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Letters: A costly vote; blame the city; election reaction

A costly vote

Denton voters just plunged their city into a costly legal mess. By voting to ban fracking, they’ve triggered a wave of lawsuits against the city.

This ban unlawfully prevents the state’s General Land Office from selling the mineral rights to state-owned territories. That agency has already filed suit.

The Texas Oil and Gas Association is also pursuing litigation.

And there looks to be a third lawsuit coming from the Texas Railroad Commission.

This avalanche of litigation will cost Denton taxpayers dearly. Combined, three small towns in Colorado have already racked up nearly $200,000 in legal fees defending their fracking bans. One can only imagine what Denton’s bill will total.

Denton’s fracking ban is a costly mistake. Its only value will be in showing other Texas communities what not to do.

— Chris Faulkner,

President and CEO, Breitling

Energy, Dallas

Blame the city

Wednesday night after a “contentious and confusing” meeting, a mediation group approed the proposed TCU occupancy overlay ordinance that includes grandfathering existing rental property.

The grandfathering proposal goes before the Zoning Commission Nov. 12. A separate provision goes before the City Council concerning a “rental registration” necessary to enforce the grandfathering provision Dec. 2.

One passed before the other? Hmph! This is reminiscent of Nancy Pelosi passing legislation to see what’s in it.

As a single-family, owner-occupied homeowner, I feel that, we may/will get shorted in this proposal depending on what council agrees Dec. 2.

So far, single-family homeowners are losing the “stealth dorm” issue because of the “perpetuity” provision. At least so far.

Blame? The city allowed stealth dorms in single-family residential neighborhoods.

Perhaps any future approval for multi-occupant buildings being built should carry a provision that for everyone approved, one like structure must be built next door to the home owned by that Zoning Commissioner and City Council member.

— John Ludlum, Fort Worth

Thankful citizens

I served four years with the U.S. Army Security Agency including a stint with the 8th Radio Research Field Station in Phu Bai, Vietnam, where I was awarded the Bronze Star.

The remainder of my service was at the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Md.

In March of this year, I changed my Texas license plate to one noting my Bronze Star award and personalized it “PHUBAI.”

It wasn’t long before I noticed reaction. Several have been very memorable: A young woman, probably in her 20s, pulled up at a stoplight, rolled down her window and said, “Thank you for your service.”

On Interstate 35 in traffic, a man on a Harley slowly rode past on my side and gave me a salute.

A Fort Worth Police officer pulled beside me at an intersection, honked and said, “Thank you for your service and sacrifice.”

Naturally these events had a deep impact, as we Vietnam veterans struggle for acceptance of our service to our country.

— John M. Raiden, Fort Worth

Election reaction

As John D. Middleton pointed out in his letter to the editor, a whopping 19 percent of eligible voters in Texas elected the governor.

Pathetic!

Regardless, I hope that the new governor governs with all Texans’ best interests in mind and not just for the select few who voted.

— Dora Gonzales, Arlington

The conventional wisdom among Democrats: “Democrats lost because of poor turnout.”

However, there is a contingent of Obamaphiles who, finding themselves dissatisfied with the president, could not bring themselves to vote for a Republican — therefore, stayed home.

— Bob Wymer, San Antonio

Is this a great state or what? Our governor-elect has stated that one of his top priorities for Texas is open-carry.

Who needs to worry about education, healthcare, poverty, Ebola, roads, equal pay or even the border when all of us get to be our old-time cowboy selves?

— Sam and Tricia Deitz,

Fort Worth

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