Letters to the Editor – Immigrants, Southern Gateway Bridge Park, Texas Democrats, Election Bill

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Immigration Insights

Re: “Immigrants Could Fill Gaps in the Workforce,” by Mitchell Schnurman, Sunday Business Column.

Thank you, Mitchell Schnurman, for this very informative and insightful column on how, for decades, immigrants have played a crucial role in the growth of Texas. Most interesting are the two extremes of the immigrant workforce where the need is at the bottom of the educational ladder as well as at the top – more American students graduate from high school and college and are not unwilling to do manual work – and too few students specialize in STEM fields.

As the column indicates, more than 90 business leaders have signed a pact to pressure lawmakers to act on immigration reforms, including permanent status for Dreamers and those already here with temporary status. All this in contrast to Governor Greg Abbott’s border wall push and Attorney General Ken Paxton’s trial to deport immigrants at the border.

The US economy has likely recovered from the pandemic with millions of jobs in manufacturing, hotels and restaurants. For Texas lawmakers, immigration should be seen as a resolution, not a dilemma.

Paul Dreimiller, Plano

Support the south footbridge

Re: “Building a ‘park with a goal’”, by Sharon Grigsby, Sunday Metro column and “Throwing money around”, by Eric C. Foster, July 11 letters.

Hats off to April Allen, Lester Houston and other supporters for building the Southern Gateway Bridge Park along Oak Cliff Interstate 35E. Hopefully one day it can even be extended north to East 8th Street. It’s a good use of the funds to heal and bind separate neighborhoods, encourage new local investment, use public rights of way to provide park space to restore these communities, and be of value to all Dallas residents.

Foster’s letter says that bridge park funds would be better spent in other parks. So putting it in an urban to rural context – there is no doubt that a patio park along Main Street in the lakeside town of Gun Barrel City would be a waste of dollars, but a good investment. and greater value for more residents to enjoy the lake would be buying large sections of lakefront properties in this town for park space along Cedar Creek Lake. So which private lakeside properties should be purchased first?

Robert Prejean, Dallas / Oak Lawn

Angry? welcome to our world

Re: “GOP Senators: ‘We are angry’ – Republicans in Austin say walkout blocks reforms, call for sanctions,” July 15 report.

I see that headline says Republican senators from Texas are angry. Seriously? After five years of bowing down to an angry president, enduring an indicted attorney general, listening to a diminished governor whom I no longer even recognize and who seems ready to take legitimate votes away from your constituents, having to hear the cries towards the sky of “voter fraud” when there is none – and you think you are angry?

If this devotion to an insurrectionary and divisive “Republican” continues, the country you know and are meant to “love” will soon be devastated. The rest of us are already pissed off. Welcome to the club.

Marcy, McKinney Coats

Something is wrong

I find it funny that President Joe Biden constantly preaches how we can do anything if we do it together. Then he and all of the career Democrats in Washington embrace and celebrate the Democrats in Texas who shun their jobs because they are outnumbered. If Biden truly believes in cooperation, send them back to do the job they were elected to do.

David Barber, Arlington

Have the Democrats resigned?

By fleeing the state instead of staying at work, haven’t Democrats for the most part resigned from their posts? Likewise, if they continue to receive a salary while they are gone, are they not in violation of the law – fraud, for not providing what they are paid for? These Democrats must stay in Washington where they integrate perfectly.

Ronald P. Parker, Plano

What if the Cowboys did that?

Democratic lawmakers, believing they simply cannot win, have decided to shirk their responsibilities. What would we think if the Cowboys offensive line decided they would probably lose on Sunday, then they decided to run away to Cancun for the weekend?

Richard C. Daubenspeck, Far North Dallas

Suppression vs apathy

Every day I see media reports about voter suppression. Recently, the City of Fort Worth election recorded the highest turnout on record – 90,000 voters out of 300,000 eligible voters. It is not suppression; it is voter apathy.

Jim Vaughn, Terrell

Food for thought

Re: “What is really in the invoices?” by Doloris Lajoie; “Let the people decide”, by Elizabeth A. Read; and “Did it really hurt?” by Mike Coughlin, Thursday Letters.

Three interesting letters were published on Thursday. Two involved changes in the Texas legislature regarding new voting restrictions. In 2020, I chose to vote by mail, but I was intimidated by former President Donald Trump’s erroneous message that the US Postal Service was unreliable. When I contacted our county election office, I was shocked to learn that there was only one drop box for Ellis County. I “risked” the USPS system and sent my vote. I am fortunate to have transportation, but many are not so blessed. Accessing a single drop box can be financially prohibitive for some families. I don’t believe our voting system is dangerous, but if changes are to be made, voters should have the right to vote on those changes.

The third letter concerned gerrymandering, which is by definition an unfair practice. If changes are to be made to our electoral system, it should start with a fair redistribution. Take a look at a map of Texas electoral districts to see how ridiculous they are. The redistribution must be carried out by a bipartite commission, by a neutral third party or by software that does not have any bias. The constituency affects county, state and national elections and often denies the minority party the right to vote.

Vivian Bush, Ovilla

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