When I used to see payday lending commercials on television, I thought nothing of them. Now that I know how these companies operate, they break my heart. Many who take out these loans find themselves trapped in cycles of debt struggling to repay them at 500 percent interest rates.
It’s unfortunate to read that Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office wrote a letter allowing the payday loaners to use a loophole meant for credit service organizations. These kinds of practices keep honest, hard-working Texans in debt — families that include veterans.
It disturbs me that anyone running for office would help such a harmful industry carry out its work.
— Linda Faye Weber, Fort Worth
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Mitch Mitchell’s Thursday story, “A door-to-door quest to save people’s lives,” about the proactive smoke detector efforts by the Fort Worth Fire Department is testament to the fact that the FWFD has talented management, staff and training.
We are lucky to have them.
— Randy Brown, Fort Worth
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is now championing support for a three-month extension of emergency longer-term unemployment benefits that had ended Dec. 28.
The Republicans are correct in their response to not vote for it. Who’s going to pay for this $6.5 billion expenditure? By capitulating to the Reid agenda, it will extend the disincentive for many to look for work.
Since those receiving unemployment benefits have the option to not accept employment at lesser pay than when employed, that in itself is problematic. The pay scale for some of these folks was higher because they worked many years at a company that gave raises periodically. These folks also got older and less physically able to perform some jobs, and age is a factor for some positions.
Hence, how can some folks expect to get the same wages as before? They can’t, so why has the government perpetuated the problem at taxpayers’ expense?
— Cynthia Sseketto, Fort Worth
Tarrant DA’s race
I support George Mackey for Tarrant County district attorney because he is a man of integrity, an attribute sorely missing in the public arena today. The fact that he is the most experienced and capable candidate in the race is icing on the cake.
George has experience in both prosecution and defense, which gives him intimate knowledge of courtroom proceedings. As the district attorney, I am confident that George will enhance the reputation of the office.
— Scott Royal, Fort Worth
Richard Green’s column on “Duck Dynasty” did a disservice to the state of Louisiana.
The show mischaracterizes Louisiana as a red-neck WASP state when only a portion of North Louisiana fits that description. Louisiana, overall, has stood out from its sister southern states as being more moderate and tolerant, yet the show and its actors, on and off screen, glorify the darker intolerant side of our society.
Greene’s statement that Monroe is the second oldest city in Louisiana is completely false — Natchitoches founded in 1714, followed by New Orleans in 1716 and Opelousas in 1720, are much older.
The Houston Chronicle was not referring to West Monroe as a “backwater,” but to the primitive parishes to the south along the Ouachita River and the people who live, hunt and fish there, and who migrated from Mississippi and Alabama.
I am very proud of Louisiana and its great French heritage and will be attending Natchitoches’ tri-centennial later this year as a direct descendant of its founder Louis Juchereau De St. Denis, a French military officer who came down the Mississippi River with Iberville and Bienville from French Canada in 1699, founded Natchitoches in 1714, and died there in 1744.
— Carl V. Flores,
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