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Letters to the editor on food stamps, wind tax credit, NFL refs, Howell, Johnson’s other words, knitters

  • Published Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at 12 a.m.

Letters to the Editor

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Pompeo should try life on food stamps

If U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, thinks people who live off of food stamps have it too easy (“Pompeo backs cuts for food stamps,” Sept. 29 Business Today), then perhaps he should take the food-stamp challenge promoted by Catholic Charities.

The average recipient has to live off of $31.50 of food stamps a week. That’s $1,638 a year, far less than the $8,848 Pompeo got from the taxpayers for a car allowance over a year and a half. The cost of feeding a person for a year is far less than the $17,133 of taxpayer-paid postage that Pompeo used in just three months.

Someone who has to live off of $4.50 a day on food stamps may not be able to afford Pompeo’s $2,500 fundraisers. But can Pompeo, with all his party’s bluster about bootstraps and individualism, spend a week in the shoes of someone who has to live off of $4.50 a day? Or is he just too comfortable in his Washington, D.C., office working to end support for wind power and putting people in Hutchinson out of a job (where they may have to apply for food stamps as a result)?

DOUG ITTNER

Wichita

Let credit expire

On behalf of more than 44,000 activists in Kansas, I applaud U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, for his leadership in opposing the extension and expansion of the federal wind production tax credit. Unlike many of his colleagues on Capitol Hill, Pompeo is delivering on his promise to rein in government by opposing this wasteful handout.

U.S. energy policy is in dire need of reform, and letting the wind production tax credit expire as scheduled is a great first step. We should aim for an energy market in which companies earn profits by competing for consumers’ dollars on a level playing field, not by lobbying Washington lawmakers for special favors.

If the other members of our congressional delegation are serious about protecting jobs and keeping energy bills low in Kansas, then they should join Pompeo’s effort to let the wasteful wind production tax credit expire on Dec. 31, as scheduled.

DERRICK SONTAG

Kansas state director

Americans for Prosperity

Topeka

Teachers vs. refs

Some people griped about Chicago public schoolteachers getting a 7 percent raise over a three-year period. Yet I bet they cheer now that the average pay for NFL zebras is increasing from $149,000 last season to more than $200,000 by 2019.

That shows how stupid America’s priorities have become.

Gripe about a 7 percent raise for teachers responsible for the education of our youths, but rejoice about a 33 percent raise for a sports official – because we all know how important the football season is to America. Who cares about our children’s education and future?

Sports or education? Knowledge gets trumped every time.

KEVIN D. PLESS

Wichita

Howell listens

I am writing in support of state Rep. Jim Howell, R-Derby. You may ask why someone from western Kansas would be interested in a state representative from Derby. Here are a few of my reasons:

Howell and I have never met in person but have exchanged e-mails about a few issues on which his vote may have a direct effect on my county. Serving as a county commissioner in Seward County, I believe it is important that representatives across the state understand the potential consequences of their votes, as most votes do affect all 105 counties in Kansas.

Howell has always been respectful and willing to listen to my concerns. And if he has questions, he will ask.

Howell also supports the Second Amendment and your choice in deciding if you want conceal-carry. In other words, you decide your own future.

His opponent seems to have already decided what is best for your gun ownership and your gun rights. She sees “no reason to allow anyone to carry concealed weapons, anywhere” (Sept. 28 Local & State).

JIM RICE

Liberal

Heed other words

I saw a letter containing some quotes from Lyndon B. Johnson, our 36th president (“Heed words,” Oct. 1 Letters to the Editor). Here is my favorite LBJ quote from a message to Congress on March 16, 1964: “Our tax cut will create millions of new jobs – new exits from poverty.”

So even a big-spending liberal knew that tax cuts are good for the economy.

JOHN BRYAN

Wichita

OK to have fun

I had to respond to “Shame on knitters” (Sept. 26 Letters to the Editor), which criticized the “yarn bombers” that hit the Wichita State University campus. I loved the story about the bombing (Sept. 19 Local & State) and kept it. It’s darling.

I do lots of handwork and know how much love and effort went into the project. Along with helping others, we’ve got to have some fun.

I would ask critics of the “yarn bombing”: What have you done for our vets? I sent five quilts and a large afghan to the Walter Reed hospital in Washington, D.C. I also have sent a full-size quilt to the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center for the Quilts of Valor program.

L.M. WELCH

Wellington

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