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Letters to the editor on anti-Muslim video, Obama citizenship, fluoride vote

  • Published Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2012, at 12 a.m.

Letters to the Editor

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Maybe they hate us, not the videos

“He hates these cans,” exclaimed Steve Martin in the movie “The Jerk,” when a sniper was trying to kill him but missed and hit some oil cans. After all, he hadn’t done anything to the unbalanced individual with the rifle.

Perhaps it’s the same with the Obama administration thinking: “They hate these videos.” After all, we haven’t done anything to these unbalanced individuals.

Perhaps the Obama administration is just as naive as Martin’s character.

Maybe they don’t hate the videos at all. Maybe they just hate us.

TIM WIESNER

Wichita

Flawed thinking

I have lived in Wichita for more than 30 years and have yet to understand the political mindset of what seems to be the majority of Kansans. Because of this, I’ve never considered myself to be one of them.

Perhaps the most offensive thing I can think of is that some people seem to think by eliminating certain candidates from the ballot, for stupid reasons, they will be paving the way for a politically correct ballot. To me, it is an issue that represents the smallest of minds and a bigotry that can take on a life of its own. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve encountered over the years who share in what I call flawed thinking.

I would hope the voter who enters the polls would do so intelligently. Sad to say, however, that rarely happens. Not just in Kansas but in many states. “Bipartisanship” seems to be a word few people understand. What a sad state of affairs this is.

SHIRLEY BOONE

Wichita

Thanks for laughs

I am impressed by Kansans’ collective cognitive dissonance between the facts and their fantasies. This birth certificate thing is great (“Kansas board delays decision on Obama, ballot,” Sept. 14 Local & State). Perhaps Kansas will find that President Obama’s mother was a conspirator with the Kenyan government to give birth to a subversive son who one day would become the illegitimate president of the United States.

Welcome to the 18th century, Kansas. And thanks for the laughs.

CHUCK MILLER

Westlake, Ohio

Vote on water

I appreciated the article “Harvard fluoride study may not apply here” (Sept. 12 Eagle). As we all know, the condition of our teeth and gums greatly affects the overall health of our bodies.

The Harvard University scientists acknowledged that their fluoride study, which many fluoride opponents cite, was done using foreign data that linked fluoride with lower intelligence levels in school-age children. The article explained that fluoride levels in that water were multiple times higher than in our American tap water.

Our family appreciates that the fluoride question will finally be on the ballot on Nov. 6. Remember, Wichita registered voters, to encourage family, friends and neighbors to accept their democratic right to vote on what is in our Wichita water. We Wichita residents need to know what the majority of voters want or don’t want in our tap water.

DORIS WELLER

Wichita

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