George H.W. Bush popular in Egypt
In the early 1990s, the Gulf War was under way. George H.W. Bush was president. Our kids and I had relocated halfway around the world to live in Cairo, Egypt, joining my husband, who was working there.
It had been a rough series of flights, with cancellations, delays and bomb threats on three continents because of the war.
As we settled into our posting in Egypt, the worry of war and being in a foreign country dissipated. Everywhere we went, people would pass us on the streets, index fingers pointed skyward and shouting, “George Bush Number One!”
The Egyptian people knew that the U.S. was in Kuwait to take care of Saddam Hussein and that with the U.S. there, Egypt was safe from Saddam marching in and taking over.
No. 41 was No. 1 for many, including us.
The things I value as an American
My life in the United States of America — in a family whose ancestors were also born in America dating to the 1700s — has been fantastic. We are far from wealthy, but we have our freedom and our right to speak our mind. To me, those freedoms are more important than all money in the world.
Thank you, President George H.W. Bush, and thanks to all our country’s leaders for trying to do what’s right for our country.
Gary B. Hicks,
City employees earned pensions
I find it unconscionable that Mayor Betsy Price and some members of the Fort Worth City Council would consider taking away benefits earned by retirees of the city. (Nov. 15, 1A, “City Council delays vote on compromise pension plan”)
Many years when the city was unable to give raises, employees were reminded of the value of their benefits, such as their sick leave and retirement.
Fort Worth is spending millions on Dickies Arena and the Panther Island project. Although these projects are desirable, it seems the city’s promised obligations should be honored first.
As the wife of a retired firefighter, I know firsthand the dedication and sacrifice these public servants provide to the residents of Fort Worth. Most people realize the inherent risks of the job, but they may not be aware that firefighters have higher incidences of some cancers, PTSD, hearing loss and other illnesses.
I urge the City Council and mayor to retain the cost-of-living adjustments that the city’s retirees earned and deserve.
The key question about Amber Guyger
In the case of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, one thing rings true: She walked into Botham Jean’s apartment, deliberately pointed a handgun at him and shot him dead. (Dec. 5, 17A, “Answers now await in Amber Guyger case”)
Whether her presence in his apartment was a mistake is irrelevant to the fact that she intentionally shot and killed him.
As many police officers like to eloquently point out, ignorance is no excuse. Her failure to pay attention to her surroundings is her own fault, and she should have been trained to have better judgment when assessing a situation.
If any member of our military did the same thing after a 24-hour duty day, that person would be charged with murder because he or she is expected to be able to assess a situation to determine a course of action.
I don’t know about you, but I hold that same standard for those charged with my safety.