Plowing ahead

Thank you, Mayor Deaver and city of Waco officials, for focusing on infrastructure and planning for the future growth and needs of our city [“Infrastructure endeavors ensure prosperity for us, future generations,” by Kyle Deaver, Sunday column, and “Waco water rates bump up,” story, Tuesday]. So many state and national politicians pander to voters and fail to initiate the tough conversations about the needs and expenses of large groups of citizens living together in a complex and diverse society.

For too long, our nation has ignored the necessity of maintaining the built environment. It’s refreshing to see the city of Waco quietly working together with all political parties and all constituents to repair, replace and maintain outdated infrastructure systems. Thank you, Mayor Deaver, for openly stating the projected cost increases that we’ll see in our water bills.

It’s also encouraging to see that other areas of concern are being addressed through initiatives such as Prosper Waco and the city of Waco Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Our local schools, urban and suburban development and many other critical and expensive issues are being addressed by our city. Thank you.

Brenda Griffey, Waco

TruthFeed fracas

As we move through the era of snippet-reporting and opinion-making, there should be a great deal of concern about the ultimate outcome. This seems to parallel the childhood story of Chicken Little. I was at first amused at those who formed their opinions from “news” programs on Comedy Central. My amusement turned to amazement as I realized these were actually being regarded as news. These “sources” have become as prolific as flies at a picnic and equally annoying. Misleading names like TruthFeed, BuzzFeed, BrightBart (my spelling!) are so common that they come and go without notice.

I am fully aware that reporting has never been without bias. I grew up in the World War II era, when reporting for public consumption helped keep up public morale during a time of great stress on the populace. That experience taught me to never trust completely one source of information. I understand that even the internet encyclopedia Wikipedia can be modified and amended by individuals.

It seems Bill Whitaker’s point in his Sunday column is that the truth may be out there, but it is difficult to ascertain and requires no small amount of effort to determine. As to his astute observation that the party in power tends to be more forgiving of its leadership [“Do Republican lawmakers dare defy emboldened President Trump in 2017?”], well, “duh.” I have observed this since the days of FDR.

Regarding governance, the Constitution appears to be the most-quoted and least-read document in history. The exception could be the Bible.

Pat Stroman, Woodway