I’m watching the coverage for the brave healthcare worker who contracted Ebola.
Judge Clay Jenkins reminds me of the character Kevin Bacon played in Animal House, screaming, “All is well, keep calm.”
Also, I didn’t hear an apology from the Duncan family and/or Jesse Jackson for the irresponsible, selfish actions of Duncan, who is directly responsible for this new case.
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To me, the Duncan family needs to be a bit more humble, thanking the best healthcare system and workers in the world instead of their continuous complaints and photo-ops with the good reverend.
— David Shawen, Arlington
One can only hope
What has happened to us? Our forebears faced down real problems like the Great Depression and the rise of fascism with more aplomb and true grit than we are now able to muster — with hyperventilating cable news and the Internet besieging us with one pseudo-hysteria after another.
Ebola? The annual flu season will kill many more of us than Ebola will.
Islamic State operatives sneaking across the Rio Grande endangering our very way of life?
Your time would be much better spent worrying about real dangers to our way of life embodied in various privatization schemes and lack of public investment in infrastructure and education.
Wake up, America, we’re being played!
In truth, we’re living in an incredible time: The deficit is down, unemployment is dropping and, given the non-issue that gay marriage has become, we are more accepting and open-minded than people a generation ago would’ve dreamed possible.
My advice: Take an extended holiday from cable news bloviators and doomsayers. Maybe the truly daring will even get out and have an actual, not digital, conversation with a fellow human being.
One can only hope.
— Ken Wheatcroft-Pardue, Fort Worth
Religion and marriage
In contrast to the current divisiveness regarding the issue of non-traditional marriage, anyone who is legally entitled to perform such ceremonies should not be legally obligated to perform such ceremonies if that person deems the couple unsuitable or incompatible or otherwise objects to the wedding.
Those who are in favor of non-traditional marriage should proceed at their discretion.
For those officiants who object on religious grounds, their constitutional right to the freedom of religion should trump the desire of folks seeking non-traditional weddings.
— Nancy E. Hood & Charles V. Smith, Jr., Grand Prairie
Whose trust is broken?
Let’s talk numbers.
According to the city’s Neighborhood Office, 4,200 notices were sent out regarding the TCU overlay.
Multifamily investors unhappy with the city’s plan represent 300 of these notices. Let’s say that 900 commercial entities are represented. That leaves an estimated 3,000 single-family residences.
Now let’s use a very conservative estimate of $180,000 for the average property value of these residences. That’s a collective value of $540 million. Why does the will of 3,000 residents with more than half a billion dollars in property value matter less than that of 300 investors?
Moreover, why is the TCU overlay area designated as a Neighborhood Empowerment Zone (NEZ)? Readers can find criteria and locations of other NEZs on the city website. The TCU overlay area is certainly not my idea of the best location for investing hard-earned tax dollars.
The multifamily investors complain that the city has broken their trust. What about the trust of 3,000 residents who count on the city to maintain the quality of life in our neighborhoods?
— Cynthia Q. Boyd, Fort Worth
Questions on cameras
Did I miss something?
Are the red light cameras not working right? Are they not paid for?
Why are we discussing doing away with them? Is it because people don’t want to pay their fines? How about facing up to our responsibilities?
If Arlington is losing revenue due to non-payment of fines, why not do something to change that instead of just trashing what was evidently a good idea when the plan was adopted?
It has been suggested that we don’t issue license renewals or inspection stickers. I say go for it!
By the way, I have received and paid for a citation by one of the cameras. I was in the wrong.
— Patsy Bailey, Arlington
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