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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR...
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This cyclist, Bruce Marx, was my PA at Onalaska Family Clinic. His death saddens so many that thought of him as a friend and a caring doctor. It also leaves a huge void in the Onalaska medical care of so many that have a hard time getting to places further away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and staff members and Dr Woodrome, for giving him to us. He will be greatly missed..
So dwi is a horrible crime but texting and driving is acceptable even if you take someone's life. We even have a nice name for it "distracted driving".
Pete Chamlee, MSgt, USAF (Ret) First Sergeant Willie; We've talked numerous times and have met fact to face only once; however, I have derived great satisfaction from your reporting and your care about our community. I send you a huge "Attaboy" and thank you for your efforts. You have Linda Gayle and my support in all your endeavors.
Yes, Pete, I do remember. I had the privelege of meeting you and your significant other atBig Jake's Western Dive. :) - Editor
Barbara Courtney 505 North Drew Livingston,
Yesterday I learned O'Reillys tore down the beautiful trees and is planning on building an even larger aluminum building on that gorgeous lot bordering a residential area and school next to Livingston Pharmacy on Church Street, extending the width of the block between Polk and Church. This was a huge surprise to the home owners living in that neighborhood. There wasn't a sign posted. The home owners living in the neighborhood were not notified.
With the increased traffic on Polk Street ,school children, school buses, emergency vehicles, parents driving children to school, as well as children who play on that street will have to find alternate routes, other play, bicycle riding routes, and perhaps alternate emergency vehicle and bus routes. This spot is between two schools.
Where are people going to park? On church or Polk street? There is less parking available there than in the current location. At times the parking lot over there is packed solid. You have to park by Palaus Royal.
Furthermore, many homes in the area have problems with flooding, storm drains backing up. With the increased hard scale there will be more drainage problems as the already overwhelmed system will be asked to handle more water. No word from the city as to a retention pond being added or expansion of the storm drainage system.
That area has a horrible gas smell, sewage leak problem at times that hasn't been completely resolved. Great to add oil, and more flammables to that problem.
Plus slightly rising home owner property values will plummet. This devalues all the homes in the surrounding area which people have put life savings into.
Who makes these terrible decisions which are so wrong and do bad for the community? There are hundreds of commercial sites available such as the " coming soon" livingston town center across from the tractor supply. I believe, before the project progresses any further it should be stopped and reconsidered. A town hall meeting should be held and all these questions and concerns addressed.
It makes me laugh at the comments made in support of the driver of the vehicle that hit this concrete truck. I am still trying to figure out the difference between dope and weed and dope pipe and meth pipe..
Yall really have the nerve to make aaron frazier look like a his a bad person first of all he blacked out didn't fall asleep and for the dope pipe is a lie it was a weed pipe not meth is what yall are trying to make it sound like and for the pills they we're in his name pills he has to take everyday so yall should really get your story together before you try to just make up a big ass lie it really sad.
I read with interest and incredulous fascination the response to your coverage on the Mixer Truck Tahoe collision.
I'm thinking that Denise Hillary is an "INTIMATE" of the Tahoe Driver? It also appears that if Marijuana reduces reflex response times, makes people dull and promotes apathy; Denise has been sharing the WEED/DOPE...
Interestingly enough, when there is overwhelming evidence of criminal acts... the Offended just love to pick at insignificant issues in the reporting as if it justifies or draws significant attention away from the Actor and His/Her actions!
Repeat after me Denise, "Stupid is as Stupid does."
If you take prescription medications that make you drowsy or take meds that have warnings to prevent misunderstandings about whether or not you SHOULD Drive or Operate Machinery BUT you drive anyway... You're a special kind of "Winder Lickin MO-ron!"
If you THINK that drawing a sharp line with a Marks a Lot between "Weed" and "Dope" means anything to the 99% who don't do either, Hang in there Sunshine! That Little Bus will be along anytime now.
If you believe that Willie doesn't understand that reporting the facts as he receives them won't cause him difficulties, YOU must be a mouth breathing, Twinkie Eating, Pipe Hitting dummy.
Thanks for writing in! I got such a good laugh at your email..
