Regarding Friday’s article by Jimmy Burch on the Armed Forces Bowl and Middle Tennessee defensive end Steven Rhodes being a “former Marine”: There ain’t no such thing. (See: “NCAA ruling put Rhodes in the national spotlight)
He may not be an active-duty Marine, but “once a Marine, always a Marine!”
— Ben Burt, Fort Worth
Shelter for families
The Union Gospel Mission applauds your Dec. 19 editorial, “Families need mission’s new shelter plan,” as we begin to build the new Scott Walker Women and Families Service Center.
As the title implies, this building is designed to provide services and shelter to women and families in desperate need.
The Mission receives 200-plus calls a month from women seeking shelter for themselves and their children, and the new building will not only provide this much-needed shelter but also the services necessary so these folks can quickly rebuild their lives and exit homelessness.
In this regard, we and the other homeless centers east of downtown have had remarkable success in recent years in transforming lives and transitioning clients back to being productive citizens.
The shelters have been located in the East Lancaster Avenue area for decades, and it does not seem productive or charitable to start to debate now where they should be located or how they provide services.
Let’s all work together with what we have and allow the shelters to have the facilities to achieve their main goal, which is to end homelessness.
— Bill Bailey and Peter Philpott,
Fracking and ’quakes
I can’t wait to hear what Railroad Commissioner David Porter has to say now about “all that shaking going on” in Azle when he couldn’t find any correlation between the 19 earthquakes and waste-water injection wells back in November.
Unfortunately, instead of regulating the gas and oil industry, the Railroad Commission appears to be its biggest defender.
When homeowners’ water suddenly turned flammable, they were told it was just “naturally occurring gas”; when lakes dropped to abnormally low levels, state officials said it was the drought, not because 5 million gallons is used to frack each of 6,650 wells; when scientists linked fracking chemicals to cancer and birth defects, they responded that the chemicals used were trade secrets.
Since the energy industry and the Railroad Commission seem to be in such perfect harmony, they should go on a fracking tour where they could sing duets praising natural gas, while tap dancing around any questions about earthquakes, lower lake levels, contaminated water, climate change, air pollution, or gas leaks.
— Sharon Austry, Fort Worth
Enough is enough. The Star-Telegram has recently published several articles suggesting that minors are breaking the law if they drink and drive past the “legal limit” for adults. I have overlooked it in the past, attributing it to misinformed reporters.
But when the editorial director writes that a 16-year-old “got three-times-the-legal-limit drunk,” I must respond. Minors may not legally drive in the state of Texas with even one drop of alcohol in their system.
The “legal limit” for minors is zero. You are misserving the public by suggesting otherwise.
— Charlie Hardin, Parker County
Tax the bikers
Why are we using taxpayer monies (federal and state grants) to have bike trails linking cities? (See: “Mayors get behind plans to link North Texas cities with bike trail”)
Those who will be using these trails should be willing to help with the cost, not impose yet another “tax” on the taxpayer.
This is no different than those of us required to have license tags for our cars/trucks, etc.
— Lorraine Hennessey, Haslet
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