Jerry Daniel’s letter (“Symphony Pride,” Aug. 14) offered the best argument I can imagine to appreciate life’s complexity, instead of simple clichés to deal with today’s problems.
Referring to Cleveland’s decades-long effort to build its symphony orchestra and offer “world-class musicians in their community,” he described the contributions they make to educating young people.
For the Fort Worth Symphony, Daniel explained that 75 percent of its musicians teach in some capacity.
I think his point is that supporting these excellent musicians enriches the culture and life of our younger generations, as it has the lives of us graybeards.
It enriches lives beyond simple budget calculations. The spiritual boost to civic pride is immeasurable.
And by supporting the work of our own world-class symphony, our community grows in self-esteem and we all become more aware of the beauty in life that art reveals.
Tony Zurlo, Arlington
If you start with the premise that Donald Trump has never had any intention of serving as president but is only doing this as a lark to have as much fun as possible, then everything he has done makes perfect sense.
He is not nuts after all.
He is the world’s greatest practical joker.
James D. Llewellyn,
Being a gun owner is a huge responsibility. These are lethal weapons that never should be taken for granted. That is why I train extensively with my handgun.
I totally reject Donald Trump’s so-called joking about “Second Amendment people” (“Donald Trump’s Second Amendment remarks re-ignite his critics,” Aug. 9), as he does not speak for me regarding firearms.
The use of guns is serious, not funny. Please knock off the loose talk, Mr. Trump. You are a presidential candidate who should know that words have power.
Mac Bernd, Arlington
In 2000, Ralph Nader ran a third-party effort and got almost 100,000 votes that probably gave George W. Bush the election over Al Gore.
Today, Jill Stein of the Green Party has a 6 percent poll rating. If more people voted for her, it might prevent either candidate from getting the necessary 270 electoral votes.
The election would go to the House of Representatives. It’s worth considering.
Curt Lampkin, Azle
Fair and balanced
Donald Trump is right.
Every report on Trump is unfavorable, and there’s not hardly a mention of the scandals Clinton is involved in.
I see two unfavorable stories about Trump every day and at least one favorable story on Clinton. Not fair and balanced.
North Richland Hills