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11/6/2006

A Better East Texas: For Every Adversity, There Is An Equal Or Greater Opportunity

"For every adversity, there is an equal or greater opportunity".

That's one of my favorite quotes, and it's easy to say when things are going well. But it can be a hard sell when you find yourself caught right in the middle of a really tough situation.

I'm sure that's how Tyler's Goodyear employees are feeling right now. Caught. Caught between an employer that appears to be turning it's back on them. And a union that continues to fight with what seem to be a losing battle plan.

In the middle, stands more than 1000 men and women. Our neighbors in this community.  People with family, kids and a mortgage. And now they're facing one of life's scariest situations: unemployment.

But the good thing is, we live in East Texas. The kind of place where neighbors help neighbors. That's why Tyler Junior College, the Texas Workforce Commission, business and community leaders are already hard at work, looking at solutions. Solutions that don't involve Goodyear or the Union.

That's where we come in. I challenge all of you to do what you can to help the displaced workers of Goodyear. Continue to support our local charities like the United Way, PATH, and others. Encourage employers to post job openings and friends to open their hearts. This community pulled together in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and now it's time to help some of our own.

Now many of you may find this advice hard to swallow. Helping others who for years have enjoyed higher-than-average wages, low health care costs and other perks just doesn't seem fair.

But think about this. These high-paying jobs are history. And many of these folks will be lucky to find a job paying even close to those wages. The spirit of East Texas is to help people get back on their feet, not just by providing hand-outs, but by giving them the opportunity to contribute to our economy again.

I hope that every displaced Goodyear employee remains in East Texas and continues to be my neighbor. This community has pulled together before, and I have faith that we'll do it again.

Because greater opportunity can and will come from adversity - thanks to all of you, your generosity and your dedication to making this a Better East Texas.



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