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Letters to the editor on casino smoking, traffic deaths, contraception, ‘I Care’ event, welcomed at WSU

  • Published Saturday, March 24, 2012, at 12 a.m.

Letters to the Editor

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Simple to solve casino smoking

The smoking issue in the casinos is very simple to solve (March 20 Letters to the Editor).

In San Diego, the very same issue came up in the Indian casinos. Rather than pit one side against the other, they made the main area and entrance area non-smoking and closed off an area for smokers. It cost the casinos a few dollars, but their revenue increased. Many Las Vegas casinos have also done this.

If they did that here, everyone would be happy. I miss going to the casinos, too, but get tired of smelling like an ashtray.

LEONARD HALE

Halstead

Not speed limits

“Group: Speed plays part in nearly 1 in 3 traffic deaths” (March 10 Eagle) made me wonder whether the cause of these deaths is due to higher speed limits or if the Governors Highway Safety Association is not using all of the data properly. The article stated that accidents that are “speed related” include factors such as improper lane changes, following too closely, unsafe passing and driver inattention. Thus, many of the “speed related” car accidents likely were not due to the recent speed limit elevation but driving errors.

As a new driver, I notice driving mistakes such as improper lane changes and driving below the speed limit in the fast lane. Perhaps the GHSA should focus more on the underlying factors rather than blaming these deaths on higher speed limits.

MICAH BOUMA

Clearwater

Separate policy

Regarding “Contraception lowers insurance premiums” (March 17 Letters to the Editor): Talk show host Rush Limbaugh is not opposed to insurance coverage of contraceptives. The issue is the Obama administration’s mandate requiring Catholic institutions to pay for it.

Insurance companies are in the business to make money. Nothing is free. They will pass the cost of contraceptives through higher premiums. This is a clear violation of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. The clause reserves the right of American citizens to accept any religious belief or engage in religious rituals. The clause protects not just religious beliefs but actions made on behalf of these beliefs.

My solution: When I buy health insurance, I also have the option to purchase a supplemental policy for things like dental care and vision care. Why shouldn’t contraceptive, sterilization and abortion services be sold the same way? It’s a win-win solution. Women have access to the services that they want, and I or my church doesn’t end up paying for something that goes against our consciences.

TERRY BRENNAN

Wichita

Caring community

I wish to extend a huge “thank you” to all of the caring citizens of Wichita and surrounding communities who generously donated new personal-care items. They filled more than 600 “I Care” packages for the homeless at the Century II event held on Jan. 25. More than 8,000 items were collected in less than four weeks. What an amazing response!

Projects like these can succeed only if people care. My sincere appreciation to the students, parents and staff of USD 259 and USD 262, the staff of Weigand and Sons, Odd Balls Yarn Shop, Cornerstone Mortuary and to all of the caring citizens and businesses that stepped up to donate items.

A very special “thank you” to Dress for Success and the United Way of the Plains for the opportunity to serve. Every project must have its pillars of support, and a heartfelt thanks goes to Kenneth Jantz and Pat Jones.

Sedgwick County is a generous, caring community. Next year there will once again be a drive for the “I Care” project and an opportunity to donate warm clothing packages for the needy. So stock up when you see sales.

REBECCA SERRANO

Kansas delegate

Professional Women’s Group

Dress for Success

Wichita

Welcomed at WSU

Last Saturday, a large bus with the words “Purdue University” on the side passed me by. Knowing the Purdue baseball team was in town for a series with the Wichita State University Shockers, I assumed that the bus carried team members. Though I graduated from Purdue more than 30 years ago, it still made me smile, and I decided to follow the bus to the WSU campus and cheer on my fellow Boilermakers as they disembarked. They smiled as I called out a greeting, and the bus driver walked to my car to speak to me.

What pleased me most was what he said about WSU and the welcome he, the coaches and the team had received. They couldn’t have been treated better, he told me. WSU went out of its way to make its West Lafayette visitors feel like welcome guests.

I told the bus driver that I was glad to hear it, though I was not surprised. Our athletic teams and those associated with them are always a class act. Thanks, Shockers, for taking such good care of my Boilermakers.

SIGRID TROMBLEY

Wichita

Correction:

A free lecture sponsored by Kidzcope is on March 26. “A safe place” (March 22 Letters to the Editor) had the wrong date.

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