Author: East Texas Review

There Was Nothing Moderate About Trump’s Speech

The president’s obsession with Muslims and immigrants gives cover to a simmering white nationalist movement at home. By Peter Certo Donald Trump began his recent speech to Congress with a line seemingly designed to appease his critics. “As we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month,” he said, “we are reminded of our nation’s path toward civil rights and the work that still remains.” He went on to condemn “recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City” — and, why not, “hate and evil in all its...

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Education Secretary holds Fort

Kelly Bell/ETR             During her recent oration to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) luncheon in Washington D.C., U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos spoke at length on subjects dear to the objectives of these institutions of higher learning. In attendance were President Haywood Strickland of Wiley College, President William Harvey of Hampton University, President Walter Kimbrough of Dillard University, President David Beckley of Rust College, President Beverly Wade Hogan of Tougaloo College, President Jimmy Jenkins, Sr. of Livingston College and President Edison Jackson of Bethune-Cookman University. The engaging gathering was essentially a seminar for overall black education,...

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Salute to HealthCare to honor three

Three people will be recognized at this year’s Salute to HealthCare awards luncheon, hosted by the Longview Chamber of Commerce. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, at the Maude Cobb Convention Center, 100 Grand Blvd.  In addition to the individuals’ recognition, this year’s event will include exhibitor booths to showcase businesses and enhance business-to-business connections. • Dr. Karen Roberts, a local pediatrician, will be honored as the Healthcare Professional of the Year.  Roberts has been a part of Diagnostic Clinic of Longview’s pediatric and adolescent team for more than 25 years.  She has long been...

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HBCU presidents get DeVos ears

Statement from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Following Listening Session with Historically Black College and University Leaders Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement after meeting with presidents and chancellors of Historically Black Colleges and Universities at the White House: A key priority for this administration is to help develop opportunities for communities that are often the most underserved. Rather than focus solely on funding, we must be willing to make the tangible, structural reforms that will allow students to reach their full potential. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have done this since their founding. They started from...

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Texas, Mexico discuss business future

ETR Report Despite the “building a wall” along Mexico border rhetoric, Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos has met with the Association of Mexican Entrepreneurs in a San Antonio summit to consider the future of Mexico-Texas economic relations. This meeting came on the eve of Pablos’ first visit to Mexico as Texas’ Secretary of State. The San Antonio summit provided the opportunity for discussion of how Texas and Mexico can benefit from collaboration between Texan and Mexican entrepreneurs and industry leaders.             “Texas needs a strong Mexico. Mexico needs a strong Texas, and we all need a strong Texas-Mexico...

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