No to stadium
My 2017 tax bill went up 18 percent. I urge the Arlington mayor and City Council to focus on improving our crowded streets and poorly maintained parks with the added tax received.
I’m against contributing for the third time to a new sports stadium.
These owners are worth billions and receive extraordinary television money.
The Rangers can continue to play in a beautiful, remarkable stadium.
I recommend the mayor and Rangers officials ask Major League Baseball for an exemption from summer day games.
Keep the existing stadium.
Stef Smith, Arlington
Do not be led astray by “the Rangers could leave Arlington if the city does not build a new park.”
That is a gimmick to scare people into voting for more taxes, notwithstanding the mayor’s assertion that there would be none.
If the Rangers are no more committed to Arlington than to have a new air-conditioned stadium, then let them leave.
George R. Stotts, Arlington
As a season ticket holder since the inception, I see two big questions about this deal.
First, why is the seating capacity so small ? Let the current owners put up more money and give us a minimum 45,000 seats plus standing-room-only space. We know the cost of maintaining the new stadium with a retractable roof and huge increase in electric cost, plus ongoing salary increases will lead to higher ticket prices with fewer seats to absorb those increases.
Second, since Arlington residents are funding the stadium, how about guaranteed low pricing for some games? I predict my $22 seats could easily be $40 or more come 2019.
Otherwise, I want the current, beautiful ballpark and will “suffer” for 15-20 games per year.
Mike Larose, Fort Worth
Donald Trump has been saying that the political system is rigged. If that is true, it must be the reason he won the Republican nomination.
The Republican primary candidates were experienced in government (senators, governors) and knew the Constitution and policy issues. Trump lacks experience and knowledge about the Constitution and policies.
So, if we are to believe Trump, what did he do to rig the system?
Elsie Koppa, Crowley
About 70 percent of the American people believe that our country is headed in the wrong direction. A number of the Republican rats are abandoning ship.
If a large majority of us believe the ship needs to change direction, shouldn’t we want to get all of the rats off before it sinks?
I have always believed that we should be more concerned about what someone does (Hillary Clinton) than about what someone says (Donald Trump).
The real concern of many in Washington is the loss of power rather than ethical behavior. Otherwise, they would not be doing things that will help Clinton win.
Perhaps we need an egotistical person like Trump to change direction before it is too late to save our country.
Wayne Duke, Arlington