Letters to the Editor – Thanksgiving, Adam Frisch, STAAR, Twitter, Taxes

Many blessings

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on my many blessings, not the least of which is being part of a great community of people. I am very happy and grateful to be associated with such dedicated people who go the extra mile to help a neighbor in need.

Every day I get the chance to witness the determination of every member of my community.

COVID-19 has greatly affected our lives. Increased inflation and rising interest rates, the high cost of petroleum products, the rising cost of living and the bare shelves in supermarkets are unfortunately now part of everyday life.

Yet in this austere, dreary time, I see members of my community reaching out to their neighbors and offering the support and comfort that is so desperately needed.

Whether helping people at greater risk of infection, delivering meals to neighbors devastated by the loss of a loved one, delivering groceries to those in need, or calling to check on a neighbor they haven’t seen in a while, have seen, each member of my community represents a shining beacon of hope in this dark, dreary time.

And I am very grateful for that!

John DiGenio, Cibolo

No politics; just family

I have been a regular contributor for over 20 years The Dallas Morning News opinion page, with dozens of comments and letters. Most of these contributions focused on our country’s political environment and the fragile state of democracy. After the November elections, I have been assured that American institutions are resilient and that our country has more decent and rational citizens than I ever thought. As a result, I vowed to refrain from writing political opinion pieces, at least for a while.

At Thanksgiving, I appreciate perhaps more than ever the fact that family and friends are involved in the most important things in our lives. No one can take that away from us. In my case, I am especially grateful and grateful to my wife and her daughter. I am extremely proud of what they have accomplished as educators to help young adults and how they have given back to the world in many loving ways.

On Thanksgiving Day, I won’t think about politics. Instead, I’ll propose a toast to both of these remarkable people.

Richard Cherwitz, Austin

Good stuff from Frisch

Re: “Boebert’s Opponent Admits Tight Race – A Recount Is Probable, But Democrat Says Election Result Unlikely To Change,” news report on Saturday.

I was rooting for Adam Frisch in this Colorado race. I don’t care about Lauren Boebert or her policies.

But I admire the way Frisch handled losing this race: as an adult and as a leader. No baseless claims of fraud, veiled threats, or attempts to burn down what we – all Americans – have built over the past nearly 250 years.

When I started reading Sports Day, I thought, We expect and hold professional athletes and team personnel to higher standards than our political leaders. It seems to me that this needs to be solved more than any problem that divides Democrats and Republicans.

For me, the content of the person is more important than the party. Aren’t we teaching our children content over form? If not, shouldn’t we?

Russell G. Thornton, East Dallas

Better standards

Re: “Texans want better ways to measure schools – the legislature has an opportunity to improve the accountability system,” by Brian Woods and HD Chambers, Sunday Opinion.

I applaud this opinion piece. Haven’t we had enough of just STAAR? Most would agree, and as a four-time elected school administrator, I spent little time on STAAR test results. STAAR does not measure learning. The high stakes of this test reflect poverty. It more often punishes students, educators, schools and districts, leaving communities and legislators confused by the results.

Texas needs a broader accountability system. Before I left my board position, we implemented a community-based accountability system to measure growth and identify opportunities for authentic school improvement. Our community shared in its development. It took time to create and other school districts are doing the same.

I sincerely hope our legislators take a step back this session and get curious about what Austin has done and is doing with our public education system. Our teachers are leaving en masse. As said: “All we need is the will to do something better for our students and their future.” Please talk to your legislators.

Tracy K. Fisher, Coppell

Only the House can do that

I see that President Joe Biden has taken his case to the Supreme Court to make massive private loan payments using my tax dollars.

Apparently, Biden has forgotten that by law, the only group in the US government allowed to initiate new spending is the House of Representatives. Hopefully the Supreme Court will remind him of that simple fact.

Olan Knight, Murphy

Who wants him there again?

Subject: “Trump’s Twitter Is Restored — But Ex-President Says He Sees ‘Lots Of Trouble’,” Sunday news report.

So the votes are in and counted. Former President Donald Trump is back on Twitter. Has anyone analyzed the mood? My guess is that the Democrats voted to keep it back on and the Republicans voted to keep it off.

Ted Gold, Plano

And my taxes are still rising…

I just received my annual property tax bill and my tax bill went up again. So which candidate(s) promised lower property taxes? Tell the voters what they want to hear and if they are elected, they forget to keep those promises.

I am so tired of the same political rhetoric from both sides.

Dave Kuhlman, Highland Village

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