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Letters to the Editor

Busby said it all

Rusty Busby’s letter “Boerne Lake – gone forever” (Boerne Star, Friday, June 14) is a fairly comprehensive list about what could go wrong with construction of 354 homes on 54 acres adjacent to Boerne Lake. If Molly Solis and Laura Talley claim that KB Home meets all the required ordinances and Boerne does not have the legal right to deny the plat, why aren’t they able to answer the questions regarding the reliability experience of similar stormwater drainage systems? Don’t Solis and Talley also have a legal responsibility to represent the citizens?

Secondly, is there a plan for a stormwater drainage system inspector designated to ensure that 354 homeowners will use natural fertilizers and pest control products? You would think that after all the development issues experienced by Boerne and Kendall County over the past several years, especially the recent Herff Road project, that our elected representatives would begin to work on a plan to be responsive to its citizens rather than address each controversy as it arises. It’s not easy to repair water systems that result in contamination after they are constructed. Remember the Flint Michigan water supply experience?

– Richard Park, Boerne

Don’t be naíve

The good and decent citizens of Boerne/Kendall County should not be naïve and/or artless when it comes to protesting the atrocious monstrosity labeled Shoreline by California-based KB Home developers. The political/economic system in this country historically ignores, bypasses or bamboozles the people for, or in this case against, what the system wants for itself.

I’ve watched this phenomenon in multiple places I’ve lived. The politicians and their bureaucratic underlings, KB and anybody else seeking to fatten their wallets will be all for sacrificing your quality of life here in Kendall County. They don’t care about your water, traffic, pollution or ruination of the land or anything else. They only care about what they want and desire.

And, I sadly have to inform you they will get it all. Look for mendacity, lots of mumbo jumbo, duplicity, gobbledy gook nonsense about how great their future slum will be, how much tax money they hope to rake in for pet projects to increase their fiefdoms and wallets. Now that you’ve had a dose of reality, you won’t be surprised when you realize the fait accompli. Bet on it.

– Ron Paque, PhD, Boerne

Giving city, county voice

Regarding Gov. Greg Abbott’s veto of HB 1806, the water bill that Kendall County objected to, I was chief of staff to former State Senator Jeff Wentworth until 2012. His policy, before filing any bill that affected a city or county in his district, was to check with local governments regarding their support or disapproval of a bill. If they supported a bill affecting them, he required a formal proclamation.

If they did not support a bill, he would not file it. Perhaps State Senator Campbell could learn a lesson from her predecessor.

– Cindy Brockwell, Boerne

Developers should decide

In 1994 my wife and I built a house in Kendall County at Deep Hollow. Being on well water from the Cow Creek Aquifer made us very aware of the need to conserve water both inside and outside. We were pleased that House Bill 1806 would provide the water needed for the development at Scenic Loop and that no water would be taken from the aquifer.

Why the CCGCD was against a bill specific to this one development that provided non-aquifer water can only be about density, not water. The city of Boerne can address the density issue by changing the zoning bylaws (fewer homes per acre, greater distance from waterways, etc.).

Full disclosure: I’m on the board of the Kendall County WCID No. 2. which provides the water to the Esperanza community. Esperanza is the model community for the Hill Country. Recycled water, green spaces, a school onsite, etc. Yet, we had the same situation 11 years ago, although Canyon Lake water is used.

Let’s change the rules and let a developer decide whether it’s profitable to come to Boerne. And, please stop the hypocrisy.

–Matt Diana, Kendall County

History repeats

President Trump’s threatened round up of millions of illegal immigrants reminds me of President Millard Fillmore’s 1850 attempt to round up illegal runaway slaves, who had previously fled to freedom in the Northern states.

That year President Fillmore and Congress, led by Southerner Henry Clay, passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which placed Federal officers at the disposal of Southern slaveholders.

Fillmore and Clay argued that slaves illegally crossing into Northern “Free States” caused economic harm to Southern states and posed a security risk to the Northern states. The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 forced all American citizens (by the threat of jail time or fines) to actively identify, detain and return to their rightful owner people of color who were thought to be illegal runaway slaves.

Passage of this Act caused the American public, which was at the time generally unconcerned with the plight of slaves in the South, to become politically involved. Abolitionists redoubled their efforts to aid illegal runaways by expanding the number of safe houses on their “underground railroad.”

Ultimately, the act proved to be unenforceable, and it was repealed 14 years later in 1864 with less than 400 fugitive slaves captured and returned to their owners, but not before contributing to a divided America and a bloody Civil War.

I sincerely hope that President Trump’s proposed roundup of millions of illegal immigrants who have crossed our southern border seeking a better life does not end with those same unintended consequences.

– Terry Thompson, Boerne