My thoughts and prayers are with the Muñoz family as they deal with an unthinkable tragedy — a pregnant mother who is brain dead, and a live fetus. (See: “When end-of-life wishes, law clash,” Monday)
They have not only suffered a tremendous loss, but they have the awesome responsibility to reconcile the issue of sustaining life itself. As a caveat, I acknowledge that I respect life including mothers and their unborn children. I believe the Texas statute has it right.
While the mother has the right to choose life or not for her unborn baby, that presumes a considered choice made by her. It seems presumptuous to assume she would choose death for her baby if she were able to make that decision.
I am hopeful the Muñoz family chooses life and that the unborn child becomes a living memorial to her mother.
May God comfort and guide this Muñoz family.
— Joseph Ansley, Fort Worth
First Lady’s gift
The Star-Telegram’s Monday edition depicts President Obama and his daughters returning to the White House from a 15-day vacation in Hawaii with the caption saying that the president, as a birthday gift to Michelle, let her continue her vacation in Hawaii.
How generous of him to use taxpayers’ dollars to provide her with such a lavish gift.
— Paul Gabel, Fort Worth
Bad road decision
Congratulations to the Fort Worth City Council for reducing funding for urban village projects. The West Rosedale Street project is a prime example of the boondoggle that occurs when you attempt to convert a high-traffic major thoroughfare to a slow-paced neighborhood street by reducing lanes.
In the recent ice storm, the mixmaster was impassable for extended periods. Much of the traffic was diverted to Rosedale.
The loss of a lane contributed greatly to massive traffic jams. Needless to say, this severely restricted the ambulances, fire trucks and police vehicles that regularly use Rosedale.
The damage is already done at Rosedale. I predict that in a few years the city will be looking for funds to restore the street to three lanes each way.
Millions of dollars already have been squandered. It will take millions more to correct the mistake.
— Al Lock, Fort Worth
Dem’s ‘big tent’
For a political party that historically has prided itself being the “Party of the Big Tent,” it escapes me why Democratic Party leaders would turn away anyone like George Boll who wants to join us.
I wrote a letter last February advising George P. Bush that if he were real smart he would run as a Democrat.
Barring candidates who have voted in past Republican primaries from now entering the Democratic primary is reminiscent of George Wallace standing at the schoolhouse door and barring children because they were black.
As a lifelong Democrat hoping to elect Wendy Davis Governor, I say, like unto what the Macedonian said to the apostle Paul: “Come over into the Democratic Party and help us.”
— Don Woodard Sr., Fort Worth
Wanting Davis gone
A Harvard education conveys nothing in the way of superior knowledge or license to dictate to me or anyone else.
I will rejoice when voters condemn Wendy Davis to the “past-tense” obscurity she richly deserves. Perhaps then I can get a Senate District 10 person who represents me and my views, and will actually respond to me.
— Michael Sexton, Fort Worth
Proclamation on Bible
In reference to your Saturday article, “Mayor gets little flak over Bible declaration”: The mayor of Flower Mound is beholden to his constituency, not to outsiders wanting to pick a fight over a non-issue.
If the Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason decides to write the Star-Telegram because they object to the mayor’s proclamation, that’s fine. Why did the Star-Telegram waste almost four full columns of news reporting that fact?
All the article served to do was let people know that one person objected to what the mayor did — one person versus the folks of Flower Mound that elected the mayor. The majority used to set the agenda in the U.S.; but apparently not anymore.
To Mayor Tom Hayden I would say, “Press on with what you are doing and disregard the comments from the peanut gallery.”
— Stephen Purdy, Colleyville
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