Gary Borders

Host of "Borderline"

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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7:45am

Fri March 27, 2015
Commentary

Gary Borders: An adult-style snow day is still pretty perfect

Caldwell Park in Mount Pleasant, Texas, transformed into a winter wonderland for one February day.
Credit Marcia Davis / The Daily Tribune

I finally got a snow day. As spring explodes and summer beckons, I recall that February day fondly.

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7:45am

Fri March 20, 2015
Commentary

Gary Borders: Journalists keep fighting for transparency in governments worldwide

Sunshine Week ends tomorrow. Newspapers, media organizations and good-government groups have published columns, editorials and other material to raise awareness of how we must be vigilant to protect the public’s right to know.

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7:45am

Fri February 27, 2015
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Gary Borders: Sunburn trumped safety concerns in Chihuahua, Mexico

Catedral de Chihuahua dates from 1725 and is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chihuahua.
Credit Gary Borders

When I told folks I was going to spend a week in Mexico and Big Bend working on a magazine story, a few acted as if I had signed my death warrant. “Are you going to have any security?” one friend asked. No, we didn’t, though there was certainly safety in numbers with five of us working together — including a scientist who lives and works in Mexico. My brother Scott had the wisest perspective, noting that many millions of people live in Mexico, and the vast majority get through the day just fine. I liked my odds.

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7:45am

Fri February 20, 2015
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Gary Borders: Reporter's notebook from Rio Grande includes a twist

A horse takes a long drink from the Rio Grande.
Credit Gary Borders

The finish line of the finest adventure on which I have embarked in many years beckoned, at most 300 feet away. A group of us were descending a peak known locally as Big Hill just off the highway in Big Bend Ranch State Park. The peak overlooks the Rio Grande. On this final day of a seven-day voyage from Chihuahua City, Mexico to the Big Bend area, we got up at 4 a.m. to catch sunrise. It was worth the lost sleep. We arrived in the dark to give the two photographers time to set up their spectacular array of equipment.

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7:45am

Fri February 13, 2015
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Gary Borders: Cows, flamingos, painted pines -- yard art has a place

Credit pink-flamingos.com

I was heading home through a neighborhood north of ours the other day. And that’s when I saw the painted trees.

All of the trees — about two dozen total — have been whitewashed up to about six-feet high. Pine trees mainly, but a few hardwood trees also sported a new look. On the same street maybe eight houses down, another yard sported white-washed trees.

Painting a pine tree with a brush has to be hard work. The bark isn’t smooth, and there are plenty of cracks and crevices. Whoever tackled these loblollies had plenty of energy. This is serious yard art.

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