Gary Borders

Host of "On The Boarder"

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 — his personal favorite — the Maui News. He now writes online each week at garyborders.com.

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 April 12, 2013
Commentary

Gary Borders: Testifying before lawmakers isn't for the faint of heart

Commentator Gary Borders received a mulligan this month after a tongue tongue-tied testimony before Texas lawmakers.

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7:35am

Fri April 5, 2013
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Gary Borders: On trying to keep track of those boys of summer

All the signs of springtime point to it. Baseball season is here, and commentator Gary Borders is thinking about those boys of summer and how they move around too much.

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7:35am

Fri March 29, 2013
Commentary

Gary Borders: What to do with the Lincoln head?

Commentator Gary Borders offers up a penny pinching proposition for the federal government to reduce the deficit a smidge. But who can part with the red cent?

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7:34am

Fri March 22, 2013
Commentary

Gary Borders: On the final division

Commentator Gary Borders reflects on how he and his siblings sorted through the material possessions when his parents passed away, and he has takeaways to share.

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7:39am

Fri February 22, 2013
Commentary

Gary Borders: Winter yard work in Piney Woods still intense

Gary Borders has a bird's eye view of the yard work he faces during the winter.
Credit Gary Borders

The trees and shrubs are doing just fine at commentator Gary Borders' home. So that means he's been doing some heavy-duty winter yard maintenance, ably assisted by one powerful leaf blower and a handy rake.

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