To the Editor:
I’ve lived in Salado since 1980 and yes, my taxes are frozen. It is important to recognize that established folks over 65 have paid city, county, and school taxes for many years. In my case, I have paid taxes locally for almost 30 years. Just because our taxes are now frozen, and we currently pay less than the generations that follow, doesn’t mean our views, constitutional liberties, and rights to speak/petition should now be diminished. It is those of us who have been here for awhile who built Salado into what it is today. Older people have ideas, and dreams for ourselves, our children, our grandchildren, and our community.
Don’t misunderstand, I am very happy that young talented, creative people have found a home here. I am impressed with not only their talent but their opinions. Without families moving into Salado, Salado would wither and die.
I just don’t want to be considered a lemming who will blindly follow the dictates of anyone. I still have my God given brain and want to be able to think for myself and not be told how to vote on issues. Honestly, I believe every voter wants to be able to weigh all sides of the issues and personalities before they cast their precious vote. So, I beg those who continue to coerce the senior voter to stop it and trust in our brain power. Just a reminder, the senior voter was targeted and coerced before the vote on the sewer.
The 22nd Annual Denver Mills Golf Tournament on March 13 was the most successful ever! The tournament, which benefits Tablerock Festival of Salado, netted $7,198 this year. That’s a 27.8 percent increase over 2016’s total of $5,631. The tournament also had more sponsors and more players than any time in its history.
No one won made a hole in one and took possession of the car, the vacation, the $5,000.00, golf clubs or any of the lesser prizes, but spirits were high in the attempt to do so. Seven new sponsors added to the excitement plus the many loyal sponsors who have supported us year after year. In particular, Mill Creek Golf Club, which has hosted our event from the beginning. This year, 15 teams played. The team fielded by T.R. McLaughlin won the Tablerock first place prize of $400 cash. Bruce Bolick’s team won the Tablerock second place prize of $200 cash. David Williams hit the Longest Drive; Larry Roberson hit Closest to the Pin, and Chris Carpenter hit the Straightest Drive.
Since 1996, the tournament has raised more than $74,000 for Tablerock, which provides performing arts, such as Salado Legends, Gospel Festival, Shakespeare play, Fright Trail and A Christmas Carol for Central Texas residents and visitors. Tournament proceeds not only support Tablerock but also help provide college scholarships to Central Texas youngsters serving as cast or crew for Tablerock productions. Last year, 16 youngsters received $12,500 in college scholarships, and Tablerock has given more than $158,000.00 in scholarships to date.
Salado Legends, an outdoor musical drama about Central Texas and Salado’s history, will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. The play, which features more than 120 community actors, is presented each summer at Tablerock’s Goodnight Amphitheater. Both Legends and its author, Jackie Mills, have received national recognition from the Library of Congress and the Institute of Outdoor Drama.