You published a story on Aaron Frazier. You said he fell asleep at the wheel? That's not true. He never said that. You said he had pills and a pipe for dope? Are you insane? You insinuate he had illegal pills and a meth pipe. That is bull**** reporting. Even for Polk county. Shame on you. It's not professional. His pills were not narcotics. They were prescribed by his doctor. And not for pain. Yes. unfortunately he did have a marijuana pipe. There is a strong difference between "dope" and weed. While both are illegal... Dope is dope and I believe you knew that. But hey! Let's make the story more interesting right!? This is the reason you report in Polk County. You suck at reporting the facts.
Recent Livingston Storm and Storm Alerts
as most, i was woke up by the emergency management alert the other morning. The warning was nice, but only thing i can ask the team that set it up, is for location of tornado warning. Polk co. is large, and when your told "seek shelter" due to a tornado warning, it would be nice to know where this warning was for. I know that when they receive the warning, it has a track to it. If in Goodrich, let us in Corrigan know it is not here. Simple I think.
Shaken in Livingston
Dear Editor, I have been uneasy since the storm that recently passed through our area. I wonder if you might have an answer to a question that has been bothering me. Is there a reason that the emergency alert system that notifies individuals by cell phone calls and texts did not happen? Our cell phones never alerted us of danger or the need to seek shelter in an inner room. Our barn and greenhouse were damaged, and many trees surrounding us were downed. We were blessed that our children and livestock were not injured. With the itown site not working, we were unaware that a severe storm was even expected. Thank you for any answers that you or your readers might provide.
Hmmmm... I don't know why yours cell phone alerts weren't working. My wife's and mine went off several times prior to the storm's arrival. I have no idea why yours didn't work. - Editor
Murder at Alabama/Coushatta Indian Reservation
For anyone who is reading this:
The reservation didn't do this. One man did this. The reservation, as a whole, cannot be held responsible for this. There are some good, loving, very kind people who are members of the tribe and live on the Rez and who would NEVER hurt another living soul and who are just as horrified by this senseless act.
That said, the way this is being handled is not only a disservice to Spencer's family, but it is a disservice to everyone else on the Rez who wasn't involved in this.
This is one man killing another man.
The Reservation did not sanction him doing it, he acted on his own.
No one can control another person's actions.
However, as late as last night, Spencer's parents have been told NOTHING but "here is your deceased son, that's all we can tell you."
Spencer's parents know who did this. They know how it was done because they saw Spencer's body. To be told "we don't know what happened to him" when they are looking at it with their own eyes is not only shameful, it is cruel.
His parents have made phone calls to the agencies handling this, trying to have official validation of what they already know, and their phone calls have not been returned. That may have changed as of this moment, but that was the case last night.
That is shameful.
I don't care who you are, what culture you are, where you live....to treat his grieving parents in that manner is inexcusable.
Spencer's family did not ask me to post this, and I may be out of line, but if anyone has ever lost someone to violence, you know the agony of it. My heart breaks for this family....so I am making this appeal...
We are all human. We all love. There may be differences on the outside of color or culture, but we all love our families.
If anyone from the Rez is reading this, I ask that you would pass this on to those who have the power to affect this, and Spencer's parents be given the respect you would want for your own parents, or your own tribal elders, and ask your tribal law enforcement and/or the FBI agents handling this, to communicate with Spencer's parents.
I understand not wanting to make info public, I've lived within law enforcement a long time and I know the drill, but his parents are not the public, they are his parents and they deserve to have validated what they already know happened to their son.
Thank you for reading. Please pray over this situation. Pray for EVERY person involved. There are many hurting people within this situation on both sides.
As someone who has lost someone to a murder many years ago, in a similar manner, I would like to tell you, I believe this young man was set up by people he thought to be friends, perhaps kin of Mother of child. Lured to a location that in insular, and doesn't like outsiders investigating, which in a murder, shouldnt be tolerated by any Government Agency(no exceptions) and the Freedom of the Press is Freedom of Speech is for all, not the few.This is the United States Of America still. Just my opinion. I hope the truth will be found, the tribe is just hurting itself with it's attitude.
