Letters to the Editor – Ukraine and Putin, China, Baseball, Bridges, Transgender Care

Russian roulette with a Russian maniac

Subject: “NATO should clear the skies of Ukraine — We have to face Putin sooner or later; this invasion will probably not be the last”, by Tom Leppert, Friday Opinion.

Leppert rightly advises keeping history in mind and points out that the goals and ambitions of Russian President Vladimir Putin are reminiscent of those of Adolf Hitler. The failure to stop Hitler before his invasion of Poland led to the disaster of World War II.

Great analogy, except for one very important fact: Putin has nuclear weapons; Hitler did not. In response to Leppert’s metaphor of punching a tyrant in the nose now to send a clear signal of our limits, I would point out that this tyrant has his finger on the button for a nuclear arsenal with the ability to hit the United States

While Leppert supports the use of a no-fly zone, most military experts agree that its effectiveness depends on shooting down an aircraft that violates the zone. He rightly points out, however, that in the face of “a maniacal force like Putin”, it is impossible to predict his next step.

A no-fly zone puts us in the position of playing Russian roulette with a Russian maniac. Why do that? Shoot down the plane and risk a nuclear war. Don’t shoot the plane down or look weak. Either way we lose.

Raymond J. Termini, Dallas/Turtle Creek

It’s time to stop the evil

It’s time. Initially, I was on the “US has no business in Ukraine” camp until Putin fired rockets at apartment buildings and mined supposedly safe passageways. The red line for me was the targeted bombing of a children’s hospital and a maternity ward.

I understand the reluctance to direct NATO involvement and the consequent risk of “World War III”, which would really be a war between Putin and maybe 10 of his sycophants against the rest of the world.

The overt contribution of money, small arms, ammunition and 17,000 Stinger missiles by the US instead of allowing Polish MiGs to operate from a US airbase in Germany is, in my view , a distinction without difference. Meanwhile, the world watches as an independent country and its innocent people are blasted into rubble by Putin.

Fortunately, it is not often in the modern age that pure evil appears on the world stage, but when it does, the world, led by the United States of America, must respond with overwhelming force. to stop it. It’s time.

Douglas T. Peck, Plano

Warning on China

Re: “Putin Won’t Survive Ukraine – Former CIA Counterintelligence Chief Talks Life as a Spy, Spying Threats and Potential War Fallout”, by Julieta Chiquillo, Sunday Opinion.

Former CIA agent James Olson gave good insights about China in his interview. “They steal our technology. They subvert our fellow citizens. They interfere in our elections. They violate our intellectual property rights. There was a program at the Justice Department called China Initiative to target Chinese espionage, but the Biden administration canceled it. Olson pointed out that the United States was lagging behind in counterintelligence.

There is no reason to do business with the Chinese, but several politicians from both parties have taken advantage of their relations with them, to the detriment of this country. When will we wake up?

Jack Chandler Myers, University Park

What counts as good news

Innocent Ukrainians are dying every day. We pushed a rabid dog around a corner and we are now on the brink of World War III.

The price of energy is skyrocketing. Children shoot each other regularly. Politics is getting uglier by the day as those we have elected fight over who controls our daily lives, and whether anyone can vote or hardly anyone can vote.

Politicians want the vote of the poor and the money of the rich, thinking they are on their side. But, hey, it’s all good because the owners and players of Major League Baseball have finally decided how to distribute obscene amounts of money!

Ted M. Moore, Dallas/Preston Hollow

Bobbleheads for all

Re: “Owner feared fan backlash”, by Evan Grant, Saturday SportsDay column.

I read with interest the interview with Ray Davis, principal owner of the Texas Rangers. He wants to be the supporters’ partner and is worried about the impact of the lockdown on people who come to matches and work at the stadium.

Awesome. So, as a sign of goodwill, can we expect lower prices on tickets, parking, concessions and souvenirs, or is that too much to ask?

So what about this, Ray? From now on, when the Rangers have a promotion in a 40,000 seat ballpark, every fan in attendance gets the gift, not just the first 7,000.

Mark McQuillanCarrollton

Some colorful names

Subject: “The names of the FW bridges cross our minds”, Saturday editorials.

The best choices for naming the bridges to Panther Island are obviously Black, Tan, and Pink. Uh.

Kenneth Mathias, Grande Prairie

We have seen the pain

We are saddened and disappointed to read how political pressure led to the closure of the UT Southwestern and Children’s Health Gender Affirmation Clinic. We are surgeons trained at UT Southwestern, and in 2012 co-founded the Transgender Health Program at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

Although it’s a natural human response to be suspicious or wary of something we don’t know about, transgender people are just humans trying to be themselves. We have cared for hundreds of trans people over the past decade and heard countless experiences of people suffering discrimination, demonization, persecution and violence from individuals, institutions and governments.

We have seen how fear and hatred cause enormous pain and suffering and lead to the suicide and murder of transgender people. We heard with words, tears, smiles and hugs that gender-affirming care is literally save lives.

UT Southwestern is a huge institution and an international leader in health care and research. We need strong institutions to speak up and stand up for the powerless, the oppressed and those in need. Please keep an open heart for your fellow human beings.

Dr. Daniel Dugi and Dr. Hema Thakar, Portland, Oregon.

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