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LETTERS: Final Four fix-up; not worth sacrifice; GOP remedial class

I think Fort Worth can do better before the “March Madness” big game gets here. Why can’t the city put a set of longhorns on each Molly the Trolley? Also, why are some of the buildings not taking part in outlining the edges with lights? Let’s get the Federal Building, W.T. Waggoner Building, the Star-Telegram and Oil and Gas buildings.

The Chamber of Commerce could recommend that to those owners, and for smaller buildings, they could outline just the roof line and some windows. If we could do that, and also finish lighting the trees all the way to Lancaster Avenue, it would tie the whole downtown together. That would bring the Intermodal Transportation Center, Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel, Fort Worth Convention Center and General Worth Square all into one large downtown area.

— Wendell W. Nelson, Fort Worth

Not worth sacrifice

After watching the severely wounded Army Ranger, Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, during the State of the Union address, and hearing of his wounds, surgeries and recovery, I am in awe and proud knowing we have soldiers like him, but saddened by the lifetime burdens he will bear.

After listening to the continuing shenanigans of Afghanistan’s seemingly psychotic President Karzai, which include blaming the U.S. military for doing its job, releasing terrorists from prison and refusing to sign an agreement for U.S. forces to remain post-2014, why do we continue to coddle him?

How many more service members will be lost while we politically stutter through the unwinnable war? Karzai’s belligerence and bellicose attitude toward the U.S. make us look like impotent fools.

It makes little difference if we withdraw our remaining troops in 2014 or 2020, Afghanistan will revert to its historic tribal infighting with little to show for our years of involvement.

It is not worth one more Cory Remsburg. Bring the troops home now. They have courageously done their mission. Our politicians cannot say the same.

— William S. Taylor, Colleyville

Street sense

I currently drive Forest Park Boulevard six days a week and have for more than five years. Some trips are during rush hour.

Before the street was re-striped, many drivers exceeded the speed limit, zigzagging their way through this four-lane thoroughfare. The single lane in each direction now creates an orderly flow inducing drivers to respect the 35 mph speed limit.

Previously, vehicles making left-hand turns from the inside thru lane contributed to traffic backup and congestion and risked being rear-ended. The new center lane for left-hand turns solves this problem.

At times during rush hour, there are some traffic backups at the Park Place and Mistletoe Avenue traffic light intersections. What is seldom mentioned is that this inconvenience, when it does happen, is intermittent and only for a few hours a day on weekdays. The boulevard is traveled 24/7.

The re-design/re-striping of the Forest Park Boulevard considers the overall use of the road, is appropriate to the neighborhood context and does not address only “a handful of people’s desires” as has been stated. Let’s keep it that way.

— Ray Guy, Fort Worth

GOP remedial class

Thanks to the Star-Telegram for letting us know that Republican politicians are going to remedial training. (see “GOP calls candidates in for training school,” Tuesday) They are being taught “what not to say and how not to say it.” Hmmm.

I appreciate political straight talk — regardless of how it appears. At least it is honest and truthful.

Now, we will need to parse Republican politicians’ language as carefully as George W. Bush’s “nugget of truth.”

— Robert J. Torres, Colleyville

Best restaurant?

I was amused by Tom Smusz’s sexist example of raising the minimum wage at two fast-food restaurants. (See: “All Points,” Monday) Restaurant “A” was owned by a selfish, profit-motivated “He” that didn't care about employee turnover. And “B” was owned by a socially aware “She” whose employees were priority No. 1 — no turnover.

He then asked, “Which restaurant would you want to go to?” My answer: “the one with the best food.”

— Bob Cosby, Fort Worth

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