Recently there has been a lot of discussion about education in Texas and how to “fix” the system, especially the funding of public schools.
At the same time we hear that the new $60 million Allen football stadium has some serious defects.
Perhaps, Texas voters need to look in the mirror to see where the problems lie. Spending $60 million on a high school football stadium and then complaining about funding is astonishing, and Allen is not the only district that has spent millions on football facilities.
Maybe the whole education question needs to be rephrased: “What is more important, football stadiums or classroom facilities?”
— Robert Kai, Keller
We wouldn’t have any U.S. Border Patrol shootings at the border or anything else border-related if everyone stayed in their own country.
My grandparents were from other countries, but came here legally and obtained their residency legally. What a novel idea.
— Ali Blass, Hurst
Religion and the state
All churches who practice same-sex marriages should lose all their tax exemptions.
They are now operating under the edicts of man’s federal- and state-mandated laws allowing same sex marriages as a civil right instead of God’s rules and laws.
— Charles A.L. Moore, Arlington
Clarify church position
A story on Page 2 of Tuesday’s papergave the erroneous impression that the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth and its bishop, the Rt. Rev. Jack L. Iker, have asked for a rehearing of an appeal to the Texas Supreme Court.
In fact, last August the court reversed the trial court’s ruling against the diocese. It is the Episcopal Church (TEC) parties to the case, who lost in the high court, who appealed.
— Suzanne Gill, Director of Communications, The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth
Buc-ee’s has the cleanest bathrooms on the road, but with its owners’ endorsement of Dan Patrick, that is the only reason I would stop there.
— John R. Cobarruvias, Houston
Candidates on abortion
According to the Guttmacher Institute, there have been over 57 million abortions in the US since abortions were legalized in 1973.
By age 45, three in 10 women have had an abortion.
There will always be a perceived need for abortion, and if abortions remain legal, they will remain safe. If criminalized again, however, abortions will become senselessly dangerous, and women will die.
Gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott are not single-issue politicians. Both are good candidates for governor except for Abbott’s staunch anti-abortion position.
Texas abortion law allows abortions up to 20 weeks, which Davis says she can support. Americans are fairly evenly divided between pro-choice and pro-life, so limiting late-term abortions and allowing them up to 20 weeks makes sense.
If Abbott won’t go on the record supporting lawful abortions up to 20 weeks, he shouldn’t be elected.
— Hugh T. Lefler, Fort Worth
Since 9-11, the right wing has ridden the “terrorist” mantra to no end.
Yes, there are terrorists, but I do not believe they are the boogeyman behind every act of violence.
At the rate the right is moving, the next shooting by some entitled adolescent will be called a terrorist act by al Qaeda.
Will there always be a terrorist threat? Absolutely: For me and many of you, our first memory of terror was the 1972 Munich Olympics. The difference, is the Israelis tracked down every terrorist and we never heard a thing till they were through.
If the right really wants to do something in the war on terror, stop being its publicist.
— Kevin Birdwell, Fort Worth
Great country or what?
While calling credit card, telephone, satellite TV and utility companies, I talked to the Philippines, Mexico and India.
I had difficulty understanding some of the calltakers, but I’m all for employing these folks to help them out.
Therefore, let’s increase the minimum wage so our American companies will send more jobs over there and decrease their unemployment rates.
Meanwhile, we in the U.S. can borrow more money from the Federal Reserve stash and pay more in taxes for unemployment pay, disability pay, food stamps, Obamacare, welfare and of course more federal employees to administer the programs.
Is this a great country or what?
— C.M. (Neal) Farmer, Arlington
I’m a rebel. I consistently drive 65 mph on area freeways with posted speed limits of 60 mph. A regular James Dean/Steve McQueen sort of guy. A need for speed.
Now the Regional Transportation Council planners are considering raising my daily route’s speed to 65 mph.
Great. All that means is that I’ll soon be passed by motorists going 80 mph instead of 75 mph.
— Greg S. Pate, Fort Worth