Ailes, O’Reilly and Trump
Re: “O’Reilly cut by Fox News — Sex allegations prove the undoing for cable channel’s top star,” Thursday news story.
Former Fox News chief Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly and Donald Trump all have in common the use of power to sexually exploit women. We are your mothers, sisters and wives and deserve men who treat women with respect.
O’Reilly was pictured on his vacation shaking hands with the pope. He came home to a pink slip. It took way too long to fire this guy.
Meg Hillert, University Park
Blame everyone at Fox News
Bill O’Reilly, the headliner for the Fox News Channel, has to leave his show, which has led cable news for years. This is because of allegations of sexual harassment and complaints of foul language and “improper conduct.”
There are reports that the network has paid several million dollars in settlements. If O’Reilly has indeed done these things, it’s a shame. He has lost his reputation, witnessed by one and all, including his family.
I am not able to accuse nor defend him. All I know is what I see and hear from him on his show. But I must point out that it doesn’t help that the women paraded on this network dress like women of the evening (a delicate way of putting it). Producers and owners must be aware of this.
One particular show comes to mind — Outnumbered. It’s hosted by one man and four women who are dressed to the nines, with skirts climbing up almost revealing way too much. To make matters worse, the participants are sitting on a raised platform, causing a sometimes revealing camera angle. This seems intentional. Sort of like waving a bottle in front of an alcoholic. I blame the whole bunch of ’em. Bob Dodson, Irving
Candidates lack experience
Irving mayoral candidate Rick Stopfer and I have not always agreed on issues, but at least we have been able to talk about them over the years. My biggest concern about his opponents is that two of them have only lived in Irving three years and none has served on a board or commission in a city of over 225,000 citizens. The mayor’s office should not be onthe-job training.
I suggest to the three that they apply for a position on a board or commission and run for office again after that.
Tom Madrzykowski, Irving
Vote for the newcomers
Re: “Vote for the real Plano,” by Debbie O’Reilly, Saturday Letters.
O’Reilly thinks the Plano equal rights ordinance is a requirement. We already have the Constitution and civil rights amendments that provide all the legal recourse for anything covered by the ordinance.
However, the biggest reason to vote for Lily Bao and other newcomers and not the current cronies at City Hall is to make Plano’s government responsive to the citizens.
Plano Future Organization legally collected and filed a petition against Plano’s massive apartment build, known as the Plano Tomorrow Plan. The city has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight its own citizens in stopping the Plano Tomorrow Plan. But the city recently lost its appeal.
Why wouldn’t Plano’s mayor bring the Plano Tomorrow Plan to a vote, which was Plano Future Organization’s goal? Shouldn’t Plano citizens have been able to vote on that plan, a plan that has already overcrowded some Plano schools; added to the already overcrowded streets, parks and recreational facilities; and increased the tax burden in future years to support more and more infrastructure, police and fire protection assets?
A vote for Lily Bao will bring Plano’s government back to the citizens, where it should have been all along. Garry Beckham, Plano
Would you host a town hall?
Re: “Marchant avoids constituents,” by Ruth Klein, “… And is running scared,” by Stephen McCluer, Tuesday Letters, and “Cornyn should hold town halls — Senator has an obligation to meet face to face with his constituents, says Jasi Baker,” Tuesday Viewpoints.
In these two letters and Viewpoints column on the subject of town hall meetings with elected officials, all three writers wanted to know why these meetings were not being held. I know why.
Town hall meetings used to be places where constituents could go to meet their representatives and ask them questions. Recently, they have become rallies for the opposition. There may be some bona fide constituents present, but mostly the crowds have been composed of angry, shouting demonstrators carrying negative signs.
The few legislators who have braved hosting town hall meetings have been shouted down as soon as they tried to speak. The crowds were not only rude, but sometimes aggressive with pushing and shoving. Constituents who came to support the official or ask a question received the same treatment as the host.
The bottom line is that nothing productive came out of these events. Seriously, would you like to host one of these meetings?
Diane Church, Plano
‘I’ll remember that in 2018’
As the controversies swirl around town hall meetings, I’d like to share my story. A group of friends had decided to talk with our U.S. representative [Sam Johnson] and our two U.S. senators [John Cornyn and Ted Cruz] about three topics that were important to us: health care, immigration and Social Security. We began our quest to meet them in early February.
We contacted all three through their websites. None hold town hall meetings. We spoke with a Johnson staffer at a mobile office event. The talk was cordial but the staffer could provide no insight into his views on our three issues.
We spoke with the regional director of Cornyn’s Dallas office. He, too, was cordial and provided a better idea on where Cornyn stood on the three issues.
Our attempt to contact Cruz led to the regional director of his Dallas office. After more than six weeks and multiple attempts to contact him, I have received no response. I must conclude that Cruz and-or his staff have no interest in the opinions of his constituents. I’ll remember that in 2018.
Catherine Mangarelli, Fairview
Give me the Windy City
Re: “Fleeing Chicago,” by Barbara Kennedy, Sunday Letters.
I wish I could say I was surprised by Kennedy’s comment when she said, “I can understand why passengers on United Flight 3411 didn’t want to give up their seats … they wanted to get out of Chicago,” but I wasn’t. Ignorance and myopia have ceased to surprise.
If Ms. Kennedy has ever been to this great American city, she certainly hasn’t seen the same one I and many others know and love. Its beautiful lakefront (think about a real Trinity River green space, not just consultants’ dreams); its friendly, genuine, salt-of-theearth Midwestern people (think beyond airport police or taxicab drivers); its world-class museum district; its unflagging acceptance of outsiders; and much more.
Give me the Windy City any day. Truth be told: I’ve met some wonderful, loving and kind people in Texas. Truth be told: If Ms. Kennedy were to condescend to invest some time in the Midwest, she’d find the same.
Robert Greenfield, Irving