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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7:35am

Fri February 7, 2014
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Gary Borders: Snipe hunting is not a nurturing Scout experience

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

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7:35am

Fri January 31, 2014
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Gary Borders: Self-service dog washes make sense

Rosie (left) and Sam naturally prefer to loaf on the couch.
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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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2:35am

Fri January 17, 2014
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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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7:35am

Fri January 10, 2014
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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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7:35am

Fri January 3, 2014
Commentary

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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