The Star-Telegram published two editorials April 18 supporting two school bond elections with no critical analysis of what is being proposed.The Weatherford bond proposal was initially sold as an election focusing "on security and safety."Had a real reporter looked at the line-item expenditures for the bond, he or she would have noted that only $4 million of the $107 million is designated for safety and security.Focus? $16 million for athletics.Focus? Why does the bond have to be all or nothing?Voting against the bond could be interpreted as against safety and security. This bond, if approved, puts the Weatherford school district taxpayers on the hook for over $400 million until 2044.I am not saying I am against the bond, but why can't the taxpayers choose what they want to fund instead of having to play "all or nothing"? This isn't the lottery.-- Mike Wortman, WeatherfordBonds for BirdvilleEvery real estate agent trying to sell a house to a young couple with children invariably gets this question: "Is the school system a good one?"For decades, agents working in the Birdville school district could answer, "Yes."District voters have consistently chosen to invest their tax dollars in maintaining their school system.On May 11, voters will be asked to allocate an additional $4.35 per month for $100,000 of assessed property value to invest in their children.A major component of the bond program is consolidating four of the oldest and smallest schools into two new buildings.The projected savings in operating costs over the next 10 years is about $15 million.That's $15 million that can be applied to additional programs or reduction of the district's debt.There's much more in the program, and I encourage readers to learn more at www.bisd4kids.com.-- Amber R. Cozad, WataugaFight child abuseThe April 6 opinion column by state Sen. Jane Nelson, "Home-visit programs can give kids healthier start," outlines why home-visiting programs are important.As the sheriff of Collin County and a member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, I'd like to note that voluntary home-visiting programs can also prevent violence and crime.Research on the Nurse Family Partnership home-visiting program shows it cuts child abuse and neglect in half, and participating children were half as likely to commit crimes by age 15.Families involved with Child Protective Services and participating in another high-quality home-visiting program, Child First, were half as likely to be re-victimized within three years.Home-visiting programs are especially needed in Texas, which leads the nation in child-abuse fatalities.Yet current home-visiting programs serve only 4 percent of the high-risk families.April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Many of us in Texas law enforcement have seen the heartbreaking impact of child abuse and neglect firsthand.Texas must invest in proven programs that stop the cycle of abuse, reduce crime and save money.The Legislature should pass Senate Bill 426 and expand high-quality home-visiting programs in Texas.-- Sheriff Terry Box,Collin CountyTrophy Club councilThere is one choice in this year's Trophy Club Town Council race, Greg Lamont.Lamont attends almost every council meeting, even though he's not on the council.He consistently asks excellent questions and has proved through the years that he will work hard to protect both property values and our wallets.He has more than 1,400 Trophy Club residents on his email list and keeps them informed of happenings in town after almost every meeting and has selflessly given up many hours to do this.Lamont has long been an advocate for fiscal responsibility, supporting the notion that government must live within its means.It is most important that you vote.The future of our town and the quality of the community are on the line.Join me and vote for Greg Lamont for Trophy Club Town Council.-- Julie Folley, Trophy Club
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