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I wish to express my utmost sorrow and grief for the Neill family and friends for their loss. My son is the driver of the garbage truck. May God comfort you and be with you always.
Sad story my friend Corey! Was truly a honest friend who was funny,nice, kind caring man who gave his heart whole to anyone who needed him! Wore more weight on his shoulders than anyone I knew but handled life so gracefully. Rip buddy
J.R. I agree with Scott if you can’t take it don’t look. You are doing a great job keep up the good work !! Thanks for all the Great News.
Thank you for the job you do in reporting local news. In my opinion you do an outstanding job. If these people do not want to see your pictures they do not have to look at them. The biggest problem we have today is people wanting sugar coated news. Keep up the good work.
I grew up with Butch and he was a great guy. He married my cousin, Carla. He comes from a large family that has been in Livingston for generations. He and his family deserve much better than your amateurish trash story and your out of taste pictures. You are nothing but an ambulance chasing, *** ******, seeking attention. I can only hope that upon your demise I get to do the exact same thing to you and your family. That will be right before I pee on your grave, sir.
Dee Dee Johnson Huntsville Poor taste man, extremely poor taste. No family member wants to see a beloved relatives blood splattered over the front of a car. You need to be a little more discretionary and mindful of people's feelings. Very dissapointed.
That was my Uncle. He was more than just some blood splatter on the grill of a passenger car. He had a name, a life, a family. My Uncle, affectionately known as "Butch" had friends that knew him as more than Roy Parker. Hell, I doubt many would even know him by that name.
This article you have posted about his passing comes as a strange coincidence, two evenings ago the wife and I were discussing the pictures you chose to take and post on your distastefully titled Pickup Vs. Garbage Truck article. I'll spare you the details as I'm sure I'm not the first person to be of the opinion that your grace and skill in journalism (or photo journalism) is questionable at best.
However, I do so sorely wish that there was a way that you could see that while I understand you have a job, and that job is to report the news, the manner in which you report these stories are essentially reducing these people to heaps of twisted steel and blood stains, all in the name of increased internet traffic. I could ask "Do you have a soul?" at the risk of sounding pretentious, instead I choose to ask you this: Do you have any concept of ethics?
My Uncle, Butch, he had a brother. Hit by a train in '82. Butch had a son, only son, died in a car crash in '84. Another brother, my father, motorcycle crash in '02. A niece, car crash in 2011. Our family has seen enough. Enough blood soaked asphalt. Enough scorched metal. Enough limp, lifeless bodies.
If you had any dignity or compassion for anyone other than yourself or your own, you would think twice about the content you publish. You run the only news site in town, you don't have to go to these lengths to get your daily click goal. You aren't going to lose advertisers. And whether you choose to take anything I say to heart, you aren't going to lose my traffic on your site. But you would gain my respect. And lets be honest, the people that cruise your site to implicitly see photographs of horrible car accidents? You wouldn't want to know those people anyway.
I’m from Livingston. Grew up there. My family is from Livingston, both sides; as far back as I can tell you. So, when I see arrest records, and criminal activity being taken care of by the local police, it used to make me sad. Sad because it hurts Livingston’s community having to be wary of such things. These days, drugs and crime seems to have inundated small towns like Livingston in a flood of devastation. Seeing all those faces week, after week, month after month- it is sad. Oddly enough, now I see the arrest records as hope. How can you see such horrible incidents as hopeful you might ask? Like Mrs. Rowe in the criminal records’ column, I was once one of those dressed in the striped colored shirt. I was once one of those “bad” people seen in the criminal column (more than once I might add). Without my arrest, I would have never ended up where I am today. Today, I am the director of a non-profit called My Brother’s Keeper in Colorado Springs, CO. My wife and I have a men’s sober living home downtown. Men come there to clean themselves up and become productive citizens again. I’ve seen change happen. I’ve seen fathers get their sons back, and son’s get their fathers back. I’ve seen miracles happen when addiction yields to God’s will. And it all starts with a picture in the paper. Hopeful. That is what I see when I see the many faces that fill the paper week, after week. I see hope of change. (Special thanks to the officers of the Polk County Sheriff’s Dept. and the City Police) Shayne McDonald Director: My Brother’s Keeper  360-3847 Mybrotherskeepsoberliving.com
From Saudi Arabia
Thanks for your news. It has always been welcomed as I am in Saudi Arabia and it keeps me up to date. I shall be home soon and hope to meet you.
Thank you for being a reader, and be careful over there. - Editor
Umm no! It's ridiculous, It's legal theft. Take them to jail. Not take to jail, steal money and car... it's RIDICULOUS, willie.. I'm impressed you pulled the grateful card on me.. can you explain to me as to what was ungrateful in my previous comment?
You should be grateful that these men and women in blue put their lives on the line EVERYDAY to keep us safe. Do you know what it's like to pull over a suspicious car, filled with thugs and do a vehicle search? You think that's easy? You think these policemen are personally stealing merchandise and money from the thugs? Your initial statement WREAKS of ungrafefulness. - Editor
I just don't agree with the law that allows the arresting agency to basically steal their money and car! It's so ridiculous, but what can you do it's organized crime... it's just not right.. I guess they need all the money they can get even if they have to steal it to keep their officers in brand new top of the line patrol cars. which is a waste of good tax money.. maybe Trump can fix that too..
Ummmm... No. The policemen aren't stealing anything. Their doing their jobs. You SHOULD be grateful for that. - Editor
Our newly elected president Trump has just been sued for fraud. Whats that say for our country. We have just witnesses the biggest con job of modern times.
No, we just dodged the biggest con job in modern times. - Editor
Mr. Barrows, the information being tweeted is from a fake site called "70 News". Sec. Clinton currently stands at 1.3 million votes ahead with well more than another million to be added to her lead as soon as California turns in their additional uncounted votes. Washington state and Utah still have votes to turn in along with Michigan which has not yet been called for either party but with Mr. Trump currently ahead by less than half percent. The senate currently shows a Republican loss of 3 seats (currently @ 51) with Louisiana to vote in the runoff in Dec. They will retain a slight majority. The Republican House only lost 6 seats so they retained a sizeable majority.
