Author: East Texas Review

Thank You, Mrs. Bush

BY TOM ROSSHIRT, CREATORS SYNDICATE My brother Matt died of AIDS 26 years ago today, passing away in his bed in my parents’ home in Houston.        It was a benighted time for people with AIDS. There were no antiretrovirals then. There was nothing much you could do for an AIDS patient but hold his hand. And many people still thought you could get AIDS by touching. My parents knew of individuals who’d been fired from their jobs for volunteering for AIDS organizations. That’s how crazy the fear was.        As Matt was dying, we were befriended by a man named...

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Cornyn Meets with Secretary of State Nominee Pompeo

‘I hope Director Pompeo will be confirmed on the floor in short order. It would be a grave mistake for this body to fail to confirm the next Secretary of State.’   ‘He’s not somebody looking to pick a fight with dangerous regimes or to flex military muscle unnecessarily. What Director Pompeo actually is [is] careful, thoughtful, deliberate.’  U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today met with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and spoke on the Senate floor about the importance of confirming him as our next Secretary of State. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below.   “Many of our...

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Cornyn, Peters Introduce Authorization of Project Safe Neighborhoods

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today introduced the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2018 to authorize a nationwide law enforcement program focusing on the reduction of violent crime. A companion bill sponsored by U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10) unanimously passed the House of Representatives last month.   “For over a decade, Texas has successfully reduced crime rates, in part through state-wide law enforcement task forces initiated when I was Attorney General that focused on prosecuting the most violent and repeat offenders,” said Sen. Cornyn. “Using the Texas program as a model, Project...

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Sen. Cruz Featured in the Skimm’s ‘Sip ‘n Skimm’ Series

Last week, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was featured in the Skimm’s ‘Sip ‘n Skimm’ series. Sen. Cruz discussed the four big priorities for Congress and the new administration, the victories achieved in the last year, and his efforts to prevent future mass shootings while safeguarding the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.   Excerpts are below:   “There’s no doubt Washington is dysfunctional, it is partisan, it is nasty,” Sen. Cruz said. “A long time ago, Harry Truman said, ‘If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.’ Despite all of that, despite the circus, despite the noise, I think we’re getting a lot accomplished. Last year I think the four big priorities for Congress and the new president were tax reform, regulatory reform, Obamacare, and judges. And after a little bit more than a year, with majorities in both houses we’ve had big, big wins on all four.”   When asked about the gun control debate and what can be done to prevent future shootings, Sen. Cruz argued that the most effective solution is targeting violent criminals, not law abiding citizens.   “We have to do more to stop it,” Sen. Cruz said. “But I think in acting to stop it we need to focus on what actually works, what stops those kind of mass murderers. I’ll tell you what’s effective. What is effective is...

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Buddy Flett & Bluesbeat to headline Memorial Day weekend

Blues veterans Buddy Flett & Bluesbeat will headline the Memorial Day weekend concert that will also feature performances by aspiring young blues guitarists. The Showcase, open to players in two student aged divisions, is now in its fourth year and will cap an eight week free Downtown Live evening music series on Longview’s Heritage Plaza on Saturday, May 26. Beginning at 4:00 with performances by Showcase finalists, followed by a jam session featuring the showcase performers and contest judges, the evening will conclude about 9:00 following a performance by Flett and Blues Beat. Who Can Enter the Junior Showcase...

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