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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR...
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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 .
I know you take heat but thank you for all you do!
Thank you, we appreciate you reading the website. - Editor
Puppy in Brookshire Bros
Observant Livingston It seems people are quick to criticize the daughter-in-law, but I feel it's not right...seeing as its not her that posted the initial complaint.
I'm sorry...your daughter-in-law has no common sense! Who doesn't know that ONLY licensed service animals are allowed in stores and in restaurants. She had the option of taking it home. Bad judgement on her part.
The manager in the store was following the law when he wouldn't allow the puppy to remain in the store. It is a violation of public health codes for dogs who are not service animals to go into grocery stores and restaurants. He could have lost his job, and the store could have faced fines or closure. If you don't want to leave your dog in a hot car, and you shouldn't, then don't take the dog for a ride when you know you are going somewhere the dog isn't allowed. She had three options, leave the dog in the car (bad idea), take it into the store (another bad idea), or take the dog home (good idea). To blame the store manager for obeying the law, protecting his job, and protecting the other customers shows a lack of maturity. To act like the only choices are between a hot car and taking the dog into the store is ridiculous.
Only licensed service animals are allowed in stores and restruants. If you want to take your pet with you, please do not start complaining about how hot it is outside, it is not the stores fault you brought your "puppy" with you. Here is a example of a Service Animal licenses.
So my daughter in law got a week suspension from Brookshire Brothers in Livingston for walking In the store with this little puppy instead of leaving it in the car with an out side temp of 100 degrees. He was never on the floor nor even out of her hands. Then the store manager begins belittling her by telling her she has no common sense. What do you all think?
Well, does your daughter-in-law work at Brookshire Bros? Did she bring the dog to work with her? - Editor
The rescue team, paramedics worked in a boiling sun to save this lady. After the hours taken to remove the occupants from the overturned log truck, these men were there for hours in the hottest part of the day to right the truck and finally get it on its way. Almost 1:00 P.M., they finally got on the road. That isn't the end of it, vehicles, equipment, and all the many details that require attention before they can finally call it a day. The firefighters are volunteers. Thank you, heroes.
God bless firefighter Dominy , he and his fellow firefighters selfless service to the public is invaluable. Volunteer Firefighters are a national treasure, the community at large owes a huge thanks for their dedicated service , as well as all first responders, including law enforcement, and EMT's. It is a rare breed that is willing to get up from dinner, awaken from sleep in the wee hours, and place themselves in harms way to help somebody they may have never met, for no compensation. Way to go , nice job !
Jesse Williams' Hate Filled Propaganda Speech at the BET Awards
Willie, You just don't get it. You don't have any idea what it's like being black. Not a clue. You only have your perspective as a white man. Same as me. But I've seen it. We've all seen it. Why do you say the injustice and inequality they feel isn't legit? You aren't in any position to know. I don't think you even want to know. As ugly as it is you should try to look at it long and hard from a different perspective.
I merely pointed out the groce fallacies in Williams' hate filled speech. Also, using his celebrity status and hollywood pulpit to thrown our nation's police under the bus just isn't going to cut it with me. Thank you for writing. - Editor
I don't think Mr. Openshaw was racially directing anything. The media shows the public what they want to show us. They are mostly to blame for dividing the races of this country. Someone in the position of Jesse Williams should be trying to unite all races instead of spewing off at the mouth for all the world to see. His speech was arrogant, inappropriate and yes, racist!! His words could have helped to heal the problem, but instead he just added to it..Shame on him. Now, Stacy Dash's reaction to the Williams' speech was on point..She should be commended for standing up to his rant. Racism is alive only if we, as a whole allow it to be.
Bradley O. Allison Humble Approximately once a month or so, as a person who grew up in Polk County, I tend to check this site just to see what is going on in the Livingston area. When I checked it on 7/1 and went the 'Top Headlines', I was appalled but not surprised at the editorial by the person identified as the 'editor'. Not surprised because after leaving at 18 years of age and returning to work and live from 2007-09 I knew then that as much as things had changed, things had truly stood still since i was an adolescent. But I was appalled most at the opening question in bold letters, "When is the stupidness going to end?"
I answered the question with a statement; It will end at the point where we as blacks are as comfortable as whites walking the the streets of what many call a great country and i call the land that was built on the backs of my ancestors, but has yet to be acknowledge or fairly treat its black citizens.
Nobody is stopping blacks from walking the streets. Nobody is harrassing them. This country was also built on the backs of my ancestors. Most didn't own slaves. Most were poor, or at best, middle class workers who couldn't afford slaves. You might also note that many free blacks owned slaves. Fairly treat black citizens? With affirmative action and lowered standards for college entrance how much fairer can a society be?- Editor
At this point, I had heard and listened to the speech of Jesse Williams several times by now, but i had to after the fact and on youtube.com because I never watch the BET Awards for i ONCE found them to be of no uplifting value for me. But after the 2016 broadcast i will forever watch. With that being said, I will now address the editorial. The speech by Williams was a necessary diatribe, and e chose this platform because he had at his disposal, with undivided attention, in one place those that could, if they would use their celebrity, effect positive change and reach more people than the common grass roots effort.
Hmmmm... I heard nothing positive about his speech. He mentioned how police de-escalate and disarm white people every day, but just shoot blacks. The fact of the matter is, there were way more white people shot and killed by police last year than there were blacks. When these confrontations happen, it's the suspect (black or white, doesn't matter) that forces the situation to escalate. - Editor
I didn't see this as 'whining', but as an address and a call to arms for the generation of blacks who are no longer satisfied with the status of their people and no longer have the ' non-violent' mentality of their parents and grand parents.
