Letters: North Korea, Robert Jeffress, Nikki Haley, SMU student newspaper, Dallas Convention Center

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We shouldn’t be surprised

Re: "North threatens to cancel summit — It isn’t interested in ‘unilateral abandonment’ of its nuclear program," Wednesday news story.

Kim Jong-un’s change of tune about further talks with South Korea and a summit meeting with President Donald Trump should have come as no surprise. What’s distressing are reports that the administration apparently was "caught off guard." Is it possible our leadership was beguiled by Kim’s charm offensive in South Korea, replete with smiles, handshakes, and gestures of good will? If so, it does not speak well of our foreign policy apparatus.

In baseball, a catcher knows he’ll receive plenty of curves from the mound, and he knows how to handle them.

Bill Corporon, Dallas

Jeffress’ behavior appalling

Re: "Texas represented," Tuesday news story.

It is appalling that Robert Jeffress continues to verbally spew his poisonous and hateful beliefs in the name of faith. It is pathetic enough that our president panders to the lowest common denominator of bigotry, lies, fear, lies, racism and more lies, but when denominational leaders of faith communities do not lead by moral example and dissenting courage from such behavior, then we are truly in a quagmire.

The fact that over 60 people were killed in demonstrations while Jeffers lavished praise upon Israel, and that he wholeheartedly endorses the president’s behavior, should give all people of conscience a serious reason to truly wonder what is happening to this country.

Rick Halperin, Dallas

Haley can’t even listen?

What was U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley doing? She says Israelis and Palestinians need to work together, yet she walks out of the chamber when the Palestinian spokesperson is up to speak. If she cannot bear to be in the room to listen, how will the Israelis and Palestinians even attempt a resolution?

Kurt Wolfenbarger, East Dallas

U.S. is to blame, too

In my opinion, the United States’ continuing enabling of the apartheid regime in Israel is only the latest chapter of infamy and human suffering unleashed upon the indigenous Palestinian people by a mostly white, Northern European colonial occupation begun at the end of World War II. The objective of the Israeli government seems to be nothing short of the annihilation of the Palestinian people.

To continually defend behavior that mirrors that which was inflicted upon Jews by Nazi Germany by calling detractors anti-Jewish is obscene. It is sadly not surprising that the United States, which has never atoned for its history of genocide of millions of Native Americans and enslavement of millions more Africans, would support similar behavior on the part of the government of Israel.

Rev. John D. Zeigler, Denton

Remembering a college free press

Re: "This is why colleges need student media — Fourth Estate’s training ground must be allowed to flourish uncensored, Meredith Shamburger says," May 7 Viewpoints.

As a 1954 journalism graduate, I’d like to add my voice to the letter writers responding to Shamburger’s article about SMU’s administration take over of its student media, The Daily Campus.

In the 50s, we met in post World War II’s left-over prefab classrooms. We wrote our articles on ancient typewriters, but we studied a free press under professional newsmen like E.L. Callihan and Martin Reese and the famous sports photographer Jimmy Laughead of Doak Walker photo fame.

We studied type setting, hand setting of the metal letters to produce a line of type, although the Merganthaler linotype machine invented in 1886 had taken over the typesetting art.

SMU supported The Daily Campus and used it as a teaching aid and an early example of a free student press. "Those were the days, my friend, we thought they’d never end". . . but they did.

Deirdre Brummage Day, Prosper

Save ‘The Daily Campus’

The independence of the press is critical to well-informed, thoughtful civic community. A collective of knowledgeable, well-trained and broadly experienced journalists, fully committed to probity, integrity and the determined and fair representation of a broad range of perspectives, remain key to the practice of a healthy, robust democracy.

As a professor at SMU for 28 years, I hope that the alumni, students, faculty and staff will rally to support the preservation of the autonomy of our student newspaper, The Daily Campus.

Students look to and at the leaders of their community — their mentors, teachers, administrators and respected peers — to uphold the highest values and model the best practices espoused by their university.

We all know and value the distinguished heritage of SMU. Now is the time to reinvigorate our legacy and assure that world leaders are indeed shaped by the valorous ideals of our well-esteemed and cherished institution.

Shelley C. Berg, Dallas, SMU professor

Thanks for the good news

Re: "Good things are happening," by Linda Gober, Tuesday Letters.

Thank you, Linda! So many wonderful things are happening under the current administration and they are being completely ignored by the main stream meadia. Thank you, Dallas Morning News for publishing her letter. Maybe you will take heed and start writing something positive.

Sue Reed, Richardson

People see what they want to see

I think a better fairy tale to consider is The Emperor’s New Clothes. Millions of people in this country have convinced themselves that the leader of this country has integrity, honesty and actually cares about anything other than himself. People see what they want to see, even when it’s not there.

Jane Fueller, Plano

A six-letter word

Re: " ‘These are animals,’ Trump says — Attack on Mexicans, government stands out amid full day of news," Thursday news story.

Donald Trump thinks immigrants are "bad people… animals." His paternal grandparents immigrated from Europe. Were they bad people? Several world-class scientists and mathematicians, including Albert Einstein, migrated from Germany during World War II. Were they animals? Trump’s third wife migrated from Europe. Is she an animal?

No, he surely didn’t mean these people, because their skin is white. We can be pretty sure he had in mind Mexicans, Central Americans, Haitians, Africans and Asians. There’s a six-letter word beginning with "r" to describe someone who thinks this way. You know what the word is, and so does Trump.

Roger T. Quillin, Dallas/Lake Highlands

Suggestions for the convention center

Plaudits and pans on the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

Plaudits: Beautiful facility in a nice, parklike setting and great staff who were very polite and helpful.

Pans: 1. Signs directing drivers need to be bigger and more numerous; 2. Inside the building, large signs on the upper part of the walls should indicate locations for exits, front of building, restrooms and concessions. With the floor crowded with exhibits, it is difficult to find those things. I needed a very helpful Dallas Police officer to follow in order to find my way out. Who knows what would happen in the event of a major problem like a fire?

Otherwise my visit to the center was excellent. It was good to see the growth in the downtown area so many years after I had worked in Dallas.

Hope this is helpful.

Tim Kirland, San Antonio

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