Fast and furious: Regarding Zac Crain's article "Perfect Town, USA" (April 22): The article kept referring to the concept that you can build in "values" to a community by simply placing buildings in certain locations and certain configurations. If you do that, it will magically be 1960 again! America is growing in a way that is completely contrary to the atmosphere that was projected by Mayberry RFD. We are growing at a fast and furious pace, quickly paving over the very things that make for the unhurried life where people do take the time to get to know one another. The developers who are building these projects do not want another Mayberry. There is not a large enough profit margin in a small town, with no malls and simple houses that never appreciate in price but still remain suitable places to live. The model on which America is being built requires constant movement and churn to keep property values appreciating. There has to constantly be another new mall or development to stir people's interest. When people stop moving and stop living in the kinds of projects mentioned in Zac's piece, the whole thing will crumble. If people slow down, take a breath, maybe go to a yoga class, they will realize that they don't need the expensive life that developers in the D-FW area (along with many others across the nation) are selling.
Cookies for Zac: Why are you so bitter about Frisco? You never quite explained what your problem was with the development. Maybe you should read Better Together: Restoring the American Community (Putnam & Feldstein). Some of us simply don't see any merit in staying in Laura Miller's Dallas. "Have a cookie, Zac dear."
Counterpoint denied: I would think anyone would be concerned when opposing opinions are denied, especially in a college classroom environment ("Right Thinking," by Paul Kix, April 29). You don't have to be "liberal" or "conservative" to be concerned with a situation like that. Your article mentions the discussion about Vietnam and symbolic speech that Dr. John Gossett had one day in class, but it did not mention how counterargument was denied to Mr. Tanar Dial.
Does the watch list, created by Young Conservatives of Texas, serve as a guide for conservative students of professors to avoid?
Does the YCT list the offenses that the professors committed on their Web site, or do they just slap the "liberal" or "unbiased" label on the professor? What was it that the YCT found so offensive about Dr. Edmund Gordon's African-American course?
So many unanswered questions. C'mon, guys, finish the article.
Vinnie the Dork
Cool and all: Just a quick comment on "How to Get Women With Loose Morals to Work for You," by Damageplan's Vinnie Paul (Full Frontal, April 22). Fellatio is cool and all, but dude...when you're over 30 and talk like this, you sound like a dork.
Classist, not racist: I was disappointed by the recent discussion of the financial woes facing Parkland Memorial Hospital ("Die, Poor People, Die," by Jim Schutze, April 22). I have many comments:
1. "What do doctors think? Everybody else is stupid..." Hardly. The problems facing Parkland and health care throughout the country are complex and can't be summed up as simply a matter of finances. I believe all members of the health-care community would greatly appreciate it if the general public took more interest in the complexities of these issues. To address the moral issues underlying our limited health-care resources we need the combined attention and interest of every member of the community.
Unfortunately, my impression has been that the general public wants a simple solution (turning people away from Parkland, for example, or simply cutting pharmacy budgets and watching the chips fall); but, as evidenced daily by reports of underinsurance and hospitals throughout the country facing financial ruin, a simple solution is likely not forthcoming, and instead we must all start discussing how best to achieve a rational health-care policy for all members of our community.
2. Comparin's plan to turn those from other counties away: It's not at all clear how this would reasonably effect change. Many people are sent to Parkland because only Parkland can address their problems (as the only tertiary care center with certain equipment and expertise). Parkland is one of the best hospitals in the country, and as such can do things other centers cannot. I'm sure it's true that some communities take advantage of this and fudge a bit on their transfers; however, this can't represent the bulk of referrals. As for people who come here claiming residency to play the system: Yes, we need to crack down. But, by throwing these people to the street? How can that help? Aside from the immorality of this suggestion, these patients will simply become sicker until we see them in the ER when we can no longer deny care under federal rules. Why doesn't Comparin push the Legislature to force the other counties to fulfill their fiscal obligations and pay Parkland for the exceptional care it provides? Such an influx of cash can only help make Parkland better, and we can handle the patient load.
3. Comparin is a classist, not a racist. Her ethnic heritage is of no consequence to this discussion. Without thought to the consequences to those of lesser means than her own, she suggests that we should put them out on the street without care. Parkland treats patients of all ethnic backgrounds. The one unifying theme is that they are of a lower socioeconomic class and thus marginalized. But, at Parkland, these marginalized members of our society receive excellent care. I hope we can keep it that way.
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