ROSES: On a recent Thursday afternoon, as the storms rolled into Tyler with a vengeance, I was driving on Donnybrook Avenue behind Lowe's.

The rain starts to come down very hard. As I rounded the curve coming up on Lowe's side entrance, I noticed a couple on the sidewalk. The woman was on a motorized scooter and the man was walking beside her trying to protect her from the heavy rains and winds without much luck. The car in front of me pulled over and stopped very quickly, turning on their warning lights.

Rolled down their window and handed the man a large umbrella, then drove off.

In this crazy world we live in, it was almost enough to renew one's faith in the kindness of mankind — someone giving someone else a helping hand without anyone watching. Not many people would have thought of, or would have done what this person did.

Thank you to this amazing person. Maybe we could all pay it forward.

Peter Mason



RAVES: For the 28th year, the Texas Shakespeare Festival in Kilgore shines once again. With so much past experience, the festival operates like a well-oiled machine, producing an extraordinary level of polished professionalism. The 92-member company from 28 states and three foreign countries sparkles like a precious jewel. The stage in the Van Cliburn auditorium radiates brilliance with glowing performances in dazzling costumes on glitzy sets.

The actors playing two sets of twins in "Comedy of Errors" were so convincing, I actually believed there were four playing the parts instead of two. The hilarity spills over into the comedy "The Foreigner," where Jason Richards delivers a glittering tour de force.

The unconventional set in "A Winter's Tale" almost outshines the acting and "Camelot" remains the luminescent city that tugs at our heartstrings. There is also a children's play, "The Enchanted Forest."

The TSF performances are not unobtainable gems gleaming in the distance. They are in your neighborhood. Reach for those diamonds now — you won't be sorry.

The Texas Shakespeare Festival runs through July 28.

Mary K. Reed



RANT: Texas Rangers baseball fans in East Texas are being cheated every Friday when a Rangers ballgame is televised via Suddenlink channel 2 throughout the East Texas area. The video quality is so poor that I am often forced to listen on the radio rather than experience the rotten TV picture and distorted screen. This has been going on for several years. I have communicated my displeasure to Suddenlink and the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. Suddenlink says they are unable to treat the signal that comes to them. The Texas Rangers say they cannot do anything about it since it is a matter of contract with Channel 21 in the DFW area. The video quality in the DFW area is not a problem. Meanwhile, the fans in East Texas must view, what appears to be late 1940s or early 1950s technology.

Loma Allen



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