December 3, 2021

Letters to the Editor – Divisiveness, infrastructure business, electricity

Letters to the Editor - Divisiveness, infrastructure business, electricity

Davis approves of divisiveness?

Re: “With Beto, Democrats will party like it’s 2018 — But the Texas governor race is really about whether voters want to fire Abbott,” by Mark Davis, Wednesday Opinion.

Davis opens his otherwise thoughtful assessment of a possible Abbott-O’Rourke matchup with an odd, unrelated plea. He asks us to admit that “virtually all political ideas are divisive, and that is as it should be.” Sure, our two-party system relies on voters and politicians bringing disparate views to the table. And then working it out in compromises that end up being the laws we all agree to live by.

But the divisiveness that started in Washington, D.C., and has proliferated at a terrifying rate across the country is light years from what we need. It has been building for 40-odd years, accelerated exponentially by our last president, and produced a Congress that remains perpetually in vapor-lock.

This divisiveness has rendered our leaders unable to achieve much of anything at a time when we desperately need them to show wisdom and be productive.

”That is as it should be,” Davis reminds us. Despite all the name-calling and finger-pointing that characterize our political discourse, Davis is the first person I am aware of to claim that this awful divisiveness is good for us. If he really believes this, we are in worse shape than I thought.

Andy Shaw, Dallas/Lake Highlands

Republicans shouldn’t get the work

As we all know, the infrastructure bill that was passed and the effect it will have on North Texas is significant in many ways. Definitely, the improvement of our roads, bridges, broadband system and transportation needs is an important aspect, but also the financial gains for the area and what that means for businesses is where it gets touchy for me. Sen. Ted Cruz is quoted as saying, “Republicans shouldn’t play a part in this” and voted no as did Sen. John Cornyn. Congress members Eddie Bernice Johnson, Colin Allred and Marc Veasey voted yes.

So, when the line forms for firms getting approval for work on the projects for North Texas, those firms should be companies that supported those who voted yes. The problem is that history says it will be the supporters of Cruz and Cornyn who will be at the front of the line and that is a problem for me.

Also, the U.S. Census Bureau lists Dallas as the ninth largest city and based on the data, the city’s population grew by 8.9%. The firm that did the census was an African American woman-owned firm and was the Prime Contractor. Prime contractors will build capacity and that is what is needed in this infrastructure bill — prime minority contractors who can and will perform.

There are minority firms that just simply need the opportunity to “perform” as Primes rather than sit on the sidelines while the usual firms get the majority of the work and leave the Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprises 15% requirement for minority firms to fight over.

The Biden administration says that the infrastructure bill will fund jobs for states and cities, but this should also be an opportunity to build capacity for small businesses and minority firms to create generational wealth for all. I implore state and local decision-makers to keep that in mind before requests for quotes and proposals hit the street for projects resulting from the infrastructure bill.

Willis Johnson, Dallas

No Texan voted yes

Re: “Front-page news,” by Helen Newell Thompson, Thursday Letters.

Just to add to Thompson’s letter, besides the infrastructure bill signing not being on the front page, the fact that not one Texas Republican congressmen voted for the bill was stunning to say the least. Apparently, working against the Democratic administration was more important than the $35 billion that Texas will receive for much-needed projects with a commensurate number of jobs. When will these people put country (or at least state) before party?

Hans Voorn, Frisco

This one’s gonna cost you

Step right up — get your smile on! The Texas Railroad Commission quietly approved $3.4B in bonds to pay gas companies — the same gas companies the Public Utility Commission of Texas had already approved to receive $6.5B. Whoopee! What a bailout for the February disaster. Are you happy? Take a look at your upcoming electric bills — I’ll bet it wipes that smile right off your face.

Pay attention, folks, to whom you’re electing.

Judy Webster, Plano

A great night in Dallas

Recently, I drove from Topeka, Kan., to the Kessler Theater to see Jimmie Vaughan. The Kessler is an exceptional venue for which all of Dallas can take pride. The Davis Street atmosphere generally reminded me of Magazine Street in New Orleans and I would recommend it unequivocally. Vaughan & the Tilt-A-Whirl Band were so good that I left feeling like the value of both the show and the venue were way out of proportion to the small amount of money paid.

Not a bad seat in the house and every song Vaughan and the band played was better than the previous one. Name me one group who does two Slim Harpo covers and a Nightcaps cover in one night!

The good people of Texas are so good that it is really a shame that you are represented by the likes of state Sen. Bob Hall, who was recently quoted in your paper as saying that COVID vaccines are killing people. Thank you, Bob, for proving that Texas Republicans are even crazier and meaner than Kansas Republicans!

Marshall Barber, Topeka, Kansas

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