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Editor, The Commercial:

As I take my periodic drives downtown and around town, my adrenaline is stimulated and energized, especially when I see great architectural structures like the new library, the Aquatic Center, and the Saracen Casino, to name a few.

Kudos go to the many visionaries, planners, and implementers of the unique projects that are taking place in our town. Having plans and procedures have been the impetus for many good programs in Pine Bluff. There are many talented citizens here with great ideas.

There are many communities around Arkansas that would like to duplicate some of our initiatives. Many leaders have toured our Aquatic Center and other projects. We are in an unparalleled position to be the Mecca of Southeast Arkansas. While we are experiencing this renaissance, we must continue to revive spirits to commensurate with the tangible projects and initiatives.

Good programming is very, very vital for the educational and social well-being of the community. I can see the new library as a place of educational revival, serving to educate, inform, and accelerate the learning capacity of the general populous.

Learning should be as contagious as a deadly disease. The library is in close proximity to Pine Bluff High School. Extended research can be done at the library. Our students need all of the educational advantages possible. Public libraries can strengthen the learning capacity of students and adults. Moreover, libraries help attract new industries.

Speaking of close proximity jewels, we have the Arts & Science Center, the UAPB Business Incubator and The Generator.

Along with all of the tangible projects, there must also be a social infrastructure, commonality in the philosophy of the community, as well as a spirit of genuine cooperation with all of the segments of the community from the grassroots to the elite.

We are more alike than we are different; so let's join together as joint heirs. Empowering the community is first and foremost!

Irene Holcomb,

Former Pine Bluff alderwoman


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