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Dear Editor, We are very saddened that Jose Garcia Lara passed away from his injuries. We were in the vehicle behind the person that hit him. My husband, Michael Williams, offered his help to the paramedics and held Mr. Lara's hand and prayed for him. Mr Lara was not breathing very well and was moaning, but did not seem aware of what had happened. My husband held Mr. Lara's hand and prayed for him until the paramedics needed his help getting supplies from the van. Please let his family know that many, many people were praying for him and the lady driving the car that struck him. We continue to pray for his family and friends as they grieve the loss of Mr. Lara.
Willie, I am writing because of three recent articles in Polk County Today. Driver slams into the back of vehicle stopped for a school bus on Tuesday, September 22, three days later on Friday, September 25 and a few days later on Thursday, October 1. Is there a contest with points awarded if you can ram through the car/truck in front of you that has stopped for a school bus? Do you get extra points for texting at the point of impact, for causing a multi-vehicle accident, for injuries sustained, or for actually hitting the bus? I ask the question, because most drivers who stop and patiently wait for school busses loading and unloading children don't want to play this game, so can someone tell us how to opt out please? Each report states the driver was issued specific citations such as failure to control speed. Why no mention of a citation issued for failing to stop for a school bus, which is a serious offence in most states, with a hefty fine, several points on the driving record and higher insurance rates. Does the fact that an innocent driver blocked their path mitigate the fact that they obviously had no intention of stopping for the school bus and its precious cargo?
Well, school busses aren't the only time this happens. I've seen a number of times when there's a wreck and traffic is blocked and someone not paying attention slams someone else from behind that's sitting in blocked traffic. As far as getting cited for not stopping for a school bus, I'd have to say that since the vehicle slammed into another vehicle then the driver did stop (terrible way to stop, but they never passed the stopped school bus, so they can't be cited for that). - Editor
First have you checked to make sure her family was notified before posting pictures of her truck and blasting her name all over the internet.... also do some fact checks.... she left via life flight not via ambulance and before u blast alcohol could be smelled on her and in her truck probably should know she had a blood alcohol test done and it was negative... thanks one of her loving daughters
Family was notified before posting. She did leave via ambulance, then flown (air medical helicopter is ALSO an ambulance). If her test comes back negative, great, but the smell of alcohol was there. The story only says "alcohol SUSPSECTED". - Editor
Tammy H his eyes look crazy like the batman shooter. wonder if he was on psych drugs? ------------------------------------------ Skip Barrow
That dude reminds me of a spaced out beatnik from the 60's....... from an episode of the old "Dragnet" TV series ( yeah I know. I'm showing my age ...lol)
JLW Livingston Does anybody know if it is legal in Polk county to just dump all of your household trash on the ground? My neighbor has a huge pile of trash on the back of his place and every time it rains it washes down the draws and into the creek that crosses my place. Just don't seem right, but I don't know.
Karla Burleson Onalaska To the first poster, that is not a rule. ------------------------------------------- John Livingston There is no policy stating you can't wear your uniform in public . ------------------------------------------ Rowan Blanchard Ok, no one else is going to say it, so here goes. I thought TDCJ policy was that correctional officers could not wear their uniforms in public for this very reason.
2015 Livingston Lions Not Getting Coverage from PolkCountyToday.com
Scott Walters Alto Willie, I write this as a former Livingston Lion football player, former big school administrator and now small school principal. I also have all respect for those coaches and players who have worked so hard and spilled their hearts on a Friday night.
I'm not sure what you mean by Livingston playing larger schools due to "political reasons"? You say because of that, they have to play schools the size of Lufkin etc. That part is true, I'm just confused by the political part. As a previous administrator and teacher in Lufkin for the better part of 18 years, we played in districts where we were the smallest school not only in the district but also in 5A. We always just missed out on the cut by sometimes 15 or 20 students. It wasn't until the re-alignment a couple years ago that changed. Most of those years Lufkin did well or dominated the larger schools with its play. In fact, last year, when Lufkin dropped down, they struggled against much smaller schools. Now at Alto (200 students), we play as a 2A division I. Except for our game this week which will be against Tenaha (ranked 2A div II), all of our preseason games are against very good 3A schools (we beat Crockett badly and more than held our own against your CC Bulldogs in a scrimmage, missed that coverage by the way). Some of these schools are 2 times larger than us. We are currently 4-0. My point in all this is to say that I'm not sure it's good enough just to say that you won't cover Livingston because they play schools larger than them. If that's the case than be mad and UIL and spread the love. I respect what you do and think you serve a great purpose for Polk County but I don't think it's good enough to say, I don't cover Livingston because they are in a stacked district. But back to my original question? What's political about the realignment?
