prevent contact with a train was hearing the train horn blow starting at least a mile down the track . Stopping the crossing vehicle before the rails ,Now a days the trains seem to wait till its closer to livingston before hitting the horn . no lights were there in those days just the white X bar sign Yes on most days you could see a ways up & down the tracks but only when right up to the rails ,in a 18 with a hood you are almost a car length back plus in motion checking mirrors & watching 116 traffic ,The train blowing it's horn prevented more than one accident while disturbing the residents of that area I would ask everybody around Did the train blow it's horn from before the crossing in leggett till contact with truck ?.Sad day for all ,overpass at every crossing would be costly but helpful .
I will be the devil's advocate here. Every body wants to place the blame on the RR company, the state of Texas, Polk county, the facility that the truck was leaving, but there one question not being asked. Did the driver look to insure if a train was coming or not? That area of tracks is not a blind spot, you are able to see up and down the tracks for a long ways. Being the train hit the tractor/cab area means the train was close, plus trains are not traveling more than sixty miles per hour in that area, (slowing down to enter Livingston, or picking up speed leaving Livingston). I understand the need to blame something or somebody, it is part of the grieving process, I am not trying to take away or trivialize the loss of a family member, I just want to interject a little logic into this horrible situation.
I am Tom Cogburn (CWO2 retired) @ Boyce Louisiana I have been trying to put all this together for the passed week and plan to make a trip over there soon. I can't for the life of me understand with two plants on that side of the rail road track that the Rail Road, State of Texas DOT or Polk county is not required to have a proper RR Crossing with warning lights, cross arms or at least ringing bells. Any one of witch may of saved MY SON life. I don't know what if any sign was up before Wayne lost his life at that crossing but I do know he would have not tried to cross if lights were flashing cross arms were down or bells were sounding, I don't know how many accidents have happened there but I pray to God that something be done before another Dad and Mom have to face the loss of there son. I am holding the plant that Wayne delivered to, the Rail Road, Polk county and Texas dot partly responsible for the loss of my son.
I understand your need to report the news. My contention is that you do not to show all of those photos in order for your article to be effective.
Mr. Bryan Foley, I am sorry for your loss. I pray for your comfort and strength to cope with the grief. "Polk County Today" is a news website, not a social media group. Every news website on the internet has photos of tragic and horrific events. Every newspaper, TV station and magazine also feature traumatic, graphic illustrations of accidents. In this case, it brings attention to a dangerous railroad crossing. Again, May God be with you at this time.
Bryan Foley, Brother of the Deceased
Absolutely disgusting for you to post such graphic images. Do you not consider the impact on family members when you post that level of detail. So insensitive!!!
I knew this driver...rip..he was a great guy...and worked for a good company...l pray for everyone involved in this tragedy --------------------------------
This driver was not coming out of Oldcastle. Oldcastle and Stella Jones share the same driveway but this driver was actually coming out of Stella Jones, not Oldcastle.
I live one entrance past the accident scene, so sorry to hear that the driver lost his life. I was on my porch when it happened, thought the train derailed at first.
The train wreck that killed Wayne Balwin, was there any signs before the tracks? Any signals letting him know a train was coming? Any lights flashing? It looks like there is no signal signs or railroad crossing signs. This could be a huge law suit don't you think? A man's life lost because there are no signs?
Conditions at TDC Polunsky Unit
I see stories like this all the time, but the stories I do NOT see are the ones where the Correctional Officers, who are underpaid, under staffed, and out numbered have to deal with these same heat conditions. An Officer is soaked in their uniform within minutes and nobody is screaming about them having to endure this treatment. Officers are told the State is broke while TXDOT gives their employees you see riding around in air conditioned trucks, more raises. TXDOT makes sure they send several trucks and several workers to any call as they have a full staff. But TDCJ where we house death row and violent gangs, who cares right? We keep talking about Police Officers working conditions, try working at TDCJ with no gun, no a/c, short handed, excessive heat, excessive cold in the Winter, these Officers Lives Matter Too! Support and respect your local Correctional Officers.