Click this link below - Editor
While I hope this is true about the popular vote , I can't find any solid info to back up Judge Jeanine's claim.
The American people, by more than a 2 million vote majority, chose Sec. Clinton as their choice for our next President. Donald Trump managed to get the electoral vote. He has to live with the fact that he was indeed rejected by a majority of the citizens. Sec. Clinton WAS the people's choice. I wouldn't call that being kicked in the teeth, but if calling it that works for you, so be it.
In January the Republicans will have the White House, Control the Senate and Congress. The Supreme Court will also soon have a conservative majority. I'd say the democrats got their teeth kicked in (and it's all because of Donald Trump). - Editor
Recognition of Our Veterans
My son is a veteran and a single dad. Today he went to IHOP in Conroe to enjoy a Veteran's Day meal with my 2-year-ols grandson. When he was seated next to the older couple he was concerned about my grandson disturbing their meal. When the older couple finished eating the lady came over to my son's table and complimented him on his son's manners and behavior. They also paid for my grandson's meal. As soon as he left IHOP, my son called me bursting at the seams with pride that he is raising his son right and that someone was kind enough to compliment him on that. Such a simple thing meant so much to him. The couple is from Livingston, and I hope they will see this and know how much their kindness meant to a single father trying his best to raise a child on his own.
Bullying In Public Schools
As a grandparent of 2 boys that attend public school in Livingston I just want to say that I think that the kids face a total injustice when it comes to bullies in the school system. I have heard of many instances where they have told a teacher or an adult in the school about being bullied only to be told that they are tattling and need to stop. I have had one of the children punched in the stomach by a child 2 grades higher than him and seen nothing done. The situation does not end with the children being bullied by other children. The adults that are there to teach and guide our children are guilty of this as well. The children are grabbed and jerked around. They have these people get right up in their faces hollering at them so loudly other people can hear it in a car with windows rolled up! When asked why nothing is said to the schools I hear the same response; nothing is ever done. The child is made to face the person that they are accusing and then are left to face that person everyday of school after that. I find it hard to believe, and so do they, that the they will not face repercussions for it. If a child or minor has to face someone in a court of law, they have an advocate that is there for them and they aren't made to face that person who they may or may not see in the community after that .Is that the case for a child in school? Do they have an advocate to help them? Or are made to be in the same school for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, with the person they are accusing? The ones they feel they need protection from. If they weren't protected before this how do they feel they will be protected after this! With the rise of our children committing suicide because of being bullied it seems that something should be done. All the campaigns for stopping bullying and yet the children are more afraid to speak up than ever. No I don't have an answer to the problem. I just know that I want to see my grandchildren feeling happy and safe going to school. Safe from the children and the adults that they are required by law to be with daily. I know that children are a handful and a challenge even on a good day. Remember, they are just children. They look for people to look out for them, teach them and guide them. Our children and grandchildren deserve this.
Great to see so many young men and women out enjoying East Texas deer hunting. And a tip to the Goodrich night vision pig hunters - Nice hog. He'll look "hawgzilla" bigger if you scoot even further back!
Suspicious Person in Onalaska
I am unsure if this constitutes as news that can be put on Polk County Today, but I feel I have to try to get the word out to other people. Yesterday morning around 8:45am I was in Onalaska, Texas getting gas from Valero. While I was pumping gas I had one of my children in the car and kept it locked as I was getting gas. There was a dark colored KIA vehicle (black or dark green) that was parked parallel to the gas pumps. I noticed a white male dressed in a dark blue shirt, dark beige colored pants with a bandage on both elbows standing outside the KIA which was next to my vehicle. After a few minutes of me pumping gas and checking my oil, the man walks behind my car and over to me and starts asking me questions. Some of his questions included "This looks like a family car, have kids? Do they enjoy this area, school and everything?" I answered him politely and short. He then asks me more questions about how I enjoy the weather, location, and then hits me with the question of "Do you enjoy being alive? You like living?" The way this gentleman was walking around the back of my car, his stance, and the fact that he could tell I was a woman, possibly with kids in the vehicle and by myself along with these last two questions made me feel extremely threatened. I looked at him, stated yes of course and he shook his head up and down as he walked away from my vehicle and back to his KIA. I immediately stopped pumping gas, got into my car and called the police. I then moved away from the pump I was at, did a sort of uturn and pulled up to another pump so that I could have a better eye on the man. I noticed a few minutes later that a few officers were glancing around the building of the Valero before a police car pulled up behind him. I watched the police officer speak to the man. The man then walked and got something out of his vehicle to hand to the officer and the officer walked back to his vehicle. After a minute or so the officer returned to the man, the two spoke for a couple of minutes and then the officer left. I did not stick around to see if the man in the KIA left. Later that day I went to the police station to ask about what had occurred with the incident. I was told that the man was talked to, he was just trying to make conversation and he was told to not walk up to people and try to have conversations especially asking questions about peoples children. I was told that they know of him, have his information and if it happens again then it will be handled accordingly. I just hope that if it does indeed happen again, that the man truly means no harm. I believe that some type of warning going out to the public would help more individuals to be aware of surroundings like this and what to do in this situation, how to avoid it and so forth.
One question--- due to the Texas law and log trucks who will be responsible for the accident? The accident with a log truck in which 2 people died in Polk county due to a mechanical breakdown on roadside before sunrise was determined to be truck driver's fault. There are hours and length of logs to be considered in these accidents. The photos are really NEWS unfortunately and although I might disagree with you on posting perhaps it might save someone in the future. As Anne Frank wrote-- " there is good in most things." Last but not least it's legal to take such photos from the roadway. Ps Willie just don't start wearing a blonde wig -heels and short tight skirt or we might mistake you for one of the major networks!!!!
