Don’t follow the crowd on the cliff
Outside my polling station this week, I met a friendly man holding a large sign saying, “Have you had enough? Vote Republican.” I’m sure his intentions were good, but his nonsensical sign embodies the kind of knee-jerk politics we don’t need on either side of the aisle.
“To have enough?” So go. These are national and local elections. Our state and local governments have been controlled by the Republican Party for many years. If we really have enough, it would surely be time to elect the other party.
Please, dear voters, do not follow any candidate without thinking. Use your wits, study the candidates and the issues, then vote. Accompanying the crowd sometimes means following them from the top of a cliff.
Jan Schröder, Plano
Campaign signs are cluttered
The amount of campaign signs around our polling places are out of control, looking ugly and distracting as you walk past them. Does each candidate need 15-20 signs saying the same thing? All applicants should be limited to two or three.
Also, I bet 99% of voters who show up at the polling station have already decided who they are voting for. A dozen signs for a particular candidate is not going to sway them.
After the election is over, most candidates don’t come back and pick up their bric-a-brac; it is often left to library staff or parks and recreation staff.
Lack of Secretary of State website
While searching the internet for an early voting location near me, I was first led to the Texas Secretary of State’s webpage. I find it hard to believe that the intention of the Texas Secretary of State was to make it difficult for one person to find a convenient place to vote early.
The site required me to identify myself either using my address or two fields that required me to know two abbreviations that I did not know. After logging in, I was presented with a long, alphabetical list of all Dallas County polling places for voting on Election Day. I couldn’t find any list of early voting locations.
I also couldn’t find a list sorted by location. I either had to scroll through dozens of addresses or know the name of the polling station I wanted to find.
Once frustration pushed me off the Texas Secretary of State webpage, I went to the Grand Prairie election site and easily found early voting locations on the front page.
The City of Grand Prairie obviously wants people to vote. The Secretary of State, not so much.
Kenneth Mathias, Grande Prairie
West Oak Cliff needs a plan
Re: “City should support plan for West Oak Cliff – Although flawed, proposal is the result of 3 years of community engagement and dialogue,” Wednesday’s editorial.
There are still naysayers who disagree with this plan, but as Dallas City Councilman Chad West said, “If we don’t come up with a plan for how we want the neighborhood evolves, the developers will make the plan for us. ”
Like it or not, no one has found a way to stop gentrification. All you can hope to do is guide him to the best possible outcome.
Ben Orr, Dallas/North Wynnewood
No spin, it’s just a spin
Subject: “Iconic Reunion Tower Becomes New Restaurant—Spinless Steaks and Seafood,” Oct. 22 Metro & Business story.
I just read with interest Sarah Blaskovich’s story about the opening of the Crown Block in place of the Five Sixty restaurant in Reunion Tower. I’m excited to see something return to this space and even more excited that it’s a steakhouse/seafood venue.
What’s wrong with letting it run? It’s an absolute hallmark of Dallas. Either the restaurant will have such a small capacity that much of it will not be used to be able to face the city center, or half of the restaurant’s patrons will be looking out over the Trinity River basin during their entire meal.
The great part of Antares and Five Sixty was that everyone got to experience the entire skyline at some point during their meal. And I guess the private function option for a spinning room will also be monetized as an extra.
Reunion Tower is a popular icon of Dallas and even North Texas. The Hunt family spent a lot of money running it when it was built. I’m surprised they’re allowing this not to be a real feature for whatever’s on there now.
Oh, well, I just remember all those homecomings and special dinners at Antares (before I found Steak and Ale), not to mention my best friend’s engagement there. At least the food is coming back to the tower.
Raymond DeYoung, Lewisville
GOP ads aim to scare us
I’m embarrassed and disgusted by all the Republican ads. These are attempts to scare us by crushing all opponents in the lowest possible way! I’m so ashamed of this. Nobody, at any time, tells me what they would like or could do to help this country.
I voted yesterday at 88, without a single vote for a Republican.
Subject: “It’s time to change governors”, by James Folger, and “Abbott recommends a slap”, by Ariel Peeri, Wednesday Letters.
Folger and Peeri’s letters disagree with The Dallas Morning News‘ Greg Abbott’s recommendation for governor. One author calls it “a slap in the face”; the other says it “does not reflect the views of the people of Dallas”. Neither indicates why Beto O’Rourke would be a better choice. Neither indicates what O’Rourke’s accomplishments were while he was in Congress representing El Paso. I can tell you – not much!
Every voter should decide which candidate will be best for Texas and not listen to negative attacks on a candidate without balancing those issues with the candidate they support.
Solomon Tristan, Garland
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