A Better East Texas

  Better East Texas: International pressures need addressing

We are seeing a rise in international priorities that must be dealt with sooner than later by the Biden administration. Three fronts specifically come to mind, but there are others.

  BET: Get vaccinated

Vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate. It is a word worth repeating as Texas and the nation continue with the COVID fight.

  Better East Texas: Boycotts can erode strength of democracy

In the next disturbing trend, fostered by social media, we are now seeing the emergence of boycotts as a way for some groups to voice displeasure with the action of other groups.

  Better East Texas: MIgrant border crisis continues to grow

Finally, we have seen the inside of the migrant holding centers that are housing thousands of children and teens that have been dropped off at America’s doorstep.

  Better East Texas: Masks are here to stay awhile

Texas is open at one hundred percent as business gets slowly back to normal. It certainly has a different feel to it as all of us make decisions to venture out in ways we have not done in over a year.

  Better East Texas: Connectivity needs to be improved in Texas, especially in rural areas

For many, internet access has been part of their entertainment and connectivity package but in the age of COVID-19, and even before that, we have realized the importance of solid connectivity needs, especially in the rural areas of Texas.

  Better East Texas: Power grid problems

Texans deserve to have a power grid that is reliable, has a working back up plan, keeps Texans safe and is ultimately independent.

  Better East Texas: Texas schools rule

As the new year begins, there is always an awareness of schools beginning a new semester, but we are also reminded of the eventuality of school being out for spring break and then recessed for the summer.

  Better East Texas: Curt Schilling proves words matter

KLTV General Manager Pat Stacey discusses the continued importance of understanding the power of words, especially from private and public leaders.

  Better East Texas: Don’t mess with Texas

The Texas legislature is back in session and the daunting task of trying to plan the revenue and expense budget for the state of Texas is number one on legislators lists of “have to’s”.

  Better East Texas: Words Matter

KLTV General Manager Pat Stacey warns that words matter, especially coming from our leaders, and we should all consider the impact of those words before they are said.

  Better East Texas: Amen ... and a woman?

To tailor the closing of a prayer, especially one of such visibility with a pun – again – his word – is over the top.

  Better East Texas: Moving forward into the New Year

I don’t want to claim that 2020 was some kind of victory but it was a display of some of the good in humanity

  Better East Texas: Congressional relief finally passed

Congress finally passed a next Covid relief bill that will help individuals and small businesses withstand the economic pressure brought on by Covid. But while the bill will offer relief, it is ridiculous that it took months to get the much-needed legislation.

  Better East Texas: Election fatigue

The election – at least the voting part of it – is behind us by several weeks, and states now have several additional weeks to get their election results certified in preparation for the Electoral College vote in December.

  Better East Texas: Veteran’s sign defaced

Shouldn’t true justice in this case include extreme community service, perhaps also some kind of history training?

  Better East Texas: Election returns impact Texas

If Texas is becoming a battleground state, it will pay off with more of our priorities being respected by both parties.

  Better East Texas: Flu shots save lives

Thankfully, as well, most providers charge little or nothing out of pocket for the flu shot so there are few reasons not to get it.

  Better East Texas: Early voting

Early voting has begun across Texas, and the early numbers are encouraging – somewhat.

  Better East Texas: Responsible reopening

While the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, it appears that Texans are learning to cope with new distancing practices and have really adjusted habits, especially in the case of restaurants and other indoor gathering places.

Better East Texas: Virtual learning outcomes during COVID-19

We continue to learn about the impact of COVID-19. Perhaps the largest impact initially was on our schools as shutdowns were the norm last spring and virtual learning took center stage.

  Better East Texas: Suicide prevention discussion brought into focus by Dak Prescott

There has been an incredible amount of pressure on many individuals created by the events of this year.

  Better East Texas: No more name calling in politics

Here is hoping election day will get here soon and no matter the outcome, the name calling will take a recess

  Better East Texas: Austin police funding

Urban protests and violent demonstrations continue across the land. Police departments are facing unyielding pressure to make sure there is not even a hint of abuse. It is a challenge that will be with us for the foreseeable future.

  Better East Texas: COVID-19 progress

We are entering a phase in the COVID world as everyone is watching and speculating what the impact of back-to-school will have on the spread of the virus.

  Better East Texas: Police funding must stay

Governor Abbott recently responded to the Austin decision and is proposing a law that restricts some tax collections from cities that reduce police funding.

  Better East Texas: Under God

We must preserve those things vital and prominent in the identity of our country – the Pledge, the National Anthem and others, or our country ceases to be America.

  Better East Texas: The issue of Seattle police funding

I used to hear the casual prediction that trends start on the west coast and make their way to Texas. But I am not sure there is much on the west coast outside of a few pockets that have milder weather that are needed in Texas.

  Better East Texas: Mail-in voting is needed

The presence of the COVID-19 pandemic adds to the challenge of the U.S. conducting an accurate and safe election.

  Better East Texas: Staying the course through the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic continues, and while it is disheartening sometimes to look at progress on a daily basis, there is reason for some comfort that what we are doing is working.

  Better East Texas: Destructive effects of ‘cancel culture'

Today’s cancel culture goes far beyond identifying a preference and supporting that preference, it involves absolute hate for products, services and even people that are counter to that preference.

  Better East Texas: Tyler needs proposed overpass for future growth

One of the hallmarks of good stewardship is planning for the future.

  Better East Texas: COVID-19 playbook

It has always been said that Texas is like its own country and that may have never been truer – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Better East Texas: July 4 plans affected by COVID19

Will July 4 activities be safe for your family? You need to find out.

  Better East Texas: Sports after COVID-19

The COVID response by professional and amateur sports alike has created a wasteland of sports repeats on TV and non-spectator events that just aren’t the same.

  Better East Texas: Civil unrest should lead to measurable plans

Equal justice demonstrations continue across the land. One thing is for certain, looting and rioting won’t bring about change and blurs the true message

  Better East Texas: Personal responsibility to protect self, others from COVID-19

What is known is that regardless of current or future guidelines and restrictions, managing the spread of the virus is still a largely personal decision.

  Better East Texas: Preparing for changing financial world

Texas will be facing a state revenue, tax generated shortfall in the coming legislative session. Local governments – city and county - will also be faced with reduced and changing tax bases.

  Better East Texas: Post-COVID19 responsibility

Regardless of what rules, provisions, guidelines are put in place, we as individuals have the largest control of how and even if the virus spreads.

  Better East Texas: Patience as we reopen Texas

Texas begins to re-open as the US moves past the one million mark for confirmed infections of COVID-19 and moves past the 60,000 mark for deaths connected to the virus. We are re-opening, which is good – but still, take a breath.

  Better East Texas: Beware of COVID-19 opportunists, scammers

We are already seeing some opportunists price gouging on some retail items. But worse than that are some malicious actors that are producing offers on social media or through emails that make false claims that are designed to get innocent, unsuspecting, but desperate, people to respond or send m