April 18, 2024

Letters to the Editor — Immigration, gun violence, health care, JFK’s murder

Immigration laws languish

Re: “Deliberation, not more shouting, needed — A border solution is enforcement followed by respectful discussion on how to fix broken immigration system,” by Luisa del Rosal, Sept. 10 Opinion.

Del Rosal makes an excellent point on the need for opposing sides of the immigration debate to come together during what is most certainly an unprecedented crisis on our southern (and northern) border(s). However, to those of us who enforced and administered the immigration laws of this country, we see the red herring here.

We have good laws on the books. Take it from me with 30 years in the business, the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act provided the necessary tools to achieve a secure border that would ultimately result in a well-regulated legal immigration system.

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It is the policies, allow me to repeat that, the policies of the current leadership that have resulted in this humanitarian and national security crisis. Unfortunately, civil discourse doesn’t seem to change the mindset of our current leaders as they disregard our immigration laws with insane policies.

Bob Wallis, Dallas/Kessler Park

Kudos to graceful conversations

Del Rosal’s Sunday op-ed was plain common sense. As she states, “the fix is border enforcement followed by honest, respectful discussions on how to fix our broken immigration system.” She is correct in her assessment that includes cooperating with not just Mexico but all countries where economic and security issues are driving so many to attempt to migrate to the United States.

Her suggestion of having graceful conversations that includes the perspective of all parties involved is logical. This should not be so difficult to achieve.

Kudos, too, to The Dallas Morning News for its inspiring The American Middle series.

Harriet L. Blake, Grapevine

Start with the gun lobby

Re: “Out of the gun maze — There’s a clear way to determine restrictions if we approach weapons scientifically,” by Ryan Sanders, Sept. 10 Opinion.

As a gun owner, I appreciate the science and technology of modern firearms. But focusing on ballistics to reduce gun violence is like suggesting we reduce the size of automobile engines to stop traffic fatalities. Not only is it a flawed concept that misses its target, but it also obfuscates the real issues fueling this tragic American crisis.

We must start by addressing a powerful and greedy gun lobby and elected officials who continue to ignore the growing human carnage and the demands of their voters for commonsense gun legislation.

Scott Spreier, Dallas/Lake Highlands

Shootings a health care issue

Regular mass shootings are a uniquely American phenomenon. The burden of bullets is real and relentless, and its impact on our society has become exceedingly corrosive, with incalculable costs to innumerable individuals and care providers.

Still, for the most part, we treat gun violence as a political issue, and not the health care issue that it is. Physician leaders and everyone involved in health care must find, support and share community resources with our patients to help them recover from and prevent further violence.

Exploring and creating opportunities for broader levels of positive transformation is within our reach — individually and collectively.

We must find ways to strengthen our communities and to make them places where people are safe to gather and enjoy their family and friends. The victims and their families deserve more than the residual shadow of ongoing violence and fear.

Stephanie Duggan, M.D., Saginaw, Mich.

Past board chair, American Association for Physician Leadership

Peter Angood, M.D., Washington, D.C.

President and CEO, American Association for Physician Leadership

From a JFK conspiracy believer

Re: “’Magic bullet’ news clears up little — Latest JFK assassination revelation raises same tired questions, allegations,” Tuesday editorial.

The magic bullet theory was just false to begin with and without question there was more than one shooter of President John F. Kennedy.

I was 12 when I waved to the president just moments before he was gunned down on the parade route and a young adult when George de Mohrenschildt told me there was an extensive conspiracy to murder Kennedy. If that name sounds familiar, he befriended Lee and Marina Oswald (some say ‘handled’ them for the CIA) when they first moved to Fort Worth.

De Mohrenschildt gave one of the longest testimonies in the Warren Commission report. He was also going to give that same information he gave me to the U.S. House Select Committee in the 1970s. The committee determined there was a probable conspiracy to murder the president.

De Mohrenschildt supposedly committed suicide in 1977 the day before he was to testify, but if he had testified, the verdict of the committee most certainly would not have been a probable conspiracy but a conspiracy.

A lot of Kennedy haters in those days and very unfortunate they used the great city of Dallas to perpetrate their hate.

Chris McCarty, Nashville, Tenn.

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