A drop in the TCU budget bucket
Cost was a major factor that caused TCU to eliminate golf carts as part of the Froggie 5-0 escort program. (April 21, 1A, “TCU Security Escort System to Eliminate Some Golf Carts”) Carts cost $8,000 to $10,000, and the university replaces about two a year. If someone is scared or threatened, aren’t carts a much faster way to react?
If TCU’s athletics programs were asking for $25,000 to $50,000 a year, they’d be approved in the blink of an eye. Priorities?
– Bernardine Gehle, fort worth
Students need this story
The editorial board argues that more teaching of Texas history in more grades is “too much of a good thing.” (April 20, 13A, “Too much of a good thing? Board of Education is doing too much with more Texas history lessons”) But he overlooked something important: the big gap in the Fort Worth’s children’s social studies education is the story of their own city. Our children are not learning Fort Worth history and teachers have no resources to teach it, even if they want to.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the kids of Fort Worth learned what’s so good about their hometown? For whom is he named? When did it start?
In 1967, Fort Worth ISD adopted a Fort Worth history textbook that is now outdated and out of print. After more than half a century, a new “Fort Worth Youth History” is in the works, thanks to TCU Press.
Fort Worth history still won’t be part of the regular curriculum, but at least teachers and students will have a resource to use.
-Richard Selcer, fort worth
The writer is a regular contributor to Star-Telegram’s Fort Worth History column.
They make Fort Worth beautiful
During a delightful stroll through immaculately maintained Morris Berney Park on a beautiful Easter Sunday, I was inspired to tip my hat to the many city and county workers who make Fort Worth such a wonderful place. or live. How lucky we are to benefit from such leadership.
-Rick Schwab fort worth
Reverse all of Biden’s policies
I’m still upset about the war in Ukraine, but what about the border wall, inflation, gas prices, immigration, crime and out of control spending? The Biden administration must tackle them all.
First of all, don’t cancel the Title 42 policy at the border. Reinstate the “Stay in Mexico” policy and agreements with Central American countries. Then open the pipelines and stop demonizing the oil companies. Taking guns off the streets won’t solve crimes, but taking criminals off the streets and jailing them for a long time will.
-Lucille Bida, Arlington
Bigotry is not in the past
A reader of the April 19 letter (19A) questioned the point of Bud Kennedy’s column “In 1922 Easter in Fort Worth was about Jesus and the KKK.” (April 17, 1C) The fact is that some churches have not acknowledged racism in their past or present. They still use patriotism to cover racism and anti-ethnic bigotry.
Other churches are doing the healing work by recognizing, confessing, and acting to restore authentic Christian teachings of loving God and neighbor.
– Loveta Eastes Benbrook
Social services benefit everyone
It’s disgusting that the folks at My Health My Resources in Tarrant County, who care for some of the most vulnerable in our society, are being paid such low wages. Who defends these employees? The state had better get its act together and find money in the budget for these people, otherwise we will have an increase in homelessness, crime and potential abuse.
-Julie Wende, fort worth
Use school resources wisely
Critics complain unfairly about Florida’s new law that limits to age-appropriate levels what teachers can address in classrooms. (April 22, 13A, “Disney self-government in peril after Florida House vote”) The majority of parents want teachers to spend the limited school day preparing students to function in the world.
Primary students need to put more emphasis on reading, writing and math and not waste time on age-inappropriate topics. Students today perform poorly on grade-level proficiency tests in these subjects. High school graduates lack the basic skills to enter the job market. Yet school administrators and educators choose to use valuable resources inappropriately.
-Ray Harris, fort worth