As a homicide investigator in Fort Worth, I worked closely with Sharen Wilson on a number of cases during her time as a highly respected prosecutor.
She was, by far, the best prosecutor I ever worked with. While she had a reputation as a tough, hard-nosed prosecutor, and later judge, she believed in playing by the rules at all times.
I am confident the people of Tarrant County will not see any ethical scandals emerge from her office. The people of Tarrant County deserve a tough, fair, ethical district attorney. That person is Sharen Wilson.
— Paul Kratz, Willow Park
Blue Zone blues
A lot of citizens are wondering what the Blue Zones Project was thinking when it choose Julie Wilson, former Chesapeake Energy vice president, as lead on this project. (See: “Blue Zones Project aims at city’s health,” Tuesday)
Many people feel that Wilson was the face of Chesapeake as it industrialized our city with gas drilling, professing it was totally safe and healthy to do. I and many others now find that not so.
From 2006 to the end of 2010 asthma in children went from less than 5 percent to almost 25 percent — the years during the drilling boon rush throughout the city. Coincidence? I think not. Now the queen of gas drilling public relations is hired to get citizens aboard healthy living, eating and exercise.
Maybe Blue Zones Project, Texas Health Resources and Healthways of Tennessee need to hear that Wilson brings the baggage of her lack of credibility in the eyes of scores of citizens. Blue Zones Project sounds like a good thing, but Fort Worth first needs to address the pollution that gas industry emissions fume into our neighborhoods before we educate on healthy restaurant food.
— Gary Hogan, Fort Worth
As a former educator, I have wondered when the State Board of Education would realize what causes the controversy over what is included in textbooks for the Texas schools. (See: “Better rules for textbook review,” Thursday)
No one person on the review board should ever have the power to include or exclude what is contained in a textbook. It was gratifying to see that this problem has been considered and addressed. Thank you, board, for tackling a thorny problem.
Education includes all possible theories without prejudice for one over another, and history books should include all historical facts. It is left up to good teachers to guide the students toward critical thinking with the goal of helping them to become future leaders who can solve the world’s problems. It is true that history repeats itself for those who don’t pay attention.
— Shirley Hatch, Granbury
The reason behind the spate of shootings is very simple and clear. Americans think they can solve their problems with guns.
— Jerry Gooch, Springtown
Cost of healthcare
We worked hard all our lives before retiring. Like many senior citizens, we don’t have money to spare for higher health insurance premiums and co-pays. That is why we have to ask our members for Congress to avoid taking any more funds from Medicare Advantage.
Billions of dollars were already cut from Medicare Advantage when the healthcare reform passed, and it would be unfair if further cuts were proposed. Many of our friends would be hurt by more cuts to the program. Any budgetary cuts should come from other areas since our health and safety are non-negotiable.
We cannot continue to support ourselves with the growing cost of healthcare. As diabetics who rely on many medications, it’s not hard to imagine how much it costs. We are facing tough choices such as which medications to buy.
Further cuts to Medicare Advantage would negatively affect the health of many seniors. If these types of programs are constantly on the chopping block, it will only add more stress during our most vulnerable years. Urge Congress to protect funding form Medicare Advantage.
— Frank and Santos Burcie,
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