Bullying at Livingston Junior High School
Mason morris I too was bullied while attending ljh. 2009-2012. The administration turned their heads to the bullying and refused to do anything about it. My mom drove a school bus for 9 years. I can tell you first hand that lisd does not give a **** about students well being. The more students attending the more revenue they collect. When they introduced chromebooks 2015 school yr, many students grades dropped drastically. I was one of them. The lhs admin would NOT help us, they moved us from program to program just to keep up enrolled. I straight up told lhs admin to do something about it or im leaving, they blatantly refused to help. I dropped out in november. Lisd needs to be called out on this. Enough is enough and the only thing thats going to bring change is a total boycott of the schools. They simply do not care. Protest isnt going to do anything, they wont even notice people gathered outside, they will not change until parents and students band together and boycott the schools. When theres no attendance and their revenue disappears they will begin to change. Until then bullys will continue to bully and staff will turn a blind eye.
The bullying at Livingston Jr High does not only happen there, there is bullying on a daily basis at all the LISD schools.... and it has been going on for at least 20 yrs. I pulled one of my children out at least 20 years ago because nothing was done. Even then the principals and teachers back then turned their heads and pretended it wasn't going on.I never had any of my children be injured physically, but I know there was some emotional abuse.I was once told by one principal that I must be encouraging physical violence at home because my child got tired of the bullying and took the matter into their own hands... guess what she was charged with assault and placed in ISS with the same people that were bullying her. She got to where she didn't want to go to school at all, so I moved her to a private school.And I have had grand children in all the schools in LISD, I can only hope they are not victims of this terrible act. It doesn't just lie in the hands of teachers and principals either,parents should be teaching their children from a very early age that being mean to other children is not right. I hope there is a way some day to stop bullying in our schools and make school a happy place to be ... not fearful. Just saying.
Hello, I go to Livingston Junior High and I don't see where giving the boys a week in AEP is a punishment that is barely even up to what these young men did to this 7th grader. It is in the news that Dustin Johnson was attacked by a group of boys and those boys names are Cory *******, Ethan *****, and Diego *********. They had punched this young man cross eyed and in my jurisdiction that is not right under any circumstances. I hope that you will understand that what those young men have done is not right and should not be handled by just giving them a week in AEP so with that being said i have contact with many close friends to Dustin Johnson and i hope that you will understand I am trying to do something good about this do to the fact me and a lot of other people DO NOT see where this is right AT ALL. Thank you very much for your time if you have any questions email me from this email thank you very much and have a great day.
The bullying is ridiculous and out of control in LISD ! Livingston Intermediate is another campus that does nothing about bullying ! I have even taken things all the way to central office. LISD NEEDS BULLYING INTERVENTION for the physical and emotional safety of our children !
TwilaJCR When violence involves bodily harm, don't depend on the school. Parents, guardians or caretakers need to go their local law enforcement agency. In this case, it appears it would be Livingston Police Department. File a formal complaint with any information on hand, including names, medical reports, witnesses, etc. Based on the information available, this isn't "bullying"' it is assualt, probably felony assault.
I just want to personally say thank you to all the time and effort the Law Enforcement in our area has been putting in here lately. I can say, for my neck of the woods, I have seen ENORMOUS drop in traffic around my house. (I'm not sure why people think it isn't very obvious what is going on). Keep up the great work! Eventually, they will get the hint to get their drugs and get out of town!
Absollutely horrible if someone cannot resurrect these highly informative boardsl even under another name. I have gained so much knowledge since moving here., as well as rescuing a pet........how many pets now will go without salvation...........all my hints for work at my home, tips that helped alot........
I received a E-Mail from itown stating that the problem that it is experiencing is a hack that might prevent Itown from ever coming back on line. That maybe someone payed a hacker to cause Itown to go off line. If that is the case I hope they track the culprits down. I enjoyed Itown, will miss it.
I haven’t been able to get on there for days as well. Editor said you don’t know Russ who pays you. Perhaps they might know who he is. Unless of course you are volunteer. Surely you have an email address. That is what I use to have to do with the internet. Call somebody in another state that would send an email to Livingston. I would remark. Well If I had internet I could send them my own email. The more things change the more they remain the same.
