Legislator shows courage
Re: “Paxton defenders should welcome Senate trial — Legislator who led investigative committee explains its decision,” by Andrew S. Murr, Sunday Opinion.
Thank you to Rep. Andrew Murr for explaining how you came to the vote to impeach Ken Paxton. Paxton has a long history of unethical behavior and for some strange reason, the Republican Party and its constituents choose to look the other way and continue to elect him.
I do not understand what has happened in this country, whereby people no longer have morals or values and people seem to be OK with this. It is really disgraceful and upsetting at the same time.
I find that so many people vote for the party of their choice just because they always have, but people really need to take a hard look at the Republican Party and see the quality of people being nominated and elected to serve.
I applaud Murr for having the courage to do the right thing when doing the right thing is frowned upon in his party.
Kathy Kennedy, North Dallas
Changes due in Godley
Re: “Godley mayor resigns after no-confidence vote,” by Dave Lieber, Thursday news column.
Following Lieber’s reporting, it seems appropriate that the town now consider making significant changes to the way it conducts business, as well as a name change for the city. Godley is no longer appropriate. To Jennifer Thompson, well done.
Nancy Mack, Carrollton
Panic buttons solve nothing
Re: “Schools fret over safety law — Districts worry they’ll struggle to pay for officers mandated by state,” June 3 news story.
Our politicians in Austin have decided to solve the problem of mass murders in our schools by installing a panic button in every classroom in Texas. Quite a solution. How long before our politicians realize they can solve disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes by requiring every homeowner to install a big, red panic button in their homes?
It looks to me to be an attempt to do something for the people of Texas without actually doing anything. A perfect political solution. It makes me wonder just how many of our wily politicians purchased stock in the Acme Panic Button Co. before they passed this law.
Ralph Goins, Coppell
Liz Cheney for president
I would like to submit a candidate for president who is conservative yet moderate, is able to work with both parties, willing to put nation before party, is willing to risk everything — job, status, even personal safety — to fight injustice and can give a perspective on women’s rights that none of the current candidates has. As a lifelong Democrat, I believe Liz Cheney can do that and has earned the opportunity to show her leadership skills to the nation.
B.S. Clemmer, Grand Prairie
Editor gave readers a break
Re: “Celebrated editor of literary heavyweights,” Thursday Metro & Business obituary.
I was sad to learn of Robert Gottlieb’s passing this week. Gottlieb was the behind-the-scenes editor of so many books I have read over the years. I only became acquainted with him through reading Robert Caro’s biographies about Robert Moses and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Gottlieb is the person who took a chance with many of my favorite authors. Imagine if Catch-22 was never published? The same goes for Michael Crichton’s books, such as Jurassic Park. He took a hunch on Toni Morrison. Same with Chaim Potok. His favorite quote was, “Give the reader a break.”
Thank you, Bob, for helping to make reading so enjoyable.
Barry Rothschild, Dallas
Allen massacre must be studied
Re: “Police still haven’t released footage — Some say disclosure of information is vital; families urge against it,” June 11 news story.
Kudos to The Dallas Morning News and editor Katrice Hardy for making the necessary open records requests regarding the Allen mall shooting.
The public interest in understanding what happened and preventing it from happening again outweighs privacy concerns. (Or the concerns of whatever state agency wrote the form letters on their behalf.)
American mass shootings have been going on for too long and too regularly without any rigorous examination. Instead, these shootings are followed by the same shallow media cycles: horrific images and body counts, a quick sketch of the shooter’s race and ideology, and ending with another pointless debate over guns. And repeat.
There needs to be a drill down of root causes: ideological and affiliate patterns among shooters, detailed timelines preceding casualty events, who sold the firearms and a history of all previous encounters law enforcement officers had with shooters.
Better yet, why don’t fusion centers ever provide a bulletin/suspicious activity reporting history for any of these gunmen? What’s the point of the billions spent on homeland security if they can’t stop this?
Jason Nancarow, Dallas/Red Bird
If DEI is bad, what’s good?
Re: “Abbott signs anti-DEI bill into law — Move will shut down offices, dismantle programs at state universities and college,” Thursday news story.
Although right-wing politicians are quick to condemn diversity, equity and inclusiveness, what antitheses are they embracing? If diversity is bad, does this mean the only ones who are “good” are those who look, act, talk and think like everyone else?
If equity is bad, is inequity, which is often based upon criteria like race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, good? If inclusion is bad, is a new Jim Crow style of segregation erected on the same criteria described above now good?
Fascism thrives on ignorance, which is why its primary target is education, because honest education provides the analytical and critical thinking skills that are kryptonite to fascism’s need for unquestioning acceptance of a so-called great leader who narcissistically hides behind a delusional veneer of omniscience.
Gov. Greg Abbott’s war on education is ingenious in its disingenuity because, by banning DEI and books, and by censoring ideas, he is effectively preempting the meaningful discussions that these books and ideas could invoke, and thus can claim to be crusading against indoctrination while he is actually achieving it.
David R. Hoffman, South Bend, Ind.
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