Recently, I had the privilege of being a living kidney donor through Baylor Scott & White in Dallas. Recognizing the perception of organ donation held by many of us, I hope you’ll allow me to talk briefly about the process of kidney donation, in the hopes others will consider this opport…

I have been in hospitals all over the world, even in the area of famine in Haiti. No one, except the seriously ill, wants to go to a hospital. Sleep for long is almost impossible. The area near the nursing station is almost always noisy, and your are awaken very often, to check your vital si…

We all get lots of Christmas cards at this time of year. Millions are thrown away after Christmas, which is a terrible waste. If you are interested in recycling your Christmas cards, you can make a difference in a sick child's life by sending the front of the cards to: St. Jude's Ranch for C…

A new change under the Center for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) could soon alter whether Medicare will continue to cover a life-saving procedure called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).

Why are outsiders pouring millions of dollars into Beto O’Rourke’s campaign? Simple, they want to take Texas down. They want to impose their radical agenda on our freedom-loving state. Texas has traditionally been a stronghold of conservative views and they hate us.

The Crayon Initiative, located in California, collects crayons, whole or broken, melts them down and remakes them into larger crayons. They then take the newly made crayons to children's hospitals. If you have crayons that you can donate, there are boxes to collect them at the Tyler, Whiteho…

I attended every one of the TxDOT meetings about the proposed expansions of U.S. 69 around our community. The first meeting provided statistics from TxDOT, but no discussion was allowed. The last two meetings had large maps spread on tables, showing choices of possible routes, and sympatheti…

Imagine Tyler without the Loop.  The congestion would be overwhelming and create economic damage.  The residents of the city would be impacted by the inability to get around town.

I would refer to the lack of a Highway 69 loop as a town killer. There’s acres of empty, abandoned or under utilized commercial buildings and property in Jacksonville largely BECAUSE of the traffic nightmare that not having a loop creates. Gridlock or near gridlock is a daily occurrence, par…

As someone who has spent their entire lifetime living and working in the Jacksonville area I am not opposed to the relief route in general, but I am opposed to the proposed US 69 Relief Route coming through the Craft Community. Craft was founded in 1891 by hardworking people looking for a qu…

I would refer to the proposed route for the new Highway 69 loop as a town killer. I believe there are viable alternatives that would achieve the stated goals without choking existing and potential business for our town. It is inevitable when considering a project of this type, that it will n…

The issue of the US 69 Relief Route around Jacksonville, Texas has been the topic of discussion and planning for several years. Once again, the process to determine the feasibility of such a route is being studied and discussed.

An open letter to Cherokee County jurors (6/26-27/2018):

A great, big thank you to all the women, men and the cop from the police department that helped me during the time when my purse was stolen in the parking lot at Walmart on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Enough! A town of 13,000, Santa Fe, TX. not too different from ours. If it can happen there, It can happen anywhere, even here. Ten dead, ten injured. What will it take to make changes to lessen the possibility of this? Twenty, maybe forty more instances of school violence? How many? Enough I say!

Never in the history of our state or our nation has a run-off election been as important as next week’s election. What makes this seemingly small event so huge in the scheme of state and national politics is the tactics being used to misinform and mislead voters.

The Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report reveals a steep increase in the strain of Alzheimer’s disease on people living with the disease, their families, caregivers and society at large. For the second consecutive year, the total national cost of caring f…

Late, last year, several local citizens got together to form a body of energized members of the community who are working on enhancing the community, both in terms of the visual appeal of the city and drawing more businesses to the area. This is a diverse group of people and the synergy has …

Having worked all of my life, I find it hard to pass the Help Wanted section of the news paper without taking a peek. Since I am mostly retired—that means I have a sufficient retirement income but dabble in several things that bring me pleasure and profit in my old age. I can’t get my fill o…

I heard the Black bird’s caw today. As he sailed over head, the sound of his feathers beating the air carried me back to the red sand and rocks of a small tomato farm in Frankston, Texas. There, among the cobwebs of my mind, lay tangled the memories of trips to Frankston, made time and time …

Approximately 6.5 million pets go through animal shelters every year. Shelters are on the front lines saving millions of pets That’s why the first full week in November is designated as National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week.

I would like to applaud Mr. Joshua Lindsey for his candid letter published in the October 17 edition of the JDP. I regret that Mr. Lindsey has found himself on the wrong side of the law.

