Thank you for your wonderful tributes to Ken Bunting, an old friend of mine.
We met in the mid- 70s when he was a fledgling reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer and became close friends over our frequent tennis matches.
When Aimee and I married in 1977, he made the trip to Chicago to be my best man and even gave us his own plush orange couch since we had no furniture in our new apartment (remember it was the 70s).
What a kind heart.
Looking back at the wedding photos, we all had more hair then, but his spirit jumped off of the page.
You always knew that he was going to be someone who made a difference in this world.
Despite his untimely death, it gives me some comfort that Ken passed away doing something that he loved.
A well-played life, Ken.
Game, set and match goes to you.
— Paul and Aimee Skingle,
Who for the middle?
So Wendy Davis in the great tradition of Texas politicians, does not understand the term conflict of interest.
On the other hand, Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick are vying hard to prove which one of them is the most knee-jerk conservative (and I’ll bet they also have conflicts in the closet, too).
It’s just great that no matter who ends up winning in November, the great majority of Texans will not have a leader.
If Davis wins, the conservatives and the majority in the middle lose.
If Abbott and Patrick win, the liberals and the majority in the middle lose.
Who has the inclination and the guts to stand up and represent the middle?
— John B. Williams,
The recent editorial, “Dallas must take control at Love,” misses on several points.
Southwest agreed under the Wright Amendment and the Five Party Agreement to be limited to 16 of 20 gates at Love Field — to allocate more would violate that. The City approved the lease of two Love Field gates to American Airlines, giving American the right to sublease to “any party” and requiring the City to not “unreasonably withhold or delay” approval.
And in fact, American has subleased the gates twice before with straightforward approval from the city manager.
The editorial asserts that the Department of Justice should only have a say in the decision if the choices are “anti-competitive.”
What could be more “anti-competitive” than allowing a carrier that controls 90 percent of the traffic to further consolidate that monopoly?
The impact is already being felt: An August 2013 study by MIT researchers found that of airports in its size class, Love had the largest increase in average fares from 2007-2012 — a 37 percent jump.
The legal and consumer arguments are clear.
Comparing this to a different competitive dynamic by another company almost a decade ago is irrelevant — and ignores the plain fact that more competition is a good thing for the region’s travelers.
— David Cush,
President and CEO,
I am a product of the ’60s (peace, love, equality) and remain very socially liberal and certainly decry the sentiments expressed by Donald Sterling.
But I am appalled that what a man says in his own house can be used against him to such a degree (and shocked that there are women who would not only be a married man’s mistress, but secretly tape that man’s conversation and sell it to a sleazy tabloid, assuming that she was the culprit and not household help).
Although federal law and some state laws, including Texas’, only require that one party be aware of the taping, I believe that California is one of the states that still require both parties be aware and consent; otherwise, there are civil and criminal consequences.
Have I lived so long that Orwell’s 1984 has come to pass, and the Thought Police are in action?
— Gay Merton,
Black and white
As long as we are on the topic of racism, here is another really dumb thing that Americans say and think:
If you are part, let’s say, Irish and German, you say something like, “I am half-and-half, Irish and German.”
If you are part Anglo and part black, people say you’re black.
For example, President Obama is not black. President Obama is part Anglo and part Kenyan.
Furthermore, Capt. Marshall Allen (”A true FW Fire Department hero retires,” Bob Ray Sanders, Wednesday) is not black. He is part black, part Anglo.
I wish we could use our brains a little more when and if we wish to describe someone’s heritage and ethnicity.
— Janet Crowell,
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