Justice for judge
Deanna Boyd’s story, “Hearings should have been open, court rules” on Aug. 13 was a welcome and informative take on the judicial system that often obfuscates its purpose by not disseminating information to the media and public regarding juvenile suspects, unique circumstances notwithstanding.
Thanks to Star-Telegram Executive Editor Jim Witt and other media groups for their tenacity and perseverance to bring evidence to Fort Worth’s 2nd Court of Appeals that reversed the arbitrary closures that Judge Jean Boyd had implemented in her court.
Perchance the Texas Family Code Proceedings need to be re-evaluated and changed to reflect the 2nd Court Of Appeals’ decision if they have exclusive authority to do so beyond these two cases litigated against Judge Boyd.
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The court found that the judge abused her discretionary powers, and their opinion and ruling should be applicable to other juvenile judges, too.
— Sharon Barrow, Fort Worth
Good news for Tiger
Despite the absolute pathetic performances by Tiger Woods over the past four tournaments (two missed cuts and a withdrawal), Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson is considering Tiger for the team. He says it all depends on what Tiger says about his game, not how he’s played or will play.
Actually, that is good logic from Watson. If it was based on how he is playing and his history in the Ryder Cup, Tiger wouldn’t be in the discussion.
In effect, Watson is saying that if Tiger feels good about playing, he’s in. It seems the captain has forgotten that Tiger has proclaimed himself pain-free and having wonderful practice sessions before the last three tournaments. His best finish was 52nd at the British Open.
When you cut through Watson’s comment that “he would be a real asset to the team,” it really comes down to this: TV ratings.
If the network money boys want him on the team, Tom doesn’t have a vote.
— Frank Matthews, Fort Worth
Ansel Adams is the master we black-and-white photographers look up to. With his eye and his skill, especially in the darkroom, he made many people love photographs. We owe him much.
The May Star-Telegram article about the Adams exhibit (see: “Unmistakably Adams: An American master’s photographs of nature sing with detail and intense emotion”) was over the top in mentioning photographers taking “their own, poor facsimile” of Half Dome.
Before digital, many photographers did their own darkroom work and could make excellent prints. We have our own prints of Half Dome, and they are not poor facsimiles.
I was so disappointed. Prints in this exhibit are poor examples of Adams’ work compared to those I have seen before.
The snap of excellence just isn’t present. Given the hype about Moon and Half Dome, most people probably expected to see a copy of it in Arlington.
Strangely, it wasn’t there!
Nevertheless, those who don’t know his work so well may have loved the exhibit.
— Jim McMillen, Coppell
Life’s lessons learned
The Aug. 11 editorial, “School board can’t make it better” states that the FWISD board’s decision to pay for unauthorized work by students “taught…a devastatingly harmful lesson.”
That lesson? “When life hands you a raw deal…don’t worry. You won’t suffer long. The people who control the public purse strings will jump in and make it better.”
It’s not the first time they’ve heard that.
Many Democrat politicians use that very message as their central campaign promise in every election.
From president to dogcatcher, as Bud Kennedy might say.
And the extortion aspect isn’t new, either. Just ask Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton.
— Michael Sexton, Fort Worth
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