I am writing this to inform as many people as possible of the status of the JBSA. At the annual meeting last week the entire executive board and most of the board of directors resigned from their positions effective on October 3.

After enduring three consecutive guest editorials in the Jacksonville Progress denouncing Southern/Confederate/American history, heritage and culture and calling for the removal of monuments it is time to take a stand for Dixie.

We used to eat in the house and use the outdoor toilet. Today we use the indoor toilet and eat out of the house. But who cares? One thing is for sure, Mr. President Hate won't make America great. But there is a way to pay for building bridges in this country.

We have all heard the reactions to the sad events over this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. Unfortunately, the majority of voices we hear do not reflect the real problem we are dealing with: Division.

Seeing as how your paper printed my photo with the “batch” provided by Cherokee County, I thought in all fairness the benevolent press would allow me to retort. Please forgive my lack of eloquence in speech, and feel free to label their discourse concerning my current predicament as the rant…

Last week, I ran out of gas, right on busy Hwy. 79. I almost made it to the station, but my coasting ended just shy of Philip St. I was driving my daughter’s truck and was unfamiliar with the gauges and couldn’t even find the flashers. Worried I would be flattened by a semi; I got out and st…

On behalf of the members of the Keep Rusk Beautiful committee, I would like to thank everyone who visited Rusk during the Chamber of Commerce's annual Fair on the Square on Memorial Day this year.

I have always been puzzled and concerned why each generations is worse than the previous one! America was founded on Christian beliefs and freedom, but too many "doors" have been opened over the years to let in the ... evil of the devil ... which is destroying our Christian way of life. I ha…

Analysts: 23 million more uninsured with GOP Health Bill ... That was the headline emblazoned across page A5 of Tuesday's Jacksonville Progress, followed by a half page AP article.

It’s estimated that about 40 million people will be traveling this Memorial Day weekend to reach their vacation destinations or backyard barbecues—the highest number of travelers in 12 years. But congested highways won’t be the only thing aggravating drivers. Police across the country will o…

If you have a drawer full of old birthday, Mother's Day, Christmas, etc. cards and want to donate them to a worthy cause, I would suggest that you send them to:

For weeks, I have struggled to say exactly what Jeanie Swink said in a Letter to the Editor on May 4 supporting the library in Rusk about the bond issue to rebuild the Tomato Bowl here in Jacksonville. In the letter “Investments for our future!” her plea for voters to support the library in …

I truly regret that you (Calvin Howell) did not contact me directly about what was troubling you. I am always available by appointment to meet with any citizen that needs an explanation as to how law enforcement operates in the City of Jacksonville. Since it is unfortunate we did not get the…

Let me say up front I support our Police force. There is none finer in the world. They put themselves on the line for us and I do not envy them their jobs. My letter today is to share my experience last week about a visit to our police department here in Jacksonville. It was my first time ev…

Some of my greatest memories growing up in Jacksonville are when I played my high school football in the Tomato Bowl as a Jacksonville Fightin’ Indian. There was nothing like a Friday night game at the Tomato Bowl. I know first-hand what that stadium means to the Jacksonville community. I kn…

As a child attending events at the Tomato Bowl, I could not wait to get the chance to participate in front of one of the best fan bases in East TX at JHS. Since playing football in the Tomato Bowl in 1997 the stadium has not changed and is deteriorating. Our children, teachers, staff, admini…

That's is a very nice letter from the Austin family urging people to vote FOR the school bond. What they don't mention is how much the school bond is. There are a lot of people in town who do not have the kind of money they Austin family does, and we are struggling just to get by and pay for…

On May 6, I will proudly vote “YES” in support of Jacksonville ISD's bond proposal, which will pay for renovations and additional at the Jacksonville High School and the Tomato Bowl, and a major and much-needed expansion of the Career and Technical Education facility.

Those of us born here, grew up here, raised our children and now grandchildren here – realize the importance of Jacksonville Independent School District and the Tomato Bowl. While employed by JISD, I quickly learned how often the Tomato bowl is used by the District as well as the entire comm…

The month of May will soon be here. It's hard to believe it's been 25 years since the dedication of the War Memorial in Jacksonville. Forty-nine years ago, the month of May was the deadliest month in Vietnam with 2,415 casualties. One of those casualty's names is on the War Memorial in Jacks…

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