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Fallen soldier’s parents offer thanks

Parents’ heartfelt thanks

On November 17, we lost our son, Staff Sgt. Alex Viola, 29. He achieved his goal of being a Green Beret and was killed in action on his first deployment to Afghanistan.

From the day we were informed, our friends, family and neighbors were by our side. They lined the streets of our neighborhood with American flags and were there in this time of need.

November 30, Alex was laid to rest. The outpouring of support from our entire community, the Patriot Guard Riders, Keller Police and Fire Departments, Green Berets (7th and 19th groups), many active and retired military personnel was unlike anything we have ever experienced. The procession route was lined with citizens showing support for Alex as well as for our entire military. We were overwhelmed.

We struggle to find the right words to thank the people who came out to say goodbye to our son, our hero. The one thing we can say with certainty is our appreciation and love for the community has been greatly elevated. The show of support and acts of kindness will never be forgotten. We thank you from the bottom our hearts.

God Bless our troops.

— Frank and Peggy Viola, Keller

City efficiency

The story about Fort Worth residents gathering to cheer the destruction of an abandoned Dairy Queen seemed strange. (See “With Dairy Queen razed, Stop Six set for fresh start,” Nov. 20.)

After I realized the government-owned building has been empty since 2003, one thought immediately popped into my head: how even local government is inefficient.

Fort Worth is no small town, but to leave a building vacant for 10 years is a joke.

If it takes the city of Fort Worth 10 years to do something as simple as destroying a building, I would hate to see how it operates other important things. The building in the hands of the city was providing no utility and was footed on the taxpayer’s dime.

If that DQ was allowed to be bought by a private company or person, the wait for the people of Fort Worth to have receive some benefit from the land would have taken one-fifth of the time.

In the hands of the private sector all would have benefited and waste would have been minimal. In the hands of the public sector the building rotted away and served no purpose other than an eyesore.

I think this situation is a perfect example of how the private sector is leaps and bounds more productive than the public.

— Chase Medelberg, Krum

FW’s new City Hall?

For 80 years Fort Worth’s Beaux Arts post office has had a great steward, and we hope the city of Fort Worth will be the next one.

Designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1980 and included in the National Register in 1985, alterations to the building must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

In 1931 the U.S. Postal Service selected local architect Wyatt C. Hedrick to design its Fort Worth building, a significant decision since most post offices were constructed from standard Treasury Department designs. Clad in Cordova limestone quarried near Austin, Fort Worth’s post office consumes a full city block and celebrates local culture with capitals of Texas longhorns and polled Hereford cattle.

The building weathered a major battle in the early 1980’s when a group called I-CARE defended it from an intrusive expansion planned for I-30. I-CARE eventually won the suit in an appeal, and the overhead freeway was demolished in 2001.

A new city hall in the post office building would be a catalyst for additional development on Lancaster Avenue. Most importantly, it would keep the building in public usage with access to the elaborate interior, something citizens have enjoyed since 1933.

— John Roberts, AIA,

Chairman, Historic Fort

Worth, Inc.

‘Sign’ of the times

During the Mandela memorial service an admitted fraud by the name of Thamsanga Jantjie was supposedly “signing” during Obama’s speech. Did anyone else notice that Mr. Jantjie was not the least competent individual on stage at the time?

— Dexter Gatlin,

Bedford

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