Letters to the Editor – Fair Park, Dan Patrick, Christians, Climate Change

Complete Fair Park accounting

Re: “Fair Park re-icing on the ballot – Adding funding – at no cost to you – to the convention center plan is genius”, by Sharon Grigsby, Sunday Metro column.

It’s a shame Grigsby didn’t include any of Fair Park’s recent funding history in his column on the November bond package. In 2017, Dallas voters gave the park $50 million for renovations so the city could hire a private company to run it. In 2019, Fair Park First and Spectra took over management of the park and are receiving nearly $35 million over 10 years to do so. As part of this agreement, Spectra agreed to renovate the park and its surroundings.

What exactly has been done to fulfill this part of the agreement? Considering that, as Grigsby mentioned, “Just a year ago an entire bathroom collapsed in the Cotton Bowl,” that can’t be much.

We need an accounting from Fair Park First and Spectra before more money is spent on the park. And contrary to park board chairman Arun Agarwal’s assertion that “Dallas residents don’t pay a dime,” I guess he doesn’t think Dallas residents ever have the opportunity to spend the night in a local hotel.

George E. Lass, Dallas/Lakewood

Patrick’s Dangerous Path

Re: “Patrick Says Advocates ‘Playing God’ – Reaffirms Positions on LGBTQ Education, Treatment of Transgender People,” Thursday Metro & Business article.

Thank you for the excellent reporting in this story, which I invite all subscribers to read. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s vision for our state is one whose laws dictate that all aspects of life for all Texans align with what he considers “right.” Patrick explains that those he disagrees with are “in a battle with those who believe in God, believe in Jesus Christ.”

I am someone Patrick disagrees with and as a Christian myself I am offended by Patrick’s understanding of Jesus’ message. What’s even more disturbing is that Texas’ legislator is trying to create a state where he can observe his faith, but not everyone else can.

Patrick’s rhetoric is narrow-minded and intolerant, but the endless barrage of discriminatory and hurtful bills that imply that one religion is superior to all others is un-American and authoritarian. The current leadership of our state is taking the state backward in time and down a very dangerous path.

Cathy Murphree, Richardson

Wonderful gospel perspective

Re: “Tell Better, Evangelical Stories – In the public square, conservative Christians should be able to capture the imagination, not just the votes”, by Ryan Sanders, Sunday Opinion.

Regarding this Sanders editorial, magnificent.

Thomas E. Turpin, Bedford

Sad reality of discord

Sanders’ final discussion of “the dangers of Christian nationalism” is thoughtful and touches on the tension of the worldly and the eternal that is necessarily at the center of any discussion of Christian witness. It can be helpful to consider whether one is an American Christian or an American Christian. What is the most fundamental identity and commitment?

To be a Christian who happens to be American is to embrace the not always easy path of charitable but courageous and selfless opposition to that of contemporary culture and society, which is contrary to the faith. Christian discord is a sad and historical reality, but never a reality that can then take its direction and significance from a particular culture, especially one that is driven by self-centeredness, materialism, and moral relativism.

Christians, along with other believers and non-believers, are blessed with a regime of religious freedom. But the temptation to embrace a worldly, anti-Christian culture must be guarded against – in all charity and humility.

Thomas W. Jodziewicz, Irving

The point of no return for the climate

Why, oh why, are oil companies ramping up production (Exxon plans to increase production by 25% from 2021) when our planet’s habitability is in jeopardy?

Our children live in a warmer and more dangerous climate than we did growing up. The costs of climate-related damage, including monetary costs and costs to quality of life and costs to the natural world, are rising. Such costs cannot, it seems, compete with the profit motive of oil industry executives and investors.

Do they and our leaders have no foresight? No conscience? We are reaching a point of no return when it comes to climate change and little effort is being made to reduce or even slow down our dependence on oil.

Now is the time to reframe our situation, invest in new infrastructure that supports a truly significant decrease in the use of fossil fuels, and work to preserve at least some semblance of a positive quality of life for generations after the our.

Anne Elizabeth Armstrong, Plano

Where is the limited government?

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis wants to control what teachers say in their classrooms. Texas Governor Greg Abbott wants to control the decisions parents make about their children’s health. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said LGBTQIA+ students, staff and families cannot be celebrated during Pride Week because “the Texas Legislature has made it clear that when it comes to sex education , parents — not school districts — are responsible.

What happened to limited government? What happened to freedom of choice?

Sandra Mast, Plano

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