I am a straight white woman. I am not a fan of football. I also have never been a fan of Dale Hansen. However, his recent comments regarding Michael Sam’s admission that he is gay has completely changed my perception of him.
He absolutely hit the nail on the head with his comments. I am so impressed with his courage to speak up in this homophobic arena we are living in. Hooray for you, Dale Hansen!
I am still not a fan of football, but I am sure a fan of yours!
— Barbara Johnson, Hurst
A sinking ship
When will the Congress of United States of America learn?
Raising the debt ceiling is like scampering to the stern of the Titanic when it is sinking. At some point in time this country has to face the facts. Something has to give. Printing or borrowing money is a fool’s errand. Approaching $17 trillion in debt is an inexcusable lapse in common and economic sense.
Anybody with a sky-high balance on their credit cards knows that they must either pay it off, or go bankrupt. At the very least, they must stop spending by this means until some cuts in their way of living are made, however painless that is.
— Bill Hodges, Colleyville
Sergio DeLeon was an excellent constable in Precinct 5 for 12 years. He has continued his exemplary representation of the people of that precinct by serving as justice of the peace for the past two years.
He is fair and impartial in his rulings, and is passionately committed to the youth of this city. He deserves to be re-elected. Please join me in voting for Justice of the Peace DeLeon on Tuesday, March 4.
— Steve Maxwell,
Patterson is proven
As a Texas voter over these many decades, I rarely see a politician who actually gets done the things he has promised the electorate. Fortunately, we do have one candidate in the current race for lieutenant governor who has such a record. Jerry Patterson fought for Second Amendment rights for decades and was finally able to author and pass Texas’ right-to-carry law.
In just the past year, as head of the Texas Land Commission overseeing the Alamo, Patterson fought to successfully return the famous “Victory or Death” letter by William Barret Travis to the Alamo for the first time since it left there 177 years earlier. Patterson strengthened the Permanent School Fund by $22 billion (landmark earnings) and increased veterans benefits without taxpayer subsidy.
I cannot wait to see the things he will get accomplished as lieutenant governor of Texas, such as permanently shutting down the border — not just talking about it — something that could and should have been done years ago.
— Richard Range,
GOP and immigration
I am a Republican precinct chair and, as such, support the conservative view of candidates. My conservative views go back to the era of John F. Kennedy when I was a new mom.
As regards immigration, these 11 million immigrants are already here and seemingly integrated into our society and culture, so leave them along and let them start being a part of country. It is hard to understand why the Republicans have taken ownership of the illegal immigrant’s situation. It is the country’s issue, not Texas’ alone nor the Republicans’ alone.
The main focus should be on securing the border. If Fort Worth is a “sanctuary city,” then so be it. But if resources are used on border security, it makes more sense to keep the ones who are here but limit the border crossing. Take care of the ones who are here now, or at least leave them alone.
— Wilma Helm,
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