Twitter Dumbness: Trent Cantrell, Former Lufkin City Planner, Resigns After Sour Tweets About Town

Even if you really, really hate the town whose government is signing your paychecks, you might want to keep those thoughts to yourself. If you absolutely must Tweet your opinions on the matter, only let your friends see 'em. Former Lufkin city planner Trent Cantrell didn't take those precautions, and now he's out of a job.

Cantrell's tenure in the East Texas lumber town began in April 2009 and it ended Wednesday when city officials publicly confronted him about some derogatory comments dug up on the Internet by the Lufkin Daily News.

A few months back, Cantrell had this to say:

"Hello there. Just waiting for the heat to leave for good. Of course, Deep East Texas will still be a (expletive) hole."

And last month, he opined that "Lufkin is an armpit. I know (...) I have to live here temporarily."

"We don't condone this, and we regret that one of our employees feels that way," assistant city manager Keith Wright told the Daily News. "We think our city is a great place to live, a great environment and a great place to have a family."

The incriminating Tweets have been taken down and Cantrell's account is now set to "protected." According to his Facebook profile, Cantrell is a fan of Widespread Panic, Phish, Willie Nelson and the Grateful Dead, so he seems a little too "laid-back" (you dig, man?) for this meth-drenched corner of Texas.

Facebook also tells us Cantrell once worked as a city planner in the utterly charmless Dallas suburb of Frisco. Say what you want about Lufkin, and we've said plenty, but we'd sure as shit rather be working there than Frisco, Texas.

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EBiN
EBiN

I live in Nac (Nacogdoches). Lufkin isn't that bad. Only some parts are like armpits.

Sunlight
Sunlight

The entire region is corrupt and backwards. These good ol' boys and biddies spend their entire lives stealing from the taxpayers while simultaneously promoting false "Christian" community values. Cantrell is tweeting from his experiences.Lufkin is the armpit of East Texas; Rusk, TX is the slimy butthole.

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justin
justin

i live in lufkin and have been here for the past 6 years of my life as well as being born here. i agree with everything cantrell said. i believe if this town's representatives would stop being so sensitive and realize that the majority of this town's young people agree with cantrell maybe some positive changes would be made, but the old people that run this place are stubborn and turn a blind eye to everyone except themselves. i have never seen so many opportunities for such a small town and none of them being taken advantage of! lufkin needs to grow up, not just grow! i say the same things he has said on a daily basis, no one cares!

bootsdaddy
bootsdaddy

Most of your links in the story above were for things that happened anywhere from 10 to 30 miles from Lufkin. Lufkin is a lot safer than other Texas towns. Been to Galveston or Conroe lately?

Dudeabiding
Dudeabiding

You would rather live in Lufkin than Frisco? So you would rather live somewhere that has nothing, than the fastest growing city in the nation? Sounds exciting

bootsdaddy
bootsdaddy

 Have you run for office or attended any city council meetings? Are you involved in any kind of civic organization? Do you do anything other than provide scathing and extremely vague anonymous internet criticisms of your hometown? Last I checked Lufkin is not Cuba. Your free to leave anytime.

John Lomax
John Lomax

Dude, Lufkin's a lot closer to Beaumont than Frisco is. Of course I would rather live there.

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