We must ensure that West Tennessee has the robust infrastructure that will enable us to thrive in the 21st century.

Now, more than ever, West Tennessee needs high speed public broadband Internet access for rural communities, because without it our local economy cannot compete in the Information Age.

We can repair our roads and bridges to create high paying jobs and build a modern transportation system to attract more companies.

Public transportation should truly serve the public by providing a meaningful alternative to driving across town, across the district, or across the state.

In a district that has long been connected by waterways, we should be exploring options to revitalize shipping ports so we can seize opportunities both up and down stream, not just watch them sail by.

Jennifer Krouse