BIBLE VERSE IN NEWSPAPER
To the best of my knowledge, the Tyler Morning Telegraph is not a denominational newspaper. It is my understanding that it is intended to disseminate news to all citizens of Tyler and Smith County who are interested in the happenings around town and in Smith County.
If so, then the placement on your website of a Bible verse, and specifically of a verse from the New Testament, is entirely out of keeping with the secular, universal orientation that a city newspaper should have. Not all of the paper's readers are Christian, and to assume as much (and even more so, to impose such an imputation on the readership), is irresponsible and hostile to American democracy, which is a democracy for all its citizens, not just those who subscribe to one particular religious orientation. The religious references, however many points you may feel it scores with your "base," degrade the newspaper, are completely inappropriate, and ought to be removed at once.
Bruce Ellerin, Tyler
WHAT CUMBERLAND HS NEEDS
Cumberland Academy High School on Paluxy does not need another exit. There is rarely a line of cars coming out of the property, but always long lines from three directions coming into the High School.
It needs the following: A separate long right turn lane coming northbound on Paluxy, and two holding lanes on the Academy property, not one. Parents are blocking northbound traffic on Paluxy on the right lane, and the turn lanes on Jeff Davis. And perhaps two left turn lanes are needed, for southbound Paluxy traffic. The traffic lane repainting job on Jeff Davis changed nothing, and is a joke.
What is happening here is a lot of parents heading south on Paluxy, instead of getting into that left turn lane going into the school, either head through the stoplight and do a U-turn on Paluxy, using private driveways, and join the stream of cars making a right turn into the school. Or they turn right onto Jeff Davis, and do a U-turn onto private driveways, and join the eastbound lane, blocking both the turn lane and the straight through lane. I have also seen women parking on the grass shoulder on Jeff Davis on private property, waiting for their student to dangerously run across Paluxy, often against the light.
There is a similar situation at the Cumberland Academy Middle School on Copeland. No turn lanes were provided. TxDOT and the city of Tyler, before ever approving this development plan, should have demanded that the school pay for proper turn lanes, and holding/parking space. This is totally inadequate planning, but typical in Tyler. Adequate planning is cost effective, and just common sense. I was a former freeway designer and construction supervisor in Washington state, and have some experience at that, although it was a long time ago.
Capt. John D Mustard, Tyler
On Feb. 16, 2019, The Texas Tribune published an article revealing that Sen. “Angela Paxton files bill that would allow her husband, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, to issue exemptions from securities regulations.” The bill “would allow approved individuals to serve as investment advisers without registering with the state board — a felony under Texas law that Ken Paxton was charged with in 2015.” Ken Paxton was charged with two felony counts of securities fraud and not registering, much less acquiring Texas state board certification, necessary to acquire the official Texas investment adviser representative designation. Ken Paxton was charged with fraud due to acquiring tens of thousands of dollars in fees for soliciting clients, for financial sector firms he was employed with, while falsely claiming he was a Texas state investment adviser representative. His pending Texas criminal case, upon a possible conviction, could result in Mr. Paxton serving 5 to 99 years in prison. However, the proposed bill, Senate Bill 860, sponsored by his wife, would not only prevent prosecution, the bill would empower “Ken Paxton, a statewide official accused of violating state securities law to decide who can skirt state securities law.” In essence, Mr. Paxton’s past, felony convictions would be dropped, allowing him to decide state licensure and registration, a power his office currently, by law, does not possess. Call Reps. Cole Hefner at 512-463-0271, Matt Schaefer at 512-463-0584, and Sen. Bryan Hughes at 512-463-0101, and tell our elected officials to vote against Senate Bill 860.
Roshin Rowjee, Lufkin
VIETNAM VETERANS' CEREMONY
I had the pleasure on March 29, 2019, to attend a ceremony for Vietnam Veterans Day in Teague Park, Longview. There were veterans from Shreveport veterans facilities as well as veterans from the surrounding areas. Thanks is never enough for all of us serving and returning under such difficult and disparaging circumstances of antiwar protest. My only regret is that not many cities seem to care enough to show this type of respect and honor.
Tyler has always claimed to be veteran-friendly. Why do we not see this type of ceremony? I am saddened by that fact. Just an observation from a veteran.
John Bradberry, Arp
SOUTH SIDE'S CRITICAL NEEDS
South Tyler is the fastest expanding residential and commercial section of our city.
There are thousands of new of high-value, tax-paying homes and dozens of new businesses in the expanded Villages at Cumberland. With this growth we badly need some help in addressing our mounting critical needs. The daily "gridlock" traffic on South Broadway. It is getting worse every day. Some obvious ways to help redirect the traffic volume are:
1. Extend New Copeland south to Toll 49 through the Village at Cumberland. This would give an alternate north-south route off Broadway on the east side like Old Jacksonville has become on the west side.
2. Toll 49 — place billboards on US 69 south of Tyler and north of Lindale telling traffic on US 69 to take Toll 49 as a by-pass that saves an hour and numerous stoplights. This will divert through traffic off Broadway. (It took only 23 minutes nonstop to drive the Toll 49 route.
Other city and county services that south Tyler needs are: senior citizens center; small neighborhood playgrounds; Tyler library annex; auto registration facility (move county offices from the unrepairable Cotton Belt building into Macy's. Good space and ample parking); form a south Tyler homeowners association to represent us before the city and county governments and also support candidates; use some of the over $33 million from sales tax, a large part of which comes from south Tyler. It's time some of this was spent on south Tyler's critical needs.
J.S. Hardy, Tyler