Letters to the Editor – Militias, Voting Rights, Texas Election Audit, Foster Care, Public Transportation

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Let’s talk about militias

Re: “Two Tarrant County Men Arrested – Federal Authorities Charge Both of Assaulting Police on Capitol Hill,” Metro & Business article Wednesday.

This article, as well as countless other previous stories, often refer to “members of a militia”. In the second amendment, it clearly says “well-regulated militias”. My question is what entity exists to oversee the regulatory function of the militias?

Realizing that in 1791, the country did not have a standing army, this made perfect sense. Today, however; the United States has one of the largest, if not the largest, military in the world. And while every state has a National Guard to provide military support, I’m puzzled by the countless militias that exist without any oversight.

It seems to me that the Second Amendment should reflect the current realities of America in the 21st century. Otherwise, we would have to follow the current wording of the Second Amendment and establish regulatory oversight of militias.

Perhaps one of the militia constitutionality specialists could explain how this 230 year old amendment is still relevant and regulated.

Dee Wilson, Plano

Jump ship, senators

Re: “GOP cards called for trial – Texas Republicans missed opportunity to expand base,” editorial, Dec. 9.

The morning news from Dallas is so right about the urgent need to pass John Lewis’ voting rights law. A wise politician can read the tea leaves and see that the Trump ship is causing catastrophic leaks. Senators, now is a great time not only to do the right thing, but to part ways with this sinking ship. This conservative newspaper has just given you some initial coverage.

Patrick Eaton, Bedford

Tell us the cost of the audit

Re: “Audit request sent – Secretary of state seeks ‘comprehensive’ documents from multiple counties,” Monday Metro article.

Why didn’t this article discuss the estimated cost of this audit in four counties? Taxpayers have a right to know how much this politically motivated audit will end up costing our counties and Texas. At a time when the foster care program is in shambles and the power grid is about to fail again, the governor has been tasked with ordering an expensive audit. Dallas Morning News readers deserve this vital information. Texas taxpayers deserve to know the cost.

Terry Hopkins, North Dallas

Wait for research

Re: “Follow the science of transgender care – If gender affirmation research changes, clinics should change,” editorial, Dec. 10.

Thank you for your thoughtful analysis that children often change their mind several times before reaching maturity and that some of these “treatments” are not reversible and have little long-term research. Women know that changing hormones during menopause has cancer risks, so are we risking our children to increase cancer? Bone loss from puberty suppressants? Stroke of hormones? What other psychological problem is treated with physical changes? If I am depressed, should I have plastic surgery or counseling? Once again, thank you for your bravery in not shying away from the whining crowd.

Kathleen Pensk, Grapevine

A rainy day for the children in foster care

Re: “Workers talk about ‘utter chaos’ – At forum, employees describe their struggle with the capacity crisis,” Monday Metro article.

I want an explanation. Texas has a $ 10.2 billion rainy day fund. Why can’t we spend some of that money to properly house, treat, and raise children in this state’s foster care system? Governor Greg Abbot and Attorney General Ken Paxton seem so concerned about the abortions that can happen in Texas, but they don’t seem to care once the children are born.

These children, in most cases, have been abused and abandoned. They need intense therapy and a loving environment if they are to grow into healthy adults.

Sylvia Johnson, Garland

Legislators, correct the reception “chaos”

I read with sadness and frustration this article on child welfare workers describing the ‘utter chaos’ in the foster care system in which social workers are required to work many hours of overtime. to look after children in foster care without placement who live in hotels and / or workers’ offices because there are not enough foster homes.

As Gov. Greg Abbott spends money to ensure the “integrity” of the 2020 election and calls on the legislature to pass an anti-abortion bill, these children, many of whom suffer from mental health issues, have nowhere to live and no service is provided to deal with their many problems.

The Texas foster care system is the subject of a ten-year federal lawsuit over long-term foster care requirements. The Attorney General has spent thousands of dollars fighting this lawsuit. Texas lawmakers want to limit a woman’s ability to abort, but they don’t care what happens when children are born to parents who cannot care for them. How can these legislators say they are pro-life? Voters, let’s help these people find other jobs because they ignore the needs of hundreds of children.

Karen Dorris, Alba

Add transit before losing lanes

Re: “Take It Easy On ‘Road Diets’ – Farmers Branch Investigates Loss Of Roads For Safety, Recreation And Beautification,” The Monday Editorial.

Like a no-exercise diet, Farmers Branch missed a key step in its quest to cut down on cars: boosting public transportation. The additional green space is nice, but the green space does not replace (most) travel. The replacement of the central avenues of the avenues with trolleys and the expansion of co-use of the freeways by DART creates a synergy to reduce traffic not only in Farmers Branch, but throughout the metroplex.

Urban sprawl creates tons of traffic, and decades of oil lobbying have stranded us with car-based transportation systems. Public transit is cleaner, quieter, more enjoyable and more efficient in every way, but we need a collective effort from all D-FW cities to keep it running at full capacity.

Thomas Urech, Plano

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