Letters to the Editor — Total eclipse, meaning of words, immigrants, Texas PUC plan

Readers reflect on the meaning behind the total eclipse; respond to the column about politicized words; hope for a compromise on immigration; and support a Texas PUC plan.

Savor special moments

We often get so busy in our world of time limits and schedules that we often forget the miracles happening right before our eyes. Monday’s eclipse reminded me of some essential truisms about life that I had forgotten.

Special events often occur only in rare circumstances. Take the time to experience them and relish the moment.


Monday’s watch parties brought together people from all walks of life in a rare moment to rejoice, laugh and sing together. We should do that more often.


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There is something magical about nature that man just cannot control. Let’s remember that nature is precious and not to be taken for granted.

We are part of a much bigger picture in this universe, and we must remember our place, where we belong and our responsibility.


Life is good, so every day take a moment to pause and give thanks for special moments. They may not come around again in our lifetime.

Andrew L. Norton, Mesquite

Read between the lines

Re: “‘One language, many realities’ — When words become politicized, we lose real meaning,” by Rudolph Bush, Sunday Opinion.


Thank you, Mr. Bush, for shining a light on how language is so easily co-opted by political forces and exacerbated by social media. I’d like to add to the discussion the creation and use of acronyms. For example, in the field of bilingual education, the acronym LEP (limited-English proficient), a label for an immigrant student learning English, was replaced by ELL and EL (English language learner) because LEP sounded like a disease. Currently, even EL was replaced by EB (emergent bilingual), to signify that the intent is not just to acquire English, but to become bilingual and biliterate.

These are perhaps subtle changes, but politically, they are meaningful. Even the co-opting and politicizing of DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) by making it illegal in public colleges and universities to ensure access and educational success for all Texas students has become a twisted throwback to the days of Jim Crow.

And let’s not omit CRT (critical race theory) from the now blacklisted academic deep dives into systemic racism. Yes, indeed, language matters! Acronyms matter, too! Let’s all learn to read between the lines.

Sheryl Santos-Hatchett, Dallas/Mountain Creek

Don’t take the bait, GOP

Re: “Republicans could rescue our workforce,” by Dan Hooper, April 3 Opinion.

I feel like the author of this column is trying to bully Republicans into capitulating to the Democrats’ immigration policies. Sure, enough immigrants are needed, and, as the Federal Reserve points out, the overall economy benefits. But at what cost?

The Federal Reserve also points out that working-class wages are negatively impacted when immigration levels are in excess of our needs. There are millions of workers in the U.S. who could benefit from getting our immigration levels right. Recent gains in working-class wages are, I believe, a direct result of the tightening labor market resulting from reduced immigration levels from 2014 to 2021.


Hooper cites the 1986 Reagan Immigration Reform and Control Act as support for amnesty. Besides amnesty, that bill was supposed to better control immigration through increased border controls and employer penalties for hiring immigrants not permitted to work. The control portion of the act was largely ineffective.

I think a compromise that effectively controls immigration and grants amnesty to DACA individuals would be better received by Republicans. Instead, the Democrats seem dedicated to no compromise at all.

William Pritchard, Farmers Branch

Bring on 2nd NFL team

Re: “Dallas Chiefs? Mayor hopes for NFL team of city’s own — Long-odds pitch comes after Kansas City’s voters reject plan to pay for stadium redo,” Thursday Metro & Business story.


I am all for Mayor Eric Johnson’s push to get a football team for Dallas. Dallas hasn’t had a football team for years. The Cowboys played in Irving and now play in Arlington. I guess we didn’t offer Jerry Jones enough tax breaks for him to build his stadiums in the city whose namesake he uses.

This city can support two football teams, just like Los Angeles supports the Rams and the Chargers. A new stadium would bring in new investment. And Dallas would have its own team again.

The Dallas Cowboys are barely a football team, in my opinion. Jones basically has turned them into a branding enterprise. The team on the field has been astonishingly mediocre for 25 years.

Jones always promises next year, and the rubes believe it. Spoiler alert: They won’t make the playoffs next year, either.


Jason Nancarrow, Dallas

Use plan to restore grid trust

The Texas Public Utility Commission plan called the performance credit mechanism is a work in progress by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and all the electric providers in the supply chain.

It will establish a reliability standard that will be allocated to all that sell at retail, eliminate scarcity pricing like what happened during the 2021 winter storm, provide a predictable revenue stream so generators will build and establish a bidding system which will fund just enough new generation to provide reliability. This new plan promises to hold down costs to the public, while at the same time improving reliability.


It is my hope that the power generators, the Texas Association of Manufacturers, the Association of Retail Electric Providers and Municipal and Electric Cooperatives can work together to make this plan work for the public and present a unified plan to the Legislature in 2025 that can be approved. It must be done to restore public confidence in the reliability of the grid in Texas.

Thomas L. Darte, Greenville

Retired general manager, Greenville Electric Utility System

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