Although the Fort Worth school district’s bond package looks to boldly address the future, puts emphasis on campus security and plans much-needed cafeteria and auditorium improvements, I find too many reasons not to support it in its current form.Almost half the 118 classroom additions benefit only four schools in one specific pyramid.Universal pre-K relies heavily on state funding, which can be cut by the Legislature. Providing every high school student with a laptop or tablet could easily end up as a money pit because of theft, damage, upgrade and technology support costs.And distance learning comes across as a way to replace bona fide teachers with low-paid room monitors. Given the district’s poor showing in fixing problems at hand (classroom overcrowding, not having full-time librarians, assistant principals and nurses at every school, and declining morale of increasingly overworked school staff), before voting to spend a lot of money, I’d like to see some improvements justifying such. — Mark Metroka, Fort WorthLack of infoWe were spoiled in Washington state. In Washington state, voters had no excuse for not being informed. The state sent every voter a pamphlet for every election that profiled candidates and explained propositions.Furthermore, with one request you could receive absentee ballots from then on, every election, every year.In Texas, besides the gerrymandered voting districts that minimize competition, there are no voter information pamphlets, and you must apply for an absentee ballot every year. No wonder a big turnout in Texas is 33 percent. — Bob Damon, Fort WorthVote no in BedfordBedford residents recently received a city mailer containing incentives to support a $3.2 million bond issue in the Nov. 5 election for Phase-1 Bedford Boys Ranch park improvements.Cleverly designed to entice support of the bond, without directly asking for it, it circumvented laws that prohibit expenditure of taxpayer money for solicitation.It conveniently failed to mention that all four phases of the proposed projects are estimated to cost about $16 million, which would ultimately result in a substantial hike in property taxes.It also failed to mention Bedford’s current debt exceeds $69 million. An additional $16 million in bonded indebtedness, plus interest, would push the total debt to almost $90 million, or about $1,800 for every Bedford resident.As a senior, my property taxes are frozen. However, I will not vote to impose a huge tax increase on my friends and neighbors and pass an enormous debt to our children and grandchildren.I urge everyone, including seniors, to join me in voting against the bond proposal. — Bob Stewart, BedfordVote for Prop 6What can we do to let our GOP representatives know that we want our party back? On Nov. 5 turn out in huge numbers to vote for Prop 6, which would authorize $2 billion in funding for water projects in the state.Maybe if we make a statement our elected officials will be less afraid to offend the Tea Party wing nuts. Those folks are not Republicans! If we don’t make a stand we will be telling our grandchildren what it was like when Republicans were a political party. — Bill Lynch, ArlingtonState Rep. Jonathan Stickland’s objection to bond-supported funding of water projects seems to defy logic. As noted in Bud Kennedy’s Oct.18 column, “Texas can pass a water plan, but what if the Tea Party boils up,” Stickland’s preference to borrowing from banks raises the question of whether his interest lies with his taxpaying constituents in H-E-B or with big-money campaign donors. Either way, this appears to be another example of how Stickland makes short-sighted decisions that ignore the common good. — David Franklin, BedfordNo to liquor storesYour Oct. 4 story “City will get liquor stores if ballot measure passes” should have included a photo showing wrecked vehicles and dead bodies.That’s exactly what we’ll have more of if Arlington lowers itself to having booze flowing more freely and being easier to obtain.If you can’t enjoy a ballgame without alcohol, you have a serious problem.Let’s recognize alcohol for the dangerous drug that it is! — David Fusco, Arlington
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