Sikh faith based on love, acceptance
I grew up in a Sikh family. Equality, love and acceptance are the basis of the Sikh faith founded by Guru Nanak Dev Ji in the 15th century. The Sikh temple is open to all, and the kitchen (where a daily meal called “langaar” is served) is free and open to any hungry person entering the temple.
If the Wisconsin gunman, Wade Michael Page, had entered the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., wanting a meal that day, he would have been welcomed. Instead, we were served another portion of a gruesome reality – the news of the temple shooting that left six dead.
In the aftermath, we can examine the reasons for the shooting. As with any incident like this one, there are always thoughts in my mind (and I’m sure others’ minds) about the shooter, including: What type of person does this, and why?
As the days pass we will hear more about the shooter, about his lifestyle, etc., and then return to our lives, still filled with many questions.
The only truth I know is this: If Page had gone to the temple needing help of any kind (food, shelter, warmth, prayer), my Sikh brothers would have welcomed him and made him comfortable.
Why few vote
Why do so few people vote? I registered and it became public information. I then got a mailbox full daily from politicians. Which crook do I vote for? None.
I did not fight in World War II for all of this.
Coddling the rich
The U.S. Senate finally came to its senses and voted to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class (for household incomes less than $250,000). However, the House of Representatives voted the bill down and instead voted to give the wealthiest few a continued tax break at the expense of the middle class.
The bill passed by the Senate would continue the tax cuts for 98 percent of all Americans and 97 percent of all small businesses. Yet the Republican-led House voted the bill down in favor of continuing the failed policy of providing huge tax cuts for the very wealthy. Since we have had these tax cuts in place for more than 10 years, we know that such cuts do not create jobs, but rather simply make the rich richer at the expense of everyone else.
As if continuation of the Bush tax cuts for the super wealthy were not bad enough, Mitt Romney wants to further cut their taxes.
Does anyone else think it strange that those who complain the most about our deficit want to make it worse by coddling the superrich and punishing the rest of us?
Rich create jobs
President Obama says that he wants to eliminate the Bush tax cuts for households making $250,000 or more. In the same breath, he says we need more jobs. Just who does Obama think creates those new jobs? It’s those who have the means to do so who will create the jobs.
You may ask why these individuals haven’t created the jobs while having the tax cuts. It is because of Obamacare and being overregulated. People do not want to create jobs if they will be punished for doing so, and that is what will happen under this administration.
Instead of seeking a real fix, Obama would rather create division in America by pushing class warfare. One only has to look at Greece to see what happens when you overtax and overregulate. You can’t just throw taxpayer money at a problem, as Obama has done, and expect positive results.
Please dispel the myth that anybody trying to bring awareness about the cons of fluoride in the water is a crackpot or ignorant.
The Harvard School of Public Health recently released a study on the impact of high fluoride exposure on neurological development in children. It was released on July 20. Based on the findings, the authors say that this risk should not be ignored, and that more research on fluoride’s impact on the developing brain is warranted. Please shine the light on some real research that provides startling facts that should not be ignored.
I will add my 2 cents about the fluoride debate. I am a Wichita radiologist who subspecializes in bone radiology. In my 23 years of practicing radiology (six years were in towns with fluoridated water), I have never seen a documented U.S. case of skeletal fluorosis, a medical condition caused by excessive fluoride that typically occurs in regions with very high concentrations of naturally occurring fluoride. But I have seen numerous cases of serious medical infections resulting from poor teeth. These medical conditions include infected heart valves, infected brain aneurysms, spinal abscesses, lung abscesses.… The list goes on and on.
DANIEL C. DAVIS
What is so difficult about the decision regarding whether to add fluoride to Wichita water? Fluoridation will add cost to an overloaded budget. Most children drink very little water; they drink sodas. Most household water is used for laundry, washing dishes, bathing, lawns and washing cars.
Fluoridation is not needed here. Save taxpayers’ money; buy fluoride toothpaste.