Letters to the Editor

February 10, 2014

Misguided announcer

I recently attended the rodeo for the first time in more than 50 years. I was stunned by many of the comments and skits. In a lengthy back and forth, one performer made fun of gay people. He said of a black competitor, “Just watch that boy.” (The boy was certainly a grown man.) The announcer said the real heroes of this country are those who take their children to church on Sunday.

I recently attended the rodeo for the first time in more than 50 years. I was stunned by many of the comments and skits. In a lengthy back and forth, one performer made fun of gay people. He said of a black competitor, “Just watch that boy.” (The boy was certainly a grown man.) The announcer said the real heroes of this country are those who take their children to church on Sunday.

Surely we in Fort Worth are not so far behind the rest of this country in common respect and courtesy. And surely we believe that being a good American does not depend on what religion you are. Many religions honor days other than Sunday, so it was obvious that his comment included only Christians. Indeed, you don't have to believe in any religion to be a moral, patriotic or heroic American.

— Barbara Estep, Hurst

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