Ed, maybe young people need to see these kind of pictures so they can have a sense of reality. Anyway they see more blood and guts on TV than they will ever see on this site.
I'll tell you what I think. I think you shouldn't put such graphic pictures out there for the public to see. This is just a kid. If you need to make some extra money maybe you ought to take on a second job.
Will this man be charged in this accident because it is not daylight at 7:04am.
Just because it's dark outside doesn't mean you wont be charged for striking another vehicle from behind. - Editor
E. Mays, would you happen to know what trolling is? Cuzzz I gotcha.
Chris... he was not hit by that bus, he was "distracted", and he ran into the bus. This is usually what happens in life when we get distracted from the real purpose. When driving, we need to keep our eyes on what we are supposed to be doing. When living our daily lives we need to keep focused on God. Both cars and life come with "Instructions". It is man who does not follow them and bad things happen. I am sorry for the tragedy but maybe this is God's way of telling us, don't get distracted less bad things will consume you. Keep your eyes on the road, both hands on the wheel and your mind on what you are supposed to be doing. This applies to driving and our daily lives. Praying for all.
Someone complained that your pictures showed Rev Sherry's hand. That was a glove from a person on the scene helping, not Rev. Sherry's hand. I was there. All of the pictures you posted were after he was removed.
Please tell me that the one picture is not of Rev. Sherry while he was trapped in his vehicle. You can see a person and a hand and I find this very disturbing. Would be great if it could be removed. Thank you
Ummm... No. No mam. He's not in the car in that picture. - Editor
God works in mysterious ways. I'm sure him being hit by that bus was all part of some grand divine scheme...
Terry and Melvyna Allison
Pastor Jeffrey Sherry was a very smart and compassionate man. I am a better person because of being a part of The Calvery Church family. He spoke life into a dead situation in my life, I will forever be grateful. My prayers are with his Wife, Son/Daughter in law, Daughter & his Parents and Church family. He Loved big! This is a great loss to the Christian world but a fabulous gain for Heaven! U beat us Pastor Jeffery Sherry to Glory, you'll be 1 of the first when the Trumpet sounds...
I for one, Willie, am very much appreciative of this story. Myself, family and friends like to know who the scum of the city is that is pushing drugs, while we are trying to raise our children to the best of our ability. If you don't want to be blasted all over the internet with your dirty deeds, don't do them. Everything comes out in the wash at some point in life. So again, THANK YOU WILLIE!! Keep up the great work!
You're very welcome. Thank you for reading. :) - Editor
Take this down this alone is bad enough of a situation. Further more I do not wish my face or my girlfriends face blasted all over the paper. It is a violation of my rights hers and any other person that is going thru what ever it is they are going thru. Go find some real crooks and get a real story. Here let me give you a couple investigate your self seems as you just know where to pop up. Cat and mouse lol I am a dog now what.
Nobody's rights have been violated. Everything in that story (pictures and everything) was above board and absolutely legal. - Editor
Good day, I have read your story about this person Nikole Jolivet. I don't know her but she has cause a lot of trouble for me the last few months. Two months ago I bought a very expensive car. The car was then stolen in a gated neighborhood in the Houston garden oaks area. Nikole was arrested weeks later for driving the stolen car. After reading about her past history i am fairly confident that she was the one who stole the car. She is currently in Jail for this crime. Not sure why she was release from jail for the previous stolen vehicles. She put over 3000 miles on the vehicle, more than what was on the car when it was stolen. The car was severally abused with damage everywhere, and likely unidentified mechanical problems exist due to the abuse. She also heavily smoked in the car, so much so that I do not feel that they will be able to remove the stench completely. I don’t smoke and I definitely wouldn’t want to get into a car every day that smells like smoke. She appeared to be living in the car, there was food everywhere as well. There was also about $2000 dollar of cloths and other item in the car that were never recovered and that insurance does not cover. The insurance covered about $12,000 in the damage done to the car but does not cover diminished value. The car was in such bad shape that, I do not feel that I can comfortably keep the car, because the reliability and safety of the vehicle has been compromised. I honestly wish the car was never recovered. Regardless I’ve lost about $10,000 in the diminished value of the car and belongings that were in the car when it was stolen and never recovered. That amount of money is hard to stomach, and I really have a hard time accepting that loss. I don't feel that i will ever get any money back from this person Nikole. I just hope that the punishment she receives is great.
Hillary Clinton: Corrupt..Greedy..narcissistic..Self righteous..Spineless..One sided..Twisted..Snake in the grass, lying old HAG!! If Hillary Clinton is elected, our nation is SCREWED..Any normal, God fearing, morally conscience person should know better than to vote for this idiot. A little bit of research and fact checking speaks for itself. Trump may sound like a trouble making, irritated, blabber mouth billionaire during debates, but he isn't a crooked, lying politician. He has admitted his wrongs and stood his ground. He calls that psychopath out in an every day, common person way..I personally like that, and appreciate his "political uncorrectness".. Trump also has a level headed VP nominee to hold him up when he slips..Hillary and her VP are both SLOW PAINFUL DEATHTRAPS FOR THE GREAT US OF A!! Hillary has breached our National Security, and still just writes it off as a mistake..OOPSIE!!..There are many other things that this woman has failed at..She can't straight forward admit her wrong. She's screwed up so many times, she herself has lost count. How can she be trusted to run a country?..
Eloquently stated! ...and I agree! I'd vote for a bloated dead armadillo for president over hillary clinton. - Editor
Sadly these crooks are about to be put back in the White House. There are "makers" and "takers" in this world and the "takers" are now in charge. The government tit sucking crowd, a morally corrupt Democratic Party, the media, Hollywood and disengaged "makers" will once again hand this country over to those who will take us into a third world society.......... We are digging our own graves.
