Ben Hogan’s legacy will stand forever
Tiger Woods had a great day at the Masters last weekend, and tears came to my eyes when the crowd stood and roared as he left the 18th green. His accomplishment was a personal triumph.
But, as good as it was, his feat trails that of Fort Worth’s own Ben Hogan, who was told he might not ever walk again after a terrible car-bus crash in 1949. Through grit and determination, Hogan came back and won the Masters, the U.S. Open and the British Open (where he set the course record at Carnoustie) — all in 1953. He returned from Scotland to a hero’s ticker tape parade in New York City, where hundreds of thousands cheered his Triple Crown victories.
From that point on, Hogan’s status as a giant among men was secured forever, and when he entered a room people instinctively stood up. They knew they were in the presence of greatness.
John W. Cantwell,
Kent family’s generosity inspires
Congratulations to all who contributed to creating Frank Kent Dream Park, an unbelievable gift to the children of Fort Worth. (April 16, 1A, “$3 million park can fulfill any child’s dream of fun”) The Kent family should be proud for spearheading this project for all children, especially those with disabilities. It’s especially noteworthy to point out that it was all funded through private donations.
This gift illustrates the “Fort Worth way” of doing things that makes our city great.
Don’t ruin a good thing at the airport
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the only large airport in the country where you can leave your car in a covered lot, walk across the street to your gate and — with a little planning — take a return flight that arrives nearby and gets you home quickly. This airport is one of the primary reasons that companies have moved to and prospered in North Texas since 1974.
This may soon end if a new Terminal F is built with no parking close to the gates. Apparently, we residents comprise “only” 40% of the passengers there. We spend a significant amount of our entire income in North Texas. Connecting passengers may buy a burger or a sandwich here.
Terminals at other airports have turned into white elephants when their principal airlines went belly up. DFW has been able to withstand the departures of multiple airlines because its terminals’ convenience and consistency.
The dark side of improving houses
The story of a home, 1998 to present: A 1950s-era house in older, safe neighborhood sells for a modest price. It becomes home for teacher’s family. The home is lovingly cared for, but undergoes no major renovations.
One day the “flippers” discover the neighborhood and begin buying houses and refurbishing them, adding granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.
Renovated houses sell for $200,000-$400,000. Families see their property taxes rise and rise. Appraisers don’t come actually to examine the existing, unimproved homes. They just use the evaluations of recently renovated houses to decide the unimproved home’s appraised value will now be more than three times its purchase price. The appraisal from 2014 to 2019 increases by 43%.
2019 taxes for the “unflipped” home are more than teacher’s monthly income. Poor loved home. Poor teacher’s loving family. The end?
Analogy: Are taxes the same for a 2002 Honda as for neighbor’s 2019 Mercedes because the cars both live in the same neighborhood?
Barbara Hill Enochs,
More than the new owners bargain for
As a longtime baseball fan and regular spectator at LaGrave Field Cats games, I’d like to point out some other major problems that need to be addressed by new owners of the stadium. (April 10, 1A, “Fort Worth Cats could again be playing in restored LaGrave Field”)
Home plate is located too close to the backstop. This means a base runner on third base cannot necessarily score as a result of a wild pitch or passed ball. The ball typically bounces off the backstop and rebounds to the catcher, who tags the runner out. There is no penalty for those mistakes.
Games were normally played at night, and Texas Electric had to be called — at a cost of about $4,000 — to turn the lights on.
There were also problems with the sprinkler system that resulted in portions of the outfield being constantly soaked. And the scoreboard had to be operated manually by an operator with a phone.
Good luck and best wishes to the new ownership. It will take deep pockets .
Letter writers had the right stuff
I would like to thank the Star-Telegram for two of the letters to the editor it published on April 5. (11A)
First, C.W. (Chuck) Minshew was 100% correct with his objections to the Star-Telegram using articles from the biased, liberal Northeast. That same day, the paper published, “Barr’s brevity in describing Mueller report defended” from The New York Times. (8A) It made no mention of Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e), which was insisted upon with independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s report from the investigation of President Bill Clinton.
Second, thanks for posting the letter by P.M. Mike Mapes about our political landscape looking like the bar scene from “Star Wars.” Wow — again, 100% correct, and well-put.