Letters to the Editor

Cruz’s birthplace; Texas scabs; Disrespecting UT; Sportsmanship gone

Cruz’s birthplace

The Star-Telegram should not be so quick to dismiss the “natural born” argument against a Ted Cruz presidency. (See Thursday editorial “On Cruz, Trump dishes native-born baloney.”)

The Supreme Court has never ruled on the issue because no lawsuit has ever been filed.

There is an argument that the framers had “natural born” in mind as meaning born within the contiguous United States, to prevent a foreign pretender from ever legally taking control of our government.

I’m not saying that Cruz does not meet the requirement, but that a lawsuit might make it to the Supreme Court.

Dave Robinson,

Fort Worth


Ted Cruz is a legal citizen of the United States, but not a natural-born one, if we are to accept the definitions in Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary: natural n. 2. A native, an original inhabitant [Obs]; natural born a. 1. Native; not alien, as a natural-born citizen.

A person born in the United States is a natural-born citizen of this country, just as Ted Cruz was a natural-born citizen of Canada, the country in which he was born.

It took a law or a legal interpretation of the Constitution to make him a legal citizen. Neither is required for that which is defined by nature.

Bruce Rutherford,

Fort Worth

Texas scabs

I wondering if anyone in the ​Fort ​Worth area is aware that 1​,500 hard​-working Americans are losing their jobs in Erie​,​ Pa.

We have been building locomotives in Erie​ for more than 100 years. And now because of the unstoppable greed of General Electric Co​., they are building our locomotives in ​Fort ​Worth.

We have a word in our union for people who take someone else’s job​: “scab​.​”

General Electric moved our jobs to Fort Worth to save money, because the workers there are willing to work for half the money we earn. And I wonder how y’all feel about that​.​

​​Donald Holder,

Waterford, Pa.

Disrespecting UT

As a resident of Fort Worth for more than 25 years. I’ve long been more than a casual fan of our hometown team, although I’m a Longhorn from birth. TCU Coach Gary Patterson is a class act.

As for the University of Texas, I’ve always loved Randy Galloway’s “whiny Orange” references because they applied to many, though certainly not all, of my Longhorn brethren.

But the rest of your sports staff appear unable to write anything without firing off zingers at UT.

The subject could be Olympics curling and Gil LeBreton would find a way to zing the University of Texas. Mac Engel joined the fray with his Tuesday column that said TCU’s Bram Kohlhausen was the latest on “the endless list of Texas-raised quarterbacks Mack Brown and the University of Texas did not want or flat ignored.”

This pettiness makes it difficult to root for TCU’s fabulous team.

T.E. Turpin, Bedford

Sportsmanship gone

As a sports addict all my life, I’m distressed by the disappearance of sportsmanship from sports. It’s been replaced by trash talking, taunting and hot-dogging, most prevalent in college football.

It has become difficult to enjoy the games.

Most troubling is that poor sportsmanship in athletic venues is just one of many indicators of the lack of civility in our society. Politics may be the most grievous of those indicators.

I’m likely a voice in the wilderness and I don’t know the solution — or even if there is one. Nonetheless, if others share similar concerns, please let your thoughts be known. Maybe some re-civilization could occur.

Better yet, I’d love to see this issue addressed in the Star-Telegram’s Monday All Points feature.

Don Ponder, Fort Worth