Letters to the Editor – Marijuana, Teachers’ Retirement, Ratings, Elections, Men’s Clothing

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Who drives the bus here?

Re: “As Texans shoot for pot, Abbott says no – bipartisan majorities favor allowing medical use, but GOP still against recreation,” Wednesday’s Metro & Business article.

When you look at the numbers from all political parties, it’s very clear that Texans are ready to move forward on medical and/or recreational marijuana use. This story indicates that 83% of registered voters approve of medical marijuana, while 60% approve of recreational use. Still, Governor Greg Abbott weighs in with a firm “no” to legalizing marijuana in Texas.

With these figures presented by The Dallas Morning News, I wonder exactly who does Abbott work for? Apparently, it is not the citizens of Texas who overwhelmingly support legalization. Governor Abbott, people have spoken. Maybe it’s time you listened.

Robert Warren, Highland Village

Teachers are not alone

I have followed the discussion in the letters to the editor of The Dallas Morning News in relation to the increase in teacher retirements. The argument goes something like this: teachers have worked hard and are not able to live on their retirement because there is no cost of living mechanism in place to keep up with inflation.

I am an 86 year old retiree who has also worked hard and lives on a fixed income. When I retired in 2000, I retired, which had no option for an inflation-adjusted payout. I knew it when I entered my job, so I accepted it. Now, after 22 years of inflation, my retirement purchasing power is only worth 60 cents on the dollar (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). This current surge in inflation will be particularly harmful to my retirement.

From what I understand from the many letters The news posted, teachers want me to pay more taxes to the state so that the state can, in turn, pay them more retirement income. That doesn’t seem like a very fair proposition. Maybe we all need to play the hand that life has given us.

Robert Hudson Crawford, Richardson

Highlight inequalities

I’ve read with interest that many owners are in the process of appealing their recent appraisals. You would think that when the majority of owners receive an incorrect assessment, there would be a process of re-evaluation without burdening the owners.

Although I am one of the owners who has the ability and resources to appeal, there are many others who cannot. So, again, those who can least afford it will end up paying the most.

Barbara Mackoy, Cedar Hill

Too partisan? Really?

Re: “We Recommend – Hernandez in the Democratic Runoff for Texas House District 70”, May 13 editorials.

I find it ironic that The Dallas Morning News recommends Cassandra Garcia Hernandez, a candidate with no legislative experience, over Mihaela Plesa, a seasoned legislative aide, because somehow Plesa’s job in the legislature disqualifies her as too partisan? Need I remind you that every Texas House representative in Collin County is a very partisan Republican, and these races are, in fact, partisan?

Collin County Democrats have been unrepresented for too long. We need a House representative who will fight for us and represent us, not chase some myths Dallas Morning News concept of impartiality. Plesa is the candidate who will fight for her district and has the experience to be effective from day one. I was proud to vote for her in the primary and will do so again in the second round.

Jeffrey Quiggle, Plano

A better fit

Re: “For clothes, a rare cut”, by Maria Halkias, May 15 Business story.

Amazing: American women designing and making clothes for American women. For many years I worked in menswear retail. Often we had women buying shirts and men’s clothes because they fit better and were more comfortable. Women wanted sleeves that extended beyond the wrist, shirt tails that could be tucked in, collars designed for the neck, non-plunging necklines, and a tailor that could modify shirts to a woman’s figure. .

Men’s clothing tends to stay the same size no matter who makes them. Women’s clothing is a nightmare.

Donald N. Wright, Garland

Not in the Constitution

I would point out to our contextualist friends in the Supreme Court, Justices Clarence Thomas and Amy Coney Barrett: You weren’t mentioned in the Constitution either.

Bridget Lynch, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Two different worlds

Re: “The Democrats’ Road Ends in Record Losses – Party and Biden, Like Grover Cleveland in 1894, Remain Stubborn and Stuck,” by Salena Zito, Saturday Opinion.

Zito’s opinion piece is a great example of confirmation bias in action, but also a great illustration that the two halves of our population seem to live in different universes.

Ernie Stokely, Far North Dallas

Your AC is safe from electric cars

Re: “And to charge cars?” by Howard W. Block, Wednesday Letters.

Once again I read a letter lamenting the potential threat to the Texas power grid posed by the charging of millions of electric vehicles. This is misplaced anxiety in many ways. First, the millions of new electric vehicles in Texas won’t arrive overnight. Like the millions of new Texans our governor has bragged about attracting, they will gradually arrive, and the system will welcome them as it has welcomed new residents.

Second, most charging happens overnight, when electric utilities accommodate higher demand. Third, electric vehicle owners often install solar panels on their roofs. I am one of those. The Texas grid gets a little free electricity from me every year because I often produce more than I use.

Fourth, electric vehicles, which are more efficient than internal combustion engines, reduce air pollution, especially pollution near living and working places. Imagine breathing cleaner air after replacing millions of ICEs with electric vehicles! You’re welcome.

Christine A Guldi, Dallas

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