Well, I could be wrong, but as a man who's not on the inside of these things, I can't imagine why LISD would be playing such large schools. That simply doesn't stand to reason. Who are the people that make these determinations when they realign? I don't know them. Hypothetically speaking, what if the district gets more financial assistance for being in a larger district? That could be political. - Editor ---------------------------------------------- Ashley Combs Livingston I'm not understanding some of these statements in these letters about the Livingston Lions. Statements about how you don't support them and about how bad you are treating them. People please stop making this a personal attack on the Lions. It's not. Nowhere has he ever said that he didn't support them, nowhere does he mistreat them. I can almost promise that in the near future when he does happen to cover a Lions game, he's the one that will be mistreated with nasty letters. --------------------------------------- Margie West
Willie,Here we ago again more belly aching from parents and other citizens because Livingston isn't in your spot light. I applaud you for everything you do. So Livingston isn't getting the football coverage this year who cares. I haven't once seen a post of belly aching because basketball, golf, softball, baseball, tennis, and all the other sports and activities haven't had a weekly following, only in football. If a parent wants their child and their team to be on your page they should help you. Everyone in this day and age has cell phones and I know there are lots of pictures being taken on these cell phones. In the time that a person took to write their belly aching post to you they could of sent you a summary of the game. I haven't been to a game in a few years as my children are out of school, and yes they attended Livingston from K-12th grade, but I know when I went they were always announcing who did what with the ball and for how many yards. Start taking notes parents and sending in your own report. Last I checked this county had what 6 school districts within the boundaries of Polk County. That is an awful lot of coverage for one individual, 1,100 square miles according to Wikipedia. So parents of any child in an extracurricular activity school related or other if you want individuals such as myself to read and see your child don't expect it to be Willie who travels all those miles. How about instead of belly aching help a man out and send the information? Just my opinion.
--------------------------------------------- Ben Barrow Leggett Willie , I agree with you on so many things but I have just got to say you are wrong on this. This county and community are like a family and family does not give attention to one child who is doing exceptionally well and ignore another child because they are struggling and don’t do as well. That is condescending and demeaning. As was stated those kiddos cant help their circumstance. Just getting out there and giving it there all when they no the odds are against them every week says a lot. That shows self respect and character. And lord knows we could use more of that in these times. ---------------------------------------------- Valerie S Livingston I've seen the other complaints about your lack of coverage of the Lions and your responses. The most recent says "I can only cover 1 team per week. The Bulldogs are hitting on all cylinders and are a part of Polk county." Ok given, they are part of Polk county, you have given full coverage to both games they have played without even a mention of the score of Livingstons games. The "political reasons" you cite as to why it's ok to ignore the effort and heart of these kids is ridiculous. Even if they were the worst team in the state, they're still kids doing their best and deserve acknowledgement. These kids don't get to choose who they play and deserve just as much attention as the other teams in the county you claim to cover fairly. No one is asking for you to stop covering Corrigan, just be fair to Livingston boys and cover them too. I know your comment to that will be you can't be 2 places at once. You don't have to be, go to Corrigan, but get the highlights from Livingston from one of your affiliates or the newspaper or whatever, and stop ignoring them. I usually agree with you and have even defended you and the job you do on several occasions, though I don't even know you. I am very disappointed at the treatment of these boys and don't even have a child playing. I hope you consider this and rethink your treatment of these kids who are just as deserving as the Bulldogs that you love so much. Thank you for your time.
Bottome line, we simply don't have the staff to cover two games per week. As things currently stand, Corrigan gets the coverage. Valerie, maybe you can email a writeup of the game each week. We'll post it. - Editor ----------------------------------------- Adron Seward Proud Lion Parent, Livingston Willie, I normally don't comment on any of this and roll my eyes when others are blasting you for anything. However, this time I have to say I don't agree with your reasoning.... My son plays on the varsity team and we couldn't be more proud of him and his team mates... They work harder than most can ever imagine...and while you are right they are paired up with much larger teams that is not by any means the players faults at all. They deserve support if for no other reason because they have chosen to be so dedicated in something positive.... They are all dedicated and give it their all despite political decisions others have made for them ...they still press on... While they may not win every game they are still deserving of praise for what they are doing as do the other schools in the county... I realize that you cannot be at all of the schools at the same time but it wouldn't be that difficult to give our boys a little support... Because they have just as much heart as the Corrigan Bulldogs despite decisions made for them... That in itself should be reason enough to show the KIDS they have the support of our community win or lose....because they have chosen athletics and football when in this crazy world we live in...it'd be easier to give up because they have been paired with much larger teams...but they are not giving up..
I understand your point of view, however, we can only cover 1 team per week. The Bulldogs are hitting on all cylinders and they are part of Polk County. In all the times we've been covering Livingston, the good folks in Corrigan never complained. Maybe it's their turn to get some of the coverage. - Editor ------------------------------------------------ Tammy Flowers
Dear Editor, Can you please tell us why there is nothing about Livingston ISD football games? We never see it and last night 9-4-15 was our first real game but we are not seeing anything. I was there but some people were not and would like to know who won or lost and if there are any pics taken can you please put some with the JROTC students they help out but putting up and down the Lion dome that the football players run throw are never showen in any pictures just the ones that hold the flags are always showen..
