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Letters to the Editor

  • Published Friday, August 17, 2012, at 12 a.m.

Letters to the Editor

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Rail service doesn’t make fiscal sense

The Regional Economic Area Partnership, a consortium of about 36 political jurisdictions in south-central Kansas, is supporting a study about returning passenger rail service to Wichita. Planning without the intent of pursuing the goal would be a waste of tax dollars, so it can be assumed they want passenger rail service to return to Wichita.

The tax costs do not justify the benefits of passenger rail service returning to Wichita. Amtrak requires a long-term contract commitment. Subsidies likely would be required for maintenance of the tracks, fares charged, and other appropriate subsidized costs. The ridership on the trains is not likely to be sufficient to justify the costs, and Amtrak would have no need to be profitable with the subsidies in place.

Government at all levels is in perilous if not in bankrupt financial condition. The political leaders need to realize two things: They are to serve the taxpayer; the tax dollars are not to serve them. And public treasury is not the Bank of Special Interest.

JAMES KILPATRICK JR.

Wichita

Ryan cowardly

I am a little tired of hearing Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., being referred to as “bold and courageous.”

What is courageous about attacking old people and the underprivileged?

When I was growing up, picking on people smaller and less privileged than you was called cowardly. How did that morph into courageous?

When Ryan calls out the wealthy who are already getting more tax breaks than most of us have access to, then I will consider him courageous. Not when he is attacking people with no expensive lobbyists to defend them. Stealing from the poor to give to the rich is cowardly.

MARSHA HEPHNER

Arkansas City

Correct debate

Political ideology is America’s current focus, but the correct debate is what economic model America should follow. Politics is driven by economics; there is no political decision without an economic basis.

The existing experiment in Keynesian economics continues to fail creating big money government bailouts. Once America gets the money right, politics will begin to correct itself and so will the economy.

As long as voters allow themselves to be manipulated into ideological political debates, big money will continue to divide and win.

KENT ELDER

Udall

Bleeding again

In my native state, of which I am very proud, an election took place last week. It was an election such as none other.

It was not won by discourse, a thorough debate of legitimate issues, or old-fashioned “stem-winding” speeches and neighborhood coffees. No, this election was replete with shadowy third-party TV ads, unchecked corporate purse strings, unknown motives and known motives and opportunists.

The leader of my state forthrightly announced who he wanted from the list of candidates in a primary race. Is this because his administration will brook no interference? Surely not, for principled people can and have come to agreement.

My “bleeding Kansas,” which fought to the death to enter the Union as a free state, is bleeding again.

CORRENE GREEN

Wichita

Offensive cartoon

The Eagle’s choosing to publish an editorial cartoon from the Houston Chronicle was a blatant display of religious insensitivity (Aug. 12 Opinion). The portrayal of a “conservative” person drawing in a Chick-fil-A meal onto Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Last Supper was despicable.

The Last Supper was not some common meal but the institution of the most holy Eucharist, the summit and source of Christian life.

The left-leaning cartoonist could have used some other means to get his point across in regards to the Chick-fil-A story. Isn’t it a little ironic that a group of people who say conservatives need to be more tolerant are themselves intolerant?

I expect better from The Eagle.

HANS ASMUSSEN

Wichita

Great dog park

Hooray for the Meridian Dog Park near 21st and Amidon. Parks and Recreation director Doug Kupper and his staff did a great job. A special thanks to Larry Hoetmer, who designed the park.

There are separate fenced areas for big dogs and little dogs, a fenced area where you can take your dog on and off the leash before releasing it into the main park area, water fountains down low for the dogs, doggie bags and benches for people to sit on. They’ve thought of everything.

The city is doing a wonderful job of maintaining the park. My 2-year-old golden retriever practically pushes me out of the car when we go there, as he is so anxious to get in and play with the other dogs.

Sadly, many dogs end up at the animal shelter because of behavioral problems that could have easily been prevented if the owners would provide their dogs with adequate exercise and socialization with other dogs and people. This dog park provides both of those opportunities beautifully.

Three things I would not take to the dog park are an unneutered male dog, a female dog in season or a small child. And if you have a dog that is not used to being around other dogs, you might walk it around the outside of the fence a few times before entering the park.

SHIRLEY LOCKHART

Wichita

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