Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?

Remember Scooby-Doo? Debuting in 1969, the plot to every one of the cartoons is the same: Bad guy pretends to be a ghost or monster to steal something. Then he gets caught by the title Great Dane and teenagers Shaggy, Velma, Fred and Daphne. The crook then cries out, “I would’ve got away with it, if it wasn’t for those pesky kids!”

When it comes to politicians and their scary schemes, Texas voters perform the same service as “those pesky kids.”

Last year, Austin citizens voted on a measure that would have stopped the city from giving away millions in subsidies to the Domain shopping center. It failed, though, after a big campaign by city officials arguing the deal was already done and, if altered, taxpayers would be liable for millions of dollars in legal fees.

In Dallas, a measure on this May’s ballot would prohibit the city from owning a convention center. Now a group called Dallas Right to Vote has collected enough signatures to place another measure before voters allowing a public vote on any city giveaway of $1 million or more.

Even Scoob could figure the bad guys’ next move. State Rep. Jeff Wentworth has introduced Senate Bill 690 to double the number of signatures citizens must gather to put these local initiatives on the ballot.

Call Senator Wentworth at (512) 463-0125. Tell him you support those pesky kids — er, voters.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.