Football and a JROTC parent
We love the Lions, however, due political reasons (apparently), the Lions are playing schools the size of Lufkin. These schools have larger talent pools to choose from and are able to produce bigger teams. In short, the Lions, while they're a good team, are overmatched by playing much larger schools. On the other hand, the Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs are destroying everyone in their path, thus, they get the coverage. - Editor
Concerned Citizen Denver, Colorado I don't know what's scarier, a elderly person behind the wheel or a drunk.. Both are just as dangerous..
Bad Water Utility Service?
Christine Hurta I don't know that this is a "hard hitting story" but it's super frustrating and I guess I just am hoping maybe some public attention will get the issue resolved faster. I live in Livingston Air Park Estates and since Monday we have not had water. At first you couldn't get anyone to answer the phones, then when they did they said there is a leak somewhere and that part of the grid has water and part doesn't. Tuesday afternoon I was told they had it narrowed down to 3 subdivisions. Arriving home from a long day of work and feeling yuck at 930pm you can imagine my frustration at still no water. I drove around the subdivisions the receptionist had named as potential problem sights and saw Nothing to suggest work being done anywhere. Wednesday I set out at 630am with the same goal in mind hoping to be able to give Romark Utilities the benefit of the doubt that they were out working but Nope no where to be seen. I went by their offices at 7am and same thing Not a vehicle in sight. At lunch on Wednesday the receptionist assured me they had located the problem and we would have water by 3pm...well it's 7amThursdayand that's right you guessed it still no water. I have no idea how many other homes are without but as a single mom of two little boys with No water to bathe them, brush their teeth, wash laundry, flush toilets, wash dishes and the list goes on its becoming more then unacceptable. I think the worse part is the lack of urgency on Romarks part. Why are they not out working late or early morning to resolve the problem Lord knows we pay enough in water bills to expect Good service. How do we hold these people accountable when we are at their mercy to Do their Job!?!
Shirley Brock The last several weeks has shown what we Americans are in lot of the tragedies that we had face with Our law enforcements being the bunt of criticism for doing their jobs we stand together in unity and solidarity a nation under God A loving caring hard-working law-abiding people that care for ou fellow man. those that are so full of hate and rage &uncaring Desires only to cause disaster of rioting burning and destroying a public property true out media carries it to the height. God bless America
Alan Mona sell that crap somewhere else, everybody who knows you, knows how you operate your bars and the article is probably right on. Good Job Willie
Thank you. - Editor -------------------------------------------------- Mona Staine This is the second time you have mentioned us in your column without first finding out what actually happened. This time a drunk driver was pulled over and you make reference to us without knowing the facts. First of all we pride ourselves in trying very hard to make sure no one drives out of our parking lot drunk and this time was no different. Mr. Johnson had been cut off about an hour before he left and was taking other peoples drinks off of tables and drinking them. We asked him to leave with his wife who was suppose to drive and we observed her getting into the drivers side and felt confident that he was not driving and only after seeing your article did we realize that at some point she must have allowed him to take over and drive. Unfortunately we are unable to make people do right after they have left our lot. The last time was about a year or so ago when two young men came in one of which was always the designated driver and his friend who had been drinking at another bar and was intoxicated when he walked through the door and being responsible we tried to sober him up and did not serve him while he was at our bar, made sure when they left he did not drive and on their way home he jerked the steering wheel and made them wreck. Although you stated that he was not driving you still felt it necessary to make the comment that he had been at Tumbleweed. I believe that you should make sure that you have all of the information before trying to make local businesses appear to be irresponsible. Even though we try to make sure that things like this do not happen it is evident that people are stupid when it comes to making the right decisions regarding any action they take in driving regardless of whether they are under the influence or not and I for one would appreciate your being a little more open minded. ------------------------------------------------------------------
Mike W Livingston If Johnson's wife drove the car from the scene then why wasn't she driving in the first place. If he would have caused a wreck killing someone then you would have been just as guilty. This is one of the most irresponsible things that someone can do. You not only endangered yalls lives, you endangered everyone that you passed that night. Its called being responsible. There is no excuse what so ever for him being behind the wheel when you should have been. Your lucky no one died as a result of this. Ive lost to many friends and family members due to drunks being on the road.
See one of the local county Commissioners, Tommy Overstreet, on scene and doing all he can to help. Commissioner Overstreet is NEVER short the task, always first to help, and looks out for all of Polk County. I hope his precinct voters realize all he does for the community, not just as Commissioner, but as a member of the community. We miss you there in Polk County my old friend! Thanks for all you do!
