To The Editor:
Isn’t it interesting how the Belton City Council has gotten itself into a pickle by being unfair?
Webster’s dictionary defines “double standard” as a set of principles that applies differently and usually more rigorously to one group of people than to another.
For example, Belton Councilman Craig Pearson’s latest attempt to justify the council’s delaying tactics, in reference to the naming of a Martin Luther King Jr. street, is obviously a desperate attempt to convince us the council is fair.
On Jan. 3 (YNN), Craig states, “It’s a sincere effort on the part of selfless folks and dedicated staff to get the process right, to let the people’s desires be heard.”
The “double standard” here is “…to let the people’s desires be heard.”
That certainly wasn’t the belief when the council helped the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor plop its $50 million, 10,000-seat football stadium in the front yards of their neighbors.
Did the council poll 70 percent of the homeowners affected to “let the people’s desires be heard”?
Then, on Feb. 2 (Temple Daily Telegram) city spokesman Paul Romer attempts to echo the new message “the people’s desires” and FINALLY, after one year, admits that the streets around UMHB (University Drive & Crusader Way) were renamed by the council — with no commission, policies or rules as the black community now has to follow.
Joe Trevino Jr.