What is it like camping out for free Chick-fil-A for a year?
Flight attendants should care more
I can think of one reason people often confuse Fort Worth with Dallas: flight attendants who announce, “We are now landing in Dallas.”
There is no mention of the Fort Worth part of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
I always let the attendants know they should make this distinction when I am departing on a flight heading to DFW, and sometimes they just give me a look that seems to say, “Who cares?”
Don’t let retirees down, Texas
As someone who worked at the Texas Workforce Commission for eight years, I think it’s crucial the Employees Retirement System remains as strong as possible.
I depend upon my pension to cover my necessities. Retirees like myself need legislators to put funding for ERS in the final budget because our retirement security depends upon it.
Right now, ERS has a depletion date, and the longer legislators ignore this issue, the more expensive it will be to fix. The amount set aside in the Texas House’s budget plans would get rid of ERS’s depletion date and move the fund back toward long-term health.
ERS needs to be healthy, not only for retirees but also for hundreds of thousands of current and future state workers over the next few decades. Putting necessary funds into ERS this session would be a good first step for the state to show its commitment to public pensions.
These days, the relationship of government to religious believers is becoming “Christians beware.”
San Antonio recently denied Chick-fil-A the right to open a restaurant. Why? The reason given was prejudice against the LGTBQ community, but Chick-fil-A officials issued a statement saying they don’t discriminate on that basis in whom they hire, who can eat at their restaurants or otherwise.
The apparent real reason is that the owners of Chick-fil-A give financial support to Christian ministries, some of which do teach biblical standards on sexual behavior.
Now a bill before the Texas House that would have reversed that action was torpedoed by a “point of order” raised by a representative who is a member of the LGTBQ caucus. (May 11, 4A, “‘Save Chick-fil-A’ dies in Texas House — can it fly again?”)
The handwriting is on the wall. Anyone who follows religious beliefs contrary to the prevailing sentiment of the day may find themselves out of business.
Thomas F. Harkins Jr.,
Stickland really sticks it to them
Anna Tinsley writes great articles for the Star-Telegram, and they always register with the public. Her May 8 contribution, “Rep. Stickland: Just throwing bombs or acting on principle?” gave front-page limelight status to state Rep. Jonathan Stickland from Bedford.
Perseverance earned Stickland his label as a firebrand and one who shoots from the hip and takes no prisoners.
He’s young, brash and assertive and fires away like a Gatling gun with his dogmatism. He capitulates to no one.
He filed legislation to end red-light cameras and is an advocate for many causes that get the attention deserved. He’s a spark plug for others to get involved.
Some legislators disdain him, citing his narrow victory in 2018.
So what? It takes one only vote past your opponent to win. Give him some R-E-S-P-E-C-T.