Juneteenth is unity
Anyone who pays attention to the news recognizes that America is steeped in deep racial division. We need a cause celebre to bring people together. I propose that Juneteenth could be that cause.
June 19 refers to the June 19, 1865 cavalcade of troops that marched through Texas to enforce the previously signed proclamation declaring that all slaves were to be immediately freed. If the dissolution of slavery in America isn’t significant enough for all Americans to celebrate, consider this: Juneteenth is the only American holiday tied in any way to the reunification of the United States.
While the civil war is long over, our nation has not healed and we are not united as a people. Juneteenth commemorates the idea that two Americas cannot stand and that unity is possible if we work for it. We do not know the depth of our conflicts, as we hide from interaction and discussions with different cultures.
As we celebrate June 19 on Sunday, I encourage all citizens to consider what each individual can do to promote a more perfect union and to show up for at least one June 19 celebration in your area. We are the change we seek.
Sharon Cranford, Cedar Hill
things got worse
I’m old enough to have bought my first home in Dallas in 1979. My mortgage interest was in double digits. In 1980, inflation peaked at over 14%. Unemployment was more than double what it is today. At least my money market fund also paid double digit interest.
Not to minimize today’s economic problems, as real as they are, but people need to take a deep breath and recognize that things have been much worse and we have recovered well. There are far more serious threats to our well-being: climate change, partisanship destroying our democracy, the rise of fascism at home and abroad, unbridled gun violence, and the inability of millions of Americans to separate fact from fiction, driven by the pernicious advent of social media. . Focus on the real dangers. The economy will recover. It always has been.
Dallas needs major changes
Subject: ‘Economic fairness can’t wait—Dallas’ ambitious development plan was approved last year, but policies that impede progress remain,’ June 9 editorial.
I want The Dallas Morning News consider presenting a series exploring the political structure of Dallas. To begin making real progress toward more equitable outcomes and sustained economic growth in the City of Dallas, major transformational change, both short- and long-term, is needed. The city will never achieve this with its current political structure.
A strong mayor system, or something similar, is needed. This idea should be carefully considered for the public to see.
Michael Grace, South Dallas
It’s time for Broadnax
Re: “Broadnax under fire – City manager could face disciplinary action and be fired on Wednesday”, report from June 11.
It’s time. The building permit process has been halted for years and it is costing our city dearly on many levels. As good as our economy may look, we are losing more reinvestment as well as new construction due to the tremendous difficulties in this department.
As a commercial real estate broker and landlord this confuses me and has made buying a property in Dallas to renovate very difficult to the point that one has to assess the risk of the unknown when buying a property . For the city manager to dismiss this question as exaggerated and disrespect one of Dallas’ biggest defenders, Linda McMahon of the Real Estate Council, shows just how out of touch he is. We cannot let this continue.
Reducing student debt is a bad idea
Re: “Biden Shouldn’t Cancel Student Debt – Tempting Ahead of Midterm Elections, But This Plan Is Regressive, Unfair, and Partisan,” Wednesday’s editorial.
Thank you for your op-ed on the president’s misguided proposal to cancel billions in student debt. It is indeed regressive, partisan and unfair. I can’t imagine the anger on the part of those who didn’t go to college at all, but whose taxes will pay for this calculated political stance, those who worked hard to minimize or avoid student debt, or those who have worked diligently and responsibly to pay the obligations to which all have knowingly consented. Bad, bad idea!
Carol Denton, Dallas/Preston Hollow
Remember corporate bailouts
How do you balance objection to consumer debt relief while failing to hold the commercial sector to the same standard? Adding up all the taxpayer funds that were “unwittingly” donated to large and medium-sized businesses, I get a much higher number.
I take up your remarks which pushed to the extreme, this idea is regressive. However, this is an argument of scale and implementation rather than merit. Let’s be honest, nobody likes taxpayers’ money being used for something they don’t personally approve of, but that’s part of life in a pluralistic society.
Benjamin Kechley, Boston
Preferred unarmed dinner
The attack on the children’s summer camp in Duncanville is just another reminder that guns have no place in public places and don’t make us feel safer.
We eat every Friday in several good restaurants. Recently we went to one and ordered our meal. Two couples came in and sat across from us. Both men had rifles on their hips. We debated leaving, but finished our meal.
We will find another place to eat next time. There was nothing stopping these men from suddenly getting angry with anything and using these weapons. Today, I believe the only way to be safe is not to go to places where people are allowed to carry guns.
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