Thank you for Paul Crume
Re: “Angels are among us — Paul Crume’s 1967 Christmas essay is a reader favorite,” Sunday Opinion.
This column by the late Paul Crume has been a favorite of mine since, well, 1967! I look forward to reading it every year on Christmas Day. Thank you for continuing your tradition of sharing it with your readers each year.
Carolyn C. Duckworth, Heath
2022 letters were inspiring
Re: “Some of our favorite letters of 2022,” Sunday Opinion.
Great job on your choice of favorite reader letters of the year. While all the letters were unique and represented a variety of topics, the common thread was each one offered some type of inspiring and uplifting message.
Christmas Day brings with it a universal message of joy, hope and peace for everyone around the world. What a perfect day to publish these letters.
Kay Wrobel, Plano
A sled to the rescue
I have a senior brother who resides in Buffalo, N.Y., and does not have a cellphone. He has two sons, twins, who knew their dad was without power in his apartment for three days and in trouble, but they could not get to him.
After two tries, they finally got him out Christmas Day with none other than an old-fashioned sled! They pulled him through four feet of snow on unplowed roads to their faraway car that barely made it there.
How’s that for a Christmas story about the power of family bonds and true heroes?
Lynne Harmon, Fort Worth
A Christmas road miracle
On Christmas Day, I took part in one of the best of all of life’s simple Christmas miracles.
We had attended church on Christmas Eve and were again awed by the retelling of the Christmas story. On Christmas morning, in what has become another of our Christmas traditions since our children now have children of their own and spend Christmas morning in their own homes, was a search for doughnuts. The miracle was not finding the doughnuts but joining the few other drivers on almost deserted streets. What a miracle!
Nobody hugging your bumper, no annoying horns blaring if someone hesitated a millisecond before speeding away from the intersection. Most used turn signals, which is a minor miracle in itself. No one blasted past you at twice the speed limit in order to get one car length ahead. It took me three shopping centers to find a convenience store with probably two-day-old donuts but I didn’t care. I could have happily driven to three more.
I had to resist the urge to venture out to I-635, which I normally avoid like the plague, just to prolong the miracle.
Ted M. Moore, Dallas/Preston Hollow
Suggestions for 2023
To get it right in 2023, remember the following: 1. The only people who don’t make mistakes are in the ground. 2. If you want to be right instead of kind, you will be doing life alone. 3. In order to age well, gracefully surrender the things of youth (Desiderata). 4. Observe U.S. political candidates while remembering what you were taught in kindergarten about losing with dignity. 5. Download the NextDoor app to see how neighbors helping others makes life worthwhile. 6. Read The Dallas Morning News to realize that if you have a roof over your head and food to eat, you have an embarrassment of riches. Really, you do.
Anne Davidoff, Plano
Just think: Christmas in July
I am a retired U.S. military veteran with a dozen medals, six rows of ribbons and 26 scars and I respectfully request we Americans all contact Congress to have them pass a law moving Christmas to July 25. The Australians enjoy a hot summer Christmas with no horribly snarled airports and highways! We should do the same!
And can someone please import Victoria Bitter beer? Fair dinkum, mate!
Jacques Porche, Las Vegas
Healing comes only with changes
I agree with the verdict for Aaron Dean, although the sentencing I believe should have been longer. Now that it’s over, the healing can only start if the police change their behavior. I believe they have for too long been given the key to do whatever they felt was needed to bring any call they got to a conclusion, in any manner they saw fit, whether it was the right call or not.
The police department in Fort Worth is a group of men and now women who, in my experience, have pushed not only people of color but those in the LBGTQ+ community into corners, treating them disparagingly. I’m concerned this sentence won’t make the difference we are all longing for.
We will still see police mistreat some people, especially the mentally ill. I hope the police bring on board the mental health professional community to help. That’s what was meant by defund police — putting the responsibility of helping the mentally ill community in the hands of professional experts. I’m not holding my breath.
Mikel Parkhurst, Red Oak
Patrick’s blank check
It was interesting reading recent letters suggesting that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick “listen to the people” regarding Texas’ draconian abortion laws and lax gun laws.
While it is a fact that the vast majority of Texans want commonsense abortion rights and gun control, I’m sure Patrick feels in his eyes he did and will continue to “listen to the people,” because he was reelected.
By doing this, Texas voters have pretty much given him carte blanche to continue what he’s been doing for the last several years. And this includes no abortions regardless of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother, allowing for the proliferation of firearms to just about anyone, demonizing the LGBTQ population, criminalizing parents of transgender teens and banning books.
Listen to the people?
David Kneer, Carrollton
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