Letters to the Editor – John Madden, commercial, First Baptist Madison, collective immunity, GOP

Madden was an original

Re: “Madden has fathered imitators throughout the incredible NFL run,” by Tim Cowlishaw, Wednesday SportsDay column.

I loved watching John Madden on the sidelines of an Oakland Raiders game. He was the opposite of my Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry with one exception. They both wore white, short-sleeved shirts. As for their differences, Landry stood stoically on the sidelines, arms crossed, while mathematically determining the right defense for each game. Madden would be disheveled, harassed, arms flapping, fighting for every inch of pitch.

Madden was young in her oversized body. He was full of energy. The energy passed on to his Raider teams, which he clearly handpicked. His players were different from the other guys. They looked mean and played a different kind of tough.

After moving from coach to analyst, Madden broadened my understanding of the game with his incredible insight and home-made humor. What I will never forget about Madden is his love of food. He invented tailgates. He was one of us. He shared his fear of flying with us. He was an ordinary guy we all knew.

Years ago I stopped by Van Horn for dinner at a restaurant called Chuy’s. To my surprise, there was a sanctuary dedicated to Madden, who was a regular on his Winnebago back and forth from California.

I will miss you, John Madden. You were an original.

Barry Rothschild, Dallas

Put that stereotype to rest

Re: “Ads Fuel Fire on Stereotypes – Online Storm Focuses on Businesses Using ‘Slant-Eyes’ Images,” Metro & Business Wednesday article.

This article discusses the question of whether Chinese models have “slanted eyes”. It’s a stereotype that should have disappeared years ago. In his 1946 book The natural history of nonsense, the late English professor at Northwestern University, Bergen Evans, wrote: “The most superficial observation should be enough to show that the eyes of the Chinese and the Japanese are not tilted. They are fixed in their heads just like all other human eyes are fixed. Their unusual appearance (unusual, of course, for us; since there are more of them than us, we may be the unusual ones) is due to the presence of a fold of skin, the epicanthic fold, at the inner end. of each eye.

Arnell L. Engstrom, Dallas

Very different Baptist pastors

I grew up in the First Baptist Church in Madison, Wisconsin. When I was a child, I didn’t realize how progressive the church was in terms of theology and civic action. Later, as a high school student, I began to realize how committed our church was to social justice as I walked around the State Capitol building with other members of the Church. congregation, carrying placards supporting Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.

As the Madison Church is different from First Baptist Dallas. While Madison’s Church openly accepts gay and transgender members, Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas is hosting a series of lectures on the harms of homosexuality.

Recently Donald Trump, arguably one of the biggest propagators of hatred and division among the people of this country, visited the Dallas church and received a standing ovation from the congregation.

Meanwhile, the Madison Church recently hired a new gay and married pastor. His name is Tim Schaefer, and he came to Madison from the Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas, where he served as minister of youth.

Thank God not all Baptists are the same.

Bruce Rasmussen, Dallas / Buckner Terrace

Maybe now collective immunity?

On a personal level, the Covid vaccines have been a huge success. Millions of people who have chosen to be vaccinated have been spared serious illness and death as a result of their decision. But at the level of the population, and the hope of a return to normalcy, the vaccines have failed. Because so many Americans, for whatever reason, have chosen not to be vaccinated, we have never achieved herd immunity.

Polls have shown that the majority of those who have decided to forgo vaccination are so calcified in their decision that no cajoling from President Joe Biden or even former President Donald Trump will change their mind.

Now the omicron variant may be able to do what vaccines couldn’t. With the spread of wildfires, the variant can infect so many unvaccinated people so quickly that herd immunity (vaccine-induced immunity and disease combined) may be achievable. Unfortunately, people, most of them unvaccinated, may still die in the process, but that really is the cost of their decision.

Paul Sokal, Dallas

The GOP chooses its voters

Re: “Halt citizenship check of voters lists – Flawed data again falsely flag citizens”, Tuesday editorial.

This editorial was journalistic in nature and fairly well written. However, it should be remembered that the Texas legislature does not seem to want non-white voters. They want to choose their voters in the redistribution and purging of the electoral lists.

The Secretary of State works directly for the Governor and his underlings. He will continue to eliminate voters who are unlikely to vote Republicans. It will never change.

Jeff Cunningham, Kyle

A concern of mask

In the photo accompanying Tuesday’s front page article regarding the disruption of air service due to the crew’s illness from COVID-19, seven potential passengers are clearly visible, five of whom have their noses completely uncovered. Is it any wonder that the pandemic persists?

David May, Coppell

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