For those who also check local stuff on Livingstonitown and have not been able to connect to it since Sunday, I spoke with Rus this AM and he has been in contact with the hosting server. They report that several of their hundreds of servers were hit with a "Denial of Service" attack on Sunday. They are working to get the problem solved, but it could be a while before Itown is restored. Please tell your friends who go there that it isn't their computers or the owners, just a server glitch out there on the web.
I was wondering if anyone knows why Livingston Itown has been down several days. I frequent PCT and Itown daily and have been unable to access. Thanks!
I don't know. People have been asking me. I don't know Russ. I don't believe I've ever met him. - Editor
Ms. Editor, I've posted comments before but they have never seen the light of day. I understand that you can nix anything that comes your way that isn't in line with your beliefs, so i'll ask you this. How do you feel about Kaitlyn Jenner? How do you feel about the lgbt community? How do you feel about that Canadian Ted Cruz? Why isn't Trump a good bet? Why can't Hillary be awesome? Why isn't garlic good with eggs? If Christians believe all that the Bible says, why are so many accepting of their friends that are living together but not married, and others that are gay? I want to hear all that you have to say. You are opinionated and I want to hear more. Grow a pair. Speak.
How do you feel about Kaitlyn Jenner?: I don't consider Bruce Jenner a hero just because he has a mental disorder. He can call himself "transgender" all he wants, but every single cell in his body and every strand of DNA in his body says he's a man. If he's a man, and he thinks he's a woman, then he has a mental disorder. Our true heroes are our military personnell and our law enforcement officers who put on the uniform everyday. - Editor
How do you feel about the lgbt community?: I don't feel any different from the lbgt community than I do about any other community. No, I don't agree with homosexuality. I know people who are gay, and honestly, they're some of the nicest and easiest people I've ever had to work with. What two people do with eachother romantically is their own business and NOT mine. - Editor
How do you feel about the Canadian Ted Cruz?: I think Ted's a great guy and if he's the Republican nominee then I'll vote for him to be president. - Editor
Why isn't Trump a good bet?: I think Trump would make a phenomenal president and is what our country needs. Whether or not he gets the nomination remains to be seen. - Editor
Why can't Hillary be awesome?: Because she's a corrupted power hungry habitual liar. She CONSTANTLY tries to divide our nation against itself with her speeches (women against men, blacks against whites, rich against poor). Hillary constantly fans flames based on narratives that are lies (but, again, LIES is what Hillary is all about). - Editor
If Christians believe all that the Bible says, why are so many accepting of their friends that are living together but not married, and others that are gay?: Christians aren't perfect. Secondly, there are those who claim to be Christians but really aren't. Perhaps some like keeping one foot in the world, and one foot in line with Christ's teachings? - Editor
Holy cow!! Ole' Evel Kneivel would have been proud of the distance on that jump!!! Gotta deduct a few points for hitting the truck on the landing but definitely a great parking job...right to the front door!!! Pretty dang impressive!! BUTTTT major man points lost on the "kitty Kat" paint job and interior...Come onnnnnn mannnnn!!!! What were you thinking!!!! LOLOL!!! Thanks again for all your reporting, those of us that live far away love catching up on all the hometown news!!! Keep up the good work!!!
Do you think this is what she had in mind? Watching that video and seeing her get pepper sprayed made my day. I love seeing these college kids get a taste of their own medicine. What are your thoughts??
I think that the spray is good for her. Helps her get a more rounded education and toughen up for real life (for when she gets out of college fantasy world). - Editor
First of all, Ted Cruz is a embarrassment to the state of Texas. As is Rick Perry. But in the argument against global warming. That's just a talking point that the polluters of this country has told the right to say and believe. You have no idea how much of tax payers money goes to cleaning up the pollution. Lets just say there is no global warming. It would still be a good idea for this world and future generations to go to clean energy, don't you think
I like Ted Cruz. I don't have a problem with him. As far as going with clean energy, sure. We should continue to research for clean energy. But senseless government taxation and burden on the citizens does absolutely nothing helpful, and actually makes things worse. - Editor
Willie, I'm sure after reading Tyler 2 cents you probably feel exactly how Ted Cruz felt with that kid in the video. Like Ted you handled his retarded moment well and with class. I would say that this kid is a prime example from what you added in your article. Except for the fact clearly he is not educated and makes you realize why the left uses a Jackass as their mascot. TYLER! PLEASE DO NOT PROCREATE AND JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS!!!
