LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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No bypass petition

TxDOT has revealed its technically preferred route for the 70-mph, I-10-type highway designed to bypass Fredericksburg, which brings a set of roads encompassing as much as a 400- foot right of way through the soccer fields and by the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, as well as through neighborhoods and businesses.

This bypass will saddle local taxpayers with an estimated $75 million tax bill in order to support land acquisitions and 10% of construction costs for a highway few locally will benefit from. The highway will negatively impact not only those whose land is confiscated but also property owners for miles around who will experience increased noise, light and air pollution that accompany these types of highways.

This will also bring into our quaint town fast food restaurants, gas stations and other businesses, which congregate around such highways and bring urban sprawl to our community. There are much more appropriate local

There are much more appropriate local solutions to provide relief for Main Street traffic. Fredericksburg city planners have already identified and are working on roads, which will provide a route around the city and off Main Street, including extending Friendship Lane. These city roads will be far superior to this MAJOR highway in increasing local mobility while maintaining the charm of our community.

Let TxDOT and our local officials know that we do not want this MAJOR highway in our community and we certainly do not want to pay for it. Sign one of the petitions against this road that will be circulating in the community OR find the petition on line at www.ipetitions.com/ petition/StoptheBypass.

Or cut out and mail in the petition to be run in the Fredericksburg Standard- Radio Post newspaper.

Dave Campbell

Fredericksburg

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Mass shootings

I was born in 1952. While I do not remember it, there was only one mass shooting during the entire decade. As a teenager in the 1960s, I do remember there were almost no mass shooters.

Today however, there has been an exponential increase. During my lifetime, the type of guns, the lethality of guns, and the number of U.S. household with at least one gun has not changed significantly. Yet, the number of mass shooters has changed.

Why then if it is not associated with guns are there so many mass shooters today? Well, if it is not guns, then it must be the people, or society, that has changed. NOW WAIT A MINUTE! How can society be to blame? That is a far too difficult and embarrassing topic to address. We would have to discuss mental health, dysfunctional family structure and values, permissiveness in the family and schools, social media, Hollywood, and even video games.

While we cannot simply blame one thing, there is something going on within society at large to generate conditions that breed a small group of people willing and wanting to be a mass murderer. But that is way too difficult to have this selfreflection.

It is much better if we blame guns and naively believe that making gun ownership by law abiding citizens illegal will also keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals that never obey laws at all. After all, the U.S. has no problems with illegal drugs, now do we?

Besides, today’s society has no will to incarcerate criminals. It is more humane to release them right after they are arrested. Conversely, incarcerating law-abiding citizens wanting to keep their legally purchased guns is morally better. Problem solved!

Mike Belsick

Fredericksburg

Making a difference

The Fredericksburg Food Pantry, its board of directors, staff and volunteers thank you for your generous support of the Food Pantry in 2019. With the community’s support, we have been serving Fredericksburg and Gillespie County for more than 30 years.

Your support enables us to provide direct assistance through distribution of food and enable those in need to move toward relative independence. The pantry is also a referral source for other public and private agencies’ counseling services that provide aid to people in crisis situations.

Our organization depends entirely upon donations such as yours. We receive no government funding or subsidies. Your kindness, along with the generosity of other caring companies and individuals, is making a difference for 3,566 families annually throughout our Fredericksburg and Gillespie County community.

The food and the proceeds from your donations are used to help meet the nutritional needs of our growing number of clients; with 12,389 qualifying children, adults and seniors in 2019.

The Fredericksburg Food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) organization and, as such, has qualified under IRS regulations as a charitable, not-for-profit institution.

With your generous donations and support, we will continue to serve those in need for the next 30 years.

Once again — thank you!

Tommy Moose

Board President, on behalf of the clients, volunteers and the board of The Fredericksburg Food Pantry

JANUARY 21, 1970

The 38th annual Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show went into the record books as “the best,” after veteran observers labeled the quantity and quality of the animals, as well as the auction results, the most outstanding in history.

New high records were established at the auction sale on Saturday night, as the gross totaled $18,381.34. Top buyers were Knopp and Metzger and Lochte Storage and Commission Co.

The grand champion steer was exhibited by Daryl Tatum, while the reserve grand champion was entered by Susan Garretson. Both calves were named champions in the Angus division earlier in the day.

A missing plane with four persons aboard that had been the subject of an intense search for six days was found crashed Wednesday 11 miles northeast of town on the old Henry Duecker place now owned by Werner Ned Keidel. The occupants were enroute from Fort Collins, Colorado, to San Antonio.

Wallace Ottmers was elected president of the Gillespie County Fair Association during the organizational meeting of the board on Monday evening and succeeds Roy Stroeher. Others named included Edwin A. Weimer, vice president; Fred E. Dietel, secretary, and W.E. Loudon, re-elected treasurer.

The Fredericksburg Jaycees will host their annual awards banquet Thursday at the Sunday House Convention Center.

Police Chief Milton Jung issued a warning this week to persons who have been driving around town and shooting pet dogs and cats on the lawns of local residents. Jung said he had received reports from residents whose pets had been wounded or shot and killed. Two of his own dogs were among the victims.

Marcella Weiershausen has issued the first call for Easter bunnies for the Easter Fires Pageant to be held at Fair Park on the night before Easter, March 28.

Annual rabies vaccination clinics will be held the next two Saturdays at the fire station.

Two girls were born in local hospitals during the past week to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Lochte, Jan. 15, and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Jung, Jan. 19.

A Spring Cavalcade of Fashion for home seamstresses will be held Thursday evening at the Sunday House Convention Center. The event is open to all home seamstresses who wish to model a garment they made during the past year.