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Republican voters, why are you turning down a sure thing in Nikki Haley? | Opinion

She’s the GOP’s one sure thing

I am amazed that the majority of Republican voters are rejecting the one candidate for president, Nikki Haley, who can hands-down defeat President Joe Biden and energize voters enough to win a Republican majority in the Senate. (Feb. 26, 4A, “Trump wins SC primary; Haley vows to stay in race”)

They’re supporting a candidate who can easily lose to Biden and who is the reason Republicans are a minority in the Senate.

- Paul Park, Fort Worth

Valued windows onto history

Richard Selcer’s story on the Railway Express building is typical of his interesting writings about Fort Worth history. (Feb. 25, 1C, “Railway Express used to carry packages, not people”) He insightfully describes the background and demise of the building.

Having driven past the area umpteen times without realizing what occurred there and then learning how Lancaster Avenue got its name, I have a new appreciation for how Fort Worth grew to what it is today. Thank you, Mr. Selcer.

- Rick Weintraub, Mansfield

Ignore the negative campaigning

Every election season since 2016 has gotten nastier. Some groups have resorted to a flood in your mailbox of false accusations and negative campaigning against good people, and that’s just not the Parker County way.

I encourage you to do some fact checking. State Board of Education candidate Pat Hardy is a pro-life protector of children from diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in our schools. State Rep. Glenn Rogers did not vote “to celebrate Texas Muslims.” (Feb. 12, 1A, “Texas Family Project is behind anti-Muslim election mailers”) He voted for ceremonial resolutions wishing Muslims happy holidays.

Please don’t let the negative campaigning and the process keep you from the polls. Be sure to attend your precinct convention, too, after the polls close March 5. They are the starting place for delegates to the next convention, who will make the Republican platform.

- Dennis V. Thompson, Aledo

Boost democracy, Tarrant County

Republicans on the Tarrant County Commissioners Court oppose expanding voting access, arguing it’s not the government’s role to promote democracy by providing rides to the polls. (Feb. 27, 11A, “No rides to polls? Primaries driving some Texans mad”)

It costs the county $10,000 per election — less than their recent pay raises.

In a true democracy, the government must prioritize accessible voting. The inability to afford transport should never limit voting rights. Democracy hinges on citizens’ ability to vote, and the government should ensure this right. All voices should be heard, regardless of financial status.

- Sydney Jones, Fort Worth

Details needed in ads, please

TV stations are flooded with campaign ads. But most lack any reference to the specific seat the candidate is running for. Simply stating “Texas House” without mentioning which district does not help voters, especially new ones. Many of us would appreciate this information so we know which ads to mute (if not all of them).

David Roll, Colleyville

Athletes just bring more value

My wife was a teacher in the Fort Worth ISD for about 25 years. But when people say teachers should be paid equally to professional athletes, I say: When a teacher is instructing a class, there are not tens of thousands of people paying to watch and gazillions more on TV, with all the ad revenue.

- Bruce McAnally, Fort Worth