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Letters to the Editor — Three cheers to hybrid SUVs, American Middle editorial, Jim Lowe

Readers appreciate Toyota making hybrid SUVs; encourage more editorials that advocate for common sense; and pay tribute to Jim Lowe, the voice of Big Tex.

1 Hybrid SUVs — Re: “Toyota begins production of hybrid Sequoia SUV at San Antonio plant,”

This story reports that Toyota is building a plant in the Dallas area dedicated to making hybrid SUVs. This will be the car of the future instead of the all-electric vehicle. Toyota is simply re-inventing the wheel, so to speak, as these vehicles charge their batteries as they are driven and even while braking.

What more could you ask of a car if gas remains high and the Greens worry about our carbon footprint?

Dr. Bob Dewberry, North Dallas

2 The American Middle editorial — Re: “The American Middle — Extremists on both sides are dividing Americans for power and profit. We can change that,” Sept. 18 Opinion.

Thank you for this editorial. It resonates with me because I constantly feel like the news out there is biased, with so little real journalism anymore. The pie charts with surveys were helpful and show that Americans mostly have common sense when it comes to these important issues.

I’m writing this to encourage you to continue because I feel like a silenced person out there with so many strong opinions among friends and neighbors.

I like to be informed but I often have to jump around the TV and newspaper headlines to try and figure out what is really happening.

So great job, Dallas Morning News, and I hope to see more like this in the future!

Tracy Theodoropoulos, Dallas

3 Jim Lowe, the voice of Big Tex — With the State Fair of Texas here again, it’s time for a salute to the original, and to some of us, the only real voice of Big Tex, our late friend and colleague, Ol’ Jim Lowe.

Lowe shared with a couple of us WRR-FM radio co-workers at lunch one day that Hollywood dubbed over his “Howdy, folks” greeting for the 1962 film shot in Dallas because “he didn’t sound Texan enough.” Although it really sounded suspiciously like the production company came up with an excuse not to pay the native Texan. But Lowe held no bad feelings. To him it was just part of his job.

Here’s to his memory and his genuine humility.

Jim Lawrence, Carrollton

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