Courage from Abbott is needed
Why does the United States have 5 times more daily COVID-19 cases than the European Union? Perhaps it’s because the EU has leaders who recommend wearing face masks and then follow their own guidelines. I congratulate Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Tarrant County Judge B. Glen Whitley for their leadership in mandating face masks for businesses and their clients.
Gov. Greg Abbott should show some courage and mandate the same statewide and hold back on opening businesses. If we are ever going to slow this virus and get our economy up and running, we need to stress to our citizens of all ages that the wearing of face masks and social distancing is absolutely essential, and that disregarding these measures is selfishness personified.
President Donald Trump has failed our country by making these preventive measures political. It should not be political, but instead, an act of good citizenship, of caring for others more than our own personal agendas.
Vivian Bush, Ovilla
Not the time to take a knee
Colin Kaepernick and anyone else has a right to kneel to protest any cause or injustice they choose. I just do not believe the timing, during the presentation of our flag and our national anthem, is appropriate. Our current military and veterans of all ethnicities have fought to defend the freedoms that we so enjoy. Not standing in reverence to our flag and anthem is disrespectful to our country. Take a knee to start the second half; to understand your cause, take the time to understand mine. I pray all Americans can become better listeners and more understanding of one another.
Mike Brown, Rowlett
Speaking of taking a knee ...
Personally, there is only one reason I will ever willingly and enthusiastically ”take a knee,” and that is to revere and worship my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ and his loving father — the lord God almighty!
Nella (Pitts) Phillips, North Dallas
Creative approach to poll locations
Why not move polling locations from schools and other government buildings to Costco and businesses that require masks for entry? Wouldn’t it be nice if Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton cared as much about the health of Texas voters and election workers as Costco? Hire some Chick-fil-A employees and require masks at Costco or Chick-fil-A polling locations. That would improve safety and reduce the long line at the polls. It’s a pandemic; let’s vote safely by thinking outside the box.
Tom Hopkins, North Dallas
Texas families need to step up
Re: “Foster care fixes are overdue — Yet another report about state system’s shortcomings is a call to action,” Wednesday Editorials.
I can certainly understand the editorial board’s lament about the state of foster care in Texas. My wife and I became licensed foster parents in 2018 and have seen firsthand the system’s shortcomings. Still, our experience has consistently shown three things.
First, almost everyone we encountered “within” the system (whether within the courts, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Our Community Our Kids or our agency) was doing their best to protect children and perform their jobs well. They are all to be commended for what they do.
Second, we are deluding ourselves if we expect the state to be able to properly fulfill the role of the family. Certainly, the state has a vested interest and obligation to protect children whose families have failed them, but state conservatorship of children is ultimately an inferior solution to children being brought up in their own loving families.
Which brings me to my third point: Despite the problems highlighted in your editorial, the most urgent need is for more Texas families to come forward and get involved in foster care. While it is unlikely that the state will ever perfect the system, what is certain is that abused and neglected children will continue to need safe and loving homes, so it is all the more incumbent on Texans to see the plight of these children and step forward to care for them.
Nathan Carruth, Fort Worth
Time for new leadership
Let me start by introducing myself: I am 78 years of age and of Italian heritage. I was successfully self-employed for many years. I come from a immigrant family from New York. My political leanings are independent, but leaning towards conservative. My parents were staunch Democrats. I served three years in the Army during the ’60s. My parents never received any government assistance and provided adequately for their five children. My father was a cobbler, a trade he learned from his older brother. My mother worked periodically during my adolescence. I do not understand what is going on in my country. I did not own slaves, nor did my parents. We did not endorse slavery nor any other conscription efforts by the government.
Was there prejudice in our house? Probably yes. I believe it is natural to have some prejudices. My real complaint concerns my elected representatives in Washington. I believe the time is now to vote out all of the elected representatives in whatever level of government who are only there to satisfy their egos and not help the country.
Angelo J. Vaccaro, North Dallas
Such hope from a paint and a rock
On a late afternoon walking my dog, I see a beautifully painted rock that has the word “hope” on it. It was such a happy surprise; I just stood there and looked at it. I picked it up, and on the other side there was a cross. My heart was so happy and yes, we need hope at this time.
When I got home I put it on Facebook. A few days later, I ran into two of my friends from my church, Cathedral of Hope. We were chatting and and one of them said, “I saw your post on Facebook. That’s awesome.” Then the other one said she did not want me to say anything, but she is the one who has been painting the rocks, and she was so happy I had found it.
A few days later, I was coming up to the “rock corner " at the same time as a woman. She picked up a painted rock that said, “Let go, let God.” She said her boyfriend is dying of cancer and she was bringing them home to him, giving him some peace.
This has motivated her to start paining rocks, too. We chatted a few more minutes, and she told me that these painted rocks have given her so much hope and would love to meet this person. She said, “She is my guardian angel.”
Marty Oswalt, Dallas/Oak Lawn
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