Letters to the Editor

Big 12 champs; honoring the fallen; affordable education; regarding toll roads

Big 12 champs

When Randy Galloway was 3, I was a fan of Baylor (Galloway column “Baylor needs to suck it up and move on”).

I attended Baylor on a scholarship; it is a place President Herbert Reynolds said “a kid from the forks of the creek can come to and earn a degree and make something out of himself.”

As we win more games, we will get more advice. Our experience is limited in being football champions. We won the old SWC in 1924, 1975 and 1980. Last year we won the Big 12 and repeated in 2014.

When we played in the Sugar Bowl in 1957 and won, the business folks in New Orleans said that those Baptists came with a $20 bill and the 10 Commandments and they didn’t break either, so don’t ever invite them back. We will be better in the future.

Our experience at being patient and humble is well known, and we promise to do our very best always. Be assured we will support Art Briles and those Bears for as “long as stars shall shine.”

— Joe Ross, Fort Worth

Honoring the fallen

The Snowball Express story brought tears to my eyes.

Such a worthy story for everyone who participated in honoring our veterans. We must honor them.

Now, how many of us remember the Battle of the Bulge, 1944, where the U.S. suffered 80,987 casualties, 10,276 dead, 47,493 wounded, including an uncle of mine, and 23,218 missing, according to the Army’s official history?

Are we going to do them honor and remember them? You can bet they will never forget, and I just hope we do not either.

— Wanda Katherine Downing,


Affordable education

I appreciated State Sen. Charles Schwertner’s attempt to explain why tuition deregulation is failing in Texas (Dec. 12).

However, he seems to have conveniently forgotten to include that supporters of deregulation did not count on the Texas Legislature slashing funding to higher education, forcing schools to make up the shortfalls by charging more for tuition.

This move by the Legislature was and is just another example of how legislators could go home to their districts to proclaim they had lowered taxes in Texas, while forgetting to tell constituents they shifted the costs to user fees.

As well, he forgot to include that when they voted to reduce college funding and to cost shift, it was only logical that those consumers (students) would have to get the additional funds from somewhere and that the most logical place was from student loan programs.

So, if Schwertner is really serious about his demand to provide affordable higher education in Texas, he might first consider allocating more tax revenue to higher education.

I’m pretty sure that schools would be only too glad to reduce tuition as a result.

— Donald Rosen, Fort Worth

Regarding toll roads

Yes, Texans want less talk about more toll roads.

Toll roads owned and operated solely by the state might be a reasonable way to finance highway construction.

Public-private joint ventures are not reasonable. Private companies are making large profits at the expense of commuters.

The DFW Turnpike was a publicly built toll road. Twenty years of collecting tolls paid it off in 1977 and the tolls were removed.

It was never intended to be a revenue-producer or profit center for a private company.

All toll roads should be built and operated this way. Collect tolls until the road is paid off and then remove the tolls.

The state of Texas should not enter into any more public-private ownership contracts.

Build the roads and let the tolls pay for them. If more road-building and maintenance money is needed, increase the gas tax to whatever level is required.

It is a fair user tax. The more you drive, the more you pay.

Not 1 cent of gas tax money should be spent on anything that does not directly affect roads — ever.

— Lawrence McGuire, Crowley


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