Tyler Latexo Willie your apparent disdain for low-income and poor Americans is reflected in this low blow at the Sands Motel. Here's a Newsflash : all kinds of people smoke weed and they do it in all sorts of places including high end hotels and resorts. Also that's not a drug bust you're just airing folks dirty laundry alongside your traffic carnage show. Have some taste.
Amy Stewart I just wanted to say I love reading happy Ness stories and this one made me smile. I always worry about my pups when they are in the car and it reminded me it is always safer to leave them at home. Writing from Beaumont, Texas.
Appreciation for the Reporting of PolkCountyToday.com
Thank you for your time and efforts in preparing the most awesome website in this area. Your coverage of events is top-notch and much appreciated by one who is a former resident of Livingston.
I only wish we had reporters who were as dedicated to the public’s yen for accurate and responsible reporting in the Beaumont/Silsbee/Kountze area.
Commendations and Accolades are in order!!!!!
Thank you very much. We enjoy what we do. We're not perfect, but we strive to be. - Editor
I would like to sincerely thank everyone that took part in helping my baby sister Rhonda Morgan Adams , she was the girl involved in motorcycle accident August 14, she is doing better she has a rod in her left leg, 17 staples in her forehead, thanks to God and the medical personnel and the state troopers.
Charolette Patterson Very well put Willie P. Openshaw! I'm disappointed you didn't get to come to Bobby's today. Hope I get another chance. I'm proud of your success with the "newspaper". Love, Aunt Charlotte
Lisa Shepherd Hello, I am Andrea piwko`s mother, Lisa Henderson. Her stepfather, George Henderson and I appreciate everything Polk and San Jacinto citizens, churches and policeman have done to help Andrea and us and continue to do. We don't share Andreas biological dad, piwco`s Opinion. ----------------------------------------------- Teresa Shepherd To Mr. Piwko, I'm sorry but I find you blaming the community for your daughter's death outrageous. I have lived in Shepherd for over 40 years. I raised my sons in Shepherd, which were very good friends with your daughter. This community has been the support system to get this family through this most difficult time. I love the family like they are part of my own. I have seen first hand the struggles and sacrifices that they went through during a dark time in your daughter's life. Not once did they ever threaten to wash their hands of her. If you really want to point fingers of blame, then blame the sorry SOB that took her life. We all love and miss her very much. ----------------------------------------- Daniel West Livingston 1st off let me say I am sorry for your daughters life being taken so early.. But her life was not the fault of the county here...The police and sheriffs dept.do the best they can with the laws that are written by the STATE Alot of times they arrest them and the people are right back on the street. I TOO went to school here since the 2nd grade and now have 2 girls myself and this place has always been home.I swore I would leave this place and I have a few times just to find myself back here eventually. ITS ALOT better than some other towns out there..(Houston,San Antonio) But for you to sit here and basically put the blame on everything that occurs here is not right. People make their own decisions in life and put themselves in situations they dont need to be in and some choose to stay in that situation. SO how is that the countys,,media,,church's fault?? Again Im sorry for your daughters life and I bet alot of people loved her but I too love my county I may not agree with some things that happen but it could be alot worse here. Not F'n ashamed (as you put it) of my town ----------------------------------------------- JR Livingston Mr. Piwco, I am so terribly sorry for the loss and and pain your family is going through right now, you are in my heart and prayers. Respectfully, ---------------------------------------------- Janet Webber I found out at church this morning that 2 weeks ago this young woman gave her life to Christ. She was to be baptized this morning. This tells me that the Lord is at work in this community. Pastor Jennings took the time to counsel this woman & the church received her with love. Yes, the community is filled with corruption & addiction, but you have to remove the blinders to see God's hand at work. Thank you Jesus for saving this woman's soul! May her family find comfort that she's with the Lord now. ------------------------------------------- Ron Piwco When are the community and church leaders (and media) out there in east Texas going to step up and actually acknowledge and deal with the obvious? Your precious piney woods have forever been a drug and physical abuse haven. It's the "unspoken" culture that Jesus is suppose to fix, right? I know the level of dereliction. I went to school there. Couldn't wait to escape. Regretfully, I lost a few children via divorce that were left there, in your care. Yes, YOUR care. According to law and otherwise. My daughter just died a lengthy and horrible death. I'm pretty sure most of you were within 30 minutes of wherever she was. F'n shame on you. Gotta keep that church-going local leader BS image up, right? Yeah. God bless East Texas. You all keep talking yourself into that. My daughter is dead.
---------------------------------------------- Alicia Ross Shepherd "Who would've known, that you'd have to go so suddenly, so fast How could it be, that our sweet memories would be all, all that we have left? Now that you're gone, every day I go on (I go on) But life's just not the same (life's just not the same) I'm so empty inside, And my tears I can't hide But I'll try, I'll try to face the pain"
Never will I question God , but Never will I understand why things happen the way that they do. You've touched so many lives in a way that you probably didn't even imagine. You're now gone out of this cold cruel world that we live in. I pray that justice will be served, and that your family stays strong. We love you baby girl. Sleep in peace.
