Letters to the Editor

Thanks for the check, Ellen — but Fort Worth isn’t just ‘near’ Dallas

Ellen DeGeneres surprised the Leadership Academy at Como ElementarySchool in Fort Worth with checks totaling $50,000. The funds will help stock the campus food pantry and buy laptops for students.
Ellen DeGeneres surprised the Leadership Academy at Como ElementarySchool in Fort Worth with checks totaling $50,000. The funds will help stock the campus food pantry and buy laptops for students. FortWorth

They’re good, but just no fun

The Texas Rangers broadcast team of C.J. Nitkowski and Dave Raymond is bright, experienced, insightful and very polished.

But most important: Are they fun and entertaining? Painfully, the answer is no, as their monotone delivery styles are boring and more like white noise when compared to past announcers such as Tom Grieve and Josh Lewin.

Heck, I’d even prefer Dave Barnett and his henchmen.

Patrick Jenkins,


Taxes worked out better for me

An April 17 letter writer says that he made more money in 2018 than 2017 and paid more taxes (17A). Then he blames the GOP for the higher tax bill.

The only way to determine if the Tax Reform and Jobs Act of 2017 raised or lowered his taxes is to recalculate them using his 2018 income and the 2017 tax rules. Then compare the “total tax” lines (line 60 on the 2017 Form 1040) versus line 15 on the 2018 Form 1040.

I was in the same situation and found that my taxes were indeed lower than they would have been without the tax reform act. Thank you, Republican Party.

David Dodson,

Fort Worth

Fort Worth stands on its own, thanks

It was most generous of Ellen DeGeneres to give Fort Worth Independent School District’s Como Elementary School $50,000 in recognition of its teachers who make education fun for students. (April 17, 1A, “Surprise! Ellen gives school in Fort Worth $50,000”) The results in student engagement are a reward in and of itself, but a financial reward is very much appreciated.

Having said that, and ignoring old adages about gift horses for a moment, it is irritating for DeGeneres to identify Como as “an elementary school near Dallas, Texas.” Identifying an elementary school in Fort Worth — the nation’s 15th largest city — as being “near Dallas” is not dissimilar to Fort Worth expressing gratitude to “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” for the monetary gift: Close, but no cigar.

I guess it doesn’t really matter as long as the check has a Fort Worth ZIP code. Keep those cards and letters and checks coming, folks.

Ermis Cliburn,

Fort Worth

The leadership we really need

On April 10, Kathleen Parker contemplated the different types of leaders, including the philosopher-king. (15A, “Philosopher-king? No. A leader who thinks? Yes, please”)

We’ve just had the philosopher president (Barack Obama) and now the king (Donald Trump) — unfortunately not in the same person. Perhaps this king is the instant karma the gods of politics have given us because they first gave us the philosopher.

We are a free people governing ourselves, so I think we need neither. We need someone like us, but unlike Trump, who has less than half the nation’s approval. What we need is a humble servant, smart, savvy and compassionate with the backing of way more than the 40% the king has.

There is a line from the 1988 movie “The Beast.” An old Afghan tells a young Afghan the young man should be their new leader. The young Afghan says he’s not qualified. To which the old man replies, “That’s what makes you our leader.”

David Perkins,

Fort Worth

A broad brush for a complex issue

As a constituent of state Rep. Tony Tinderholt, I am appalled at bill he introduced that would permit the state to prosecute women who get abortions for homicide. (April 11, star-telegram.com, “Police again step in as Texas lawmaker halts abortion bill”)

Abortion is a wrenching issue with multiple and far-reaching consequences for individuals and society. Tinderholt’s bill ignored all of that and went straight to his apparent hatred of women.

I lament his lack of moral imagination and his refusal to acknowledge the complexities of this issue.

Rev. Dr. Katherine Godby,