Letters: Texas Instruments, Tax Cuts, Jonathan Stickland, Mental Illness, Dallas Neighborliness

Call for campaign reform Re: "Tax cuts have TI sitting in sweet spot," by Mitchell Schnurman, Sunday Business column.Kudos to Mitchell Schnurman for exposing how Texas Instruments used their tax cut (from 39% to 17%) to benefit shareholders rather than invest in R&D or job creation. Thanks to President Donald Trump's tax plan, many businesses have benefited greatly, affirming my belief that we now live in a corporate oligarchy, not a democracy. Those who pay to play, i.e. buy congressional representation, will indeed benefit. (I wonder how big pharma spent their windfall; I doubt that they used it to lower the price of insulin.) Whether people are libertarian or progressive or somewhere in between, I hope they can agree that we need to get big business and special interest money out of politics. As we consider presidential and legislative candidates in 2020, let's look for those who are eager to sponsor campaign finance reform and lead us to a government that is truly of the people, by the people and for the people!Eleanor Goodwin, CoppellDon't cry for SticklandRe: "Republican Stickland won't seek reelection — Divisive tea party firebrand happy to step away after 8 years," Tuesday Metro & Business story.State Rep. Jonathon Stickland will not seek reelection to the Texas State House, but don't shed a tear for him. For his eight short years of accomplishing very little, passing a bill allowing gun owners to carry loaded assault weapons in the street and killing a bill that would ban chaining of dogs in the hot sun, Stickland will be receiving a pension of $23,000 a year for the rest of his life.In comparison, a Texas teacher making $50,000 a year must work 20 full-time years to receive the exact same amount. Good riddance, Stickland. May the dogs nip at your heels for the rest of your life.John R. Cobarruvias, HoustonExamine mental illnessRe: "No security 'silver bullet' — We've never been so prepared, but we'll always be in danger," Sunday news story.This article spoke about the federal building shooter as a young man who was clearly emotionally ill. His behavior does speak for itself — he was greatly disturbed and emotionally ill. Once you accept that, you can get on with the most important conversation a society can have: How does a young man become so disturbed that he feels driven to buy firearms and dream of using them against innocent people? This investigation is of utmost importance if you want to deter future shootings. Strangely, the article was entirely about guns, security devices and drills, yet silent about mental health. Where is the front-page article explicating the complex web of developmental issues that lead to such deviant, destructive behavior? Is it that The News has no interest in providing an explicit examination of the emotional development of these men, or is it our society-at-large that has no interest in teasing out the triggers and the developmental difficulties from trauma? If we truly want to be proactive in prevention, invest in mental health and parenting classes for all middle and high school students.Cedric Scott Wood, North DallasAllow workers to be armed"No security 'silver bullet,'" says the headline. Sure there is. Allow those individuals who have a concealed carry permit to do so. One person with a weapon could have stopped the shooter. Knowing that some workers were armed may even have deterred the shooter. Not allowing workers the means to protect themselves shows a criminal lack of concern for the safety of said workers, and statistics show that people carrying firearms legally are responsible for a minuscule percentage of crimes committed. Not a perfect solution to be sure. Better than being a helpless target, though.Bill Busch, BurkburnettMoney found for noncitizens Been three weeks and still two huge piles of branches browning out in my front yard. The city has the money to pay legal fees for noncitizens but tells me to be patient. After the cleanup, the city will then say the cost went over budget and then words about added crime costs and probably some form of accounting error will start the drum beat for more taxes. Of course, more money for the coming waves of those noncitizens will just appear like magic. Looks like it might be a one-term figurehead mayor for Dallas.Roy Underwood, DallasDefinition of a good neighborDan Yates is a good friend and a good neighbor. He recently got a very early-morning phone call from his longtime neighbor, Fred Stroud, who needed help — he could barely breathe or talk or move, but he managed to call 911, then call Yates (who had a key to Stroud's house as good neighbors do) to ask him to open his front door for the paramedics. Stroud was taken by ambulance to our neighborhood hospital, Presbyterian. Yates didn't want Stroud to be alone, so he followed behind the ambulance in his car. He also called Stroud's wife, Cathy, who was attending a wedding in New York. His wife got in touch with their adult daughter, Christina, who lives in Dallas outside our neighborhood. Stroud's condition had worsened by the time Christina arrived at the hospital, but Yates stayed with her. Cathy was able to talk to her husband by phone before he passed away that morning. Afterward, Yates drove Christina home, and then he mowed Fred and Cathy's yard. That's what a good neighbor does.Nancy Sales, DallasCongress, watch DallasRe: "Acts of kindness shine bright — Neighbors and strangers answer calls for help," June 12 Metro & Business story.Congress could learn a thing or two from Dallas. This articles was so enlightening. Dallas' time of need was met with neighbor helping neighbor, city helping city, and all of the out-of-state support and help after the storms hit. People came together and pitched in to clean up the debris and limbs and others helped to get the lights turned back on for thousands of people. It didn't matter what your party affiliation was, there was work to be done. Congress, take note from Dallas and the great state of Texas. We can get a lot more done to help our great nation if you put down your party affiliation signs and help make our nation better. Reach across the aisle like we use to do and make some positive changes as Americans deserve more from our party leaders. Dallas, you have set the bar high.Pam Montague, Allen  Continue reading...

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