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Viewer Response to Consider This on Impending Bond Election

Viewer 1
THERE ARE A LOT OF FOLKS IN LUBBOCK THAT ARE ON FIXED INCOME. WITH THE INCREASE  IN THE COST OF JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING, THESE FOLKS CAN NOT AFFORD THIS THING. WE ARE ALREADY BEING FORCED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN MEDICINE AND FOOD. IF THE HIGH ROLLERS WANT TO SPEND ALL THIS MONEY, THEY SHOULD CONSIDER THE OLDER FOLKS WHO CAN;T AFFORD IT.

PLEASE LET THE PEOPLE IN POWER KNOW THAT JUST BECAUSE THE ECONOMY HERE IS GOOD FOR SOME, IT IS ROUGH FOR OTHERS. OUR BUDGETS CAN' STAND ANY MORE STRAIN.

Viewer 2
Dan Jackson, if you haven't already, CONSIDER THIS; RUN FOR MAYOR.

Viewer 3

Just some thoughts on the subject;

Has there ever been a case where we had more entertainment productions wanting to book a show here than we had the space for?

If you look at the Civic Center, it is obviously in need of repair. Most of this has come about because there were not funds to do proper maintenance. Now we want to add more facilities to maintain?

Public safety should be number one on any civic leaders list of priorities. You can have all the facilities in the world, but if people don't feel safe using them, they will not come.

It is difficult to justify the cost for public safety until you need one of it's services. Imagine you or even your neighbors house is on fire and there is no one to respond. Imagine someone is trying to break into your home, and there is no one to come to your aid. 

Viewer 4
I am in complete agreement with your "Consider This" concerning $300 million in city projects. I will not support anything relating to entertainment. I believe the city should take care of basic services (same as your critical needs) and leave the entertainment to the private sector. (The way our streets are being neglected, it would probably take $300 million to make all of the needed repairs.) I appreciate your speaking out for the citizens of Lubbock.

Viewer 5
WHY SHOULD WE TRUST THE CITY COUNCIL AND ADMINISTRATION ? MOST HAVE NOT LIVED UP TO  THIER PROMISES OR WHAT WE VOTED FOR IN THE PAST. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN HELD RESPONSIBLE MISSTAKES AND FAILURERS. I MIGHT CONSIDER A BOND IF PEOPLE ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE , THAT IT SPENT PROPERLY.

Viewer 6
I am one of many that will be effected by this dispute.

It seems to me that greed and selfishness are the ruling factors here. Anyone who has delt with insurance companies knows how they will place unneccesary roadblocks, just to make it more difficult to file a claim.

On the other side, many physicians seem to care more about how mny patients they can pack into their waiting rooms. Of couse this amounts to dollars in their pockets. I actually had a Doctor tell me that Covenant requires him to spend no more than seven minutes with each patient.

Drive by Covenant's physician parking area. You will not see any ten year old vehicles, which is what I drive. Also look at BCBS bottom line. I bet they made millions last year. So who gets screwed, once again, the working. middle class American.

Viewer 7
I will NOT vote for this city council to spend another dime.  The last bond election was supposedly to build new soccer fields which my 8 year old daughter participates in.  Shockingly, we later find out it was just for the approval of the land!  I was very specifically told the cokes we were selling were for new fields since our current ones are filled with holes and have water sprinklers in the middle of them!  I would still like to know where that money went-hmmm.....maybe for another baseball complex since we seem to have a shortage of those!

Viewer 8
Mr. Jackson,
Thank you for covering this topic in your " editorial" column. I can't consider myself knowledgeable enough to understand the intricacies and politics of this bond election.  I will say that with what the city has been recently pulling with the Deleon recall, the red light cameras, and now this, I am not surprised at the seemingly       " backwards" way of doing things. I guess what I am saying is that something seems fishy.
Its tempting to drive Slide, Quaker, Indiana, University, 34th, 50th and 82nd and count EVERY single pothole. Its also tempting to go back and count the victims of meaningless violence over the past month. Just this last Sunday night the newscast at channel 11 was 90% crime, frankly it was depressing to watch. Its not the fault of Channel 11 at all, it just makes one wonder if Lubbock is doing all it can to PREVENT crime instead of react to it.
If I understand correctly the committee in charge of this bond election is a citizen committee selected by the city. Please correct me if I am wrong, this is where my understanding gets hairy. But if that is the case, who is feeding the committee its agenda and opinions? It seems like things are being done very similarly to the red light camera situation! It seems to me that the city has a money making agenda  all around and wants to funnel that money into less important issues!
The question is, what can we as voters to do change this trend, not just the bond election?

