Free speech applies only to some views?
I thought college campuses were bastions of free speech, but I guess that only applies if you voice speech certain people agree with (“Petitions at WSU, KU target Chick-fil-A,” July 27 Local & State).
I am a semi-liberal Democrat who never goes to church, yet I have no problem with Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy saying he supports the “biblical definition of the family unit.” He didn’t say gay folks can’t buy his chicken or come to work for him; he just believes marriage is between a man and a women – a viewed shared by many Americans.
Both my children graduated from the University of Kansas and Wichita State University. If they were still there, I would hope they would refrain from signing a petition to keep a popular restaurant off campus because a few thin-skinned students refuse to give the president of said restaurant the same courtesy they demand for themselves – the right to voice his opinion.
Based on Summit Church pastor Terry Fox’s announced subject for his sermon Sunday morning – “How the Obama administration and its socialistic agenda is making way for the Antichrist to take over the world” – I get the impression that his is a political pulpit instead of a gospel pulpit. It seems to me that should jeopardize the church’s tax-exempt status.
Christ Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” And to illustrate what was meant by loving your neighbor, He told a story about a man helping another man who needed help. A government that cares about all its citizens, especially those in need, is not anti-Christ. Not caring about and not doing something about that need, as did the two religious people in the story that Jesus told, is anti-social and anti-Christ.
I would like to call to your attention one of the best candidates around: District 31 Sen. Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick. No matter what you have been told either in person or by printed material, she has served us well. McGinn puts our interests and concerns above her political career and has worked tirelessly to make our state government responsible to the people of Kansas.
I have seen many leaders come and go, and I am not willing to throw a known leader out the door for one I am not sure of because her opponent thinks McGinn is not conservative enough. I am tired of the extremes at both ends of the political process, whether they are Republican or Democrat, pushing their agendas rather than doing what is best for our district, state and country.
McGinn can be trusted to do the right thing. She has earned our votes by being honest and forthright with us, and will continue to do so in the future. I ask you to please vote for her on Tuesday.
DAVID A. NYGAARD
It has been a great pleasure getting to know Wichita police Capt. Jeff Easter as a candidate for Sedgwick County sheriff. Easter is dedicated to the community at large as well as all the children’s lives he has touched through coaching and mentoring. Easter believes in our youths and knows their importance to our future. He is an exceptional man of dignity and possesses the skill set to not just oversee the Sheriff’s Office but actively run it.
Sedgwick County is facing troubling times, and we cannot afford the current administration’s non-transparent attitude toward criminal allegations. Vote for Jeff Easter on Tuesday.
Reviews not valid
The Eagle published a portion of Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston’s job reviews of the two DA candidates (July 29 Local & State). Consider these points: Foulston is a Marc Bennett supporter. Foulston and Kevin O’Connor have very different views as to why she became an O’Connor detractor.
The negative elements in O’Connor’s job review were invalidated by the attorney who had been supervised by O’Connor and who was interviewed by The Eagle. That last fact was buried at the end of the article, where only the most ardent reader might have found it.
Is this a situation where privacy issues are “outweighed by the public right to know,” or is it plain old political mudslinging? What evaluation would you expect from your boss after making it clear that requests to support her political campaign were inappropriate? Why, if O’Connor is marginal in his performance, was he asked to return to the District Attorney’s Office?
I am endorsing Jim Ward for re-election to the Kansas House. I have known Ward for the past several years, both as a legislator and friend. Ward is a no-excuses kind of legislator who is fighting to cut property taxes, build safer neighborhoods and restore funding to our schools.
Ward was elected by his fellow legislators, Republican and Democrat, to serve as the south-central delegation chairman in 2011. He serves as the ranking Democrat on the House Education Committee.
Vote to re-elect Jim Ward for state representative.
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