Letters to the editor, April 29

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Create gas utility

The strongest case for the city to pay for the expansion of gas infrastructure to the Denton Enterprise Airport area is that it will create a clean industrial park for major corporations.

The future of this region lies in the Barnett Shale and natural gas. Failure to take this opportunity to grow the business base of Denton during the time of the growth of population would be a serious mistake.

Richard Hayes rightly points out that Denton has huge government tax-exempt institutions.

He did not mention all the tax-exempt churches and nonprofits.

Private enterprise must be the answer to fill this void. Increasing the commercial industrial tax base will do that and create jobs.

Denton is the crown jewel of North Texas and has tremendous potential. Destiny is Denton’s only if its citizens seize it.

Richard N. Johnston,
Highland Village



Vote for gas utility

I am writing in support of the proposed gas utility. The upcoming city election will provide the opportunity for the residents of the city of Denton to vote on establishing a municipal owned gas utility.

This is an important economic issue for our city as we have missed the opportunity to compete for several extremely viable businesses in our industrial park, adjacent to the Denton Enterprise Airport, due to a lack of an adequate gas supply.

These projects had a combined ad valorem tax value of $1.4 billion, which would have added considerable revenue to both our city and school board budgets.

This is not a case of municipal government competing with private enterprise as both of the local gas suppliers have declined to establish a pipeline in the proposed area.

It will be operated by Denton Municipal Electric and will not serve any residential areas. The area is roughly bordered by U.S. Highway 380, Interstate 35W, FM2499 and C. Wolfe Road.

As your former mayor, member of P&Z, member of the Economic Development Partnership Board and board chairman for the Chamber of Commerce, I had ample opportunity to observe the competition to provide adequate infrastructure when attempting to compete with other cities for companies wishing to relocate. We need this gas utility to provide adequate supplies to our existing clients, Peterbilt, Tetra Pak, Aldi, Target, Victor, etc. in addition to new companies coming here.

I encourage you to vote yes on May 11.

Perry R. McNeill,



Three to support

I am supporting the honorable Jim Engelbrecht for Denton City Council, District 3, the honorable Dalton Gregory for Denton City Council, District 2, and the honorable Charles Stafford for Denton school board, Place 5, not because they’re incumbents, but because they’ve done a good job for us as incumbents.

Jim Engelbrecht has vigorously supported commercial and retail development and redevelopment. If you had your teeth jarred driving on Denton streets, Jim has fought for street maintenance and reconstruction programs. He has also enhanced opportunities for Denton resident engagement.

Dalton Gregory supports economic development in our city, holds developers to a high standard and advocates that any incentives in the form of tax rebates be tied to performances. He also supports reasonable codes and fair enforcement of those codes.

For the 12 years I’ve known Charles Stafford, he’s been a man of integrity, hard working and honest.

He has supported children’s causes for 25 years, raising money for the Boy Scouts, the Children’s Advocacy Center and Communities in Schools, among other causes.

Charles has served on the Denton school board for 15 years, three times as board president. He has the experience to do the job well, and Denton needs experienced leadership to guide us through the coming growth and financial challenges. He does all the above without receiving a single dime.

Many times Charles and I have been on the phone, he was returning from Austin on one of hundreds of trips working for students and teachers.

Jim Stodola,


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