Letters to the Editor

Musicians’ strike; ballpark seats; Trump taxes; traffic stops; creationism

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump AP

Musicians’ strike

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has four pillars: generous benefactors, loyal patrons, talented musicians and dedicated management.

Like the pillars that support a grand temple, all four are crucial to the success of our orchestra.

The executive committee for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association is committed to the long-term viability and sustainability of a first-class orchestra.

Yet funding of nonprofits (especially those in the arts) seems more challenging than ever.

We’ve been transparent with the musicians’ union and bargained in good faith for over a year.

It’s regrettable that they initiated a strike that has caused the cancellation of concerts.

The musicians are exceptional artists and deserve every dollar and every benefit the organization can afford.

At the same time, the orchestra absolutely must be managed in a fiscally prudent manner.

When the musicians want to once again pillar the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, we’ll gladly continue discussions.

Working together, we can prudently grow this orchestra.

Mark G. Nurdin, chairman of the executive committee, Fort Worth Symphony

Orchestra Association

Ballpark seats

I love the Rangers. I love that they are in Arlington. I love the present Arlington ballpark.

Why would the Rangers build a new ballpark at such a high cost with all the bells and whistles including a retractable roof with fewer seats?

If we truly love the Rangers and want them to stay in Arlington, wouldn’t we want the Rangers to have as many fans in the seats as we can for significant games or even all the games?

Going from 51,000-plus standing-room only to “approximately 32-33,000” seats is ridiculous when they are asking so much money from our community.

While I realize the other venues being built in the future might offer options for watching the games, I want to be in the ballpark in a seat.

Jan Havins,


Trump taxes

So Donald Trump lost over $915 million in 1995? In New York City real estate deals, that type of figure is to be expected.

And if he didn’t pay any federal income tax for the next 18 years, that is allowed under the tax code. No law was violated.

David White, Fort Worth

Traffic stops

I disagree about instructing students on traffic stop etiquette (“What and unfortunate lesson to teach,” Wednesday).

Police use traffic stops as a valuable crime detection and prevention tool. Every time they approach a vehicle, they are wary of whom and what they are about to encounter.

In these situations, I have learned the hard way that being argumentative or disrespectful nearly always worsens the outcome.

On the contrary, putting the officer at ease with considerate actions and a cooperative demeanor usually results in a shorter and more positive experience.

Knowing the right and wrong things to say and do during a traffic stop can be taught to high school sophomores in a single half-hour session by a school safety officer or anyone from the local police department.

The thing I find appalling is that it’s not already part of the driver’s education curriculum.

John Pichler, Southlake


Those who believe that creationism is a science will want to visit Ark Encounter in Kentucky.

Creationist Ken Ham, who believes he is scientist, has built (with taxpayer dollars) a replica of Noah’s Ark.

Ham figures that dinosaurs and humans lived peacefully together with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. He proves this by his display of the first family with a Brontosaurus.

The kids will be thrilled to know that Triceratops wore riding saddles!

Jackie Bell,

River Oaks