Letters: Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Help for the East Side
To the editor: I just finished reading your article about activism on the East Side of Fort Worth (“The East Side Comes Out Swingin’,” March 26, 2008). I have been a resident of East Fort Worth for about three years and have lived in Fort Worth for four years. Having moved here from Washington, D.C., my family and I found the tree-lined streets of Bentley Village on the East Side very attractive. We have always wondered why there is such a lack of quality retail and why there is such a blatant lack of attention to the East Side. The article was very enlightening.
I am interested in contacting some of the community associations and would like to get more actively involved in helping to bring desirable commerce, retail, and restaurants to the east side of town. At this juncture, Arlington and Hurst get the majority of the money I spend in stores because there is nothing in my neighborhood worth going to except Wal-Mart (of which I am not a fan) and Lowe’s.
Lydia Cole
Fort Worth

New Old Café
To the editor: The writer of your Static column evidently is having a hard time finding a local coffeehouse (“No More Pours at the Panther,” March 19, 2008). I can direct him to one that isn’t new but is now under new ownership. Starting this month, the Gallery Art Café will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., serving breakfast and lunch — and coffee, espresso, lattes, and mochas.
This was originally the Coffeehouse Gallery Cafe at 609 S. Jennings St. It has changed its name but still has the coffee. We also display art from local artists, much of which is for sale if an admirer wants that masterpiece to put on his or her wall. You can also pick up the latest Fort Worth Weekly there or just bring your laptop and use our free wireless internet while you sip on your latte.
R. L. Perry
Fort Worth

Good Growth or
Bad Welfare?
To the editor: A few years ago, after the taxpayers bailed out New York City as it was bankrupt, the entire state became a welfare state. New York adopted a welfare statute that made it the most attractive to welfare recipients. Hence, migration to New York.
Hillary Clinton even changed her residency to New York and was elected senator there as she promised even more welfare — and delivered. Now she wants to make the U.S. a socialist country, and her opponent is no better.
And what about corporate welfare? Mike Moncrief, Kay Granger, and others favor continued “earmark” pork-barrel spending (“Mighty Stream of Money,” Feb. 7, 2007), lobbying, bribery, whatever you want to call it, and we have a mass migration to the Metroplex.
Is that all good? We are so crowded now that we can’t travel from point A to point B on our expressways, which have turned into parking lots. As we sit in traffic breathing carbon monoxide and shooting at others in the stalled traffic, we should wonder — do we really need more creatures on our anthill? Should we give more tax abatements (corporate welfare for business) or earmark more taxpayers’ money to dreamers from Vancouver and other parts of the world?
Jack O. Lewis
Haltom City

Comedy Act
To the editor: The Weekly’s “On Second Thought” column by freelance writer E. R. Bills, headlined “Shoulda Known Better” (March 12, 2008), was enlightening in regards the polarization going on in this presidential campaign. This election year has several unprecedented “firsts”: We have three incumbent U.S. senators in the race, including a woman, an African-American, and a seasoned senior. In this march to the White House, all have negative attributes, but to single out Hillary’s malfunctions and lackadaisical actions or responses doesn’t lessen her competency.
We could have another first: If we get a Clinton-Obama or Obama-Clinton ticket and they get elected, we’d have the first comedy act in the White House, because, to date, these two contestants are auditioning and running their campaigns to fit that DELETE.
Amber Frey
Fort Worth

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