Tablet Opinion

Letters: Reverend owes students; political misperception; the price of beef

Tatum owes students

Oh no you don’t, Rev. Kyev Tatum.

Tatum should not attempt to make Fort Worth ISD pay ransom for his mistakes.

He has documentation as does the district that he was told “do not proceed” with his youth work program.

He should not lead families into placing blame and responsibility on the district.

He told them their kids would be paid $8.25 an hour. He knew it was not done with the district’s OK.

He owes these kids, not FWISD.

Stop using the “people of color” card.

— Mary Sue Blackwell,


Political misperception

A sign in a photo posted on Rep. Jonathan Stickland’s Facebook page read: “Democrat — Because It’s Easier Than Working.”

Let me educate Rep. Stickland about this Democrat:

I worked my way through community college.

I worked in my field until I found my calling to become an educator.

I worked hard to earn my undergrad with honors and my master’s.

I work even harder at home as a wife and mother of two young children.

I work every single day for the students I love.

I’m a hard-working Democrat.

Seems you haven’t worked hard enough to see there are working people who just happen to have opposing views.

— Gwenn Burud, Fort Worth

The price of beef

Beef and pork prices in Tarrant County are indeed increasing — whether it’s at Smokeys, Riscky’s or Railhead or TGI Friday’s or Whataburger — but when discussing this trend, it’s important to note the impact federal regulation has had on the increasing cost of food commodities. (See: “Short supply of beef and pork sends prices soaring” July 25)

Undeniably, environmental factors such as drought have worsened the issue, but for the last eight years, the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) ethanol mandate has consistently contributed to volatility in food and commodity prices by mandating an ever-growing amount of corn be used for fuel rather than food.

According to PwC, the mandate costs chain restaurants $3.2 billion a year, which is over $18,000 annually per restaurant. Because corn is the primary feed grain in animal agriculture and is the basis for America’s food supply, the RFS is raising costs for other food items, including chicken, beef, eggs, potatoes and others.

Though we can’t control factors such as drought, we can certainly control laws which regulate our nation’s economy.

It’s time for Congress to take the Renewable Fuel Standard off the menu by repealing this impractical and unworkable law.

— Robert J. Green,

Executive Director,

National Council of Chain

Restaurants, Washington, D.C.

Nearing anarachy?

First we have the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the ACA’s requirement to buy insurance is a tax, which even the administration denied.

Now we have a Washington federal court saying the legislation did not have to originate in the House as all tax bills are required to under the Constitution.

And we have an administration that makes its own law regarding implementation instead of what the statute says.

Question: When the common man losses faith in his government and courts, can anarchy be far behind?

— Tom Stamey, Fort Worth

Platform problem

William Brown of Arlington wrote in last Sunday’s letters that we need to make our voices heard to our elected representatives, urging them to do everything possible to stop the persecution of the Chaldean Catholics in Iraq.

Some folks who are concerned about the persecution of Christians are conservative Republicans, but Brown must be planning on voting Democrat this year, since the final party platform of the Texas Republican Party opposes all foreign aid “except in cases of national defense or catastrophic disasters.”

That’s saying, in effect — and among other ill effects — “so sad, too bad,” for oppressed minorities in foreign lands.

Brown would also have us contact the United Nations in that regard, but unless we want to pay more postage we had best do it soon, and even then we may not have much influence there if the Texas platform prevails, since the platform calls for the U.S. to resign from UN membership and expel the UN from U.S. soil.

You would think that the GOP would want to help persecuted Christians in foreign climes, but they say no.

Who would have guessed?

— David Greenlee,



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