Will Fort Worth oppose SB4?
This week the Fort Worth City Council will consider whether to enforce Senate Bill 4 or join Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston in opposing the bill in federal court. If it stands, the bill becomes law Sept. 1.
SB4 is part of a plan for mass deportation of immigrants. Police may stop and ask anyone on the streets, even those not suspected of a crime, for proof of citizenship. A driver’s license isn’t proof of citizenship.
This is like what Hitler implemented in Nazi Germany.
We cannot allow bigotry to overrule American values and freedoms
Cary Clark, Fort Worth
A free-market education for kids?
Public education spending in Texas is around $108 billion. The average annual school district expenditure per student is about $12,300. In contrast, a local Catholic school near me has a per-student cost of about $7,212 per year.
If the tax burden imposed by public school systems were abolished, wouldn’t education become a commodity subject to the forces of a free-market system?
Parents would determine what is to be taught and could choose the school the parents think would best do the job. Likewise, there would be competition among schools to attract students, improving the quality of education available.
I think many of the discipline problems could be eradicated by abolishing the public schools. If a student doesn’t want to learn, why try to force him or her?
Michael J. Schneider,
Red lights can make you crazy
Fort Worth is suffering from red light insanity.
The combination of the new lights on West Seventh Street coupled with the excessive lights on Forest Park Boulevard or University Drive north and south of Interstate 30 and the Chisholm Trail Parkway is nothing short of mind-numbing.
West Seventh Street and Stayton Street (Museum Way), as an example, is not a symmetrical intersection, so it requires multiple changes to accommodate each direction.
Does anyone think seven minutes to go a quarter-mile is a bit much?
Between red lights and 110-car freight trains at 8 a.m., it can take 17 minutes to go 2 miles. This daily experience is an example of poor planning and the degradation of the small town charm the city used to have.
Fort Worth remains the best city in Texas, but it is a different place from 10 years ago. The city must figure out how to improve.
Todd Bennett, Fort Worth
Is Greene playing up GM deal?
Richard Greene leaves out facts and the truth about the General Motors deal but plays up the expectations that never materialize.
Had that real estate agent not negotiated the deals, Arlington would probably have used eminent domain. As for the jobs, only 400 are open to anyone in the metroplex, not just Arlington. He didn’t state the incentives Arlington doles out so generously, not just to GM, but the Rangers, Cowboys and others.
If these people paid their share of property and other taxes, the average home and business owner wouldn’t be paying what we do and getting the services we don’t. Always crying for more money.
Terry Swift, Arlington