Learn from the loss
Re: “Writing Through It – Former SportsDay reporter faces his son, 21, who commits suicide,” by Kevin Sherrington, SportsDay column on Wednesday.
Sherrington’s excellent column on his former colleague’s book on the loss of his son resonated strongly with me. I lost my beloved spouse in September and have been destitute ever since. Ivan Maisel’s book helped him cope with incomprehensible loss. The description of the book reminded me of moving memories of the death of Frank Deford’s 8-year-old daughter Alex from cystic fibrosis – Alex: The life of a child. Both books were written by sports journalists about the loss of a child.
In my case, the loss of a spouse is in a different category than the death of a child. The loss will never heal. Only the pain will become more tolerable. Reminders of a lost loved one will become less likely to melt us into desperate nostalgia over time. Maisel has been dealing with his loss for years and it looks like he’s put hard-learned lessons into words about what’s going on one way or another.
Sherrington’s column did his friend justice and provided access to available resources to those in desperate need. I am going to buy the book and I intend to learn from it.
Fred Zuker, Longview
Choose your own voters
In the wake of the “big lie” that the 2020 election was “stolen,” Republican lawmakers in Texas, like their counterparts in other states, passed draconian voting restrictions and blatantly unfair district cards that dilute the voices of blacks, indigenous peoples and people of color. The aggressive âbreaking and packingâ of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in Dallas-Fort Worth is just one example. Rather than facing voters who increasingly reject them, they have chosen their voters using laser-targeted ploys.
The Freedom to Vote Act and John R. Lewis’ Advancement of Voting Rights Act would put an end to these cynical attacks on our sacred right to vote and to be represented. Last week, I participated in one of more than 100 actions in more than 25 states (including Washington, DC) calling for immediate passage of these bills, which were blocked in the United States Senate.
The very heart of our democracy is at stake.
The White Backlash has hampered every expansion of the franchise, from post-reconstruction challenges to the 13th Amendment to the gutting of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which allowed for the reduction of voting rights in the Texas Legislature in 2021. . Enough is enough. It’s time to let all eligible voters vote.
Sarah Berel-Harrop, Farmers Directorate
Older and wiser
Re: âGetting older is just another word for living – At 50, I’m happier than ever with aches, pains and hair loss,â by Matt Wixon, Nov 14 Opinion.
Matt, you forgot the best thing about getting older: getting wiser! You become omniscient and feel the need to share this knowledge with everyone. Ask my husband. I am good at it and if you need any coaching let me know.
I once told my husband that my goal was to be that wacky old woman who says, does, and wears what she wants. The other day he congratulated me on reaching my goal!
Enjoy and keep celebrating. Wait until you hit 60 – that’s when the fun really starts. Another note – you also think people want to read your opinion, again because you know everything and write letters to the editor – ha!
Perri Brackett, Lewisville
The column is perfect
Re: “Prescription Drug Costs Paralyze Americans – Allowing Medicare to Negotiate Prices is a Reasonable Market Solution,” by Malvika Govil and Anmol Gupta, Nov. 7 Opinion.
I was very happy to see a column by two medical students from Texas on the need for Congress to act to reduce drug prices. It was well written and clear. I had recently read a book The price of health by Michael Kinch and Lori Weiman. The book was recommended by Mark Cuban, who wrote the book’s preface.
The book explained so clearly without political overtones why we pay unnecessarily more for health care than other countries. Earlier I read an article in The New York Times by Margot Sanger-Katz titled “Democrats Choose Less Risky Path to Drug Prices”, with a caption: “Experts say recent compromises could create less harm by balancing innovation and profits.” Pure poppycock – straight out of the medical industry’s playbook.
Govil and Gupta had a more precise hold. They said, âThe pharmaceutical industry would like us to believe that giving Medicare bargaining power will take away consumer choice and stifle innovation. These claims are misleading to say the least.
I wish our Congress cares as much as these two medical students.
Bruce Nettleship, Northlake
Cantrell is right
Re: âYou Shouldn’t Compare Orchestrasâ, by Kim Noltemy, Letters November 12.
Come on, Kim. Try to preach that to Hector Berlioz! And as for Scott Cantrell, he’s put so much icing on the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s cake that he’s about to give way under the weight. It just wouldn’t be Cantrell if it didn’t end with a wringer! The real comparison here is economic. Cantrell is right, even if it is only for one night.
Grover Wilkins III, Dallas
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