Hold it right there. So you're calling for an organized all black militia to use military action if necessary? Cause you're not satisfied with the status of "your people"? - Editor
This generation has a 'by any means necessary' approach and because they are becoming more organized, more vocal, and less passive, the establishment of systematic oppression feels threatened and will try to use editorial such as this to scare and hold back the movement.
Okay, there's no "systematic oppression". You're trying desperately to hold on to the past (why, I don't know). You can do anything you want to do (as long as it's legal). There's no system of oppression that's going to keep you down based on the color of your skin. Sorry, but you're wrong. - Editor
The editor of the site spoke of "We can have a black president, black attorney general, black mayors of major cities, run almost entirely by black people (Baltimore) .....". To this i say that President Obama may be black or of African descent but he is the POTUS. He is not just the president of the blacks but duly elected by the majority of the country. The AG may have been appointed but she faced the harshest and deepest scrutiny of any of her predecessors to get there.
Almost EVERY apointee in Washington faces harsh scrutiny. That's the way it goes. It has NOTHING to do with the color of one's skin. Honestly, I don't recall any harsh scrutiny when she was appointed by the president. She recently stated that (after the Orlando terrorist attack) our answer to terrorists should be understanding and love. Really? She ABSOLUTELY SHOULD BE SCRUTINIZED after making assenine statements like that. - Editor
I could go on but in short, what the editor screams of as blacks having today politically, whites have had since the inception of this stolen country.
First of all. Before the white people showed up, Indians were constantly warring with other tribes and taking their lands. The more powerful tribes would viciously attack weaker tribes and take their land. Many of the indians came from other continents (mostly Asian) and attacked established tribes that were already here. So when the Mayflower showed up, how was that any different? - Editor
From the Mayflower Compact to the House of Burgess's through the 1st Continental Congress and the last Bush administration whites have had their privilege, but today its a problem because blacks are no longer willing to sit at the lunch counter and be spat on without a fight.
Again, nobody is oppressing blacks. Nobody is spitting on blacks. Blacks have every right that everyone else does. In fact, can you name ANY PLACE in the USA where blacks have to sit at the back of the bus or at the end of the lunch counter? - Editor
The editor went on to speak of affirmative action. Well to that i state if the playing fields were fair as so many wish that the blacks would believe and concede, there would be no need for affirmative action. But with the ignorance of Justice Scalia prior to his death, in his words during the trial of Fisher v. University of Texas, where he asserted that maybe African-American students might belong at less rigorous schools than their white peers...... To this i say that these types of assertions are more divisive than anything Williams said and further divide a country.
Hmmmm... Williams referred to the "invention of whiteness". Nothing divisive there huh... - Editor
And as a high school teacher and coach, the college admissions and test requirements are not going down to appease blacks, but are steadily rising every two years and in my opinion they are doing so in an attempt to keep more and more blacks from attending major colleges and universities. But the strategy is failing because with every increase in SAT and ACT scores and the more rigorous admission standards the majority of black students have increased their scores and are still being accepted.
I found no problem with the speech and even applauded upon hearing, but found that the attached youtube.com clip of Tomi Lahren(I had never heard of her before this so she is just as irrelevant now as she had been before) was more 'race baiting' than anything Williams spoke of. But before i address her ignorance, I go the end of the diatribe by the editor where he states"They're NEVER going to be happy and they're going to hate America NO MATTER WHAT". With that I'm going to take the liberty (the editor can disclaim this and correct me if I'm wrong) and say that the 'they' are some of the black citizens and public servants that the editor probably laughs in the face of, and shakes hands with on a regular basis.
I clearly pointed out in the editorial that "they" are the people like Jesse Williams. That was by no means a blanket statement. I'm not going to tolerate this doofus trashing our nation's law enforcement officers. These men are low paid and have one of the hardest jobs in the world and they do a fantastic job. Then you get some dirtbag like Jesse Williams and he uses his celebrity status to bash our nation's police. Ummmm No. That's a great big bucket of nope. - Editor
But with this the editor has shown his true beliefs and hypocrisy coupled with his true American feelings. He can hide these feelings from the ill advised or those with their head in the ground or of the belief that this is something NEW, but I'm here to say that there is no equality about America and the fear now is that the new generation is no longer willing to be 'coons' who shuck and jive just to be included. I say to hell with assimilation; I'm black proud and have no fear of the systematic injustice and racism that is the editors opinion and the American way.
I've been nice enough to publish your almost incoherent tantrum, but you're making less and less sense. - Editor
I won;t give much credence to the attachment because as i stated before the author of that is irrelevant to me before and now after hearing her voice her racist words. But her attack on Williams for referencing the Tamir Rice execution, I don;t need to go into detail, then i might but i will give those who may read this the benefit of the doubt that they have not been living in a cave since 2013 and know of the execution.
