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Letters to the editor, March 16

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Lottery money going where?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't revenues from the Texas Lottery supposed to go back into Texas' schools? Then, why are our schools struggling to provide new up-to-date textbooks and material and new athletic equipment to assist the failing schools instead of providing excellent education for our children?

So I'm asking: Where is the lottery money going?

Faith Whitfield,

Tear stains

I drove past the once-verdant pasture where Longhorn cattle once roamed -- and I shed a tear.

Weeds and junk shrubs have replaced the lush grasses. The residents to the east are forced to look upon environmental abuse and desolation.

Earlier in the week, I passed by the hill at the intersection of Bryan and Scripture streets that used to have a magnificent stand of heritage, native oak trees. It now is a nondescript, multi-family complex -- the residents' cars lining curbs in all directions, congesting the neighborhood. What a waste of a potential "pocket" park. And another tear stained the seat of the F-150.

In today's DRC we read; "As a 52,000-square-foot, 96-pump filling station looms, residents in and around Valencia Lane can see and hear the construction from their backyards." [March 5]

And they probably will experience noises from the 10,000-plus additional vehicles (and how much more from the dismounted passengers) that are anticipated to clog the adjacent frontage road for years to come.

Traffic fumes and blown-in trash will assault the surrounding single-family homes. There will be rainwater runoff as well as other waste water, e.g., water used to clean the concrete-pad. Where will it go?

I drove by the site and this time I wept -- especially for the children in the two adjacent neighborhoods.

What were the male council representatives thinking?

Larry Jambor,

Ensure equitable education

Under the guise of giving communities local control of education, Congress is repealing key elements of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Currently, states are required to disclose plans and student performance data to the U.S. Department of Education. This includes information on implementation of standards to meet the needs of disabled and low-income students.

This move by the Republican Congress lays the groundwork for the administration to undermine services to our most vulnerable students.

There is no better way of sneaking that by the American people than to stop requiring plans and performance data. Educating all our youth to the best of their abilities makes our society stronger.

Not only do we need to voice our concerns to our members of Congress, but it is more important than ever to get involved in educating ourselves about, supporting and voting for school board candidates.

Elections are coming up May 6, with multiple opportunities to learn which candidates will ensure quality and equitable education is provided to all the children in our community.

Carla Mowell,