Letters to the Editor

Letters

Hamilton’s return

Many fans think that the return of Josh Hamilton is the biggest mistake Texas Rangers’ management has ever made.

They focus on Josh’s departure — how poorly he was playing, how glad he was to leave the Rangers. It’s as if he didn’t lead the Rangers to the World Series two years in a row.

The way fans turned on Josh when his batting average plummeted was the worst possible thing to do to a recovering drug addict. Yes, Josh Hamilton has been in rehab many times. But he keeps going back to get help.

Vince Lombardi once said, “A winner is someone who gets up exactly one time more than he falls down.”

Rangers fans could care less if Josh is abusing drugs — as long as he continues to help the Rangers win games. Once upon a time, fans cared about the players off the field, too.

We need to shower Josh Hamilton with encouragement, support and prayers. That could very well be the key to getting the Rangers back into the World Series.

If you are still determined to hate Josh, that tells me you are clueless about addiction. Do not judge this man. You may find yourself in the very same situation.

— Pam Brooks, Fort Worth

High-speed rail

The Thursday op-ed by Kyle Workman, president of Texans Against High-Speed Rail, could better have been headlined “Kyle Workman against progress” or “Uninformed Texans living in the past.”

I lived in Europe and rode high-speed trains in almost every country. I saw how they helped solve the problem of overcrowded highways. We loved the trains — so well managed, so comfortable and so much cheaper than driving cars.

Texas has a chance to get into high-speed rail this decade and see how much much people would love the trains. We may think we are with the times, but in many ways, such as railways, we are far behind.

We’ve missed out on many improved modes of transit by closing our eyes and minds about things before we try them.

— Sandi Black, Fort Worth

Grateful to police

Friday was designated by Congress as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 117 officers died on duty last year. This year, the number is already up to 42.

Hardly a day goes by when we don’t see news stories about police officers being attacked, verbally or physically. And they are constantly scrutinized by people with mobile phones.

Yes, there are bad cops, and there are good cops who sometimes make bad decisions.

But the vast majority of police officers are people of integrity trying to do the right thing, and they put their lives on the line every day.

No amount of money is enough compensation to be a police officer in today’s environment, and I am grateful that so many men and women are still willing to pin on that badge and stand between the law-abiding public and the criminals.

— Tim Sralla, Fort Worth

For the common man

Jim Wright was honored, by thousands, deservedly, for his life of service to Fort Worth and the country.

I wish these people would also honor the positions and policies that he fought for all of his life.

I was his neighbor and friend to his last days, and he was very upset with the polarization and viciousness of today’s politics.

Let’s remember him, as mayor of Weatherford and speaker of the House of Representatives, for his work for the common man, not the rich and powerful.

— Herman I. Morris, Fort Worth

Letters

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