As far as Tamir Rice, people saw a young man with a gun waving it around and called it in. Police treated the call with urgency (as they should) and showed up. Rice was commanded to put his hands in the air, instead he reached for the gun. At that point, the police had no choice. You can't tell if it was a toy or real gun. You have a split second to decide, do I get shot, or do I shoot. - Editor
If you don't you can google it or send me an email and i will inform you. But any way those two cops who in less than 3 seconds executed a preteen in a park playing alone down and were found to be innocent of all charges. My first thought when I read about this was that it could be one of my sons, then i thought it could be me. As she grouped all black people as one in her ramblings, i won't do the same with all cops because there are some good ones among the trash. But her rant of no substance, did bring to the light one of my greatest fears and that is that one day i have a greater chance of reading about or being called to identify a corpse taken at the hands of those who have been sworn to protect and serve, of someone that i know personally than blacks have as an entire race of being seen or even perceived as equal in this country.
I will close by stating this is my opinion and not one of malice, but one that has been wholeheartedly searched and refined over time circumstance and life experiences. I doubt seriously if this will be published as a rebuttal to the editors racist rant but i wrote it to let the readers who will read and understand that racism is alive and well and the editor of this column and site has shown his true colors through digital and print mediums to blacks who read this paper.
To leftists, the definition of a racist is anyone who disagrees with them. My editorial piece was not directed at race, but at the lies, half truths, and misinformation that's being spread by leftists. This trash is dividing and destroying the USA. - Editor
In an age of universal deceit, to tell the truth is a revolutionary act. -- George Orwell
Why are all your soapbox blogs always racially directed. I have not read but one of your soapboxes that wasn't about blacks. I'm sure you won't respond but with all the hate going on in the world we don't need you adding fuel to the already burning rapid fire.
It's not intentional, but the ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS crap that we hear almost every week, AND the lefist media's attempts to legitimize it irritates me to the point that I have to write about it from time to time. - Editor
Just wanted to say that the women who killed the man and took off his wife's leg (who were on a motorcycle) is now out in the FREE. I no her personally and she stayed high on pills (This is a FACT)!! I can NOT believe that her bonds were set so LOW!! Let's pray another's life isn't taken since she was set free to be able to do this again! James isn't able to walk free, he was taken by someone else selfishness!!! Sad! Sad! Sad!
Need More Good Samaritans
My, dad fell at McDonald's sat,on 6-25 -16 to all of the people that helped him thank you. And for all that just walked on by shame on you.god dose not like ugly. A helpless ole man, was hurt,and you choose to look the other way. This is not a laughing matter,he is hurt real bad.thank you.
Stolen Credit Card Numbers, Perpetrator Possibly Living In Polk County
Just had a call from our credit card company, someone tried to use ours at Family Dollar in the amount of $ 500.
I also had this happen. My number was stolen and used at TJ Maxx for the amount of $300. I have filed a police report. I would also like to point out that I do NOT bank in Livingston. I bank with a Credit Union in Beaumont so I don't think it's the system of any local bank.
I used a credit card in Polk County to purchase gas at a Shell station on Hwy 190 east of Livingston on June 22 (last Wednesday). By Friday, June 24, someone used my card in Houston to make 2 $3.00 purchases to Coca Cola Houston. On the same day, a $124.47 purchase was attempted at Sunco in Houston but my credit card company denied the purchase and emailed me. My credit card company issued me a new card.
Kay Bergman Goodrich I have no clue and everyone else I know doesn't have any idea of where or who is doing this.
I'm just kinda curious to ask on here about who all has had this happen within the past month. My card number was stolen well used on June 13......they charged two 3 dollar charges to a coke machine for 3.00 ,0ne charge to Tj Max for 400.00 dollars and one charge to Ross for 209.71. The charges were all made in Houston. I was disgusted that some low life no working sorry piece of crap can do this. I mean people work hard for their money spend time away from their family and to think someone doesn't even have to steal your card anymore just your number to go on a shopping spree! Anyhow since this has happened to me I know SERIOUSLY about 25 more people that this has happened to since June 13. Who else is going to be targeted for their hard earned money?? If you were a target already I'm truly sorry and understand how angry you are but if you haven't had it stolen everyone BEWARE because somebody is continuing to do this and it seems like right here in Polk County. Thank you.
I sure hate to hear that. Any idea HOW they stole your credit card number? - Editor
Disgruntled with Livingston Subway
Which Livingston Subway was that?
This afternoon I found a coupon in our local paper for subway sandwiches, While I found the employees to be very polite they informed me the Livingston stores choose not to honor any of the local coupons. I understand this is well within their right to do so I find it a very cheap way to run a business I did however find our onalaska store will be happy to accept all coupons and all customers. I hope many of our locals will take the extra few minutes to drive to onalaska and visit the store that understands spending a couple pennies to satisfy their customers is better then loosing one over something that costs them so little.
The present White House, except for some parts of the facade, is not the same White House built in 1792 which used some hired slave labor. I'm sure Michelle knows that, but it doesn't fit into the Obama agenda to lay a guilt trip on every non-African citizen in the United States. Attack, attack, is the Obama duo's MO.
Hillary and Bill's method is, like the Obamas, to act superior and above the ordinary, plebeian Americans. As far as criminal conduct and rampant corruption, their response is to talk around it and ignore it.
Champagne Note (copied and pasted) use of the term "Champagne" labeling, advertising, etc. The United States bans the use from all new U.S.-produced wines. Only those that had approval to use the term on labels before 2006 may continue to use it and only when it is accompanied by the wine's actual origin (e.g., "California"). The majority of US-produced sparkling wines do not use the term Champagne on their labels, and some states, such as Oregon, ban producers in their states from using the term.
