Tablet Opinion

Letters: Calling out NFL; Leave Russia alone; Venezuelan crisis

I would like to inform lobbyist Jack Burkman that my son in a locker room with a gay teammate is not horrifying to me.

What is horrifying are grown men sexually assaulting women, drinking and driving and verbally abusing their teammates while keeping their high-dollar jobs.

Morals and values in the NFL have been in question for some time now, and I do not need Congress or a PR-craving lobbyist to intervene for me.

While homosexuality is currently a hot topic, I would suggest lobbyists spend time and money on other issues. If the NFL chooses to ban athletes, start with those who are committing actual crimes.

— Mary Luke, Fort Worth

Leave Russia alone

Whatever excuses are floated there is no sufficient reason to justify the United States of America meddling in Russia’s internal affairs.

In the early and mid 1940’s I became concerned we might not have been able to get an unconditional surrender from Nazi Germany without Russia’s help. Maybe not at all, and maybe Americans would be speaking German and Japanese now. In the future I always wanted Russia on my side.

Now in 2014, if push came to shove, there is no question who would use atomic weapons first. The U.S.A. has already done it twice.

— Joe Hays, Fort Worth

Venezuelan crisis

As a Venezuelan, I would like to comment on the “Venezuelan students keep protesting during holidays” article on March 1.

From the article it sounded like the ones affected by the current political crisis in Venezuela are the well-off. This is not true. Every Venezuelan has been affected by it.

Students have been killed or incarcerated for peacefully protesting for a better future. People in the slums are also affected. However, as much as the government would like to think that they are happy because of free rides they get in exchange for their support, there are many who share the same discontent as the middle class.

The main reason they don’t show any type of support for the protests is because they would have to face the “colectivos,” or the government’s armed criminals who through intimidation keep the slums quiet. Of course, there are the die-hard supporters of the government who because of the free rides keep defending it. Like the interviewed homemaker who said “…you have to work to survive.”

How can someone living in the slums get away being a homemaker? Venezuela needs the international community’s help. Doing a more objective news report, would be appreciated.

— Yipsi Flores de Schulz,

Fort Worth

Character counts

What disappoints me and turns me off the most about election time is that many office seekers and their supportersassume we voters thrive on all the backbiting, name calling and just downright nasty dirty campaigning.

The candidates and their supporters want us all to believe that they are all good God-fearing Christians, but they just can’t seem to manage to stay that way during election time.

Character is very important, but nobody’s perfect and character assassination has no place in politics. And what does engaging in that kind of negative mudslinging say about the character of those who want to lead us and those who support him/her who would engage in that kind of lowbrow campaigning ?

— Tom Clayton,


Living wage redux

Rita Cotterly’s letter “Living Wage” on Feb. 27 certainly gives all of us something to think about.

I believe the next-to-last paragraph “Another Solution” really sums it up. A recent publication stated that most CEO’s now earn 40 times more than the lowest-paid employee. If companies would reduce corporate profits, executive compensation and reduce shareholder returns, they could probably pay all employees a “living wage.”

That’s not going to happen. It’s all about greed and profits and to heck with the hourly worker trying his/her best to make a living.

— Shirley Wiley,

White Settlement


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