Letters – John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, Fair Park Museums, the SECURE Act, Strip Clubs

Legislators work for RepublicansRe: "Why people give up on senators," by John J. Wellik, Tuesday Letters.Regarding Wellik's letter about Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, I still contact them although I have given up on getting positive responses to my issues. For two years, I called their offices about issues that I deemed necessary to be examined. Based on their voting records, I found that my issues were never foremost in their minds when voting. I also filled out emails via sites I was engaged with to the senators and Rep. John Ratcliffe. When three county Democratic chairmen within Ratcliffe's congressional district met with him two years ago, he said that he worked for the people who voted him into the office and that the Democrats were a minority. That stated where his priorities were aligned.This year I write to each representative, sometimes twice a week. I tell them that I am a 60-year-old white woman who is a U.S. Air Force veteran and that I used to be a Republican. I enjoy telling them how I feel. I gave up on being polite to representatives after President Donald Trump was elected. These people no longer work for me; I believe they only work for corporate donations and Trump. I feel sorry for the staffers who may read my emails.Merceda J. Winder, Royse CityOregon, tell Cruz to butt outRe: "Assault of editor angers Cruz — Texan accuses mayor of Portland of letting antifa beat conservative," Tuesday news story.I suppose you shouldn't be surprised that Sen. Ted Cruz didn't learn much from his close election with Beto O'Rourke. It will take more than that and even then it probably won't work. But now he is defending Nazis. His complaint about this extremist journalist on the right being attacked and wanting a federal investigation is totally out of line. He obviously has a problem with anti-fascist groups calling them "domestic terrorists." I always thought domestic terrorists were people like Timothy McVeigh. He was the ultimate domestic terrorist. I have lived long enough to see the radicalization of the Republican Party from what at one time had some semblance of a heart, but in the Trump era has become mean, cruel and hateful and now even supporting concentration camps. Oregon should tell him to butt out.Gaylard French, WaxahachiePut Fair Park to good useRe: "Fair Park museum has storied history — It closed when the Perot opened, but the dioramas will stay," Sunday Metro & State story.Thanks for this informative article. I often took three generations of children to the Fair Park museums, after which we visited the turtles and rode the swan boats. While it's a nice museum, the Perot Museum is just not the same. I had hoped the Perot would be in addition to, not instead, of Fair Park, which is an underappreciated gem. The subhead of the article is that though the buildings are closed, the dioramas will stay. What good will that do? Who will enjoy them? There is so much potential in the park and the buildings. If nothing else, some of them could be common rooms for all kinds of meetings or for recreational and educational offerings for children and adults who live nearby. Starting with something like sunrise yoga wouldn't cost much, but it would be something. It could become some kind of destination for all of us. Add a hiking trail with fitness stations along the way. Add a nice playground. We could and should still be enjoying the park year-round. I wish the city would hire someone with enough creativity to figure out how to maximize Fair Park's use.Carol Stephenson, MesquiteDioramas were indeed fantasticI agree with Dallas resident Gerry Mandel that the dioramas in the old Dallas Museum of Natural History were "absolutely fantastic." It is important to note that they were paid for by the citizens of Dallas through their tax support of the museum while it was part of the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. Reopening the museum would enable that civic investment to continue paying dividends to a new generation of citizens and guests. A walk through the museum would take them from the deserts and mountains of the Big Bend down the Rio Grande to Padre Island and the Gulf Coast, through the swamps and forests of the Big Thicket, across the wide Texas prairie, into the limestone hills of the Edwards Plateau, and on to the Llano Estacado. Along the way they would see a priceless collection of art in the form of background landscape paintings done by important early Texas artists Olin Travis, Reveau Bassett and Granville Bruce. For more about the museum and its exhibits, check out my book, Building An Ark for Texas: The Evolution of a Natural History Museum.Walt Davis, CampbellRetirement crisis is comingEach day, 10,000 baby boomers turn age 65, and research shows that a third have $25,000 or less saved for retirement. America is facing a retirement crisis, one that as leaders in Congress, Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn can help avert by supporting the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act. The act, which overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House of Representatives, will provide 64,100 more workers in Texas and 700,000 more workers nationwide with access to a 401(k) or IRA. It also provides greater access to annuities that can convert savings into a lifetime stream of income.Cruz and Cornyn can help advance this important legislation and improve the retirement landscape for people in our state and across the country. The Senate must pass the SECURE Act nowShawn Talbot, AustinWhy not shut down strip club?Re: "1 wounded in shooting at strip club, police say," Monday Metro & State Public Safety Briefs.It seems like yearly someone gets shot at this strip club. We shut down car washes in this town, but not strip clubs.Kenny Cunningham, Southeast Dallas  Continue reading...

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