Letters to the Editor

Ballpark taxes; religion and taxes; Clinton no victim; court appointments; vote for rescue; third-party message; standards of decency

Some taxpayers react angrily to “In God We Trust” statement on Tarrant County tax bills.
Some taxpayers react angrily to “In God We Trust” statement on Tarrant County tax bills. kbouaphanh@star-telegram.com

Ballpark taxes

The “Vote Yes! Keep the Rangers” group continues to advertise its slogan, “Keep the Rangers with no new taxes.”

Vote Yes, whose members include the Arlington City Council and businesses that stand to benefit from a new stadium, is lying to Arlington voters by playing word games.

Voters approved a sales tax to help pay for the Cowboys stadium. That tax is set to expire when those bonds are paid off.

A vote on the new Rangers stadium proposal is required by law because it is a new tax. If the new proposal is approved, it will reauthorize that original tax and a new round of bonds will be issued.

It will raise the city’s entertainment-related bond debt from $175 million to $675 million.

James Withaeger, Arlington

Religion and taxes

Recently I received my property tax bill.

I respect everyone’s religious beliefs, or those who do not have a religious belief.

Yet I am troubled that again this year our Tarrant County tax bill includes the statement “In God We Trust.”

This year the phrase is printed in four places: the back of the outer envelope, the back of the inner return payment envelope, sort of a large water mark on the billing statement and on the leaflet explaining payment options.

I don’t remember this statement is so many locations last year.

Our tax assessor appears to be a deeply religious person, which I respect.

But if the person in that position were of another religion and chose to print “Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him” all over our statements — would that be his right?

Gabrielle Gordon, Keller

Clinton no victim

To Hillary Clinton supporters who try to portray her as a victim of gender bias because she’s a woman, stop it.

She’s running for the most powerful position in the world, not high school prom queen.

John McMahon, Arlington

Court appointments

In less than a month, either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will have been elected president. Which will be best for the United States?

After all the bad-mouthing, the final decision must be based on one factor: Which person do you want appointing the next two to four justices of the U.S. Supreme Court?

Harold L. Smith, Arlington

Vote for rescue

It seems that Hillary Clinton cannot be believed and Donald Trump cannot be trusted with your wife or daughter.

Nonetheless, our government is in serious disarray, tending toward socialism.

While neither deserves it (based on character), your vote should be for the one most willing and able to rescue our dysfunctional government.

Don Ponder, Fort Worth

Third-party message

After watching the presidential debates, I am appalled that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the best that the Democratic and Republican parties can come up with.

Both candidates are deeply flawed individuals who, if elected, will have little credibility abroad.

One’s integrity has been severely called to question, and the other cannot or will not clearly articulate a position and plan to implement that position beyond maligning the opponent’s character, abilities and actions.

I refuse to try to choose the lesser of two evils or vote for one to block the other. A choice between two evils still leaves an evil.

A vote for a third-party candidate at least does not reward a political party for offering choices that are beyond bad.

Perhaps a strong third-party showing in this election will motivate the Republicans and Democrats alike to offer better candidates to the American public.

R. King Joiner, Arlington

Standards of decency

Donald Trump envisions himself exempt from all normal standards of decency because of his celebrity.

Trying to divert attention from his recently revealed misogynistic comments will not make his sleaziness go away.

Wendy Stoecker, Arlington

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