Be consistent in holding accountable
I appreciate Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, demanding open accountability from people withholding the truth from Congress about the covert use of government power (June 22 WE Blog excerpts). I just wish this vigilant concern for the interests of every American was consistently and impartially applied by Congress. Sadly, it is not.
After a financial crash that is nearly unrivaled in our history, we have yet to see one person held accountable. Everyone knows there were a multitude of systematic, intentional and nefarious crimes against the public originally committed under the cloak of government power and kept forever hidden under the same cloak.
Instead of demanding accountability, Congress rescued the Wall Street banksters who were in over their heads and left the average American saver with gaping financial wounds that have devastated families and social institutions across generations.
Or you could review the scandalous practices in the student-loan programs (say “banksters” again) that have left a generation of young people poorly educated and massively burdened with debts that cannot be relieved even in bankruptcy.
Then there is the pending bill to compel the Federal Reserve (the mother of all banksters) to “open its books” to the American people and show us what it has been doing with “our money.”
Need we even mention the everyday garden-variety lobbyists and politicians?
Vote for Bennett
I have been a registered Democrat for most of the 50-plus years of my voting life. I plan to change that before the coming primary election, because I want the opportunity to vote for a respected and solid candidate for Sedgwick County district attorney – Marc Bennett.
There is no Democratic candidate running for district attorney. Therefore, whichever of the two Republican candidates wins the GOP primary will be our next district attorney.
I want to ensure that we are represented by the best candidate, and I am willing to put party affiliation aside. I will register as a Republican by July 17 (the voter-registration deadline) so I can vote for Bennett on the Aug. 7 primary.
I’ve read all of Bennett’s impressive candidacy literature, but it was listening to the man – to the dedicated father of three daughters, the sleep-deprived mentor of other attorneys, the champion who held the hand of a child whose father raped her and doused her in liquid accelerant and set her on fire as she slept – that led me to support Bennett. It is clear to me that he has a caring and personal concern for victims.
I hope you will join me in voting Marc Bennett our next district attorney.
Kirby for judge
I worked in the criminal justice system in Wichita for more than 50 years before my retirement in 2010. During those years I came to know and interacted with dozens of Sedgwick County District Court judges. Most were very dedicated men and women, and many, in my opinion, were excellent jurists.
There is another potentially excellent jurist waiting in the wings. Her name is Linda Kirby, a Republican candidate for District Court Division 1.
I have known Kirby for a very long time and am throughly convinced she would be an outstanding judge. She is a mature woman who has practiced law in Wichita for 23 years. She has tremendous legal knowledge and patience, and she has the demeanor and sense of fairness that are required to be a good judge.
Join me in casting a vote for Linda Kirby on Aug. 7.
Don’t mass medicate
Fluoridating our drinking-water system is a good thing? I never felt prouder than when our small burg sent the fluoride people packing years ago. I guess there are way too many do-gooders wanting the best for us. I really wish they wouldn’t worry so much about my mouth. As for the youngsters, they don’t drink much tap water.
Chlorine treats the water, period. You drink it and the chlorine passes out of your body. Fluoridation treats the person and does not leave your body. This is Big Brother mass medicating you and your friends.
BRIAN M. EDE
Skip Oz column
Physicians and columnists Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen do not present accurate, up-to-date scientific information.
The idea that holding your urine causes urinary infections is unproved (June 19 Healthy Living). And cranberry juice has recently been studied and found not to prevent urinary tract infections.
The No. 1 factor for women getting UTIs is sexual intercourse, which was not mentioned in their column. Their mediocre medical advice would be acceptable if it were not tainted with unproven quackery. No matter what the disease is, the therapy always seems to be the same: vitamin C, vitamin D, omega-3 or probiotics – in spite of any good clinical evidence to support their claims.
If you want good, solid medical science, skip the Oz column. In contrast, the Doc Talk commentaries in The Eagle are complete, up-to-date, scientifically based and written by trusted physicians practicing in our own medical community.