I am so thankful that I live in a city, Huntsville, that celebrates Veteran’s Day each year. Our citizens turn out for various events in our city to help celebrate and remember those who have taken up the call to serve in the armed forces. I have personally attended five veteran events the p…

The death penalty is a Satanic Ritual and should have been abolished long ago. Actually killing convicts bring them peace far sooner than if he has to reflect on his crime for the rest of his natural like in the confines of a prison cell. Life in prison is a far greater punishment than killi…

The West Sandy Community Association held it's annual BBQ fundraiser on October 27. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all who attended and contributed. We would especially like to thank Aldi's, Wal-Mart and HEB for being our corporate sponsors and to let Troy Walker know how much w…

The three slate insurgents/reformers running for the Walker County Hospital District Board should arrange to have a press conference/public forum answering questions. 

HISD boost their Financial Rating. LOL, they have great accountants tracking our money. In the Private Sector, I vote with my wallet. If a company does a good job I continue to give him my money. If he doesn't, then no more of my money and he goes out of business. This is accountability. How…

Washington, D.C., has become too partisan and there is no better example of that than the topic of health care – a deeply personal, complex issue that affects every single one of us and one-sixth of the American economy. No one believes that the Affordable Care Act is perfect, including us, …

Lately, everywhere I go people are worried about the prospect of losing our deeply-in-debt hospital; yet, none seem to have any concrete information about how, when, nor to what exact extent the Walker County Hospital Corporation’s steep slide into indebtedness occurred. Two weeks ago we lea…

As a staff physician in obstetrics and gynecology solely using Huntsville Memorial Hospital since 1992, I wish to voice my support for our local hospital. My practice and livelihood solely depends on a healthy hospital. It is essential for our community to have a viable hospital to care for …

Have we met before? For those of you who I have not had the pleasure of connecting with in our local community, my name is Sally Nelson. In 2013, I retired as the Chief Executive Officer at Huntsville Memorial Hospital after six (6) fantastic years. Prior to that, I served as the Executive V…

I recently saw a political cartoon by Mike Smith which has a husband stating, "I'm not voting for anyone who runs negative campaign ads." His wife replies, "So you're not voting?"

The title of your front page story Wednesday, "Public speaks out on (school) district improvements," was somewhat misleading, because only a few citizens "spoke out" and because virtually "no public" showed up.

According to The Item, there was a forum held Thursday at Huntsville Public Library on pain pill abuse. I want to remind those in charge of regulations that they have created a new group of victims, the elderly.

Huntsville High School is jumping into the new year of theatre by going back several years. HHS Drama is putting on the rockin’ Musical production of “Like You Like It’, a Shakespeare story with an 80’s twist. It is a beautiful story about young people finding love, finding who they really a…

I have been to three community meetings to see what we need to do to correct our school district and up our STARR test scores. There were a lot of things mentioned and talked about, and some were very good ideas. The classes that are Pre-AP and the AP are not always the better classes. Some …

Texas’ tough sentencing policies have created the nation’s largest prison system, with nearly 150,000 prisoners and a $3.3-billion annual budget.

How sad and ironic that Nike, a poster child for capitalism that has benefited enormously from the freedom and blessings of America, chose as its representative a spoiled, disgruntled, ungrateful Che Guervara wannabe who brought his disdain of America to his job and poisoned a sport that onc…

Rep. Kevin Brady is misinformed with statistics when he stated in his recent press/ campaign release that the “average” person in the 8th Congressional district is getting a $1600 a year in tax cuts.  

We have a Texas Constitution and election crisis forming for the November 6th General Election. Under the Texas Constitution (https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/) Article 4. Sec. 10 governor Abbott is charged with the faithful execution of the laws. Under Article 6. Sec. 2 the director of el…

Einstein is famously quoted as saying that continuing to do the same thing while expecting different results is the definition of insanity. I might add that making changes before clearly identifying the problem could also be a definition of insanity.

As a long time educator, I am responding to the recent Letter to the Editor written by Wesley Freise (August 31, 2018) “Questions with Huntsville ISD”

On Saturday, senate hopeful, Beto O'Rourke had a Town Hall event at the Lowman Student Center. The current representative from El Paso spoke about the need for teachers to be paid a living wage, improving the VA's treatment of veterans, and the immigration crisis. Referring to the need to ac…

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The Democrats — aided by their allies, the mainstream news media — are having an absolute hissy fit over the Trump/Putin news conference in Helsinki. Admittedly, this was not Trump at his best. He should have anticipated this question — and he should have prepared for it. This was a "No Win"…

For conservatives, and especially the Pro-Life movement, President Trump’s opportunity to appoint his second nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States is significant since the president’s pick will be replacing Justice Kennedy. To our consternation, Kennedy has been the longtime “swi…

Twenty-four years ago, at the request of a former mayor and others, I ventured briefly into the public election arena as an alternative candidate to a friend who was a banker. I agreed to run, and the result was an eye-opening experience to the good and bad of party politics.

This past Thursday I came home to find a card from the March Republican primary election opponent for Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Mike Countz. It simply listed general catch phrases, but failed to provide any specific qualifications he might have to show that he is the best candidate to …

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