While much has rightly been made about the public service of the late Bob Bolen, less has been said about the kind of person he was.
My family got the chance to know Bob personally when our children attended school with his grandchildren. Whether it was attending football games or chaperoning kids on weekends, what I found was a graceful and giving man. Through those interactions, I learned the secret to Bob’s success: He was loved by the people because he loved people.
Our city today still benefits from his leadership as mayor. But we would all do well to remember the personal character of this great man. He was great because he was good. We should honor Bob by imitating him when dealing with others.
We will never forget Mayor Bob; and we will always have his legacy with us.
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— David Cox, Fort Worth
I was glad your Jan. 2 editorial on growth included acknowledgment that increases in population place stresses on our society and that, at the very least, our elected officials need to plan accordingly. However, I am concerned that your list of challenges and the examples of forward thinking are far too short to be effective. (See: “Texas’ rapid growth is good, but …”)
To the list of challenges presented by rapid population growth we must include: access to clean water, increased demand for limited health care resources and increasingly poor air quality.
While it is true that there have been some local attempts to accommodate the anticipated growth, there have been almost no serious attempts by our state leaders. In fact, many of their actions will increase the negative impacts of anticipated growth.
I appreciate the optimistic tone of the editorial. However, I think your readers would be better served by reality. If we continue to cheer for increases in population without taking the actions required to mitigate the negative effects, the people of Texas will, as you said, end up living in a place that will be a lot less desirable than it was when they got here.
— Keith K. Annis, executive
director, Population Media Center, Texas Chapter,
Shelve the Bible
Mayor Tom Hayden of Flower Mound has declared this the year of the Bible.
Hopefully people will learn from reading their Bible that it’s OK to beat their slaves but don’t actually kill them (Exodus 21:20-21). Also women should not teach men, or have authority over them (1 Timothy 2:12). Divorce and lusting after women are sins, (Luke 16:18 & Matthew 5:28), but genocide is a good thing (1 Samuel 15:3).
After a few weeks of this, hopefully they will remember why they quit reading their Bible, and put it back on the shelf to gather dust where it belongs.
— Tom Glenn, Fort Worth
Stand up for Jesus!
We now seem to be living in a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons have set the standards of right and wrong, moral or immoral. And anyone who refuses them service or opportunity is criticized and declared “against gays”!
It seems no one else can have standards except them. It’s their way or the highway!
I encourage the Boy Scouts and other organizations with Christian values and standards to remain strong in the face of such criticism and threats.
After all, Jesus faced the same criticism and threats, and he mumbled not a word.
Just because someone has different values than the one who feels rejected, that doesn’t mean compassion and tolerance is lacking. It just means that we disagree as to whose values we stand on.
Do we not have the right to our standards and our values?
Money doesn’t always “talk,” Lockheed Martin. I say, “Keep your money if we have to change our values to meet yours.”
Stand strong, Scouts! Stand up for Jesus!
— Marjoire Sutton, Arlington
Streets, not yachts
Regarding the Dec. 16 article, “Arlington plan puts yacht club in peril”: As a resident of north Arlington off Brown Boulevard, I would suggest that instead of using taxpayer money to enhance a program that may not benefit everyone, the money should be used instead to repair the streets.
Brown has been deteriorating rapidly, yet there has been extensive work on Abram Street, Collins Street (twice) and Lamar Boulevard (current).
Nothing has been done to Brown since we moved here in 1994.
While it is nice to have a new lake facility with all the bells and whistles, it is nicer still to have better streets for the entire population to use.
— Sharon Moore, Arlington
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