Author: East Texas Review

United Airlines Finds itself in a Disaster of it’s Own Making

By Daily Editorials United Airlines brought itself a world of hurt with its disastrous handling of a seat-shortage problem Sunday that led to an Asian-American passenger being beaten bloody and dragged, apparently unconscious, off a plane by security personnel at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. A potentially costly lawsuit by the passenger is probably the least of United’s worries. The self-inflicted public relations wounds could be catastrophic. The airline’s stock price took a nosedive Tuesday. In China, one of the airline’s major markets, reaction has been volcanic, largely because the abused passenger was reported to be ethnically Chinese. Within 36...

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City of Tyler introduces new website for public works projects

On April 11, the City of Tyler introduced a new website that gives the public better access to information about public works projects around the City. This website, TylerPublicWorks.com, includes new content features and a simple and easy to navigate format.   “We are always looking for ways to be more transparent in our processes,” said City Engineer Carter Delleney. “This site enhances our ability to showcase these processes.”   The website features a “project map” section, where users can access information about active projects around the City, including those that may be close to home. By clicking on...

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Major loft project approved for Downtown Tyler

The Tyler City Council approved on Wednesday the sale of a City-owned tract of land in downtown Tyler.  Located on North Bonner Avenue across from City Hall, the Westpark at Downtown will include 96 apartment lofts and 4,800 square feet of commercial/retail space. The site, which totals 3.75 acres, is bounded by W. Ferguson St. on the north and W. Erwin St. on the south.  The project represents a $10 million investment in downtown Tyler by the Scarborough family of Tyler, principals of Three Princes Partners and the developers of the project.  The project is being designed by Mike...

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Connecting Communities

Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran believes Smith County includes some of the best cities to live in all of Texas. Because Smith County and the 11 cities within its boundaries represent and service the same citizens, it is important they work together, and have close ties and communication, Judge Moran said. During Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, Judge Moran discussed his new initiative, “Connecting Communities,” in which cities within Smith County will be periodically highlighted during Commissioners Court over the next year.   Municipalities within Smith County include Tyler, Lindale, Whitehouse, Arp, Troup, Bullard, Winona,...

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COUNTY CLERK MARRIAGE LICENSE BILL CLEARS SENATE

By Richard Lee County clerks with a sincerely-held religious objection to same sex marriages could give that responsibility to a deputy under a bill that received final approval by the Senate on Wednesday. Bill author and Granbury Senator Brian Birdwell believes that forcing a person to violate their religious beliefs at work is unconstitutional. His bill, SB 522, would allow a county clerk to notify the commissioner’s court that they cannot issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and then the court could delegate the responsibility to another clerk’s office employee, or even an outside agency if no one in the office is willing. “Under this bill, county clerks will be able to fully follow the law without being forced to compromise their religious liberty, the license is issued and is executed to the couple requiring the license and simultaneously the right of conscience to clerks and judges is protected,” said Birdwell. The bill would prohibit a person from refusing to issue a license for a reason that is protected under law, such as religious affiliation or race. It would also permit judges to refuse to perform a marriage ceremony under the same sincerely-held religious objection. Also Wednesday, the Senate approved a bill aimed at reducing prescription opioid addiction and abuse in Texas. It’s become a crisis, said McAllen Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa. “Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than...

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