City paying now for construction that was put off
It seems that the power structure that sees after the welfare of the good citizens of Weatherford is alive and well, and has been so for a great number of years. The first time I noticed this was in the mid- to late-1950s when the beautiful mud hole once known as Lake Weatherford was built. A water line was constructed from the city limits to the lake, went around the same, and back to the city limits, incorporating the water line and lake into the city. This was good, but a little crossroad on then-U.S. Highway 80-180 that gave access to the lake was not included, and today is known as Hudson Oaks. Then, a few short years later, part of the federal highway system was constructed, starting on the west side of Fort Worth, and going west to the state line at El Paso. Most of this highway, with a few exceptions in West Texas, has service roads, with the notable exception of the City of Weatherford. The service roads stop east of Weatherford and resume west of Weatherford. Why? Because everyone knows that businesses move to the bypasses to cater to the traveling public. Weatherford prevented this from happening for a time, but 40 years later the good citizens paid the price, several years of “catch up” construction of service roads. To compound the problem, the city has allowed new malls and a new high school to be constructed south of the interstate with no good access to either. Then, in the early 1990s someone in their wisdom decided that North Main needed to be upgraded that it would affect too many businesses on South Main and delayed the upgrade for the same until the present. Again, why? One of the big differences in the construction of North Main and South Main is that the Texas Department of Public Transportation oversaw the North Main renovation and I don’t know who is overseeing the South Main project. It is definitely not the T.D.P.T. As critical as South Main is to the traveling public, there is no overtime or after hours construction going on. The Ric Williamson Parkway is being delayed, partly because someone forgot to ask the federal government if the new road could be connected to their highway and because the State of Texas was a little tardy in placing traffic signals on Highway 180.
We all feel the pain of the merchants on South Main, some are nearly impossible to access because of the construction and it is entirely possible that some will fail. We are assured that construction is on time, with projected dates of completion given on a regular basis. It is hard to accept this with equipment sitting idle. School starts Monday and if the traveling public thinks things are bad now, wait until then.
I live south of Weatherford and have options. I can go to Granbury or Hudson Oaks. Both will appreciate my sales tax money. But a lot of folks do not have this choice, and I feel your pain.
Columnist should re-check facts
I think Mr. Kelly (“What do you think...,” Aug. 23 Viewpoints) needs to re-check his facts on fluorescent lamps and ballasts ... about lighting.
City paying now for construction that was put off
CNHI EDITORIAL: Seizure of AP phone records an insult to independent press
Distrust of government secrecy has been elevated to an exceptional level with the disclosure the Justice Department covertly examined two months of Associated Press phone records to determine who leaked details to the AP about a foiled terrorist plot.
NOW HEAR THIS: ‘What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate’
This famous quote addressing communication failure is a classic line from the 1967 movie “Cool Hand Luke,” starring Paul Newman. Strother Martin, who played the role of the warden in a southern prison, would use this phrase every time he gave Luke a good whack with his baton. The concept resonated so well with moviegoers that it was voted No. 11 of the 100 all-time favorite movie quotes according to the American Film Institute.
Letters to the Editor – May 19, 2013
Do you remember the “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” sign that the personnel on the USS Abraham Lincoln displayed to greet President Bush when he went out to greet them?
Guest opinion: Campaign with honor
All politics is local and personal! I hope that you and your family have a wonderful summer, filled with relationship building experiences and times of relaxation. As you do all the things that re-charge us for the next round at work and involvement in community and political activities, let’s reflect on the 2013 local elections for a moment.
TISCIONE: Woe for calling evil good
You don’t often see “woe” used in an article. It’s a word that has fallen out of usage in our day. But it’s a word that ought to be understood and taken seriously.
Letters to the Editor – May 17, 2013
As mercury pollution threatens our waterways and carbon pollution-fueled climate change worsens extreme weather, we need someone in Washington who knows how to get things done.
Letters to the Editor – May 15, 2013
I just wanted to express my heartfelt thanks to the slobs, idiots and inconsiderate people who continually decorate the beautiful Texas landscape with their trash. I guess it’s really a form of art with beer bottles and cans, boxes, plastic drink containers, food packaging and just about anything else you can think of. It just doesn’t appeal to me. Thank you.
NOW HEAR THIS: Not by the hairs of my chinny chin chin
I had never really considered this possibility, but every one of the Three Little Pigs was almost certainly a guy. I know that assumption is not particularly popular from an equal opportunity standpoint, but the fact is fairly certain. How do I know? They all three had hair on their chinny chin chins.
ESTES: Securing a bright future for Texas
Texas businesses have created more than 500,000 jobs since November 2011. Our economy is growing nearly 50 percent faster than the rest of the country and our cost of living remains low.
TISCIONE: ‘It’s not about me’
“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning and your faithfulness by night.”
- More Viewpoints Headlines
- CNHI EDITORIAL: Seizure of AP phone records an insult to independent press