Not all in FW making progress
Once known as the Friendly City, Fort Worth is still a great place to live. However, the past five decades have not seen progress for all residents.
Elected leaders have well represented the Chamber of Commerce, and the usual landholders and aging decisionmakers. One result has been the loss of spacious areas in the Cultural District and parks that made Fort Worth beautiful.
Some poor and middle-income residential neighborhoods have been neglected in favor of business growth. Eternal devotion to more and bigger sports and entertainment venues leaves little critical thought to city design and the lives of residents. Instead, it dumps traffic into formerly beautiful neighborhoods.
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It’s not surprising that Mayor Betsy Price and the City Council chose to ignore the majority of their constituents in deciding not to join the lawsuit against Senate Bill 4. The people of Fort Worth deserve better.
Betty Fay, Fort Worth
Calls, emails aren’t the same as a vote
The effort to imply that the Fort Worth City Council must make decisions based on the number of emails and calls from residents (Senate Bill 4 story, Sunday) ignores the fact that many of us elect our mayor and City Council members to make decisions based on their knowledge of this community and the impact of issues in the broadest sense.
Emails and calls aren’t the same as a vote; they don’t represent all voters. Elected officials should not be bullied into accepting tallies of calls and emails as a proxy for the thinking of their entire constituency.
Robin B. Sloane,
Don’t cave to mob opinion
Why should any honest politician cave to mob opinion, surveys, letters, phone calls or editorials that just support violators and those who support them?
SB 4 targets no one who is here lawfully, and any politician who relies on a survey to determine how to vote on lawful and constitutional matters should vacate office as incompetent to begin with.
Richard M. Holbrook, Weatherford
400 callers don’t represent city
I am against sanctuary cities, as are the majority of Fort Worth voters. Given the number of voters here, 400 callers do not represent the thousands of people that the council listened to in voting against joining the lawsuit.
Betsy Price and the council are right in voting against violators going loose on our streets. Four hundred people don’t represent the wishes of Fort Worth.
A.J. Armstrong, Arlington
Council’s in the middle
United Fort Worth stuffed the email and phone lines of council members with support for their cause, then asked for call and email records. Next they sent those records to support the narrative that the council voted against their constituencies.
The Editorial Board framed its editorial to fit United FW’s assertions implying the council wasn’t in touch.
Ray Harris, Fort Worth