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Letters to the Editor — Dallas drivers, reservoirs, election issues, crime, beer

Reckless in Dallas

I had the unfortunate task of having to drive through Dallas on a recent Sunday. I mistakenly thought the traffic on U.S. 75 would be a little less stressful than a weekday. Wrong.

People were treating the highway like a NASCAR race. I was going 78 and was being passed on both sides by drivers changing lanes at the last minute, darting across four lanes to get off at an exit, all on a Sunday.

Where are they going to be such reckless drivers? Where are the police to pull them over? I have driven in New York, Los Angeles , Denver and Chicago, and have never seen such blatant reckless driving. Now I know why Dallas is a mess every morning.

Lynne Harmon, Fort Worth

Big hole in the ground

Re: “Reservoir fight resurfaces,” Wednesday news story.

Even as Lake Mead, the nation’s largest water reservoir, literally disappears before our eyes, the Texas Water Development Board plans on building another reservoir for North Texas’ water needs.

It seems the board is oblivious to the causes of Lake Mead’s depletion and has not learned that we can no longer depend on reservoirs for future water needs. Lake Mead’s catastrophe has been caused by droughts attributable to climate change and too many users.

Another huge hole in the ground will be of no use if it does not rain, and the current drought is not going away. The continuing influx of people and businesses moving to North Texas will only exacerbate our water shortage. Even if it’s 50 years too late, the Water Development Board needs to start enabling the use of desalination plants to convert seawater to fresh water, as well as water recycling facilities, to meet the current and future need of fresh water.

Although science is politically toxic to our state leaders, it is time to deal with reality and realize we have to develop new ways to provide water to North Texas and the rest of the state. The historical hole in the ground to catch and save rainwater is quickly becoming obsolete.

Tony Torres, Garland

Looking for common sense

It seems clear that the issues so important to voters are not the same issues important to many politicians.

We absolutely must secure our southern border as fentanyl deaths are skyrocketing, crime in America’s biggest cities is totally out of control, and inflation, fueled by our own ridiculous fossil fuel edicts and free-money giveaways, is bloating prices.

I found the exodus of Tulsi Gabbard, former U.S. representative from Hawaii, from the Democratic Party to be telling. I predict landslide victories for commonsense people who want reasonable governing.

Anton Skell, Plano

What those dollars could do

Re: “Abbott outraised again — O’Rourke says he received about $25.2M in three months; governor pulls in ‘nearly $25M,’” Wednesday Metro & Business story.

This headline calls attention to an appalling practice in our political scene. Total funds raised to date for current campaign: Abbott $95 million; O’Rourke $66.1 million. Surely I’m not the only citizen shocked by those numbers.

Such information prompts serious thought for change: limits on fundraising; term limits; commitment to compromise; accountability to constituents.

This voter of over 70 years who, incidentally, has never been polled, can only imagine the good the noted sums might achieve in benefiting all mankind if they were put to better use. People, please note.

Anne R. Healy, Richardson

Big ounce of prevention

Re: “Healing through connection — City-funded messengers canvass communities to help stem violence,” Wednesday news story.

The Canadian Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council reports that crime is primarily the outcome of multiple adverse economic, social and family conditions. While individuals have an obligation to act responsibly and with respect for their fellow citizens, communities have a responsibility to address these conditions that hinder healthy development and can lead to delinquent behavior.

Thank you, Dallas Morning News, for this story about Dallas’ violence interrupter program. As reported, Dallas CRED is a 12-person team that embeds credible messengers and violence interrupters in communities that are prone to violence. Dallas CRED works to encourage conflict resolution and participation in services and opportunities for citizens to improve their quality of life.

Crime is tangible; whereas, crime prevention seems intangible. Too often in media, crime makes the front page, while crime prevention is hardly mentioned. It is heartening that programs such as Dallas CRED actually do exist and actually have positive impacts on communities and crime prevention.

Paul Dreimiller, Plano

No bubbles in my beer?

Re: “This part of 2021 freeze recovery is falling flat — A possible beer shortage highlights our national supply chain issues,” by Robert Handfield, Tuesday Opinion.

Actually, you do not need CO2 to make beer. CO2 is a natural byproduct of the fermentation process. It’s just that industrial brewers choose to allow the CO2 to be released during fermentation, effectively as waste, and then need to add CO2 back to the beer — forced carbonation — to give the beer its fizz and froth.

Why not recapture the CO2 and have it available to add back?

Rick Morris, Allen

Why the reluctance?

I have read the U.S. has been saying for years we have enough oil and gas to sustain us for years. Why is it when Saudi Arabia says we are going to cut oil production by a million barrels per day the price of oil jumps? Why can’t the government do something for us? Why is the government so reluctant to start producing our own oil so we are less dependent on other countries?

Daulton Thorp, Grand Prairie

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