‘Suicide by cop’ troubles
The Sunday editorial on “suicide by cop” is a timely look at an inexplicably increasing occurrence. But, as is noted in paragraph 10, it illustrates a lack of understanding of the phenomena. These events are reviewed by police agencies. They look to determine how the perpetrator violated the law and if police acted within the scope of their authority.
Suicide is a societal problem that must be addressed by mental health professionals, not by police who can never be adequately trained to deal effectively with it. There needs to be a task force of mental health professionals who can find the answers.
Jack D’Amario, Granbury,
Baltimore police, retired
Teacher turning down $1,000?
I had to giggle a little bit about a teacher’s flippant attitude toward the prospect of a proposed $1,000 bonus for Texas educators (“Teachers skeptical about proposed bonus of $1,000, July 22”).
Meet Teresa Danks, an educator in Tulsa. Teresa (with a base salary of $35,000) stood at a busy intersection panhandling for money in order to buy her students schools supplies. Good news is she collected about $80 in a couple of hours. She wept at the generosity of passers-by.
So, Fort Worth teacher Karen Gonzalez, if you want to turn up your nose at a $1,000 bonus along with other Texas educrats, you can always collect it and send it to Teresa, who spends $2,000 to $3,000 per year out of her own pocket to buy supplies for her students.
Mark Turner, Colleyville
Elected appraisal boards — hmmm
Rahul Patel advocates a truly horrible idea in his op-ed article Sunday — electing the appraisal review boards.
Injecting politics into determining the fair market value of properties can only be harmful.
The better idea is to limit how much tax rates can be increased. When values go up, taxes must come down. And, if appraisers are overworked, as Patel contends, the solution is to hire more appraisers. We should allow appraisal districts access to all sales and improvement information to get better appraisals and make it easier to appeal values.
Clete McAlister, Arlington
A reader writes: “I don’t understand how a transgender person’s rights outweigh my right to a certain level of comfort and privacy in a public restroom.” (Letters, July 22)
I don’t understand how people’s right to openly carry outweighs my right to feeling safe in public.
How many times have we heard of inappropriate or criminal behavior by a transgender person in a restroom? Zero. How many times do we hear of road rage killings, domestic violence murders and robberies with open carry guns being the weapon of choice? Multiple times a day.
I do not understand why legislators and the public in general listen to unfounded fears instead of listening to the experiences of those who know transgender people..
Rita Cotterly, Fort Worth
The Bathroom Bill is beyond ridiculous. Of course there is no way to enforce it. But beyond that, if a big, burly transgender male walks into the women’s bathroom, guess who is going to be screaming? ME!
Mary Ann Camp, Arlington