Letters to the Editor

Does TCU need even more luxury?; Throw flag on abusive NFL players; Yearning for safer times; Our Congress and other wild animals; Kneeling, football and Founding Fathers

An artist’s rendition of the inside of the club level of the planned addition to the east side of Amon G. Carter Stadium at TCU.
An artist’s rendition of the inside of the club level of the planned addition to the east side of Amon G. Carter Stadium at TCU. TCU handout

Does TCU need even more luxury?

After TCU already spent millions of dollars on its football stadium, which in turn priced a lot of people out of attending the Frogs’ games, the university is going to spend another $100 million to upgrade the stadium and add more luxury seats.

I wonder how many area students could benefit from financial aid and scholarships with that money. They could then have the chance to further their education at our hometown university.

Diane C. Etzel, Fort Worth

Throw flag on abusive NFL players

I don’t get it. I continually read letters to the editor about the “kneeling” pro footballers. Readers swear never to go to a game again or even watch one on TV.

Here is what baffles me: Fans seem to have a huge problem with players “disrespecting the flag.” However, they have no problem with players disrespecting women.

A few years back, the Cowboys signed serial abuser Greg Hardy. Not only did I never see a column threatening to boycott the team for signing him, but when he was introduced before the game, the fans roared their approval.

The same goes for Ezekiel Elliott. He is an arrogant, self-centered individual. Regardless, the Dallas fans love him and certainly never threatened to boycott a game because of his presence on the field. Go figure.

Frank Matthews,

Fort Worth

Yearning for safer times

A recent photo shows a pastor, in a church, a cross in the background, and a gun on his hip. What is wrong with this picture? We as citizens of a free society should not have to go around day to day carrying weapons because we are in constant fear for our lives. If we have to provide for our own security, then why spend vast sums of money on police forces?

Make no mistake: I am not talking about the Second Amendment, and I am not anti-police. I am talking about “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” not constant fear and paranoia.

When I was a kid, the police were called “peace officers,” ensuring a safe and secure environment for all. Now they are called “first responders,” cleaning up the mess afterwards.

I liked the world better when I was a kid.

Tom Rodgers, Colleyville

Our Congress and other wild animals

I just returned from an 18-day tented safari to four national parks in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The animals were amazing. I fell asleep to the roar of a lion and awoke to two elephants munching a tree right next to my tent.

Watching the baboons was fascinating. They carry three tiny babies clinging under their breasts and sit 3 feet away “talking” to you on your porch.

But be careful. They’ll snatch the food right off your plate and grab the beer from your hand in an instant!

Do you know what you call a large gathering of baboons? Congress!

Diane McCusker,

Fort Worth

Kneeling, football & founding fathers

Robin Hughes is right about one thing (Open letter to the NFL, Nov. 10, 13A).

She is no expert on constitutional interpretation. The founding fathers did mean to protect what she describes as hate speech.

She is completely wrong as to why sales are down. They are down because the public does not wish to be lectured on the subject of “social justice” by a group of multimillionaire sports entertainers, few of whom have served their country in uniform.

While the NFL may not have the right to decide and define the meaning of the protests, the public does. The public will continue to “tune out” until the owners realize that sports entertainment venues are not appropriate for political statements.

James R. Anderson,

North Richland Hills