Dear Editor:Regarding the Grapevine City Council decision not to allow Farina's restaurant to sell beer, thus allowing it to compete, reminds me why we need term limits.It appears that our current governor and Grapevine's centennial mayor feel as if voting is enough to keep government free and open. We only need to look at this case as an example of why we need term limits.The good mayor has found reason to slander all businesses that sell beer in Grapevine, including the long established honky-tonk Willhoite's Restaurant. In the 20 years I've lived in Grapevine, it has grown into a comfortable place to live. Unlike Dallas, Grapevine residents don't seem bothered by the few bar-type establishments located within the Historic District. In fact, I see no rational reason not to give Farina's the ability to sell beer. Nearly all the restaurants in downtown do. Why draw the line at Farina's?Apparently reading their own words in print and their biased approach on those serving beer has not swayed their views. So the good people of Grapevine who do not feel threatened by beer selling establishments take note of the vote to require term limits in our city.Open government as required by state law should mean an unbiased approach when dealing with any business or person.The residents need to tell the City Council and mayor we need term limits.Dear Editor:I am supporting Sam Torolopoulos and Jim Palazzo for school board trustee.As a parent with two kids who graduated from Carroll Senior High School, I understand the dynamics and care deeply about the schools and the level of education. My kids were in the medical magnet program and I was a founder of the Carroll Medical Academy Boosters.National Merit Scholars is one of the best measures of how well a school is preparing kids for college. Carroll Senior High usually has four to eight National Merit Scholar semi finalists. This is below average for Texas. This low performance has been accepted for years and is not good.Finally this year, we began to pay attention and had 14 National Merit Scholar Semi finalists....barely above average. Is Carroll Senior High a barely above average school? In comparison, Flower Mound High had 46!The amount of spending outside the classroom is unsustainable. The community has no appetite for a tax increase so something must change. Raising taxes or cutting teachers or teacher salaries is NOT the answer.I watched many of my kids’ best teachers leave the district over the last few years. It had to do with school politics and the fact that surrounding districts pay their teachers more than we do.We need school board trustees who understand that monies need to be moved back to the classroom and that we need less unnecessary spending outside the classroom. Sam Torolopous and Jim Polozzo both have strong backgrounds in management/finance and understand what it will take to keep our schools strong.Your vote is extremely important as turnout for school board elections tends to be low. Please get to the polls beginning April 29 and vote for Sam Torolopoulos and Jim Palazzo.
Guy McKee Grapevine Natalie Genco Colleyville