Letters to the Editor – Haitian immigrants, Dallas paramedic, Texas propositions, democracy


Behind Haitian immigrant influx

Re: “Haitian arrival part of plan? Officials: Social media, buses ushered thousands of migrants to Del Rio,” Sunday news story.

This front page story should be studied in journalism schools as the way to explain the stories behind the news. This reporting achieves Watergate investigation status in my opinion. I’ve wondered and heard others voice the question, “How did so many Haitians arrive at a remote border entry at the same time?”

The Dallas Morning News has offered the story that explains this phenomenon. That explanation deserves serious consideration because it expands the Haitian refugee influx beyond immigration and into the realm of international relationships and the way a weaker nation can exert power over a stronger nation.

For those who ask, “Why do we need newspapers?,” this soundly researched and well-written story explains it all.

Charles L. Curtis, Dallas/Lake Highlands

Follow the money

Good start, but where is the rest of the story? Such organization requires an organizer and money. Who thinks they will benefit from this immigration glut?

The Haitians who are coming are too poor to finance this. Is this another Vladimir Putin ex-KGB disinformation program to destabilize the United States? Perhaps a conservative ploy to discredit the current president? Is there another group that backs unlimited immigration to the United States?

Ralph Manns, Rowlett

Change is required

Re: “Paramedic under scrutiny — He kicked homeless man, was cleared; DA says staff ‘dropped ball,’” Sunday news story.

The headline for this story should be, “Paramedic, Dallas Fire Rescue, Dallas Police Department, District Attorney’s Office under scrutiny.”

I thank the reporter and The Dallas Morning News for going to ground for the details and bringing these issues to light. Where were the internal processes that should have protected Kyle Vess against physical violence by a paramedic? Dallas Fire Rescue failed to weed out an employee whose violent history is now coming to light.

Certain members of the police department appear to have hidden behind its wall of blue. The district attorney’s office admitted its errors too late to bring the paramedic to justice.

Citizens depend on police and paramedics to assist us during our worst times. Do we now have to worry that city departments have not weeded out those employees whose behavior is not conducive to providing safety and healing? I look forward to the rest of the story by your fine reporters. I hope they can report that the internal processes are not only under review but are changing.

Nancy Mack, Carrollton

Look it up

Re: “Awaiting further information,” by Rod Scales, Sunday Letters.

This letter bemoaned that data on the individual Texas propositions won’t come out of Austin.

Well folks, you all can get a passel of information, in about a 30-second search for data, if you just exercise your constitutional right and responsibility to inform yourselves. On Proposition 4 I did that and it is revealed on this site: ballotpedia.org/Texas_Proposition_4,_Changes_to_Eligibility_for_Certain_Judicial_Offices_Amendment_(2021) And it gives you probably more data than you can absorb.

When I was a kid and asked my folks a question at dinner (yeah, we ate dinner together every night, imagine that) the response I got was “Be a looky.” We had books in the house, you know things like a dictionary and an encyclopedia. My siblings and I were taught to go find answers for ourselves. I know, how quaint. Now the Internet makes this a breeze.

The bottom line to this subject is that, in less time than it took the writer to write it, he could have simply searched the web to find the answer.

Alan Leonard Johnson, Plano

All must participate

Re: “Vaccine lessens the blow,” by Frank Wagnon, Wednesday Letters.

Wagnon indicates that if you don’t get the vaccine you are hurting only yourself. Actually this is wrong. The fewer vaccinated people in the population, the better chance for more variants to emerge, some of which may ignore the vaccine. The vaccine will indeed prevent the spread of the virus if we all participate.

Victor F. Kralisz, Northwest Dallas

GOP will do anything to win

Redistricting (to the GOP advantage, no doubt) is one of the main topics of the third million-dollar-plus special session called by Greg Abbott. Just how much shuffling does it take for those folks to win an election? I guess this ties in with the voter suppression recently signed. We are really the full service state now.

Kurt Wolfenbarger, East Dallas

Founding Fathers would be appalled

What would our Founding Fathers say if they were alive today? Benjamin Franklin was asked “what kind of new government do we have?” It was reported that he replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.” Today, he might say, “I told you so.” washingtonpost.com/history/2019/12/18/republic-if-you-can-keep-it-did-ben-franklin-really-say-impeachment-days-favorite-quote/

Thomas Jefferson, who thought an occasional rebellion was a good thing, would probably say that the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was too extreme. James Madison, John Adams and George Washington, who valued virtue above all else, would be appalled. Virtue to them meant placing the good of the country above our personal interests.

Our Founding Fathers would be furious to learn that today corporations have more power than people. This smacks of control by an aristocracy that they sought to end.

I call on educators to teach students that our democracy can easily disappear if we don’t cherish and care for it. Further, I ask our elected officials to put an end to extreme partisan gerrymandering and to restore a sane approach to campaign finance. Our founders would support an amendment to curb the influence of big money. I ask our elected officials to do just that.

Joan M. Ridley, Old East Dallas

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