Letters to the Editor — Campaign finance laws, gerrymandering, Ukraine, Dusty Baker

‘We, the big donors’

Re: “New constitutional amendment,” by Ken Smith, Monday Letters.

Smith eloquently presents changes that must be made to ensure that politicians work for the people and not for big business or special interests groups. In today’s climate, it appears both parties are beholden to the biggest donors whose interests often conflict with those of their constituents.

I cannot fathom how citizens, regardless of political affiliation, could not support his commonsense recommendations about campaign donations and term limits. If enough people start the movement, perhaps we can return to a government “for we the people” instead of “we, the big donors.”

Oh, I forgot. The Supreme Court overturned campaign finance laws on the basis of free speech. So in essence, all men are not created equal.

Dee Wilson, Plano

Amendment great idea

Kudos to Smith for his excellent letter suggesting a constitutional amendment that would have many corrections to our current political system that would enhance democracy and reduce or eliminate many of the ills of our current system. If only such an amendment were possible!

Ernie Stokely, Far North Dallas

Gerrymandering goes both ways

Re: “Gerrymandering nullifies my vote,” by Peter Stack, Monday Letters.

Welcome to the club, Peter. Having lived in a Democratic gerrymandered district for most of the years since I was eligible to vote, rarely was I represented by a person for whom I voted. If God was a Republican and ran for office, he wouldn’t have had a chance of winning an election in my district.

I do find it funny that you say you are an independent who votes for candidates on merit and yet you are going to vote only Democratic for the foreseeable future. I think you gave yourself away with that statement. I guess you can always move somewhere else as I did.

Kye Kastrop, Midlothian

No middle ground on Ukraine

The push by some Democrats to get President Joe Biden to talk to Vladimir Putin about ending the war would be great if there was some gap between the conditions for peace Ukraine has declared (their uncompromised sovereignty) and what Putin wants (their unconditional surrender). If there is some middle ground here, I don’t see it.

This push serves only to weaken Biden’s position vis-a-vis our national posture. There is a long history of a few large nations getting together to carve up small nations in order to try to resolve “their” conflicting interests. We do not need to add to that history!

Putin has taken on a “bridge too far.” That is a tragic thing for all the parties involved, but we cannot save him from his domestic and international consequences by compromising, in any way, the sovereignty of Ukraine. Big nations gifting other big nations with small nations has not proved, in the past, to be a path to international harmony and peace.

Stephen L. Love, Dallas

Loss of farmland is scary

Re: Gunter hears rumbling of growth drawing near — ‘It’s just a matter of when and how big,’ city manager of Grayson County town says,” and “Ranches give way to residential lots — Cresson is getting 4 new subdivisions and traffic they’ ll bring,” Sunday Business stories.

The business section’s front page carries two stories about subdivision development in Gunter and Cresson. These two far-reaching ends of the metroplex are having huge changes in their residents’ way of life.

Having grown up on a farm in Central Texas, I feel so bad for the natives of those areas who are losing their rural way of life. Much bigger than folks losing their country life, though, is this — how many of our citizens and community leaders have thought about where food will be coming in two to three generations from now?

Residential development, along with solar panel farms covering huge areas close to my family farm, are taking up essential agricultural land. Very upsetting when one thinks of future generations’ food sources. Upsetting and scary.

Frank Graham Shady Shores

Why we’re not in audience

Re: “Seeking an audience — Two years after COVID hit, D-FW arts groups are still struggling to fill seats and sell tickets,” Sunday Arts & Life story.

While we have the disposable income to attend a variety of arts exhibits and performances, here are two reasons we do not. First, we want to be uplifted and entertained after a long work week if we attend a play. We don’t want to attend one about someone’s struggles. We have enough of our own.

Second, why should we pay $140 for two tickets to attend a beloved holiday classic when we can find countless versions of it streaming for free?

John Thomas, Dallas

Baker and good stories

Re: “Baker’s storytelling a hit — Astros manager spins such to team about baseball experiences,” Saturday SportsDay story.

The sports section has a great story about Dusty Baker’s storytelling ability and his influence on his younger players. That’s part of the story of his great success as a player, manager and human being.

He and I spent about two and a half hours in a van to the airport after the conclusion of a Dodger fantasy baseball camp in Vero Beach in February 1993. At the time, he was a Dodger coach and I was a camper. We swapped baseball stories the entire ride. He treated me as a peer and we talked about strategy, the history of the game, what made some players tick and more.

I thanked him at the end of our ride and we wished each other good health and happiness in the future. When my wife picked me up at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, I predicted he was going to be a great manager.

If only more of my predictions about the future could be so accurate. As an aside, the great Tommy Lasorda was at the camp. After watching me, at age 50, play baseball that week, he announced to the entire camp on the day I was awarded a bobblehead for some inane reason, that he was certain I made the right choice to be a doctor!

Jerry FrankelPlano

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