If people really knew how good these convicts really do have it they would be sick. It is not what you think folks, these convicted felons have it pretty good.
I agree with Mr. Ramsey "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime." Texas needs the chain gang !!! Other states still have it. When Polunsky first opened they had massive gardens growing corn and okra and other things to eat, Ohhhhhh but wait these prisoners have rights. What about the rights of the people they killed or raped they don’t have rights?? Put them to work in the fields cutting hay, growing things to eat, cutting grass along our highways, not sitting watching TV all day. Make them get off their ass and be productive. Have a nice Day
Twila J.C. Ramsey
Maybe they need to reopen the pea-farms. Then inmates could enjoy the great outdoors laboring in the Texas sun....just like millions of law-abiding citizens do. Construction workers, farm labor, loggers, landscape and maintenance workers, linemen, livestock workers, and I can go on and on, face the elements every day, hot or cold. There are no air conditioned firefighting suits. Then there's the military, it's hot in Syria, Iraq, Afghaniistan, Africa, etc now and cold in the winter. Texas needs to get this into the appeals court right away. Liberal judges need to spend a few days on a fire truck, a drilling platform, asphalting a highway, welding pipe in the sun or picking up trash in Death Valley. Remember, the corrections officers spend time in the same prisons as the inmates. As far as our whinning inmates, the old advice still stands: "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime."
G.A. Hunter, Former Polunsky Warden (retired)
Each summer complaints of excessive heat surface around inmates in Texas prisons. Death row usually garners a lot of attention simply because it's "death row". Here are some facts:
1. Every section has huge fans that circulate air Inmates are offered ice water at certain times of the day 2. There is an air chiller system for the entire building ( not ac ) that substantially reduces the air temps. 3. Inmates are able to purchase soft drinks, bottled water and ice cream several times monthly. 4. Each DR offender has a sink, towel and bar soap all supplied by tax dollars. They can in cell shower if they chose.
Finally, supplying these killers with AC would cost the tax payers millions of tax dollars for retrofit and in additional energy consumption.
It's always been hot in Texas prisons. If the families of these criminals want AC, let the family or the federal judge that just ordered the heat plan pay for it. It will be cooler in OCTOBER.
James people in the free world don't have air conditioning. They work for it and some work still have no AC work to eat or support their kids. Everyone who works feeds your cousin.... As for doors and vents how about you buy them and have them shipped to the facility. You expect a reply and results... We expect all people to obey the law and then we would not need these prisons. I know I am dreaming although I could expect results!!!!!!
Dear James, I wonder if you think about our soldiers in areas like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan? They face temperatures up to 110 degrees in the shade, they are carrying loads up to 80 pounds, eating food that is Unconstitutional to feed to prisoners, the water in their canteens is hot enough to make coffee, and weeks without a shower. These men and women are not on death row, but face death every day, and things far worse than death. These men and women put their life's on the line to protect you and others from the evils in the world, yet people on death row have more comforts than those soldiers do. You want to talk about inhumane treatment of prisoners, I suggest you go visit the VA on any weekday around noon before you respond, then tell me what is inhumane.
While conditions may seem unfair at the Polunsky Unit, prisons are not meant to be hotels. Also, you have to take into account that there is a reason each and every one of those men being there, and it isn't for being an outstanding citizen. Sorry, but those are facts. I grew up in Texas, without air conditioning. We were outside in the heat. Ice water? That wasn't something we had. We lived with it because we were poor and had no choice. Each and every person in prison made choices that put them there. There are too many elderly and poor people across Texas who can't afford air conditioning. If I had to choose between spending money on them or prisoners, I would choose them. Sorry, but the cold hard facts are that had the prisoners not made the choices they made, they would be out in society and able to work to pay for the comforts and conveniences that life has to offer. They knew there were consequences to their decisions, and they made their choice. Hopefully, they will dislike prison so much that they will make better choices upon release. Why, if conditions are so bad, do we have so many repeat offenders? When I don't like conditions somewhere I don't go back. It seems simple to me.
