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#94447 Property tax vote

Posted by Roger_H on 09 November 2015 - 04:55 PM

A lot of the amendments tend to be what are called housekeeping amendments. They are amendments to address outdated provisions in the constitution. Amendments 2, 3, & 5, would fall into this category. When Texas adopted its constitution, the framers designed a state government with very limited powers. That's one reason for the numerous housekeeping amendments.

#94172 TWU and East Rosedale

Posted by Roger_H on 21 October 2015 - 03:45 PM

I've driven past the site almost weekly for over a year now. The new clock tower looks really good, it provides just the sort of "you have arrived" statement the university was looking for. Besides the new tower, I've noticed a lot of little improvements on the campus as well.


On the other hand, the city's reconstruction of Rosedale has got to be one of the slowest construction projects in modern history. 

#92821 Fort Worth swimming pools

Posted by Roger_H on 09 August 2015 - 10:01 PM

I'm not sure the prevalence of private pools explains the demise of public pools. The vast majority of backyard pools being built today are little more than lawn decorations. They are too small to actually swim in. Most modern pools are just something to lounge in with a beer, or look at from your "outdoor living room" (which used to be called a covered patio.) 


I think the lack of swimming facilities in this area is more of a cultural and/or regional thing. I have several relatives who moved to the northeast. All their kids were on swim teams throughout their school age years. My sister-in-law compared the popularity of swimming in the suburban Washington D.C. area to football here in Texas. It might also have something to do with the cost of land and the weather as well. The cost of the land for a football/soccer field up north would be a lot more than it is here. While an indoor pool is not cheap, it doesn't have that big of a footprint, and can be used year round.


I took up swimming about 18 months ago and it is indeed excellent exercise. So, I would love to see the city and/or schools promote it with the addition of some indoor pools. However, in addition to the upfront costs to build it, it is my understanding that the cost to operate, maintain, and insure an indoor public pool is a substantial sum. I was once told that those costs can run $250,000 a year. So, it is somewhat understandable that local officials might hesitate to commit to such an ongoing expense. Still, I think it would be worth it in the long run.

#92783 QuikTrip and Fort Worth

Posted by Roger_H on 05 August 2015 - 02:34 PM

I travel throughout the county regularly. Quick Trip is always my preferred stop. One other positive is that they carry some semi-healthy food in addition to the standard convenience store junk food.

#92294 Trinity Trails expansion

Posted by Roger_H on 06 July 2015 - 08:52 AM

So the TRWD is almost a year behind schedule on a little project to install a parking lot and a few picnic tables.


This is the same group that is taking on a multi-billion dollar project to reroute a river?

#91895 Environment, One Planet

Posted by Roger_H on 09 June 2015 - 12:39 PM

I'm old enough to remember when no one at the grocery store asked, "paper or plastic" because all bags were paper.


Plastic bags were introduced as an earth-friendly alternative because they were not made from trees. We were taught (indoctrinated?) to look down on anyone who requested paper bags as a tree-murderer. So imagine my surprise when a couple of years ago the same pseudo-environmental crowd which originally hailed the introduction of plastic bags started campaigning against them.


This isn't about the environment, it's about narrow interest groups needed to continuously have issues to use for fundraising.

#88253 2014 Governor's race and no debates?

Posted by Roger_H on 05 November 2014 - 08:16 AM

One measure of the depth of Davis' defeat comes from looking at the total votes for Agricultural Commissioner. According to news reports, the democratic candidate, a dairy farmer from Cleburne, raised no money, and refused to even campaign. Despite putting absolutely no effort into the race, he garnered 1,682,506 votes. Davis, who is currently the most well known democrat in the state, received 1,820,571 votes. That means despite spending over $30 million on her campaign, Davis received just 138,065 votes more than she would have with no effort at all.