Letters to the Editor — Police training, HUD vouchers, abortion laws, Dallas trash service
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More police training needed
Re: “Security guard suing officers — Mistaken for a wanted man, he was beaten, traumatized, he says,” Monday news story.
I was shocked and embarrassed by reading about Dallas police officers’ treatment of Silvester Hayes. Unfortunately, it’s become all too common to see photos of a Black man’s head being crushed into a concrete curb by a white police officer’s hand.
Hayes tried to explain that they had the wrong Silvester Hayes, and, in fact, they did. But the police didn’t check his license on their computer to confirm his identity. Why? Presumably, he fit the profile of a violent criminal.
It’s hard to believe that a John Smith living in North Dallas would be pulled over without confirming that he was the John Smith who had an outstanding warrant.
Having lived in Dallas and the surrounding communities for 55 years, I have seen great strides made by the Dallas Police Department over the years in diversity training. However, it’s clear from this incident that more work needs to be done.
It’s too late for Hayes to get the last two years of his life back and for Dallas County taxpayers to avoid bearing the cost of any likely settlement with him.
William J. Lindquist, Frisco
HUD should lift low-income aid
Re: “HUD expands voucher program — First tested in Dallas, model now spreads to 41 more areas,” Wednesday Metro & Business story.
When moving people from areas of high crime, how does the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determine who are the criminals before relocating? I remember when patrols in South Dallas were increased. People with no tags, expired registration, drunk driving, drug possession and illegal firearms were stopped. Immediately, racial discrimination concerns demanded the police presence be reduced.
Why is HUD not helping these low-income communities be a better place to live? Stronger code enforcement and better schools can be achieved in low-income communities, with community involvement. Why not eliminate zoning for housing, let middle and low-income people live among rich people?
HUD could require lots of all sizes be distributed equally among subdivisions and set a ceiling for home prices on the smaller lots. Providing a car allowance, clothing allowance, utility assistance and mortgage assistance would solve all of our social discrimination ills.
James Vaughn, Terrell
Republicans bossy on abortion
Re: “Travel for abortions is banned — Legality of law allowing suits if roads are used is uncertain,” Tuesday Metro & Business story.
Lubbock County has outlawed transporting a woman on its roads for an abortion. Of course, this was approved by an all-male board. These are public roads paid by taxpayers. Are they going to stop all cars with women and administer a pregnancy test? Do women have to give an itinerary of every move they make? Do men? Will pregnant women be arrested for driving on that road or vacationing in another state?
For Republicans to say they want Americans to have freedoms, they do a great job of being rather bossy.
Audrey Pincu, Dallas
Horrifying consequences in Lubbock
Reading this story raises a question: How will it be managed? Will cars be stopped and women inspected/interrogated regarding their purpose of traveling on those roads? Will they be turned away, license removed, fined, given jail time, or what? Will the drivers or travelers accompanying them be subject to the same as an accessory?
When one starts to consider these consequences, it’s not only daunting but horrifying! What is our state becoming? This is a democracy (albeit a weak one these days). With all that is wrong in our world, why must we restrict even more citizens and bring more fear into our world?
It seems we should be working toward more reasonable avenues for this situation. How about a focus on birth control and ensuring men do their part.
Sydney Brainard, Dallas
Sanitation suffers from zoning
I am a landlord in Dallas who strives to keep my properties in good condition. I own a property in the Independence Park addition at the intersection of Military Parkway and St. Augustine Road. I have owned this property for more than 20 years.
I have had a problem keeping long-term renters at this particular property due to trash in the neighborhood, and the fact that Dallas has failed this area as far as sanitation and code enforcement are concerned.
I accept it is difficult for sanitation vehicles to navigate this area as the streets are very narrow. However, the city of Dallas years ago allowed this addition to be built too dense and without adequate street space, and now is not willing to maintain what was created by a poor zoning decision.
Dallas needs to step up to the task of enforcing basic sanitation as well as other ordinances in this area.
Katherine Creech, Garland
Motorcycle racing fan
Re: “Dirt track sees its final flag — Family owners, racers mourn the sale, closing of Devil’s Bowl Speedway,” Sunday Metro story.
I’ve ridden street and off-road motorcycles for many years and am a fan of motorcycle racing, especially on an oval dirt track. In 1994, the Devil’s Bowl hosted a Grand National circuit race. Two middle-aged women who probably worked the weekly auto races were taking tickets as the throng of motorcycle fans passed through. I heard one say to the other, “I never thought I’d see this many people come out to see a motorcycle race.”
Mike Sulak, West
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