Dear Editor:

I would like to thank the County Judge of Duval County, as well as the Commissioner's Court for voting to begin negotiations for a detention center in San Diego.

The economy of South Texas is hurting...SEVERELY. We NEED jobs for our citizens. Officials are elected to make decisions for the BETTERMENT of the community.

As a businessman from South Texas, I congratulate you and support your decision. Out of town "advocates", out of town "voices" do NOT speak for OUR needs here in South Texas.

Let's support 200-plus jobs, let's support an additional tax base, etc. Let's support our elected officials who are trying to help our community in need.

The employees who work at the detention center will spend their money locally and around South Texas.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rene Vela

Alice, Texas