For more than several months, the conditions of the showers on Texas Death Row in Polunsky have been deteriorating to a point of being deplorable. The problem is the non-working vents, which will not allow the steam to escape and this has resulted in mold and the doors rotting. In some pods the doors have been completely removed, resulting in these showers being taken out of commission. This, in turn, creates problems for the men because showers cannot be given in a timely manner. Some of the doors have been left on, with the "bean-slot" rotting and the results of this is that some men have cut their wrists on the jagged edges. On the showers that the doors are left on, the heat is getting to a point of being unbearable. Incase you are not familiar with the "rules" of the showers, men are taken to the shower in cuffs, the door is locked, men stick their wrists out of the "bean-slot" to be uncuffed and, then are able to take a shower. There should be a time limit, but, at times, guards leave the men in there up to an hour. And these guards know of the conditions and will leave inmates (like my cousin), in there for upto an hour as a form of non-sanctioned punishment. Some men have trouble breathing with the steam and dry heat while locked in the shower. There is no relief from the steam, given their are only a few holes that have been drilled out at the top of the door. Men are left sweating in there to a point of some nearly passing out. I-60's and grievances have been written by quite a few men and all get the same answer basically: "The parts have been ordered." You well know how humid and hot it can be in Texas, especially this time of the year. However, we in the free world have air conditioning--the men in Polunsky DO NOT. Add the heat index of easily 105 outside, and upto or beyond 120* inside, add that to the steam bath from the locked showers and this is more than cruel and unusual punishment. I have received countless legitimate complaints.TDC has told the men about the parts being ordered (supposedly in April 2017). There has been adequate time to receive the parts (both the vents and the new doors) and install them. WHY HAS THIS NOT BEEN DONE? I not only expect a reply, I expect results. I ask you to go outside in the heat, stand on concrete for at least two hours, go back into the house (with no a/c) and take a warm shower. No ice water to drink outside or on the way. This might give you a small perspective of what the men are experiencing.
Let me just clarify a little bit, if I may. I don't understand why some people get so offended when another person says "white" "black" "Hispanic" "Asian"! As a former dispatcher for different agencies, when and Officer would call in a drivers license # our correct response would be "that DL comes back to a so and so, white male from wherever, Black female from wherever, Asian female from wherever! And so on... it's how to IDENTIFY! If I'm calling back a black male and they are looking at a white female well hello, something is definitely NOT right. It's on your government issued Drivers License!!! Get over it! Or better yet, just be offended. Grow up people because there are much more legitimate things that you can be offended by.
Just thought it was odd that you were compelled to specify that the young man is "Hispanic". I'm looking at a handful of other stories on the site and didn't notice any mention of their ethnicity even though there were no pictures of the subject. It doesn't seem to hold any relevance.
Well, yes, there is some relevance. No, I can't mention his name publicly since he's a minor, but there's many Hispanic people in Polk County who are generally in touch with the other Hispanic people in the county. Since Holiday Lake Estates is almost all white people, then the few Hispanic people that do live there are likely known by other Hispanic people elsewhere in the county. Perhaps, this will help them to know. - Editor
Crime Stoppers Updated Photo of Two Youths
They look like a couple of THUG-STA`S to me. Are they in custody getting their daily Big mac and ice cream?
The best memory I have from Ike, is a little Dachshund named Samantha. She was 8 weeks old the day Ike hit and her humans had abandoned her, luckily a neighbor of theirs know I liked dachshunds and brought her to me. Today she a healthy 9 year old spoiled rotten fur baby, (I have No idea how she got spoiled).
The media, like the education system, arts and entertainment, has been infiltrated over he past century by the socialist ideologues.
