As a parent of two daughters, one in her last year in the Arlington schools, I could be tempted to say this election no longer applies to me.
But I am not myopic. I realize great schools are just one element of a thriving community.
I also subscribe to Tea Party “theology” and am very disturbed by what is happening at the national level. However, this vote is less about a Tea Party tax issue than it is a bond election, one that certainly has more accountability to voters than shipping money off to D.C. where I never see positive results.
We can’t go the way of several other Dallas-Fort Worth communities that are stagnant or dying, barely getting by and have no real prospect for the future.
Arlington is better than that, and it is time to take steps to put it back on solid future footing.
— Chad Hullender, Arlington
Watauga City Council
Please help re-elect Mike Steele.
After his election in 2012, he was instrumental in obtaining a new, professional city manager who treats citizens with respect and seeks responsive yet cost-effective government.
Steele voted to reduce the garbage franchise fee, which reduced garbage charges to all Watauga residents, and continues to explore lowering monthly water/sewer/drainage charges.
He has demonstrated even-handedness in supporting appropriate raises for city employees while looking for ways to improve efficiency and hold down costs.
He worked to restore Saturday library hours through a schedule rearrangement.
In the future he plans to explore the cost-effectiveness of implementing online bill pay, allowing citizens to opt in for paperless monthly billing.
He will also look into allowing citizens to make monthly library donations above the current $1 maximum, which should improve library funding without increasing taxes.
— Brian Budnik, Watauga
Hurst City Council
I have lived in Hurst more than 40 years and graduated from Bell High School.
The city has grown tremendously with the expertise of our past city council.
I would like to see this continue with the influx of new blood, i.e., Joel Downs.
I have worked with Joel for the last three years on projects. He is very responsible, innovative and considers all viewpoints. Friendly, yet professional, we need his vision for Hurst’s future.
— Janice Trostle, Hurst
Bedford City Council
Bedford needs people who will represent us, not those who are already aligned before the election process is completed and appear to have their minds made up to vote together in the future.
In looking at what happened at “meet the candidates,” and the way their signs are displayed, only Patricia Nolan and Mark Pflaum appear to be who we need.
They are looking at the facts before making decisions.
Their opponents have bound their signs together and their literature basically says the same thing. One of their opponents was instrumental in getting the city logo changed, resulting in new street signs instead of a set of steps linking the library to the school, which would have been money well-spent.
Nolan and Pflaum are the best representatives for Bedford.
— Bob Whistler, Bedford