The story last Sunday regarding Team Fort Worth should be making my blood boil. (See, “Longtime youth sports and mentor program struggling,” Jan. 7)
Consistently, cities have put recreational facilities under a budget microscope, trying to squeeze a dime or two from the people who pay their already outrageous property taxes and have little left over. Fort Worth is a relatively wealthy town with one of the highest tax rates in Texas.
In this case we apparently, again, are unconcerned about the futures of our children. The spin from the city is protecting the interests of the citizenry with respect to some contract. What about the larger social contract?
What’s a few thousand bucks against the lives of our children? Haven’t we already paid for our community facilities and provided budget to staff them? What’s wrong with this picture? A municipality is not a business in the traditional sense. It is a vehicle of trust at the service of the citizenry.
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Come on, guys. What about it, Madam Mayor?
— J. Lee Johnson, Fort Worth