Letters to the Editor

Bedford lake; transgender; bridge lighting

Turtles and ducks are having a tough time climbing out of the water at the refurbished Boys Ranch Lake in Bedford, TX, Thursday, April 14, 2016. The city built special ramps so that the turtles and ducks can get out of the water.
Turtles and ducks are having a tough time climbing out of the water at the refurbished Boys Ranch Lake in Bedford, TX, Thursday, April 14, 2016. The city built special ramps so that the turtles and ducks can get out of the water. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Bedford lake

Letters about ducks and other animals at the new Boys Ranch Lake have missed the point.

There are likely 60 or more diseases that wild birds and their droppings can carry, among them avian flu. Others include encephalitis, salmonellosis (food poisoning) and E. coli. Wild birds can also aid in the transmission of West Nile virus, chicken mites and bed bugs.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation said in a directive that feeding waterfowl is harmful to the various species. It said that public feeding causes poor nutrition, water pollution, delayed migration, overcrowding, spreading of disease and “devaluation of the species,” to name but a few of the harmful side effects.

I can see why some think they’re doing good, but they may not realize the health issues that this activity can cause.

If natural food at the lake is limited, the wildlife will move to areas of greater food sources. If not addressed, this could become a public health issue and I applaud the mayor and City Council for such a balanced view.

Thomas Jacobsen, Bedford

Transgender

Texas courts define barratry as the improper “solicitation of employment to prosecute or defend a claim with intent to obtain a personal benefit.”

How is it not barratry for the Texas attorney general to solicit a small North Texas school district, with no history of a transgender student attending any school in the district, to let him sue the federal government on its behalf over its transgender student guidelines?

Bob Brown, Arlington

Bridge lighting

The Fort Worth City Council is considering a $200,000 redo because the lights on the Seventh Street Bridge won’t work if the wiring gets wet.

The contractor that installed the lighting on the bridge should be responsible for fixing it.

The same foolish consideration was used when the lighting features installed on Lancaster Avenue did not provide enough light and we paid to correct the problem rather than the artist we paid to design and build them.

We’re taxed to death in Fort Worth/Tarrant County and it irks me that my taxes have been raised an exorbitant amount this year and our City Council is so eager to give it away so foolishly.

June Hoffman, Fort Worth

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