Letters to the Editor

Panther Island bridges, FW Symphony strike, TCU diversity

Construction was halted earlier this year on three Panther Island bridges.
Construction was halted earlier this year on three Panther Island bridges. jlmarshall@star-telegram.com

Panther Island bridges

The Panther Island Bridges project is a landmark V-pier design that will create the foundation for a unique urban waterfront community in Fort Worth.

It’s a bold and ambitious project, and getting it right is a priority for all of its partners: Trinity River Vision Authority, the Texas Department of Transportation and the city of Fort Worth.

Work on the project has continued during design modifications. As with all unique, complex designs, we can encounter challenges implementing it in construction.

The team has taken the time to work through those challenges, adjusting the location of the reinforcing steel to improve constructability. The structural integrity was never in question.

Modifications were incorporated into a field mockup that was constructed this summer. After concrete curing and field evaluations, the mockup was deemed successful.

The contractor will get back underway constructing the unique and stunning V-pier design starting early next year.

This investment in infrastructure will become a Fort Worth landmark for generations to come.

We appreciate the public’s patience. Taking the time to ensure that the project meets the public’s expectations is worth it.

Brian R. Barth, TxDOT district engineer, Fort Worth

FW Symphony strike

Fort Worth is a wonderful place to live and one of the most admired cities for culture.

Our residents generously support about 50 capital and endowment campaigns underway in Tarrant County today. This is in addition to the ongoing fundraising for hundreds of worthy nonprofit organizations.

In the case of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the leadership raises over $5 million annually from donors. Even then, the orchestra’s annual deficit is about $600,000.

Raising the $600,000 plus union-demanded pay increases would require additional annual fundraising of $2.2 million, an almost 50 percent increase in annual support.

It would take more than $40 million in an endowment campaign to sustain the union’s requests. This is not especially realistic, given lower oil prices, loss of local corporate headquarters and the passing of some benefactors.

The union and management need to get back together and find realistic solutions that address the challenges we face.

If they don’t, the only alternative — as undesirable as it may be — is to close the door.

John Roach, chairman emeritus of Tandy Corp., Fort Worth

TCU diversity

I cannot believe that any minority student is suffering “denigrating stares” from the TCU teaching staff or employees that are affecting their grade averages and standings. (“TCU responds to students’ diversity agenda,” Oct. 20)

My association with TCU from September 1979 through the 1980s and 1990s does not support such accusations — especially if the accusers are non-studiers looking for easy A’s.

The TCU Journalism Department has for years been the biggest supporter of minority students who really have needed extra help and professors who gave them their all.

Dan Metroka, Fort Worth

 

I appreciate and applaud TCU alums Miles Davison, Jonathan Davis and Pearce Edwards for their insight and willingness to speak to the difficulties addressing and rectifying diversity issues at TCU. (“TCU must do more to address deeper issues of campus diversity,” Nov. 1)

As they have accurately described, diversity needs to be valued both from the top and the grassroots, as well as with a vision of thinking big over small.

As a TCU (’83) and Brite Divinity (’88) alum, I have witnessed and experienced racism, sexism and power/privilege abuse in many systems, including religious, social services, military industrial, educational and others.

Continuing to work for equality with justice is worthwhile and needed.

Sandra Williams Lydick, Fort Worth

 

I am for nondiscrimination and a level playing field, but the students’ demands are ultimately just extortion for money and racial quotas.

Curtis Basham, Fort Worth

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