Volunteers did all they could to help
Re: “27,000 Rejected Ballots? That’s Unacceptable — ‘This will sort itself out’ isn’t good enough for Texas voters,” March 13 Editorials.
Please give credit to our Dallas County volunteers and members of the (bipartisan) Ballot Board at Dallas County Elections Department. These hard-working people called, texted and emailed county residents over 65 or disabled to assist completion of the vote-by-mail applications and subsequently the ballots. Thanks to the volunteers, our rate of rejection was 6.5%, the second lowest in the state (Nueces County had 5.7%, but it’s 8 times smaller than Dallas County).
This mail balloting created by the Texas Legislature will not sort itself out, as Texas Secretary of State John Scott opined. The rate of applications and ballots that were rejected across the state will need to be addressed in the 2023 legislative session.
Hopefully the realization that this has affected both Republicans and Democrats will help them find a solution to the mess they created.
Bonnie Mathias, Dallas/Pleasant Grove
Children at mercy of Abbott administration
I understand that Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Legislature want to end abortion in Texas. I’m afraid I have to disagree with that, but I understand it is where our GOP-controlled state is headed.
What I don’t get is how the same administration that fights for the rights of an unborn child can let our living children get caught in the bureaucracy of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and be abused under their watch. We have seen stories in The Dallas Morning News about children sleeping in hotels, Child Protective Services offices, and in facilities where sexual abuse has been reported.
Where are our legislators and our governor when it is obvious this state has failed to support and protect our children? Where is the money designated to revamp a failed system? Where is the money to protect children who can’t defend themselves, who need to be nurtured in a good home and loved and cared for without fear of being abused or abandoned?
I applaud the generous and loving people who serve as foster parents, and to our CPS workers: We need more of you. What is alarming is that, again, our governor waits until disaster hits before doing anything.
Kay L. Viney, Addison
School budgets and students’ futures
Re: “Schools plan needs work” by Kay Wrobel, March 10 Letters.
I feel Wrobel and maybe others are unfamiliar with the policy that determines school budgets. The average daily attendance figure is based on a short window, and the remainder of the year is not considered. Students could be absent due to their illness or that of a relative; they may need to be home to help with younger children or accompany parents when they go to help ill grandparents. Other legitimate reasons keep them out of class.
Teachers are assigned to classrooms and supplies are allocated based on the average daily attendance; when students move, the supplies do not accompany them, and classes can be overcrowded. Actual enrollment allows schools to be prepared.
Now, in regard to what Beto O’Rourke said about testing, please do more research. With the pandemic, students do not need the stress of high stakes testing this year, which I believe is O’Rourke’s emphasis. Next year, students can be tested, but for me the real reason for testing is to reveal deficiencies that one can address in the future. It is not to laud oneself nor to punish students who may not have been as successful as we would hope. Let’s invest in our future.
Veda Kull, Rowlett
Common sense could be applied
I hope we can continue to have diversity on the Dallas City Council, but a map that splits up neighborhoods and creates shapes and boundaries to maximize majority-minority districts, with no consideration for the issues that neighborhoods have in common, is not the answer.
Many map-drawers seem to have no understanding of the issues in various areas of the city. A district that is created solely based on demographics does not serve Dallas or the members of the newly created districts well.
I urge the diligent and dedicated Dallas Redistricting Commission members to listen closely to what the people of Dallas have been saying at your meetings. They might be willing to accept minor changes in their district boundaries, but they clearly don’t want drastic changes like we are seeing in the maps that are being “accepted for further consideration.” If you present a map with Draconian changes to the mayor, there will likely be much wailing and gnashing of teeth as the City Council redraws your map, creating a lot of unnecessary angst and wasting a lot of time. It isn’t necessary to create fair representation on City Council.
Joan M. Ridley, Old East Dallas
Re: “A preference for paper” by Danna Zoltner, Tuesday Letters.
I have subscribed to the online Dallas Morning News for over 16 years for several reasons. I can read the paper even when traveling, there is no paper to recycle, the subscription price is cheaper than paper delivery, puzzles can be printed out, articles can be shared to email or social media, and since I live in the country, there is no need to walk out to the road in foul weather to retrieve the paper.
If one pays for a subscription via an account, there are no pop-up ads, which you will get if you try to read just by searching for the paper on a browser.
Reba Browning, Pottsboro
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