Viewpoints

HHSC policy change will help rebuild state's capacity
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will convert most temporary workers in its community-based eligibility office to permanent status and increase staffing in...
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Labor Day is a hard-fought tradition that should be observed
"Labor Day is a holiday honoring working people," according to the World Book Encyclopedia. It is celebrated as a legal holiday throughout the United States, Puerto Rico...
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Solutions suggested for school systems' deficits
I wonder why our school system can't be fixed. We live in America where we can do anything if we put our minds to the task. I talk to teachers and they say they are...
Thanks for the web page
I just returned from a threeweek trip to Wichita, Kan, and I wanted to express my appreciation to you for putting the Cherokeean Herald online. I enjoy keeping up with my...
Reader expresses gratitude
We would like to say "thank you" to the Cherokeean Herald for printing our anniversary announcement and for publishing the obituary for Kenneth Acker. I would also like to...
Alto Yellowjacket fan expresses disappointment with broadcast decision
Please receive this letter with the understanding that I am not mad at you or your company, but I would like to express my disappointment in the fact that KWRW will not be...
Hannah Collie, the three-year-old daughter of Jason and Amanda Collie of Alto, recently received a heart transplant at Children's Medical Center in Dallas. Family members report she is improving since the surgery. A heartfelt thank you to our small town family
As you all well know, our baby girl Hannah has received her heart. She was on the transplant list for 47 hours when we got the call. What an...

New traffic laws go into effect Sept. 1
Notable traffic and criminal laws willo go into effect on Sept. 1, unless noted otherwise. They include: HB 84, known as Katie's Law, requires drivers 85 years of age and...
Constable, canine assistant praised for drug interdiction
I would like to express the sincere gratitude of the Texas Highway Patrol for the experience, knowledge, expertise and willingness to sacrifice on the part of Constable...
U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Dallas said Aug. 15 he supports legislation to end earmark spending (pork barreling). He met with constituents in the Cherokee County courtroom to outline his efforts to combat earmarks inserted into spending bills by individual lawmakers to benefit specific, limited numbers of people. He said he is one of 16 House members who voted for all 50 (antipork) amendments last year. Pork barrel spending

Yellowjacket fans in Tyler are disappointed
Alto football games on the radio are the "highlight" of our week. We are alums of Alto High School with great pride and interest in our school and the athletic program...
Ten Commandments are missing from our lives
It is really amazing that good old common sense is disappearing, and I might as well throw in common decency also. Let's start with the Ten Commandments. I can not...
STATE REP.CHUCK HOPSON An open letter to Gov. Rick Perry
Dear Governor Perry: I would respectfully request that a Special Session of the Texas Legislature be called in order to address the consequences...