Reader Responses, April 27, 2014

Published on Saturday, 26 April 2014 23:01 - Written by

Tyler City Council District 4 is an incredibly diverse district in more ways than one and will need a representative on the Tyler City Council who can speak for all its citizens. District 4 includes much of the Azalea District, Midtown, and the entire east side of Tyler.

That is why I am supporting Eleno Licea.

District 4 is also home to some of Tyler’s biggest employers such as Vesuvius, Carrier, TMF, ETMC, TJC and Southside Bank, just to name a few. At the same time, it has one of the highest concentrations of mom-and-pop businesses in Smith County. Eleno has worked with several of these organizations for years to help better our community.

This district is equally as diverse in demographic makeup as it is in businesses. It has a large affluent section of the population as well as some areas that are economically disadvantaged, District 4 also has a broad cross section of racial diversity. It is important that all of these interests be represented on the City Council.

Eleno has spent months knocking on the doors of residents in all of the neighborhoods of the district to listen to their concerns. Representing everyone is so important to him that he has walked mile after mile since October to meet all the people who make up this unique district. It will take someone with his skill sets and an ability to speak for an array of interests on the Tyler City Council to accurately represent District 4. I think Eleno is that candidate, and I plan on supporting him on May 10.

Gus Ramirez

Tyler

SUPPORT LICEA

Eleno Licea is the right choice for Tyler City Council District 4 because he has spent his professional life taking on leadership roles in the community to make Tyler a better place for everyone.

He has dedicated his time and energy to serving on boards and commissions to help lead Tyler in the right direction.

He recently served on the TISD School Board where he worked hard to form partnerships to help improve our schools and give the children in our community the opportunity to succeed. He didn’t back away from tough issues, tough choices or tough questions. He helped to develop a bond package that maintained the same tax rate, which was approved by voters.

He is a proven leader with the ability to listen to his constituents and build consensus to do what is needed. He has the maturity and experience to work with a variety of groups toward a common goal. Just a few months ago Eleno received the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 W.G. Windsor Award for his leadership and dedication to Tyler. I can only imagine what he will do while on the Tyler City Council. He will have my support on May 10.

Bobby Garmon

Tyler

BIOFUELS

The recent editorial “New report shows ethanol falls short,” includes what the Environmental Protection Agency has suggested are dubious conclusions about some potential energy sources. From our view, though discussing our energy future, one important fact was overlooked — America’s first nationally distributed advanced biofuel, biodiesel, is here and working now.

Last year, the domestic biodiesel industry produced 1.7 billion gallons of renewable fuel, filling the vast majority of the EPA’s advanced biofuel volume requirements under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard.

The RFS was created by a bipartisan coalition in Congress. They recognized moving away from a singular reliance on petroleum for transportation fuel needs is paramount to America’s national security, economic and environmental interests.

It has helped biodiesel — made in communities across the country from recycled cooking oil, animal fats and abundant vegetable oils — become an American success story.

The RFS is working. We’re importing less oil than any time since 1991. More significantly biodiesel is diversifying our transportation fuel portfolio and creating options. And, yes, advanced biofuels like biodiesel are reducing carbon pollution by as much as 86 percent compared to petroleum diesel.

Joe Jobe

CEO, National Biodiesel Board

Jefferson City, Missouri