Copeland Can't help but notice that the Meth heads have collapsed cheeks, they are probably very twitchy in person as well! Want to throw your health and life away, do drugs!
Grandmother Disgruntled with Child Protective Services (CPS)
Margaret Fernandez OK 4 years ago my only granddaughter was taken from me by the Cps based on a "report" that she was being physically abused by me. Funny thing when the investigator came out she did not examine my granddaughter or even look at her. There were pictures, no police reports, no doctors report, hell I wasn't even charged or convinced, BECAUSE THERE WAS NO ABUSE. Just based on what someone said. But here the kicker. Recently I found out that my 5 year old autistic grandson is being physically abused by his mother's boy toy. We have pictures. It has been reported in to the sheriff's department was the pictures and the GOOD OLD CPS office and nothing is being done. I spoke to the Cps officer who is handling this and she said that she is closing the case because of lack of evidence. My grandson continues to live in hell with his mom and that POS. No justice for my grandbaby.
Rachel Gerald I was scrolling through the pictures of this story and got to the one with the 2 children swimming where a BODY was just pulled from the water, my stomach turned. How completely tasteless in my opinion.
Linda Hughett This is my niece and great niece in this vehicle. Both are doing well. But please don't crusify her on-line when you don't have all the facts. Everything is hearsay and innocent until proven guilty. We live in colmesneil. Her 10yr old was at her dad's. She had to go pick her up and take her to the hospital because she had been sick at her stomach for two weeks and I one would take her to the doctor. So don't fault her for being a bad mom when she was trying to care for her sick child that was two hours away.
No distortions here, ma'am. Just reporting the facts of the story. - Editor
Jennifer Onalaska That woman is 25???? Or do you mean 52?? She looks more like 52+ yrs of age.. and he too looks just as old and not 35... My mother is 55 and she looks way younger than her. Kids, stay off the hard drugs, tobacco, and alcohol! Just want to make sure I was reading those numbers right..
Angie lester Livingston YOU GO MR BLUM! zip ties should be handed out free at all corner stores for this reason....heck not everyone can afford a gun and or not all situations give us the right to use a gun and not go to prison...having the right to cuff soneone cant hurt you or them lol....I hope this dope being a crook felt like a winnie lol..needs to be more people like mr blum :-)
TwilaJCR In response to Ron... My news doesn't come from FOX or only defense contractors. Most of it comes from the indigenous people. Peshmarga, YPG & YPJ send out info to the world daily. Somes info comes from Irbil and some from former residents of Mosul, now living wherever they can. The Assyrian Christians are being annihilated. The Kurds are not in bed with Iran. That statement indicates you are not informed in the least concerning the area. Iran hangs Kurds regularly for being Kurds. Assad is in bed with Iran. Iran just "lent" him another $1 billion so he can keep going. Baghdad is predominately Shia, like Iran. While the post-war government in Iraq needed a great deal of improvement Obama has not made one good decision concerning the Mid-East. His policies created the power vacuum that allowed the terrorists to flourish. The military has been purged of any that disagreed with him. -------------------------------------------------- Jasper Jones Livingston I agree with TJ.We need to take care of our own people first.All the aid we give away to these foreign countries,we could use over here.We need to let the rest of the world take care of their own business and stay out of it.As a tax payer I'm tired of supporting everyone in the world. ------------------------------------------------- Ronald Vanosdol Thanks for the info. Fox news is not a reliable news source. They like to make it up as they go. Judging how president Obama has made decisions in the past, it would be safe to say that he is making the decisions and not the defense contractors. President Obama has many smart advisers around him. There definitely has to be a reason to not arm the kurds. Maybe they are to far in bed with Iran. Who knows, I think I will let the professions sort this out.
