Viewpoints

Sen. Robert Nichols pleased with support for Prop. 7
AUSTIN - Texas voters overwhelming approved a transportation funding amendment to the state constitution Tuesday, reflecting widespread support for...


Troup’s Soape follows passion for conservation
When I was 13 my grandpa told me, 'Son, God looks after fools and them that can't help themselves,' then he looked right at me and said, 'you fall in that category.' This...
Important to report all suspected child abuse or neglect
Child abuse is an unfortunate reality in our nation and also in our local communities. It is defined federally in the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) of...
STATE SEN. ROBERT NICHOLS Nichols’ 5 Cents: changes to Senate, school days; Veterans Day
When I drive across the district meeting with community leaders, local elected officials and constituents, I am constantly reminded of how lucky we...


American dream is real with a strong work ethic
Saul Alinsky published his book, Rules for Radicals, in 1971. One of Alinsky's most effective tactics is the use of ridicule. This tactic is simple: if you are losing the...
West Orange-Stark athletic director and football head coach Cornel Thompson and several of his players traveled to Alto to present the Yellowjacket football team with a banner in memory of Alto junior Cam'ron Matthews. The Mustang football team has dealt with tragedy on the field before. In 2010, WO-S quarterback Reggie Garrett died after collapsing on the sideline during a game in West Orange. Alto ISD thankful for support after tragedy
As Alto took the field Friday, Oct. 16, no one could have predicted that the events that unfolded before halftime would change our lives...


Billionaires can change America through their wealth – if they choose
In the latest edition of Forbes Magazine, if I counted correctly, they list 404 billionaires. They give the general area that provided such riches, but none of the details...
STATE SEN. ROBERT NICHOLS Nichols’ 5 Cents: Props. 1 and 7, school finance and Gov. Abbott
We have officially moved into the Fall season and with that comes the expectation of cooler weather, the changing of the leaves, time with family...


Grandparents thank community for coming together to help their family
The Alto community and surrounding areas came together in a time of need for our grandchildren: Isaiah, Margie, Sherice and Olivia Thacker. They lost everything in a house...
October is Texas Archeology Month
The following is from the Texas Historical Commission website: Scattered across our vast state are clues to a story that began thousands of years ago - a story that remains...
Abortion videos cause outrage
Recently, I heard about the sixth video regarding the abortion industry and Stem- Express, which uses the fetal body parts obtained by Planned Parenthood. I could not watch...
Texas Ramp Project to construct 10,000th ramp this month
An elderly disabled man escapes his burning home on his new wheelchair ramp. A dialysis patient can finally leave her home without having to be carried down the steps. A...
Cedar Hill Cemetery’s state historical marker is only the beginning...
"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." The dedication of the historical marker at Cedar Hill Cemetery on Sept. 19 touched the hearts...


Impact Texas Teen Driver program now required
The Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding student drivers about the Impact Texas Teen Driver program (ITTD), which went into effect Sept. 1 and is a new...
Neches Paddling Trail set for Oct. 17
The Launch Event Ceremony for the Cherokee Neches Paddling Trail will be October 17, 2015, at 11 am at the launch site at Neches River Run Park, 2001 CR 3315, Jacksonville,...