Voting Against Proposition 1

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Learn more about Proposition 1 by clicking here.

Except for the small number of people who may profit from passage of this proposition, will Weatherford tax payers actually benefit from this ‘grand plan’?

 Will you?

How?

What’s next…a few million into the First Monday money pit?

The City of Weatherford is already $94 million in debt. How could any reasonable person think it is a good idea to take on another $17 million debt to make downtown “more pedestrian friendly”?

Vote No on Proposition 1.

Take the Hard Votes

From National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg, 10/29/14 -

Congress should have more partisanship about ideas and less about the legislative process.

Process as Politics: Senate majority leader Harry Reid (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Process as Politics: Senate majority leader Harry Reid (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

‘What day is it?”

“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.

“My favorite day,” said Pooh.

As a proud member of the “don’t just do something, sit there” school of politics, I don’t fret much about partisanship and gridlock. Partisanship and gridlock aren’t bugs of our constitutional system, they’re features. And while everyone likes to see their preferred policies sail through Congress, on the whole I think we’ve been well served by those features for two centuries.

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Why won’t the gay theologians debate?

From OneNewsNow.com, Dr. Michael L. Brown, 10/28/14 -

Why are gay theologians and their allies so unwilling to debate the relevant issues, especially when they are so aggressive in arguing against our position?


 

Dr. Michael Brown

Dr. Michael Brown

Almost 20 years ago, I was speaking with an older Jewish couple who seemed very close to putting their faith in Jesus as Messiah, but they were not 100 percent sure.

I said to them, “Later this week I’m debating an Orthodox rabbi. Why not come to the debate to hear both sides of the issue, and then you can make an informed decision?”

Thankfully, they came to the event, they listened with open hearts and minds, and by God’s grace, they came to faith.

More recently, I was invited to speak on a college campus about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, representing the Israeli side.

I requested instead that a debate be scheduled with a qualified Muslim or Palestinian representative so that the audience could hear both sides. When no one came forward, I requested that after the lecture, there would be open microphone Q&A so the audience could challenge what I presented.

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Not comfortable saying yes to a high cost project about which so little is known.

Carter IveyBy Frank Williford -

I have looked at the Weatherford Bond Website and what I see is to me more a dream than reality. All Weatherford citizens would love to avoid some of the traffic tie-ups we experience but we do have some questions. Is the money being spent to improve traffic flow, enhance the esthetic appeal of the downtown area, provide more parking spaces, and/or help mask the decrepit buildings surrounding the downtown area?
Will those property owners who have not yet done anything to improve the appearance of their structures be motivated to do so?

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Obamacare puts 400,000 Ohioans on Medicaid

From OhioWatchDog.org, By , October 21, 2014 -

Ohio’s Obamacare Medicaid numbers keep growing, reaching 401,307 in September, according to the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s latest caseload report.

Including Ohioans added retroactively, August enrollment was revised to 392,253 from the 367,395 reported last month. September enrollment in the Obamacare expansion was 12 percent higher than state officials expected, while revised August enrollment exceeded projections by 10 percent.

July enrollment, first reported as 338,707 and revised to 358,929 in last month’s report, was revised again to 376,156 — higher than the July 2015 enrollment projected by Gov. John Kasich.

Based on an Oct. 16 Ohio Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee estimate pegging costs per member per month at $630 for the 2015 fiscal year, Ohio’s Obamacare expansion ran $63.7 million over budget from July to September. Obamacare expansion in Ohio cost more than $250 million in September alone, and has set federal taxpayers back $1.7 billion since January.

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The cure is worse than the disease

weatherford squareFrom the Weatherford Democrat, by Wm Picou, 10/21/14

The Weatherford City Council, having determined the solution to a drainage problem in the yard is to turn the entire neighbourhood into a swamp, is now urging the citizens of Weatherford to adopt their proposed solution to the courthouse square.

Even a cursory reading of the Weatherford Downtown Plan makes it clear that little to none of what its proponents claim will materialize but will certainly fail to do so at great expense and years of inconvenience.  This plan – poorly received when originally presented nearly a decade ago – will make driving around the square even more of a problem as well as making the streets in the vicinity equally difficult to navigate.  The damage to neighborhoods in the area, both those directly in the path of this “plan” and those adjacent to it, is incalculable but certain to be real, lasting and largely irreparable.

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Weatherford’s bond proposal – good idea or bad idea

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”

– General George S. Patton

 

Parker County Courthouse(09)Weatherford’s conceptual downtown plan -

When I consider the wisdom in voting for the bond proposal to spend $16.5 million, my first question is – why?

Haven’t we been told since the Parker County 2008 transportation bond program, that the loop around Weatherford will all but eliminate transportation problems for Weatherford – that the loop would divert through traffic around Weatherford?

Terry Hughes, Weatherford’s Director of Transportation and Public Works wants to “recapture that old, historic feel, and be more pedestrian-friendly”.

Really? .… $16.5 million to make down town Weatherford more pedestrian-friendly?

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Officials move to keep Dallas health workers home

by JAMIE STENGLE
, 10/16/14 -

AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

DALLAS (AP) — Texas officials moved for the first time Thursday to force health care workers who had contact with a dying Ebola patient to stay home, reversing course after a nurse later diagnosed with the disease flew across the Midwest and deepened anxiety about whether the virus would spread in the U.S.

Seventy-five Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas employees who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan were asked to sign legal documents in which they agreed not go to public places or use mass transit, according to Judge Clay Jenkins, top administrator for Dallas County.

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Proposition 1: Good idea or bad idea?

WOW…Aren’t we lucky in Texas to have all this ‘free money’ in our “Rainy Day Fund”?rainy day

Whenever we have a pet project (important or not) that we cannot get funded through the legislative process, we can always propose a Constitutional amendment to raid the Economic Stabilization Fund (aka “Rainy Day Fund”).

What’s that you say??? It’s not free money?

Are you suggesting it is a Constitutionally protected pool of excess tax revenue that is set aside for true emergencies and natural disasters?

Everyone I know agrees on the importance of issues like water, transportation, education …. If the solutions to these and other important issues was simple, there would be no concern or disagreement. If the question however, is how do we fund these programs, my instincts tell me the Economic Stabilization Fund may not be the answer.

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Serious disagreements remain in U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State

From the Washington Post 10/14/14 - 

Turkish Lt. Gen. Erdal Ozturk, second from left, and others listen as President Obama speaks during a meeting with more than 20 foreign defense ministers Tuesday at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Turkish Lt. Gen. Erdal Ozturk, second from left, and others listen as President Obama speaks during a meeting with more than 20 foreign defense ministers Tuesday at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Two months after the start of its campaign against the Islamic State, the U.S.-led coalition conducting operations in Iraq and Syria has expanded significantly but remains beset by lingering strategic differences that threaten to undermine the fight.

The Obama administration has emphasized the breadth of the coalition it has assembled to combat the militant group, including the participation of five Arab countries that have played a supporting role in the campaign of airstrikes in Syria. But serious disagreements remain, particularly over the coalition’s plan for Syria and whether the fight against Islamic State militants there will strengthen or weaken Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad in the long run.

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