Viewer 9
I am enclosing the email I sent to Mayor Miller. It about covers my opinion on the bond issue.

Dear Mayor Miller:
News of the $300-million bond election under consideration by the council is very disturbing to me. We have been bombarded by promises of lower property taxes since I became a homeowner 3 years ago, but at every turn taxes are on the rise. The increase in sales tax two  years ago that was promised to cut property taxes did nothing. The bond that recently passed for the Frenship school district is going to raise my taxes again. And now the city wants to take more of my hard earned money to pay for frivolous improvements. I say "No More!"  With fuel over $3 per gallon and the increase in minimum wage about to take affect,  the citizens of Lubbock are about to endure a run-away inflation scenario. And taking into account that a large portion of our population is comprised of retirees, an increase in property taxes coupled with a basic living increase that is sure to come would put an undue burden on the elderly.

As a small business owner and currently paying over $42,000 per year in some kind of tax, I cannot even see a valid reason of this kind of expenditure. The city needs to take a careful look at where money is being wasted and trim that fat from the budget. I see this as an attempt by real estate developers and construction owners to bilk the tax payers out of more money while providing so-called 'quality of life' improvements that will only cause more traffic congestion and, inevitably, run over-budget. I do not know anyone that goes to the public library. I cannot think of a single person that frequents Lubbock's public parks. And, in the 10 years that I have lived here, I have been to the coliseum only one time. As for the argument that a new coliseum, performance arts center and a remodeled civic center will bring more money to small businesses, that is a complete farce. 

Only a very small percentage of Lubbock businesses reap any benefit from increased tourism, and they lay mostly in the hotel and restaurant sectors. Enough is enough of these types of projects. If the city needs these improvements so badly, then the money should be found in the existing budget, not from my bank account. I strongly encourage you to discourage even putting this bond up for a vote. I thank you for your consideration.

Viewer 10
I am a born Lubbockite and have seen this city progress and grow. As a "Baby-Boomer" I am beginning to worry that the City Council and the Mayor are not taking the financial burdens that we the citizens are incurring seriously. They are needlessly spending thousands of our tax payer money toward the payment of contracts to past City Managers that only stay for a short time but leave with thousands of dollars in projected income that they incur from the contracts the City of Lubbock gives them. I wish I had a job that continues to pay my salary after I have left that job. We continue to hire outside agencies to tell us what improvements our city needs when we have resources from our young students throughout our local universities and colleges. I am upset about having to pay for the thousands of gallons of lost water from a damaged water main that a contractor damaged while we (the citizens) picked up the majority of the tab of the water bill. Hello, that is the reason these contractors are bonded and have insurance.  If I use too much water the local citizens are not going to pitch in and help me pay for all of the water I used! The bond election is going to increase property taxes for the next three years. I am a widow and live on a budget that almost makes it almost impossible for me to pay my taxes at this present time. At a time when all of our living expenses from gas, groceries, property taxes, and almost $4 for a gallon of milk is pinching our pocket books, this is the last thing we need to focus on. I want my tax payer money to go to the improvement of our city streets, to our local law enforcement, especially now with the crime rate increasing we need extra officers on the street for the welfare of our safety. That should also include extra officers for our schools and our children's safety instead of just the six L.I.S.D. Officers that cover the student population of our city.  We are constantly reminded by our government and the President that we are on terroristic threat and we need to implement those strategies of our safety and welfare to employing added firefighters, EMS, police and protection of our citizens. Honestly I don't care what FAMOUS attraction is coming a new Entertainment Arena that the council is wanting to build. Wasn't that the reason the Spirit Arena was built in the first place, to bring in Famous attractions! Now is not the time for frugal spending. Our parents who went through the depression understood that they needed to tighten their belts and do with what they had. We need to also tighten our belts and improve the city with the monies we already have allocated for those improvements. Our money is being spent like water running out into the street and the council is hoping that we are not watching what they are doing.

Viewer 11
If this act of arrogance goes up for a vote, it is as easy as voting against it. It's that simple. If the our city reps do not want to be honest with the city they represent, then we have the power to turn it down.

Viewer 12
Who are these investors?  what do they want in return?  what are the odds that lee lewis construction will do this work and has an input on what the city wants?  which wil insure his bid is low, even it in not.  What is Mc D (x mayor) role.  are these the secret investers?  or is united food?  or is it L A ,inc.?

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