Letters: Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Vote With Your Meter

To the editor: OK, all you TXU voters who want to help break up a monopoly (“Taking Lumps Over Coal,” Dec. 13, 2006) — you may do so by contacting me.

You helped place the tax issue for the elderly and disabled on the ballot in November when elected officials refused to do so. Now you can do the same to help reduce your electricity bills.

If you wait for the Texas Legislature to help in the deregulation, you are in for a long wait. The lobbyists have too much of your money. When you pay a CEO $54 million, plus untold millions to the company’s rich board of directors, it has to come from somewhere.

Folks, don’t just write letters and moan; do something about it. There are other electric suppliers in Texas, with the same service and lower prices per kilowatt hour.

Please “vote.” Almost 90 percent of you limited the ever-rising taxes on the homes of the elderly and disabled — now you can do it on your electricity bill. I did.

Jack O. Lewis

Haltom City

Leave the Hogs Alone

To the editor: I’ll bet Kristian Lin hasn’t ever seen Easy Rider. If he had, he would know Wild Hogs was not a sequel but only used the earlier movie as a backdrop (“Men With Choppers,” Feb. 28, 2007). Not all movies are supposed to be an historical event. This one is just a funny story the audience enjoyed even though they knew it was fictional. The characters did a great job of acting. I loved the combination of actors.

The audience I was a part of were laughing and having a good time, and that’s why we go see movies.

Burnie Vaughn


Kudos for Costa

To the editor: Regarding your March 7 article “Shaping a Future for the Fort”: You certainly researched this man and his work very carefully and provided excellent insights into his personality and his drive for the betterment of our city. What a visionary, yet how down to earth he is! You have done a great service by helping us understand the pressing need for wise city planning and how Fernando has guided us so excellently as he “drags us kicking and screaming toward a livable city.”

Thanks for such an excellent and in-depth article, which enlightened us on problems the city faces, with quotes from appreciative citizens and Fernando’s insights. It was a well-written, outstanding piece. I am eager to read more of Dan McGraw’s articles in Fort Worth Weekly.

Mary Runyan

Fort Worth

Tsunami Uptown

To the editor: I have often been told that $435 million Trinity Uptown is a done deal, that you cannot win against the powerful, spendthrift water board and its four C’s cartel of Congress, city hall, commissioners court, and the chamber of commerce.

When the smooth, professional public relations spiders began to spin the eminent-domain dream of redoing Cowtown in the image of San Antonio and Vancouver, few voices were raised against the idea because no one knew anything about it. But now, people all over town are asking, “What will this environmental disaster-in-waiting do for my neighborhood except raise my taxes?”

In affluent Rivercrest you hear, “Not in our backyard! We’ll sue you!” In modest downstream Riverside you hear, “We don’t want your flood waters either. We remember Lake Pontchartrain and Ward 9.”

A city council election will be held May 12. While the candidates will be discussing Trinity Uptown, the proposition itself will not be on the ballot. But if proponents thought the idea would win in an up-and-down vote, you can be sure it would be the first item.

To those who have fought and continue to fight the un-American idea of using eminent domain to take private property to build a casino playground for the rich and favored, take heart! A great tsunami of opposition has been building and is about to come flooding in.

Woe to you, water board, and your 4 Cs cartel! Run for your lives! The tsunami is upon you!

Don Woodard

Fort Worth

Indomitable Molly

To the editor: Ellen Sweets’ tribute article to Molly Ivins (“Talk about Grits,” Feb. 7, 2007) was beautifully written from the heart.

Molly was a godsend in disseminating her political expertise and views in her syndicated column. Her injections of humor solicited many a laugh, and she had a large audience.

Being a multi-talented writer with an astute memory made her a household name, and folks couldn’t wait to open the opinion section to read the “menu of the day” according to Molly. She dissected the labyrinth of injustices that pervade Washington by serving as the “people’s helicopter” to oversee the shenanigans at all levels of government.

She was a go-getter from the start to the finish line — our indomitable Molly Ivins!

Edna Maskell

Fort Worth

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