Thank you for sharing this video. I saw the "Hilary's America" movie at the theatre & it is very informative about the Democratic party, Obama & Hilary Clinton. I was surprised & thankful that at the theatre there were not only seniors present, but actually young people as well. At the end of the movie, the entire theatre stood up & cheered. I strongly agree with you Willie that people need to get the DVD & watch it before you vote. America is currently in the hands of greedy crooks & we the people are the only ones that can change it. God Bless America!
The word "offended" is like a national phenomena now days. It's like people are not allowed freedom of speech anymore because it may "offend" someone now. You don't want this guy called a thug then maybe you should take him in and raise him right. He shot at an officer! Not matter his color he acted as a thug. Since when does the word thug describe only those of color and not a behavior. Courtney I can understand your concern for your son growing up in this world but take a step back and realize you are a small part of the problem. Stop addressing issues by color and by actions alone. Keep on doing a great job Willie!
Thank you. - Editor
Courtney, reading your comment on being 'offended' - I can only guess you're related to this 'thug' - You seriously want respect for someone who tried to take out an officer? Totally messed up - Being called a thug is a lot nicer than what I'd call him - black or white!
Observant Livingston And how, pray tell, do you suggest a person, that shoots at police personnel be addressed?
Please, don't believe the "lives matter" hype. Those who commit thuggish acts are thugs. No one said " black thug caught". As for not knowing what happened, it's pretty clear to me that this thug shot at a police officer. I don't think that can be justified, do you?
As a concerned citizen and faithful patron of Polk county today, I find the comment in the article very offensive when the comment was made that the thug was caught...really, not all black people are thugs...nobody know the true story, but the two involved...I'm not justifying it at all because it was definitely wrong for the guy to do...he's human just like everyone else and has a name.. I would think that respect would be appreciated in this for both families involved...I live in corrigan, and in a society where African American men are being killed every week and seems like everyday...I will no longer deal with Polk county today because that was uncalled for...enough is enough...it's sad enough that another Caucasian thought it was hilarious to say he needed to be shot in the head...that really upset me...ALL LIVES MATTER and that was not necessary at all...Willie follows the Bulldogs all last year, but I guess we're not good enough for anymore and I admired him for that...I usually don't do things like this, but all this violence and senseless killing needs to stop...I have an African American son and I worry everyday about him going out in this crazy world, and the THUG comment really offended me...CAN WE ALL GET ALONG AND MEAN IT IN PUBLIC AND AS WELL BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.
The VAST MAJORITY of people killed by police are white. So going by your statements, you should be completely outraged (for white people, since YOU seem to just be looking at color). When blacks are killed, then the leftist propaganda media jumps all over it and slants the truth for the world to see, thus the unnecessary outrage. Secondly, sorry, but I just can't give any respect to a thug that senselessly tries to shoot one of our policemen who's out there protecting us. - Editor
I have noticed over the past month or so there has been wrecks over and over in that same curve. There are signs and postings all the way to the curve.... Do people just think they are there for decorations???? Slow down and take your time... Is it really worth all the pain and our hard working EMT's, Police Officers and Fire Department to save the 30 seconds it takes for someone to slow down?
Words of wisdom. - Editor
Hmmmmm I'm no Dick Tracy but there sure seems so be a lot of unanswered questions to this story...3 teenage girls with a registered 67 year old sex offender at 10 pm on a school night?????? Really???? Gotta be more to this story!!!!
The youngest was 17 (which is legally (barely) of age). - Editor
My name is Cynthia and my husband and my 2 sons attended Friday nights game. I want to say I am very proud of our Livingston Lions. Not just because they won the game, but because of the respect they showed when playing the National Anthem. I cannot however, say the same for the opponent Robert E Lee Ganders. My opinion is they were very disrespectful they were playing their fight song over the National Anthem, and allowing their players to kneel during the National Anthem. Our military and police officers go thru a lot to do their jobs to protect our country and our citizens. At least these young people could show respect because of their rights to attend school, go to college or whatever they wish to accomplish. Other countries do not have these same rights. Lets honor and respect our country. Please stand while the National Anthem is playing. Thank You
Thank you for saying something about that. I was hoping somebody would. I agree with you 100%. - Editor
How many more of these stories are we going to read about with drunk drivers? If we even went back to a dry county, this will never stop the repeat offenders. Until the law has teeth and real consequences are brought to bear, this will just continue to grab headlines and people will still be dying or injured for life. A mandatory sentence for first timers like a year in the local slammer without good behavior included, might work but then someone will scream that they have rights. No, you lose that right when you offend over and over. Losing two children to this mindless behavior is a sad tale of too little too late.
Yes 4 years ago Mr. Peters and Caleb Edwards were drinking and celebrating Kalen Peters birthday Mr. Peters gave the keys to his truck to Caleb who then drove drunk and killed my son and daughter Mr. Peters showed up on the scene and tempered with evidence and offer money to witness to say it was my son fault. Not wanting to go thru a second trial after just going thru trial with Caleb Edwards and the emotions again I agreed to 10 Years probation for Mr. Peters but since he has not brother to change his life around and to continue to drink and drive I will be pushing for him to go to prison for the remainder of his time. I am thankful no one was injured.
Wow, good work by the LPD to stop this situation from coming to fruition. But! Can we please get a Superintendent that's mildly familiar with the English language, or at least learn how to proof read a press release before they send it out to the public?! We're letting you educate our children, get it together. You're making educators look bad.
Clown in Onalaska
I'm Dan D. the clown, I'm from Livingston, tx, and I was the clown in brookshire brothers. Firstly, the manager didn't kick me out, I got my groceries and made a lot of people laugh. I never stared at anyone. As a clown I keep my distance and allows people to approach me. I'm aware of clourophobia and respect it. A few people silk my hand and a little girl have me a low five. She was a very sweet and strong young lady. Her father asked for my picture. Another father escorted me to his son whom I greeted with delight. I'm not a bad clown note a scary clown. I'm just a clown trying to show people the joy of clowns. Lastly, no one called the police the general feel of the crowd appeared to be joy. I'm no lipstick clown copycat, I am an original clown who pays homage to Frosty Little and Red Skelton. Thank you for your appreciation.
