Letters to the Editor — Personal Technology page, homeless in Dallas, short-term rentals

Rossman logging off

Re: “So long — it’s been lots of fun talking about tech,” by Jim Rossman, Sunday Business column.

I was so disappointed to read that Personal Technology by Jim Rossman will no longer be carried by The Dallas Morning News. His tech tips, advice and product reviews were invaluable. Thank you, Jim!

Andy Nelson, Grand Prairie

Enjoyed the ‘good news’

I have enjoyed this weekly Personal Technology page for many years and it’s the first thing I read when I open my Sunday paper. Thank you, Mr. Rossman, for providing years of useful information about consumer technology and sharing your personal trials and errors in making some of these gadgets work.

Personal Technology was one of the few “good news” pages in The Dallas Morning News, and the paper is diminished without you.

Steve Abell, Arlington

More complicated than expected

Re: “This Is Not How We Do Things Here — Armed activists blocking city workers from cleaning a homeless camp is unacceptable,” July 27 editorial.

Good news, bad news. Activists used their bodies and cars to block city personnel from “cleaning” the site of a homeless encampment. Hooray for the activists using the freedom of speech and assembly to protect homeless people. Boo for the activists who brought guns. Hooray for the city for finding housing for 971 people. Boo for the city’s lack of a plan to relocate these residents or for the 5,000 other homeless people in Dallas.

The protest was not against “cleaning” the campsite. It was against “cleaning out” the campsite, as has so often been the case with bulldozers wiping out the few possessions of people, many of whom are unable to understand what is happening.

Steve McCluer, Far North Dallas

Please support this act

Meaning. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz must vote for the Inflation Reduction Act, which is coming to a vote in the Senate soon and contains vital climate mitigation provisions.

We have been inundated with natural disasters this entire summer, from record-breaking heat waves, wildfires and unprecedented flooding that has taken lives from coast to coast. These events have a direct relationship with the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere because of the continued burning of fossil fuels.

We are already many years behind where we should be because of climate change-denying propaganda. We must take on this threat to all life forms on Earth—today.

Stephen Upham, Garland

Support the KISS option

Re: “Frisco Schools Dallas on Short-Term Rentals — Big city less competitive than neighbors as its leaders dither,” Friday editorial.

There is nothing progressive about allowing short-term rentals in our single-family neighborhoods. They tear at the social fabric created by neighbors who have a commitment to the community and disrupt the contributions residents make for the good of the neighborhood. Transients do not care about neighborhoods and contribute nothing. Dallas Morning Newswhen do we homeowners matter?

Zoning prohibiting “lodging use” in residential neighborhoods already exists. See Dallas Development Code SEC.51A-4.112 Single Family District-(f)(B) commercial and business services uses: none permitted; (E) lodging use: none permitted.

The “Keep It Simple Solution” is now being considered by city officials before going to the City Council for a vote. It simply asks that our development code be amended to include a definition of short-term rentals as lodging use under the code. Under this plan, short-term rentals will still be allowed to operate in Dallas, just not in neighborhoods that have always disallowed lodging use.

Homeowners matter. Support the KISS option.

Ellen Beadling, North Dallas

Dallas isn’t behind on this

This editorial paints the city of Dallas as behind the times, “less competitive than its neighbors” in embracing proposals that would kill short-term rentals in single-family neighborhoods. Think quality-of-life issues. Dallas is not behind the times. In my opinion, it may be ahead of the times in trying to protect the quality of life in our neighborhoods.

Arlington’s negative experience has resulted in strong zoning restrictions for short-term rentals. One of the world’s premier vacation destinations, the city and county of Honolulu continues to restrict short-term rentals with a new ordinance effective Oct. 23 limiting short-term rentals (less than 90 days) to designated areas only, all in an effort to keep residential neighborhoods from being overrun by short-term rentals.

The long-standing zoning commitment of Dallas to keep commercial businesses out of residential neighborhoods is being challenged by the short-term rental industry and big business such as Airbnb and Vrbo. Do you care? If so, contact your Dallas councilman/woman and simply tell them your thoughts on short-term rentals.

John Morrow, Dallas/Lake HighlandsHed

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