Letters to the Editor – Texas Defense, Disabled Veterans, Abortion, Housing Market, Starbucks
Take advantage of your liberal neighbors
Re: “Texas, what’s going on?” by Brant Weatherford, Monday Letters.
My suggestion to the author of the letter who asks, “Texas, what’s going on? Is to put down roots in Texas and move to your “colorful little cottage in the Northeast” and enjoy all your liberal neighbors. We are doing very well in Texas!
Colleen Pruitt, Dallas
Here’s what’s going on in Texas
Weatherford says he has no answer for his out-of-state neighbors when they ask him, “What’s going on in Texas?”
Here’s what’s happening: We have a governor who cares more about the personal freedoms of adults than the safety of all Texans. We have lawmakers who are more concerned with who plays on which high school sports team or who uses which bathroom, rather than fixing and properly funding our failing child welfare services to care for babies and children. children that no one wants.
We have senators who are more concerned with “#freebritney” than with immigrants. Sadly, the great state of Texas is a mess.
Tina Sanchez, Dallas / Pleasant Grove
One state one star
Sadly, Texas is losing democracy and voting rights because it wants to remain a “lone” star state instead of a “five star” state.
Sue Owens, Dallas North
Everyone is moving to Texas
Re: “Rivals don’t have to be enemies – here’s what the United States can learn from the opposing political models in Texas and California,” by Kenneth P. Miller, Sunday Opinion.
I enjoyed Miller’s article on Texas and California, which is insightful in comparing the pros and cons of each state’s political landscape. But you can analyze all the statistics and projections in the world, and at the end of the day, there is one singular factor that “trumps” all the rest: where do people go? And the preferred state for individuals and businesses, the place where people travel in droves, is Texas.
California, on the other hand, is where people flee from. You could make a similar comparison with New York and Illinois, because we see tens of thousands of people leaving a blue state and moving to a red state.
In short, these four states show us in the clearest terms that progressive policies with their excessive regulations and higher taxes make people “blue” and they stop being “blue” when they reach their preferred destination in taking “right on the red”. Case closed.
Bruce Davidson, Carrollton
Disabled veteran receives placards
Re: “A Blow to Disabled Veterans”, by Charles Barnes, October 15 Letters.
I, too, am a disabled veteran and have license plates with the designation DV.
When I received the email from the Veterans Administration announcing the change for Texas veterans, I took it along with the letter the VA provides each year stating my disabled veteran status and my assessment at the office. Collin County Tax Assessor on Bloomdale Road.
The person who helped me forwarded the VA email to a supervisor, who confirmed that the change could be made immediately by issuing me a set of two International Symbol of Access (ISA) signs. I could keep one sign in my own vehicle, and I could use the other sign whenever I was traveling in someone else’s vehicle. These signs expire in September 2025, when they will be renewed at my request.
She also told me that from January 1, 2022, I could apply for new license plates that would contain both the DV designation and the ISA symbol. There will be no charge for these new plates. No medical document is required, since the letter VA is sufficient proof of disability.
The whole process was done with courtesy and respect, and I was at the door with my two signs in 10 minutes.
I hope this helps Mr. Barnes and others.
Mary Seabol, Plano
Costly HIPAA violations
I am not taking a position, either for or against, on the new Texas abortion ban. I just want to air a bit of logic and common sense. I know anyone with a law degree will say it’s simplistic, but I’ve always been a sucker for common sense.
If a person, as provided for in Senate Bill 8, sues a woman for having had an abortion, then that person likely accessed that woman’s privileged health information without her written consent. This is a blatant violation of HIPAA law.
Violations of this law are enforced by the federal government, and willful violation of HIPAA is punishable by a fine of $ 50,000 per violation. These cases would be heard by a federal court, not by a state. Logic would seem to hold that spending $ 50,000 to earn $ 10,000 is a bad choice. hipaajournal.com/what-happens-if-you-break-hipaa-rules/
Tim Barnett, Waxahachie
Circle of housing purchase companies
One day a few weeks ago, I received four unsolicited phone calls from companies wanting to buy my house. I keep telling them the house is not for sale and taking my phone number off their list. After such a conversation, another representative of the same company called. I asked what company they represent and where they are located. Two claim to be in Dallas, one claims to be in Austin and one is said to be New Jersey.
Perhaps our ever-vigilant Attorney General can look into these investment vultures who are helping to destroy the Texas real estate market.
James Francis, Carrollton
Where are the competition for coffee?
It seems weird to me. If you want a burger, you’ve got McDonald’s, Burger King, Jack in the Box, and Wendy’s, plus countless regional restaurants that sell them.
If you want chicken you have Kentucky Fried, Church’s, Popeye’s, and many more options. For tacos you have Taco Bell and Taco Bueno, Fuzzy’s, etc. Pizza? Too many to list.
Presumably, all of these companies are making a lot of money, despite all the competition.
But where do you go if you want an expensive coffee drink? Starbucks, period. (Although a few independent cafes have popped up.) There is a Starbucks in almost every strip mall, in almost every grocery store, and also in Target stores.
Why does this company have almost zero competition?
John Vehon, Dallas
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