Fort Worth: Get bigger, but not more boring
This is to express deep concern for the endangered personality of our unique city. ("Welcome to Boomtown. Fort Worth is now the 15th largest city in the country, census says," Thursday)
Having sadly observed a decline in my hometown's quality of life due to unbridled, unimaginative and monotonous growth, I fled traffic-choked, stressful Dallas for an easier, more gracious lifestyle in Fort Worth.
Much of the explosive expansion we're now facing lacks personality. It's devoid of any sense of history and place.
Without more restrained, disciplined, thoughtful planning and regulation, our beloved city could soon become Anywhere, USA — not just another pretty face, but just another face.
Here's hoping that all in authority will take caution and recognize the destructive aspects of growth for growth's sake.
Let's work to keep Cowtown as special as possible.
Arlington: Didn't like drilling vote
The Arlington City Council may have reached a low point in trust.
Only three months after they voted down another proposal by a 6-2 vote, the council voted 7-1 to approve four more gas wells near Cravens Park.
They completely ignored almost 90 residents who either spoke or stood in opposition, based on scientific evidence of public health concerns.
Only one councilwoman, Roxanne Thalman, voted no. Thank you for that!
—Floyd S. Ostrom,
Fort Worth: Protect our trees
The developers on the D.R. Horton land were given two warnings before they plowed down the forest habitat. ("D.R. Horton executive admits too may trees cleared," Feb. 23)
The company spokesperson said they were sorry for the mistake.
After two warnings, how could it be a mistake?
The city should impose the maximum penalty so developers will know that “oops, I’m sorry” won’t be tolerated.
Fort Worth: Thanks from ACH
Blockbusters dominate the movie theaters this time of year, and while it’s all good fun to watch, it’s not as fun as my job. I have the pleasure of working with real-life superheroes: foster and adoptive parents.
These superheroes succeed in providing a loving, safe environment for kids who have been abused and neglected.
Every May, during National Foster Care Month, ACH Child and Family Services honors some of these families for their extraordinary abilities in caring for kids.
Congratulations to Michael and Jennifer Cordell, Adoptive Parents of the Year; Billy and Cynthia White, Best Advocates for Foster Children; the Hawkins, Kinship Family of the Year; and, Tom and Lynne Kaczmarek, Foster Parents of the Year.
While the world of foster care isn't perfect, heroic actions do happen every day. Children learn they are safe, that they are loveable, and that some adults can be trusted. Thank you, foster families!