So Fox News just makes it up as they go huh?... LOL! Okay. - Editor ------------------------------------------- TwilaJCR
In response to Ronald Vanosdol: It is true. For sometime, the administration has played politics with the ISIS and all terrorist issues. Contrary to his inflated opinion of himself, Obama has not clue about the Mid-East and is being played like a violin. The U.S. Senate voted 54-45 to directly arm the Kurds. However, a 60 vote majority is required. Obama pressured most of the Democrats to vote "Nay." The Obama administration has insisted funding and/or arms be funneled through Baghdad. Most of the money and the very best of the arms go and have gone to the Iraqi Army. To quote one who is working with Christian Militia in the area, "The Iraqi Army makes very good runners, but not very good fighters." As difficult as it is to believe, there are a number of organizations and factions that don't want the Kurds to be armed. One right here in the United States. The American Mesopotamian Organization, AMO, a California PAC, lobbies to prevent direct funding to any Kurdish Forces. Turkey has a large Kurdish population which they have kept suppressed for decades. Obama caters to Erdogan. Syria is totally fractured. The Kurdish Syrian forces are the only reliable defense in Northern Syria. The Obama Administration and The Government of Iraq in Baghdad want absolute control. Baghdad is supposed to pass arms and funds on to the autonomous Regional Governorate of Kurdistan, Northern Iraq. So far the Kurds have received little of what was ear marked for them. The United States provided $500 Million to train Syrians to fight ISIS. Only 100 have been trained. A private volunteer company, Sons of Liberty International trained 300 Assyrians and only spent $50,000 received from public donations. The United States is making it difficult for not only the Kurds, but other militia formed to protect their homes and families from ISIS to be funded, trained or armed. Iraq is forcing most of them to align with the Popular Mobilization Forces. PMF is a quasi-official shia militia, and the Christians have to be under their command. The Christians brigade receives only two weeks of training before being deemed battle-ready. The Christian Militia have been privately funded, most from USA donations. Yet they are having to align with the PMF. Obama kowtows to the most corrupt politicians in the Mid-East. A vain person is the slave of flattery. I can give your pages and pages to support this. Some I cannot give you because the people are on the ground over there.
------------------------------------------------------ TJ Livingston In my personal opinion we have no business being over there! I think instead we should deal with our own problems at home and not concern ourselves with anything militarily other than direct territorial self defense and the halting of illegal immigration. I also believe it is in our nations best interest to stop all foreign aid and instead worry about picking up the pieces of our broken country and putting them back together again. ------------------------------------------------------- Ronald Vanosdol Willie, A creditable news source always checks and verifies its sources. Did you do any research on this subject or did you just copy and paste this information from fox news. I hope you didn't just copy and paste. That would be terrible reporting on your part. I copied and pasted nothing. I simply stated my opinion, and provided a link to the story. - Editor ------------------------------------------------------------ Etta Evans
Dear Sir, you are dead on. Pitiful Nero that is manning the White House is a total disgrace to our once glorious country. I sincerely doubt there will be a “next” President. This one is doing his best to create a situation where he can invoke martial law and become a forever dictator.
I am sick to death of his evil ways and those of his wife, who has somehow decided she is second in command. I am tired of our do nothing Congress who should have impeached him several years ago. It seems that instead of working for the good of our country they are more interested in lining their pockets, enjoying all those free vacations and looking forward to retiring at full salary. How many of the hard working Americans that have made this country what it was can enjoy the same perks? I feel for the Congressman that are trying to do good and love their country but seem to have too much opposition.
A lot of this is due to greed. How many people can afford a new vehicle now? Prices are ridiculous because the people making the cars are making $30-50 per hour and the ones buying them are making $10-20 per hr. No wonder so many jobs have gone south of the border. About the only autos the common man can afford are the ones made by foreigners. There needs to be an adjustment made somewhere as we are pricing ourselves out of the market and thus there will be more jobs going over the border.
When I go to the grocery store I read every label. We can’t even buy food grown and manufactured in this country anymore. Fish from Viet Nam, food from Honduras, Mexico, China and many other places and who knows what kind of pesticides they use and how clean are their plants? Now they are talking about sending chickens to china to be processed and then sent back here for sale to our grocery stores and the worst is there will be NO LABELING to tell us where it comes from.
Many of our medicines are made in foreign countries now too. I wonder why the raise in cases of autism and other strange diseases that we thought were eradicated but now seem to be coming back, I assume because of all the unvaccinated illegals crossing our borders and they aren’t all from Mexico either.
I will too now get off my soapbox. Keep up the good work and maybe a few folks will wake up.
------------------------------------------- Dennis Livingston Obama got us all looking at his right hand while his left hand is definitely up to something. I think personally that America can fail from within. He's done nothing to bring this Country back together. Possibly encouraging problems so he can impose Marshal Law? -------------------------------------------- TwilaJCR IMHO, the attempt to block weapons from reaching the Kurds is suborning terrorism. POTUS is making us a country that supports terrorists b y denying the most effective opponent to ISIS the weapons to keep fighting. This also opens the door for Russia. Valdimar Putin may take the opportunity to arm the Kurds because I don't think he cares a rat's tail what Turkey thinks. That big hunk of Kurdish land should never have been given to Turkey in the first place. Erdogan is saber rattling toward Syria on the guise of going after ISIS. It's the Kurds that rat is after.
NBC Dumps Donald Trump of His Remarks on Immigration
Jasper Jones Livingston It is really a shame that our country has come to this.when our government and other big business take up for people who are breaking the law.when you sneak into the USA you are a lawbreaker.and if you say anything then the media acts like you committed a major sin. You can go into a church and kill people and all anyone is worried about is a flag.our country is not headed in a very good direction at all. Donald trump spoke what most people consider to be true but don't have the guts to say. The media in our country has done a very good job of brainwashing our young people and even some older ones.
