Letters to the Editor – Shingle Mountain in Dallas, Beto O’Rourke, Texas’ Electoral College, Texas seceding, bias in media
A suitable replacement
Subject: “Shingle Mountain Pile Cleanup Starts This Week – Q. Roberts Trucking Receives $ 450,000 to Take the Trash to a Landfill on Youngblood Road,” Metro & Business Story Tuesday.
Once the shingles are removed from Shingle Mountain, which has become a nationally reported spot in the city of Dallas, I recommend establishing a park there dedicated to residents who have been ignored and disregarded for so long. We managed to save the ugly landfill that is now the Trinity Audubon Center. Let’s do something similar to acknowledge our wrongdoing and to honor the Dallas residents who suffered on Shingle Mountain.
Gary Looper, Dallas
The cost of no enforcement
Years ago, enforcement of the Dallas Code couldn’t force a private company to clean up its illegal landfill, and now Dallas taxpayers are hooked for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Sometimes we forget the importance of obeying the laws and regulations, and it costs taxpayers a lot of money. This company was allowed to break the law and keep working and making money – and years later, after the company went out of business, taxpayers had to pay. This is a lesson to all of us of the importance of city government to the health, safety and wellbeing of our city.
Fred Wells, Dallas
An opportunity to learn
Subject: “Objections to Teacher O’Rourke” by Cecil Hale, Sunday Letters.
Hale doesn’t think Beto O’Rourke can be trusted to “present constitutionally supported information to our children.” It can only be assumed that Hale wasted a vote on Senator Ted Cruz and decided to support the Senator’s already coordinated and continued efforts to be the first Canadian to become President. Perhaps the “children” (voters) he was referring to can grow intellectually by exposure to the thoughts of an instructor who has demonstrated knowledge, honesty, compassion, and sincerity about the politics and life of Texans.
Gary A. James, Plano
What the voices of Texas really mean
Our state’s unanimous 38 votes for President Donald Trump in the electoral college on Monday were dog whistles for Trump supporters and Joe Biden supporters alike. 1. Women, prepare to continue your role as a second class citizen. 2. There are no major strides towards equality in sight in any area of Texas. 3. Domestic terrorism will continue to increase in the US. 4. Public schools will continue to lose funding and government support. 5. Medical care for the poor, especially the minorities, will continue to fail.
Biden can count on the treatment Barack Obama received, the citizens of this country will continue to be changed in the short term and the rich will get richer as the middle class will merge into a burgeoning poverty class. Conclusion: In the next four years we are all about to go on a roller coaster ride – and it will probably be scary!
Alice Adams, Austin / Dripping Springs
Looking ahead to Texas
Subject: “Trump’s Influence on Texas Will Last” by Gromer Jeffers Jr., “Monday Metro” column.
Jeffers’ column on President Donald Trump’s continued influence in Texas leads me to make two suggestions.
First, instead of a referendum on Texas leaving the Union proposed by Texas GOP Chairman Allen West, why don’t the Democratic strongholds of Austin, Dallas and Houston pull out of Texas and see what happens to the state Economy will after the cities withdraw and found their own republic?
Second, if Ken Paxton wins re-election as attorney general in 2022, attorneys general from the four states Paxton sued should band together to protest the outcome as there would certainly be an obvious fraud if a politician like Paxton, who is accused, charged with state and federal crimes should be re-elected. No citizenry would be that crazy, would it?
Sanford G. Thatcher, Frisco
Out-of-staters have a point
As a Texan, I get irritated when people in other parts of the country refer to Texans as ignorant redneck fools. But then people like Lance Gooden, Ronny Jackson and the Texas GOP Electoral College prove that this is absolutely true in parts of our state. Sad!
K. Alan Heuser, Plano
The news is anti-Trump
Subject: “Biased and One-Dimensional” by Don Skaggs, December 11th letters.
I fully agree with Skaggs’ letter drawing attention to the anti-trump, anti-conservative coverage of the Dallas Morning News. I’m surprised you released it.
Jack Chandler Myers, Dallas
Keep providing facts
I take pride in recognizing letters from Don Skaggs within the first few words, and I was right again. As usual, he tries to equate the excellent coverage of the Dallas Morning News with an imaginary bias against President Donald Trump and the GOP. He asks why The News rarely publishes letters that “make our only newspaper our business”, including for “anti-American” reporting.
Here’s a novel idea: there aren’t any. Most of us know facts from fiction. Thank you Dallas Morning News for the facts, no matter how difficult it is for Trump supporters to swallow them.
Jane L. Fueller, Plano
Maybe the world has changed
I wonder if Don Skaggs and others who believe the Dallas Morning News is a liberally-minded anti-democracy paper have thought that there are many people in Dallas, many of whom are leaning to the left. I moved here in 1980 when this paper was far right. I’ve been happy to see The News become more moderate over the past few years, but it’s by no means a liberal newspaper.
Perhaps liberal letter writers are just more productive. Perhaps the state of our nation has awakened true patriotism, more respect for the present constitutional dangers, and the fulfillment of duty. Or maybe letter writers cannot find enough justification for the actions of this government and Congress to fill a paragraph.
Amanda Stanton, Duncanville
Call the fire department
Given the president’s conduct over the past four years, and especially since his election defeat, don’t be surprised if the White House burns down on the night of January 19th.
John Jagger, Richardson
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