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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7:36 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Gary Borders: Gravitating to the forest is human nature

Commentator Gary Borders takes us into the woods to explore his favorite hiking spots of his childhood and today.


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7:35 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Gary Borders: A house guest bookworm is always welcome

We all have memorable house guests from time to time. Commentator Gary Borders has this appreciation for his 8-year-old nephew who arrived with an armload of ambitious reading material, which could be a sign of a budding bibliophile.


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7:40 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Gary Borders: Dogs have sunnier dispositions post-kennel experience

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 7:45 am

During the summer travel season, family dogs often have a date with the kennel. Commentator Gary Borders' dogs, Sam and Rosie, became more happy-go-lucky when they returned home from a week of boarding, and that's not a bad thing.

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7:39 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Gary Borders: On being the nerdy Heathkit kid

Did you like to build shortwave radios as a kid? Commentator Gary Borders did. He reflects back to the days when he pored over his Heathkit catalog. Naturally, today, if you search for Heathkit on YouTube you’ll find a wealth of how-to guides on assembling these radios. Too bad those weren’t around when Gary and his gang needed them in the 1960s.


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7:35 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Gary Borders: Flying high on summer vacation goes around in his head

Scratch one from the bucket list. Commentator Gary Borders went parasailing during his summer vacation, and his brain picked out a soundtrack to capture the experience.

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7:36 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Gary Borders: Learning the Southern ways in the 60s

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 10:04 am

Commentator Gary Borders moved to East Texas from New England at the tender age of 12. He reflects on those early years and how he learned to love his home.

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7:36 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Gary Borders: In appreciation of a dear friend

Commentator Gary Borders shares a worthy tribute to his dear friend, the late Rayford Williams, a native of Henderson, Texas, who died recently at age 84.

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9:13 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Gary Borders: Defending The Homefront Takes Vigilance

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:36 am

Commentator Gary Borders recounts a home invasion and it's not the usual suspects -- fire ants, termites, roaches. Finding the culprit takes a bit of detective work and biology smarts.


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1:04 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Gary Borders: Snakes in a newspaper has many sequels

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 7:36 am

Gary Borders, our resident snake photo enthusiast, explores the curious tradition of dead-snake photos making their way into the pages of East Texas newspapers.


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7:37 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Commentary: Remembering Summer Days In The Projection Booth

Commentator Gary Borders recalls a summer job from a bygone era: the movie projectionist. He was one at the Main Theater in Nacogdoches during the 1970s.


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