Letters to the Editor — O.J., ERCOT, immigrants, money matters

Readers disdained Simpson; excoriated the energy grid; found an immigration story confounding; and cited the wages of wealth.

Waiting for the Booth story

Re: “O. J. SIMPSON 1947-2024: Ex-football star, center of murder ‘trial of the century’ — Athlete who later did jail time for robbery dies of cancer,” Friday news story.

After reading the story about O.J. Simpson’ s remarkable football career notwithstanding his “legal troubles,” I eagerly await one giving a glowing account of the acting career of John Wilkes Booth.


James Hughey, Denton


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Glamorizing two homicides

There are many ways the life of a murderer can be glamorized. “Ex-football star” and “trial of the century” are two, but all I can think about is the savagery and spilled blood of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman when they were brutally slaughtered by this ex-football star.


To be honest, describing it as the “trial of the century” should be changed to the “injustice of the century.” The brutality that Brown and Goldman suffered cannot be minimized by trying to find ways to glamorize a savage killer.

Don Skaggs, Garland

Gov. Abbott, please help us

Re: “ERCOT issues warning — Official expecting increased demand, which could put a strain on state’s power grid,” Saturday Metro & Business story.


It is very disturbing to read that ERCOT is already concerned about the power grid for the coming week, one day predicted to get to 88. What is going to happen when we get to the real heat of summer?

When is our governor going to take care of this issue and put the residents of Texas first on his agenda? We can only hope it will be soon before we all roast in our Texas heat.

Vicki McManus, Plano

It’s only April

I find it outrageous that ERCOT is already warning customers about power outages in April. With millions of migrants pouring into Texas, the huge push toward electric vehicles and the drain on electricity by businesses like bit-coin mining, we could be headed to a disaster.

The Biden administration is seemingly committed to unsustainable programs, such as doing away with fossil fuel and handcuffing oil and gas development, while urging Americans to buy electric vehicles that not many people want or can afford. This is absurd.

We need to pull out all the stops in energy production if we are to keep this economy robust. It seems Texas is always at odds with this administration, because Washington is so bloated and inefficient that it is oblivious to what citizens want or need.

Elections have consequences, so please vote in November.

Anton Skell, Plano


Don’t justify illegality

Re: “Immigrants boost economy — Experts say they helped job growth, which aided in staving off a recession,” Saturday news story.

I find it very disappointing that The Dallas Morning News would feature a front-page article about how illegal immigrants are boosting the economy and never mention the millions who have come here illegally who are suppressing wage increases for America’s citizens. That’s to say nothing of the serious crimes connected to some illegal immigrants.

Interesting that the FBI director just commented that we are more vulnerable to horrible events taking place than he ever recalls in the history that he has had with the department.


We should never be justifying illegality. There were countless numbers who have filed paperwork for entry far ahead of the woman featured in this article.

Dale Strimple, Plano

Nothing to fear here

Re: “Court sentences tycoon to death in fraud case” — Friday news story.


While it might be a bit extreme in the other direction, the death penalty for defrauding a nation is much closer to justice than what we do in America: Give fraudsters more money.

If the crooks on Wall Street had feared death (or more reasonably: extended imprisonment and strict regulation) instead of expecting bailouts in 2008, they might not have gambled away trillions of dollars of our money in the first place.

Time will tell if Vietnam has sent its message to corrupt business leaders or if it merely started a game of whack-a-mole. Its financial regulatory infrastructure is still young, after all.

Our Securities and Exchange Commission, by contrast, has much more expertise and resources, even if it maddeningly refuses to use them. With all this talk of law and order, we have lost sight of society’s real criminals: the ultrawealthy. I hope Americans see Vietnam’s example and think, “Why can’t we do that?”


Thomas Urech, Richardson

The advantages of wealth

Some things to think about during tax season: Worker salaries are taxed at a higher rate than wealthy folks’ investment income. Income over $168,600 is not taxed to fund Social Security.

As of January 2024, the IRS has collected more than $520 million in back taxes from delinquent millionaires. Per Fortune Magazine, 55 major companies paid $0 in federal taxes on their 2020 profits.


ProPublica, using Internal Revenue Service data, found the 25 richest Americans, including Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett and Elon Musk, paid a true tax rate of just 3.4% between 2014 and 2018, despite their collective net worth rising by more than $400 billion in the same period. Notice a pattern?

Add to this, the 401(k) was invented by accident. It was inserted into the IRS tax code in 1978 to address uncertainty about the tax status of profit-sharing plans. In 1979, benefits consultant Ted Benna noticed the glitch made it possible for employers to establish simple, tax-advantaged savings accounts for their employees.

Ask your favorite federal politicians about this next time they talk about taxes or ask for campaign money.

James C. Francis, Carrollton


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