Letters to the Editor – FBI at Mar-a-Lago, retired teachers, Texas CPS, Vin Scully

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Coverage was astonishing

The FBI’s action at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence was truly an extraordinary event. Specifics of the warrant were not made public, but that did not stop the speculation by network reporters and media commentators. I watched network news as well as cable networks to see how the reporting of the events would transpire.

I was astonished, but not surprised, how Fox News, One America News and Newsmax all stuck to the game plan of fostering distrust of the FBI, the Department of Justice and the White House in support of Trump. One Fox News host went to commercial saying this was a very scary night in America.

William James Durant was an American writer, historian and philosopher. A very poignant quote of his comes to mind: “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.”

Paul Dreimiller, Plano

Just ask Trump

If Republicans are really interested in knowing why the FBI searched Donald Trump’s house in Florida, all they have to do is ask him to release the warrant he received from the government when they conducted the search.

Fernando Rojas, Mesquite

A raise would be appreciated

Re: “Working in education shouldn’t be a vow of poverty — Flush with cash, state should invest in benefits for teachers, retirees,” by Terry Canales, Sunday Opinion.

Thank you for running this column by Canales on investing in education.

Canales states that it is estimated that the state of Texas will have an extra $27 billion to begin the 2023 legislative session.

As a high school teacher for 27 years in Dallas ISD who retired in 1988, I would deeply appreciate an annual cost-of-living raise for all retired teachers. For years, the Texas Retired Teachers Association has been asking for cost-of-living raises, but we have been ignored.

It seems that 2023 could be the year to invest in the Texas Retirement System to ensure a viable career path for Texas teachers and not a “lifetime vow of poverty.”

Grace Delatour, Dallas

Offer of help

Re: “Judge slams CPS for sloppy records — Lax filing is robbing kids of potential protections under suit, she says,” July 27 Metro & Business story.

As soon as I read this story, I flashed back to the numerous articles published by The Dallas Morning News since 2015. The stories reported many failed actions by state agencies that violated court orders. It’s an expensive proposition to correct the problems. Judge Janis Graham Jack enumerates in her orders, citing among others, insufficient caseworkers, investigators and replacements.

I feel certain that Gov. Greg Abbott will not reach into the rainy day fund to resolve this sad situation. Judge Jack needs accurate information. From my reading of the news, this sounds like a purposeful delay by the state.

As a retired paralegal, mother and grandmother, I can count heads, write reports and meet deadlines. I feel certain there are other retired paralegals who would assist. We don’t have to wait for a computer program. We can use pen and pencil to get Judge Jack what she needs and meet deadlines. Sign me up, Judge Jack.

Nancy Mack, Carrollton

Frightening support for GOP

There is only one thing more frightening than having the GOP welcome the authoritarian prime minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas. That welcome by the GOP clearly shows what the party envisions for this country. But even more frightening is the number of people who don’t see any problem with the GOP’s vision.

Sandra Bakkethun, Krum

Common sense over nonsense

I consider myself to be an independent voter. Over the years I’ve voted for both Republicans and Democrats, (my first vote was in 1968). I lined up with those who shared my moral and ethical standards.

But now the Republican Party of the past is gone. The extremist elements of the party are taking over with little or no resistance. Current Republicans will not stand up to those who are manipulating and corrupting the soul of their party.

The latest proof is having a Hungarian authoritarian leader be a speaker at their political action conference. I’ve had it. Enough is enough. They changed. I haven’t.

I can no longer support or vote for any Republican candidate. I vote for common sense not nonsense.

Gerald Blase, Carrollton

What freedom should be

Re: “Let freedom ring,” by Gloria Voorhees Thomas, Sunday Letters.

This should be reprinted on the front page of every paper in our country in bold type. Never in my life have I read a clearer, more truthful definition of true freedom as it should be applied constitutionally and morally in our country. Just spend a few minutes thinking about what our society would be like.

Sharon Preston Dominguez, Dallas/Oak Lawn

Lovely tribute to Scully

Re: “Painted pictures for listeners — Generations relied on beloved broadcaster’s storytelling ability,” Aug. 4 SportsDay story.

I recommend this tribute to Vin Scully be read by all students of journalism and not just future sports writers or announcers. This story captured the essence of a great human being, but ever so humble.

I had the privilege of growing up listening to Scully wax poetic on the game and the players starting when the Dodgers were in Brooklyn.

Thank you to the writer, Marc Fisher, The Washington Post and The Dallas Morning News.

Jerry Frankel, Plano

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