Letters to the Editor

10-27-18

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Editor:

Of all the Republican Candidates for President, my choice would have been John Kasich. Why? I saw Kasich as the only one who had shown any ability or desire to “reach across the aisle” and to bring together a sharply divided America. However, Kasich was not flamboyant enough to attract enough Republican voters who apparently wanted someone to act out their own frustrations, validate their fears and prejudices, and incite thousands of misinformed radicals poised to “protect their Second Amendment rights” by any and all means possible. In an interview this week with CNN, Kasich talked about the importance of bringing Americans together and revealed, first of all, that he did not vote for Donald Trump. He also said that, although he originally hoped and prayed that Donald Trump would try to unite the country, he is now convinced that Trump “is not capable” of doing that. Kasich, like many others, believes that Trump’s “lock ‘em up” rhetoric, childish name-calling, and his contempt for the media and Democrats is responsible for the volatile atmosphere in America that has now resulted in a rash of bomb attacks in America. Of course, those who worship Trump will call all of this “fake news” and, most likely, claim that (somehow) Barrack Obama and/or Hillary Clinton orchestrated the whole thing. However, I do NOT believe that all Republicans endorse this buffoon, although I do believe that they realize they need Trump’s “cheering section” to have enough votes for a Republican win. God help us.

Bill E. Hedrick

Kilgore

Editor:

Of all the Republican Candidates for President, my choice would have been John Kasich. Why? I saw Kasich as the only one who had shown any ability or desire to “reach across the aisle” and to bring together a sharply divided America. However, Kasich was not flamboyant enough to attract enough Republican voters who apparently wanted someone to act out their own frustrations, validate their fears and prejudices, and incite thousands of misinformed radicals poised to “protect their Second Amendment rights” by any and all means possible. In an interview this week with CNN, Kasich talked about the importance of bringing Americans together and revealed, first of all, that he did not vote for Donald Trump. He also said that, although he originally hoped and prayed that Donald Trump would try to unite the country, he is now convinced that Trump “is not capable” of doing that. Kasich, like many others, believes that Trump’s “lock ‘em up” rhetoric, childish name-calling, and his contempt for the media and Democrats is responsible for the volatile atmosphere in America that has now resulted in a rash of bomb attacks in America. Of course, those who worship Trump will call all of this “fake news” and, most likely, claim that (somehow) Barrack Obama and/or Hillary Clinton orchestrated the whole thing. However, I do NOT believe that all Republicans endorse this buffoon, although I do believe that they realize they need Trump’s “cheering section” to have enough votes for a Republican win. God help us.

Bill E. Hedrick

Kilgore

Halloween: The Best of Holidays

To me, "Halloween" is the very BEST of Holidays. After all, what other holiday enables you to give gifts (candy) to total strangers (albeit kids) with "no strings attached"? You don't even have to be a friend or relative. Giving candy or treats may be 'small', but it certainly qualifies as "An act of random kindness". I wish we had the rough equivalent "at the ADULT-LEVEL". I am thankful I trick-or-treated back not so long ago, when neighbors-trusted-neighbors. You didn't have to be scared of the legendary (and infamous) threat of a razor blade hidden in an apple or candy laced with poison. I'm glad my childhood was in a more innocent time. I realize Churches and other groups do celebrations such as "Trunk-or-Treat" for safety reasons. I see the rationale; yet I sometimes feel it puts a damper on the nostalgia of kids marching-up to a strange house, ringing a doorbell and never knowing if the ADULT will be in costume and what kinds of "loot" (candy) they will make off with.

When I became an adult and started dishing out candy, I copied my late dad's example: He turned-on our Christmas lights for that "one night only in October". The rationale? So kids and parents could "see better" (better visibility). plus, it put everybody in a festive mood. When my dad was alive, his big hands gave out generous helpings of candy. Needless to say: the next day at school, I was popular with my classmates. In short, Kilgore has well lit streets ---even side streets. I wish everybody in Kilgore a "Happy Halloween" and hope residents will do what they can to make the holiday continued as safe for Trick-or-Treating.

Sincerely,

James A. Marples

Longview

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