Yes, Obama and Michael (Ooops, I mean "Michelle") is the absolute most divisive presidency in our nation's history. Being the "first black president", Obama could have gone a long long way in healing racial tension in this country, but instead, he opted to divide, and the entire nation is as divided as I've EVER seen in my lifetime as a result. - Editor
Champagne isn't made by the United States of America. To be designated, legally, as champagne; it must come from Champagne, France. The more you know.
Hmmm... I didn't know. Thank you. - Editor
I just wonder Willie, if Michelle Obama was white if you would have gone off on this pathetic rant. I doubt it. Here we have trump, scamming people out of their money that are trying to get ahead in this world with the trump university scam, paying Governor Abbott of Texas thousands of dollars to look the other way, and your ranting about Michelle Obama. Very shameful.
Ummmm.... NO. I hate hillary even worse. - Editor
Willie, while I am by far not an Obama fan and respect a person’s right to free speech, I would like to ask you to please refrain from publishing or at least encourage your readers to limit their comments to exclude name calling and/or describing someone as an “ape looking wife” or the need for them to “return to Africa” as there is enough racial tension in our country as it is. This country needs to be unified whether one likes it or not. I feel this language degrades your purpose as a news source for your readers. Thank you for the work you do.
Willie, once again you really knocked this subject out of the park. Since Obama has been in office he has brought a lot of "change". Meaning higher medical, cut jobs, ext, but most importantly him and his ape looking wife have created more racial tension than the civil rights era. They just stir the pot every chance they get. If they don't like americas history they need to go back to africa or whatever. I'm sick of the left wing media making these thugs out to be oppressed, innocent kids.. They have the same opportunity as anyone else. They just choose to be waste of lifes. I'm just gonna leave that right there. Nice article willie! #votefortrump #makeamericagreatagain
Thank you, and you're correct. I've never seen an administration that is so racially divisive. Obama had a bully pulpit and could've gone a LONG WAY in healing racial tension in the USA. Nope, instead, he decided that he would fan the flames. Worst president in US history (he took the worst president award from Carter). - Editor
Right on Willie! I agree 100%! She is the worst First Lady this country has ever had! I lost respect for her a long time ago. Especially when she & the family were at the Olympics wrapped in an African flag! They couldn't even support the USA then! It irks me that our tax dollars will be supporting them the rest of their lives. I have never been so ashamed of a President & his family in my entire life! Oh happy day when they are gone! Now, let's just get rid of the Clintons too.
Yeah, as far as I can tell, Barrack Hussein Obama and his wife, Michael (aka Michelle) is the worst President in our nation's history. They can't leave the White House fast enough for me. - Editor
This cyclist, Bruce Marx, was my PA at Onalaska Family Clinic. His death saddens so many that thought of him as a friend and a caring doctor. It also leaves a huge void in the Onalaska medical care of so many that have a hard time getting to places further away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and staff members and Dr Woodrome, for giving him to us. He will be greatly missed..
So dwi is a horrible crime but texting and driving is acceptable even if you take someone's life. We even have a nice name for it "distracted driving".
Pete Chamlee, MSgt, USAF (Ret) First Sergeant Willie; We've talked numerous times and have met fact to face only once; however, I have derived great satisfaction from your reporting and your care about our community. I send you a huge "Attaboy" and thank you for your efforts. You have Linda Gayle and my support in all your endeavors.
Yes, Pete, I do remember. I had the privelege of meeting you and your significant other atBig Jake's Western Dive. :) - Editor
Barbara Courtney 505 North Drew Livingston,
Yesterday I learned O'Reillys tore down the beautiful trees and is planning on building an even larger aluminum building on that gorgeous lot bordering a residential area and school next to Livingston Pharmacy on Church Street, extending the width of the block between Polk and Church. This was a huge surprise to the home owners living in that neighborhood. There wasn't a sign posted. The home owners living in the neighborhood were not notified.
With the increased traffic on Polk Street ,school children, school buses, emergency vehicles, parents driving children to school, as well as children who play on that street will have to find alternate routes, other play, bicycle riding routes, and perhaps alternate emergency vehicle and bus routes. This spot is between two schools.
Where are people going to park? On church or Polk street? There is less parking available there than in the current location. At times the parking lot over there is packed solid. You have to park by Palaus Royal.
Furthermore, many homes in the area have problems with flooding, storm drains backing up. With the increased hard scale there will be more drainage problems as the already overwhelmed system will be asked to handle more water. No word from the city as to a retention pond being added or expansion of the storm drainage system.
That area has a horrible gas smell, sewage leak problem at times that hasn't been completely resolved. Great to add oil, and more flammables to that problem.
Plus slightly rising home owner property values will plummet. This devalues all the homes in the surrounding area which people have put life savings into.
Who makes these terrible decisions which are so wrong and do bad for the community? There are hundreds of commercial sites available such as the " coming soon" livingston town center across from the tractor supply. I believe, before the project progresses any further it should be stopped and reconsidered. A town hall meeting should be held and all these questions and concerns addressed.
It makes me laugh at the comments made in support of the driver of the vehicle that hit this concrete truck. I am still trying to figure out the difference between dope and weed and dope pipe and meth pipe..
Yall really have the nerve to make aaron frazier look like a his a bad person first of all he blacked out didn't fall asleep and for the dope pipe is a lie it was a weed pipe not meth is what yall are trying to make it sound like and for the pills they we're in his name pills he has to take everyday so yall should really get your story together before you try to just make up a big ass lie it really sad.
