Letters to the Editor – COVID-19 in Vermont and Texas, restaurant workers, Southern Gateway


Perhaps a different focus?

Vermont has vaccinated more than two-thirds of their residents 12 and over, and they are currently seeing fewer than 10 cases of COVID-19 a day. Texas’ vaccination rate is far behind, and its COVID-19 cases are beginning to surge. Perhaps Gov. Greg Abbott should stop worrying about making it harder to vote or easier to carry a gun. He should follow Vermont’s governor’s lead and concentrate on getting people vaccinated.

Jo Anne Barnes, Fairview

Do it for others

I am curious as to why so many people still have not been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. I’m sure they are not selfish people. Do they see that getting the vaccine is something you can do for others?

I’m healthy, with no underlying conditions, so I am not all that concerned about getting COVID-19. Yet, I sought to get vaccinated as soon as I was able. This decision was not about me. I did it for my son Matt, a medical resident in New York City who watched four patients with COVID die before lunch one day.

I did it for my grandsons Ethan, Lawson and Carson, and all the other children who want to go to school without masks and get back to being kids again. I did it for my nephew Tyler, and other small-business owners, so people and money could start coming in again. I did it for a friend, who takes medications to prevent rejection of his transplanted kidney; these medicines prevent him from mounting an immune response to his vaccine.

And, I did it for my employer, Baylor University, and the students attending the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, so they can continue their education and join the forces on the front line of this and future health crises.

Jeanne Carey, Dallas

Heading for a problem

The number of COVID-19 cases is increasing across the country. Texas is one of 34 states where cases have risen over 50% in the last week, and about 45 states are moving in the wrong direction.

What worries me is that in a little over a month, students will return in-person to campuses and classrooms across the state where there are no mask or vaccination mandates. This, despite the fact that the delta variant appears to be so contagious that, from some accounts, even momentary exposure (shared air) can be a cause of transmission.

Sadly, too many people foolishly believe the pandemic is over and they can forget about prevention measures. That is wishful thinking! I hope, therefore, that those who have not been vaccinated will care about others and get one, and those of us who are vaccinated will be vigilant, wearing masks and taking precautionary measures.

Moreover, it is essential that Gov. Greg Abbott allow those areas in the state experiencing a surge in COVID-19 combined with low vaccination rates be allowed to mandate vaccinations and require people to wear masks.

Doesn’t it seem a little silly and ridiculous that institutions like the University of Texas require a meningitis vaccination yet do not require one for COVID-19?

Richard Cherwitz, Austin

Why the silence from Austin?

I’ve pulled numbers from the state COVID dashboard each day since March 2020 to maintain a spreadsheet for certain information. On June 14, the state reported 22,901 active cases, 1,599 hospitalizations and a testing positivity rate of 2.81%.

On July 14, the report is 29,115 active cases (+27%), hospitalizations are 2,436 (+52%) and positivity rates are 8.62% (+300%). The increases are accelerating and the positivity rate indicates that active cases and hospitalizations will rise further.

I may have missed it, but I’ve not heard one word about this from our state leaders. Why?

Adrian Raymer, Hickory Creek

A nice idea, but …

Re: “Park Is Like No Other — Southern Gateway won’t copy Klyde Warren, which is why the Oak Cliff project will work,” July 8 Editorials.

Thank you, Dallas Morning News, for publishing this editorial. It demonstrates how a private sector-community partnership can work to effect economic improvement for often neglected neighborhoods. However, we need to be mindful of the potential impact of any such partnership on the surrounding community.

In this case, there is no existing city park involved and the area was in need of economic improvement. Let’s not create a precedent where our city parks can be converted into commercial venues where the original purpose of the park is disturbed.

When considering such a radical change in the use of a city park, the community’s interests and desires should take precedence over the interest of private developers. Further, it is important for us to be clear about the source of campaign funds and any connection they have to developers whose agenda might be contrary to the desires of the community.

To that end, I urge our legislators to pass an amendment that would put guardrails around how our local campaigns are funded, to shed light on the true agendas of our local elected officials and those who fund their campaigns.

Joan M. Ridley, Old East Dallas

I miss my political cartoons!

Please bring back the page of political cartoons in your Sunday Opinion section. They were always great and I miss them very much.

James C. Murray, Northeast Dallas

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