A welcomed move

May I express to Mayor Suzette Cooke and the City Council my sincere and heartfelt gratitude for the recent proclamation reaffirming Kent as a Welcoming City?

I have enjoyed being a part of our city for almost 50 years and have watched it grow from a small suburb of 15,000 to its present size.

I could not agree more that the present success of our community relies in part to the marvelous diversity of its citizens. I am particularly pleased with the unusual quality of our Hispanic neighbors. As one who has many friends within that community I have observed this group as a hardworking, law abiding and wonderfully family-oriented asset to our city.

The truth is that many of our local businesses would be hard pressed to survive without their contribution to the labor force. It is also true that a significant segment of the entire local economy is enhanced by their presence. Indeed the very wellbeing of our community is improved.

May I add my endorsement of the proclamation with the hope that many others will do likewise. I would hope that in so doing we may help allay the fear which hangs over the heads of many of these good people and their children.

– Phil Coleman

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