January, 2017, New York Magazine interviewed CNN CEO, Jeff Zucker. Hidden down in the middle of the interview, Zucker revealed his true colors and agenda. This paragraph shows he intends to wreck Trump's image worldwide and use the full resources to do so.
"Acosta didn’t get to ask a question at last week’s press conference. The first question went to Fox News, and Breitbart got to ask a question. Are you concerned about getting access to Trump?
I think the era of access journalism as we’ve known it is over. It doesn’t worry me that Donald Trump hasn’t done an interview with CNN in eight months. I think our credibility is higher than ever, and our viewership is higher than ever, and our reporting is as strong as ever. One of the things I think this administration hasn’t figured out yet is that there’s only one television network that is seen in Beijing, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Pyongyang, Baghdad, Tehran, and Damascus — and that’s CNN. The perception of Donald Trump in capitals around the world is shaped, in many ways, by CNN. Continuing to have an adversarial relationship with that network is a mistake.
Steve, I am sorry for misunderstanding your comment. Thank you for helping to up hold our constitutional rights.
Paul, I believe that you misread my comment. I know exactly what a person goes through to obtain a LTC. I have one and always carry. My comment below still stands. I don't mind a 30.07 sign on a business (I carry concealed) but, if they add the 30.06 signage which essentially means no one in this establishment has a weapon and no way of protecting themselves...come on in and rob us...I will not do business with them. Thank you.
Steve, do you know the process a person goes through to obtain a LTC? The background check is almost the same as what is conducted to join the military, both state and federal criminal checks, financial checks, and mental health check. Something as simple as a disorderly conduct can prevent a person from gaining a LTC. You must prove your proficiency with a weapon (most of those that fail the course fail because of lack of proficiency), you must have a basic understanding of the laws involved with the use of a weapon, along with moral and ethical issues. I agree with the fact it is your choice weather or not to carry a weapon, but please reframe from making snide comments about those of us that choose to carry and the businesses that allow us to carry in their facility.
I don't mind the 30.07 sign as much as the 30.06. When a business displays the 30.06 (COME IN AND ROB US) sign -- I stay away!
Although I'm very thankful for the outcome and nobody was injured during this robbery I find it ironic and kind of humorous that the bad guy ignored their 30.06 and 30.07 weapons signs .. imagine that
People Dumping Pets in Polk County
The main answer to the problem is spay and neuter your animals, There are several low cost spay neuter clinics offered in Polk county There was even a free clinic a month or so ago another one coming in September I have heard. There are to many “good old boys” in this county who don’t want to “ruin” their animals. If you really want to get your animal fixed you will find a way. Or better yet just don’t have one that your not going to take care of.
Willie, Why are there so many people, that are so cruel, that they take their cats and dogs and just drop them off on some country road? We have had so many through the years that have come to our house and we have fed and watered them, had them fixed, and gave them away or kept some of them that we couldn't afford to feed but did. Just this morning there were two cute puppies, on the dirt road, and they looked at us like "did you come to get us?" Totally heart breaking!!!!! What can be done?
I'm as baffled as you are about this. It is indeed heartbreaking to see dogs (and cats) that are just thrown out in the middle of nowhere and left to fend for themsleves. The mentality of people who do this is probably just as sad as the situation that these helpless pets find themselves in. I don't know what the answer is. - Editor
Schwab City You mentioned using 'neosproin' with peroxide. Just clarifying, are you talking about the vaseline-like topical used to treat skin infections? Just haven't heard of that. You sure you didn't mistake that for something else? You seem like an intelligent individual, so I doubt you mistook it for another. If so, I need to look into something like that. If it works, it works. Bottom line. That's strangely awesome though.
