Letters to the Editor – Immigrant education, helping Ukraine, cancer, DART, underdogs

Abbott’s Misplaced Money

Poland, Hungary, Romania and other Eastern European countries welcome thousands of Ukrainian children of all ages with open arms. Children who speak languages ​​other than the language of their new school.

Here in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott complains about the pressure of educating “immigrant” children who speak multiple languages. Perhaps if the Governor took the funds necessary to challenge a Supreme Court decision and used those funds for underfunded classrooms in Texas, Texas could follow the lead of those countries and welcome, with open arms. , all children needing a basic education to prepare them. on the path to future success.

Lindle Grigsby, Farmers Branch

False political theater

I continue to be amazed at how the facts are ignored by radio talking heads and elected officials. Governor Greg Abbott’s recent complaint about the cost of educating unauthorized immigrants is political theater but empty of facts.

Public schools are funded by property taxes. The homeless are the only ones who do not pay property taxes. Out of 330 million American residents, there are approximately 600,000 homeless people. If you live in housing of any structure that is taxed, you pay for public schools. A portion of each mortgage and rent payment is used to pay property taxes.

The Supreme Court has ruled that everyone has the right to a public education. Public education is not a handout. It’s a cost shared by every person living in a home in the United States, regardless of immigration status. Here is my thought, the more educated we are, the better off we are as a nation!

William Blackmon, Mound of Flowers

Russia’s War of Attrition

Proxy assistance to Ukraine is not enough. Russian forces are resource rich but underperforming and can only win through attrition. The theater of operations is too close to his homeland for Vladimir Putin to use nuclear weapons. Plus, he knows that a first strike of any size can trigger Doomsday faster than he could handle the aftermath.

If NATO intervenes and bleeds his nose, he will withdraw his forces, announce a false victory to his nation and bury the matter lest he be further embarrassed.

Michael Coldiron, Richardson

Will we answer the call?

Our parents and grandparents reacted and became “the greatest generation”. Now we face the same challenge. Will we set an example for our children and grandchildren? Will America Heed and Lead? Will we stand strong against such a brutal assault on freedom, world peace and human dignity?

The obvious blatant aggression, the wanton destruction of innocent lives and sheer inhumanity demand a response far greater than words and punishment. Will the failure to heed the clarion call to uphold world peace and stop Russia’s gross transgressions echo through the halls of history in shameful silence?

Or will we answer the call and, together with our Allies, choose to stop the carnage in its tracks? Vladimir Putin is not crazy. Like every other power-hungry despot the world has known, he will push as far as we let him. We just need to call his bluff.

Ted M. Moore, Dallas/Preston Hollow

A welcome sight

Re: “A Freckle Gone Wrong – Fighting Cancer Taught Me To Live By Faith, Not By Sight”, by Peggy Wehmeyer, Opinion, April 17.

Saturday night, I read this column. I had missed it at the time of publication because I was out of state giving a talk on ocular melanoma to my nursing organization. My family has been traveling with this insidious disease for 15 months. The toll this represents for the patient and caregiver is immense.

I hope the column has been seen and read by many. The takeaway for all is seeing an eye doctor for a baseline and follow-up exam. A freckle seems so benign; liver cancer is not.

Mrs. Wehmeyer, thank you for sharing. I wish you the best for the future and would appreciate an update as you continue to take care of yourself.

Sharon McQuown, Dallas

Wrong train times

I was at The Who concert on May 4th and had few issues with the performance. My problem was crossing the train platform, having to use a walking stick and not knowing the station. I can’t believe wheelchairs are expected to navigate this extreme drop and rise. If there is a handicapped passage, there must be better signage.

My second issue was with the American Airlines Center. Can’t believe DART wasn’t notified that a later train was on. The concert was due to end at 10:30 p.m. The last train leaving the station for Fort Worth was scheduled for 10:33 p.m. It was therefore impossible to see the end of the concert. Sheer unconsciousness. Don’t concert promoters want or need money for Fort Worth concerts?

Teresa Rutledge, Fort Worth

fight for good

Sometimes the underdog wins, and that’s an inspiration to all of us. With the long odds of Rich Strike winning the 148th Kentucky Derby, we see a winner for the rest of us.

Maybe we should look for the long shots we all need — a cure for COVID-19, peace in Ukraine, honest politicians, and generally a better life for all — but those probably have more. chance than the horse.

Keep fighting for the right things because eventually I believe we will all win despite the odds.

Dennis Fitzgerald, Melbourne, Australia

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