To the Editor:

There are many issues to be concerned about. As for me, there’s one in particular that makes me cringe every time I see an incident of that nature in the news: Children dying of heat stroke inside automobiles.

From 2010 to 2018, an average of 38 deaths per year occurred. That’s 342 lives wasted. Could the reason be negligence, forgetfulness, apathy or mental instability?

I cannot conceive of a mother or father forgetting their baby in the back seat for any period of time in hot weather. It’s well known that the inside of a vehicle can reach dangerously high temperatures in a very short time.

On an 80-degree day, the car can reach an internal temperature of 119 degrees in 30 minutes.

Some car manufacturers are making a technological breakthrough. Hyundai has two models with the “Rear Occupant Alert System”: The Santa Fe and the Palisade.

A more advanced system, the “Ultrasonic Rear Occupant Alert,” senses movement in the back seat. If movement is detected after the driver leaves the vehicle, Hyundai sends an alert to the driver’s phone.

According to the Washington Examiner’s “Daily on Healthcare”, written by Cassidy Morrison, Mr. Trevor Lai, the product and planning manager at Hyundai, told her that their goal is to put that technology in most models by 2022 and that the research continues.

Representatives Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., are co-sponsors of the Hot Cars Act. It will require concrete legislation mandating all car companies to work with engineers to make technological changes without delay.

Will Congress react in a positive way? Who knows? it could be 2-3 years.

Perhaps the number of victims does not appear serious enough. 53 last year ... 33 this year, so far.

This summer, temperatures have been hovering around 100 almost every day. “I forgot” is not a valid excuse for parents.

American car makers should emulate Hyundai. Congress has an excellent opportunity to prevent auto heat strokes and prevent child deaths.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers representing GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler automobiles, Toyota and others, made the announcement directing automakers to innovate by introducing a combination of auditory and visual alerts that will activate after the driver turns off the vehicle, expected by 2025. Some feel that it should have been done earlier, and that 2025 is a long wait!

Hyundai has taken the lead, followed by Kia and Subaru. The technology is already available in many models. They expect to be installed in all vehicles by 2022.

Ten children died this summer in a period of 20 days.

P.C. Santiago

retired master sergeant


Reader asks why no protected status for those fleeing Bahamas

To the Editor:

We’re refusing to give temporary protected status to those fleeing the Bahamas?

We’ve become truly reprehensible and vile. We are contemptible and have lost all moral standing in the world.

Please never call yourself a Christian again if you support this. You shame Christ’s name.

I am deeply saddened and desperately ashamed to call myself an American, and on 9-11 at that.

What has happened to us? We’ve become so entrenched in fear and hatred of the “other” that those terrorists that day seem to have not just won the battle, but also the war. We are now becoming a hateful, desperate, and pathetic shadow of what we’ve endeavored to be since our inception.

Our “leaders” need to fix this or get out of the way so the rest of us can.

Janice Holladay


Reader asks when governor’s talk on gun violence will turn to action

To the Editor:

Gov. Abbott must be — if you’ll pardon the pun — sweating bullets about now.

Right after the massacre in El Paso, he claimed that the time for talk was over and it was time for action.

So, I wonder why we are now stuck in the time to talk and no action is taking place?

Perhaps the statement by that legislator from Tyler that it’s our God-given right to carry guns is giving the governor second thoughts.

In the meantime, after El Paso, there was Odessa.

Where will gun violence occur next while there is talk, talk, talk?

Ben Liles


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