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Letters to the editor, November 21

Lost opportunity

Traffic, complicated by a nearby elementary school, has been a continuing serious problem for owners in the Southmont subdivision, located west of the St. Mark’s Church land recently discussed in the newspaper regarding its proposed rezoning. Southmont has one entrance/exit — the Teasley/Pennsylvania Drive intersection. Southmont residents attending DATCU forums on rezoning that land felt DATCU understood the area’s traffic problems and was a good choice for the land in question.

In the rezoning hearings process, Denton P&Z gave notice of hearings only to properties contiguous to or within 200 feet of the land — meaning 28 out of 34 Southmont homes received no mailed notices but only saw a small faded unreadable street sign directing people to the internet for information.

No matter — these “uninformed” 28 owners had no vote or influence on P&Z decisions. Adjacent and nearby property owners who never have to travel the intersection in question could vote — and of those eligible, 7 did, 4 voting “no.”

P&Z “voting” rules that exclude nearby areas most directly affected by changes hardly seem “equitable” and additionally override common sense for protecting citizens most directly affected by proposed changes.

That property owners who do not ever have to travel through the intersection have more “voting” privilege than those that must travel the area daily is unfair.

What the majority of Southmont owners felt was the best choice for development of the land is lost forever, and Denton lost an opportunity to keep DATCU in its home city.

Carol Rowley



Decision already made

David Zoltner’s article (DRC, Nov. 16) about the new $25 million convention center was accurate but a waste of time. The decision about whether the convention center is to be built or not has already been made. The only question currently on the table is how to make it appear as if it is in the best interests of the people who are going to pay for it.

I don’t know of a single case where such a public funded project has ever paid back. Everything is run for the people who are running it and the city leaders want a $25 million convention center.

What would you do if you were given the opportunity to spend $25 million of somebody else’s money and be wined and dined by those you are going to give it to? Would you not want to pore over drawings and have the people who you are going to give the $25 million to you say “Yes, sir,” and “Good idea, we’ll certainly take that under consideration.” Or, would you rather go back to the same old hum-drum city meetings when all you have to do is to get 51 percent of the voting population to vote yes?

The convention center is a “done deal.” The only remaining issue is in how to sell it to the people who will pay for it, i.e., you and me.

Bill Reed