Yesterday around 5:30 pm my husband was in Brookshire bros in Onalaska and seen a person dressed up in a clown costume said it was fully dressed and had a flower in his head, Anyway this idiot walks in starring at people walks up to the front starring then up and down the aisle slowly makes his way back to the front by the deli when the manager pushes him out the door then called the cops. Just thought with all the news about the clowns' lately and the fact this happened in Onalaska you would like to know.
Oh geez. Some young punk wanting to copy cat the clown stupidness going on. - Editor
I was thinking to myself the other day. "wow its been along time since a "Peters" has been on pct and what do yeah know. Another headliner involving alcohol and a wreck. Luckily nobody lost their life this time. He justs makes me sick. Four years ago he was involved in a case that killed two people because of alcohol now here he is drinking a driving again!!!!!!!!!! I wonder what the PO is gonna think about this? Tisk tisk. Oh well you cant fix stupid. Awesome job Willie on the stories. I really enjoyed the "this is it" story.
Deryl Oates Editor, I really enjoy reading your post. I find myself always in agreement with your views, almost as if you had ask me what I was thinking. In reference to the person whom thought (THUG) was to strong, get over the political correctness. As to how he should be addressed, it should read The DECEASED THUG gunman that shot at a Corrigan Peace Officer. Thank you for your continued updated and news coverage. Take Care and Stay Safe Willie. And thank you for your service to our Most Wonderful USA.
Thank you for writing, and you're very welcome. - Editor
Willie: I admire your stance on NFL- however I will not let a few " cry babies " refusing to stand take away from my enjoyment.
The NFL charities give millions to many causes and the veterans are just one in many. I don't see a disgusting quarterback-- I see thousands standing and trying to sing the anthem--- I will not let a few be it the press or tv reporters change my opinion.
Yes you named several football greats and some even went to military. Those are what we need to see on tv --- I just can't join a boycott when there were guys like 1 Lt Jack Lummus that gave his all for this country.
Jack's father was a police officer killed in the line of duty. It left his family so poor Jack left school to help his mother--- they were so poor he couldn't afford graduation clothes. He did make it to Baylor and excelled in both baseball and football--- he later played both professional level. He returned home to Ennis to join marines with his friends.
The rest of his story:
The circumstances of Lummus's death are described graphically in the 1965 book "Iwo Jima" by Richard F. Newcomb.
After twice being knocked over by grenade blasts, the second of which resulted in shoulder wounds, Lummus continued to attack entrenched positions when "suddenly he was at the center of a powerful explosion, obscured by flying rock and dirt. As it cleared, his men saw him rising as if in a hole. A land mine had blown off both his legs that had carried him to football honors at Baylor.
"They watched in horror as he stood on the bloody stumps, calling them on. Several men, crying now, ran to him and, for a moment, talked of shooting him to stop the agony.
"But he was still shouting for them to move out, move out, and the platoon scrambled forward. Their tears turned to rage, they swept an incredible 300 yards over the impossible ground and at nightfall were on the ridge, overlooking the sea.
"There was no question that the dirty, tired men, cursing and crying and fighting, had done it for Jack Lummus."
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty ... Resuming his assault tactics with bold decision after fighting without respite for two days and nights, First Lieutenant Lummus slowly advanced his platoon against an enemy deeply entrenched in a network of mutually supporting positions.
"Although knocked to the ground when an enemy grenade exploded close by, he immediately recovered himself and, again moving forward despite the intensified barrage, quickly located, attacked and destroyed the occupied emplacement.
"Instantly taken under fire by the garrison of a supporting pillbox and further assailed by the slashing fury of hostile rifle fire, he fell under the impact of a second enemy grenade but, courageously disregarding painful shoulder wounds, staunchly continued his heroic one-man assault and charged the second pillbox, annihilating all the occupants.
"Subsequently returning to his platoon position, he fearlessly traversed his lines under fire, encouraging his men to advance and directing the fire of supporting tanks against other stubbornly holding Japanese emplacements. Held up again by a devastating barrage, he again moved into the open, rushed a third heavily fortified installation and killed the defending troops.
"Determined to crush all resistance, he led his men indomitably, personally attacking foxholes and spider traps with his carbine and systematically reducing the fanatic opposition, until, stepping on a land mine, he sustained fatal wounds.
"By his outstanding valor, skilled tactics and tenacious perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds, First Lieutenant Lummus had inspired his stouthearted Marines to continue the relentless drive northward, thereby contributing materially to the success of his regimental mission.
"His dauntless leadership and unwavering devotion to duty throughout sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country."
After being hit by the land mine, the legless Lummus was carried to a battlefield hospital and lived for several more hours.
There, according to surgeon Lt. E. Graham Evans, Lummus was thinking of football when he uttered his final words.
"I guess the New York Giants," Lummus said, "have lost the services of a damn good end."
Lummus's Medal of Honor was presented to his mother, Laura, on Memorial Day 1946. His remains were buried in Ennis, Texas, two years later.
For most young men, reaching the NFL, playing in its championship game, would be the crowning achievement of their life. Lummus's gravestone tells us only that he was a Medal of Honor recipient and first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
You stated my mind completely. These over paid "stars" who do disrespect America the very country that enables them to become such should not be "spotlighted" and given free airtime to do so. I do not watch Pro football since the Oilers demanded more money back when (70's I think). There are some darn good college player around. Money is the key stop going to the games. Game-goers boycott their actions. Let them purchase TV ads to voice their opinions. Help the media which is 95% of our problems.
Dion G. Davis
Rye, Texas-73yr old Marine
Way to go Willie--I'm behind you 100%. I can't believe those boneheads have gotten this far with this travesty of American decency.
