Is It Just Me? The land of milk and honey

Published on Saturday, 12 April 2014 21:52 - Written by Nelson Clyde isitjustme@tylerpaper.com

Many of us have perused Old Testament accounts of the children of Israel being promised and ultimately taking possession of the Promised Land also known as the land of milk and honey.

Such names attached to property would make any speculator green with envy at the thought of commerce and life-taking place in such a setting.

Over the years my favorite label for Tyler has been the last great place. The evidence is overwhelming we do live in such a place.

We are part of a booming state located in arguably the most beautiful section.

We enjoy an expanding business climate with a combination of public and private construction projects approaching $500 million.

Our government entities are well run and well scrutinized — a sparkling combination.

When you look at all the cranes around town you would think we live in a much larger city. It seems everywhere you turn things seem to be trending upward for our community.

While other parts of the state may enjoy certain boom cycles tied to shale formations or massive migrations of folks looking for work we get the best of it all. No offense to Midland or any other boomtowns but I prefer living in Tyler thank you very much.

Occasionally you will hear from a rock-thrower that they don’t care for one thing or another and it is a good idea to listen to what they have to say. It might just make the place better.

Lest we rest on anything behind us the future provides an unlimited hope that what work is left to be done can be taken on with an eye for excellence on an unlimited basis. Every chance we get needs to serve as a reminder to invite out-of-town guests to join us by moving here and bringing their children, parents and grandparents.

It is hard to imagine what things will look like here in 5, 10, or 15 years but at the rate things are going it is exciting to consider.