What I would do is gargle and rinse my mouth with Hydrogen Peroxide (for about a minute). Then I'd rinse my mouth with water, THEN apply Neosporin (click here for Neosporin). - Editor
Dear Editor, I wish to give you and your readers a better view of what the driver of the Lexus encountered. Unless authorities did retrieve a mattress cover or other supporting evidence of such, the only thing in the road were orange bags filled with the white material. Traveling out of Corrigan, I was the lead vehicle of three automobiles separated by maybe an eighth on a mile. As we approached the location I was in the right hand lane, with one car behind me in the right lane, and one in the left lane a little farther back. Approaching the obstruction, what came into view were two orange bags and scattered white debris. One bag was definitely broken open yet still sitting about a foot tall on the center stripe of the lanes. And the other was still mostly in tact standing about 2- 2.5 foot tall in the middle of the left lane. I swerve slightly to avoid the mess as did the car directly behind me. Unfortunately the car in the left lane stood no chance to safely manage to do so. As I watched in the rear view mirror I saw, the first vehicle maneuver part way on to the shoulder, then the second vehicle swerve abruptly to the right, then back to the left headed towards the median and again to the right. It appeared this happened several times and then I could see the headlights in a rolling motion. Reflecting back to the time before I approached the site of debris, I recall there were two vehicles traveling approximately 1/2 to 3/4 mile ahead of me, I never saw any indication from them of a sign of a road hazard ahead, thus indicated by them tapping brakes or maneuvering out of a straight line to avoid the debris. When I drive I utilize an app that alerts me of road conditions as reported by other drivers, no reports of the objects were noted. This makes me wonder if the bags fell from one of the vehicles that I saw ahead or a vehicle just minutes ahead of them. I hope this information might help law enforcement locate the driver who lost the bags.
Well, there's different sizes of mattresses, some have springs, some just have foam, some cotton, some feathers. So is a bag of foam that someone lays on a mattress? I'd say yes. At any rate, thank your for the eyewitness account. I hope they do find the owner of the mattress(es). - Editor
Good afternoon my name is Heather Perez my daughter Jacalyn Jones 19 of Pasadena Tx and her boyfriend Christian Cruz 20 of Pasadena Tx were in the two victims of the deadly accident caused by the mattress in the Hwy. Jacalyn was flown to Conroe Regional Hospital in Conroe and in ICU. Her boyfriend Christian Cruz was flown to Herman Memorial in Houston Texas. Both were on there way home from Steven F Austin College for the weekend. Cruz is currently on life support and has extensive brain injury. He suffered tremendous blood loss and has severe brain swelling as well as multiple cuts requiring stitches. Jones has a collapsed lung and several broken bones. We are asking for the name of the victim who lost his life while trying to render aid to this you couple. Can you please share our story and contact me with any information. We want to send our condolences out to the family of the victim as he now is my daughter's and Christian guardian angel. Payers still in need as Christian is critical. Thank you!!! Please share our story.
Heather, thank you for writing. The Good Samaritan's name has not yet been released. As soon is it is, I'll be sure to let you know. - Editor
Well Willie. ...there you go again . you are rite on this subject again. But you do know that most folks can't see the real truth . this world is in bad shape. Leaders from several years ago let it get this way. Now we paying for it. Lets just hope for the best.
You're right, there's a lot of people falling for this cause they don't know the real truth. All I can do is my column and hope it opens some eyes. - Editor
Dear Mr. Openshaw I really enjoyed reading your soapbox article, the national media and many of our institutions are in a bad place, currently. It is refreshing to see that there are still people out there who haven't succumbed to the darkness. I just left the University of Houston because it became impossible to continue to study in an environment so filled with hatred and political propaganda agenda. I quit watching television because it appears the whole country has gone mad. After serving over six years fighting our two current wars on the ground, losing several of my soldiers, and being wounded myself, I am ashamed and extremely concerned about the future and stability of our own nation. At the university, I was the ultimate outsider: not only a heterosexual white male, and a Christian, but also for being a patriot and one who had served in wartime and confronted our enemies face to face and hand to hand. At the rate the left is pushing, it won't be long before there is a shooting war on our very own streets and we will all be reminded how precious it is to love one another, and appreciate the gifts of life and liberty. I pray every day that we might see the light and realize that our way of life is such a luxury. I pray that God protect all of the sons and daughters who are fighting this very day and night, sent where their Uncle Sam needed them. I pray for God's limitless and undying love to overcome the division and hatred created by people. And, I pray that God may keep America free for many years to come.
