Letters to the Editor

Electoral College, police griping, LGBT church, orchestra strike

A voter is reflected in the glass frame of a poster in Atlanta during early voting ahead of the Nov. 8 election.
A voter is reflected in the glass frame of a poster in Atlanta during early voting ahead of the Nov. 8 election. AP

Electoral College

For the second time in 16 years, a candidate who clearly lost by actual ballot count has “won” the presidential election by the heavily skewed Electoral College count and will assume the presidency of the United States.

That fact clearly and significantly demonstrates that it is high time to abolish the antiquated nearly 230-year-old Electoral College and return to the one-person, one-vote, majority-wins election process required by democratic republics!

Robert Moore,

Fort Worth

 

I used to be against the Electoral College. These past two elections have changed my mind.

We have the Electoral College so each state and community has an equal share. Would you here in Texas want those in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and other places to decide for you?

Richard Lilly,

Haltom City

 

The 2016 election was not a rejection of President Obama or his policies.

The president’s favorable-unfavorable ratings have consistently been over 50 percent. And the plurality of voters cast ballots in favor of the Democratic candidate by nearly 1.5 million votes.

The nominee was chosen by a minority of voters. If electoral votes were distributed by popular vote, Hillary Clinton would be the president-elect.

A minority of Americans may be unhappy with Obama’s policies or Hillary Clinton’s platform, but the plurality of Americans obviously approve.

Tony Zurlo, Arlington

 

When the majority of Americans voted that Donald Trump should not be their president, history was made … or at least repeated from 2000. Majority rule is not the American way.

The future president is right. The system is rigged and needs to be changed.

Don Love, Saginaw

Police griping

Can any chief of police satisfy these gripers in Fort Worth? (“Police association accuses Fort Worth chief of bullying, retaliation,” Thursday)

I have a novel idea: If they don't like their job, quit. The only problem they will have is finding a job that pays their present salary plus better-than-average benefits.

In my humble opinion, they should do their job and be thankful they have a better-than-average income.

A.J. Armstrong, Arlington

LGBT church

Another Baptist church has come out in favor of full LGBT membership. In keeping with past practice, the Baptist General Convention of Texas will likely sever all ties with the church. (“Dallas Baptist church to allow gay members,” Nov. 15)

Undoubtedly this will result in a backlash from the LGBT community and its supporters. However, churches are not like country clubs. They are supposed to follow scriptural principles to remain true to their calling.

Suppose someone opposed to LGBT unions were to seek admission to an LGBT organization. Surely he would be excluded. What’s the difference?

Thomas F. Harkins Jr., Fort Worth

Orchestra strike

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association has made no effort to raise the contributions that could have avoided the current shutdown.

Over a year ago, the FWSOA should have broadcast, “SOS, all hands on deck. We do not have the money to keep paying the wages of our underpaid musicians. A shutdown of the symphony will be inevitable without everyone’s help!”

The development staff has consisted of just three to five people, with frequent turnover, struggling to raise even $5 million annually.

The staff should be 9 to twelve people raising $12 million to $17 million annually. Orchestras everywhere with larger staffs for the area population raise much more in donations than the FWSOA.

Thus, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is gone — a terrible human tragedy and one for the community.

It should shut down. Then the process of rebuilding under new leadership can begin.

Gerald Thiel, Arlington

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