Letters to the Editor

Quiet zone needed; lost their minds; alternatives to war

From left, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Sen. Kel Seliger and Sen. Kirk Watson talk in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Austin, Texas.
From left, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Sen. Kel Seliger and Sen. Kirk Watson talk in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Austin, Texas. AP

Quiet zone needed

Why isn’t there a quiet zone?

On a recent Sunday, two trains between 3 and 5 a.m. delivered long, loud blaring horns.

If you research this, you’ll find that interrupted sleep causes safety issues. Ask caregivers awakened during the night whether they are at their best the next day.

Additional accidents are well-documented during the daylight saving time transition due to disrupted sleep patterns.

Add to that being awakened by trains and you have a public safety issue in the making.

Some trains pass with the horn barely audible, so why not require that by all?

Learning, health, mental problems and many more have been directly linked to interrupted sleep.

Safety requires responsibility. Having children being able to learn effectively and increasing the health and well-being of the residents should take precedence!

Protect your taxpaying residents. Enforce a quiet zone.

— Joan Zampieri, Mansfield

Lost their minds

Have the members of the Texas Senate Education Committee lost their collective mind? (“Bill would let seniors fail tests but graduate,” March 11)

It’s not enough that the teachers’ unions have all but destroyed public schools. Now, to make up for it, the Senate Education Committee would ignore the outcome of state exams and graduate poorly educated Texas high school seniors who failed the exams, based on their class attendance and grades!

The Senate bill, introduced by Sen. Kel Seliger of Amarillo, would create a graduation committee for each test-failed senior to make that determination and, if warranted, grant a diploma.

I fully expect Seliger to introduce legislation that will waive failed examinations in favor of class attendance and grades for physicians in training at the University of Texas Medical School.

One can only hope that commonsense residents of Amarillo will vote this turkey out.

Cargill Hall,


Alternatives to war

It is easy to understand U.S. Rep. Kay Granger’s anxiety over storing all those war machines at Lockheed Martin when Egypt could be using them (“Granger pushes Obama on F-16s,” Feb. 24).

We need those war machines used so we can build more to uphold our good economic growth.

But I also understand and support President Obama’s anxiety about such weapons going to a country that has lately overthrown its government.

In addition, when I hear those planes flying over our community, I think of the families that will hear them in other parts of the world and know the bombs will be meant for them.

How much money are we talking about? Billions, maybe? Surely we are smarter and more creative than just more military.

What if we spent only half of that in a big campaign for our idealist young (and not so young) people in the Peace Corps (and VISTA here in our country) to connect with idealist young people all over the world to create caring communities?

— Judy Crow O’Donnell,

Fort Worth


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