Letters to the editor: songs for the 4th of July, Ben Franklin, debate, age limits, schools

Letters to the editor: songs for the 4th of July, Ben Franklin, debate, age limits, schools

Letters to the editor: songs for the 4th of July, Ben Franklin, debate, age limits, schools

Jimi’s National Anthem

Re: “10 American Songs to Play at Your 4th of July Party,” Wednesday’s news.

I read your list of songs for the 4th of July. While they were good, I would have included Jimi Hendrix’s version of the national anthem. It’s a great reminder of a special time in our history and also a very artistic interpretation of the song itself.

Margaret Barnes, Dallas

“God Bless America” by Greenwood

How can you leave out Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA”? Instead, we have “Party in the USA.” Really?

Pastor Rum, Frisco

Be part of the discourse

Re: “Be Like Ben Franklin: Witty and Smart,” by Scott Walters, Thursday Opinion.

I was thinking of writing a letter about how The Dallas Morning News It seems more like a community or small town newspaper than a big city one. Then I read Walters’ column.

I just have to make a small correction: I think that the people who write to the paper are very intelligent and witty. I often tell my friends after reading Letters to the Editor how brilliant and funny these authors are in their words and ideas. I also think it is important to contribute through letters, and I hope to learn something new every day from other people in my neighborhood.

When I started writing letters to the DMNA friend looked at me in amazement and said, “I don’t think I’ve ever thought anyone would care what I think or write.” I disagree; it’s not about caring what other people think or seeing your name in print, it’s about being part of a community, sharing and learning new ideas, even the most inventive and clever ones.

Perri Brackett, Lewisville

Style vs. substance

Like many of my like-minded friends and associates, I was waiting with bated breath for the chance to watch the US presidential debate. Two viable junior candidates from both parties were competing for a chance to move the debate forward. Anticipation was high and expectations were low.

Full disclosure: I was disappointed by how right this turned out to be. I respect the elder representative and detest his predecessor. That said, I concluded that both parties were seduced by their respective ideologies and engaged in a battle for power at all costs. This is a recipe for failure, as history shows.

Age is a cruel master, and President Joe Biden has shown its effects. Toxic egocentrism is the hallmark of former President Donald Trump. We are locked in a battle between style and substance, with both sides willing to sell their collective souls. There seems to be no good outcome.

Perhaps a candidate will give up his need for acclaim and perhaps give the nation a chance to survive. The story of Solomon, who decides who will be the maternal father of the baby, can serve as a guide.

Larry Portman, Garland

Searching for morals, principles

Re: “Contrasts in the debate”, by Anton Skell, Thursday Letters.

Skell says his choice for president is Trump, who he believes demonstrates strength and keen business sense. Strength is not demonstrated by bombastic insults and lies, and six bankruptcies do not demonstrate much business sense.

My choice for leader would not be cheating on three wives, running a fake university, having a charity shut down for embezzlement, or mocking a disabled person. Nor would I choose a convicted felon or a person found responsible for sexual assault, and especially not someone who has even mentioned suspending the Constitution.

I am a naturalized citizen and voting is very important to me. What I want in a leader is ethics, principles, morals and civility.

Tina Williams, Waxahachie

Limiting the terms and ages of public officials

I hope this kangaroo court of an election cycle has all millennials and Gen Z on the same page: we desperately need term limits and potentially age restrictions for representation.

Imagine how much more diligent our Congress would be if those individuals had only two six-year terms before they were never allowed back in the building.

I would like to go a step further and limit the age of our representatives as well. If you are over the age at which you can collect Social Security benefits, you have to be retired, not running the greatest superpower on the planet.

Will Dominguez, Richardson

School Responsibility

Re: “How to solve the school voucher problem”, by Ann Hedges, Wednesday Letters.

Hedges’ suggestion seems like an interesting approach to public school funding, one that deserves further discussion. One school system in Arizona used such an approach and allowed free transfers of students from one school to another, with alarming results.

The hope was that schools with high educational performance would win the lottery, but unfortunately the limited support infrastructure fostered local gangs of children who terrorized students with differences. Although there were deaths, there was no accountability for these actions.

I agree that we need more funding to support our public schools and more accountability for academic performance. Sometimes that will mean that our children must be disciplined in school, and since we are the ones sending them to school, we must support those discipline efforts.

Following the rules is a requirement for living. Breaking them (and not learning them) has negative consequences.

Our children also need to know that we want their educational performance to be as good as they are capable of demonstrating, at all times.

Ray Johnston, Health

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