Viewpoints

Tough Enough to Wear Pink night at the Jacksonville Tops In Texas...
We are proud to announce that the Tops in Texas Rodeo has asked Relay for Life to help sponsor Cherokee County's first annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink event. If you are a...
Tax bill does not reflect property values
I protested my property value appraisal like many others. In three years my appraised value went up 62.9 percent. It clearly says it shouldn't go up more than 10 percent a...
Independence is scary
Independence is scary. True independence means you or your group make all decisions about your life, including food, clothing, shelter, occupation and lifestyle. The...
Sale of alcohol makes economic sense
Rusk's economy needs attention. We have empty buildings on the square, a sit-down restaurant struggling to be open in the evening and our citizens spending nearly $ 1...
RISD needs help to correct athletic signs
I have read with interest your recent musings related to our sports recognition signs at our football and baseball stadiums. As a quick fact, let me remind all your readers...
It's time to think outside the box
I believe that our city will benefit greatly from tax revenues generated from alcohol sales. I also believe that our city can become, once again the thriving community it...
Alcohol sales would help tourism
Alcohol sales would help with tourism. Many tourists come in and have no idea what dry is all about. We need to stop living in the past and plan for the future, so this...
Not all handicapped people have walking impairments
In regards to a letter to the editor in the June 11 issue of the Cherokeean Herald on handicapped parking being abused: Not all handicapped people use walking devices. The...
Snapshot of local economy looks healthy
The Texas economy is still growing - although not at the pace of previous years. That's the opinion of Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, who...

Former mayor explains history of last Alto gas leak
I am sure most of you have forgotten the big gas leak at the senior citizen apartments a couple of years ago. It was a massive leak and we had to get a company to fix this...
Rusk needs to hold a wet-dry election
It should be noted that this letter represents my thoughts and not the views of the City of Rusk. Each year the city approves a new budget. This budget hopefully includes...
Funding for crime victims
Congress has significantly cut funds that go to local crime victim assistance programs for the past two years and is considering more cuts to Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)...
Fair on the Square needs gospel
This year's Fair on the Square was just as good as the others have been with one exception. I had read in this paper that there was to be at least some gospel music and...
Handicap parking is abused
Every day I see handicap parking spaces being abused by individuals who do not meet TxDOT's definition of a disability I get angry and upset at the individuals abusing the...
Operation: Letters to Abby
To our friends and loved ones in Rusk, we want to thank you for the many cards, phone calls, visits and encouragements during this especially difficult time in our lives....