Trump threatens our rights
Re: “Trump threatens NBC over report — He’s chided for seeming to wield licensing clout for politics,” Thursday news story.
Just for the record, I did not vote for president in order to have that person tell me what news I should or should not listen to, believe in, whatever you want to call it. Neither did I expect to have that person threaten to shut down a news outlet just because it did not report news the way he wanted it to be reported.
News flash (no pun intended): Freedom of the press is exactly that. Each and every media outlet provides the same news from a different perspective. Our responsibility as informed citizens is to be open to, and take advantage of, the fact that we have that freedom by keeping ourselves well informed. You cannot do that if you refuse to at least read about whatever the news may be from a variety of sources.
What should be alarming to everyone is the fact that a president has the temerity to threaten YOUR right to do just that and for no other reason than because the news is not reported the way he wants.
The last time I checked I lived in a free county that afforded us all rights very few countries have. This is not Russia, China or North Korea. The president is not a dictator with the power to do that … unless we allow it.
Elizabeth Read, Lake Dallas
Wake up, GOP
Re: “Corker Right About Trump — Republicans, time to get America back on track,” Wednesday Editorials.
It’s long past time that Republicans in Congress wake up, develop some courage and take action. Sen. Bob Corker, a respected Republican and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, now has plainly stated what many have known but refused to acknowledge, namely that Donald Trump continues to lie and is temperamentally unfit and unqualified to be President of the United States.
Corker doesn’t mince words: he makes clear that Trump is unstable and is on a path to bring about World War III. Trump supporters surely understand that Corker is not “Crooked Hillary,” a member of the opposition or what some have called a “libtard.”
My question for Republican leaders is: How long are you going to wait to prevent a real catastrophe? Is your concern about being challenged in a primary or not being re-elected more important than averting a nuclear war, the erosion of our system of government and loss of American credibility abroad?
Richard Cherwitz, Austin
Voting records available
Re: “Tell us how lawmakers voted,” by Wheelice Wilson Jr., Wednesday Letters.
Wilson asks in this letter if The Dallas Morning News could compile a simple chart of how our lawmakers vote or took stands on major issues. This information is already available at www.ivoterguide.com, a site that provides well-researched information on how each Texas legislator voted on major issues.
This site is provided by the Heritage Alliance Group, a non-profit and non-partisan organization that seeks to provide a comprehensive, online voter guide for all federal races and in states where they have a state partner.
Don Pearce, Dallas/Lake Highlands
Mr. President, please resign
I am an 83-year-old man born and raised in Dallas with three children and four grandchildren. I have voted in every presidential election since 1960. I consider myself a moderate as I have voted for both Republicans and Democrats.
President Donald Trump’s time in office has been the most divisive and frightening in my memory. I ask him to please resign from office before it is too late. Then we can hopefully make America great again.
Robert Mitchell, Dallas/Turtle Creek
Re: “Worship of Trump,” by Cecil Larry Pool, Oct. 1 Letters.
I found Mr. Pool’s letter about Pastor Robert Jeffress to be offensive and completely out of line. Anyone in ministry knows that if you disagree with a pastor, you meet with them in person, privately and not attack them in the newspaper.
While my wife and I are not members of First Baptist, I have met Jeffress on several occasions, prayed with him and have listened to some of his sermons on the radio. I find him to be very solid on Scripture and the Deity of Jesus Christ. The fact that he is a supporter of the president seems to have clouded Mr. Pool’s thinking and judgment.
President Donald J. Trump is exactly right that these players should not protest while at work, especially during the playing of the national anthem.
Anton Skell, Plano
Re: “No welcome wagon for the new tank in the neighborhood,” Saturday Hits and Misses Editorial.
For The Dallas Morning News to agree with the River Oaks homeowners association shows a lack of understanding of how HOAs are established and what authority they have. HOAs are not intended to allow actions against homeowners simply because someone doesn’t like or agree with what an owner has done. They are established by legal recorded documents that define specific covenants that every owner must comply with, gives authority to adopt certain types of additional rules and regulations and gives the HOA the power to enforce them all.
I have not seen or read anywhere that the tank, parked on what I presume is a public street, violates any of the HOA covenants, rules or regulations. If no rule has been broken, then the tank owner should be left alone. If a rule has been broken, then that should have been part of the published story and the HOA would have every right to demand compliance.
A letter citing neighbor complaints, blocking traffic and safety issues might be reasonably informative, but should not be the basis for demanding compliance with a rule that doesn’t exist. HOAs should enforce their rules, but otherwise, members should be allowed to enjoy their property and community as they wish.
Michael Thompson, Virginia Beach, Va.
No unregulated bikes
A public bicycle sharing program is great! GPS bike tracking is fantastic! And $1 per hour for the short-term use of a public bike is amazing! However the recent addition of the stationless, brightly colored VBike, LimeBike and Spin bikes is causing a lot of what I like to call “Bike Litter” all over the city of Dallas.
The Dallas Transportation Department needs to better regulate the operation of this addition to the Dallas landscape. These unregulated bikes are randomly parked on sidewalks (with no regard for the American Disabilities Act which requires sidewalks be accessible), on lawns and even more obscure places. This type of a public bicycle system should not be allowed in Dallas.
The program allows the rider, once finished, to leave the bike wherever they choose. I am proposing these bikes be placed in stations around the city, much like Fort Worth does, with its stations, and New York with its over 600 stations.
Implementing this change is not really that difficult. Stop Bike Litter!
Steve Kemble, Dallas