Letters to the Editor – Cracking Concrete, Meals, Politicians, Gun Control, Timpa, WRR

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Solid contractor response

Subject: “If they build it, it will crack”, editorials of May 23.

The Dallas Morning News recently mentioned construction issues at Allen Eagle Stadium in this editorial about a dispute involving a contractor and the Plano ISD for work on the Plano Performing Arts Center. Both situations involved cracks in the concrete.

While we can’t speak to Plano-specific issues, Allen Eagle Stadium’s contractor, Pogue Construction, avoided potential litigation with the school district by immediately committing to fix the issues at no cost to taxpayers.

As The Dallas Morning News reported in May 2015, Allen School Board Vice President Susan Olinger praised Pogue and the architects for supporting their work and delivering on that promise.

Mark Wheelis, CFO, Pogue Construction, McKinney

Find a summer meal

For children, summer is often the happiest time of year, but many parents and guardians may worry about how they will stretch their budget to replace the meals their children usually eat at school. school.

During the school year, children can rely on school programs like breakfast, lunch and after-school meals. When school is closed, many of these essential meals disappear, making summer a time of hunger for many children.

Summer meal programs run by local schools and community groups can help fill this gap by providing free healthy meals to children and teens in school buildings as well as in parks, swimming pools, libraries and recreation centers.

No Kid Hungry’s Summer Meals Texting Service makes it quick and easy for families to find the nearest summer meal location. Parents, grandparents and caregivers can text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 304-304 to find free summer meals in their communities.

All Texas children deserve to enjoy a happy, hunger-free summer so they can return to school in the fall fueled and ready to learn.

Stacie Sanchez, San Antonio

budding politicians

Re: “Mayor Calls for Leadership – Real Progress on Guns Requires Lawmakers to Bring Careers Online, Says”, Friday Metro & Business.

The article refers to a “risk to political careers” for real progress. I suggest that political service is not and should not be considered a career.

Leadership and power are addictive, and people sometimes walk into less affluent elected office and then come out rich. It’s politics everywhere. America is drunk on influence peddling and political compromises that often fail to serve the resident or the taxpayer. Perhaps the “for sale” sign on the backs of lawmakers, multi-billion dollar endorsements and the lobbying industry are the root of our problems.

Elected office at all levels should be a temporary civil service, with competent and experienced leaders at the helm for a cycle or two. It is not certain that a 25-year stranglehold on political office serves anyone but special interests in our society. I think honest service should exclude re-election aspirations.

John Helmer, McKinney

Legislation thwarted

Re: “Has the GOP seen the light on the need for action? – Uvalde’s pain could shake Republican lawmakers to change their tone on gun safety”, by Gromer Jeffers Jr., May 30 Metro column.

At least Jeffers got it right. He named the GOP as those who thwart gun laws. Most letter writers in the same edition of The news doesn’t. They used collective nouns that said we all have to take action. No, it’s Republicans and those who voted for Republican lawmakers or didn’t vote.

Plus, has Republican strategist Bill Miller lived in a cave for the past two decades, cut off from the news? Assuming Jeffers quoted him correctly, he said, “The slaughter of young children puts a completely different emphasis on this issue that he hasn’t received before.” Oh good? None of the previous child massacres counted?

Michael Bulkeley, Richardson

Gun control already on the books

Maybe it would help if we stopped talking about being “for” or “against” gun control. Every sane, rational person is “for” gun control.

If you think a 14 year old shouldn’t be able to buy a gun at Walmart, you’re for gun control. If the Academy shouldn’t sell shoulder-fired missile launchers, you’re for gun control.

The fact is that we already have strong, effective and widely supported gun control. The only real question is whether we could find other sensible ways to keep deadly weapons from falling into the wrong hands. Let’s put our attention there. “For” and “against” get us nowhere.

Steve Blow, Sunnyvale

A disturbing promotion

Re: “Officer who nabbed man gets promoted – New role training recruits comes after 2016 death of Tony Timpa,” Metro & Business May 25 article.

As someone who was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder in 1982, I was blessed with the medications and treatments that allowed me to live a normal and productive life.

Not so blessed was Tony Timpa, a man with schizophrenia and depression whose death in 2016 was ruled a homicide. He had called 911 for help. Four officers responded and one, Dustin Dillard, held Timpa in a prone position with his knee to his back for 14 minutes.

I am troubled that Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot dismissed the charges and Dallas Police Chief Eddie García promoted Officer Dillard. I sympathize with Timpa’s family and believe this is a case that should have gone to a jury.

Cynthia Gaertner, Dallas/Lake Highlands

Quality of life

Does the city of Dallas make money from its parks? No. Does the city make money from its libraries? No. What about the 311 service? The city pound? Other services?

I do not think so; however, they add to the quality of life in Dallas. The same goes for classical music station WRR, and it costs a pittance. Why does the city want to get rid of the WRR?

Julius Graw, Dallas

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