Mayor Miller Sends Letter to King of Tonga
His Majesty King Siaosi Tupou V
King of Tonga
Tongan Royal Residence
May it Please Your Majesty:
I enjoyed reading about Tonga in the November 2007 issue of National Geographic. It was with great interest that I learned about your country and its current struggles. May I also extend my condolences on the passing of your father, King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV.
In the article, you noted that America has a reputation for wealth and power, yet it also has poor people in inner cities and rural areas such as Lubbock, Texas. I was surprised to read the reference to our city, and felt compelled to contact you.
Lubbock, just as Tonga, is well-known for its friendly residents and wonderful hospitality. Our local economy is robust, and our 200,000+ residents enjoy many fine amenities including state-of-the-art medical facilities and a Big 12 Conference university, Texas Tech. Lubbock is the 11th largest city in the State of Texas, and it is the medical, entertainment, and shopping hub of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico.
It is my pleasure to extend a personal invitation for you to visit our City and experience its hospitality first-hand. Perhaps an exchange student would enjoy the opportunity to visit Lubbock and explore the differences between our two nations. I would serve as an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the social, political and economic differences between our two countries.
David A. Miller
The Kingdom of Tonga is an independent archipelago in the southern Pacific Ocean. It lies about a third of the way between New Zealand and Hawaii, south of Samoa and east of Fiji.
Source: U.S. Department of State