LOL! Thank you, James. :D - Editor
Willie your soap box sounds so simple because it is simple minded. You're literally basking in your prideful ignorance and smearing your feces against the nearest wall with contempt. Climate change currently kills half a million people globally and has ended more empires and civilizations than can be counted. You're so dim you probably think the Holocene Extinction Event a big global scheme of educated people to take your firearms. Your descendants should remember you with shame. All hail Willie, proud of his ignorance with malice toward many.
OH MY GOODNESS! Where do you get these ridiculous numbers? Are you talking about climate change? Earthquakes? Hurricanes and tornadoes? All of the above? If so, how do you intend to stop them? With bigger government bearing down on us? Let me guess, emmissions testing on our vehicles, outlawing lawn mowers and airconditioning will stop these things. Do you really believe this? The sky is falling, Tyler! Run for the hills! - Editor
I think you described people like yourself.
Willie, once again you knocked it out of the park. I really enjoy the soap box articles. It baffles me how many people support Killary and this socialist. It takes a true idiot to support him while socialist countries are failing. the only people I know that support him live at home with mommy or sponge from mommy while in college. Ted Cruz is the man. He imo is about as true as you can get as a politician. He could bring a lot of good back to washington. I wish you could do these once a week.
If they called Donald Trump rally a "job fair" stop the protesters from going.
Thank you for the kind words and for being a reader! - Editor
I was very lucky each time I was in college, (I have two and a half degree's). Almost all my professors believed in creation, even my psychology professor. The one professor that I have to this day the most respect for, was my A & P professor at Angelina College in Lufkin. He proved that God created man. The proof he showed us, is far too detailed to put in a email. It started with a atom and ended with a human, as he called it "God's perfect design". Thanks for all you do Willie. The door greeter at Wal*Mart.
Ah yes, I remember you. Thank you! - Editor
I am 63 yrs old. I went too college when i was in my 30's. One professor cautioned us too be very wary of what we were taught. I did not complete college. Her statement has stuck with me. What you learn in a book needs too apply in every day life. Some folks cannot tell the difference. I have met very few college graduates I respect.
Pretty much LISD has been forcing students into AEP(Alternative Education Program) to manipulate the school's star system for UIL competition so they would face schools that would allow them to boost their chances of winning games so they could get more funding, mainly for the sake of football. How many years has LISD been doing this? Our daughter was one of the students affected by this. This school's greed has cost students their futures, their college education and who knows what else...all for the sake of money and football. Children's futures thrown aside like trash for a game? Now that we see LISD have gotten busted doing this, how about we see some accountability too? Sadly, there is none to be found, only a paltry 2 year probation sentence that doesn't mean anything in the grand scheme of things. Worse than the lack of accountability and integrity is the silence of the town and county. Where's the town outrage? Where's the calling for head's of school board members who approved this manipulation tactic? Why isn't anything being done that will help the children that have been railroaded by a corrupt school system?
You put a false statement in your headlines and I wish you would take the time to correct this. UIL did not slap the LISD Football Program with 2 years probation, they "slapped" LISD with 2 years probation. I hate that you are zeroing in on the Football Program for some reason. The Football program did not do this and I feel like you are just drawing negative attention to our Football Program. LISD is on 2 years Probation for what they did. Please consider wording your heading differently.
Sorry about that. I was going by what the article said. I'll fix it. - Editor
Jason V. Boone
Just wanted to throw my "2 cents" in from lil 'ol Rhode Island. I had the pleasure of speaking with Willie on Wednesday and I do have to say......awesome guy. He is very down to earth but firm and respectful in what he does. I looked at the website for 4 hours and found myself feeling like a member of Polk County!!! Keep up the great work and best wishes to everyone in the community!!!
