Banning weapons only sane option
Recent reader opinions in The Eagle have implied that a citizen with a concealed-carry weapon would have stopped the Colorado theater shooter before he even got three rounds off. This is sheer Old West fantasy.
People don’t know how they will react when facing a situation such as a lunatic with an assault rifle. It is more likely that the armed citizens will wet themselves when the rifle is turned on them. And hitting your target with a handgun at a distance is difficult, even without all the panic in such a situation.
Come back out of fantasyland, Rambo.
Banning assault rifles and the ridiculous ammo clips are the only sane options.
I support Gary Mason for Kansas Senate for one basic reason: He is pro-business. He understands business. He knows that the best jobs are created one at a time by Kansans with great ideas. Those are the ones that stick around for the long term.
Mason is pragmatic about the need for consumer and industrial protection, but he doesn’t believe in the current system that transfers wealth from taxpayers to government intermediaries and then to corporate subsidies. He believes in private enterprise, and in creating an environment without burdensome taxes and free from regulation that makes it difficult for businesses to operate and more expensive for people to purchase the goods and services they need.
How do I know? Because Mason, his wife, their children and the great team at iSi Environmental use these principles. I’ve worked alongside him and seen him practice what he espouses. Get out the vote for Gary Mason on Aug. 7.
Ward gets it
I have experienced educational cuts firsthand, and our schools have been cut far too much in the past couple of years. As a middle school art teacher, I am struggling to find money to buy basic supplies.
I have brought this to the attention of state Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita. He gets it. Ward is a leading authority on school finance and education policy. He led the fight to restore millions in funding to local schools during the past legislative session. He helped draft a new law improving technical education and job-training programs in Kansas.
Ward understands that our economic future depends on an educated workforce. Our state will be less attractive to businesses if we don’t have top educational systems. I switched from Republican to Democrat so I could vote for Ward.
On Aug. 7, I will be voting for Jim Ward to represent the new District 86.
Vote for Journey
I write in support of retaining Phillip Journey as a Sedgwick County District Court judge. I have been a resident of Wichita for nearly 50 years, and I have come to know Journey well. He is intelligent, thoughtful, articulate and knowledgeable, and he applies the law fairly and equally in the cases before him. I ask all fair-minded voters to compare Journey’s record and qualifications as an incumbent judge with the record and qualifications of his opponent.
Voters should know that Journey’s opponent has distributed campaign literature that contains misleading and inaccurate statements. Most glaring is his opponent’s statement that Journey “consistently” arrives “more than one hour late to work.” The evidence suggests the contrary. A memorandum dated July 5 from the Sedgwick County Manager’s Office stated that the judges’ access gate was recording incorrect entry times. The timing system did not work properly and did not change automatically from daylight saving time to regular time.
Journey, in contrast to his opponent, has years of experience with a variety of cases as a practicing attorney and judge. He also has been an effective administrator who has worked to clear the DUI case backlog in Sedgwick County courts. As a family man, Journey works full time to make Sedgwick County a safer environment for all its residents.