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Letters: Implement vote centers to boost turnout

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/11/29 18:20:00 (615 reads)
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To the editor:

Vote Centers, modeled after the countywide polling sites used during early voting, have been implemented by at least 33 Texas counties since the state Legislature authorized a pilot program in 2005.

Pioneered in Colorado in 2003, Vote Centers have been found to save money and boost turnout across party lines, including among infrequent voters, according .to Rice University political scientist Bob Stein, who has studied non-precinct polling places. He was unable to find a Republican versus Democratic advantage in terms of the turnout effect.

Potential drawbacks include reduced polling sites, the possibility of confusing voters used to voting at a particular location and the costs associated with adopting a new system. However, at no additional cost the registration card, mailed each voter, could include the change information. In addition, there would be media coverage.

Counties adopting vote centers for the first time are required retain 65 percent of precinct polling places they otherwise would have used for that election. In subsequent elections, they must keep half the precinct polling sites.

Ken Leach,
Gainesville


Editor's note: Readers can learn more about vote centers here.

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Letters: Don't trust Trump on deportation

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/9/17 4:05:23 (620 reads)
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To the editor:
We never take a political promise at face value.

Donald Trump said he would deport our 11 million illegal aliens. Our immediate reaction was el toro poo poo.

Assuming Trump is elected to one term, he would have 1,460 days to accomplish his promise. This means his goal from day one would be vanishing 7,535 people daily. According to the American Immigration Council 441,939 are waiting to be heard. The wait time for a hearing is 863 days or just under two and a half years. If all pending cases were heard within the two and a half years, only 512 cases would heard a day, We leave our court presentation without raising the lengthy appeals process.

What capacity do we have for moving 11,000,000 people.

A Greyhound Bus holds 49 people, so to meet the daily goal allocate 156 buses per day headed to the border. A passenger train car seat 90 , we need 73 train cars full each day. however, these figures only meet Trump's daily goal and do not take into consideration not everyone is going to Mexico.

We are not even going into Congress having to appropriate several trillion dollars to carry out the process.

Trump promises to deport all our illegal immigrates. We promise to paint the courthouse green. To the voters, may we suggest: do not hold your breath.

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Ken Leach,
Gainesville

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Letters: Resident Concerned about HAARP Weapon

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/7/28 14:11:46 (1805 reads)
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I wish to inquire about the subject of HAARP in Alaska. If one Googles about “HAARP in Alaska,” it states information about this being a conspiracy theory.

I watched a show on CBS Network television. It showed the man who invented this machine. This gentleman is not a conspiracy theory. This man was from Dallas, Texas. He thought this machine could be used for the good of humanity. He made the mistake of selling it to the Air Force.

The weather machine could cause rain where there was a drought. This machine is capable of shooting a lightning bolt into space to knock out a satellite.

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Letters: Larry Sigler Remembered

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/6/25 6:50:24 (2389 reads)

Open in new windowBack in 1984 Kirkpatrick was a gravel road with a massive water tower at the end of it. This is the time I started 9th grade at Marcus High School. During those early years there was a man whose voice we heard every morning-Larry Sigler. Many today know him for the Auditorium named in his honor or his recent induction into the Marcus Hall of Fame. I knew him as a fierce defender of the right of every student to succeed and one of the kindest folks I have known in my 45 years.

Mr. Sigler lived for the spirit of a Marcus pep rally and for almost twenty years he was the face and the spirit of Marcus. From running a ninth grade school that was half finished to graduating our charter class in 1988, he was a strong leader and brought our alma mater into being. Boombah-hey is not a foreign concept to anyone who attended Marcus during his tenure.

My time at Marcus ended in 1988 as I graduated with the charter class, but I kept in contact with Mr. Sigler as his leadership helped Marcus become a Blue Ribbon school as well as a consistent institution of excellence. Excellence was present in academics, athletics, and service to the community. Larry Sigler was a role model to thousands of students over the years.

In his retirement, Mr Sigler battled numerous health problems. I would see him around town and he always remembered me, and we would talk about the tradition of excellence that lived on at Marcus. It was difficult to see age and disease dull a mind that was always so razor sharp. Larry Sigler fought a hard and courageous battle.

Mr. Sigler was a kind man, a generous man, and a giant in the community of Southern Denton County. I am proud to have known him. May he rest in peace and may all who knew him find peace in his well lived monumental life.


Scott McDearmont
Sulphur Springs, Texas

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Letters: Don't Touch the Hazlewood Act; Protect Texas Veterans' Tuition Benefits

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/5/20 4:38:00 (1133 reads)
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Texas Senator and retired Army Officer, Brian Birdwell introduced, and passed through the senate, SB 1735 which is scheduled to reform the Texas Veterans Hazlewood Act (Legacy provision) which allows veterans to pass on up to 120 credit hours to a dependent.

“The Hazlewood program is quickly becoming unviable, and soon, its benefits will be too costly to provide even to the veteran—not just his or her dependent,” said Birdwell. “I can think of few things that would be as tragically shortsighted as ignoring the simple facts that foretell the long-term unsustainability of this program, and that’s why the Legislature had to act.”

If it passes, a veteran would be required to have served in the military six years before being allowed to pass on the tuition benefit to a dependent. Currently, the requirement is to serve on active duty for 180 days.

Six years is simply way too long for a combat or disabled veteran with service connected injuries. These particular veterans are normally the “boots on the ground” who are enlisted men and women just trying to survive and provide for their families. It’s not like they are retired Army officers with a nice retirement check plus a VA pension like Senator Birdwell!

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