Parking desert

I’m glad city officials are looking for assurances the large development for Heritage Square touted by Dallas developer Phillip Williams and Waco urban planner Chris McGowan can be filled before investing taxpayer money for infrastructure. [“Downtown office project holds promise, raises questions of demand,” Sept. 23] But if the plan does move forward, will Waco now be known as a city with a beautiful convention center and absolutely no convention center parking for exhibitors or attendees? Where are the trucks with trailers going to park? Where is anybody going to park for Convention Center functions when the Hilton is at occupancy?

Second, by my calculations, working with the City of Waco’s own Municipal Codes, for 550,000 square feet of Office Space and 100,000 square feet of retail, a minimum of 1,700 parking spaces are required. Yet the proposal only calls for 1200 parking spaces in an underground garage. Where are the other 500 parking spaces going to be?

Third, Chris McGowan was Michael Wray’s biggest cheerleader when he worked for the chamber, as I recall. I also recall Mr. Wray’s relationship with the city didn’t end well. Does anyone at the city remember?

J.L. Rader, Waco

Changing Constitution

The framers of the Constitution of the United States intended it to be a living document, otherwise they would not have included Article V which provided for amendments to be proposed by either the Congress or Legislatures of the States. Aside from the Twenty-seventh Amendment which was first proposed in 1789 and left hanging until 1992, no amendment for the past forty-six years has been passed although the years since 1971 include monumental societal changes.

The militia which the framers mentioned in Section 8 and again in the Bill of Rights were citizens who met regularly, drilled together, elected officers, and fired single-shot weapons. The new country did not have the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard to protect it as we have today, and it felt vulnerable to threats from beyond and within its borders. The often-quoted Second Amendment was proposed as a compromise to the Anti-Federalists, encouraging them to ratify the controversial document.

Today’s politicians and many of our citizens react vehemently to the mention of gun control, quoting the Constitution and forgetting that those very well-educated, articulate statesmen of 1787 were not able to visualize an assault weapon capable of slaughtering scores of innocent citizens in minutes.

If we are to survive as a peaceful, law-abiding society, we must convene a new constitutional convention to address the modern challenges of our society, including gun regulation.

Herbert R. and Carolyn Haynes, China Spring