Gary Borders

Gary Borders has been an East Texas journalist and editor for more than 30 years. He is currently the editor and publisher of the Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune and also writes online each week at garyborders.com.

During his career Gary has taught journalism at Kilgore College and served 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 — his personal favorite — the Maui News.

Borders has published two collections of columns, the “Loblolly Chronicles” in 2010 and “Behind and Beyond the Pine Curtain” in 2005. The University of Texas Press published “A Hanging in Nacogdoches” in 2006, his account of a brutal murder in 1902 in the state’s oldest town, and the trial that followed. He is currently researching another book, but is nowhere close to being finished.

Borders and his wife, Dr. Julie Teel-Borders, a professor at LeTourneau University, live in Longview with their daughter, Abbie, a freshman at Longview High School. He also has two grown daughters, about whom he has been writing columns since Ronald Reagan was president. They have long ceased to be embarrassed about it, though Abbie protests occasionally.

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7:36 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Gary Borders: Flow theory is a better label than space cadet

I come from a family of daydreaming drivers, which often leads to missed turns and abashed backtracking.

Once while heading back from New Orleans with a carload of teenagers I forgot to get off I-10 in Beaumont to head north into the Piney Woods. Next thing I knew the sign said “San Antonio, 175 miles” and Houston was in my rearview mirror. My passengers were not pleased.

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7:36 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Gary Borders: Once upon a time, there was a pica pole

Newspaperman Gary Borders just can't part with his trusty pica pole. It serves him well as publisher of the Mt. Pleasant Daily Tribune.

Newspaperman Gary Borders has compiled a list of things that were once essential to producing a newspaper, but the computer came along and made them all obsolete. These relics -- like the circular slide rule -- still linger in the back of desk drawers or are stashed away in storage closets that were once darkrooms.

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7:36 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Gary Borders: Courthouse restoration is a labor of love for Long Islander

The Franklin County Courthouse in Mt. Vernon, Texas, is being carefully restored to its 1912 grandeur.

Commentator Gary Borders visits the Franklin County Courthouse and finds the 102-year-old structure is being brought back to life by a true craftsman.

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9:57 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Gary Borders: Home Grown Tomatoes

Commentator Gary Borders may just make your mouth water as he shares his joy over Home Grown Tomatoes this week.

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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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