Letters on columnists

Greene on government, media

As a Baptist, I am often embarrassed by the message some of my fellow Baptists convey, and I’m disappointed in Richard Greene’s take on how the media lets Democrats off the hook when it comes to their bringing religion into the political arena.

When the Baptist head of the Northeast Tarrant County Tea Party says she supports a Baptist judge over a Methodist one because Methodists have an “anything goes” mentality, this is religious bigotry at its worst. Terse, crass comments once reserved for non-Christians are now directed at fellow Christians.

How can we compare this nonsense to someone delivering a prayer at a Democratic function, or Obama’s making reference to organized supporters of his healthcare plan doing “God’s work?” These are the examples Greene cites.

There is a religious faction today that seems to promote the Old Testament way of doing things; harsh words and in-your-face declarations vs. the “actions speak louder than words” teachings of Christ in the New Testament. How many converts can be won over by in-your-face confrontations or hurling insults?

The same holds true when trying to garner political converts.

— John T. Johnson III, Arlington

Greene’s diatribe about “an ever-growing government” is richly ironic from a man who, while mayor of Arlington, used local tax increases and eminent domain to clear the way for a new Texas Rangers ballpark. This worked so well that the same scenario was used to build Cowboys Stadium. Apparently the use of government power is fine when it applies to one’s own pet projects.

— Larry Story, Fort Worth

Misstating candidate

Bud Kennedy should be ashamed. In his Feb. 23 column he accused Jonathan Stickland of “calling public school spending ‘wealth redistribution’ ” in a deliberate attempt to paint Jonathan as being anti-education. Had Kennedy paid attention, he would know that what Jonathan said was that the current Robin Hood form of education funding is wealth redistribution, which it clearly is when you take money from one school district and give it to another.

— John Griggs, Southlake

Black history month

As usual, Bob Ray Sanders always has a commentary that’s informative and well researched for authenticity. His “Black History Month: Embrace it, don’t resent it” article brings to light the real reason February was the month of choice to commemorate the significance of two dates, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Feb.12, and that of Frederick Douglas, Feb.14.

Isn’t it ironic that the original “Negro History Week,” which later evolved into Black History Month, recognized and commemorated both a black and a white man?

As is said, “History is written by the victors,” but there are times when it needs to be revamped to reflect the whole truth and nothing but the truth and taught in our schools and universities with the corrections.

— Darlene Rogers, Fort Worth

Allen on women

Suggesting “women must assume the responsibility to look out for each other” sounds like an example of the concept of “it takes a village . . .”

Hillary Clinton wrote a book with that in its title.

Critics claimed it was the ultimate example of how liberals have no belief in the concept of personal responsibility.

Perhaps the possibility exists we could agree a responsible individual in a civilized society has some obligation to be concerned about the well being of his or her neighbor.

But then again I’m a Methodist and this is probably just another example of “anything goes.”

— Susan Spencer, Roanoke

I am perplexed about Cynthia Allen’s role as an editorial writer for the Star-Telegram.

I had hoped she might provide some needed female perspectives to the male-dominated editorial views. But her bizarre article of Feb. 7 (“The real war on women”) dashed that hope.

I await her “conservative feminist” Republican explanation of Greg Abbott’s use of Ted Nugent, with his infamous views about women and young girls, in the Republican campaign for governor.

— Bryan Douglas Harman,

Fort Worth