Gary Borders

Gary Borders has been an East Texas journalist and editor for more than 30 years. During his career he worked as editor and publisher of newspapers in Longview, Lufkin, Nacogdoches and San Augustine. He began writing a column in 1982 and has written at least once weekly since without fail, though there are quite a few he would like to take back. The New York Times News Service distributed his column nationally from 1995 through 2009. His pieces have been published in the Detroit Free Press, Miami Herald, Austin American-Statesman, Palm Beach Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and âââââââââ

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7:34 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Gary Borders: NASA still amazes and inspires, even in its diminished state

A view of the Kennedy Space Center Rocket Garden.

Commentator Gary Borders can’t quell his fascination with NASA and the space shuttle program. It’s a passion that grew out of boyhood experiences.

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7:35 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Gary Borders: Former defense chief is rare breed of public servant

Commentator Gary Borders compiles his thoughts on his most recent reading selection, the memoir of former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, with tie-ins to Texas.

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7:36 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Gary Borders: A small town's tragedy remains a vivid childhood memory

The bells tolled at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on a tragic day in 1964 in Allenstown, N.H.

Commentator Gary Borders remembers a tragedy that struck his tiny New Hampshire town a half century ago. Eight-year-old Borders was frightened and home alone. 

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7:35 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Gary Borders: Political pundits could liven up their digs with help from 1800s newspaperman

Commentator Gary Borders shares some 19th century insults to spice up your vocabulary. It will leave some frothy gasconader at a loss for a comeback.

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7:32 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Gary Borders: Back in the day, dead snake photos could sell papers

Commentator Gary Borders enjoys combing through the archives of small-town newspapers. He explores the curious tradition of dead snake photos making their way into the pages of East Texas newspapers.

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7:41 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Gary Borders: Words and stories sketch a portrait of home

Commentator Gary Borders longs for some originality on the streets of America. So he’s turned to language.  What you say and do may tell a lot about where you call home.

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7:31 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Gary Borders: Cocoa Beach spring break meant a special walk down the pier

Commentator Gary Borders spent spring break in Cocoa Beach, Fla. There, against a backdrop of sand and surf, he was the father of the bride, a rite of passage he put into words.

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7:36 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Gary Borders: My fake UFO photos led to a journalism career

An innocent science project helped define a career trajectory for commentator Gary Borders, proving there is life beyond the tri-fold display board. At age 15, Borders landed a side gig at the Longview News-Journal, thanks to his artful approach to faking UFO photos that he shot in his backyard.

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7:36 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Gary Borders: A one and only he is not, at least in the cyber world

Commentator Gary Borders takes identity theft very seriously. But he simply can’t help that he becomes president Borders now and again, thanks to someone else who shares his name and the slip of a keystroke.

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7:36 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Gary Borders: Late folk music legend Pete Seeger made each day matter

Singer/songwriter/activist Pete Seeger, who died in January at age 94, recently was awarded the first Woody Guthrie Prize. Commentator Gary Borders appreciated Seeger’s music, but he most admired Seeger’s inability to turn a blind eye on the politics of the day.

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