Letters – Remembering Carolyn Davis, AT&T and CBS Conflict, John F. Kennedy's Words, Immigration

Loving memories of Carolyn DavisRe: "Tragic crash kills ex-council member — Man with 5 DWI arrests slams into Carolyn Davis' car in wrong-way collision," Wednesday news story.The last words I heard my friend, Carolyn Davis, say as she was going down my front steps after a visit, were " I love you, baby girl!" At age 76, I don't hear those words often and I am almost 20 years older than Davis, but her words were from her heart and were music to my ears. For eight years, she was our City Council representative for District 7. She was part of the initiative in 2008 that helped us re-establish Truett Area Crime Watch, still one of the most active and most successful crime watches in the city of Dallas.She was part of our support team when we set out to create an area plan for White Rock East, and she stood firmly with us while we pressed Dallas ISD to renovate Truett Elementary School and add a 28-classroom addition. She spent her own funds to make Ferguson Park into a family park again with a walking trail, drinking fountains, outdoor exercise equipment and more activities for the children.As she and I worked together, we also created a good friendship. She was an inspiration to me and a mentor as well. She was a knowledgeable and resourceful woman whose strength, good humor, kind heart and dedication to all of us who knew her will not be forgotten. Ellen Childress, DallasWhy were devices removed?Re: "Suspect's criminal history includes DWI convictions," Wednesday news story.Carolyn Davis is dead. Now, so is her daughter, Melissa Davis Nunn. While I never met them, I can imagine the searing depth of family grief, people assailed by bewilderment turning into anger. Why? Because just five days before the accident, District Judge Dominique Collins had ordered the removal of the prohibitive devices that would have likely prevented repeat offender Jonathan Moore from murdering them on the streets of Dallas while, once again, under the influence.I would be interested to hear a persuasive explanation as to why Collins determined that the very tools intended to restrict chronic offenders like Moore from wreaking havoc from behind the wheel were no longer necessary in his case. Might this be another instance where a tenderhearted judge had too much compassion for a wanton criminal and too little regard for the safety and well-being of the public that elected her to office? I don't know. I've never met Collins, either. What I do know is that Carolyn and Melissa are dead, and Moore is not the only person responsible. George Crain, Dallas/Victory ParkSobriety checkpoints can helpRe: "5 DWI Convictions Were Enough — Justice system shares blame for crash that killed former councilwoman and her daughter," Sunday Editorials.Thank you for your editorial concerning the deaths of former Dallas City Council member Carolyn Davis and her daughter by a suspected drunk driver with five previous DWI convictions. Unfortunately, this is just the tip of the iceberg. It seems that almost every week there are news stories about someone who has been injured or killed by a drunken driver in the DFW area. And those are just the ones who make the news. Who knows how many others there are that don't make the news? As you noted, drunken driving is the No. 1 cause of deaths on our roads. No one method is going to solve this problem, but there are some that could help. Texas is one of only 10 states that doesn't allow law enforcement officials to operate sobriety checkpoints. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did studies on the effectiveness of eight different sobriety checkpoint programs. All found a significant decrease in the number of crashes. Some who drink over the limit and drive on a routine basis do so because they know they won't get caught — and that is part of the problem that leads to the high toll of injury, death and heartache from so many DWI wrecks. Who know who will be next?Tom Wilbanks, North DallasAn open letter to AT&T chiefRe: "AT&T drops CBS in dispute — DirecTV, U-verse customers in the dark until parties reach retransmission fee deal," Sunday Metro & State story.This is an open letter to AT&T's Randall Stephenson. You are holding your customers hostage in your ongoing dispute with CBS while at the same time you are listed as the second highest paid CEO in the Dallas area. Your company line is that you put your customers first, but most of us see a very different picture. How many of us do you need to lose before you settle this issue? And be assured, you will lose us if you don't settle this pretty quickly. Here's an idea: Take some of your very inflated salary and pay what CBS wants and keep your customers happy.Flora Cohen, RichardsonImmigrants make a differenceRe: 'U.S. must retain its principles," by Scott Broudy, Sunday Letters.Broudy uses John F. Kennedy's "Ask not what your country..." quote to point out how important it is that we all "assimilate under American values" to ensure that all democracies, "with America as the leader," succeed and "to retain the civilization that has become all the world's destination."As I interpret his words, he seems to imply that many who seek immigration and asylum are not willing to answer Kennedy's call to do all that they can for "our" country, which they desperately want to make "their" country. If that is the writer's intention, why would he make such an assumption?There are too many people to know or name who have immigrated to and/or been granted asylum by our country and have gone on to make great contributions. They are not all as well-known as Albert Einstein, for example, but they have done work that needs doing, served proudly and died in our military, paid taxes, raised families, and in many other important ways have walked the "two-way street" that is our American freedom.I suggest that Broudy read Joseph Kim's heartfelt and heartbreaking column, "Why we should care about refugees," in the same Points section in which his letter ran.Karen Rosenthal, Irving  Continue reading...

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