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I am writing this in response to a recent column by George Smith, in the 9/16/18 edition.

Your feature article telling the story Gertrude Jenkins in Sunday’s News Messenger was outstanding. I remember Miss Gertrude during the years she was head custodian at William B. Travis School. She was a valuable and unforgettable “fixture” in what she referred to as “her school.”

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On Dec. 23, the Marshall News Messenger reported that a homeless-people enclave located at Interstate 20 and Highway 59 was raided and burned by some members of the Marshall Police Department.

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Closing the maternity ward of Marshall's hospital is absolutely unacceptable - or at least it should be. Moreover, the corporation that now owns the hospital is apparently unaware that this community built this hospital beginning in 1909.

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On Dec. 23, the Marshall News Messenger reported that a homeless-people enclave located at Interstate 20 and Highway 59 was raided and burned by some members of the Marshall Police Department.

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Closing the maternity ward of Marshall’s hospital is absolutely unacceptable — or at least it should be. Moreover, the corporation that now owns the hospital is apparently unaware that this community built this hospital beginning in 1909.

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Public comment belongs at start of city commission meeting

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When I was growing up in South Louisiana, mom would cook roast beef and rice every Sunday for lunch. The roast was so good it made the guest preacher stop talking. But every Sunday mom would stand behind the diners and exclaim, "I don't know what happened to this meal. It's just not very goo…

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I was so delighted to see in May 4's edition a photo in the History From Our Files showing some early members of the "Diamond Bessie Murder Trial" play presented yearly in Jefferson.

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The argument that Marshall needs a homeless shelter instead of an animal shelter is a red herring. Animal control is a health and safety issue and thus a core function of city government, which is why most animal shelters are run by the police department.

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Every expert who has inspected the current Marshall animal shelter concluded that it cannot be cost effectively renovated. The building is too far-gone to be simply patched up.

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I turned 67 years old this week. I was so busy the last couple of days that I actually thought my big day was the day before. My wife brought me back to reality by asking where I wanted to go for the celebration. I said, "Anywhere is fine with me."