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Letters to the Editor - Three cheers to Mark Roglan, HackDFW event, musical headline

Readers appreciate all the late Meadows Museum director did for the museum; praise how companies reached out to students at the recent HackDFW event; and love the “Ain’t no district wide enough” headline.

1 Meadows Museum director Mark Roglan — Our hearts just sank when we saw the news that Mark Roglan died. We’ve been museum members for over 20 years and have taken great pleasure in each and every visit we’ve made to the Meadows.

We did not know Roglan personally, but we had the pleasure of hearing him speak at many museum functions. He was always upbeat, positive and such an articulate proponent of Spanish art, of the Meadows Museum and of the beautiful Southern Methodist University campus where it’s located.

He raised the Meadows’ profile to the point where it was considered the finest museum of Spanish art outside Spain, and he was just getting started. It is a great loss for his family, friends and anyone in the Dallas-Fort Worth area who admires art.

We are thankful the Meadows Museum had his enthusiastic leadership for as long it did, but it grieves us to know that it should have been much longer.

Leif and Nora Salvesen, Plano

2 HackDFW event — Re: “Event encourages student hackers — Some of D-FW’s largest companies take notes, offer jobs after graduation,” Oct. 10 Business story.

This is an outstanding example of companies reaching out to students with technical skills. Bravo!

An extension of this idea is to recruit high school and college students as interns, pairing them with business professionals willing to train. The idea is that what students learn in one semester is applied and expanded the next in a work environment. It also pays them a modest wage. The money they earn can even help pay for their continued education.

Professional fields like engineering and business management are excellent candidates for this method of educational enhancement, but so are the trades. We are currently experiencing a problem replacing workers who are nearing retirement with no one trained to take their place. Basic skills like high school and community college math, science, history, building, welding and business are great starting points, both to encourage students to participate in business and perhaps to encourage some to continue their education.

This approach also helps businesses understand the young people who will be creating the future.

Ray Johnston, Heath

3 Musical headline —Re: “Ain’t no district wide enough ... Proposal would have Denton share a seat with distant Dalhart.” Oct. 5 news headline.

I must commend the headline writer. At 5:30 a.m., as I pulled the plastic cover off my Dallas Morning News, I saw this headline and my mind went immediately to the music and lyrics and finished out the thought, “Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep me from you.”

It gave me a chuckle that morning. Thank you for an imaginative headline (at least for those of us old enough to remember that song).

Frances C. Wilson, McKinney

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