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Letters to the Editor — High-speed rail, anger, social migration, Baylor, Allen football

Texas needs public transit

If anyone needs more public transportation, it is Texas. I cannot believe there is so much pushback on the building of the super train from Dallas to Houston. When I first heard of it, I thought it should start immediately. Rail is so much more ecological.

Even third-world countries have better public transportation than Texas. It must be because of oil and gas businesses. Do they want to keep more cars and trucks on the highway using their product? Good grief.

Lynnda Bass-Allen, Rockwall

What are we yelling about?

Re: “Time to grow up — Sophomoric tantrums aimed at essential workers have got to stop,” Aug. 25 editorial.

I enjoyed reading this editorial. There seems to be no class left in American society. Everybody is yelling at everyone else. No one is listening to anyone but themselves and the echo chambers they visit.

For the most part, nobody really knows what they are yelling about. Should we be surprised at this state of being? All we have to do is look at our national and state leaders, our senators and representatives and our local county and state officials.

We have no one modeling an effective way to interact with one another. I guess it’s easier to repeat lies and innuendo rather than learn facts and develop well-thought out positions on the issues.

I guess, in the end, I am not sure if the citizenry is copying its leaders or the leaders are in tune with the citizenry. We better decide soon, or things are going to get a lot worse.

Richard Doherty, Dallas

Why families leave Texas

Cullum Clark, director of the Bush Institute-Southern Methodist University Economic Growth Initiative, claimed “there’s basically no evidence” social policies implemented in states have had any “meaningful effect” on people’s migration decisions.

In fact, and sadly, many Texas families have left our state to seek more freedom in other states.

Our strict marijuana laws have pushed families seeking effective medical marijuana options to states like Colorado.

More recently, our state’s attack on trans kids and their families leads the way in pushing families out of Texas. As of April 2022, Lambda Legal has helped 50 trans families leave Texas.

Though these families don’t make up a large segment of our society, their “migration decisions” are directly impacted by social policies in Texas.

Layton Sumpter, Frisco

Another Cowboys takeover

Re: “Dallas Fit shaping up on Baylor’s campus — Revamped fitness center is scheduled to open in early fall,” Wednesday Metro & Business story.

Another sign that cancel culture is out of control. I worked for the Baylor Health Care System for almost 23 years and have been a lifelong Cowboys fan (win or lose). During that time, Baylor experienced exponential growth that included the opening of the Tom Landry Fitness Center.

When the Mavericks practiced at this facility, I don’t think anyone in the Baylor administration ever thought about renaming it “The Mavericks Fitness Center.” However, now that Jerry Jones and the Cowboys are involved in revamping the center, it will be renamed “Cowboys Fit.”

It’s all about the money. Hopefully, they won’t remove any references to Tom Landry that are currently displayed. And at least for now, it’s not going to be named “The Jerry Jones Fitness Center.”

Mike Davis, Dallas

Allen, find lessons in losing

Re: “Golden state blowout — No. 1 in the nation out-of-state visitor holds Eagles down from outset,” Aug. 28 SportsDay story.

So the Allen football coach complains he never would have scheduled a game with the private California school that can recruit. Could he please stop for a minute and think about the smaller, more diverse, magnet high schools who do not have the talent pool of Allen High School in Texas and consider their feelings about playing Allen?

Richardson High School was in Allen’s district when my son played football. By the third quarter Allen had the C team in and we were still getting drubbed. Give credit to Richardson players, fans, drill team, cheerleaders and marching band as we went into each game determined to do our best. But it’s demoralizing to see the Allen band completely encircle the field.

It was not only Allen. Same results when we played the Plano schools. We lobbied hard with UIL and thankfully have been in other districts since those days. It wasn’t only football either. Same lopsided scores with my daughter’s soccer team.

Every team wants a chance to win. But with losing, an important lesson is learned. Do your best. Keep your head high. Be proud of your school and of showing up to play hard. So much emphasis is put on winning but learning to be humble is also a great lesson.

Kathy Minde, Richardson

Women work for renewables

In light of Women’s Equality Day (Aug. 26), we should recognize and celebrate women working in renewables who are making a difference every day. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, women make up about 32% of the renewable energy industry.

At my workplace, EDP Renewables in Houston, diversity is our strength. We have women working across the US and right here in Texas on local projects like Wildcat Creek Wind Farm in Cook County and Azalea Springs Solar Park in Angelina County.

As projects continue to operate across the country, it’s critical that the industry represents the communities we develop projects in. Renewable companies have been recognized for efforts in diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.

I feel very fortunate and thankful for all the courageous women who have paved the road for me to be able to get where I am. This industry is full of talented people who challenge me and encourage me to keep working hard and giving my best as a professional and as a person. Voices are critical to the success and further growth of renewables.

Diana Sanchez, Houston

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