The place can we reside, once more?

Re: “Girl cycled by means of courts — Suspect in taking pictures ‘good instance’ of points with psychological well being care waitlist,” Wednesday information story.

I used to be shocked to learn the next paragraphs from the above-mentioned story: “The waitlist for state psychiatric hospitals is sort of 2,500 folks lengthy, in line with the Texas Well being and Human Companies Fee. Greater than 950 individuals are ready for optimum safety beds, and greater than 1,500 are in line for non-maximum slots, per state knowledge.

“On common, folks spent about 511 days on the utmost safety waitlist and 232 days ready for non-maximum beds, in line with numbers from September 2021 to June 2022. The wait in Dallas County could be longer.”

Texas seems like a growing nation in psychological well being care. What’s so extremely troublesome about constructing extra hospitals and hiring the suitable employees for them? It’s a commonsense resolution, however one which apparently eludes the present Republican management.

The identical downside appears to exist find applicable houses and amenities for our foster care system, the place one thing like 47,000 kids founder with no settled placements. After which we have a look at our state jail inhabitants, the place apparently air con doesn’t exist. Torture anybody, by no means thoughts rehabilitation?

James R. Bridges, Destiny

Looks like a no brainer, however …

Re: “Structure 101 Ought to Be Required — Rep. Cheney has the correct thought: All freshman members of Congress want a category like this,” July 24 editorial.

Shouldn’t any candidate, earlier than they will run for elected workplace, must show some primary data of the Structure? This shouldn’t be utilized to voting (we’ve seen the implications of that in our nation’s current historical past), however our representatives and senators in Washington ― bringing in six-figure salaries and fairly good pensions and well being care packages — should be capable of recall the three branches of presidency and checklist the primary ten amendments of the Invoice of Rights.

If you must take a category after you’ve been elected, then it’s already too late. But when one thing should be achieved, similar to a category or crash course, then simply have them watch Schoolhouse Rock’s I’m Only a Invoice.

Martin Friedenthal, The Colony

They seemingly know greater than we do

Though by no means my favorites as a teen within the ’50s, civics, historical past and authorities courses supplied no less than an introduction to the fundamentals of our Structure and state and native legal guidelines. Nonetheless, I proceed to be humbled by the data required for a citizenship software in the US. Appears to be like as if many people take citizenship with no consideration.

Maybe there’s a lesson for all of us from the latest members of our nation. A replica of the US Structure is cheap and simple to order!

Marye Davis, North Arlington

Not only a Dallas downside

Re: “Elevate housing insurance policies,” by Ellen Magnis, July 18 Letters.

The Dallas Morning Information has printed tales, editorials and letters from readers about housing points confronted by low-income residents and people displaced in older communities. Replying to a Information story in regards to the conversion of downtown workplace area to luxurious housing, Magnis states the necessity for metropolis leaders to rethink housing insurance policies to handle homelessness and reasonably priced housing choices for low-income residents. Sure, the town of Dallas does have its issues on this area. Nonetheless, it’s time for suburban cities to step as much as the plate as a substitute of recasting the problem as a Dallas downside.

The suburbs experiencing strong job progress, notably these in Collin and Denton counties, are inclined to cherry-pick employers away from Dallas whereas dragging their heels in offering reasonably priced housing choices. If suburban cities use state and federal {dollars} to fund municipal tasks and applications, then their ft must be held to the hearth to incentivize and implement clearly said reasonably priced housing insurance policies with tooth tied to their regulatory instruments.

For all their boasting, the onus is on suburban cities to personal the issue of affordability for low-income residents, as it’s a regional downside.

Robert L. Prejean, Dallas/Oak Garden

Put money into U.S.-made semiconductors

Re: “It was a U-turn for TI in Sherman — Firm went from phasing out plant to including extra,” July 17 Enterprise story.

This story successfully demonstrates how investing in a sturdy home semiconductor trade is essential for the economic system on the native, state and nationwide ranges. Boosting home chip manufacturing will create many high-skilled jobs and reinforce America’s tech management, financial prosperity and nationwide safety.

Demand for chips is rising sharply. To help this essential trade, Congress has simply handed laws that features CHIPS Act investments in chip manufacturing and innovation, and an funding tax credit score for semiconductor manufacturing and design. Demand for chips is rising sharply.

Sherman is a superb instance of what may very well be taking place throughout Texas and the remainder of the nation, however it will possibly’t occur with out federal investments to degree the worldwide taking part in discipline. America’s future will depend on semiconductors.

John Neuffer, Washington, D.C.

President and CEO, Semiconductor Trade Affiliation

Is that this clever spending?

Re: “Texas sues federal authorities — State says Biden’s emergency abortion steering is illegal,” July 15 Metro & Enterprise story.

Has anybody calculated how a lot cash our lawyer common, Ken Paxton, has price our state in frivolous lawsuits? We might care for foster kids and so many different essential wants with these funds. Oh, however foster kids are exterior the womb!

This story states, “The lawyer common filed a lawsuit this month difficult the administration’s assertion that hospitals should present abortions in case of medical emergencies.” So simply let the ladies endure and die, however save that fetus! It’s laborious to imagine this man claims to be a Christian. Keep in mind to vote in November!

Carol McNatt, Athens

At the least we’re not being bitten

Folks ought to give up complaining in regards to the warmth since we will’t do something about it. We must be no less than grateful we aren’t being pestered by mosquitoes to this point this summer time.

Donald Reichert, Garland

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