Money for parks
Fort Worth is so fortunate to have leaders who recognize the crucial importance of parks to quality of life. Mayor Betsy Price should be commended for her efforts to improve and add to Fort Worth’s parks and bike trails.
Parks are fundamental to urban families and children having space and opportunities to experience nature and to engage in activities associated with a healthy lifestyle.
Voters should join our mayor and council by letting federal and state legislators hear from them that budgets should regularly include adequate funding to add to and maintain existing parks.
The Legislature heard that message this past session when it restored to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department budget a good portion of the money the department had historically received for state park operations. It also restored funds for matching grants to help with local park projects. Those monies are a sound investment in the future of Texas.
— Ralph Duggins, vice chairman, Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, Fort Worth
Sara Goode cited the personal hurt and misfortune that emanated from the conservative takeover of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. (See: “Baptist leaders in stained glass,” Dec. 22). All radical change produces the same, even if for a good outcome.
In the American Revolution, some Americans sided with the British. Their homes were burned. Many were killed. Thousands of Loyalists moved to England.
Around 750,000 died in the American Civil War. Many survivors suffered far more than the depression that Goode cites as one result of those expelled from the seminary.
Assume that we knew (granted, we will never) that we could improve the future of the downtrodden but able-bodied by curtailing government programs that often foster dependency and worsen the situation our good intentions address.
Assume we then curtailed these programs. Much personal suffering would result in the short run.
Would Goode and others have the backbone to survive the carnage of the short-term, to improve the long-term?
— Mike Estes, Fort Worth
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