Letters to the Editor

Raising the state sales tax would hurt Texans who can afford it least

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Sales taxes are the wrong target

“Abbott and Patrick propose 16% tax hike on seniors” — this was the missed headline that should have been on the front page of last Thursday’s paper, instead of, “GOP leaders propose increasing sales tax to lower property taxes.”

Texas GOP leaders want to increase the sales tax from 6.25% to 7.25% — a 16% increase — to compensate for their preventing cities and towns from raising revenue from property taxes to fund fire and police protection, park maintenance and other essential services.

Property-tax assessments on seniors are already frozen, so they won’t be helped by this. But like everyone else, especially those on fixed incomes, seniors would have to pay this 16% increase so that Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and their like can better appeal to rural voters and reflexive anti-taxers. They and their rich friends will be the only beneficiaries of this rip-off. For the rest of us, it’s a 16% tax hike.

Who voted for these tax-hiking Republicans, anyway?

James L. Burt,

Fort Worth

I’m ashamed of our legislators’ plan to cut property taxes by raising the sales tax. This is simply taking it out of one pocket instead of the other or, more properly, death by a thousand cuts instead of one.

Who would be hurt the most by this plan? Families with children — the larger the family, the more the hurt. Also hurt would be those who rent rather than own homes and those on fixed incomes. But it would affect us all to one degree or another.

Food, clothing and entertainment would cost more, but to the glee of our elected officials, it would seem like a small amount each time.

The best way to cut property taxes is simply to cut spending. Duh.

Donald Pierce,


Sabol does the right thing

Bedford Councilwoman Amy Sabol is a true leader.

For years, she and her husband ran a successful small business, and she listened to the needs and concerns of the residents.

She has served on various boards and commissions and volunteered for Texas Health HEB hospital.

In 2016, she decided to really get involved and run for City Council, believing she could make a difference. And she has. Residents now feel they have someone on the council who respects them.

Now she asks to serve three more years. I’m voting for Amy Sabol, because she has served the needs of the city well — and I know that with much left to do, it will get done.

My fellow Bedford residents, please join me in supporting Amy Sabol.

Helen L. Martin,


Why ignore religion and Texas Tech?

In reference to Mac Engel’s April 8 commentary, “Tech fans, please quit embarrassing yourselves and Texas” (1B): By lumping all fans into the same category as the small percentage of grown, drunk thugs who “celebrate” inappropriately, this is what I would call defamation of the character of all loyal, proud, law-abiding Tech fans.

Why not write a column about Tech basketball coach Chris Beard, who openly and publicly prayed with his team before and after games — despite national television camera crews reportedly not wanting to feature prayer? Or what about team member Jarrett Culver, who was on his way to church, listening to Christian music, when he found out he had been selected the Big 12 player of the year?

Apparently, faith in God and praying as a team won’t sell newspapers, but trashing a whole fan base is big news. I’m a proud Texas Tech fan.

Janice Kieschnick,