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Letters on economic development, disagreement on letter

Nov. 28, 2017 at 12:26 a.m.

Stagnant vision

I am running to become your next U.S. congressman for Texas District 1 in 2018. From Kilgore to Huntington and Nacogdoches to Tyler, people have voiced one prime concern: jobs. Elected leaders are entrusted with economic development based on trends in the industrial, high tech, and green energy sectors, not increased sales tax revenue acquired from retail, restaurant, and Dollar General stores.

Changing the Pineywoods business atmosphere amounts to our leaders being selective and creative when interacting with CEOs and business leaders.

Thus, it makes little sense that the Lufkin, Nacogdoches and surrounding community leaders chose not to submit a bid to Amazon Corp. with the net goal of having that company build their headquarters here in East Texas accompanied by 50,000-plus jobs. If Puerto Rico, an island devastated by Hurricane Maria this past summer, and Milam County, a rural farming community in Central Texas, are able to submit proposals, why not us here in Deep East Texas? Good fortune for our area can and will occur only by taking risks, realizing that placing our region on the map allows other company executives to know we aspire in the future for industry, factory and businesses to consider, relocate, build, and come to the Pineywoods. Regardless of the outcome, the benefits of an attempt far outweigh stagnant vision.

Roshin Rowjee, Lufkin

Didn't like the sermon

Why would any newspaper print such a spite-filled letter as the "Don't preach to me" diatribe in the Nov. 21 issue of the News-Journal? The letter is nothing but a hateful rant against Republicans, religion and the U.S. president. Other than spewing baseless claims and hatred for Americans who share different beliefs it does nothing.

It is impossible to understand what publishing that type of letter achieves. I think your readers deserve better.

Alfred McBride, Longview



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