For 45 years, my friends and I have come from Oklahoma for the Texas-OU game.
For the past three years, we have taken the Amtrak Heartland Flyer from Oklahoma City to Fort Worth the day before the game, rented a car at the train station and driven to Dallas to stay and enjoy the game at a sports bar.
This year, we decided we would stay instead at your Hilton Fort Worth and watch the game from a downtown sports bar. We would not even have to fight the traffic in Dallas. We spent two nights at the hotel, had a great dinner at Ruth’s Chris on Friday night, as well as many other fine dining experiences during our visit to Fort Worth.
Since the redevelopment of your downtown area, it has become a destination unto itself.
Next year and hereafter, we plan to not only do the same thing, but will encourage our many friends who make the annual trip to do the same thing.
I have told people that the train ride is worth the trip. Your city’s hospitality just adds to the experience.
— Dennis Suitor, Tulsa, Okla.
The mores of today are producing Pope Francis’ “difficulties and innumerable challenges that families must confront.” (See: “Rome’s synod on the family is only the beginning,” Thursday, Oct. 23)
These moral challenges facing Roman Catholics and Protestants are being fueled by “it’s all about me,” “if it feels good, do it,” “who says it’s wrong?” notions, not to mention our own will to sin.
The plumb line to finding concrete answers is and always has been the Bible.
— Jean King, Fort Worth
Proud to show ID
I just read Bob Ray Sanders’ column, “Truth and justice still fighting against Texas voter ID law.”
What can possibly be wrong with proving who you are when you go to vote? Personally, I’m proud of who I am and thankful to be able to walk into the polling place to vote after two heart attacks. I can’t wait to prove I am who I say I am.
If you are not proud enough to prove you are who you say you are, then you don’t deserve to be able to cast your ballot.
— Don Cutler, Arlington
Saving the prairie
The article about Monarch butterflies’ international struggle to survive (see: “Plight of the Monarchs tied to drought, habitat,” Oct. 23) brought to mind all the years the Great Plains Restoration Council and local citizens have worked to save the Fort Worth Prairie Park, which is a Taj Mahal of pristine prairie for Monarchs and needs to be saved!
The FWPP, because of its complete condition, is considered to rank with the highest and best remaining places, not many of which are left. It has all the original plant components, including the vital species of milkweed Monarchs need.
Northward-migrating Monarchs arrive in the spring to breed, and Mexico-bound Monarchs rest and refuel in the fall. I have walked on this sacred land and witnessed the different species of wildlife and plant life that are so rare to find in this world.
As stated in the article, “Texas is key to survival.”
Although the land has been sold to developers, if enough people, especially Fort Worthians, use their voice and pocketbook, a win-win outcome is still possible.
How can we keep this prairie land in front of people’s minds?
— Janine Cavasar, Fort Worth
I am very respectful of healthcare workers who have chosen to go overseas to try to help diagnose and treat patients involved in these horrible epidemics.
It is indeed a great responsibility, and it is also a great responsibility not to inadvertently bring the disease, Ebola virus in these recent cases, back to the United States.
There have been now three nurses, at least three doctors and one journalist who have been infected. Do we know the transmission? They are in the highest potential for exposure and it seems reasonable to me that they should willingly agree to imposed quarantine for the sake of our nation’s population.
I don’t want to be on an airliner from New York City sitting next to a passenger who gets a fever 30 minutes after takeoff, and I doubt anyone else does.
— Dr. Lee S. Anderson,
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