Bible verses of love
Why is it that good people are so quick to quote Bible verses negative to homosexual behavior and lifestyle?
It seems to me that God’s most important instructions are: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you;” “Judge not lest you be judged;” and “Love one another.”
If all of us could always remember these three simple verses when we think of others and ourselves, our world would be a better place always. Wishing a golden New Year to all.
— Judith Chico, Fort Worth
Tuning new system
In the early 1980s, General Motors embarked upon an enormous investment in automation. In 1985, it opened its showcase: The new Hamtramck factory in Detroit had 50 automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) to ferry parts around the plant and 260 robots to weld and paint. It turned out not to be such a good idea.
The production lines ground to a halt for hours while technicians tried to debug software. When they did work, the robots often began dismembering each other, smashing cars, spraying paint everywhere or even fitting the wrong equipment.
It takes time to get new systems up and running correctly. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) had a rocky start, but give it time and it will be as dependable and efficient as the other government programs Medicare and Social Security.
— Ron Lowe, Bayview
Barnes & Noble
It defies logic. I assume that the owners of University Park Village haven’t driven around Fort Worth and noticed the number of buildings left empty by a sagging economy. So, for reasons that escape me, they decided to end Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ lease Dec. 31.
The value of the bookstore doesn’t just impact those of us who love to read. I’m sure I’m not the only one who heads first to the bookstore and then visits one or more of the other stores in the center. Or sometimes it goes in reverse — I shop at another retail store in the center and then drop in at the bookstore. The stores in the center feed off of one another. I wonder if the owners have given any thought to the other stores that will suffer when the bookstore is gone.
There is no hope for a reversal of this decision. But for those of us who have treasured this store for many years, we can at least say “thank you” to the manager and salespeople who have served us over the years.
University Village just won’t be the same.
— Diane C. Etzel, Fort Worth
Robertson and A&E
A&E announced Dec. 27 that they were reinstating Phil Robertson immediately. It is apparent that A&E does not hold any real values but is totally focused on the money.
When they thought the money was on being considerate of the gays/lesbians, they dumped Phil Robertson. When millions of viewers expressed their opinion of A&E’s action and failed to watch the Duck Dynasty marathon on Christmas Day, the message came screaming home: “They really are going to dump us!”
I wonder what the mood is at GLAAD headquarters.
— Charles R. Glass, Arlington
Anyone who thinks Phil Robertson was “censored” should recognize that A&E very publicly “suspended” him for several weeks during the hiatus between shooting for seasons three and four, when he wasn’t being paid anyway.
He has also been in negotiations with A&E through all of season three for a pay increase. Hollywood Reporter states that he is unsuspended just in time to start filming for season four — with a new contract at four times what he and his family were paid for each show in the first three seasons.
Robertson has never lost a penny. Someone upset at how he was “censored” by A&E was bought into a well-planned PR ploy connected to contract negotiations, nothing else.
Robertson is also paid to speak at churches, which is certainly the reason he made the recent remarks about women carrying a Bible and being married at age 15.
Robertson loves the publicity. It’s all free and it lets him charge more for his services.
Robertson is being “oppressed” and “censored” all the way to the bank.
— Richard Brewer, Fort Worth
I was appalled that you would actually publish a hateful comic accusing Phil Robertson and Sarah Palin of being intolerant. You’ve got to be kidding.
Phil Robertson was attacked and threatened for simply giving an answer to the questions he was asked.
Phil didn’t attack gays or single them out. He stated the truth that we are all sinners and that Christ died to forgive us of those sins. He didn’t say anything derogatory about gays that he didn’t say about himself.
Sarah Palin has been unmercifully attacked by liberals for years. How about Martin Bashir’s comment about “defecating on Sarah Palin.” These types of comments are common from liberals.
As usual you’ve got it all wrong, it’s the left that is the most intolerant and hateful group, not conservatives. The Robertsons are devoted Christians, GQ knew exactly what he would say, and Robertson told the truth about his beliefs.
— Robert M. Moon, Fort Worth
Perhaps the editorial writer suggesting that the state stop “roadblocks” to hiring Obamacare “navigators” by imposing extra requirements hasn’t kept up with the news. (See: “Perry, TDI should remove roadblocks,” Sunday)
Secretary Sebelius testified that felons may be hired as navigators, meaning convicted criminals could have access to personal applicant data. Project Veritas released videos of Enroll America employees in Texas admitting working with ACORN-like Democrat activist group Battleground Texas and information mining for partisan purposes. Other videos showed navigators in Irving recommending applicants commit fraud in stating income.
The Obamacare rollout was a disaster. Millions have lost insurance they liked. Exchanges in many states like Oregon and Maryland are more dysfunctional than the federal one. Rather than misleading us, the governor and legislature are trying to protect Texans from this predictable disaster. Making sure navigators are fully trained, are not partisan political operatives and are not felons is surely part of that task.
— Daniel OConnor, Euless
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