Letters to the Editor

On the use of DNA, and whether to edit genes: Readers comment

Use ancestry profiles to solve cold cases

Some people have expressed concerns about the lack of keeping DNA ancestry private, thanks to the fake DNA ancestry profile developed by law enforcement to catch Joseph DeAngelo, accused in connection with cases involving the Golden State killer.

My concern is the hundreds of thousands of rapes and murders which continue to go unsolved and the unidentified bodies discarded in fields and along the highways like trash in this country.

To law enforcement and medical examiners in Dallas-Fort Worth and everywhere else, I say continue to use those DNA ancestry profiles.

Solve your murder and rape cases, and give the unidentified bodies back their names. It’s the least you can do for the families of the victims who are still seeking answers and justice.

For victims like Amber Hagerman, Julie Fuller, Cindy Heller, Mary Till, Trina Lane and others, their time has come. Their time is now.

—Darrell Bartell,

Fort Worth

We can edit genes, so let's do it

Now that we're beginning to understand how genes work, and how to ‘fix’ them with CRISPR gene technology, a grand debate is needed.

I would suggest that we start by establishing a new human right and ethical standard, the right to a disease-free set of genes for every child.

What could be more important in the genetic debate? Or more compassionate?

Next in importance is whether we want to manipulate other genetic factors, like intelligence, height, eye color, and other features.

I think the “normal” person should be our model. Not one race or another, not the super-man/woman, nor the super-genius, nor the super-beauty. A great diversity of people of average intelligence, looks, and ability should be fostered.

All sorts of grotesque animal and human forms could be created from DNA.

Obviously, these things need much discussion, research, and very gradual integration.

—Richard E. Warren,

Fort Worth

The U.S. Army didn't 'invade' the South

A letter writer referred erroneously to “Lincoln’s invading armies.” ("Against Lincoln and Army invasion, May 1”).

Had President Lincoln sent the U.S. Army into another country, say Canada or Mexico, that would have constituted an invasion.

Instead, From 1861 to 1865, he used the Army within the established boundaries of the U.S. to end a rebellion against the lawful authority of the federal government.

—Steve Mitchell,


AirBnBs go unpunished in Fort Worth

We have at least two AirBnBs in our neighborhood and have been asking the city to do something for over a year. ("Keep short-term rentals, but get rid of the neighbors from hell," April 28)

We've been told that citations have been issued, but the rentals continue.

We've had noise from outdoor parties, traffic, street parking, etc., with no help from the city.

Randle Harwood is very mistaken if he believes that Fort Worth will do or has done anything to the people running businesses in residential neighborhoods.

—A.D. Doak, Fort Worth