Letters to the Editor

Public service; Stop bickering; Bike trails

A bronze sculpture of Mark Twain reading his book Huckleberry Finn watches bike riders roll on the trail at Trinity Park.
A bronze sculpture of Mark Twain reading his book Huckleberry Finn watches bike riders roll on the trail at Trinity Park. Star-Telegram

Public service

The city of Fort Worth has spent nearly $1 million on a copy of a giant trash can while the city streets all over town are filled with potholes.

What is wrong with this picture?

Neil Isbell,

Fort Worth

Stop bickering

As we fortunate Americans celebrate this holiday season, we need to remember the less-able people, here and abroad, who would like to share the abundance.

I am a patriotic Democrat who still gets a thrill when we stand, cover our hearts and sing our national anthem — a flag-waving liberal who knows this is the best country, and we are the lucky ones.

The world is watching this big, generous country, and we need to be proud and kind Americans who contribute and help each other, not bicker and argue like children.

We have an intelligent, gifted president, who knows how we should work with diplomacy, not always with bullets and bombs.

Please stop chanting about how you want America to be better. We must be better!

I love the hymn They Will Know We are Christians by Our Love.

Colleen Butterfield,

Grapevine

Bike trails

It’s exciting that the trail system may soon allow bike riders to travel from downtown Fort Worth to downtown Dallas — except that, on many days, it won’t.

Quite frequently, and on many high-bike-traffic days, the “zero point” of the trail system near Panther Island is closed due to some event. This is the node that connects the Clear Fork, West Fork and north side trails and accesses downtown.

When one asks an event worker how to bypass this closed area — often only a few hundred yards — one either gets no response or is told to go join the automobile traffic.

For a recumbent rider like myself, this is particularly unnerving, because we sit low and are harder for drivers to see. But it is also not safe for riders of standard bikes.

It would seem to be fairly easy to set up events so that they do not block the trails. Fort Worth is truly blessed to have a safe trail system for non-automobile traffic — except when we don’t.

Stephen L. Brotherton,

Fort Worth

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