Letters to the editor, December 5

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A done deal

After reading Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe’s and David Zoltner’s comments about the convention center, I imagined the following conversation:

“Ring”

“Hello, this is Denton.”

“Hi, this is O’Reilly telemarketing calling (out of the blue) about your convention center.”

“O’Reilly? Don’t you guys sell auto parts?”

“Why, yes, we do.”

“What do you know about building convention centers?”

“Well, I’ve been to a lot of conventions in my time.”

“Oh, OK, that sounds good enough for me. How much is it going to cost me to have you build Denton’s convention center?”

“Not much at all. Only $25 million, but don’t worry, increased taxes will pay for all of it.”

“How do you know?”

“What? Don’t you trust me? Have I ever sold you a bum spark plug before?”

“Well, no, you haven’t. So you must be able to build a convention center. How much money are you putting into this? I want to be sure you have some skin in this game.”

“Sorry, how much money we are putting up and where it is from is none of your business.”

“Denton may not have enough money for this.”

“Sure you do. Just tap tax money you already get for your schools. DISD has millions. They won’t miss a few bucks. Not only that, they can float a new bond better than you can.”

“Where do I sign?”

As I said last time: The convention center is a done deal and there is nothing you can do (except pay) about it.

Bill Reed, Denton


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