Restore the original obstruction
Re: “Senate to vote on filibuster rules – Schumer says body must push for ‘systemic democracy reforms’,” Tuesday’s article.
Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin will not change the obstruction for fear the Republicans will do the same if they regain control. Well, of course they will! But does anyone think they would hesitate to do it just because the Democrats are holding on now?
I will say, however, that the filibuster should not be selectively changed problem by problem. It should not be eliminated either. We should simply restore the original idea that a senator can speak continuously for as long as he can rise.
What should be abolished is false obstruction where a senator’s stated intention to obstruct debate. This gives every senator absolute veto power without making the slightest effort. No senator should have so much power!
Tracy Curts, Dallas East
Books? What about cell phones?
Re: “Keller ISD Panel Examines Contested Books – As TEA Targets Literature On Race, Sexuality, Anonymous District Group Decides Whether Headlines Should Stay or Go,” Sunday article.
I taught in Dallas County Public Schools for 17 years and have some tips for the Keller ISD. If you are serious about protecting children from viewing objectionable content, remove computers and cell phones. Otherwise, you are wasting your time.
Mary Ellen Young, Duncanville
No banking customer service
Re: “Many banks delay return to offices as omicron soars – Plans put on hold after pushing to get workers behind desks,” Metro & Business Tuesday article.
Tell me about it. I called my bank on Monday to make an appointment with one of the customer service agents to discuss a problem I was having. A cashier answered the phone and I was quickly told, “Sorry, there is no customer service here today, but you can call this 800 number to get the help you need.”
Okay, I just thanked her and cut the call. In the afternoon I walked into another branch of the same bank thinking I could talk to someone there. Whoops. Two people at the counters with half a dozen waits and two, apparently customer service people there, one at a desk in the lobby was busy with five customers waiting, the other was behind closed doors at look at his desk. She may have been a branch manager. Three desks were empty and three desks in the hall were empty.
Needless to say, there is currently no customer service at this bank, among others and many other businesses.
LeRoy Blanc, Denton
The White House started the erosion
President Joe Biden’s concern about the erosion of democracy in America is well founded. He doesn’t have to look any further than the White House to find the source of the problem. Our last three presidents have escalated this erosion by using warrants and executive orders to force actions that the Senate and House of Representatives would not approve of.
Both sides abused these concepts and both acted in such a way that it polarized our nation to a degree not seen since the Civil War. It’s time for Biden to keep his campaign promise to make democracy work by working together. We are much more like a dictatorship than a democracy.
Carl Amond, Southlake
What January 6 shouldn’t be
As my birthday on January 6 has arrived, I plan to start it as I do every year, by moving the figures of the Magi in my manger to celebrate the feast that the churches recognize as the Epiphany of Our Lord. This Little Christmas renews the promise of peace on earth, of good will towards all.
Sadly, in the minds of many, including Christian nationalists and evangelical followers of the former president, January 6 now commemorates the uprising of their “lord,” the false idol who continues to preach the great lie that promotes division, vitriol and violence towards fellow Americans.
May heaven help us.
Mary Beth Miles, Dallas East
Don’t forget the library
Re: “DISD considers support for learning for babies – Initiative targets early childhood education before children are 3 years old,” reported Monday.
Cover page! Remarkable! However, journalist Emily Donaldson overlooks the very important role the Dallas Public Library can play – books, free, without fines – that an expectant mother (and a father, too) can borrow to start reading aloud even before. the birth of the child, from the third trimester of pregnancy.
There is a lot of research on this topic. The unborn child hears and begins to understand words. If reading aloud is continued after birth, by the time the child is ready for school, he or she will have a vocabulary of 2,000 to 3,000 words. Not reading aloud leads to a vocabulary of 300 to 400 words.
Get your Dallas Public Library card now. There are 29 side libraries plus the central downtown library.
Dick Waters, near North Dallas
Dan Reeves was a champion
Few of those who know the history of Dallas do not know the name and contribution of Dan Reeves. However, many may not realize the full impact of his career as a cowboy in Dallas and beyond. In honor of his passing, it’s time to put things right and ask why he’s not yet inducted into the National Football League Hall of Fame.
Let’s start with some facts. Only Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have appeared in more Super Bowls than Reeves, who is one of nine coaches in NFL history with 200 wins. His 39-year NFL career is detailed in stats and wins. But the quality of his character far exceeds the data. You won’t find a man who played for him, or a person who spent time with him, who doesn’t talk about it. I was fortunate to be one of those who experienced his greatness on a personal level.
Last week we lost the great John Madden and his passing dominated NFL shows, not least because of his media influence. Still, it’s a shame that Reeves’ passing, in the shadow of it, hasn’t received the recognition and reflection his work deserves. He is and always will be a champion of the highest level. Hopefully NFL Hall of Fame voters finally recognize it.
Tracy Helms, Irving
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