Talk of age bias in District 10
I was surprised to see the headline on the Editorial Board’s lead on Sunday about the District 10 race: “Energy or Experience — A Democratic winner needs both.” Your implication is that the older candidate, at 66 years of age, doesn’t have the energy necessary to engage successfully in the Legislature. Are you kidding me? This is overt ageism. Our hometown newspaper is supposed to be a leader in promoting equality, not a proponent of age discrimination.
You should first apologize, then hire an outside agent to gauge the culture at your organization — is discrimination a deep cultural component of the staff?
Is it just age discrimination, or are there other biases affecting decisions there? How are your biases affecting your reporting? These are questions your readers deserve answers to.
Jim Tidwell, Fort Worth
Editorial response:Thank you for your concern. We want to assure you our comments had nothing to do with age. It was more about the public persona that will be required of the Democratic nominee to effectively campaign against the Republican incumbent in the fall. There will be debates and forums where the candidates' abilities to communicate their visions will be — rightly or wrongly — judged by voters.
Is Mike Snyder the right choice?
I would like for Mike Snyder to explain to the voters why he should be trusted to handle Tarrant County’s business.
He was terminated by his own PR firm, in which he was a partner, for having phony Facebook accounts, and trolling through various blogs, while working for the Museum Tower to try to defend them with their window problem in 2013.
If he considers having multiple Facebook accounts (which is against Facebook policy) the way to do business, I’m not sure he would be the best choice for our county tax assessor-collector.
Bob Cosby, Fort Worth
Get your children to school!
Students do not need to be given an incentive for attending school. The parents need to be fined for not getting their children to school. Regardless of the situation at home, everyone understands the language of money. Parents should pay the estimated amount it costs to educate their child per day.
Bad home situations such as single parents are not the problem of Fort Worth ISD. School buses are provided for transportation at no cost to the parent.
Let’s help poorer countries
While I agree that President Trump’s language concerning poor nations is unbecoming, we must start taking a look at undeveloped nations and try a different approach in bringing them into a place of freedom and prosperity.
Each year billions in foreign aid is received by these governments, millions of refugees are accepted by the U.S. and our allies, and many millions of dollars in debt is forgiven.
The result has been wars, genocide, malnutrition, epidemics and despotism.
I believe a more compassionate approach would be to let some of these nations go it alone and offer assistance only when true economic and governmental changes are made.
Otherwise we are just throwing money at a problem that has not been solved since the end of World War II and in some places like Africa and Haiti has not improved.
Michael Leslie, Little Elm
Can’t we just stop the hate?
It is shocking that so much hate and greed permeate every level of our society, especially from those who are claiming Christian values.
I suggest taking a break from Fox News for a few days and investigate the horrors that are affecting our environment in every way possible. Country over party would be a good place to start.
Jeri Chilcutt, Weatherford