Letters – Boeing, Dallas Crime, Traffic Signals, Adam Bazaldua, Teacher Pay

Call it the Boeing 346Re: "Boeing says it 'clearly fell short' -- Leaders admit company's communication with airlines, regulators lacking," Tuesday Metro & Business story.At the Paris Air Show, Boeing admitted again it fell short in implementing the alert that could have prevented the crashes that killed hundreds of people. Previously they acknowledged that although they became aware of this flaw in 2017 they were planning on deferring an update on the software until 2020, which would leave open the probability of more disasters. In addressing their "commitment to innovation, industry partnerships and safety" they said they are open to dropping the "Max" branding for something less associated with these tragedies. My suggestion for that new name be the Boeing 346, for the public should never forget how Boeing's negligence caused the needless death of those 346 people who tragically died on those flights. Boeing should be forced to remember - on each and every flight, each and every day - the impact of their fatally flawed decision to not fix this issue as soon as they knew about it.It seems that Boeing put its bottom line ahead of the lives of the passengers and crews. Perhaps a daily reminder will hold them accountable in the future. And if their bottom line suffers for it - well, they have no one but themselves to blame.Suzan L. Staley, Flower MoundJob creation is the keyRe: "Chief, on hot seat, lays out strategy -- Hall outlines plan to council panel demanding answers on year's surge in violent crimes," June 11 news story.I agree - now is not the time to fire our Dallas Police chief. I also agree with Chief U. Renee Hall that Dallas "can't arrest its way out of crime." Dallas is on pace to end with 228 homicides, but it doesn't have to end that way.The answer is more job creation. Business leaders must pull together to create jobs in the areas of Dallas where there are people looking for work. Barren land in southern Dallas is perfect for manufacturing plants and warehouses.Partnering with successful nonprofits is key. Unlocking Doors, run by a former Dallas criminal court judge, helps offenders coming out of prison find a decent place to live and work. Attitudes and Attire, located in the World Trade Center, will provide free interview clothes, job training and personal finance skills for those returning to the workforce. These are just two of the many organizations quietly changing lives in our city for the better.Let's not get soft on crime or fire our police chief for an unfortunate crime rate. Let's get strong in building new businesses. We must work together to solve this problem.Will Douglas, Dallas/Oak LawnBe strategic about stoplightsRe: "Can We Green-light New Signals? -- Dallas' outdated stoplights have served their time," June 14 Editorials.I totally agree with your editorial assessment that Dallas traffic signals that are way past due for upgrades. However, in my neighborhood at Ferguson and Peavy the city built a brand new traffic signal where there was a perfectly good signal already working. There was no upgrade needed at this intersection. Oh, and this was done about three months ago and both the old and new signals are still standing.I wonder why they didn't upgrade a very old traffic signal that really needed it instead of wasting all that money on a perfectly good traffic signal that didn't? Explain that one, city of Dallas!Bob Hamilton, East DallasSet aside skin colorRe: "Newly elected Latino readies for challenges -- It's a big change for district drawn for black representation," Monday Metro & State story.When I read this line, "It's a big change for district drawn for black representation," I assumed that the article would be just another divisive, racist rant. To some extent it was. It was mostly about Adam Bazaldua's race. A political consultant is quoted as saying it's important to have a black council member for District 7. And a whole section of the article is devoted to race. But there are signs of hope. Bazaldua is quoted: "My race or ethnicity doesn't change what my end goal is, and no one else's race or ethnicity changes where my priorities lie."We are getting closer to the day when we can judge Bazaldua by the contents of his heart instead of the color of his skin. The media needs to catch up.Mac Smith, DallasRetired teachers struggle financiallyRe: "Abbott signs budget without a single tweak -- Session's good vibes continue with approval of $250.7B for 2 years," Sunday Metro & State story.The article states, "And it pays for retired teachers and other school district employees to have a rare cost of living adjustment, known as a '13th check.' The retirees' average bump will be $2,000." The way it was stated implies that retired teachers would get an adjustment in their retirement pay. That is not correct.Teachers have not had an increase in their retirement pay in years and years - I think it's about 18 years! This "13th check" is a one-time payment - a pat on the head and maybe you will go away check. Our monthly retirement pay remains the same as last year and the same as many, many years before with no cost-of-living increases. This one-time check will allow us a short breath from daily anxiety in what is left of this year. Then we will be back to struggling to make ends meet.The increased cost of living (especially medical costs) for retired teachers has left many teachers holding an empty purse when it comes to daily living. Last year our good medical insurance "went away" and we were left with a limited choice and higher expenses on less income. This one-time check is appreciated for the moment but the dire need remains the same. We need a cost-of-living increase!Nancy B. Callaway, Dallas  Continue reading...

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