Saturday, November 12, 2005

"Gov. Perry knew the Corridor wouldn't make money. He wanted to assure investors that they would have profitable projects to make up the difference."

Letters from Plano, Frisco, McKinney

Friday, November 11, 2005

Dallas Morning News
Copyright 2005

Toll road scheme?

I have said all along that turning State Highway 121 into a toll road was never about getting it built sooner – I always figured the plan was tied into the Trans-Texas Corridor. Gov. Perry knew that the corridor would not make money, so he wanted to assure the investors that they would have profitable projects to make up the difference.

This should be on the front page of The Dallas Morning News . Also, Fort Worth is starting to face toll roads on State Highway 183, and they are starting to fight.

Sharon Overall, Plano

Time to shake things up

Re: "Leave it to the pros? Not in county politics," guest column by David Melton and "Familiar face will join race," Metro column by Ed Housewright.

It was interesting reading Mr. Melton's column and Mr. Housewright's column and to notice one common theme – establishment. It seems we have commissioners who have served well past their effectiveness because they have mismanaged our tax dollars, and yet the "establishment" is working to keep them in office. As a citizen of Plano when Jeran Akers was mayor, I saw my property tax rate lowered. But as a citizen of Collin County during that same time period, my property tax rates remained stagnant.

It would be one thing if our tax dollars were being used effectively, but the recent articles in the paper show that our commissioners and county judge are only interested in their salary, longevity bonuses, car allowances and other perks. It is time to shake up the establishment and put in people who will be good stewards of our tax dollars.

Katherine Park, Plano

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