Letters: Education Funding, Preston Place, Boeing 737 Max 8, Foreign Students, Deficit Spending

Something's missingRe: "An open letter to Texas legislative leaders," Sunday Points.I read with bated breath the open letter to Texas legislators from 44 Texas CEOs urging support of the recent recommendations of the Texas Commission on Public School Finance. Presuming that each is a resident of Texas and surmising that few actually send their children to Texas public schools, I was energized to see this group effort to urge, emphatically, the legislators to commit more than $1 billion to fund Texas public schools. Disappointingly, their letter stopped significantly short of indicating whose dollars would fund this initiative.Who among these ardent and august pillars of Texas business will be the first to pledge a dollar amount from their corporate profits or, better yet, from their substantial personal compensation from their corporate positions? Or is the burden to be taken up, once again, by the taxpayers of Texas? As their own letter states conclusively, "The people of Texas deserve better!" And to those corporate leaders who step up (again, in your own words), "Thank you in advance for your strong leadership."Geena Hawryluk, East DallasCompanies should payOnce again, the Legislature is squeezing the balloon. Basing revenues for schools on individual income is a no-growth plan. Just look at the average increase in salaries. The only growth comes from new people in the workforce.Sales tax is regressive. Real estate taxes rely on estimated value and hit fixed-income people the most. All the while, governments are giving tax breaks to companies — companies that get a plethora of deductions not available to individuals. So where's the proposal for companies to have an increased contribution to education? They are the primary beneficiaries after the individual. Michael Bulkeley, RichardsonLet us rebuildRe: "14 acres lie at heart of council race — Gates, Miller occupy opposite corners in zoning density fight," March 10 news story.Thank you for this fair and balanced article on the plight of Preston Place, the former home of residence of 60 units left homeless by a fire May 3, 2017. For two years, we have been patient while neighbors tried to run our business, telling us what we deserved and what was wrong with rebuilding a high-rise like they live in. Well, enough is enough!We have a very high-quality, efficient and effective board who can manage our affairs without the negative help of selfish, nonprogressive neighbors who do not know the facts, and Laura Miller, who is determined to "put us in our place."We are interested in building a building that is a pride and joy of Dallas and a complement to our neighborhood and Preston Center. Leave us alone and let us finally finish the project.Dede W. Casad, Colleen Flowers and Diane Schapiro, DallasUnfair blameThe press has not done a service to the airline-traveling public by their speculative coverage of the crashes of the Boeing 737 Max 8. I have not read anything about pilot qualification and training by the airlines that have had accidents with this aircraft. After the Lion Air crash it became known what happened, and further training was immediately implemented by the larger airlines, hence the reluctance to ground the Max in the U.S. The Lion Air disaster was definitely on Boeing for not including the automated safety feature problem in its manuals, but the cause was well-documented and the U.S. airlines made sure all pilots practiced the simple but necessary immediate action. Smaller airlines frequently rely on Boeing for their training — and again, we don't know about their follow-up after the Lion Air disaster, but the Max, like all new aircraft designs, has idiosyncrasies to deal with in their introduction. It is ironic this great plane's reputation may have been sullied by a lack of proper crew training by small airlines, yet the public will always remember one thing: It was a Max.Charles Fred Smith, PlanoWho do they really help?Re: "Immigration policies felt at Texas colleges," by Mitchell Schnurman, Sunday Business story.Mitchell Schnurman's article on foreign students took a familiar and expected twist, that "it is bad" that fewer of them are coming. That being said, I'd ask a different question. Do foreign students raise or lower the costs for Americans? The simplistic answered offered by our friends in the press is that full tuition-paying students subsidize Americans, lowering costs. I'd argue that we don't know, as simple math and economics say that increasing demand by allowing in more foreign kids would reduce overall costs, assuming a fixed cost base of the schools. But that isn't what happens. Schools have dramatically increased expenses and costs, and U.S. parents (and also kids taking on debt) have shouldered much of that cost, though I am sure some lower-income people benefited. Attempting to use faulty logic in a continued attack on President Donald Trump and Republicans may fly with those who don't understand logic, but for those of us who do, we recognize the complexity of the problem, and call out the lie that more foreign students will definitely "help." Help? Yes — universities that want more money. In reducing costs for the majority of the rest of us? Not so much.Jay Martin, Dallas/UptownAnother ideaRe: "Let's see Trump's tax returns," by Cynthia Stock, Sunday Letters.I'm not sure why the letter writer wants to see President Donald Trump's tax returns because of the way our tax money is being spent. I would rather see the tax returns of every member of Congress, which actually spends the tax revenue. They are the ones responsible for the deficit spending, not the president.Art Roy, Mesquite  Continue reading...

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