Lee Koch’s assessment of the impact that the arts has on all segments of society is on target. (See: “Columnist missed mark on arts donations,” Jan. 9) The benefits accrued from supporting the arts go beyond an appreciation of an outstanding performance or work of art.
Support for organizations such as the Arts Council Northeast, (www.artscouncilnortheast.org) not only allows them to provide free, outstanding artistic programs to the public but offers classes and training that encourages creativity that helps build confidence and self-esteem. In addition, it is well documented that arts and culture have a positive and profound effect on economic development while at the same time strengthening the community fabric.
A former secretary of labor’s article slamming the tax status for donations to the arts prompted this dialogue and clearly demonstrates a lack of appreciation on the part of some influential decision makers on the social value and economic impact directly related to a vibrant and healthy artistic community.
The arts have a positive impact on jobs and quality of life. You only need to reflect on what has taken place in the Metroplex. More support for the arts is needed.
— Ray Champney, Bedford
Right to life
I am offended by people who stand outside a medical facility to interfere in someone else’s business while proclaiming a “right to life.” If, indeed, you are a believer in “right to life”, then go and adopt a special needs child.
Also I thought you so-called conservatives were for less government and critical of social services.
— Nat Fralia, Fort Worth
I was amused by the “Cowboys season review” article by several of the Star-Telegram sports writers Jan. 5, that gave actual grades to each of the areas of the football team, and “5 ways to improve.”
How can people who sit behind a desk, collecting data on games feel that that collecting data can turn them in to experts? Jason Garrett who grew up in a football family, and has spent his entire life studying football, must understand the game better than a desk person.
Years ago while flying as a pilot on a major airline, passengers gave us credit for being a great pilot based on runway touchdown, and then criticized us for learning to fly at Sears when we landed at Laguardia in New York, on a short slippery runway with everything virtually perfect, ending with a hard landing that was definitely needed to get the wheels spinning to provide braking instead of hydroplaning. They judge every flight by the runway touchdown.
I see the sports writers doing the same thing, basing the game on the touchdown. If they were held to the same standards as they hold players and coaches, there would be no sports section of this paper.
— Gerald Grieser, Hurst
It would be an important service to your ordinary readers and to the principle of economic morality if the Star-Telegram would give prominent coverage to the payday loan industry.
— Charles Alexander, Benbrook
Davis on teachers
So Wendy Davis wants more teachers and more pay for them. (See: “Davis calls for putting more teachers in classroom,” Friday) Who would disagree? Certainly not me.
But guaranteeing entrance to college for the top 20 percent (promising to be a teacher) is absurd. Some people are not meant to be teachers. Many change their minds half-way through college.
So when they graduate, they are guaranteed a job. Which school districts have to hire them? All of them? What if a district has all the teachers they need? And what other noble profession guarantees a job after graduation?
One political party supports ideas that appeal to the masses. It’s popular, after all. But when the law actually passes, they don’t have the means to back it up with dollars. Sound familiar?
— Kelly Sprowls, Alvarado
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