All who wander are not lost.
In the same way, all who are homeless are not desiring a home.
Look at it through the eyes of the homeless.
In our eyes, having a place to live and a regular job is desirable. But to be encumbered with the responsibilities of a home and/or a regular job is not everybody's choice.
The long-term homeless live a different lifestyle, and many find it quite comfortable.
The Day Resource Center on East Lancaster Avenue deals with the needs of the homeless very effectively. They are professionals working in the trenches on a daily basis.
They help the homeless find work, get legal papers in order, take a shower, do laundry, get medical help, get counseling, even line up suitable housing, etc. etc.
The goal is to give a caring hand so that the less fortunate can help themselves.
Homelessness is a problem, but I think those close to the homeless housing problem have a better handle on finding a solution.
— Jeanette Keim, Fort Worth
A healthy Christmas
We received an early Christmas gift a few days early.
It came all the way from Washington, D.C. There was a bump in the road at Austin, but it made it on to south Arlington.
My wife has not had health insurance for two years — now she does, thanks to our president and some members of Congress.
After all the bad news we have heard about the healthcare website, we were a little surprised at how easy it was to register. It worked perfectly.
Now we are protected in case of a serious illness or an accident. It is affordable, thus the name: Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. We had a merry Christmas after all.
— Al and Lorrie Vincent,
I was interested in Bob Ray Sanders’ recent column about Fort Worth’s policy in the 1970s of divestiture of pension holdings of companies doing business in South Africa. (See: “Fort Worth had role in anti-apartheid movement,” Dec. 18)
I chaired a subcommittee on economics at the 1978 Presbyterian General Assembly where we passed similar resolutions.
I came to understand that it was more than withdrawing support for American companies doing business in South Africa. It was to limit the use of certain technologies (specifically, photographic equipment for internal passports and computers used to track the movements of subjugated populations).
It would be more than a decade before Nelson Mandela was freed, but many people around the world worked for years for justice on his behalf.
It still amazes me that his message after more than a quarter-century in prison was of reconciliation and not revenge.
— Bruce W . Rider, Grapevine
Lockheed and Scouts
Regarding Lockheed's decision not to support the Boy Scouts financially: Has it occurred to anyone but me that since they are a government contractor, they, along with other government groups, might have been told that they will no longer receive government contracts unless they follow the politically correct guidelines regarding diversity?
If that is the case, they had no choice but to comply.
As a private organization, the BSA should be free to make decisions on any matter without government interference.
I hold no animus toward homosexuals or any other group, but I do hold animus against the government for any attempt to regulate and control everyone’s speech, actions and even thoughts.
— Clista Hancock, Arlington
A suggestion that military retirement pay be cut appalls me!
These are men and women who have put their lives in danger to protect our country. Many suffered physical, emotional and financial damage and loss of families.
Even more distressing is that few of the people involved in this decision have had their lives in danger defending our country.
Unashamed, they continue to raise their own salaries and retire on full pay, not half, like military personnel. Their retirement pay far surpasses the average military retirement payments.
I suggest a more effective budget cut that would immediately reduce the pay of retired members of Congress to 50 percent of the current amount. Then, reduce it by 15 percent each additional year until it reaches the level of the maximum Social Security payment.
— Myretta Bell, Bedford
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