Viewpoints

Taxing Thoughts: New overtime rule may qualify more employees for...
A new overtime rule takes effect on December 1, and the Department of Labor estimates that over 4 million workers will become entitled to overtime in the first year of the...
Idle American: Construction ahead – and behind
It’s enough to make grown men cry. This goes for grown women, too, as well as others licensed to drive in this land of the free and the home of roads under construction....
Letter to the Editor: Reader says thanks to Rusk librarian Derrington
Martha McKnight Gallatin I would like to express my appreciation for Amy Derrington and all she does for the Rusk and Gallatin Communities. My daughter told me about...
Letter to the Editor: 'Spend and tax era' not adding up
Hank Jones Rusk At the end of the year preceding the 2008-09 budget year, the budget in the county reserves was $9 million. A concept was initiated – “spend and tax”...
Letter to the Editor: Those who want change should vote for it
Scott Jared Rusk I am 72 years of age and have lived in or been involved with the City of Rusk for the majority of my adult life. My wife was born and raised here, so...
Family Service Board thanks Cherokee County
On behalf of the Cherokee County Family Service Board, I would like to express our appreciation to the citizens of our county who serve on the United Fund board. Annually,...
Officials meet on Capitol Hill to discuss Interstate 69 project
More than 20 representatives of Texas communities and a member of the Texas Transportation Commission were on Capitol Hill last week urging federal officials to continue...
Post Office Food Drive a success
Saturday, May 14 was the 24th anniversary of the Post Office Food Drive. Thank you to all the postal carriers and all of the people of Rusk who gave canned goods to the...
Force against ISIS can’t work alone
I've encountered more barbershop banter wondering why we "don't simply bomb ISIS into submission." It seems to be a frequent Republican position. Those who press for such...
Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation
In 2015, about 22 million American children depended on free or reduced-price school lunches. When school lets out for the summer, many of these children do not get enough...
Despite issues, ET shows heart on Giving Day
Hundreds of charities in East Texas benefited from the generosity of East Texas donors during East Texas Giving Day, the region’s inaugural day of giving to support local...
Taste of Jacksonville a success
The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce was host to the "18th Annual Taste of Jacksonville" on Thursday, April 28, in the Jacksonville High School Cafeteria. Seventeen vendors...
Texans urged to prepare for hurricane season
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging Texans to begin making plans to protect themselves and their families prior to the start of the 2016 hurricane season,...
STATE SEN. ROBERT NICHOLS Nichols’ 5 Cents: teachers; Energy Star Sales Tax; scholarships
On Memorial Day, our country will remember the military men and women who gave their lives serving our nation. I hope we all take time to give...


Rusk Post Office kicking off food drive
We wanted to remind everyone that Saturday, May 14, marks the 24th anniversary of the Post Office food drive. All donations picked up by postal carriers in Rusk are...