Sincerely and with a heavy heart,
Thank you for your service, Kenneth. Yes, or universities have gone from being institutions if higher learning to socialist, leftist indoctrination institutions. If it doesn't change (fast) then we're doomed to 3rd world status. - Editor
Can somebody please show some proof that the Russians rigged the elections so Trump could win? Please provide documented evidence of all the American citizens who have lost their constitutional rights because of President Trump. (Illegal aliens are not American citizens)
trump has asked for most of the media hype because of his tweets, contradictions and lies. I would like to find out the extent of trumps administrations involvement with Russia. But more than that I would like congress to find a way to safe guard our elections from electing authoritarians like we just did to save our democratic way of life. Without Russia's help trump would be selling real-estate right now our starting up scamming University's. The Trump administration scandal is going to make Nixon's Watergate look like a cake walk.
Obama using the government to spy on the Trump Campaign is the big scandal here that of course the propaganda media ignores. Sorry Ron, but you just don't have a clue. - Editor
Michael Schmidt Thank you for your soapboxing. If 1 thing is for sure there is not enough politics on the net or tv. Plz keep us up tow date with everything.
LOL! Okay :) - Editor ------------------------------------------------ Paul Tuttle
I stopped watching TV almost two years ago, and from that alone my stress level has gone down close to zero. I get my news from news sites online, I look at 3 to 4 different sites (conservative and liberal), to get both sides of the story. Because I am looking for the truth I have come to realize that the liberal sites just want to paint the facts in a way that looks like anybody that questions it is anti everything.
Best example is the AntiFas is using the old Communist and Nazi flags as their banners. My father and uncles fought the Nazis and I fought the communist, those are two regimes that had no concern for human life or equality.
I am sick and tired of these liberals telling me I am wrong, a racist, phobia something or the other, and even a baby killer (because of military service) for the way I believe, and my 1st and 2nd amendment rights should be stripped also because of my beliefs. Most of the time I just laugh them off, but it is becoming harder to do so, but the first time some snowflake puts their hands on me, they will find out what a old guy with a DD-214 can do.
Thank you Willie.
Thank you for your military service and thank you for writing. - Editor
Dion G. Davis
I agree that the national news networks are working overtime in an attempt to destroy President Trump while sweeping under the carpet the sins of previous administrations. It can only be assumed that because President Trump won't "bow and scrape" to these news organizations and all other political adversaries, and won't be verbally intimidated into doing things "their way", that he must be dealt with accordingly. We finally have a president with a backbone.
I think other presidents would've caved in by now, but today's media have never dealt with a president like Donald Trump. I have a feeling that maybe Teddy Roosevelt would've also held up (defiantly). - Editor
Sir, You nailed it. Keep up the good work.
Thank you for writing. - Editor
How do you believe Obama abused his powers while in office, Uncle Brad?
Hall of Soda, Texas
Less than an hour before reading the article, I was driving the work van and I heard a news segment broadcasted on 92.3 about how "the so-called majority" feels as though Trump is totally abusing his power . All I could think while I was hearing this was "what in the world do these same people actually believe Bath-house Barry (Obama) did for 8 years ?" . I have nothing else to ad, because the article hit the nail on the head, as they usually do . Rock On !!