I read with interest and incredulous fascination the response to your coverage on the Mixer Truck Tahoe collision.
I'm thinking that Denise Hillary is an "INTIMATE" of the Tahoe Driver? It also appears that if Marijuana reduces reflex response times, makes people dull and promotes apathy; Denise has been sharing the WEED/DOPE...
Interestingly enough, when there is overwhelming evidence of criminal acts... the Offended just love to pick at insignificant issues in the reporting as if it justifies or draws significant attention away from the Actor and His/Her actions!
Repeat after me Denise, "Stupid is as Stupid does."
If you take prescription medications that make you drowsy or take meds that have warnings to prevent misunderstandings about whether or not you SHOULD Drive or Operate Machinery BUT you drive anyway... You're a special kind of "Winder Lickin MO-ron!"
If you THINK that drawing a sharp line with a Marks a Lot between "Weed" and "Dope" means anything to the 99% who don't do either, Hang in there Sunshine! That Little Bus will be along anytime now.
If you believe that Willie doesn't understand that reporting the facts as he receives them won't cause him difficulties, YOU must be a mouth breathing, Twinkie Eating, Pipe Hitting dummy.
Thanks for writing in! I got such a good laugh at your email..
You published a story on Aaron Frazier. You said he fell asleep at the wheel? That's not true. He never said that. You said he had pills and a pipe for dope? Are you insane? You insinuate he had illegal pills and a meth pipe. That is bull**** reporting. Even for Polk county. Shame on you. It's not professional. His pills were not narcotics. They were prescribed by his doctor. And not for pain. Yes. unfortunately he did have a marijuana pipe. There is a strong difference between "dope" and weed. While both are illegal... Dope is dope and I believe you knew that. But hey! Let's make the story more interesting right!? This is the reason you report in Polk County. You suck at reporting the facts.
Recent Livingston Storm and Storm Alerts
as most, i was woke up by the emergency management alert the other morning. The warning was nice, but only thing i can ask the team that set it up, is for location of tornado warning. Polk co. is large, and when your told "seek shelter" due to a tornado warning, it would be nice to know where this warning was for. I know that when they receive the warning, it has a track to it. If in Goodrich, let us in Corrigan know it is not here. Simple I think.
Shaken in Livingston
Dear Editor, I have been uneasy since the storm that recently passed through our area. I wonder if you might have an answer to a question that has been bothering me. Is there a reason that the emergency alert system that notifies individuals by cell phone calls and texts did not happen? Our cell phones never alerted us of danger or the need to seek shelter in an inner room. Our barn and greenhouse were damaged, and many trees surrounding us were downed. We were blessed that our children and livestock were not injured. With the itown site not working, we were unaware that a severe storm was even expected. Thank you for any answers that you or your readers might provide.
Hmmmm... I don't know why yours cell phone alerts weren't working. My wife's and mine went off several times prior to the storm's arrival. I have no idea why yours didn't work. - Editor
Murder at Alabama/Coushatta Indian Reservation
For anyone who is reading this:
The reservation didn't do this. One man did this. The reservation, as a whole, cannot be held responsible for this. There are some good, loving, very kind people who are members of the tribe and live on the Rez and who would NEVER hurt another living soul and who are just as horrified by this senseless act.
That said, the way this is being handled is not only a disservice to Spencer's family, but it is a disservice to everyone else on the Rez who wasn't involved in this.
This is one man killing another man.
The Reservation did not sanction him doing it, he acted on his own.
No one can control another person's actions.
However, as late as last night, Spencer's parents have been told NOTHING but "here is your deceased son, that's all we can tell you."
Spencer's parents know who did this. They know how it was done because they saw Spencer's body. To be told "we don't know what happened to him" when they are looking at it with their own eyes is not only shameful, it is cruel.
His parents have made phone calls to the agencies handling this, trying to have official validation of what they already know, and their phone calls have not been returned. That may have changed as of this moment, but that was the case last night.
That is shameful.
I don't care who you are, what culture you are, where you live....to treat his grieving parents in that manner is inexcusable.
Spencer's family did not ask me to post this, and I may be out of line, but if anyone has ever lost someone to violence, you know the agony of it. My heart breaks for this family....so I am making this appeal...
We are all human. We all love. There may be differences on the outside of color or culture, but we all love our families.
If anyone from the Rez is reading this, I ask that you would pass this on to those who have the power to affect this, and Spencer's parents be given the respect you would want for your own parents, or your own tribal elders, and ask your tribal law enforcement and/or the FBI agents handling this, to communicate with Spencer's parents.
I understand not wanting to make info public, I've lived within law enforcement a long time and I know the drill, but his parents are not the public, they are his parents and they deserve to have validated what they already know happened to their son.
Thank you for reading. Please pray over this situation. Pray for EVERY person involved. There are many hurting people within this situation on both sides.
As someone who has lost someone to a murder many years ago, in a similar manner, I would like to tell you, I believe this young man was set up by people he thought to be friends, perhaps kin of Mother of child. Lured to a location that in insular, and doesn't like outsiders investigating, which in a murder, shouldnt be tolerated by any Government Agency(no exceptions) and the Freedom of the Press is Freedom of Speech is for all, not the few.This is the United States Of America still. Just my opinion. I hope the truth will be found, the tribe is just hurting itself with it's attitude.