I will never watch the NFL again for the rest of my life. If it's on someone else's TV, that's fine. I don't care, but it won't be on my TV. - Editor
There is one player from the NFL that earned the Medal of Honor--- hint he played for Baylor and played both Pro baseball and football--- left it all behind to join the US Marine Corps.. his father was a police officer that was killed in line of duty!!! He lost his life in battle of Iwo Jima.
Observant Livingston I wasn't much of a dedicated sports watcher before, but this latest nonsense has made my decision really easy...no more support from me either.
And all these moral atrocities happen without any awareness for the irreversible damage of repetitive brain concussions... It was a movie last year. CONCUSSION - ☆☆☆☆☆
The worst part of all this unamericanism, is the average citizen does not see it. Joe Blow goes on with his life, like nothing is wrong, going to work, going to the big Chinese box stores, watching professional (that's a joke) sports, the whole time keeping his head in the sand. Everybody is afraid to speak out because it might offend somebody, they might be labeled a racist, a homophobe, a islamphobe. Guess what, the only people that see the problem, and want to fix the problem, and have the know-how, and the willingness to fix it, are the American Veterans. Yet we as Vets are being systematically killed off in order to prevent us from leading America back to her glory. So, to the average Joe & Jane, if you continue on as you are and that is the way you like it, do so. If you want to pull your head out of the sand, and change things for the better, it will require you getting out of your comfort zone, and to be ridiculed for your actions. Remember; Action speaks louder than words typed on a website.
Way to go Willie! I have also been an NFL fan, though admittedly a little longer than you. I remember dad so mad about the "Ice bowl" Cowboys vs. Packers that there was virtual silence in the house for days. I followed along watching the games until the criminal thugs and extortioners were allowed to stay in the league and gave it up for a decade. I started slowly gaining interest again about ten years ago and have been watching every Texan game the last few years. I was really disappointed with O'Brian's flimsy "his right" statement. Hog wash! If I had made any kind of political statement tantamount to treason in my career to the public I would have been fired on the spot. These punks are paid to play football and the grid iron is not their personal platform to use in whatever way they see fit. I cannot believe McNair is putting up with this stuff. Pay Brown's contract off and send him packing! I loved my 1969 season on the high school team in the defensive corner back position and have always loved the sport but I'm done too. The NFL is dead to me. I hope the collegiate and high school coaches take note or they will be too.
Good for you. I hope a ground swell sweeps the nation and the NFL collapses (along with the NBA and MLB). Professional sports needs to go back to square 1 and start completely over again. THEN, I MIGHT start watching again. - Editor
State Represantive, James White
I understand your frustration.
The NFL and other sports league are about to experience other Americans exercising their God-given right, constitutionally protected, of free speech and expression as well. The true salt of this nation, that is, the people that wake up every morning and get their children to school, go to work and worship at church are getting fed up with this infantile navel-gazing.
With that said, no one never said that the USA was or is perfect. However, with our blessings of freedom, we can wake up each morning and get closer to perfection.
In the late 19th century, ex-slaves comprised to the 9th and 10 US Cavalry Regiments (Buffalo Soldiers). They saluted our Flag and stood at attention to the playing of the National Anthem. Surely, if these Freedmen could respect our nation, I will stand and do so today and everyday.
During WWII, the Tuskegee Airmen, facing virulent racism, rallied to our nation's call and served admirably. They stood at the playing of the "Star Spangled Banner." If they stood, I will stand.
It's the sacrifice of our military men and women, some who have given the Full Measure of Devotion to their country, that preserved the "rights" of the protestor to protest. It's the Ultimate Sacrifice on battlefields here at home and abroad for over four hundred years that protect the right of the press.
It is expected that we will all not agree on every issue. Nevertheless, we should agree that the ideals that undergird our country give us the ability and opportunity to improve our country. God bless American and God bless Texas
“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson
Thank you for writing. I vote for you and believe that you represent us well, sir. - Editor
It's clear that these men that play a game for a living never developed as men. They might look like men dressed like men but they act like immature teenagers. I can't watch that. Hands up don't shoot. Even before that I don't like watching or being apart of anything disrepecting our freedoms. Besides what they wear when they play is silly. Come on they play for a living. This world needs serious workers. Go build a better neighborhood be a real hero and productive citizens.
I listened to the C.T. HARRIS video and that statement he made is just like the INDIAN ARROW straight and true. The best description of our present president that has been made. Where did you find this?
I ran across it on YouTube. But yes, the man speaks truth. For me, one of the truest things he said was we're sick of having the democratic party shove their crap down our throats. - Editor
Jesse Williams Hate Filled Whining at the BET Awards
The entire point of Jesse Williams speech was that we live in a society where we are not treated as though we are all the same. It’s easy for anyone of different ethnicity, no matter how well-intention-ed, to dismiss a very valid critique by trotting out the same, tired, colorblind approach to race. "There is no such thing as racism, I don't see color, All lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, no such thing as oppression, no such thing as blacks being targeted. So here is a few facts.
1625 -1865 Slavery = 265 years 1965 -1954 Segregation = 99 years 1954 - Present Supposedly free with all equal rights- 50 years.
I implore you to just pause and think about that for a second. The average persons life is only 65-75 years. we have not even been free and entire lifetime. Yet we are having to read post about our equality and about how we are complaining.
Blacks have been free since 1865. Segregation isn't slavery. Why is there always a black side of town and a white side of town? Black churches and white churces? Black television channels, black Miss America, black police officers associations, congressional black caucas? Who's segregating? - Editor
Let me ask you this, How many times as an adult male have you been stopped by an officer and asked why are you in a certain neighborhood and the whole time your heart is racing and your sweating scared. Not because you are doing anything wrong.
I've been stopped many times by the police (especially when I was younger) just because I looked out of place. If I was scared to death, it's probably because I was doing something that I wasn't supposed to be doing and worried about getting caught. I've been treated rudely by store managers for standing around in one place too long and they get suspicous of me. Big woop. Is it offensive? Yes. Is it a big deal? Not really. Ya move on and forget about it. - Editor
You are actually an upstanding citizen putting in your 40 hours, volunteering, staying to yourself, but your are scared because you don't know how some is going to react to the Color of your Skin?? How many times were you stopped from playing a game of Pokemon go in a park, just be arrested because calls were made that you did not belong?
