Clarity on crime district
Lynn Gray Breaux’s letter (April 24) commented on the “amazing morphology” of the Crime Control and Prevention District going from crime-fighting equipment to after-school programs.
He states, “If Chuck Silcox were alive today, this would do him in.”
The after-school program was added to the Crime Control and Prevention District before the renewal election of 2005.
Breaux knows it is not solely a control district but also covers prevention. The Fort Worth project has been rigorously evaluated and shown to be effective.
When the CCPD was up for renewal in 2005, Council Member Chuck Silcox was named to lead the election effort.
I worked closely with Silcox. He was aware of the After School Program and did not vote against it being in the budget.
Record numbers approved the renewal. It did not “do him in.”
— David E. Garrett, Bedford,
Fort Worth Police Planning Manager, Retired
Fort Worth founder
The Ripley Arnold article in the Star-Telegram was pretty good. Certainly if a Fort Worth historical figure deserves more recognition, it should be Arnold.
However, placing his memorial in the park at the far end of North Taylor Street on the banks of the West Fork seems rather inappropriate. It’s 100 feet lower than the original fort site on the bluff.
Also, Arnold specifically sited the fort high on the bluff to avoid the unhealthy bogs along the river in order to keep his troops healthy. The dampness, mud and mosquitoes were definitely something to be avoided.
Ironically, in the fifth paragraph there is a description of a soldier seeing Ripley Arnold standing on the bluff and gazing toward the northern horizon.
Brevet Maj. Arnold certainly isn’t going to see much horizon from this new location.
Wouldn’t it have been much more appropriate to clean the debris from the shamefully neglected Upper Heritage Park area, replacing it with a simple overlook and walking trails?
Including a prominent place for Ripley Arnold to stand looking at the northern horizon and “listening to the footsteps of the oncoming thousands” as they enjoy Fort Worth.
— Pete Charlton, Fort Worth
Freedom from arms
Several years ago, my family and I drove down to Ensenada, Mexico, for a brief vacation.
One day, we were walking when a truck pulled up and out jumped a bunch of screaming guys with military weapons.
They might have been soldiers, but that sure wasn’t obvious, and it was really scary.
Now I flip forward to a picture I saw the other day.
There, standing in front of Arlington City Hall, were a bunch of folks toting rifles and shotguns.
I absolutely cherish and would defend my right to keep and bear arms.
I have guns in my home. I use them for hunting and home protection, but I can’t imagine flaunting them around in public.
I feel that philosophically I could not enjoy the wonders that God has given or take those wonders in if my mind were distracted by the presence of a pistol on my hip or a rifle over my shoulder.
The freedom I hold dear is the freedom to go about in public without seeing guns everywhere.
— Jim Kasson, Arlington
Water and oil
With Monty Bennett so fiercely resisting a pipeline across his ranchland (”Dallas businessman keeps up fight against Tarrant Regional Water District,” April 27), does he support the opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline who also don’t want a pipeline running across their land?
Monty needs to put his money where his mouth is and spend some of his millions to aid those landowners in their fight against the Keystone pipeline.
At least if the Tarrant Regional Water District pipeline breaks, all that spills onto his land is water.
If the Keystone pipeline springs a leak, those landowners will be dealing with the tar sand oil contaminating their land and the aquifers under it.
Where does Bennett stand on the Keystone pipeline and the rights of those property owners?
— Pamela F. Campbell,
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