Bullying at Livingston Junior High School
Mason morris I too was bullied while attending ljh. 2009-2012. The administration turned their heads to the bullying and refused to do anything about it. My mom drove a school bus for 9 years. I can tell you first hand that lisd does not give a **** about students well being. The more students attending the more revenue they collect. When they introduced chromebooks 2015 school yr, many students grades dropped drastically. I was one of them. The lhs admin would NOT help us, they moved us from program to program just to keep up enrolled. I straight up told lhs admin to do something about it or im leaving, they blatantly refused to help. I dropped out in november. Lisd needs to be called out on this. Enough is enough and the only thing thats going to bring change is a total boycott of the schools. They simply do not care. Protest isnt going to do anything, they wont even notice people gathered outside, they will not change until parents and students band together and boycott the schools. When theres no attendance and their revenue disappears they will begin to change. Until then bullys will continue to bully and staff will turn a blind eye.
The bullying at Livingston Jr High does not only happen there, there is bullying on a daily basis at all the LISD schools.... and it has been going on for at least 20 yrs. I pulled one of my children out at least 20 years ago because nothing was done. Even then the principals and teachers back then turned their heads and pretended it wasn't going on.I never had any of my children be injured physically, but I know there was some emotional abuse.I was once told by one principal that I must be encouraging physical violence at home because my child got tired of the bullying and took the matter into their own hands... guess what she was charged with assault and placed in ISS with the same people that were bullying her. She got to where she didn't want to go to school at all, so I moved her to a private school.And I have had grand children in all the schools in LISD, I can only hope they are not victims of this terrible act. It doesn't just lie in the hands of teachers and principals either,parents should be teaching their children from a very early age that being mean to other children is not right. I hope there is a way some day to stop bullying in our schools and make school a happy place to be ... not fearful. Just saying.
Hello, I go to Livingston Junior High and I don't see where giving the boys a week in AEP is a punishment that is barely even up to what these young men did to this 7th grader. It is in the news that Dustin Johnson was attacked by a group of boys and those boys names are Cory *******, Ethan *****, and Diego *********. They had punched this young man cross eyed and in my jurisdiction that is not right under any circumstances. I hope that you will understand that what those young men have done is not right and should not be handled by just giving them a week in AEP so with that being said i have contact with many close friends to Dustin Johnson and i hope that you will understand I am trying to do something good about this do to the fact me and a lot of other people DO NOT see where this is right AT ALL. Thank you very much for your time if you have any questions email me from this email thank you very much and have a great day.
The bullying is ridiculous and out of control in LISD ! Livingston Intermediate is another campus that does nothing about bullying ! I have even taken things all the way to central office. LISD NEEDS BULLYING INTERVENTION for the physical and emotional safety of our children !
TwilaJCR When violence involves bodily harm, don't depend on the school. Parents, guardians or caretakers need to go their local law enforcement agency. In this case, it appears it would be Livingston Police Department. File a formal complaint with any information on hand, including names, medical reports, witnesses, etc. Based on the information available, this isn't "bullying"' it is assualt, probably felony assault.
I just want to personally say thank you to all the time and effort the Law Enforcement in our area has been putting in here lately. I can say, for my neck of the woods, I have seen ENORMOUS drop in traffic around my house. (I'm not sure why people think it isn't very obvious what is going on). Keep up the great work! Eventually, they will get the hint to get their drugs and get out of town!
Absollutely horrible if someone cannot resurrect these highly informative boardsl even under another name. I have gained so much knowledge since moving here., as well as rescuing a pet........how many pets now will go without salvation...........all my hints for work at my home, tips that helped alot........
I received a E-Mail from itown stating that the problem that it is experiencing is a hack that might prevent Itown from ever coming back on line. That maybe someone payed a hacker to cause Itown to go off line. If that is the case I hope they track the culprits down. I enjoyed Itown, will miss it.
I haven’t been able to get on there for days as well. Editor said you don’t know Russ who pays you. Perhaps they might know who he is. Unless of course you are volunteer. Surely you have an email address. That is what I use to have to do with the internet. Call somebody in another state that would send an email to Livingston. I would remark. Well If I had internet I could send them my own email. The more things change the more they remain the same.
For those who also check local stuff on Livingstonitown and have not been able to connect to it since Sunday, I spoke with Rus this AM and he has been in contact with the hosting server. They report that several of their hundreds of servers were hit with a "Denial of Service" attack on Sunday. They are working to get the problem solved, but it could be a while before Itown is restored. Please tell your friends who go there that it isn't their computers or the owners, just a server glitch out there on the web.
I was wondering if anyone knows why Livingston Itown has been down several days. I frequent PCT and Itown daily and have been unable to access. Thanks!
I don't know. People have been asking me. I don't know Russ. I don't believe I've ever met him. - Editor
Ms. Editor, I've posted comments before but they have never seen the light of day. I understand that you can nix anything that comes your way that isn't in line with your beliefs, so i'll ask you this. How do you feel about Kaitlyn Jenner? How do you feel about the lgbt community? How do you feel about that Canadian Ted Cruz? Why isn't Trump a good bet? Why can't Hillary be awesome? Why isn't garlic good with eggs? If Christians believe all that the Bible says, why are so many accepting of their friends that are living together but not married, and others that are gay? I want to hear all that you have to say. You are opinionated and I want to hear more. Grow a pair. Speak.
