Street closure will prevent future accidents
Editor, the Advocate:
St. Joseph High School is requesting to have one block of De Leon Street closed. The property adjacent was donated for an expansion due to its convenient locale to furthering academics and acceptance of more students.
Yes, the best high school in Victoria needs to expand its academic facilities. It has provided excellent education for 149 years. Many graduates have continued higher education and have returned to our city and state as very highly regarded professionals and will continuously do so.
I feel that the closure of this one block would be an important step in the right direction for all. The addition to the school would be a great enhancement not only for the school, but also for Victoria. Now, all we need is a big "Yes" from the city.
Many times people think it's safe to cross the street; however, a bad accident can occur. An enraged driver or a criminal being chased by the police on Red River Street could, in the spur of the moment, recklessly turn on De Leon Street between the future complex. That's when a tragic event would occur. Many students crossing the street to attend another class would be "mowed down" by the vehicle(s). As a result, intelligent, young students would be maimed or killed - their futures gone. This would be a dreadfully sad event.
If an incident would occur because you voted "No," could you live with yourself for the rest of your life? Please approve to close the block of De Leon Street now to create a safe environment for the students and the school so St. Joseph High School can begin with its expansion.
Also, business-wise, the city of Victoria will then have another great "bragging right" for future corporate locations due to this excellent educational complex.
Sandra S. Hausman, Victoria