Abbott must improve prisons
The plight of Texas prisoners suffering during our oppressive summers for lack of air conditioning is apropos as we celebrate MLK Day. (”Why are there still inhumane conditions in the state prison system?” Jan. 9)
Gov. Greg Abbott should remember the Rev. King’s passionate words of wisdom: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Abbott has the wherewithal and power to legislate to improve prison conditions and the time is now.
Thanks to our former Star-Telegram columnist Bob Ray Sanders for bringing this subject back into the limelight as he’s been an advocate and torch carrier to improve jail conditions.
Abbott tried to limit voting
In May 2013 when Greg Abbott was the state attorney general, he bragged that he had sued the federal government 25 times, costing the state $2.58 million and more than 14,113 hours spent by staff and state lawyers working those cases.
At least two of the lawsuits were regarding efforts to limit minority voting. I find it curious that he was picked to be a grand marshal at a Martin Luther King Day Parade. The governor not withstanding, I think there were better choices for this honor.
Barbara Johnson, Hurst
Governor didn’t belong in parade
The MLK Day parade in Arlington should have been a joyous occasion. Greg Abbott should have done the right thing and uninvited himself. Had there been a parade with Abbott participating. it would not have been focused on the remembrance of MLK but as a direct message to Lupe Valdez because this is her stomping ground. Bathroom Abbott and Patrick are not welcome in north-central Texas.
Donald L. Chadwick,
S-T journalist remembered
Perry “Bucky” Stewart was a proud Cub Scout in a pack with my younger brothers in Little Rock. (“Perry Stewart, former Star-Telegram theater critic, dies at age 75,” Jan. 8)
The day he had the accident that crushed his trachea was engraved in our memories forever. First it was feared that he might not survive, and then that he might never speak.
His recovery and therapy lasted years. But he persevered, graduated from high school and became a proud Horned Frog!
He was a gifted journalist, and I am honored to have known him.
A Fort Worth great
Amon Carter Sr. was born in Crafton and graduated from Bowie High School with seven members of his class, and one of those was my grandmother, Minnie Lee Graves Slaughter.
Carter always remembered his class members at Christmas as long as he and they lived with a wonderful Christmas present.
He never forgot his early friends.
Lois Campbell, Hurst
New name for Ditto course
Sorry, Chester W. Ditto. ( “Texas Rangers Golf Club will be the new name for Arlington’s Ditto course,” Jan. 8)
I have no idea why the Texas Rangers hold such sway over the Arlington City Council.
Roger Summers, Arlington