How do you feel about Kaitlyn Jenner?: I don't consider Bruce Jenner a hero just because he has a mental disorder. He can call himself "transgender" all he wants, but every single cell in his body and every strand of DNA in his body says he's a man. If he's a man, and he thinks he's a woman, then he has a mental disorder. Our true heroes are our military personnell and our law enforcement officers who put on the uniform everyday. - Editor
How do you feel about the lgbt community?: I don't feel any different from the lbgt community than I do about any other community. No, I don't agree with homosexuality. I know people who are gay, and honestly, they're some of the nicest and easiest people I've ever had to work with. What two people do with eachother romantically is their own business and NOT mine. - Editor
How do you feel about the Canadian Ted Cruz?: I think Ted's a great guy and if he's the Republican nominee then I'll vote for him to be president. - Editor
Why isn't Trump a good bet?: I think Trump would make a phenomenal president and is what our country needs. Whether or not he gets the nomination remains to be seen. - Editor
Why can't Hillary be awesome?: Because she's a corrupted power hungry habitual liar. She CONSTANTLY tries to divide our nation against itself with her speeches (women against men, blacks against whites, rich against poor). Hillary constantly fans flames based on narratives that are lies (but, again, LIES is what Hillary is all about). - Editor
If Christians believe all that the Bible says, why are so many accepting of their friends that are living together but not married, and others that are gay?: Christians aren't perfect. Secondly, there are those who claim to be Christians but really aren't. Perhaps some like keeping one foot in the world, and one foot in line with Christ's teachings? - Editor
Holy cow!! Ole' Evel Kneivel would have been proud of the distance on that jump!!! Gotta deduct a few points for hitting the truck on the landing but definitely a great parking job...right to the front door!!! Pretty dang impressive!! BUTTTT major man points lost on the "kitty Kat" paint job and interior...Come onnnnnn mannnnn!!!! What were you thinking!!!! LOLOL!!! Thanks again for all your reporting, those of us that live far away love catching up on all the hometown news!!! Keep up the good work!!!
Do you think this is what she had in mind? Watching that video and seeing her get pepper sprayed made my day. I love seeing these college kids get a taste of their own medicine. What are your thoughts??
I think that the spray is good for her. Helps her get a more rounded education and toughen up for real life (for when she gets out of college fantasy world). - Editor
First of all, Ted Cruz is a embarrassment to the state of Texas. As is Rick Perry. But in the argument against global warming. That's just a talking point that the polluters of this country has told the right to say and believe. You have no idea how much of tax payers money goes to cleaning up the pollution. Lets just say there is no global warming. It would still be a good idea for this world and future generations to go to clean energy, don't you think
I like Ted Cruz. I don't have a problem with him. As far as going with clean energy, sure. We should continue to research for clean energy. But senseless government taxation and burden on the citizens does absolutely nothing helpful, and actually makes things worse. - Editor
Willie, I'm sure after reading Tyler 2 cents you probably feel exactly how Ted Cruz felt with that kid in the video. Like Ted you handled his retarded moment well and with class. I would say that this kid is a prime example from what you added in your article. Except for the fact clearly he is not educated and makes you realize why the left uses a Jackass as their mascot. TYLER! PLEASE DO NOT PROCREATE AND JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS!!!
LOL! Thank you, James. :D - Editor
Willie your soap box sounds so simple because it is simple minded. You're literally basking in your prideful ignorance and smearing your feces against the nearest wall with contempt. Climate change currently kills half a million people globally and has ended more empires and civilizations than can be counted. You're so dim you probably think the Holocene Extinction Event a big global scheme of educated people to take your firearms. Your descendants should remember you with shame. All hail Willie, proud of his ignorance with malice toward many.
OH MY GOODNESS! Where do you get these ridiculous numbers? Are you talking about climate change? Earthquakes? Hurricanes and tornadoes? All of the above? If so, how do you intend to stop them? With bigger government bearing down on us? Let me guess, emmissions testing on our vehicles, outlawing lawn mowers and airconditioning will stop these things. Do you really believe this? The sky is falling, Tyler! Run for the hills! - Editor
I think you described people like yourself.
Willie, once again you knocked it out of the park. I really enjoy the soap box articles. It baffles me how many people support Killary and this socialist. It takes a true idiot to support him while socialist countries are failing. the only people I know that support him live at home with mommy or sponge from mommy while in college. Ted Cruz is the man. He imo is about as true as you can get as a politician. He could bring a lot of good back to washington. I wish you could do these once a week.
If they called Donald Trump rally a "job fair" stop the protesters from going.
Thank you for the kind words and for being a reader! - Editor
I was very lucky each time I was in college, (I have two and a half degree's). Almost all my professors believed in creation, even my psychology professor. The one professor that I have to this day the most respect for, was my A & P professor at Angelina College in Lufkin. He proved that God created man. The proof he showed us, is far too detailed to put in a email. It started with a atom and ended with a human, as he called it "God's perfect design". Thanks for all you do Willie. The door greeter at Wal*Mart.
Ah yes, I remember you. Thank you! - Editor
I am 63 yrs old. I went too college when i was in my 30's. One professor cautioned us too be very wary of what we were taught. I did not complete college. Her statement has stuck with me. What you learn in a book needs too apply in every day life. Some folks cannot tell the difference. I have met very few college graduates I respect.