C Livingston Did anyone else see a triangular object in the skies flying North to South over Livingston early Sunday morning? I live off of 2457 and saw it between 5:37 - 5:45 AM. It flew approx. 20 - 25 yards over the tree line. The lights are what first caught my attention, as I thought they were lightning. However they blinked in a pattern. I am hoping others saw it. No I was not dreaming, I was enjoying my first cup of coffee, lol.
It was probably a GoPro Camera drone. They come in many different shapes and brands. Most have lights for night time. They're becoming very popular. - Editor
Beth Wonderful write up! Thanks for posting this to your news site. I hope a lot of people will read it. ------------------------------------------------- BP
Livingston I have to agree with Charles A. Miller. Almost everyone in America has been brain washed by their "Puppet Masters" to hate the Confederate flag and to blame the Southern states for Slavery even though it is a true fact that the Northern states as well as African Americans also owned Slaves. Whites were also slaves at one time in History. Why are we NOT told the truth in our Media and in our School systems the true facts? Because it is a method that the Puppet Masters use to control the "Sheeple". Up to one-half of all the arrivals in the American colonies were White slaves and they were America’s FIRST slaves.When White servitude is acknowledged as having existed in America, it is almost always termed as temporary “indentured servitude”. Whites were auctioned on the block with children sold and separated from their parents and wives sold and separated from their husbands.Free African American property owners strutted the streets of northern and southern American cities while White slaves were worked to death in the sugar mills of Barbados and Jamaica and the plantations of Virginia.In 1924 the Research Department of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History completed a study of the free African American slave owners found in the 1830 U. S. Federal Census. The study found that there were 3,777 African American slave owners in the United States.What about Slaves in Africa? Why is there no outrage or any exposure of it by the NAACP, SPLC, ADL, or Rev. Al Sharpton or by Jessie Jackson? The first slave owner in America was Anthony Johnson a black man that went to court in 1654 to keep his black indentured servant John Casor. In 1655 the court ruled that Anthony Johnson could hold John casor forever.Thus Casor became the very first slave in America and Anthony Johnson a black man the first slave owner.Do your own research you will find all that i have said here to be true. Once again, the Confederate flag is not the flag of slavery. Do not be fooled by your puppet masters!
----------------------------------- Ronald Vanosdol The flag belongs in a museum. There have been several flags that have flown over Texas, Spain, French and Mexican flag. If they flew the Mexican flag over the state house that would surly ruffle some feathers. What makes the confederate flag any more important than the Mexican flag. They were both defeated and surrendered. -------------------------------------- Johnny Livingston This is a joke right? That flag no more means what it use to, much like the swastca was twisted by the Nazis, that flag has been used for to long and unchallenged by hate groups around the world. That flag lost the meaning that is trying to be portrayed here many many years ago. I hate to label people with broad strokes, but in this case it seems the right are fighting hard for the flag of a failed secession and nation that has turned into a symbol of hate. You want a flag that represents what is portrayed in this artacul try the flag of Finland you secesed from Hitler Germany or Ireland or even the Texas flag. ------------------------------------------- Jasper Jones Livingston This flag was a battle flag,every state that was in the confederacy carried their own state flag but when they went into battle they also carried the stars and bars flag.later after the war,the flag was taken and used for something that it was not intended for.the man who wrote the article you printed got it right.
Kathleen Atkins This is in reference to the article this morning at 5:45 am of an 18-wheeler overturning. The story written gave an OPINION that the driver possibly fell asleep. Now, fast forward to 4:40 pm the same day, in the SAME EXACT AREA, a SECOND 18-wheeler overturns.
SAME PLACE, different driver! Whoever wrote the first article should keep quiet until ALL of the facts are investigated. Thank God that both drivers survived!
Well, that's why we said POSSIBLY fell asleep. Never stated it as fact. Secondly, the driver might have fell asleep. You don't know. (note: MIGHT have fell asleep) - Editor
Bobbie S. Conger The young man David Howell is my nephew. He is in good condition and expected to make a full recovery. He has a neck injury- head laceration- and a serious burn but there are no life threatening injuries. David is about to be a father for the first time in August. We are very thankful his little boy will have his Dad there when he makes his appearance.
Louise Van Vleck, PLS Onalaska What an excellent choice by 411th District Judge Kaycee Jones and 258th District Judge Ernest McClendon in their appointment of Bobbye Richards to fill the unexpired term of Polk County District Clerk! Having worked with Bobbye for the last several years, she is without a doubt one of the most qualified legal professionals I have ever had the opportunity to work with – and believe me, I’ve worked with many throughout my career in the Houston/Dallas legal community. First-hand, I’ve observed Bobbye’s kind nature, unique organizational and management skills, ethics and exceptional legal knowledge. What an asset to Polk County Bobbye Richards will be! Oh, and did I say what great grit, stamina and determination Bobbye brings to any project! Wishing only the very best to my friend Bobbye Richards!
