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The Lufkin Daily News

EDITORIAL: TOASTS & ROASTS: A spelling bee champ, a poor delivery and a big group of youth fair supporters

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Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 12:15 am

Our weekly roundup of cheers and jeers, so to speak:

A toast to Hudson eighth-grader Thien Nguyen, winner of the Lufkin Kiwanis Club’s 2011 Spelling Bee on Saturday. Nguyen, also a three-time champion in University Interscholastic League competitions, says spelling is his hobby, so his prize — Webster’s Third International Dictionary — should come in handy. He advances to the Houston PBS Scripps Spelling Bee on March 26, and we wish him well. Congratulations, as well, to Lufkin Middle School sixth-graders Charly Hernandez-Camacho, Joseph Brooks, Mario Vasquez and Hadi Latif, who won the sixth- through eighth-grade team competition at the Kiwanis bee, and to Emily LaRoe and Jackson Weihe, of the Nacogdoches Homeschool Educators Association, who won the K-5 team competition.

A roast to McKinney Boyd, spokesman for the United States Postal Service’s Dallas district, for telling a small group of residents from a small East Texas town (Easton) last week that he planned to announce this week that the USPS would be consolidating operations at the Lufkin Processing and Distribution site into its Tyler operations. The announcement wouldn’t have come as much of a surprise, since the postal service has already said it was considering that move. And it’s hard to argue against it, considering the projected cost savings — even if we would love to keep those jobs in Lufkin. But, as Boyd told the Longview News-Journal reporter who wrote about his slip of the tongue, the employees here deserved to know before the general public that their jobs were going to Tyler. Boyd is a professional PR official, so he should have known better than to mention the Lufkin plans in a public setting if he didn’t want the information to be public.

And a toast to all the businesses, groups and individuals who purchased auction items at the 62nd annual Angelina County Youth Fair presented by Polk Oil Co. Buyers spent a combined $280,000 on the 243 animals and projects that made the Friday night sale at the George H. Henderson Jr. Exposition Center. That’s a lot of money, and we appreciate every dollar that goes to support our young students who have worked so hard in the past year on their youth fair entries. We are certain that the kids and their parents are grateful for the support, as well.