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Letters for Saturday 09/07/2002 

I blame Kirk

I want to respond to a comment attributed to me by Gromer Jeffers in his recent article on senatorial candidate Ron Kirk's record as Dallas' mayor ("Kirk's Dallas legacy debated in campaign"). The context in which my comment was used gives the impression that I absolve Mr. Kirk of blame for the city's current budget troubles. Nothing could be further from the truth.

My comments to Mr. Jeffers dealt specifically with the poor budgeting practices of management, which could have been altered by a mayor more interested in making the city run effectively than in ingratiating himself with moneyed special interests who could finance his campaign for higher office when the opportunity rolled around.

I blame Mr. Kirk for self-serving priorities that led the city down a spending and tax give-away path that now leaves it with financial obligations for glamour projects that are restricting the funds available to the council to address basic services.

I am one of a handful of people who have worked closely as an elected official with Ron Kirk, and have gained a unique insight into the measure of the man and his fitness for higher office. That is why I am actively campaigning for his opponent, John Cornyn.

Donna Blumer, former Dallas City Council member, Dallas

Neil Planick:
  If Dallas had a $100-million budget SURPLUS now, I wonder if Ron Kirk would take responsibility for THAT? 
  You bet he would. And the excuses of "falling sales tax revenue" and "increased expenses" as the cause of the current budget mess are totally bogus. 
   Every organization (every-ONE, actually) has to make forecasts about the future and adjust their plans accordingly. 
  Who was in charge last budget year when these forecasts were made? Ron Kirk and Ted "Bankrupt" Benavides.
   Cornyn has just got to hammer away at Kirk's Dallas record and not let him get away with spinning this fiasco into something good, or at the least something they were helpless to prevent. 
   That's the key to Senate, in my opinion.





  Ward politics is the Devil's key to the soul of the city council.  It is how some council members got themselves in trouble in the past.  It is the bait that will get others in trouble in the future. 4/6/8