I don't even know what Poke Man Go is. I know this much, you can't be arrested if you're not breaking the law. Nobody gets arrested for the color of their skin. I don't know where you think this is happening, but its not here in the USA. - Editor
How many times have you been followed in the store like a thief and hear announcements over a PA to scan your aisle when you are the only person present? When you have a pocket full of hard earned money ready to purchase anything you desire, When have you ever heard the term you speak so well for a Black Person as if you are not allowed to be educated because of the Color of your skin.
We all get the same shot at public education, mam. It's up to every individual (black, white, brown or whatever) as to how well they CHOOSE to speak. - Editor
How many times have you had a woman you don't even care to know, clutch her purse, or roll up her window lock the door when you walk by despite you only wanted to walk to you own car?
Jesse Jackson said that when people are walking up behind him, he feels a sense of relief when he sees that they're not black. (Click here) - Editor
How many times when you say I would like my life to matter too do you hear well everybody else life matters.
Life is often very frustrating. But I don't go outside and block traffic, and carry signs that say my life matters. I don't call for dead cops now. Instead, I move on with my life and never give up. You'd be surprised the wonders that can do for a person in life. - Editor
So you get hurt and frustrated because all you're saying is you want to be able to go to a store and get the same service you physically just watched the four people whom went before your receive.
If a person goes into a store, and is serious about why he's there, and doesn't look like a gangster, nobody will deny you service. If you go into a store with your pants hanging down to your knees, with ganster tatoos and look like a drug dealer, then you're probably gonna get treated unfavorably whether you're white, black, brown, or yellow. - Editor
We are hurt because the man shot in the chest in his seat belt, had no criminal history, was compliant, had not warrants, had a child in the back seat and informed the officer he would need to reach for the his wallet and yet was killed in front of this child because the officer was and I quote "Afraid". Afraid of what exactly, the child in the back seat, the compliance, or the skin...you decide.
Afraid? Why shouldn't he be? "pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon" "What do we want? Dead Cops! When do we want 'em? Now!". Five Dallas police officers murdered for doing their jobs. Officer Darren Goforth shot to death in cold blood just for being white. Two NYC cops shot to death in their car for no aparent reason. Officers shot and killed in Baton Rouge for what? Naaa... Why should the cops be afraid in a situation like that? Mam, I can tell you with ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY, police aren't hunting down and killing black men just because they're black. The police DO NOT want confrontation. They DO NOT want to kill anybody. Did you know that there were many more white people killed by police last year than blacks killed by police? So I guess police are singling out, and hunting down whites because the color of their skin. - Editor
Yes, I also believe that this is because it takes less of an educational background and training to be a peace officer than it does to be hair dresser, but does that make it right? Does that make our fear of officer's less valid? Because he was afraid of our skin, yet he has the weapon?
The only time that you should be afraid of a police officer is if you're breaking the law. If you're doing nothing wrong, you have nothing to be worried about. That doesn't mean a police wont stop you and see what you're up to. That's their job. They do it to whites all the time. What, did you think that blacks were the only ones? Really? - Editor
To Justify Slavery we were portrayed as Subhuman, Primitive, Stupid and Servile.
We? Were you alive during slavery? - Editor
To Justify Segregation we we portrayed as morally corrupt, ignorant, predatory, and sinful.
After Civil rights, we we portrayed as evil drug addicts, gang members,and Welfare Queens.
There has NEVER been a point in History where melanin deficient (White America) ones Systematically and Institutionally valued Black lives as they do their own.
Mam, I'm sorry, but you're living in the past. If you want to just meditate on slavery racist past, THAT'S YOUR CHOICE. You can do that. On the other hand, if you (or any black person in the USA) wants to wake up every day and do your best to improve your life, the USA is the best place to be to do it. I can guarantee that you'll be successful. You wont be systematically discrminated against. No white person is going to hold you back. The only thing that can hold you back is you and YOUR attitude. It's your choice. What'll it be? - Editor
This is why he made the speech, this is why we march (Still 50 years later) This why We only want to feel like Our lives matter too.
The best advice that I can give you is this: Stop listening to the whining. Stop buying into the leftist propaganda media that peddles this garbage. White people ARE NOT opressing black people. There are A LOT of black people oppressing eachother. Don't believe me? Go against the leftist narrative and embrace the opportunities that the USA offers to EVERYONE. Openly reject the Jesse Williams whiney garbage and watch how quickly you get ostracized and labled horrible names like uncle tom and self hater (when all you're doing is trying to take the opportunities that are there for you). - Editor
Big thank you to all the first responders that worked my brothers wreck Sunday Aug 14th prayers to all.
Ok i have a rant that i have been needing to get off my chest for a while. Almost 5 years have seen, held or talked to my 7 year old granddaughter. It seems to me that CPS will believe anything and everything but the truth. My granddaughter was taken away from me almost 5 years ago through CPS. The father of my granddaughter (he is from Livingston and his family has a name in this town), called CPS and reported that i was putting bruises on her (which was a lie), only because i put sexual assult charges on him, so he retaliated. But he got off scott free. The cps did a invetigation and spoke to my family members about the alleged abuse. Funny thing, her report never reached the judges desk. They had convinced the court appointed attorney for my granddaughter that there was abuse. But again nobody had any police records, doctors reports, or photographs to back up the allegations, just the fathers report. I have been stripped of any rights to my granddaughter. I have spent many of her birthdays, Thanksgivings and Christmas's thinking about her. I miss her so much and think of her often. Oh one more thing, the attorney who got him free from the sexual asssult charges was also my daughters court appointed attorney. And a day after she was taken from me, she went to a doctor and he said she was very healthy and he found no bruises on her no sign of abuse. So someone please tell me why am i being punished for something that never happened? I have 4 other grandchildren. The father's family has her and wont let me speak to her or buy her a gift for her birthday or Christmas. They have brain washed her and made her turn against me. I have done nothing wrong. I love my grandchildren very much. Missing her :(
Not So Scenic Loop...
