Letters to the Editor

Arlington school board and council; Jay Ratliff’s DWI; death penalty

Bronson for AISD

Every school board needs the perspective of an educator. Classroom experience, leadership roles and understanding the roles school trustees play are vital. Governing (not managing), promulgating district policy, understanding the state funding paradigm and developing the annual budget are just a few.

Maryhelen Bronson is the choice for Place 3 on the Arlington school board.

I’ve known Maryhelen Bronson since our days together in elementary school in Dallas. With more than 35 years in education, she possesses the experience and skills needed to be an effective school district trustee.

Beyond retirement, she continued her efforts to strengthen the district by volunteering and mentoring in the classroom. Having served as a trustee myself for the Irving school district, I understand the investment of time required and recognize her stellar work ethic.

Every Arlington constituency will be well served by electing Maryhelen Bronson to Place 3.

— Mike Gregory, Irving

Arlington council

In a five-year period before the current Arlington City Council took office, my property tax bill doubled. Since 2003, the tax rate has not been raised.

Four of the council members responsible for holding the line on Arlington's property tax rate are running for re-election. I want to thank all of them for helping keep my taxes down. I ask my friends to join me supporting Bob Cluck for mayor and Robert Rivera, Kathryn Wilemon and Lana Wolff for City Council.

— Glenn Day, Arlington

Weak sentence

Tarrant County Judge Bob McCoy handed Jay Ratliff a laughable one-year probated sentence and a paltry $750 fine for pleading guilty to driving drunk (“Former Cowboy receives probation,” Friday).

This was after he’d crashed into a semi truck, refused a breathalyzer test and was involuntarily blood-tested at twice the legal limit.

A mere six weeks prior to Ratliff’s arrest, his teammate Jerry Brown was killed in a DWI accident, and every Cowboys player was solemnly reminded that with a simple phone call a free ride home would be provided by the NFL Players Association.

If I ever find myself acting as irresponsibly as Ratliff did, I sure hope Judge McCoy is on the bench!

Oh, wait, I’m not a multimillionaire sports figure.

— John Pichler, Southlake

Judicial ‘wisdom’

On Page 1, I read about the effort to decide “how” our government should kill people it deems worthy of such punishment (“High court spars over executions,” Thursday).

On Page 16, I read about an “elite” FBI forensic lab analyst who identified a dog hair as a match with the hair of a government-identified criminal.

Such stunts by government employees would be hilariously funny if they didn’t extract such a heavy toll from the lives of innocent people, sometimes even life itself.

The Supreme Court justices should be debating the wisdom of allowing an imperfect government that hires imperfect people and run by imperfect politicians to execute human beings.

— Larry Mason, Azle


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