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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7:45 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Gary Borders: Snipe hunting is not a nurturing Scout experience

Listen up all you Boy Scouts who carry on the snipe hunting tradition, commentator Gary Borders is not amused.

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7:36 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Gary Borders: Self-service dog washes make sense

Rosie (left) and Sam naturally prefer to loaf on the couch.

Commentator Gary Borders likes to keep a tidy house, and well-groomed dogs are part of that expectation. But Rosie and Sam would prefer to back off from their new bathing regimen.

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7:43 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Gary Borders: Americans are overrun with surveys, survey says

When was the last time you were solicited to take a survey? Chances are very recently, according to commentator Gary Borders, who now and again takes the bait and fills one out.  Borders is a journalism instructor at Kilgore College. Chances are his students will one day fill out a survey about him.

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7:36 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Gary Borders: Exercising electronic discipline could shorten a desk worker's day

There are myriad ways for workers to kill time when they're on the clock. But commentator Gary Borders contends if all electronic distractions were eliminated, a day in the cubicle could be shortened because the daily to-do list would be completed in well under eight hours. Any bosses on board? Anyone?

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7:36 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Gary Borders: It's time to make a toast to glasses

Commentator Gary Borders recalls the first time he saw the world in focus. A half century ago, he became a fixture in the four-eyes club and has long appreciated his bespectacled existence.

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7:36 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Gary Borders: Oh bother, it's time for a haircut

Commentator Gary Borders addresses an issue you can’t see on the radio. You’ll just have to take his word on the fact that he needs a haircut, which is entirely off-putting to an extrovert.

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8:24 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Gary Borders: Boxing great Jack Dempsey had oil wealth in East Texas

These weathered boxing gloves were passed down from Gary Borders' father.

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 10:16 am

Walk into the study of commentator Gary Borders and you'll see framed sports memorabilia showcasing an American cultural icon of the 1920s. Newspaper clippings of Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey remind Borders of his dad and Dempsey's ties to East Texas.

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7:39 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Gary Borders: A tribute to Harris K. Teel

A recent portrait of Harris K. Teel, affectionately called Papa Teel by his family, clad in his overalls.

Commentator Gary Borders pens a tribute to his late father-in-law Harris K. Teel, who was gravely wounded following a stabbing attack at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview on Nov. 26.

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9:28 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Gary Borders: Newspaper dreams plague me

Commentator Gary Borders is growing weary of a recurring dream of a newsroom gone awry. He hopes that his brain will move on to a new storyline that will provide for more restful or entertaining slumbers.


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7:37 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Gary Borders: Hunting bucks isn't my forte

Commentator Gary Borders makes a feeble attempt at hunting. But when it comes to nature photography, he'll happily shoot deer from behind the lens.

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