Letters to the Editor


Mission closure

I am deeply saddened that St. Benedict’s Mission will be closing on May 31.

The mission, run by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and numerous volunteers and benefactors, had served the poor and the homeless for nearly eight years.

St. Benedict’s, at Cypress and East Presidio streets in Fort Worth, was an oasis in the midst of loneliness, strife, anger, human pain and suffering. It was a place of comfort and total acceptance, where love and compassion fed the soul and the spirit.

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 175 to 200 men, women and children were fed and nurtured by the friars and volunteers. All food was donated and prepared by the volunteers.

The St. Benedict’s building is owned by the Presbyterian Night Shelter and leased for $300 a month, paid by donations.

It is with deep sadness that we have lost the Catholic presence and that the Franciscan Friars were given a 30-day notice to leave the Diocese of Fort Worth.

I was a Wednesday volunteer.

— Mary McCoy, Arlington

Election consequences

Tea Party voters ruled in the May 9 elections, and in the process served us more nuts to go with the tea.

In spite of the success of the red-light cameras in reducing the number of accidents at intersections covered by the cameras, they voted to get rid of the cameras.

And even though the Arlington school board was recently voted the best in the state, they removed two of the incumbents, including a Hispanic member. Hispanic students make up over 40 percent of the Arlington school population.

I would hope that all of us will take seriously even what seems to be an inconsequential election and use your right as a U.S. citizen to vote.

— Floyd S. Ostrom, Arlington

Water board

It’s notable that neither incumbent member of the Tarrant Regional Water District board said much on behalf of their candidacy. They appeared at only a few of the public forums where they were invited to speak.

This was a wise choice because the rampant waste of money that they have overseen is indefensible. They chose to remain silent and hide behind the skirts of the present and a former Fort Worth mayor, who arranged for huge financial support.

And the Fort Worth voters, the few who even bothered to exercise their franchise, were completely taken in.

It’s easy to say that the public gets the government it deserves. Not so when a low-information, gullible minority holds sway.

No doubt, the TRWD will have to be held to account by a higher authority. This will happen.

— William Wright, Fort Worth

War crime

So now the Republicans are saying that the illegal invasion of Iraq was a mistake.

It wasn't a mistake. It was a war crime engineered by then-Vice President Dick Cheney.

— Arthur Payne, Arlington


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