You want to allow a developer to tear down those gorgeous old duplexes (“Bluebonnet Hills group fighting apartment plan,” Sunday) and build a box?
Are you kidding me?
Why would you consider fixing what isn’t broke and trading charming for ugly?
— Susan Harper, Fort Worth
We need the Tea Party
The Star-Telegram Editorial Board praised two actions the City Council took approving tax breaks for wealthy developers and appropriating millions to prepare the way for others to earn huge profits.
The city provided $18.5 million in tax breaks for an “incompletely planned” development of the Lockheed Martin Recreation Area. Instead of offering “affordable workforce apartments,” the developer gave up an additional $2.25 million of the incentive, perhaps to avoid sharing the “pristine, waterfront setting” with lower wage-earners.
The paper lauded the council’s allocation of $6.63 million for bridges spanning dry land that may become a new channel for the Trinity, part of a $910 million project to make possible “waterfront development on the city’s north side.”
Both actions cast doubt on our seriousness about reducing budgets on anything other than funds that assist the working poor.
Cut food stamps, refuse additional Medicaid, shortchange public education — but lavish millions of tax dollars on the wealthy.
Where is the Tea Party when we need them?
— Paul W. Hartman, Fort Worth
As a former professor of Russian and a long-term follower of the Eastern European scene, I’m naturally following with interest the events in Ukraine. The media has oversimplified the dispute, some commentators even comparing Crimea’s desire to secede from Ukraine as morally equivalent to Hitler’s seizure of the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia before World War II. Faulty historical analogies do little to explain a complex situation.
Was it morally wrong for Texas to secede from Mexico in 1836 and eventually vote to be annexed by the United States?
Was it wrong for Kosovo to secede from Serbia in the late ’90s? How about the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus which broke away from majority Greek rule in Cyprus? Should the Basques of Spain have their own country? Should Hawaii (illegally annexed by the U.S. in the 19th century) be independent? The list is endless.
— Charles Wukasch, Austin
Our republic may not restrict the reasonable pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.
The word marriage refers to a legal, state-sanctioned union. Holy matrimony is a religious union derived from the sacraments and beliefs of a religious entity. A religious sect or denomination alone performs holy matrimony.
As a cherished freedom, the right to free expression of religious beliefs, we’ve made it the absolute right of any religion to control the nature and scope of its sacraments, including the choice to reject certain conditions within their own sect; divorce, adultery, homosexuality. However, forcing beliefs upon others outside their community is unacceptable.
To pretend that gays marrying opens the door to humans marrying donkeys is as asinine as arguing freedom of religious expression inevitably leads to human sacrifice and stoning adulterers.
The freedom of some to marry has never imposed hardship upon the right of others to holy matrimony.
— J.T. Grant, Fort Worth
From the March 18 article “Insurance a hard sell to Texans in poverty,” Sara Rodriguez of Houston, a mother of two, says she cannot afford $50/month for health insurance. This is after she received a $4,000 bill for a six-hour emergency room visit. She cannot pay that.
So I and other taxpayers pay it. Our government should not eagerly pay the bills for someone with such a cavalier attitude. I am a liberal Democrat and it may surprise some people that I object to sacrificing to pay for her medical care when she does not want to sacrifice to help herself and her family.
— Tracey Smith, Fort Worth
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