Talk to your neighbors
Re: “Chief changes account — Straight-A freshman was beloved at school, admired for athleticism,” Tuesday news story.
A neighbor called police about this party, and a bright young man lost his life. Why didn’t the neighbor simply walk over and ask the kids to keep the noise down? To move their cars? The partygoers were apparently good kids, so maybe a word to the host could have avoided this tragedy.
In my opinion, the loss of neighborliness in our cities contributes to the division in our country. Not long ago, one of my neighbors called the police because my barking dogs were annoying. Had the neighbor asked me to address the issue, I would gladly have done so, but rather than come over, they called law enforcement.
It was so unnecessary, but minor compared to a shooting. Care more about your neighbors, people. We live together. Let’s choose love, not law, first.
Sue Palencia, Denton
Police must take action
To change the story is not sickening. The officers reviewed the evidence and corrected what they had been told. It shows a police department doing the right thing and not trying to cover up a bad reaction by the officer. Now, if they do not take action with the officer, that would be sickening.
Michael Ryan, Benbrook
There is still goodness
I cried last night while watching the evening news — the senseless stabbings at the University of Texas, the random shooting of a paramedic, the man sitting by the pool shooting innocent bystanders. And then there was the story about the compassionate, caring strangers that risked their lives to save a family of four trapped inside their overturned and submerged SUV in floodwaters. I wept again because there is still goodness in this world.
Ann Marron Clark, University Park
Irving candidate’s rental deal …
Information gathered through open records requests with the city of Irving calls into question the qualifications of Irving mayoral candidate Kristi Peña.
Peña and her husband currently rent a home owned by Irving, paying $1,500 a month for property valued at nearly $700,000. Records indicate that the Peña family has paid rent late 50 times in the 59 months they have rented the property, with delinquencies often lasting months.
In March 2013, Irving served notice to vacate the property due to nonpayment. With nothing in the records indicating that further legal action was taken, it raises speculation that Peña may have received special treatment as a supporter of outgoing Mayor Beth Van Duyne.
Additional public records document eviction from and foreclosure on other properties, as well as a tax lien for over $60,000. And yet, Peña’s husband was still able to loan her campaign $3,000 just days after her last-minute election filing.
This indicates a long and troubling history of persistent financial difficulties. If Peña is unable to responsibly manage her personal affairs, how can she be trusted to manage the affairs of Irving citizens?
Christopher Coffman, Irving
… doesn’t pass smell test
Re: “Judge denies request to remove candidate from ballot — Opponent’s lawsuit cited discrepancy on application signatures,” Friday Metro story.
I take it from this story that Irving confirmed mayoral candidate Kristi Peña is living in a city-owned residence in the Heritage District. Although she has denied it, public records released by Irving show she has lived in the almost $700,000 estate for the past five years while paying a paltry $1,500 a month rent.
That’s one heck of a taxpayer-subsidized housing program. Who do I have to know to get that deal? How does this happen? Any way you look at it, it doesn’t pass the smell test.
Herbert A. Gears, Former Irving mayor
I’ve never been a very political person. I always see two sides of everything, for better or for worse. I’m not strongly liberal or conservative.
But I’ve become invested in Plano, I know the people in leadership positions and have spent a lot of time researching the issues. My conclusion: This city is in the grip of hysteria.
It’s like we are characters in The Crucible, except instead of burning witches, there’s a group of true believers verbally persecuting anyone who’s not rabidly, categorically, utterly opposed to — wait for it — apartments.
Plano makes so many “best place to live” lists in America. Our community is extraordinarily safe, and our schools are exceptional. And yet there’s a group of people who insist we are on a “downward spiral.”
Meanwhile, extreme right-wing groups are riding this hysteria to promote another agenda: to reverse the city’s Equal Rights Ordinance. If that happens, then overnight, Plano becomes radioactive to large companies. And will millennials want to live in a city run by old right-wingers? No. Awaken, Plano voters, from this fever dream by May 6!
Mary Jacobs, Plano
A vote for LaRosiliere …
I want to share why I voted for Harry LaRosiliere for mayor of Plano. My wife and I have been raising our three beautiful children in Plano for 13 years, and we own two properties in Plano. I was introduced to LaRosiliere through former Mayor Phil Dyer.
LaRosiliere is personable and cares for others. Since he took office, he has carried forward the task of previous mayors to make Plano an exceptional place to live. He has involved everyone in building the town — from bringing major companies to move their corporate offices here to arranging housing for all these employees, to upgrading our roads and infrastructure, to keeping the property taxes low, to building more recreational facilities, to feeding hungry schoolchildren and families and to upgrading old homes and communities through the Love Where We Live program.
We cannot let Plano become a sleepy town in the midst of historical growth. Among all other choices, I feel LaRosiliere is the best choice. I encourage all voters to vote for Harry.
Jari Khan, Plano
… a vote against him
I have lived in Plano for almost 40 years, and I will not be voting for the current mayor, nor will I vote for anyone supporting his plan for Plano. Here’s why:
1. Mayor Harry LaRosiliere has pushed through a plan to turn Plano into a high-density urban area.
2. Those contributing to the mayor’s campaign are mostly Realtors, developers and apartment builders. He has accommodated them by pressing for rezoning on most of the remaining land in our city.
3. A petition asking the mayor to put up this plan for a vote was signed by thousands of citizens, but the city secretary refused to accept it.
4. A lack of transparency by the mayor is minimizing the potential impact on traffic, police and fire services and also public schools by high-density occupancy.
My votes will be going to Lily Bao, Edward Acklin, Anthony Ricciardelli and Rick Smith. They are not radicals, but rather, concerned citizens who have our backs.
Diane Church, Plano