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I’m proud that Sharon Austry had the spunk to challenge Richard Greene and the whole NRA on the contentious issue of gun violence, and proud of the Star-Telegram for printing her excellent letter (Letters to the Editor, Oct. 22).
Hiding behind the Second Amendment should be dealt with head-on. The weapons authorized by the Second Amendment were muzzle-loading muskets, not fully automatic rifles.
Carl V. Flores, Grandview
Agriculture secretary weighs in
Please don’t let this golden opportunity pass!
Surely there is somewhere in the great state of Texas a cartoonist who has seized the opportunity to show us a drawing of Commissioner Sid Miller with his thumb on the scales, squinting to make sure that the customers at BBQ joints are not being cheated!
Yes, yes, that is his job, but surely our agriculture commissioner has more significant tasks than to license BBQ joint scales. Can we expect a Star-Telegram editorial on this momentous concern?
James Cooke, Willow Park
Firefighters lose sick time benefits
The Arlington City Council has voted to remove sick time benefits from our Fire Department.
In addition to sick benefits being taken, vacation time is removed and they are being asked to work on three-man crews instead of four despite the proven safety advantages of four-man crews, including a 25 percent faster response time on scene. If your child is trapped by a fire, that 25 percent increase in speed could be life.
Cities of similar size have accomplished implementation of civil service. Why does Arlington need more funding to implement the same system? Because the City Council and Chief Crowson are mad, they told residents it would be this expensive and so now it needs to be expensive. It also penalizes firefighters for daring to advocate for fair advancement.
Elizabeth Evans, Haslet
Preserving N. Texas history
Many thanks to the Armentrout family for its excellent custodial care of Bird’s Fort and to Robert Kembel and The Nehemiah Co. for recognizing its importance. (“Owner strives to save North Texas ‘birthplace,’ ” Oct. 17.)
As a member of the Arlington Historical Society, I would like to correct one bit of history. Arlington did not grow from Johnson Station. It was laid out as a 1-mile-square townsite by the railway.
Arlington grew and eventually encompassed Johnson Station and seven or eight other small communities. Can’t wait to see Bird’s Fort take its rightful place in the history of the area.
Nancy Bennett, Arlington
Boos for the bishop
As a Catholic of 70 years plus I feel compelled to speak out. In 2014 Michael Olson was appointed bishop of the Fort Worth Diocese, and ever since I believe has acted with a sledgehammer mentality.
Jesus taught compassion, yet immediately upon Olson’s arrival to the diocese the bishop has terminated beloved priests, abruptly ended the eight-year Friars of Renewal ministry, closed neighborhood churches and caused turmoil in our Catholic schools.
These seemingly rash and unilateral decisions left many organizations and individuals with no recourse and in most cases, no warning of termination. One person should not have the power to upend a community in such a manner.
Alice Kean Cranz, Fort Worth