Dems should work for the people
Friday’s story on the “Blue Wave” struck a nerve, particularly the comment by U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey that once the Democratic Party makes headway in Tarrant County, the Republican Party is “done for.”
Rhetoric like that continues to divide, not join.
If the goal of the Democrats is to kill another party, by all means, try. But if the goal of the Democrats is to work for the people, serve the people and vote with the people, they’ll stand a much better chance.
Julie Bryant, Fort Worth
We need to back women’s rights
Timothy Bennett’s about the tax assessor-collector deciding where others may give charitable contributions is true and from the heart: “We’re not God, and sometimes we’re not even Christians.”
There are many Tarrant County residents who support women’s services (and rights!) through a variety of organizations. If it becomes widely accepted to exclude Planned Parenthood, which one is next?
North Richland Hills
Seniors can get over-65 exemption
A letter writer said high school taxes are a future burden to seniors (“Seniors say taxes are too high,” Tuesday.)
There’s a partial over-65 exemption, and rates are frozen when you turn 65. The senior must file for that exemption.
Brent Beal, Keller
Senator was railing over Trump lies
Richard Greene, in his recent article, rails about a Stalin reference in Jeff Flake’s Senate speech but fails to mention the point of the speech. Flake’s issue was that lying is the new normal in presidential politics. In his first year in office, Trump has lied or misrepresented the facts over 2,000 times, according to several different news agencies that track it.
Without a free press as a counterbalance, Trump can present as fact untruths that benefit him.
Anything that Trump doesn’t like is labeled fake news, and few in his party are willing to call him out on it, except Sen. Flake, who should be applauded for speaking out while others are complicit in their silence.
Larry Carlton, Bedford
Not much love for Amazon
Amazon, please stay away. I love your company, but go somewhere else. Our local property taxes are already bone-crushing, and the high-paying jobs, relocations and increased home valuations you’ll bring will only make them that much worse.
Austin is nice!
David Jackson, Keller
Time to try an income tax?
Trying to fund the Texas school finance system with local property tax is nuts.
It is obviously inadequate and inequitable. A better way to provide solid, equitable state funding for education is to use the income tax option available under Texas Constitution Article 8, Section 24.
Before you overreact to the use of the dreaded “I” word, learn what Section 24 says: If the Legislature adopts an income tax, it requires voter approval of the tax rate and requires a reduction in school property tax.
I detest hearing gutless candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and the Legislature pledge to reject any consideration of education funding by an income tax to reduce school property taxes.
I hope you will withhold your vote and contributions from any candidate who takes such an absolute absurd position. I will.
Bill Aleshire, Austin