Letters to the Editor – Kudos to 2 Dallas Commissioners, Outreach Group, Reading
1 John Wiley Price and JJ Koch – Re: “Signs of segregation”, August 19 Photo Metro & Business.
Thank you to our Dallas County Commissioners, John W. Price and JJ Koch, for re-dedicating the historic “Whites Only” fountain and “Colored Women” signs, located in the basement of the Dallas County Records Building.
It is extremely appropriate to display and preserve these historic artifacts where they were discovered, for all to see and allow them to serve as a reminder of the city of Dallas’ segregated past.
Josephine Kelley Dewberry, DeSoto
2 Nexus Neighborhood Awareness — I have been very fortunate to be able to work with Nexus Neighborhood Outreach over the past year and a half. They have been a great help to me in my work helping Afghan refugees.
They are ready to work with anyone in the northeast Dallas area who needs assistance. Unfortunately, the needs are great and the resources are scarce. Nexus and I both believe in not just giving gifts, but also working with people in need to develop life skills. Accountability, budgeting, education and cooperation are things we believe are just as important as material support.
I am very grateful to have them as a partner in my work.
John Stettler, Dallas/Lochwood
3 Jim Trelease and Christopher de Vinck – Re: “Keep the message alive: read books out loud – Educator and author Jim Trelease has spread the news that hearing words has given kids a huge boost in school” , by Christopher de Vinck, Opinion of 20 August.
Thank you for printing this excellent column, which I found powerful. I hadn’t heard of Jim Trelease’s death. I read his book, The textbook read aloud, and other books by him.
De Vinck kept his message alive by doing so as a teacher and advocate for the practice.
As the child of an English teacher, I was read to and encouraged to read even in bed. As a librarian in schools and public libraries, I read to children and encouraged others to do so in their classrooms.
Thank you, Jim Trelease and Christopher de Vinck.
Kathleen Melston, North Dallas
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