Letters to the Editor – Gun Control, Opinion versus Fact, Student Loans, The Adolphus
Missing the obvious
Our state legislators and our governor seem to ignore the obvious. The simple fact is that if Texas had a law requiring anyone buying a gun to be at least 21 years old, we would have 21 people alive in Uvalde today. Why is this evidence never really mentioned? It’s time to put the right to life of innocent children and teachers ahead of the unregulated right of an 18-year-old to own a gun. Common sense must prevail.
Ronald A. Harvot, Mound of Flowers
More guns not the answer
While we should all applaud the efforts of the Bipartisan Senate Group for the Compromise Plan to Help Gun Reform (if they go ahead and pass it), it still isn’t enough. Passing laws that only address child survival after a shooter arrives at a school with a military-style rifle only prolongs the trauma children now face every day they go to school. ‘school.
Getting them through a door guarded by the police or their armed teachers, principals or coaches will only continue to make them fearful of going to school. Kids know that military style guns kill a lot of people very quickly. They watch movies and play video games that show them.
Congress needs to pass laws that will help stop the shooter before he gets to their school, rather than training kids to survive after a shooter with an automatic weapon is in their school. We need to stop the trauma of our children and grandchildren. Don’t destroy the trust they left in the police and the love they have for their teachers by putting more guns in the schools.
Bob Coleman, Lakewood
Opinions, confusing facts
Subject: “Drama made for television”, by Kay Wrobel, June 14 Letters.
This letter writer went to great lengths to belittle and belittle the January 6 Committee for staging a made-for-television drama. The author called the hearings an exercise in partisanship and concluded that we should not expect nonpartisan findings.
Yes, the ratings are indeed compelling, almost compelling, but pale in comparison to the TV version of the actual event. As a proud American, watching the insurrection sickens me.
As for any perceived inclination, I believe the author is confusing opinion with fact. The facts know no partisanship. The facts don’t care about the committee’s opinions on abortion or immigration or their previous votes. The hard evidence behind these facts does not care about political parties.
This is why our courts demand facts and evidence, not loud tales or ridiculous accusations. It’s also why every challenge in the election has been dismissed, even by Trump-appointed judges. Supporter? Even if U.S. Representative Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Sen. Ted Cruz presented these facts and evidence, we would come to the same conclusion: Trump’s actions before, during and after the riot were indefensible.
John R. Dorgan, Mound of Flowers
Work on those student loans
Re: “Biden Shouldn’t Cancel Student Debt – Tempting Ahead of Midterm Elections, But This Plan Is Regressive, Unfair, and Partisan,” Wednesday’s editorial.
I suggest setting up a program similar to joining the National Guard. Basically, the student works two days a month for eight years. They can work at a VA hospital and get a $4,000 rebate for every year they work. Eight years of work at $4,000 a year is about the cost of an average student loan.
They would serve veterans and not only win the loan forgiveness, but also appreciate what veterans have done for their freedom. They would likely adopt healthier lifestyles because of their exposure to veteran health dilemmas.
More importantly, it would be fair to all students who have repaid their loans without government assistance.
Frank Rovelli, Newnan, Ga.
Invest in our students
Your misguided editorial criticizes student loan forgiveness as regressive, while admitting that it would not apply to high-income people. You also admit that the cost of education is out of control.
Could the reason be that we adults benefit more from tax cuts than paying for our children’s education?
You say he’s partisan in a state where the GOP routinely enforces extremist policies with no regard for the other side. We have to wait for their permission before doing what is necessary for our students?
The idea that it’s unfair is just as laughable. What is unfair is that those of us whose annual tuition was only a few hundred dollars are complaining about investing in our students at a maximum discount of $10,000.
. The belief that college is a waste of time and a place of “enlightened indoctrination” is flourishing. It is sad that we no longer celebrate the great advancements and privileges we receive from living in an educated society. Selfishly, don’t you want “the best and brightest” to operate on you instead of just “average but richest”?
Robert Bouton Murphy
Good memories of the Adolphus
Re: “Here’s to you, Adolphus – Through ambition, excess, racism and reinvention, the story of the downtown hotel is the story of Dallas”, by Mark Lamster, Arts column & Life of May 29.
My memories of the Adolphus began long before I was born. My dad worked for Oilwell Supply in Dallas. In January 1942, he and my mother spent the long, cool evenings dancing and dining at the Baker and Adolphus hotels before he left by train for Parris Island for basic US Marine Corps training.
My mom would talk years later about formal attire, big bands, and the music that wafted down the street as the couples strolled hand-in-hand for their last nights together. My father returned five years later from World War II. I’m pretty sure my Earth debut was in the Adolphus when he returned to Dallas. My mother lived into her 90s and loved walking past the Adolphus. She had this wistful smile on her face from past memories.
James Sherrad, Plano
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