To The Editor:

I applaud Copperas Cove, Killeen and Temple residents for recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and remembering his legacy and the sacrifice of many.

Sadly, last year, in January, when Belton residents approached the City Council to rename a street in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the only attention the council could give was to stymie the community’s effort by quickly assembling a new street- renaming commission, create new rules and then draft up new policies.

This City Council has shown a total lack of respect and honor toward the people and MLK’s legacy by dragging out a simple request for over a year.

It’s not that difficult, given TxDOT has a Memorial Highway program and process in place (that the city never disclosed in meetings).

Belton leaders still have a long way to go. They are behind when it comes to equality in representation. They literally make people feel second-class in their spending decisions that serve their interests first.

Proof of this can be seen by their newly appointed capital improvement committee. Out of the 20 people appointed, how many blacks or Hispanics were chosen? Two? Three?

I’ll bet there are more members attached to UMHB or city government than there are minorities.

Belton leadership’s bold mentality is deep-rooted and plain to see.

You can bet your bottom dollar that the majority of capital improvement funds to be spent will be directed toward north Belton, because that’s where the council and majority of the CIP committee live.

Meanwhile, South Main remains dilapidated, without handicap connectivity and with public hazards.

Martha Berry


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