Politics & Government

August 9, 2014

Breastfeeding was a big deal at the George W. Bush Presidential Library

It’s time for Fort Worth to become a more compassionate city, officials say.

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum was profuse in apologies last week.

Libray officials took to social media to comment about the mother visiting the center who was asked to breastfeed her baby in a restroom, rather than the library lobby.

“The action was inconsistent with the official policy at the @ GWBLibrary which supports federal law defining a mothers rights to feed,” one tweet said.

“The security guard has been disciplined and @GWBLibrary staff, contractors, and security guards have been reminded of official policies,” the library continued. “Additionally, our director has reached out to the affected mother to offer our deepest apologies.”

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.

Political satire

There’s a new political show in town: The Flipside with Michael Loftus.

Now organizers are looking for a live audience for the “conservative-oriented comedy and political satire television show” that will include special guests Larry Elder, Janine Turner and Mark Davis.

Anyone who wants to be part of the live studio audience may register online. Check-in begins at 11 a.m. and taping begins at noon on Sun., Aug. 17. The audience will get a free buffet lunch and refreshments.

The show will be taped at Lifesong Studio, 3105 Ira E. Woods Blvd. in Grapevine.

Endorsing compassion

Fort Worth city leaders recently passed a resolution adopting the International Charter for Compassion, which urges people to live and act more compassionately

“Fort Worth is better because of the diversity,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “This is not about politics, it is not a major shift in our public policy, it is much more than that.

“It is about changing attitudes and changing perspectives.”

Rabbi Andrew Bloom, of Congregation Ahavath Sholom and a member of Price’s Faith Leaders Cabinet, talked to the City Council about the need for people to find “pieces” of compassion scattered across the Earth by God.

Bloom commended the council for not only doing things, “the Fort Worth way, but to do it the human way, as well.”

Back from the border

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton said his recent visit to the Texas border was a real eye-opener.

“The crisis at the border is real, but it is also fixable,” said Barton, R-Ennis, whose district includes parts of Arlington.

Staff writer Caty Hirst contributed to this report.

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