• Fri. Nov 25th, 2022

Letters to the Editor – politics, Texas schools, social media, population, paper labels

ByRobin H. Purcell

Nov 25, 2022

Think about who you blame

Subject: “Things to Think About” by Jimmie George, letters of November 14th.

First of all, I would like to express my sincere condolences to Mr George on the loss of his wife. While lamenting the current administration’s “failed policies,” he doesn’t seem to acknowledge that many people have died from COVID-19 because the former president downplayed the disease and many Republicans scoffed at the use of vaccines and masks.

The same prominent politicians claimed that being forced to wear a mask was against their rights and freedoms, yet they deprived women of the rights and freedoms to choose body autonomy. If you really care about children, you might think of the 30,000 children in the Texas foster care system. Maternal death rates in Texas are also miserable.

Inflation is global and we are not suffering as much as some and again gas prices are not dictated by any government but by OPEC. These problems will improve with this administration that focuses on all citizens and achieves goals like the Infrastructure Act. That’s the way you should vote.

Patricia Williams, Waxahachie

Why STAAR?

Subject: ‘Texans want better ways to measure schools – legislators have an opportunity to improve accountability’, by Brian Woods and HD Chambers, Sunday Opinion.

I have worked with a wide variety of students over the years, from those who immigrated to the United States and Texas, those with learning disabilities and difficulties with math and reading, those who were several grades down, those who had severe absenteeism and even some very bright and talented students.

Students (and probably most adults) get exam anxiety when the pressure to pass is high. Imagine you are taking your first written or driving test or college entrance exam. There are adults who struggle and get exam anxiety to pass them the first time. It’s not a big deal in real life, and adults go back and review the material to take again.

The students are emotionally incapable of doing this. The students are stressed. I disagree with having just one annual test for all students.

School and classroom are not the same. One might have gifted/talented children and the other might have students who are several grades worse.

Students can enter college with a GED, a private school diploma, and even through home schooling. You do not need to take the STAAR exam.

Why would we require our Texas public high schools through the Texas Education Agency to do the same?

John K. Wright, Plano

reform communications law

Subject: “Conspiracy Theories Spit Out – Elon Musk’s Paul Pelosi Tweet, Suspect’s Online Story Shows Why We Need Social Media Reform,” editorial Nov. 2.

The editorial was right when it stated that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act should be reformed to limit the ability of social media operators to control content posted on their platforms based on their own personal philosophies.

The reform must begin with a debate between the right and the left on the basis of which social media companies should be given protection from liability for what they post. Any immunity must at a minimum be based on an obligation (rather than discretionary) on those companies to protect incitement to violence, genuine threats, intentional and intentional harassment, and content that is otherwise unlawful, such as B. defamatory language to prevent.

Immunity must also be based on transparent standards, so that it is clear which speech is allowed to allow social media and which is not. A list of types of prohibited speech with specific examples could be written in Section 230 to guide social media in fulfilling their obligations.

Reforming Section 230 would be an important step in reducing abuse of free speech and building tolerance.

Raymond J. Termini, Dallas/Turtle Creek

The dangers of excess

I just heard that the world population has passed 8 billion. Perhaps a simple observation could help explain why we struggle with division, corrosive social media, immigration, inflation, crime, hunger, and lack of energy: Too many of us have too much. Too many of us have too little. And in both a national and global sense, there are just too many of us.

Ted M Moore, Dallas/Preston Hollow

Avoid paper labels

We have received bills from the North Texas Tollway Authority twice in the last year for tolls for vehicles with paper tags in our name. Both incidents were eventually resolved by us searching the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to clarify that we did not and never owned the vehicles in the pictures taken at the toll booths.

Historically, permanent tags were purchased and attached to cars by the dealership at the time of purchase. Dealer tags were used by dealers for demonstration and test drives prior to purchase. There were no paper labels.

It seems to me that the DMV needs to go back to the old system that worked before paper labels existed – no more waiting in long lines at tax offices to get permanent metal labels, no fraud at toll booths, no confusion or fraud as to the validity of paper Labels, no more tracking cars with fraudulent or outdated paper labels and hopefully no more fatalities from high speed tracking of paper label offenders.

Cecil L Hale, Far North Dallas

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