Letters to the Editor — Abbott, DNA kits, public libraries, turkeys, Proposition A

Notes on the fridge

On my fridge door, I have taped three Morning News pieces that sum up my thoughts on Greg Abbott. No. 1: a cartoon of the GOP elephant dumping a very large container of AR-15s over a large city, captioned, “Repeat after me: Liberals are responsible for crime in our cities.”

No. 2: “Age to buy AR-15s can’t be raised from 18 to 21, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says.” Abbott says it would be unconstitutional to raise the age for purchase of assault-style rifles.

No. 3: “Security costs for Texas Gov. Abbott’s second term: nearly $1.4M — and counting.”

The next one I am sure will make me sick every time I see it is the one that will be taped up next: “Parents, critics fume as as kids given DNA kits,” Thursday news story.

As a grandmother with three kids in Texas schools, I absolutely do not know how any parent will be able to perform this task. I absolutely do not understand how anyone can place an Abbott sign in their yard or vote for him if you have, or ever had, kids in school in this state. He gets $1.4 million in security for himself but authorizes DNA kits for your kids.

Jan Neher, Richardson

Appalling action

The Texas government sending DNA kits to parents is an appalling action. It says, in effect, “We won’t act to save your child. But here, you should be able to identify their body.”

How disgusting. Whoever supports that idea should be banished from any governmental position. What is wrong with the state government?

Michael Bulkeley, Richardson

You have a right to go elsewhere

Re: “Battle over book bans boils over into public libraries — Attempted removals expected to reach record this year,” Wednesday news story.

The need to insist upon removing books or displays at a community library because of one’s own personal beliefs or feelings is reprehensible in a democratic society. These facilities are established and open for all citizens and provide materials and information catering to a broad spectrum of a supported area.

If the library does not suit one’s needs, then please exercise your own rights to go to another or to support whatever bookstore meets your qualifications. Do not impose or infringe upon the rights of others to have a wide variety and freely available information sources from which to openly choose for themselves.

As Arlington Public Library director Norma Zuniga stated, “Our mission is to open doors to a world of ideas, information and imagination.” Far from being groomed or swayed, library patrons may actually learn facts that will help them to become healthier, knowledgeable and more well-rounded neighbors and citizens who can participate fully in American life. As President John F. Kennedy once noted, “Libraries should be open to all — except the censor.”

V.C. Patterson, Carrollton

Silly shortage

Re: “Run, don’t trot, to claim your turkey — Bird shortage, price hikes have some restaurants looking for alternatives,” Wednesday news story.

Thanksgiving was about family and friends together when I was growing up. Being Italian, Pops shaped a turkey out of sausage and meatballs just because he could. Didn’t matter what was on the table, it was about giving thanks for friends and family and to enjoy each other’s company on that one day each year.

The call to panic is quite humorous in a way. “Rush out and get your turkey while they last, beat the crowd.” Sounds like a fire sale advertisement. So sad. Are we even sure the Pilgrims served turkey? The inhabitants at the time probably brought deer. Now let’s look at the people that will fill their carts with 10 turkeys because there is now a shortage, and they want to make sure they have them for the next 10 years. Sounds silly right? I still to this day can’t get my head around the toilet paper thing during COVID-19.

I think I’ll just hold off on the bird this year and see what I can fashion a turkey out of. Maybe four or five Cornish game hens. Think anyone will notice? No, because we’ll be too busy enjoying each other’s stories.

Michael Campione, Plano

Voting no on Prop. A

Re: “Proposition A will help build a better Dallas — Vote for the future of Fair Park and a new convention center for Dallas,” by Eric Johnson, Tuesday Opinion.

While I agree that some major problems do exist with the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, I do not agree with the need for a totally new structure. The cost is enormous. Even though the planning is for hotel and other visitor taxes to pay off the bonds, I am pretty sure that the Dallas taxpayer is still liable for the debt if the tax paid is insufficient.

I am older and probably will not face this problem, but children and grandchildren will. Dallas has several excellent museums in the center city area, but how many visitors to Dallas choose to visit here to see these museums or to attend a concert or play? Our entertainment selection is a bit limited compared with several other large cities in the U.S.

If we must go forward with a new center, I think we should be cautious about raising the tax rates charged visitors. I believe we will lose conventions to other cities with a more exciting or diverse selection of entertainment venues. That would be very costly. I’ll vote no.

Marvin J. Noble, Dallas/Preston Hollow

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