Making marriage less available
Children during the era of the Greatest Generation had comfortable homes complete with a mother, father and an extended family. The highlight of the day was the evening meal with the whole family present. Our neighborhoods were made up of similar homes, and the parents of friends could easily step in and replace our own parents.
Growing up in this nurturing environment led each boy to anticipate marriage and fatherhood. Thus he needed to get as much training and education as possible to support his future family.
Unfortunately, today’s boy will often not live with his father and thus miss the guidance and support necessary to grow into manhood. Seeking this relationship, he may turn to gangs or strangers with deviant interests for leadership. Having little reason to anticipate becoming a dad and spouse, he sees little reason to improve through education.
The growing antagonism toward the married state has succeeded in making marriage less available to our emerging young man. The crowning blow is President Obama’s support for the legalization of gay marriage. This distortion of marriage absolutely deprives a young man of the opportunity to become either a father or husband.
Well, what can a guy do? We had better rush or we will miss dinner at the local school.
Who is to blame?
Concerning the damage to the fish ladder and boat passage at the Lincoln Street bridge and dam (June 6 Eagle): I saw how high the river was and thought they should have opened or lowered some of the dam gates to allow excess water to go downstream.
The river could have been lowered to where it was not running through the ladder so strongly. But the city wanted the river high for the Wichita River Festival. So now we have a $2.3 million fish ladder and boat passage that is damaged.
Is it possible that the architects and engineers who designed this system did not consider whether it would be strong enough to withstand extremely high water?
Do we blame the architects, engineers, the construction company, poor design, or the city for wanting the river high? And who pays the cost to repair it?
WILLIAM E. BAUCOM
Still no color
Here we go again. Intrust Bank Arena posted its schedule in the paper from now until next January, and the only thing that has any color to it is the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks.
We can pay our money to see a basketball game, but we don’t rate people of color in the musical arena? A casino just across the line in Oklahoma can bring acts such as Toni Braxton, Al Green, LL Cool J and Earth, Wind and Fire. Can’t we get the same at the arena?
Care about seniors
I want the people of Wichita to know how fortunate we are to have our Central Plains Area Agency on Aging. I have been around several other aging agencies in Kansas, and none compares to ours. The staff members are all knowledgeable and compassionate, and really try to help the helpless.
Our seniors saved our country in World War II and have worked hard all of our lives, thinking we had Social Security and Medicare to help. But many of us have lost our savings to the high cost of medical care, and many have no family to help them or that will help them. Many seniors think our government would just like them to die.
The helpless are the ones who need help. Very few have any feelings of self-worth. They have to sit every day and look at four walls. They have no transportation, and they wonder if they can have enough money for rent, food and medicine.
Stop and think how you would feel in their shoes, as they still have feelings.
Thank you for your concern, CPAAA.