Missing HashimotoRe: My conservative husband made paper better, by Jacquielynn Floyd, Sunday Metro column. I was saddened to read about Mike…
Re: “My conservative husband made paper better, ” by Jacquielynn Floyd, Sunday Metro column.
I was saddened to read about Mike Hashimoto’s retiring from The Dallas Morning News after all these years due to poor health. I have been reading The News for over 40 years, and when Hashimoto started writing, I never missed his articles. Most of his columns were exactly what I was thinking.
He will be missed very much. We wish him the best of luck with his health problems and would like him to know that just reading his column every week made our day.
Evelyn Johnson Berry, Plano
A childish rant
Re: “This is what it’s like when a child’s in charge — Trump’s hollowness places our country in danger, says David Brooks, ” Thursday Viewpoints.
I’ve read this commentary at least five times. Brooks refers to President Donald Trump as a 7-year old boy, a 9-year old boy, an infantalist, among many other things. He makes very clear he doesn’t like the president. Fair enough.
But, that’s where his commentary stops. There is no insightful content, rather just a childish screed hashing all of the reasons he dislikes the president. It’s not a great leap to figure out that perhaps the author is unsatisfied with the outcome of the election.
Brooks does offer one insight into what may be at the root of his dissatisfaction when citing David Roberts in Vox referring to gaining an understanding of the president, “It might give us some sense of control, or at least an ability to predict what he will do next.”
It seems what may be at the heart of Brooks’ childish rant is his inability to get to control or at least predict the president’s behavior.
I have seen better and expect more from The Dallas Morning News than to publish a name-calling temper tantrum.
Mike Mullen, Frisco
But for the Goldwater rule
The Goldwater rule calls it unethical for any psychiatrist to give a professional opinion about a public figure that they have not examined in person. I am wondering if not for such a rule, would psychiatrists be able to come to some kind of consensus for our recently elected commander-in-chief?
Could an agreement be reached about whether or not the president exhibits enough of the 20 personality traits off the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised to warrant consideration that he just may be mentally unfit to lead our nation?
Scott Hesselbacher, Garland
How did this one get in?
Re: “Inept or crooked, Comey deserved to be fired — He let Hillary Clinton off the hook in a big way, says Deroy Murdock, ” Monday Viewpoints.
What do you know? An article slipped through on the Viewpoints page that touches on Hillary Clinton’s criminality as well as justification for the firing of James Comey. I read it a couple times, just to assure myself that I was holding your paper in my hands and not otherwise suffering from sort of caffeine-induced hallucination. Is everyone OK over there?
Eric Reaves, Garland
The upside of controversy
Sources say James Comey wrote a memo for his files after President Donald Trump asked him in a February meeting if he could find a way to end the investigation of Michael Flynn. It was not an order, but a request from the president does carry a lot of weight, which caused Comey to write the memo.
By itself, it doesn’t seem like a big deal but with everything else going on it deserves investigation. Trump seems to have a problem about being truthful about what he has said or not said.
I have to agree that sometimes the press coverage is slanted, but more often than not the coverage is accurate. Advisers to the president are leaking like a sinking ship. What is going on here? Thankfully, the president’s legislative agenda seems stalled by all the controversy. May it continue.
Mike Lysell, Richardson
The ultimate grandstander …
Incredibly ironic that Trump would describe James Comey as a showboat and grandstander. Those words coming from the ultimate showboat and grandstander.
Carlos Maese, Carrollton
… should step away from Oval Office
Dear Mr. President, please stop your tweeting and step away from the Oval Office so no one else gets hurt. Please.
John D. Zeigler, Denton
Texas made a mistake
The madness must stop. This is our country, and just because the majority of Texans voted for a change, it’s time to realize we made a mistake. Respected conservative journalist George Will recently said, “The country decided to treat the presidency as an entry-level job and this is what you get.” Amen, George, Amen.
Donald Trump has admitted he doesn’t read, he can’t comprehend daily foreign intelligence briefings and needs a one-page bullet-point memo. Plus, he thinks he can do anything he wants as president.
Words matter, the world matters and this country deserves better than an infantile, hissy-fit-throwing president.
Texas made a mistake. Admit it.
Brenda Palatnick, Carrollton
Math and science go together
Re: “Bill Nye, the Calculus Guy, ” by Ernest Chaney, Wednesday Letters.
There are some great names in science who would disagree with Chaney’s statement that “calculus is math, not science.” According to Carl Frederich Gauss, mathematics is the queen of the sciences. Galileo said that science “cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and read the characters in which it is written. It is written in the language of mathematics.”
Mathematics and science cannot be separated. Every science requires a thorough grounding in mathematics and virtually every math class teaches ways in which math can be applied to problems in other areas of science. Anyone who has taken six semesters of calculus has learned a great deal of science.
Carole King Krueger, Harstville, S. C.
An industry in decline
I would like to offer an explanation for why the newspaper industry is declining in general.
I have been a print subscriber for about 30 years now. Recently I have seriously considered canceling my subscription many times. Not because I don’t like the sports or the business sections, but because the political bias which permeates pretty much every “journalist” at your paper. This obviously includes the editorial board.
Believe it or not, there are those outside of your professional bubble who don’t necessarily agree with positions your newspaper takes. Not a whole lot of political diversity at your paper.
Further, I think this same sentiment can be said of all of the major city dailies, where the groupthink does not allow you to write about or express other points of view. Anyway, just my two cents on why the industry is going into the tank.
Jake Kiskin, Dallas/White Rock
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