Letters to the Editor – Documents from January 6, Facebook, Texas energy, Sen. Joe Manchin, Christmas ad
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Re: “Biden to protect some January 6 documents,” Wednesday’s news summary.
I voted for Joe Biden and still support the majority of this administration’s platform. However, I do not support Biden’s decision to prevent the January 6 committee from acquiring all documents from former President Donald Trump relating to that day. The article says the committee acquiring the documents could “compromise national security and executive privilege.” I agree that the government has information that should not be shared openly to protect the security of our nation.
However, since Congress is a co-equal branch of government with the executive branch, there shouldn’t be anything either branch should be able to do and prevent the other branch from knowing. Congress should have full disclosure from the executive.
And on the change in isolation recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, I thought Dr.Anthony Fauci and the Biden administration had more integrity than giving in and doing business. Obviously I was wrong. The CDC should have declared just five days with a negative COVID-19 test. There is no excuse for putting people’s lives at risk because businesses want to.
David Miller, Pittsburgh
Thanks to strangers on Facebook
A lot of people think Facebook is leading to the downfall of the company, but I wanted to share how the platform contributed to a merry Christmas for my two sons.
My 13 year old son has wanted a PlayStation 5 video game console for months. Through Facebook Marketplace, my wife found a guy in Allen who was selling a used model for a few hundred dollars above the list price. The seller asked me if I was trying to buy it for myself or if I intended to resell it for a profit. I assured him it would be a Christmas present for my son, and he revealed that it was actually a brand new model that he would sell me at list price. He had bought a few to keep them out of the reach of rogue scalpers.
During this time my wife also found a Facebook Marketplace listing for an adult sized two person tricycle which would be a perfect gift for our mentally handicapped 16 year old. When I went to the vendor in Flower Mound to assess if the trike would fit in my van, I told him I wasn’t sure where I would hide it until Christmas morning. She graciously said she would keep it in her garage for me until Christmas Eve.
Merry Christmas to these two beautiful humans that I met via Facebook.
Dan Koller, Coppell
Texans pay the price
Re: “Cost-Benefit Analysis,” by Bruce Bell, Sunday Letters.
Mr. Bell, you did not understand. Re-read my letter, then read Tuesday’s article online which talked about the big changes to Texas’ power grid after the winter freeze. “Electricity companies and natural gas utilities have been bailed out; customers will pay the price.
History has it that we Texans will foot the $ 10 billion bill under several laws passed this year. Plus, Texans will pay off that debt through their utility bills for the next 30 years – 30 years!
Maintenance is now demanded, first by citizens like me and finally by state agencies. If there had been regular maintenance, more than 200 people would be alive, Mr. Bell. State agencies now require inclement weather to meet federal standards recommended over 10 years ago! It is the GOP lawmakers, under the leadership of the GOP Governor, who pass this debt on to us, the citizens of Texas.
Diane Kennedy, Dallas
More politician than statesman
Re: “Manchin Acts as a Statesman”, by James Clement, letters of December 23.
A smart letter, but I submit that Clément knocked it down when he said Manchin is a statesman and not a politician by choosing to do what he thought was right and unpopular by not supporting Build Back Better Act.
Manchin State voted 68.6% for Trump, but ranks No.50 out of 50 states in infrastructure, No.48 in economics, No.47 in healthcare, and No.45 in l ‘education. West Virginia is in desperate need of a better build.
Instead of helping his constituents, he came to Dallas to raise money from Republican donors. It sounds like a greedy politician!
Claire Dewar, Dallas / Greenway Parks
Re: “The Threads That Hold Texas Together – Gerrymandered Map Shows Distant Voters Bound By Simple Bands,” Sunday report.
And we used to think that those folks who came up with imaginative names for the hundreds of home improvement store paint chips were creative.
Congratulations to these very smart, geography conscious Dallas Morning News staff members who titled the gerrymandered congressional districts of Texas.
Ed Kominski, Weatherford
Too far to the left
Why is President Joe Biden so unpopular? Why is Vice President Kamala Harris’ approval rating so low? Many media analyzes have recently tried to explain. Here is a very brief analysis: too much to the left!
Tom Hopkins, Garland
Beautiful Christmas portrait
Thank you for the beautiful full-page portrait on Christmas Day of Saint Joseph in his studio and of the baby Jesus playing on the floor nearby. I was so moved that I plan to preserve it.
I have long been a subscriber to The morning news from Dallas and were sorely disappointed by your left turn and your articles that perpetuate racism, transgender, abortion and illegal immigration. But I continue to subscribe to stay up to date with local news.
I feel obligated to express my gratitude for your beautiful portrait on Christmas Day. You have lifted my heart and I am sure the hearts of many other subscribers.
Rita Chapman, Plano
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