Letter to the Editor – TexRail

Grapevine TexasDear Editor,

We have until March 1st to help stop one of the largest wastes of our tax dollars in Tarrant County history–TexRail.

Rail lobbyists are pushing for local tax increases and federal funding to pay for an unneeded rail line from Ft. Worth to Grapevine.

Their own Preliminary Environmental Study of estimated ridership doesn’t come close to justifying a rail line. Even bus lines would lose far less money while maintaining better efficiency and flexibility. The TEXRail project is not going to reduce pollution (it is diesel, not light rail) or traffic problems for Tarrant County but will worsen these problems due to traffic stopped at the many road crossings. Additionally, we will be burdened with freight trains blocking the entrance to Baylor Hospital for up to 10 minutes at a time. The proven and less expensive way to relieve traffic congestion is with roadway improvements.

Rail systems in Dallas and Austin have been disappointing. Costs ran much higher than projected, ridership is lower than projected and there is no measurable improvement in traffic congestion. Let’s not repeat their mistakes.

Grapevine is getting a particularly bad deal as they’ve already wasted a considerable amount of money on this project only to be told the train is not stopping in the stockyards. Additionally, train stations tend to be crime magnets.

There is something we can do. Negative comments will cause the request for funding to drop in priority at the federal level, potentially stopping the rail project.

Please submit comments about the high cost, low benefit, and negative impact to info@texrail.com or call 817-215-8785. Deadline is Mar 1, 2013.

Note: Also in opposition to TexRail are our Tarrant County State Representatives, Giovanni Capriglione, Stephanie Klick, Craig Goldman, Bill Zedler, Jonathan Stickland, Matt Krause.

More info on rail expansion thegreattrainrobbery.org/index.php?id=59.

Thanks,

Natalie Genco

Letter to the Editor: Petition for Term Limits

Grapevine TexasDear Editor,

I am writing on the posting of the Sept. 20, 2012 of the Grapevine Tx Online on the terms limit petition filed with the City Secretary on Monday Sept. 17th.

Your interpretation has a few points to be made clear:

(1) The amendment to the City Charter the said Petition is calling for is to “only” limit 3 “consecutive” terms in the office for any elected city council position as “city council” is defined by the City Charter, Art. III. The emphasis is on being “consecutive.” One can be elected, say, for two consecutive terms, then either seat out or to be defeated on his/her run for the 3rd term. If so, then such person can run again. The organizers of the said Petition were mindful “not” to make a life-time limit (as is, for example, for the US presidency).

(2) The process requires the City Secretary to verify the petition to ensure that those who signed it, as of the date the petition was filed with the City Secretary, were qualified Grapevine voters, then certify the petition and then forward the certified petition to the City Council for the City Council to place it on the ballot in compliance with applicable provisions of the City Charter, Local Government Code, and the Election Code.

(3) Foremost running for a seat, even in a, relatively, mid-size city like Grapevine is very expensive. Also, all of Texas (and perhaps even the Nation) is suffering from voter apathy. For example, the last Texas Conditional Amendment, only about 4% of qualifed voertes in all of Tarrant County came to the polls. Voter apthy is the main reason why elected officals are kept in office, in effect making will of a few to dictate; I urge all voters to excerise thier right to vote and take it up as a responsibnlity to come to polls no matter if they like or dislike a candiate or a policy. One can only hope that having terms-limit would wet the apatite of Grapevine citizens to both run for a seat and to come to polls.

Regards,

M. Aram Azadpour
Grapevine, TX

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Letter to the Editor: Painting of Police Vehicles

Grapevine TexasDear Editor,

The Grapevine Police Chief earlier in the year said that GPD marked vehicles will be painted to black-and-white color. I do not know how much that will cost. However, I do not understand what good that will do; or, whether there has been an issue with present color or what not. As a resident of Grapevine, I like the present color, I find it a “friendly” color and the black-and-white reminds me of past and police abuses (not necessarily in Grapevine but in general).

I wrote to the Police Chief and copied the City Council (a few months ago) on my view on this matter. I hope GPD keeps the same color. Also, a number of area cities (including Dallas and Fort Worth) have colors other than black-and-white for their patrol marked vehicles.

Regards,

M. Aram Azadpour