There are some easy choices on the Nov. 5 ballot for amendments to the Texas Constitution. Voting starts Monday.For full descriptions of the amendments, see the House Research Organization website.Proposition 1Through an amendment approved by voters in 2007, the Legislature exempted from property taxes the residence homesteads of veterans with 100 percent service-related disabilities. The spouse of a 100 percent disabled veteran is allowed to inherit that exemption if the veteran dies.Proposition 1 would exempt from property taxes the homestead of the spouse of an active-duty service member who is killed in action. The exemption goes away if the spouse remarries.Proposition 2The State Medical Education Board and a related fund were created under a 1952 amendment to aid medical school students who agreed to practice in rural areas of the state. The board ceased to be a separate agency in 1989, when its duties came under the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.Proposition 2 would remove from the constitution the language about the defunct State Medical Education Board and its related fund.Proposition 4Similar to the existing constitutional language allowing the homestead of a 100 percent disabled veteran to be exempted from property taxes, Proposition 4 would allow partial exemptions matching the disability ratings of veterans whose service-related disabilities are less than 100 percent. Surviving spouses could retain the exemption until they remarry.Proposition 8This proposal is a shining example of why Texas’ constitution has been amended 474 times since it was adopted in 1876. It shows that the best intentions of revisionists can sometimes go astray.In 1960, voters approved an amendment allowing Hidalgo County and certain others to create hospital districts with property taxes of up to 10 cents on each $100 of taxable value. Two years later came a similar amendment allowing hospital districts covering one or more counties to have maximum property tax rates of 75 cents per $100.Proposition 8 would delete the changes and allow the people of Hidalgo County, if they so vote, to increase the hospital district tax rate.The Star-Telegram Editorial Board recommends votes for propositions 1, 2, 4 and 8.