Funding for all services
While Texas needs to be investing more to maintain and improve our physical infrastructure, Texas’ human infrastructure is also in need of some serious attention.
Consider Proposition 1, passed by Texas voters. Proposition 1 will divert over $1 billion into the state highway fund that would have otherwise flowed into the Economic Stabilization Fund (rainy-day fund).
Imagine if Texans voted to allocate the same resources to human infrastructure that they have to roads and water projects.
Even with Proposition 1’s Highway Fund diversion, the Economic Stabilization Fund will weigh in at over $8 billion come 2015.
Members of the 84th Legislature should use this vast resource, resist destabilizing tax cuts, and recognize and reject legislation that only robs Peter to pay Paul.
As the 84th Legislature approaches, Texas lawmakers should take the opportunity to find sustainable, adequate sources of funding not only for our highways, but for all public services.
— Dennis Borel, executive director, Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, Austin
We are not amused
In his report from London on Thursday, Clarence Hill did a masterful job of working in every possible stereotype about England.
I lived the best part of my life in London. London is the most cosmopolitan city in the world.
There is no lack of variety in foods. There are restaurants serving cuisines of from all across the world in every part of town. You don’t have to go very far for Italian, Chinese and Indian or any other kind of taste anywhere in London.
And I find it very hard to believe that any server in any restaurant there would be so rude as to tell the customer about the portion sizes.
In Friday’s writing, Mr. Hill tried to walk back some of it on the pretense, saying that he was trying to be funny.
I went back and read his column again to make sure that I have not missed anything. But I regret to say I failed to find anything humorous in it.
My advice to Mr. Hill is that if you go abroad expecting everything to be like it is at home, then the best thing to do is to stay home.
— J.S. Malhotra, Arlington
In the president’s post-election speech he said, “I heard the voters, but I also heard the two-thirds of you who did not vote.”
It seems to me that he was implying that since the two-thirds who did not vote are the majority he has a mandate to continue with his agenda.
Makes perfect sense to me.
— Mike Leinen, Grapevine
I am a proud Army veteran of 31 years and dutiful veterinarian of 67 years.
Please give veterans and veterinarians their rightful and respected designations.
Vet is correctly employed as a verb meaning to appraise or verify.
Let’s use veterinarian, veteran, and vet correctly and judiciously as Webster intended .
— Thomas G. Murnane, Fort Worth
Let teens vote
So letting 16-year-olds vote is a bad thing because teens are not smart enough to handle the responsibility?
Well, a lot of mature Americans voted for the political party that shut down the government, has wasted millions of dollars on frivolous lawsuits against the federal government, refused to pass needed legislation and sabotaged the president at every turn.
The party that was punished had policies that led to 10 million uninsured people now having healthcare, millions of new jobs created and college loans that are much more affordable for our kids.
Obviously, older voters are not always the sharpest tools in the shed.
Let teens vote and we might just see progress.
— Fred Gregory, Arlington
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