Letters: Wednesday, August 29, 2007
A Little Hot

To the editor: It has taken me two weeks to “cool” off from the review, if you can call it that, of the band Little Texas in your publication. I understand that your writer, Jeff Prince, gives his opinion when doing a review. However, in my opinion, his article (Listen Up, Aug. 8, 2007) was way off base. He found no fair words to say about Little Texas, one of the most talented groups in country music. Their past success speaks loudly of this. They are true entertainers, musicians, and performers. Little Texas has two new albums out — a live album, Live and Loud, and the most recent one, Missing Years, which contains songs with their signature harmonies. I offer you a recent review from a publication that recently featured Little Texas — you can read it at www.countrystarsonline.com. This article is an exact opposite review from Mr. Prince’s.
I doubt that Jeff Prince has ever seen these guys at one of their shows, past or present. Otherwise he would never have written those vile words about them. Little Texas had the audience at Billy Bob’s on their feet, singing along to their old tunes and cheering for the new music (and a “dozen beers” weren’t needed). Had he taken the time to attend the show at Billy Bob’s this past Aug. 10, he would have had to print a retraction.
Lynda Breland
Needville, Texas

You Have to Care to Read
To the editor: I agree with Dan McGraw that the lack of content in most newspapers today is deplorable, but I think the readers’ apathy and their focus on only what benefits them are also factors. Most Americans don’t seem to care what’s going on in the world unless it affects them personally. It makes me think of what Martin Niemoeller said after the Nazi occupation: “When they came for the Jews, I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.” Look at how many people today haven’t spoken up about discrimination because they’re not black, Hispanic, or gay; or outsourcing of jobs because they’re self-employed or have tenure. They don’t speak up about Muslims being tortured and held indefinitely because they’re not Muslims, or about the growing body counts in the Iraq war because they don’t know anyone serving. They pay no attention to cuts in public school funding because their children are grown or taught privately. The genocide in Darfur doesn’t register because they are white. Threats to freedom of the press don’t register because they listen only to Fox News. They don’t care about price gouging by the oil and electric companies because they own energy stocks. They don’t worry about the un-educated, the uninsured, and the unemployed because they’re independently wealthy.
Tragically, as in Germany, for all the victims who have already been lost to war, poverty, or genocide, it’s too late to speak up. But maybe for the rest of us and for our planet, they could start paying attention.
Sharon Austry
Fort Worth

Dam Up the Development
To the editor: The Weekly’s “Deep Waters” (Aug. 22, 2007) answers some of the pertinent questions about local flood control. There ought to be a moratorium on future development and construction in floodprone areas and certainly on permits for projects that would divert the water into creeks that aren’t prepared to handle the volume of runoff from the concrete and roads that developers put in.
One sure way for Haltom City to get attention and perhaps some needed money for the project to fix the creeks is to proselytize Fort Worth and tell them that Haltom wants to be annexed back to the Big City since that’s where the money is. If Fort Worth owned Haltom City, you can bet your bottom dollar that something would have been done posthaste instead of the procrastination that we are seeing.
Richard Orton
Fort Worth

Down Memory Lake
To the editor: Dan McGraw’s nostalgic chronology of Lake Worth (“Diamond in the Muck,” July 18, 2007) adds to the record of his investigative prowess. The article was most interesting — an in-depth account of the past problems and the future of the historic lake.
Since Fort Worth owns the lake, city officials and leaders ought to form a committee to clean it up instead of engaging in finger-pointing exercises as to who is to blame for the lake’s deterioration. Time is of the essence. Lake Worth could be returned to its once-grand self, and the responsibility for doing that rests with the owners who allowed it to become contaminated over decades without intervention.
Mayor Mike Moncrief doesn’t want to grant an interview to Fort Worth Weekly over this issue because he’s Star-Telegram-exclusive. What is he afraid of — being asked pertinent questions without a prepared DELETE? He could get the wheels in motion to restore this once-revered lake and bring it back to life. Fort Worth Park Board member Gale Cupp is waiting.
Thanks, Dan, for the sentimental journey down the lake.
Ethel Brown
Fort Worth

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