Letters to the Editor

Sign is not ‘art’; more doctors in Texas; inflated scandal

Sign is not ‘art’

I am puzzled about the “Dream” sculpture for downtown Arlington, as described recently in a Citizen-Journal article.

From the picture, it looks like a huge neon sign.

I’ve lived in Arlington since 1971, attended UTA beginning in 1965, and never in my wildest imagination would I have ever “dreamed” that Arlington would even want to be defined by a huge neon sign.

I find it hideous and I would be embarrassed to have that in the center of downtown.

Fellow citizens, what do you think?

I’m no artist, but I believe even I could design that. We have a huge university; please consider involving them.

To me, this design is just lazy. And. Not. Art.

— Kay Huggins, Arlington

Inflated scandal

Way past time to deflate the inflated scandal.

The professional teams as well as many university teams cheat on a regular basis, making the deflated ball issue null and void.

Why do coaches cover their mouths when they talk to players? Simple: The opposing team has hired lip readers to steal the play information.

Hacking into another teams messages is also used.

The same is true about the signs and pictures that are held up to the players, it is simply a way to hide information from the opposing teams.

The antics from the sidelines by coaches and players are not try-outs for the upcoming dances or talent shows.

They are designed to pass information to their team so the opposing team cannot steal the signals.

Like the so-called deflated ball, these are simply methods to cheat. They all do it so I would assume it is accepted by the public and fans.

Certainly, the ball issue will spark more interest in a not-so-clean operation.

— Jim Sanderson, Fort Worth

More doctors in Texas

I deeply appreciate State Sen. Jane Nelson for her foresight and vision when it comes to the future of medical care in the Lone Star State.

This week, she showed her commitment to health care in Texas by including $60 million in Senate Bill 2 for graduate medical education. This critical funding is intended to create additional first-year residency slots, ensuring that all medical school graduates in Texas can continue their education and training without leaving the state.

Right now, there are more medical school graduates than available residency slots, forcing many of Texas’ best and brightest to go elsewhere to complete their education. In the context of our statewide physician shortage — Texas ranks 42nd nationally in physicians per capita — this makes little sense.

Consider further that the Legislature invests about $200,000 for each Texas medical student over four years, too often only to see that investment head across state lines because of a lack of residency slots. Numerous studies show that physicians are far more likely to practice medicine in the state where they complete their residencies.

It’s clear Sen. Nelson understands these issues. Her legislation will help ensure we keep Texas-trained doctors here at home.

— Dr. Don N. Peska,

Dean, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine,

UNT Health Science Center

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