So many years of brain injuries
An article in Wednesday’s sports section linked concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
While in medical school in 1972, I also read an article in a neurology journal regarding concussions and “spongiform” degeneration of boxers’ brains.
Seems that with money, bravado and the thrill of sports, it has taken over 50 years to connect the dots!
How many gladiators are expendable?
Lee S. Anderson, M.D.,
Does God make mistakes?
National Geographic says “all clownfish are born male. They have the ability to switch their sex but will do so only to become the dominant female of a group. The change is irreversible.”
In a recent Star-Telegram column, Gary Ledbetter of the Grapevine-based Southern Baptists of Texas Convention stated that “it is clearly the witness of Scripture that there is such a thing as biological sex.” (Bud Kennedy column, July 26)
So my question would be: Did God just make a mistake with the clownfish?
Was he just so busy making all the birdies and fishies that he forgot to tell the clownfish that they couldn’t change sides after they were born?
And if so, which “anemone potty” must a clownfish use?
This inquiring mind wants to know.
William W. Thorburn, Benbrook
Ceding control to the home team
The Rangers will close Nolan Ryan Expressway to make way for new stadium construction (“Street to close as construction of ballpark begins,” July 25).
Are you telling me that a street paid for by taxpayers on a bond issue can be closed by the Rangers?
If this is true, Mayor Jeff Williams and the City Council have given complete control to the Rangers to do anything they choose in this town — a very sad day for Arlington, Texas.
A.J. Armstrong, Arlington
The sad state of Westchester Plaza
Twenty years ago, voluntary charitable work took me to Westchester Plaza.
Inside, the lobby was crowded with elderly, sick and poor souls each slumped over their wheelchairs, either backward, frontward, or sideways.
There were no smiles or happy faces, only despair, sadness and perhaps reflecting over medication. None was talking that I can recall.
The smell was what you might expect. It was one of the most inhumane, deplorable, and saddest scenes I had ever encountered.
It may have been governed and managed either privately or publicly at the time, or by a combination thereof. What I know is that I would very readily pay higher taxes to obtain humane and life-improving/enriching facilities for these souls on the final leg of their life's journey.
Any person or organization or governmental agency which had anything to do with the facility's operation then should have been ashamed of the state of affairs. It was ugly, grotesque and unmerciful.
God’s Waiting Room was not heaven-like in the least!
Robert R. Kurz Sr.,
Fort Worth’s quandary
Fort Worth says only, “We will be compassionate but will enforce the law” on Senate Bill 4.
But what if that law is neither compassionate nor enforceable?
What if it makes us less safe and hurts our economy?
What if it violates our values and Constitution?
SB 4 isn’t the first awful bill out of Austin. I remember when interracial marriage was a crime in Texas — punishable by two years in prison. Enforced by police, it was finally overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1967.
What if the 1966 Fort Worth City Council had similarly suggested “We will be compassionate but will enforce the law” as married couples were arrested and jailed?
Texas’ largest cities have partnered in a lawsuit against Senate Bill 4. Fort Worth stands alone in its current refusal to do so — I insist they reconsider.
Doug Cuny, Fort Worth