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Letters to the Editor: Kurds, Saudi Arabia, a messy Middle East, I-30 in Dallas, national parks, mental illness

Readers agree with other writers who worry about abandoning the Kurds, claim Saudi Arabia doesn’t need U.S. help, offer a plan to help the I-30 corridor in Dallas, suggest a plan for national parks and comment on the mentally ill.

Letter writers gave her hope

Re: “Weighing in on the U.S. and the Kurds," Sunday Letters.

Three cheers to The Dallas Morning News for this excellent group of letters and the accompanying heartrending photograph of the little girl, presumably a young Kurd, and her “Stop it!” poster.

While all the letters in this section made well-reasoned, valid points, my favorites were “Who cheers Trump’s insults?” by Zelda Goldwyn and “Unmask the true deplorables,” by Merle R. Walker. I don’t think either of these writers are opinion page “regulars,” but both of them perfectly expressed my own thoughts and frustrations with what’s going on politically in our country.

Many thanks to all for giving me hope that our electorate is well informed enough that our democracy will continue to thrive despite the blows it has recently suffered.

Karen Rosenthal, Irving

Allies may not leap to help Saudis

Re: “U.S. wants more help securing Saudi Arabia — Esper has talked with NATO allies about taking on bigger role in region,” Oct. 23 news story.

President Donald Trump is sending troops to Saudi Arabia and Defense Secretary Mark Esper will “urge allies to contribute more to the defense of that country and the Gulf region to counter threats from Iran.”

Based on recent events, this may be a tough sell. First of all, Saudi Arabia has the third-largest military budget in the world and we just agreed to sell them $8 billion in arms. Our allies have nowhere near the military budget that the Saudis have, but the kingdom needs help?

Secondly, we had an agreement with a coalition of major powers including France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, China and the European Union dealing with Iran. Trump pulled out of that agreement, causing more turmoil in the region, and now we are asking the same coalition to help patch up a mess he created.

Finally, his record of standing by his allies is not great, as the Kurds recently discovered. The allies will also remember his equivocation at remaining in NATO and his withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. I would say to the president, “You made your bed, now lie in it,” but unfortunately, he’s taking the country down with him.

Hans Voorn, Frisco

Poor representation

Our country has entered the world of Lewis Carroll’s novel, Through the Looking Glass. The White House seems to see the world as in a mirror, a reflection where everything is reversed. Up is down, black is white, good is bad. The White House has as its spokespeople a corps of Tweedledees and Tweedledums. With each passing day, their lies continue. Events are crazy and chaotic, as they were for Alice.

Early in his presidency, Trump said that he knew more than “all the generals” and recently attempted to show his great and unmatched wisdom by removing our troops from Turkey and abandoning our Kurdish allies. His decisions have landed our country in a hot mess in the Middle East. Yet he continues to declare a “big win” for our country. What he doesn’t understand is that American exceptionalism dies when we abandon our allies and turn to our adversaries for direction.

The president is our representative on the world stage. Our adversaries cheer and our allies weep.

Catherine Mangarelli, Fairview

We should do this with I-30

Re: “Dallas Torn Asunder — We must repair neighborhoods I-30 ripped apart years ago,” Monday Editorials.

Our past priorities gave transportation a higher value than protecting neighborhoods and parks. This poor decision-making has been costly for our city and made the neighborhoods Interstate 30 passes through irrelevant. So, what would be relevant for reconnecting these communities? First, move I-30 to a more conducive site and restore Mill Creek plus a parkway within the I-30 canyon rights-of-way.

Next, between downtown and Fair Park, transform I-30 into a civic boulevard, like Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Then, encourage higher-density communities with walkable streets and sidewalks. What TxDOT rolled out were two deck spaces totaling a mere 14 acres. A Mill Creek parkway would offer around 100 acres of green space, trails and a restored stream — a desirable linear amenity that bonds neighborhoods.

Near the end of the editorial, you correctly note that whatever happens, it must be in concert with the neighborhoods I-30 touches, but then state, “It needs to be a top transportation priority for the city.” Really? If we are trying to mend neighborhoods, then let’s rethink this as “the top land use, amenity and mobility priorities for these neighborhoods” to make them relevant again.

Robert L. Prejean, Dallas

Not a good idea for parks

Re: “U.S. mulls plan to privatize — ‘Outdoor heritage is on the line,’ critic says,” Tuesday news story.

Potentially, there is a place for privatization of parks. That place is in lieu of some maintenance operations requiring staff and equipment which have ongoing expenditures for government. But privatizing entire parks within the National Park System is a bad idea. The private sector is motivated by profit. This involves fees and expenses. In a park setting, if a given service does not produce a profit, fees need to be raised or overhead (read operations) needs to be reduced.

Looking through the eyes of the private sector, park operations that are not profitable should be restructured or, worse, eliminated. Allow privatization where it benefits our national parks, not where it changes their nature by making them profit centers.

Bob Hall, Rockwall

This wasn’t the whole story

Re: “'Hope in fight against mental illness,” by Sharon Grigsby, Tuesday Metro & Business column.

Michelle Staubach Grimes’ story doesn’t tell the whole story. Those who really need a platform are the working class, the single parents, those struggling without any support, who “make it” because they must, because they have no other choice.

Imagine the story if Grigsby had interviewed a functional depressive who worked at an ordinary job, provided for his/her family and carried out the mundane activities of daily living, while wrestling with the very same demons as Grimes.

Sadly, the people who need hope may have neither the time nor energy to read the paper. In addition, the number of uninsured in Texas compounds an already complex, under-addressed problem.

Cynthia Stock, Garland

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