RNN Moscow Glacier Water dispenser. Do you know where the water they sell is coming from? Isn't it hooked up to the same water line that supplies the grocery store where the dispenser is located? There sure isn't a big water holding tank located on the property that is filled by the Glacier Water Company. The machine that dispenses the water probably has a filter that the water goes through but how often is that filter serviced? Since both those stores are right in town, they are probably on the Livingston Water Supply line. Water from a well or from Lake Livingston? Might want to just invest in a water filter system that fits on your kitchen faucet or buy bottled water from the store. The Glacier machines are serviced about every 3 to 4 days. - Editor --------------------------------------------- Judy Neilson Pointblank Just got through reading about the trash on the lake and my suggestion would be to fine anyone who throws any plastic bottles, paper or other debris on the water or in the water or leaves their garbage at a campsite or on an island. I bet if there were a fine for this it would definitely cut back on the problem. I have seen and read many things about the plastic consumption, bottled water problem etc.. I too drink tap water and recently purchased a water filter that is supposed to last at least 40 years before the filter has to be changed. I never have cared for the tube running to the faucet, but must ignore that in order not to have so many plastic water bottles. I also purchased a large one to use for the commodes if or when there is another hurricane like Ike.. No trying to brag, but there are things people can do to help out the situation.
There are already fines in place for littering, however, the majority of litters do it out of site of the law. - Editor ------------------------------------------ Jasper Jones Livingston All I have to say is what a shame.We live in such a pretty place and people just don't seem to care.the sides of our roads are not much better.they are full of beer cans,soda cans and fast food wrappers,plastic bags and all sorts of other trash.I wish I had a answer as how to stop it. ---------------------------------------
Travis Ficky If you think the trash is bad in the lake, it will never be as bad as the Houston Ship Channel. There is actually water under there. This is the main turning basin where Buffalo Bayou empties from downtown and the ship channel starts.
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It`s all because of out of towners and outsiders. You should know that by now. Just look on livingstonitown.com for the answers. Hell even one super genius even blames the Canadians. One of the CLEANEST countries on the earth. The fact is I seen this nastiness since the day I got to Ft.Hood 27 yrs ago. "Don`t mess with Texas" is a great slogan but hardly realistic. If it is in the back of a truck and blows out so what. If it is in the boat and blows out so what. That is the attitude I have noticed for 27 yrs. I have yet to see in any news media of any type in Texas a person getting a ticket for littering. The blame falls solely on the shoulders of those that do it and those that see it and don`t say anything to authorities about it. Give a hoot, don't pollute.
---------------------------------------------- Sailor Don As already noted by others, much of the litter currently floating on Lake Livingston has been washed downstream from recent flooding on the Trinity River and other creeks, streams, tributaries emptying into Lake Livingston. Much of the trash is man made (plastic bottles, glass bottles, aluminum cans, Mylar balloons, etc.). There is also a substantial amount of floating “natural debris” like driftwood, vegetation, (and dead fish). I have been living on Lake Livingston for 3 years and this is the worst trash pollution I have ever seen on the lake. The 5 gallon jugs of drinking water is a good idea. I need to get a 5 gallon water dispenser like they used to sell at WalMart before it closed. ----------------------------------------- Tom Messner Goodrich please provide info on the water dispenser and where you got started with it. i like the idea. the trash on the lake was likely the result of all the flooding and such. but, people in general, do not care, when they done with something, get rid of it instead of being responsible. that requires too much brain work. if you would send me the info via email. you can post this if you want, but mainly this is a request on the water dispenser info and all. thanks, There's 2 machines on the covered sidewalk at Livingston Brookshire Bros. and I think 2 more at Livingston HEB. The brand is Glacier. It's one of the better things I've done in a long time. - Editor ------------------------------------------------ DJG Livingston The lake and roadside litter in Polk county is deplorable. Having lived in several states that have beverage can and bottle deposits I can attest that the difference is amazing. I like most Texans don't look forward to any more government regulation but sometimes it's the only way to get things done. Obviously the "Keep Texas Beautiful" signs aren't working... If all glass, plastic and aluminum beverage containers carried a .05 or .10 cent deposit charge you would be amazed how many people would begin to think twice about disposing of them in the water or along the roadside. Additionally, when a can or bottle is worth a dime you find an awful lot of people willing to pick them up for the deposit money. Just look around the lake and any of our roads and see how much one could make in a day picking up cans and bottles. I have written my representatives in Austin several times regarding this matter and have never heard back from any of them. Maybe it's time we begin a grass roots campaign starting with our own local politicians to help implement such a program. Thank you Willy for bringing this matter to everyone's attention. You're very welcome. - Editor