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STATE REP.CHUCK HOPSON Education bill isn't perfect, but it's an improvement
I voted for an amendment to increase public school employee pay and an amendment to prohibit the state from using public money to pay for private...

Customer burned by bill for hot water heater
Beware if you are in need of replacing a hot water heater in Rusk, or anywhere else, I suppose. The city has regulations required by the state, which are, in my opinion,...
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Palestine mayor responds to Bob Lewis' editorial
The editorial by Bob Lewis on March 28 compared the Texas State Railroad to the Texas toll roads fast track. That is like comparing a pine tree to a pole cat. They are...
Organizers say Rusk's 1st Bridal Show was a success
The City of Rusk is earning the reputation as the "Promotion Capitol of Cherokee County." The first-ever Bridal Show Saturday, March 24, was, in the words of Chamber...
Think twice about solicitations
I recently received a solicitation from the National Veterans Services Fund campaign requesting a $10 donation as part of their 2007 Rusk area annual fund donation drive....
Kelley Kelton and Neill Holcomb measure space between parking places as Howard King runs a striping machine. City crews recently marked parking spaces on Fifth Street on the east side of the courthouse square. Local stars of stripes

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Kudos for new parking spaces
There are now 40 additional parking spaces available now on the southeast corner of the square on 5th Street, between Henderson Street and Lone Oak Street and along Lone...
TXU's rates don't compute
For the past several years, I have been writing letters to the editor, the Texas Public Utility Commission, my state congressmen and various other state officials about the...
The Rusk Chamber of Commerce is trying to relocate a red caboose from the Texas State Railroad to the Heritage Park in front of the Weston Inn and Suites in Rusk. More than $20,000 is available to help construct the park from memorials and honorariums donated when former Mayor Emmett Whitehead died in 2002. Will there be a caboose on U.S. Highway 69?
CONNIE BROWN Will there be a caboose on U.S. Highway 69? The Rusk Chamber of Commerce is working to add a caboose from the Texas State Railroad...

Move to privatize Texas State Railroad deserves a cooling off...
State Sen. Robert Nichols' reason for insisting the state take the toll road fast track off the legislation path for a cooling off period, while the details are mapped...
TERRIE GONZALEZ EDITORIAL
A 60-page audit report on the condition of Texas' state parks cites the Texas Parks Wildlife Department for having weak financial controls and no...

Toll roads should not be built at the expense of Texas taxpayers
Few issues have become as emotionally or politically charged over the past few years as toll roads. As a Texas Transportation Commissioner for eight years and current state...
Christianity offers room for interpretation
A beautiful and remarkable thing about Christianity is that there is room enough, and salvation for, the bright and the thick, the imaginative and the concrete, the ill...