Voicing Out

Freedom of speech is a beautiful thing, and we are always thrilled to hear from our readers, good or bad.

This month my inbox was flooded with letters from enraged readers because of an opinion column that ran in our March issue. In For What It’s Worth (see March 2013, page 94 or fwtx.com/blogs/fwvoice), writer Molly Forthright gave tongue-in-cheek advice on church etiquette including such things as cell phone use, eating during the service, disruptive children and hogging pew space. In addition, she suggested that women should be a little discreet in church when breastfeeding because it might distract others during worship.

Molly’s monthly column over the last two years has touched on humorous topics such as relationship peeves, poor restaurant service and noisy neighbors. The tone is sarcastic, biting and sometimes a bit edgy.

We don’t always agree with the opinions of all of our writers. They are the collective voices that make up an eclectic magazine. Therefore, it is inevitable that not everyone’s opinions will marry.
In no way did the magazine intend to discourage women in their efforts to breastfeed or deny the health benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby. We also did not question the legality of breastfeeding in public or wish to offend any mothers who are currently breastfeeding.

That wasn’t the only recent topic readers reacted to with vigor. More than 15,000 votes were cast for our annual Best Of feature running in this magazine. Each year we ask locals about the best in dining, services, places to play, shopping and more. We had more votes than ever this year, and you can find the results on page 42.

One category not on our list was “Best Drive-In,” but we know who the winner would be. Check out page 82 to read about the recent opening of the highly anticipated Coyote Drive-In. Fort Worth had nearly 20 drive-in theaters in their heyday, and readers were eager to share their childhood memories with us. We caught up with CEO Brady Wood on how he was able to maintain that feeling of nostalgia while incorporating a modern twist. On your visit, expect to experience a one-acre beer garden, an amped-up playground, gourmet food and the ability to order concessions from your smartphone while in the comfort of your vehicle.

While we are looking to the past, see page 88 for our feature about the history of Fort Worth clubs. While the backstory of the clubs in this town is important, it’s the significant members of those groups that are interwoven in the fabric of the city.

It’s a jam-packed issue with something for everyone. So let us know what you think by emailing me at [email protected]. We welcome and value your voice.

Jennifer Casseday-Blair
Executive Editor