Beautiful tribute, Blue Angels
Sadness is an emotion that can drain your soul to its core. The spirit seems to forget how to take a deep breath; it only exhales with a sigh. Prayer is a tool, a corridor, an open window into your relationship with your own faith, and it can help a person to heal.
I see the sadness in the eyes of doctors, nurses, first responders and essential workers, but yet I can hear the hope in their voices.
My wife, myself and our faithful dog Ellie Mae saw the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flyover in downtown Dallas on Thursday. It was a deserving and beautiful tribute to these brave souls. We will continue to pray for their well-being and peace.
Glenn, Ginger, and Ellie Mae Boyd, Garland
Protect kids from online dangers
Re: “Traffickers prey on kids learning online — After a swift switch to virtual courses, school districts must set safeguards,” by Haesung Han and Jennifer Tinker, May 3 Opinion.
There’s nothing that boils my blood more than to know that there are adults out there who target innocent children online. While some may argue that it is impossible to prevent every inappropriate message from reaching a child, to say that Congress, the Texas Legislature, state and federal law enforcement agencies and America’s technology companies are doing everything possible to protect our children from online predators is simply not the case.
The fact that one American child has been subject to such inappropriate conversations online while doing their schoolwork is unacceptable. I call on Congressman Colin Allred, state Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos and state Sen. Nathan Johnson to start brainstorming ideas as to how state and federal law could be revised to further protect our children from the dangers from the online world. America’s children are counting on us to protect them, and we should not let them down.
Michael Clarke, Far North Dallas
Give truckers room, respect
Re: “Miles to go before we sleep — The pandemic gives us proof that truck drivers are essential workers,” May 4 Opinion.
Thank you for this column regarding the essential nature of truck drivers. We all use the same roads, so please do so kindly and safely. Trucks must take wide turns; they cannot stop, maneuver, or accelerate quickly; and they have blind spots. Instead of regarding them as a huge obstacle to quickly get around, remember they bring you all the necessities and comforts in life. Do not cut in front of a truck and do not yell and flip them off when they are not accelerating as quickly as you would like.
No one wants to be subjected to this daily as part of their job. Drivers see it all and know what you are doing. Stay off your phone, don’t turn from the wrong lane, wait your turn to safely pass a truck and give them the right of way when exiting highways and making turns. Most drivers are professionals who safely perform their job every day under trying circumstances. Let’s practice that Texas hospitality and drive friendly and respectfully.
Lori Millner, Dallas/Oak Lawn
Salon owner’s sentence a disgrace
At 73 years of age, my concern is not for COVID-19. It is for the damage that is being done to the least of those in society. It is for those children who may be sheltering in place with abusive parents. It is for the landscapers, drivers, business owners, housekeepers and workers who have seen no paycheck for several weeks. It is for the all whose dreams are being destroyed.
It is also for a judicial system that permits arrogance to rule the day. Judge Eric Moyé is paid well for his questionable service. He does not need to worry about feeding his family. The sentence he applied to salon owner Shelley Luther is a disgrace. It does a disservice to others that administer the law with intelligence. Never has any judge appeared smaller in my eyes that does Judge Moyé.
Louis Rivara, Pleasanton, Calif.
Be upfront, governor
Re: “Cherry-picking case numbers,” by Jon Bullock, Tuesday Letters.
Kudos to an outstanding letter from Jon Bullock. But the letter deserved better than the editorial page. It should’ve been on the front page along with a question to our governor as to why he would mislead Texans the way he did on the number of COVID-19 cases. Picking one random day in the past 17 days to make a point that new cases were going down was the worst kind of deceit.
A quick trip to dshs.texas.gov shows the trend most definitely on the rise. I don’t know what the right answer is in terms of reopening the economy. No one does. Gov. Greg Abbott is paid to make these calls, and we’ll live with his decisions.
But please, be upfront and honest and own your decisions. The governor could have said, “The trend says otherwise, but my experts advise me to take this action based on….” We get enough misdirection from Washington. We don’t need it in Texas.
Kathy Bain, Lewisville
Father’s story inspiring
Re: “Staying focused on the sunlight ahead — Plano father draws on a lifetime of optimism to face a recent pileup of loss,” May 3 Inspired story.
Thank you so much for this inspiring article about Clay Boatright. He is such a strong and positive person, even after all he has been through. Thank you for showing the example he’s set for others and the strength he has to remain such a positive person. Hopefully, more people will follow his lead.
Mary Santacruz, Dallas/West Oak Cliff
An all-American family
Re: “’I felt I had an obligation to go do it,’” by Sharon Grigsby, Tuesday Metro & Business column.
Sharon Grigsby’s column on the Mullen family quite simply lifted my spirits. She briefly chronicles the current status of what Norman Rockwell might have painted as the ideal American family: a beautiful young doctor, her handsome nurse husband and their adorable child, all striving to selflessly serve their community and their country. In these times wrought by crisis, it is encouraging to still see all-American families like the Mullens.
Thomas E. Turpin, Bedford
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