Letters to the Editor

Parade seats; Too many ads; Middle class; Veterans Day

The 2015 XTO Energy Parade of Lights is Sunday.
The 2015 XTO Energy Parade of Lights is Sunday. Star Telegram

Parade seats

The Parade of Lights is Sunday evening, and again the entire parade route is lined with seats for sale.

I know they say that there are plenty of seats along the route — all behind the paid seating. That’s certainly not the best view for my grandchildren!

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York has only a few bleachers and grandstands near Macy’s for its employees.

The Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year’s Day has a small number of paid seats and most of the parade route is first-come, first-served.

At my age, I have long experience with parades in cities across the country, and I’ve never had to pay for seats.

I know that someone is making money on this bad idea. But is there any chance that we can reduce the excessive amount of paid seating next year?

It might show some Christmas spirit!

Paul Cole, Fort Worth

Too many ads

The other night I was in the mood to watch a good football game. I tuned in to the Oklahoma-Baylor match-up.

The game turned out to be secondary to the real reason for the broadcast — to sell stuff.

I’ve never seen so many ads in such a short time. At every break in the game, or opportunity, here come the ads.

It was mind-numbing. After a while you lose track of the game, the score and who’s playing.

Shame on TV networks that sell something every possible moment. Surely there’s a better way.

Jerry Everett, Arlington

Middle class

Presidential hopefuls are promising to make the middle class great again, as it used to be.

The Democrats think the decline of labor unions can be reversed and that the floor sweeper in a steel mill or car plant could then send kids to college with a little overtime, which I’ve personally witnessed in my lifetime.

The difference then, when baby boomers were kids, is that factories, bridges, railways and ports on two continents were blown up. After World War II, the U.S. was the only game in town.

We could charge anything for everything, and others had to pay it.

That’s no longer the case. We now have stiff competition from all over the world, and they don’t have an Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration or even child labor laws. And there’s more, a lot more, to list.

I’m not saying to get rid of those things.

I’m saying good luck with competing with all of that in a global market, where container ships are too large to go through the Panama Canal and they are full when they’re coming this way.

Timothy Marron,

Grapevine

Veterans Day

Terry Evans’ Veterans Day story about Dale Robinson at Pearl Harbor stated that the Japanese attack added Robinson to the ranks of the millions honored every Nov. 11.

Veterans Day honors the service of all veterans, whether they served in wartime or not.

Eugene Chandler,

Arlington

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