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Letters to the Editor - Three cheers to the Bush Center, Tyra Damm’s column, DMN editor Mike Wilson

Readers appreciate the dignified Bush Center, an inspiring column by Tyra Damm and praise editor Mike Wilson.

1 The Bush Center — I never thought I would find myself writing this, but as I visited the understated but dignified Bush Center I realized there is much I miss about President George W. Bush. I find this ironic since the those who blindly followed him during the Iraq disaster have now turned their back on him. Later in his presidency, Bush realized how badly he was being served by those who gave him dreadful advice. Bush made note of his bad decisions and worked hard to correct them. He built up a team who could help him stabilize the mess he made.

Bush may have had a flawed presidency, but the Bush Center gives a message that a better world is possible. All leaders will make mistakes. We need more leaders who will own up to their mistakes and work to correct them.

John Stettler, Dallas/Lochwood

2 Tyra Damm column — Re: “Today’s moments of joy quieter but meaningful,” Sept. 5 Comics & Puzzles column.

Damm’s essay on the ways we’re handling the pandemic was uplifting, encouraging and meaningful. She reminded us of how much good there is around us when we take the time to look for it. She started my morning off with a smile and a willingness to enjoy this present moment instead of wishing it away.

Sherry Orman, Garland

3 Editor Mike Wilson — Re: “Wilson stepping down as editor of The News — His nearly six-year tenure included 3 Pulitzer finalists and digital-first transition,” Sept. 30 Metro & Business story.

Dallas Morning News editor Mike Wilson deserves all the accolades and appreciation for his work and successes. What’s missing from the news about the change in his daily work (I don’t like the “stepping down” reference because what Wilson is doing is stepping into new adventures) is the fact that Wilson is more than an editor.

He makes connections and takes time with us, the DMN community. I can’t count the number of times I have emailed him with a question or request for help with DMN-related issues or just a comment. He responds quickly and completely. He doesn’t pass the work along, he takes the time to help.

Full disclosure, Wilson isn’t the only one I email. Everyone seems to emulate his style when it comes to responding, with patience and kindness and sometimes a bit of humor. Wilson’s style makes me feel like I’m not a subscriber to a major metropolitan newspaper, but more like what I imagine living in a small town would feel like — comfortable and familiar.

There is a saying — there may be no secrets in small towns, but there are no strangers either. That’s Wilson’s legacy for me, and I’m guessing there are a lot of others who feel the same way. Three cheers for Mike Wilson and the DMN as both move forward!

Perri B. Brackett, Lewisville

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