Russia waiting, watching
There are some easy ways to help Ukraine. Contact anyone you know in Russia and share news accounts of what is really going on. If you don’t know anyone in Russia, end every phone, text or email with friends asking them to reach out to those they know in Russia.
Money gets to Ukraine faster than goods.
Russia is waiting for the United States and our North Atlantic Treaty Organization partners to cave so that it can destroy all of Ukraine and harm as many people as possible. Choose your words and actions carefully.
Steve Uman, Dallas/Knox-Henderson
See a pattern here?
Re: Speaker takes aim at tags — Says addressing fake paper license plates will be House priority,” Tuesday Metro & Business story.
Another hand-picked team from Gov. Greg Abbott fails miserably. Just a year ago, it was the Public Utility Commission of Texas. Now it is the agency that oversees the paper tags distribution. As soon as the failures are pointed out, there are resignations in both groups, thus no accountability! Maybe the wrong guy is picking the teams.
Barton S. Clemmer, Grand Prairie
With NBA, big is still better
Re: “It’s a smaller world in NBA — As league trends away from 7-footers, Jazz to test Powell, Mavs,” by Brad Townsend, Monday SportsDay column.
Townsend may be right in some respects but not with the really good teams. Bigger is better. Let’s look at the really good teams this year. Phoenix has Deandre Ayton; Utah has Rudy Gobert; Milwaukee has Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bobby Portis Jr. and Brook Lopez; Miami has Bam Adebayo; Cleveland has Jarrett Allen; Brooklyn has Andre Drummond; and Philadelphia has Joel Embiid. Bigs still matter a lot.
These are most of the elite teams in the league right now. Some of the guys listed above might not play center specifically, but they are rather large just the same and clog up the middle.
The Mavs are lucky to have Luka Dončić, who can mix it up pretty well inside if he has to. He makes up for the Mavs’ lack of size because there is no guard as tall as him. It is no coincidence that the bigger teams are near the top, Mr. Townsend. If the Mavs do win big this year it is not because they went small. It is because they have Dončić.
Mark Nicholas Martelli, Dallas/Lake Highlands
Contractor oversight? What’s that?
It’s not news to many of the residents of Dallas to learn about abuse of taxpayer dollars and zero accounting for contractors. I live in the southern section of Dallas, in west Oak Cliff, where we have been besieged for over a year regarding street improvements and repairs. One contractor tore out the street in front of my house six times, each time leaving it for three to four weeks before coming back to finish the work. It was the very same section every time.
He then proceeded to pour new driveways for certain residents at a cost to the city. He even poured a driveway where there was not one existing. I called to complain about the situation to the public works department, which assured me that the aforementioned residents were paying the contractor for new driveways.
Jacqueline Johnson, Dallas/West Oak Cliff
I finally received my free COVID-19 tests from the U.S. government and was stunned to see “Made in China” printed on the package. In my disgust, I threw them in the trash. Didn’t our current political leaders make campaign claims (and in many speeches since then) that they would buy American?
Bruce Weiss, Dallas
Try reading online, y’all
To those complaining about missing some deliveries of their newspapers, here is some good news: You can view the paper online, as I do. It’s wonderful.
Anne Davidoff, Plano
Our suburban autobahn
I wish Dallas County would do something about Jupiter Road from Forest Lane to Renner Road. This is a six-lane raceway for semi-trucks and too much automobile traffic. From the industrial area along Plano Parkway to the factories at Forest Lane, Jupiter Road is the only entrance and exit off the President George Bush Turnpike.
Semis are going 60 miles an hour racing through the suburbs, and car drivers think they are at drag strips with motorcycles also screeching along. Stoplights? Why stop? School crossing zones, what are those? The Richardson Police Department doesn’t have a chance to pull them over.
Donald N. Wright, Garland
Not a fan of leaf blowers
I read where the city of Dallas is considering a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers. I couldn’t agree more. At 8 a.m. on a recent Saturday, my neighbor’s yard men had a symphony of multiple leaf blowers serenading those still asleep.
They rival jet engines and stink. As someone who had a lawn service in high school, we raked and swept as needed instead of blowing debris into the street. We all want to reduce noise and air pollution, so this ban would be a great service.
Anton Skell, Plano
Attention, political candidates!
I’m 15 and live in Prosper. I believe homework should be banned because students are given entirely too much work. School is a full-time job. Homework is stressful. There’s no real benefit, no family or friend time, and it affects our sleep schedule.
Landon Davis, Prosper
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