Letters to the Editor

Short-term rentals evoke different reactions from their neighbors

Compiled by the Star-Telegram editorial board

Employees of online lodging service Airbnb work in the Airbnb offices in Paris on April 21, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
Employees of online lodging service Airbnb work in the Airbnb offices in Paris on April 21, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images) AFP/Getty Images

Powell will help Fort Worth

Beverly Powell deserves to be our state senator because she represents the needs and interests of Fort Worth. Her opponent, Konni Burton, is a suburban Tea Party ideologue who opposed rail transit from Fort Worth to DFW Airport and who puts the interests of private schools over the needs of public education.

Powell is the best-qualified person to be our state senator.

Douglas Harman,

Fort Worth

Short-term rentals hurt neighbors

Did you know state Sen. Kelly Hancock authored a bill last session to strip every Texas city of the right to ban short-term-rental party houses in residential neighborhoods? Under Hancock’s Senate Bill 451, recent bans by Southlake and Grapevine (think Airbnb absentee-owner homes, hosting 10-20 or more guests a night) would have been impermissible.

What is the thinking behind Hancock’s bill and its twin, House Bill 2551? Silicon Valley giants (such as Airbnb) are lobbying Texas representatives to go against conservative principles and promote big-government intrusion into local zoning issues. They pass laws that local cities do not want and force short-term rentals onto residential neighborhoods, where they are adamantly opposed by nine of 10 homeowners … all so Airbnb can make more money for its upcoming stock offering.

If you are a homeowner and do not want a vacation party house as your next-door neighbor, say no to Hancock.

Andrew Muras,

Grapevine

Short-term rentals help neighbors

State Sen. Kelly Hancock hit the nail on the head in his proposed SB451 that states “a municipality or county may not adopt or enforce a local law that expressly or effectively prohibits the use of a property as a short-term rental.”

Short-term rentals pose no threat to neighborhoods. In fact, they help the tourism sectors of many cities. Owners of these properties greatly contribute to their communities. Their property upkeep is much better than their neighbors’, considering it will not rent if it looks bad — not to mention the free advertising to promote their cities and businesses.

Renters choosing to stay at these properties treat them as if they were their own. They prefer the comforts of home rather than a chaotic hotel.

Short-term rentals are an essential element of your area’s lodging portfolio. If travelers don’t have that choice, they will go elsewhere.

Elizabeth Temple,

Grapevine

A takeaway from Kavanaugh hearings

One thing I learned from the Supreme Court fiasco is that Democrats are very adept at character assassination.

D. Lindstrom,

Fort Worth

This is the best you had to publish?

Hurricane victims need electricity, food, water and medical aid. President Donald Trump glorifies white nationalism. Yet we get “Somebody bought my lunch” in the Oct. 13 “Cheers and Jeers?”

Robert Moore,

Fort Worth

Feeling welcome at Mavericks games

Editor’s note: This letter was originally published Oct. 14 but is being republished to correct an error introduced during the editing process.

We are grateful that the Trinity Railway Express again has special events trains waiting 20 minutes after Dallas Mavericks games. We would prefer to see Fort Worth police officers on the trains.

The TRE staff is so professional and friendly. We call the American Airlines Center our “sports home” because of the quality of personnel, cleanliness and the security. The Mavericks staff is second to none.

Ann and Roland Kelley,

Colleyville

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