Pretty much LISD has been forcing students into AEP(Alternative Education Program) to manipulate the school's star system for UIL competition so they would face schools that would allow them to boost their chances of winning games so they could get more funding, mainly for the sake of football. How many years has LISD been doing this? Our daughter was one of the students affected by this. This school's greed has cost students their futures, their college education and who knows what else...all for the sake of money and football. Children's futures thrown aside like trash for a game? Now that we see LISD have gotten busted doing this, how about we see some accountability too? Sadly, there is none to be found, only a paltry 2 year probation sentence that doesn't mean anything in the grand scheme of things. Worse than the lack of accountability and integrity is the silence of the town and county. Where's the town outrage? Where's the calling for head's of school board members who approved this manipulation tactic? Why isn't anything being done that will help the children that have been railroaded by a corrupt school system?
You put a false statement in your headlines and I wish you would take the time to correct this. UIL did not slap the LISD Football Program with 2 years probation, they "slapped" LISD with 2 years probation. I hate that you are zeroing in on the Football Program for some reason. The Football program did not do this and I feel like you are just drawing negative attention to our Football Program. LISD is on 2 years Probation for what they did. Please consider wording your heading differently.
Sorry about that. I was going by what the article said. I'll fix it. - Editor
Jason V. Boone
Just wanted to throw my "2 cents" in from lil 'ol Rhode Island. I had the pleasure of speaking with Willie on Wednesday and I do have to say......awesome guy. He is very down to earth but firm and respectful in what he does. I looked at the website for 4 hours and found myself feeling like a member of Polk County!!! Keep up the great work and best wishes to everyone in the community!!!
Hey, I was one of the students who was transported to the hospital. I remember I turned around and she was about 20ft away and carrying a constant speed of 80+ and I was like "she's gonna hit us, she's gonna hit us" she kept getting closer and closer at a constant pace and then I turned around and bam! The impact came...I flew up out of the seat landed on the top of the back of the seat then fell back into the seat and hit my head. They ran x rays, and they came back negative (thank the lord) and I went home, they did tell me though that the pain will get worse over the next few days, and that I have bruising on my spinal cord but in okay I remember glass flying everywhere and the female drivers bumper flying and then the great ems employee's (very nice and caring) loaded me and and we were on our way to the hospital, I may have a mild concussion but thank god it wasn't worse, but my thought and prayers go out to the family.
While I would never wish anyone harm, Mr. Wiggington was a victim of karma. He had pulled out from a driveway (going north) on Hwy 146 right in front of our car, in a 60 mph zone, making us brake hard to avoid rear-ending him. He didn't accelerate quickly at all, nor change lanes to get out of the way. He also turned left onto Church St. (at Melbo's) right in front of a south-bound car, making that person also brake to avoid him. He wasn't using his signal lights the whole way we were behind him, and his lights weren't on for safety. Sorry this happened to him, but if he drives like that all the time, he's very lucky not to have been plastered before yesterday!
We drivers are always reminded to see and watch for motorcyclists, and "share the road". I think most of us do that. The motorcyclists who don't drive with caution, or even drive with 'attitude', sure don't help the cause for their fellow bikers.
As the mom of a Big Sandy Wildcat basketball player I just wanted to say thank you for the coverage you've recently given our boys. The Big Sandy Wildcats have always played with great integrity and great sportsmanship. Big Sandy ISD has a reputation of always turning out great basketball players. I've never left a gymnasium ashamed of my school or my team because they always reflect the very best attitude. It has been a great joy to watch this particular group of boys over the past year. They play very well together each taking his own turn to offer what he has to give to his team and his school.
The talent among these guys is tremendous and I do believe is heaven sent. The attitude of our players is always good and positive. Attitude reflects leadership and I can honestly say that coach Kevin Foster has been a wonderful leader for the Big Sandy Wildcats. I have always been proud to be a Wildcat mom. I am of course hopeful that are wildcats will make it back to the state tournament again this year, as many know we have a whole team of seniors except for one and this will be their last chance for first place in state. For this family it wouldn't just mean first place for a player but also for a coach since our oldest son is the assistant coach and our youngest son is a player.
Please pray for our team and coaches as they continue this journey and hopefully finish it in San Antonio with a first place trophy. With appreciation...
Bad Taxi Service
Here is my rant for the day. There is a cab service here in town that I will not mention any name in particular. I know someone who had no other choice but to take a cab to town to do errands. She was charged $14.00 one way. Well another time the same cab company charged her $40 dollars one way. When she questioned why was there such a huge price difference she was told that the driver was the supervisor and that she can charge whatever she wanted. What the hell? When she complained to the owner he told her the same thing. When she didnt have the correct amount, she was told that she can go to jail. So guess what? They held her wallet and other personal belongings until it was paid. I have a few words for the owner, shame on you. Cause you are suppose to be a Christian man. I know how real Christian people act and by all means they dont act like this. For the record, she will never ride in that cab again.
Nelva Cain Livingston My rant for today! Why are some stories run and some stories ignored? Today, Thursday, 1/25/16, around 9 am, there was a SUV vs bicycle wreck on N. Washington close to the Polk Co. Sheriff's Dept. Why was this not covered? I think PCT covers only what it wants to cover! Polk Co. has a right to know ALL the news! My rant is over!
You are correct. We only cover stories that we want to cover. In this case, we showed up at this incident, took pictues, and the bycyclist had barely a scratch but was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons only. No big deal. So in this case WE CHOSE not to publish this story. Yes, you do have a right to know and we'll keep bringing the news when it happens. Thank you for reading, and thank you for writing to us. - Editor