Letters: Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Coming Up for (Cleaner) Air
To the editor: Thanks for Pablo Lastra’s article (“Coalition of the Unlikely,” Aug. 1, 2007) about the ongoing struggle to prevent new power plant pollution in Texas and the amazing coalition-building and teamwork that have taken place on that issue this year. As one of the grassroots groups involved in the debate, my organization, Texas Impact, and our members have been so heartened to see how effective citizen leadership development and broad-based communications strategies can engage people of good-will from across the political spectrum, across the state, and across the socioeconomic divides that present such challenges to the democratic process.
I just want to clarify one point: The article includes a quote from me suggesting that Texas Impact looks forward to “participating” in lawsuits against TXU. Texas Impact does not intend to participate in any lawsuits; rather, we are eager to continue participating in the policy debate and public-education process that will be needed to ensure that Texas becomes a leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy rather than a leader in air pollution.
Thanks for the opportunity to clarify and for covering this important issue.
Bee Moorhead
Executive Director, Texas Impact

De-Mucking Worth
To the editor: I apologize for writing a bit late on this subject, but I wanted to thank the Fort Worth Weekly for the article “Diamond in the Muck” (July 18, 2007). I’m always fascinated with the history of local landmarks around Fort Worth. Having lived off and on in the Metroplex for the past 27 years (mostly in Grapevine), I’ve always wondered what the deal was with Lake Worth. To me it was always “the lake on the north side of Carswell Air Force Base.” Every time I drove by, I wondered what kind of lake it was. If it was a recreational lake, there never seemed to be much recreation going on (people on boats, etc.). Now I know why.
I usually venture down to Lake Worth only once a year when there is an air show at Carswell. This past year some friends and I were at Sansom Park watching the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels perform, and I kept wondering, where were all the boats on Lake Worth? Seems to me it would have been a perfect vantage point from which to watch an air show. But nope. Hardly any recreational boats were out there at all.
What a shame it’s taken so many years for politicians to get around to dredging the lake and cleaning up the parks around it.
Christopher Black

To the editor: Just a brief note to express the appreciation of the East Lake Worth Neighborhood Association in regard to your timely, well-written Lake Worth article. Your journalistic efforts were right on target, with pertinent information that should jolt the reader’s sense of logic and reasoning about the importance of dredging this lake.
Presenting this issue from the point of view of financial advantages for the city, as well as recreational enhancement for the people of Fort Worth, shows the keen insight you have for this project.
Again, we salute you for your coverage.
Shelly Harper
East Lake Worth Neighborhood Association
Fort Worth

Hell’s (Whole) Acre
To the editor: As bad as it was, Mr./Ms. Static had me singing along with their reworking of the Beverly Hillbillies theme song (“Gasbillies,” Aug. 1, 2007). Still, the message is loud and clear — about 80 decibels’ worth on a bad day, last I heard.
Speaking of “bad,” I recall that a seedy part of downtown Cowtown was once known as Hell’s Half Acre, a rowdy mix of saloons and bawdy houses, often frequented by local pols. With urban gas drilling eating up way more than a half acre, I think we ought to bring the moniker back, but with a twist. I’ve taken the liberty of composing lyrics for the theme song to “Hell’s Acres,” sung to the tune of the theme to Green Acres. It’s bad, too, but the truth often hurts:
Hell’s Acres is the place to leave.
Gas drillin’ ain’t the life for me.
Wells spreading out so far and wide.
Keep Hell’s Acres,
just give me a place to hide!

Don Young
Fort Worth

In our Aug. 1 issue, in a review of Bad Religion’s new album, the last names of two bandmembers were misspelled. Their correct names are Brett Gurewitz and Greg Hetson. Fort Worth Weekly regrets the errors.

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