LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Highway damage

Kudos to reporter Samuel Sutton and the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post for the front-and-center story of the Boos family farm and dairy in the Aug. 7 edition. The photos and interviews bring to the forefront what the community and the families that have comprised that community for generations will lose if we choose to bulldoze through our iconic farm and ranch lands with a highwaycentric development fit for Houston or Dallas.

Rick and Libby Boos voiced the same opinion that I have been espousing, but they both said it better. As one of five cousins still occupying the Striegler family farm (now focusing on cattle) on the east side, I also support the idea of enhancing (and signing) existing routes and adding connectors to U.S. 290 West and to U.S. 87 on the north side.

Have you noticed that there are NO signs directing through traffic to San Antonio and Kerrville and other points west via our current bypass routes? We allow this route to be treated as our insiders’ secret rather than a useful “truck route.”

I agree with Rick Boos when he reminds us to send in public comment and to speak up. I always participate in the TxDOT surveys, but they are limited by definition — frustratingly dissatisfying, allowing a postage-stamp size space for individual comment.

That leaves our newspaper as one of the very best places to express our opinions.

Patricia Base Jobe

Fredericksburg

‘Football field highway’

As fans sit at the football field this fall, realize the proposed sizes for the relief routes will be the size of that field. The 400-foot roadway is 100 feet larger than a football field.

Imagine that football field with trucks and vehicles going 60 to 70 miles per hour from U.S. 290 East around to U.S. 87 North. Just like the noise during a good football game, we can enjoy it 24/7/365! And we can form community groups to pick up trash and debris all along the route.

Expand your mind’s eye to see the businesses, homes, families, workers and friends permanently hurt.

Many local businesses will be destroyed or displaced, some will not be able to financially recover from forced eminent domain. Family homes will be destroyed and those left living near the “football field” highway will enjoy the above-mentioned benefits, reduced property values and still pay property taxes to support it! Is it worth the tax increases to get a few trucks off Main Street?

A truck by-pass will have a lasting negative impact, degrading our unique, smalltown German-heritage focus. And, yes, my home is endangered — the historic Christian Kraus Homestead (1859). All five routes negatively impact us at the U.S. 87 North end. Read about Christian and Anna Kraus in “Pioneers in God’s Hills.”

Linda N. Lucksinger

Fredericksburg

‘Full context’

The last few days of gun violence have been horrifying, leaving a swath of pain, fear and loss. As these deaths become fodder for gun control advocates (and fundraising for the same), it’s important to understand the full context in which the second amendment was created.

In response to the war for independence, America’s founders recognized a well-armed militia was necessary, both then and today, as a counter measure against potential threats, either foreign or domestic.

Of course, should any such threat manifest itself, it would not come in the form of muskets and bows and arrows or shortrange cannons. It would come in the form of modern weapons, no doubt inclusive of semi-automatic, or so-called “assault” weapons.

Should the confiscation of these weapons, called for by many on the left, be successful, our ability to defend ourselves against like weapons would be futile.

While there surely exists a nexus between our rights to own and bear arms and the senseless violence that has taken so many lives, we should tread lightly, taking care not to implement solutions degrading our ability to defend ourselves against threats correctly foreseen by our nation’s fathers.

David Saenz

Fredericksburg

‘Whatever feels good’

Eleven days ago, we witnessed the horror of two mass killings within hours. In the days since, we have heard the blame game of who or what is responsible for these acts of violence. A couple of letters from sincere concerned citizens suggested new laws and regulations.

I say these acts are a direct result of the empty seats in our church pews. When did we ever hear that one of these deranged killers was a church member or regularly attended church?

The main reason we are now seeing our society dissolve into chaos is we have allowed God’s 10 Commandants and Christian values to be replaced by our own “whatever feels good” values.

Pastor and best-selling author Max Lucado summed it up when he said, “Our greatest need is God’s presence. Welcome Jesus into the midst of this turbulent time.”

I say amen ... and if you don’t normally attend church, go this week and take your family with you. Pray that our society comes to its senses and we return to observing God’s laws before we are exiled to America’s version of Babylon.

Art Hansen

Harper

Affordable for whom?

I moved to Fredericksburg 20 years ago. Even then, there was talk about affordable housing and the need for a bypass route. Little has changed.

According to information in this newspaper, several developers are considering building smaller, affordable housing around $250,000, requiring an annual income of at least $72,000. Working full time 52 weeks a year at 40 hours per week comes to 2,080 hours per year. Dividing $72,000 by that we get $35 per hour. I do not know of a single business in this town that pays that. So what is affordable for people who make less?

At the rate we are going, I believe that 20 years from now, most of our “small” family homes will have been converted into unoccupied, unaffordable mansions and Main Street will be more congested than Interstate 35. And we will still be talking about the need for a bypass route.

Helmut Loth

Fredericksburg