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Letters: What makes sense for schools; return to our roots; blame to go around

What makes sense

Site-based principals, teachers and parents are in the best position to determine how the Fort Worth school district bond money should be spent to improve buildings and facilities.

As one who voted for this bond, I have no problem with common-sense reallocations.

Artificial-turf practice fields at high schools would have the greatest positive impact on the greatest number of students. That is why those fields have already been installed by well-funded booster clubs at Paschal and Arlington Heights.

These fields can be used not only by the football program, but also for soccer and marching band.

The public needs to understand the challenges of maintaining natural-turf fields in drought-plagued Texas, much of which is done by the coaches themselves. Dry, rutted fields are dangerous.

Varsity games are played on artificial turf. We need parity in campus facilities for athletes and musicians.

Interim Superintendent Pat Linares contends that bond money should be spent on fieldhouse facilities and showers for girls.

Ask coaches how many students actually shower at school after practice. Then do what makes sense.

That’s the stewardship that the community expects.

— Beth Llewellyn McLaughlin, Fort Worth

Return to our roots

Reader Sharon Austry believes President Obama should take more executive actions to unilaterally implement changes she would support (“More orders needed,” Thursday.)

This is not the system of government we have in the U.S. We are a republic, not a dictatorship.

Executive orders exist so as to give the president latitude in manners needing attention when Congress is not “around.”

They do not exist for making laws to usurp the role of the Congress.

I’m quite sure she would be critical of a Republican president who on day one by executive action deported all immigrants here illegally, secured the U.S. borders, banned unions, banned same-sex marriages, banned abortion, banned the use of any other language except English in school or government, lifted all restrictions against the Second Amendment, repealed Obamacare and the like.

The president can’t simply take executive action just because he is tired of Congress not passing what he would like.

— Dr. Carl A. Piel Jr., Southlake

Blame to go around

Bob Ray Sanders indicted the media for the Ferguson mayhem (“The media deserve blame in Ferguson mayhem,” Wednesday).

While I don’t disagree that the media’s coverage of events, and more importantly its forecast, share blame for the rioting in Ferguson, there are other culprits who are more responsible.

First, individual lawbreakers bear the ultimate responsibility.

They were not protestors. They were criminals throwing rocks and bottles at police, firing weapons, destroying cars and burning businesses. Many were there to steal what they could under the guise of protest.

Second, irresponsible rabblerousers encouraged others to riot. These include Michael Brown’s stepfather and the ever-present Al Sharpton. “Talking heads” on TV come farther down the list.

Third, politicians failed at their job of leading and, in this case, protecting the property, livelihood and lives of those in Ferguson. These include the governor, who didn’t employ the National Guard; the U.S. Attorney General, who aggravated the situation a month in advance; and the president, who provided lukewarm condemnation of the rioters.

Without even taking a position on the guilt of Darren Wilson or Michael Brown, there are many ahead of the media when assessing blame for the tragedy in Ferguson.

Write about them.

— Ralph Reece, Mansfield

A welcome job

I find it very difficult to see how the Mansfield City Council needs to spend between $10,000 to $30,000 to find out where council member Wendy Burgess actually lives.

To help out the city budget, I will do the job for $8,000 and guarantee results within 10 days.

— Bob Cosby, Fort Worth

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