Letters to the Editor

Spanish immersion being phased out; UTA getting more expensive; City Council backed citizens; Ready to forgive Jerry Jones; Is Trump targeting the poor?

UT-Arlington President Dr. Vistasp Karbhari, left, speaks about the benefits a research partnership agreement with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth, Monday, January 30, 2017.
UT-Arlington President Dr. Vistasp Karbhari, left, speaks about the benefits a research partnership agreement with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth, Monday, January 30, 2017. Star-Telegram

Ready to forgive Jerry Jones

I was raised in Dallas and loved the Cowboys until new owner Jerry Jones fired two of the best football coaches ever (Tom Landry and Jimmy Johnson) for the most trivial reasons.

Recently, he told all Cowboys players that they must respect our flag during the national anthem. As a result, I may finally forgive Jones for his negative decisions of the past. Many athletes are highly overpaid and have shown little respect for our flag and the nation as a whole.

Ken Senkow, San Antonio

Spanish immersion being phased out

The Fort Worth schools decided behind closed doors to phase out the 8-year Spanish Immersion (SI) Program in elementary schools.

It’s a program model that has research proving student success in first and second language proficiency. Burton Hill families understand the district is facing a hard decision of meeting the needs of its many English language learners and the desire of many English-speaking families wanting to learn Spanish.

Unfortunately, there is no research proving the success of two-way Dual Language programs, which is what the district decided to move to in lieu of the Spanish immersion program — for students coming from English-speaking homes. The district has not been transparent in its communication with SI families at Burton Hill or Morningside Elementary. They held a meeting to address the future of the programs last month but failed to provide any research backing up their decision.

Kelly McCall, Fort Worth

Is Trump targeting poor?

Retaliation for fake news? In my opinion the New Guy in the White House is retaliating against the poorest people, the middle class, and the sick and infirm, all because he made a claim that turned out to be fake news.

He kept mouthing that President Obama was not born in the U.S. When Obama’s birth certificate was finally publicized it humiliated the new guy. This is why we all are going to suffer with his determination to repeal or weaken the Affordable Care Act.

Cecelia Gilbreath,

Fort Worth

UTA getting more expensive

UTA wants to raise tuition by up to 10 percent. It increased tuition two years ago in the 2014-15 academic year and will have an expected surplus of $4.4 million in the fiscal 2018.

UTA has decided to close the cheapest dorm, Brazos, increased the cost of the next cheapest options, Trinity and Lipscomb, and then required a meal plan. A tuition review committee is the voice of the entire university, and we as students cannot vote on the matter. The committee will be meeting only five times to make such a crucial decision.

Someone like me living in affordable housing near the downtown area and actively seeking an affordable university could see an increase of $5,037.37. Please oppose any tuition hikes.

Alexander Nervo, Arlington

Council backed citizens

The City Council did not go against the wishes of U.S. citizens. There may have been more calls to support joining the Senate Bill 4 lawsuit, but I bet the majority of them were from people here illegally.

I called both the mayor and Councilman Cary Moon and advised them not to join the lawsuit, because it is against the law. They followed the law and supported U.S. citizens.

Donald Kneram,

Fort Worth

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