Does this royalties lawsuit ruling mean that all of us who had “miscellaneous deductions” subtracted from our royalty checks from other companies can look forward to getting reimbursement checks?
These deductions were added well into the lease and reduced royalty checks by at least 7 percent.
My understanding at the time these “miscellaneous deductions” were added that it was for production costs … which the company initially “forgot” to include!
Chesapeake may not be the only gas company with some explaining to do.
— Maggie Irwin, Fort Worth
Although it is true that if we as citizens have nothing to hide we have nothing to fear from this “snooping,” I find it very disconcerting and vehemently disagree with the carte blanche approach the NSA is taking.
They need to be much more transparent so that they can earn the trust of the American people.
— Pawan Sharma, Keller
Texas No. 1 ?
I keep hearing our “Christian” conservative Republicans’ political ads touting how they want to keep Texas No. 1, but they aren’t specific as to whether they are referencing our place in uninsured and under-fed children, underfunded schools, least high school graduates, minimum wage jobs, bigotry or executions.
Maybe they’re referring to our gerrymandered districts, high property taxes and utility rates, pollution or simply the crony capitalism that is second to none.
Since Texas ranks first, or is as at least closing fast on first place in these and many other areas, I do wish these big-business lobbyists seeking office would be more specific as to the aspects in which they plan on keeping Texas No. 1.
— Edward C. Wyman, Fort Worth
U.S. needs Russia
While the Russians are compared to Nazis, the facts about Ukrainian history tell another story.
Elements of the Ukraine in World War II provided troops for the Waffen SS. The hatred of some Ukrainians encouraged them to join German Nazi units.
I suggest that we need to examine the context and history of the current conflict.
In the long run, we will need the support and resources of the Russian government. The neo-cons come closer to being Nazis than the Russian leadership.
The U.S. needs to stay out of this conflict.
— Jerome R. Pikulinski,
Sympathy v. anger
What is needed to effectively address the problem of homelessness is less sympathy and more anger!
A person cannot but be moved to sympathy by the estimate that there is the need in Tarrant County for 643 additional beds for the chronically homeless and another 145 beds for homeless veterans. (See: “Number of chronically homeless up 60 percent,” Feb. 27)
The fallacy is in thinking that meeting this need will solve the problem! It is not that “more must be done” as the editorial of Feb. 28 challenges us, but rather that something different must be done.
Homelessness will increase so long as the divide between the rich and the poor grows wider, our nation remains committed to perpetual war and we discharge people from mental hospitals and prisons without the support they need to care for themselves.
Such social, economic and political change is painful and requires courage. But, it is necessary for there to be hope for the homeless.
St. Augustine said it best: “Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are Anger and Courage: anger at the way things are and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are!”
— Bernard Kern,
North Richland Hills
Tired of politics
I am 83, and I have voted in every election whenever I could.
What is happening in politics lately makes me sick.
I have about decided to stop voting. More times than not the better man loses because of his opponent’s money and name.
Democracy in action — I think not!
— A.J. Armstrong, Arlington
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