I’m very sad at the passing of former Mayor Bob Bolen. I had a chance to meet him several times. One occasion was when some of my students had the pleasure of interviewing him and Mayors Mike Moncrief and Kenneth Barr together.
He and the other mayors were willing to spend several hours with my students. Mayor Bolen exchanged stories of how Fort Worth blossomed under his administration, but he also gave great credit to his predecessors and successors. It was interesting to see how these three mayors conversed and got along with each other so well.
One of the last times I had a chance to speak with him, he praised Mayor Betsy Price for her leadership and experience, and he was proud of former Mayor Kay Granger and her congressional leadership.
Fort Worth has lost a great mayor, and the city should be proud of its great mayoral lineage.
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— Allan Saxe, Arlington
A tough choice
The case of the pregnant woman on life support is truly tragic. The decision as to what to do should be left to her husband, family and the doctor. It should not be made by a bunch of right-wing Republican politicians in Austin.
I thought the Republicans were for less government and more personal freedom and responsibility. Obviously not.
— Herman I. Morris,
Save the rhino
The Dallas Safari Club on Saturday, as part of its convention activities in Dallas, will be auctioning a permit to kill an endangered black rhinoceros and declaring it a “heroic conservation” effort.
The club and its supporters are attempting to deceive the public into believing this hunt is not the slaughter of a member of a rare species of rhino, but an effort in conservation.
The club’s actions and rhetoric dare to make palatable what most would deem unjustifiable — killing an animal facing extinction.
Several groups will be on hand in a peaceful protest. This will include members of Black Rhino Rescue Project, Abolish Trophy Hunting Group and One Generation (OMG).
A documentary crew will also be on hand to cover the continued efforts of One Generation and would like to speak to the winner of the action to find out why they want to kill an endangered animal.
— Nancy Daniels,
Abolish Trophy Hunting,
Pope no Democrat
The letter in Monday’s “All Points” comparing Pope Francis to the Democrats, concerning helping the poor by the distribution of wealth, has it all wrong.
Pope Francis urges us to share our wealth.
The Democrats want to do that for us.
— Marlene Harris,
Not a conservative
Until now, I knew little about Konni Burton and her goals as a candidate for Texas State Senate, District 10.
However, having received a political postcard from her recently, I can see how she lacks any genuine depth or understanding of the critical issues.
Using typical marketing verbiage and catch phrases, Burton is nothing more than another empty shell and political opportunist, running her campaign based on input from pollsters and other self-serving political insiders.
Just like state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, who is running for re-election in District 92 and claiming to represent the Tea Party, it sounds like Burton is running mainly for herself and lacks any conviction or desire to genuinely serve the public interest.
If Burton follows the same empty track record of Stickland, we will be stuck with another phony conservative who talks a good game but ends up ignoring basic issues while increasing our taxes and government service fees.
— David Franklin,
Military sex crimes
With all due respect to Richard M. Holbrook, I would like to suggest he educate himself on the realities of Military Sexual Trauma (or MST).
It is not just a men-on-women crime, but also men-on-men (no, these are not acts by homosexuals) as well as women-on-men and women-on-women. (See: “Sexual assault in the armed forces,” Dec. 19)
So his premise is incorrect and has no merit.
I suggest he educate himself before making any more comments about MST, which has been going on “in secret” for many, many years.
Now is the time to say “no more” and to work toward shining light on MST to hopefully eliminate it.
— Susan B. Avery,
retired MST coordinator,
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