Let’s put campus rape into perspective.
First, the culture has changed. When I was in college in the early 1960s, the dorms were either male or female, no visiting in each other’s rooms.
There was no need to lock our doors because theft was unheard of. We had strict hours: 11 p.m. on weeknights, 12:45 a.m. on weekends.
More often than not, the girls were grateful that they had an excuse to be back in their dorm rooms at a normal hour.
Now free love is the norm. Sexual intercourse is expected on dates.
Campuses are completely open: mixed male and female dorms, no hours, students unable to enter their dorm rooms because a roommate is “entertaining” someone of the opposite sex.
Yes, alcohol was a problem then, as it is now. The difference is that with limits of hours and no mixed dorms, it didn’t get so far out of hand.
Although college-age kids are supposed to be mature, the fact is that many are not, and a little protection and guidance are helpful and provide space for the maturity to occur.
If colleges don’t want bad publicity, they should take a second look at their rules and standards.
Marcelle Houston Borgers,
I’m a lifelong Fort Worth resident and have lived near Bluebonnet Circle for many years.
The current traffic pattern, where vehicles entering the circle yield to those already in it, works well.
I drive through frequently. It’s among the easiest and most pleasant major intersections to drive through.
I also bike and walk in my neighborhood. I support measures promoting safe pedestrian travel and appropriate bicycle lanes.
However, auto traffic flows smoothly through Bluebonnet Circle. I don’t recall seeing anyone driving too fast or dangerously there.
Personally, I prefer to walk to the circle and its park during the hours when traffic is not at its peak.
A city master plan proposes reducing the circle to one lane. That’s impractical and would create a nightmare for drivers.
I hear some business owners on the circle are unhappy with the existing setup. And yet those businesses are thriving.
Please don’t mess up one of Fort Worth’s successful crossroads. Balance smooth traffic flow with pleasant and safe walking and biking.
Jay Anthis, Fort Worth