A Better East Texas

  Better East Texas: Take school bus safety seriously

Better East Texas: Taking School Bus Safety Seriously

  Better East Texas: Healing, civility for the U.S.?

The return of civility would bring healing to the U.S.

BET: Migrant Caravan, porous borders

No one seems to have an answer in addressing the migrant caravan of several thousand people seeking asylum in the U.S.

Better East Texas: Corrupt Government

Nations cheat and absolute monarchies can be corrupt. We see a measure of this with the Saudi’s who were once thought to be international friends and now killing a member of the press in their consulate in Turkey.

Better East Texas: Texans and Tobacco

Texans have always been independent and proud – oftentimes going against the grain of pop culture and other societal pressures.

Better East Texas: Express your political opinion by voting, not arguing

Before you make that next snarky social media post or engage in a political debate with a friend or family member, register to vote.

Better East Texas: Weather Channel reporter loses trust

Once the pedestrians entered the shot, Mike Seidel’s cover was blown.

Better East Texas: Kavanaugh under fire

The #MeToo movement has come from nowhere to prominence and has brought victims out of the shadows.

Better East Texas: Awareness of rules, good conduct important this school year

There are a lot of ways to get in trouble at school. This time of year, high school students are expected to review and commit to a code of conduct that applies to their campus.

Better East Texas: Founders said media is ‘necessity and right of the people’

It is no surprise that we are weathering the storm of political divide in America.  Some would say it started with President Obama and some would say President Trump started it, but it may have happened more organically than many would admit.

Better East Texas: High school name change debate concluded for now; what happens next?

The debate on whether to rename Robert E Lee High School in Tyler has come a conclusion for now.

  Better East Texas: Is there a solution to Chicago’s violence problem?

The city of Chicago, one of the largest and most celebrated cities in America has a huge issue with gun violence.

BET: Sacha Baron Cohen reveals people’s racist attitudes, but needs more diversity

The name Sacha Baron Cohen may not instantly ring a bell, but you have probably seen some of his work. He is an actor who has appeared in several comedy movies such a Talladega Nights, the animated series Madagascar and even the movie musical Les Miserables.

Better East Texas: ‘Made in America’ should be call to action

President Trump rolled out products from every state during a ceremony recognizing his Made in America campaign. This is the second year of promoting the message of buying products manufactured in America.

BET: Papa John’s experience may hold lesson for all

Recently, the founder and Chairman of pizza giant Papa John's resigned amid a controversy where he used a racial slur during a company conference call. Now, John Schnatter fully admits he used the term but contends it was taken out of context.

BET: Little League hopes dashed, but good lessons learned

Hopes for a repeat by an East Texas team in the Little League World Series were dashed recently when the Pineywoods Little League team was found to be in violation of the rules and therefore ineligible to move forward in the tournament, ending a solid season.

Better East Texas: Eliminating single-use straws good start to help environment

It is always fascinating to see causes emerge and then see a symbol attached to that cause. Enter the common plastic straw and its identity as the poster child for banning some plastic items.

BET: Complicated border crisis calls for compassion

The crisis at the southern border of the U.S., much of which is in Texas, is very complicated.

BET: Hierarchy of sports may be changing in the U.S.

Professional sports in America have always been big business. There is little doubt that will continue, but the hierarchy in professional sports may be changing.

Better East Texas: Better, thanks to those who serve

If you grew up in the 1960's and '70's you remember the welcome home (or lack thereof) that our veterans received when they returned from serving our country.

Better East Texas: Focus on our democracy when considering Supreme Court nominees

As we reflect on the birth of our country this week, we have all hopefully paused to give thanks for America.  While we remain divided on many topics, and protest marches seem to be the order of the day, we should truly focus on what our democracy is and that is a reflection of the will of the people.

  BET: Resist urge to respond when political foes attack

The recent events involving White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, where she and her family were refused service and asked to leave a restaurant in Virginia, is a great example of how the hatred and rhetoric surrounding Donald Trump continues to escalate.  It is also a good example of how Trump should let these attacks play out with the probable outcome working to his advantage. Sanders was refused service because of her connection to Trump. Congresswoman Maxine Waters ...

Better East Texas: Will splitting up California solve its problems?

California has the largest homeless population in the nation, leads the nation in poverty, and performance scores by school-aged children are pretty low.  Ironically, the state will have a record rainy-day fund of more than $8 billion.

Better East Texas: Viewers weigh in on border crisis

I did a recent Better East Texas segment on the border crisis we are facing because of refugees from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.