Good job Josh! I know, at least to me it seems, you've had a run of close calls and bad luck. An apparent rough go at it as of late as it pertains to the always dangerous and ever changing unknown in an ever-changing world we live in. The last few major incidents, from what is given by the press, it appears not only have you been able to maintain composure and quick thinking under imminent danger! From being shot at under a hail of gunfire to being punched in the face stopping a drunk driver it would appear you have led with what comes by good training and have set a good example in all situations. Good job Josh and we are all glad your ok and thank you for risking your life for that of others! I hope someday the percentage of residents in the county that don't know just exactly what these unknown calls are like realize the person/ deputy fielding the call could never go home again. Not for yourself, but for the public as a whole! Thanks again for what you and all LEOs do.
After reading the article in it's entirety, I feel like LISD is simply saying "I know we broke the law, but they broke the law and you didn't punish them!" Without citing and naming official sources, or giving legal documentation this story is a "he said, she said" situation. I also can't help but feel like there may be a little nepotism involved, considering the author of this article is the son of the Vice President of LISD's School Board. I'm intrigued to see how this unfolds.
Exactly…I saw where there’s a warning sign that Txdot has on the interstate. That’s insane, why do they allow this? We all know 59 (IH69) gets busier every day, especially with heavy truck traffic. Why would they allow risking the lives of motorist and school children like this? I can only assume that this danger will be addressed after a catastrophic accident that takes multiple lives. Sad to say that is not a matter of “if” it will happen, but “when” it will happen. The Pride Services Co. Inc.: This electronic transmission and any attached documents or other writings are intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, confidential or otherwise protected from disclosure. If you have received this communication in error, please immediately notify sender by return e-mail and destroy the communication. Any disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of any action concerning the contents of this communication or any attachments by anyone other than the named recipient is strictly prohibited.
I have a question.....does this school bus stop in a lane of this major interstate highway to load and unload children?
I don't know. I do know this, picking up kids for school directly off the shoulder of US-59 isn't safe. I think that only neighborhood roads should be used. - Editor
Couple Cited for Smoking Fake Weed
Smoking marijuana may be safer than smoking fake bake, but it is just as dangerous as smoking cigarettes. Before anybody starts to argue about that, know this. Burning any organic material be it wood, paper, rubber, tobacco, marijuana, and even plastic releases 3 of the same chemicals, CO, CO2, and tar. Those chemicals are what causes COPD, and lung cancer. The THC oils are beneficial for treating many disorders, and are non-harmful, kind of like OTC mineral supplements, your body will use what it needs and dispose of the rest. One more thing to think about, if a doctor told you to start smoking cigarettes you would think they are crazy, (in the 40's & 50s doctors did tell people to smoke cigarettes). If that same doctor were to tell you to start smoking marijuana what would you think about that doctor?
Darrell Wright Shreveport, Louisiana
Why do people mess with that junk? Fake Bake has created Mental & Health Problems for many users. I watched a young person nearly die in the Emergency Room from that garbage. If you have to smoke pot, smoke the real thing. It is much safer, and legal in many states. If you want it legal in Texas, get off your butt and voice your opinion. We already know we are not able to stop users anyways. Daily Arrest Reports prove this. And although I no longer live in Livingston, I know their ideals. The Arrest Reports are a Yearbook to the felon. They do not care if they are arrested. Many claim the state has to feed, clothes, & shelter them while in jail. Some claim Jail is better than their home life. Why? No Jobs. Real Criminals are snitches for the Polk County Sheriff's Department. Nobody (unless hated by Police or Churches) actually goes to prison. That is just how Livingston is, has been, and always will be. (Grew up there, came back during Obama administration, moved to Louisiana during Trump for Medical Marijuana Treatment)
Stupid, just plain stupid how some people are willing to throw their lives away so they can smoke potpourri. The chemicals used to manufacture that stuff changes from manufacturer to manufacturer, and from time to time. There is no regulations on the production of that stuff, therefore they can put whatever they want in it, and these sheeple will smoke it. If they are that dispirit to smoke stuff, my dogs make a lot of stuff ever day, all natural, no exotic chemicals, legal, and free.