I recently attended the rodeo for the first time in more than 50 years. I was stunned by many of the comments and skits. In a lengthy back and forth, one performer made fun of gay people. He said of a black competitor, “Just watch that boy.” (The boy was certainly a grown man.) The announcer said the real heroes of this country are those who take their children to church on Sunday.
Surely we in Fort Worth are not so far behind the rest of this country in common respect and courtesy. And surely we believe that being a good American does not depend on what religion you are. Many religions honor days other than Sunday, so it was obvious that his comment included only Christians. Indeed, you don't have to believe in any religion to be a moral, patriotic or heroic American.
— Barbara Estep, Hurst
I was a 15-year-old Grandview Future Farmers of America boy and showed a Hereford steer at the Fort Worth livestock show during the early 1950s. FFA and my showing experience served me well for a lifetime. I recall we had a Sunday event with breakfast and a Bible lesson at the Round Inn on the show grounds where the youth were welcomed by Fort Worth's business leaders.
The Star-Telegram article about the auction was excellent. (see: “Grand champion fetches $200,000 at auction,” Sunday) But I was especially touched by the story concerning the young man from Decatur.
Stock Show chairman, Ed Bass, scouted out the steer he wanted to buy. He picked a steer raised by Seth Byers of Decatur, who had “raised it from their own cow that showed in our junior heifer show years back,” Bass said.
I can relate to that young man. I never had a champion, but this account is another example of good, generous-hearted business leaders who buy the animals of youth at the Fort Worth show.
This retired man is still saying thanks for my good experience at the stock show 62 years ago.
— Joe Ross, Fort Worth
According to a recent article in the Star-Telegram, gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is in favor of open carry for those who possess a concealed handgun license. This is the same Wendy Davis who attempted to require background checks at all the gun shows in the city of Fort Worth while a member of the Fort Worth City Council. A natural politician - talks out of both sides of her mouth.
— Wayne Pricer, Edgecliff Village
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