Hey, I was one of the students who was transported to the hospital. I remember I turned around and she was about 20ft away and carrying a constant speed of 80+ and I was like "she's gonna hit us, she's gonna hit us" she kept getting closer and closer at a constant pace and then I turned around and bam! The impact came...I flew up out of the seat landed on the top of the back of the seat then fell back into the seat and hit my head. They ran x rays, and they came back negative (thank the lord) and I went home, they did tell me though that the pain will get worse over the next few days, and that I have bruising on my spinal cord but in okay I remember glass flying everywhere and the female drivers bumper flying and then the great ems employee's (very nice and caring) loaded me and and we were on our way to the hospital, I may have a mild concussion but thank god it wasn't worse, but my thought and prayers go out to the family.
While I would never wish anyone harm, Mr. Wiggington was a victim of karma. He had pulled out from a driveway (going north) on Hwy 146 right in front of our car, in a 60 mph zone, making us brake hard to avoid rear-ending him. He didn't accelerate quickly at all, nor change lanes to get out of the way. He also turned left onto Church St. (at Melbo's) right in front of a south-bound car, making that person also brake to avoid him. He wasn't using his signal lights the whole way we were behind him, and his lights weren't on for safety. Sorry this happened to him, but if he drives like that all the time, he's very lucky not to have been plastered before yesterday!
We drivers are always reminded to see and watch for motorcyclists, and "share the road". I think most of us do that. The motorcyclists who don't drive with caution, or even drive with 'attitude', sure don't help the cause for their fellow bikers.
As the mom of a Big Sandy Wildcat basketball player I just wanted to say thank you for the coverage you've recently given our boys. The Big Sandy Wildcats have always played with great integrity and great sportsmanship. Big Sandy ISD has a reputation of always turning out great basketball players. I've never left a gymnasium ashamed of my school or my team because they always reflect the very best attitude. It has been a great joy to watch this particular group of boys over the past year. They play very well together each taking his own turn to offer what he has to give to his team and his school.
The talent among these guys is tremendous and I do believe is heaven sent. The attitude of our players is always good and positive. Attitude reflects leadership and I can honestly say that coach Kevin Foster has been a wonderful leader for the Big Sandy Wildcats. I have always been proud to be a Wildcat mom. I am of course hopeful that are wildcats will make it back to the state tournament again this year, as many know we have a whole team of seniors except for one and this will be their last chance for first place in state. For this family it wouldn't just mean first place for a player but also for a coach since our oldest son is the assistant coach and our youngest son is a player.
Please pray for our team and coaches as they continue this journey and hopefully finish it in San Antonio with a first place trophy. With appreciation...
Bad Taxi Service
Here is my rant for the day. There is a cab service here in town that I will not mention any name in particular. I know someone who had no other choice but to take a cab to town to do errands. She was charged $14.00 one way. Well another time the same cab company charged her $40 dollars one way. When she questioned why was there such a huge price difference she was told that the driver was the supervisor and that she can charge whatever she wanted. What the hell? When she complained to the owner he told her the same thing. When she didnt have the correct amount, she was told that she can go to jail. So guess what? They held her wallet and other personal belongings until it was paid. I have a few words for the owner, shame on you. Cause you are suppose to be a Christian man. I know how real Christian people act and by all means they dont act like this. For the record, she will never ride in that cab again.
Nelva Cain Livingston My rant for today! Why are some stories run and some stories ignored? Today, Thursday, 1/25/16, around 9 am, there was a SUV vs bicycle wreck on N. Washington close to the Polk Co. Sheriff's Dept. Why was this not covered? I think PCT covers only what it wants to cover! Polk Co. has a right to know ALL the news! My rant is over!
You are correct. We only cover stories that we want to cover. In this case, we showed up at this incident, took pictues, and the bycyclist had barely a scratch but was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons only. No big deal. So in this case WE CHOSE not to publish this story. Yes, you do have a right to know and we'll keep bringing the news when it happens. Thank you for reading, and thank you for writing to us. - Editor