2021 was bad, but barbecue, ‘1883’ was good for Fort Worth

2021 was bad, but barbecue, ‘1883’ was good for Fort Worth


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For many of us, 2021 sucked.

It will be remembered as the year of the depletion of the pandemic, the failure of the Texas power grid, terrifying inflation, rising murder rates, the Capitol riots, the American failure in Afghanistan and the nasty fights over race in the schools. And a lot of that, unfortunately, will carry over to 2022 and even beyond.

But starting a new year looking only at the bad things is not a way to live. So we’ve put together a list of good things that happened in Fort Worth and Texas in 2021.

To stay optimistic, we’d love to see your additions to our list; Email us at letters@star-telegram.com.


Sure, our vaccination rates could be better, but let’s not lose sight of the fact: COVID-19 vaccines work and have potentially saved millions of lives. More than half of those eligible in Tarrant County and Texas are vaccinated.

With the omicron variant running, people need to receive booster shots to protect themselves and their families. They may not stop the spread of omicron, but vaccines and boosters make it a minor disease for most.

Our health care systems will be tested in the coming months, but without vaccines, it would be much worse.


Speaking of life with COVID, let’s also be glad we learned how to fix it. Panic closings make life miserable. Nowhere should this be clearer than in our schools. Finding ways to keep children in classrooms, even imperfectly, has been a huge victory that clearly contributes to a better education and less mental anguish for children.


Opal Lee of Fort Worth saw her dream of a 19th national holiday come true in 2021. And if an ambitious plan comes to fruition, her job and the importance of the day Texas slaves knew they were free will be the piece. central of a Fort. It is worth a museum that will also celebrate black culture.

President Joe Biden speaks with Opal Lee after he signed the Sixteenth National Independence Day Act, in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci) Evan Vucci AP


After the May elections, the Fort Worth City Council is younger, more diverse, and better positioned to meet the challenges of the city. Redistricting will add two more seats, and the city map should reflect its population and better organize the districts to serve a growing city.

2022 will also bring the election of a new district attorney and three new leaders to the Tarrant County Commissioners Court. New blood is not always for the better, but it is an opportunity to reset priorities.


The pandemic kept workers and visitors out of downtown Fort Worth. But that’s changing, as evidenced by the return of the Parade of Lights and an improved image for hotels. And 2021 brought the potential for a huge research investment by Texas A&M University that could turn the southern edge of downtown into a powerful economic and educational engine.

The 2021 Fort Worth Parade of Lights in downtown Fort Worth, Texas on Sunday, November 21, 2021. The annual parade returned this year after last year’s virtual performance. (Special to Bob Booth from Star-Telegram) Bob Booth Bob booth


Inflation is a scourge, especially for working-class families. Companies are having trouble finding workers and we are all looking at what happens when there are problems in the supply chain. But there are positives for many: The stock market is booming and house prices are skyrocketing. That means more valuable investments that many use for retirement.

There are also downsides, like higher property taxes. And the market is bound to go down. But checking your 401 (k) balance is no longer an exercise in self-torture, and that’s something.


The spinoff from the wildly popular “Yellowstone” brought stars like Faith Hill and Tim McGraw to Fort Worth, which is great. But even better, the footage has drawn attention to a neglected West Exchange Avenue.


The Arlington Cowboys are division champions, with a real possibility of a deep run in the playoffs. The Rangers are still, uh, the Rangers, but after spending half a billion on free agents, they’ll at least be interesting and eventually competitive, right?


We’ve seen it build, but thanks to Texas Monthly, our local barbecue scene is finally getting its due. Six restaurants on the magazine’s list, including Goldee’s number one, are here. You don’t have to drive to the Hill Country, or even Dallas, to get the best brisket and ribs.


Finally, if all the troubles of 2021 and the fears of 2022 still have you down, you can get a margarita (or a gallon or two) from your favorite restaurant to enjoy at home, thanks to a new state law. Let’s raise a glass for that.


Hey, who writes these editorials?

Editorials are the positions of the Editorial Board, which acts as the institutional voice of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The members of the board are: Cynthia M. Allen, columnist; Steve Coffman, editor and president; Bud Kennedy, columnist; and Ryan J. Rusak, opinion editor. Most editorials are written by Rusak and edited by Coffman. Editorials are not signed because they represent the consensus positions of the board, not the opinions of individual writers.

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