Letters to the Editor

The business of education; property tax exemption; shoot to kill; gun talk

Business of education

When I was young and ready to go to college, our state was in the business of education!

So the state universities were affordable.

We need to make sure education is affordable as it was when my sisters and I were going to college.

We need our elected officials to make this happen once more.

Education pays for itself in so many ways.

If Texas does not have an educated workforce, the companies will not be here or hire.

Let’s get back in the business of education.

— Lois Campbell, Hurst

Property tax exemption

In this age of having government access to almost every aspect of our lives, I find it unimaginable that the Tarrant County tax office would not have birth dates for all taxpayers.

Maybe I missed the memo, but I found out recently that taxpayers 65 and over are entitled to a $50,000 homestead tax exemption (depending on the city) on the annual property tax bill.

This should be an exemption that automatically kicks in when the homeowner becomes eligible.

If birthdates are unknown to the county, then a simple bold-faced note on the tax bill should bring this to the attention of senior citizens.

On top of this, Tarrant County will only credit you for the current year; not past years since a husband or wife turned 65.

On a positive note, the staff at the tax office in Richland Hills was very courteous and helpful.

— Wes Charles, Watauga

Shoot to kill?

I don’t pretend to know what it is like for a police officer having to deal with a suspect. But there is something about it that does puzzle me.

A suspect gets out of his car and puts both hands in the air. He is clearly not holding a gun or a knife. Then, unexpectedly, the suspect begins to walk towards the policeman. The officer tells him to stop, but he keeps walking. The officer fearing that the suspect may attack him or try to take his gun, makes the decision to shoot.

Why does he have to shoot to kill? Why not shoot the suspect in the leg? Unlike upper body shots, a single shot to the leg will stop the suspect in his tracks; more than likely he will drop to the ground.

The policeman has the suspect immobilized, but he is still alive. Why is it always “shoot to kill”?

— Frank Matthews,

Fort Worth

Gun talk

A letter from Fort Worth endorsed a tax-free weekend for hunting supplies provided it “specifically not include assault weapons and their ammunition.”

Can the author or anyone else actually define the “assault weapons” to be excluded with a rationale as to why?

Maybe it has a scary-looking pistol grip or it’s black? Maybe a movie villain had one?

And please don’t just say “no one needs a machine gun.” Define the terms if you can.

And no “pass the law to see what’s in it” stuff, either.

— Bob Fleitz,

Arlington

Letters

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