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Letters to the editor on city buses, Romney, 47 percent

  • Published Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at 12 a.m.

Letters to the Editor

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For more information, contact Phillip Brownlee at 316-268-6262, pbrownlee@wichitaeagle.com.

City correct to shift money to buses

Regarding “Restore money for neighborhoods” (Oct. 14 Letters to the Editor): Thank you, Wichita City Council, for voting 4-3 to give $50,000 to help keep a bus route going for our citizens who are in great need of this.

Mass transportation is a need for all of our community. Who knows when any of us may need to ride a bus for transportation? Let’s ensure that it is available for those who desperately need it now.

Money is tight these days, and no one has the budgets of 20 years ago or even 10 years ago. It is about time that individuals dispose of their own trash and neighborhoods stop expecting the city to do everything for them.

Let’s all help our city leaders by supporting their efforts, instead of continually asking for handouts.

SUSAN CRAWSHAW BANE

President

KenMar Neighborhood Association

Wichita

Right choice

I have followed with interest The Eagle’s recent coverage of the election. However, one key fact that has been underemphasized in the reporting is that our current president has had four years to dig us out of the economic slump and has not done so.

In fact, President Obama’s “spend now, pay later” policies have worsened the recession. Obama has brought us ever-increasing debt and sky-high unemployment.

Mitt Romney has spent his life in business. Romney understands that the road to recovery is to unleash the spirit of American free enterprise.

Only by lowering taxes and removing unnecessary regulations can we recover the prosperity and opportunity that should be the birthright of every American.

Romney is the right choice for our nation.

MICHAEL STEVENS

Wichita

Respect the poor

We should take very seriously the fact that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a roomful of wealthy donors that 47 percent of Americans are essentially living off the rest of us. Of course, he retracted this statement when it became public. However, the fact that Romney stated this behind closed doors reveals that this may be how he truly views the situation.

The truth is that many in that 47 percent are retired or disabled, and do need some support from our tax dollars. Moreover, considering our troubled economy, there are people who have to rely on assistance to make ends meet. These are the new working poor.

It is erroneous to declare that the poor simply do not work as hard as the rich. I believe that people should be rewarded for their hard work and ingenuity. But I also know that many of these poor stand on their feet all day, working two or three jobs just to make ends meet. They are doing their best to survive.

ANN FETTERS

Wichita

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