Drilling Regulations, Bishop Lynch High School, U.S. Postal Service, Movies, Lillian Salerno, Rockwall Republicans

Protect coastal environmentRe: "Drilling rules face rollback -- Safety measures were adopted after Deepwater Horizon blast, oil spill," Sunday news story.As a Texas nurse with a coastal home in Galveston, I am very concerned about the safety and health consequences related to the Interior Department's proposed loosening of drilling regulations. The plans for eliminating the "well-control rule," which regulates drilling and prevents explosions, imperils the lives of oil rig workers, imposes risks of negative health-related effects for Texans living on the coast and damages our environment and ecosystem. After the Deep Horizon accident, the Gulf Coast tourism industry lost over $22 billion, and the area's commercial fishing industry lost $247 million. Offshore drilling does not create as many jobs as onshore and threatens the health, economy and jobs that are based on the coasts. Please contact your senators and representatives to urge them to vote against these rollback proposals. It is our duty to protect the health and well-being of our current and future generations, and to be good stewards of the environment. Dorothy G. Perri, R.N., Dallas Bishop Lynch helps communityRe: "We live in a park desert," by Ellen Childress, Sunday Letters.Childress complained green space formerly used by George W. Truett Elementary School kids and others was replaced by Bishop Lynch High School's "crowded sports complex with locked gates." I call her attention to Sunday's Scouting Awards, where a Bishop Lynch student Girl Scout is recognized for receiving the Gold Award, the organization's highest honor. Brianna Corrie was recognized for providing 3,000 books to organizations helping people facing difficult times and for volunteering as a tutor at Truett Elementary. Her accomplishments demonstrate Bishop Lynch's environment of altruism nurtured through its tradition of encouraging students, who log many service hours each year, to engage in charitable works. Bishop Lynch's sports facilities, while accommodating the school's athletics, are an integral part of community enhancement by providing children in grades K-8 an opportunity to participate in summer camps conducted by professionals in a safe environment in disciplines including baseball, football, soccer and the arts, to name a few. The campus of Bishop Lynch, a recognized college-preparatory school, is a worthy investment benefiting the neighboring community.Chere St. Clair, Royse CityDon't punish postal workersAs a member of the federal community who served our country for years, I am concerned with an attempt to force current U.S. Postal Service retirees onto Medicare Part B, after they previously declined this coverage. While hailed as a way to improve USPS' finances, this is nothing more than balancing the books on the backs of seniors. Why should retirees, who spent their careers serving this nation, be forced to pay an additional $134 per month, or more, for health coverage they previously deemed unnecessary? Mandatory Medicare Part B coverage was never part of the agreement made upon employment, and it should not be forced on any postal retiree, especially retroactively. Congress is currently attempting to fix the Postal Service's problems by shifting costs to Medicare. I urge our legislators to reject the current postal reform bill, H.R. 756. Retired postal workers proudly served our community and promises to them should be kept.Ron Luckie, Fort WorthOur culture is cringeworthyRe: "Entertainment: Garbage in, garbage out -- Films, music and books shape who we are -- and our culture needs to offer better options, David Roark says," March 3 Viewpoints.I agree completely with Roark. It's hard to find a TV show even in early evening hours that is suitable for young children. I recently saw the movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. I thought it contained far too much profanity and violence. I cringed at all the profanity used in front of the child actors playing the sheriff's daughters. Mildred's attack on two high school students was also troubling. The redemption of the racist deputy was rather sudden and, as Roark stated, not complete. I could go on, but I'll just say the story could have been told in a much less offensive way. I'm not sure how we change our cultural norms, but I sure think we need to.Donna Gregory, East DallasViolent video games troublingRe: "Why choose to kill? Focusing on how mass shooters get their guns fails to accurately frame the debate, Ryan Sitton says," March 5 Viewpoints.I totally agree with Sitton about the violent video games. We can't ignore the influence they have.Cheryl Masters, CommerceReconsider SalernoRe: "No comparison,' by Jessica Krouse, Thursday Letters.I agree with Krouse. I don't think Colin Allred deserved your recommendation over Lillian Salerno. I hope now that the field of candidates for 32nd Congressional District is down to just two, you will reconsider who gets your recommendation. Lillian deserves another look!Bill Maina, North DallasRethink recommendationsIn the most recent primary elections, there were multiple races with a large number of candidates seeking the nomination of their party. In certain races, as part of your recommendation of a candidate, you stated that there were two, three, or sometimes even four candidates worthy of the position being sought. Yet, despite this fact, you made the subjective choice of one candidate over the other, also worthy, candidates. My suggestion is that in those situations you recommend multiple candidates so that the subjective choice of one candidate over the other is left to the voter. This forces the voter to do additional research on the candidates instead of just accepting The Dallas Morning News' recommendation without additional thought or consideration. An informed and involved electorate is critical to our democratic process. Anything that encourages this type of action on the part of our voters is beneficial.Kenneth Wenzel, EulessAbout cross-party votingAs a poll worker, I get questions about the rationale for voting in the primary of the opposing party. Example: You usually vote for Democrats, but you like a Republican in a specific race and vote in the Republican primary.Other example: You are a Republican who opposes the views of a particular Democrat and want to vote against him or her. In 2008, for instance, Rockwall County Republicans who wanted to weaken candidate Hillary Clinton voted for Barack Obama in the Democratic primary.In both cases, two things happen. The parties apportion money to state and local races according to the number of votes received. Voting in the opposing party primary generates more funding for that party and less for the party you normally vote for. A second result of cross-party voting is that you land on the voters' list of the party you oppose and may receive calls and visits from their volunteers.I also think that there is a moral argument against trying to torpedo a candidate of the opposing party. Dirty tricks are nothing new, but the country would do better if we considered elections as a contest of ideas rather than a blood sportMarie-Anne Schiffmann, Rockwall  Continue reading...

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