I also live out there off the loop and I am very ashamed of the way people live and DON'T do the up keep on their homes and yards all around there... There should be something that can be done about it..... So many people live like trash and it's a shame and looks bad.... Mostly for the people that keep their yard and home nice like myself... The drugs are very bad in this area and I'm sure that's why I see cops around the area daily... I'm on board if there is any kind of meeting or anything that could be done to help correct this very clear problem that is going on around all of us that live here.
Yet Another Property Owner
I will second that motion... on The Shelter Cove being the source of a lot more problems than trash...no pun intended. That subdivision needs a lot done to it..speaking mainly about the section in back of the car wash and along 3277 around the "cabins".I can promise you if any potential buyers come in and pass that area...it is a done deal.No one wants to live near that. The health Department, the DEA, just to name a couple of agencies need to pay attention more. I use to be proud of saying I live on the Scenic Loop but now I am quite embarrassed.
Another property owner..
Scenic loop isn't problems the shelter cove is the major problem on scenic loop it's like a bad apple spoils the branch.
Property Owner Livingston
I drive by this place every day on Scenic Loop, you know you've all seen it...those little shacks that's hard to believe people live in. This dumpster has been overflowing for several weeks and being strewn across the road - scavenger animals are all over early in the am. Mr. Slum Lord, clean up your crap - I don't care if you changed garbage services - FIX IT - you and your property are a disgrace to this area! Property Shaming would be a great addition to your site! It's usually the people who live here that are trashing it - not visitors!
Do you have any recent info on their current condition? I last heard that the lady who suffered the worse burns was moved from Houston to Galveston on Thursday night. Would like to know how they really are. Thanks!
Ma'am thank you for writing. We don't know the current condition of any of the three girls. We won't post rumors either. This whole situation is just sad. - Editor
The burn victims and their families . Is Church's Chicken paying for the families lodging so they can be close to the loved ones ???? These ladies with grease burns are in for the long haul here. What kind of help are they getting for family members to be near them for moral support?
Church's headquarters has been unavailable for comment. I'm confident that they want to help, but it just has to be handled delicately given the obvious legal ramifications. - Editor
Praying for those injured in this fire & their familys!
My heart and prayers go out to the employee that were injured in the floor collapse.
Do you know what hospital the 2 employees are located? One of the employees Erica Acevedo also works at Timberwood in Livingston. We would like to get more information on Erica. Also we would like to reach out to her.
Probably Hermann Hospital in Houston. - Editor
Grass Cutting Duty
I live off FM350S and the grass on the East and West sides of the road has grown horribly. It is cut by the road in front of houses but not anywhere else. I understand about when there are certain “flowers” there but that passed some time ago. This is in District 4 and not the first year it has happened. Please ask the Commissioner of District 4 to do his/her job for a change.
Blue Lives Matter
Cliff Brewer I would like to thank Jessica and her husband for the extremely kind and thoughtful act, shown not only to my son, but one that resonates to every person in Law Enforcement. I am sure it is a gesture felt by any one of them who read this article. Sincerely I thank you.
My thanks to you also Willie for your remarks about my work ethics. I was always glad I could be of help. Enjoyed my job with Livingston Telephone Co. for over 30 years. (up until the new owners laid me off!) Appears you and I are making a living doing something totally different these days and totally lovin' it.
I call it like I see it. - Editor
I know that officer. He's one Branden Brewer. I know his dad (Cliff Brewer) as well. I worked with is dad for years and his dad ALWAYS set a very high standard for courteousness, politeness, and professionalism. When Cliff showed up for a call, his top priority was fixing whatever our problem was FIRST. He not only fixed our problem, but he would stay with us and MAKE SURE that our problem was resolved. There were times when we'd figure out that our issue wasn't with the phone company (who Cliff worked for), and he would still stay with us to help us in any way that he could. Once he took care of us, THEN if there was a bill to be paid, we would hammer out the details. Cliff is an example of one of the things that makes America a great country and, sadly, there's less and less of those like him these days. However, in the case of Branden, I have worked with him as well (being a reporter). I can honestly say, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I appreciate y'all helping Branden.
Observant Livingston There are no coincidences in this world. There was purpose in your husband forgetting his wallet.
Today unlike any other normal day ,my husband and i headed to town to do some arrands . It was already turing into a bad day , we went to the store to buy some things to only find out my husband left his wallet at home . We made the angry trip all the way back to grab his wallet and return to town , as we headed back to the store for the second time my husband and i noticed a officer driving slowly up a hill with huge amounts of smoke billowing out behind the car . In my mind i was worried in account of everything going on in todays world with people who ambush police officers and killing them for no good cause we couldn't help but turn around to check on him ! As we turned around and pulled into the parking lot where he had stopped we noticed his tire was completely destroyed , as we got out of our truck and asked the officer if he was ok , my husband received a odd stare for just a second. I realized that in our moments of worry for his saftey ,we had also surprised him . You could tell he was not expecting help so fast ! Before he could get out of his car my husband said he was there to change his tire so he didnt have to . He refused at first but when we told him why , how it was the least we could do for someone who puts their life on the line everyday to protect us . He gladly accepted my husbands help and thanked us alot . There are so many people in this world who would rather drive by and not help because of what this world has come to . Im glad we could do a little good for that officer , who is human just like all of us ! I want to take this time to say thank you to all law enforcement who risk their lives every day , you are the ones we call when someone has hurt us ,when someone has stolen from our home and when we need help with matters only you can provide help with . I hope people wake up and see that the uniform that these men and women wear is our protection and guardians for the place we call home and the people we call family .