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Letters to the editor on women’s rights, gun rights, clueless candidates, getting rid of political parties

  • Published Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at 12 a.m.

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Women: Consider power of votes

In Pakistan, a 14-year-old girl was shot in the head by the Taliban for pursuing an education.

In Africa, girls, even babies, undergo female genital mutilation without anesthesia.

In China, female babies are discarded or selectively aborted in favor of males.

In India, bride burning is common. Globally, millions of females are trafficked every year.

In the United States, vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan insists that abortion is wrong in all circumstances, even in cases of rape or incest. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., asserted that a female body can prevent pregnancy due to “legitimate” rape, and Indiana’s Republican candidate for Senate commented that “God intended” pregnancies stemming from rape.

Gov. Sam Brownback has limited women’s medical choices, yet also undermines organizations that reduce unwanted pregnancies.

What gives men the right to make laws that dictate the fate of women and their families? If we vote them into office, we do.

Girls and women around the world deserve the freedom to pursue their dreams, to make the choices best for them, without men having the power to deny those opportunities.

All women, and the men who love them, should carefully consider the power of their votes.

MELANIE JENNEY

Wichita

Denied right?

It is now the claim of many American women that their “right” to various birth control methods is being denied them because they cannot afford such birth control. There is no specific provision in our Constitution’s Bill of Rights that provides for birth control.

The Second Amendment specifically gives me the right to keep and bear arms, which shall not be infringed. So if I cannot afford to buy a gun, then my right to keep and bear arms is being denied me, right?

Furthermore, I need $9 a month to afford ammunition so I can keep up my practice and hit the target, or the gun is useless to me and would prevent me ever being part of a well-regulated militia. I demand that everyone help me sue the government or do whatever is needed to secure my rights.

ARLEN E. FREUND

Goddard

Read Constitution

Based on the responses by candidates to The Eagle’s questions, it is clear that Republican candidates for the Legislature are clueless about the content and the intent of the first three articles of the Kansas Constitution. These articles establish the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government so as to create an independent, balanced power structure.

Candidates indicated that they favor giving the governor power to decide who serves as appellate court judges. Since the governor already controls the House and probably will soon control the Senate, legislative action could place all three branches in the governor’s hands.

In January, legislators will take an oath to uphold the Constitution of the state of Kansas, not an oath to massage Sam Brownback’s ego. That still gives them time to check out the Constitution.

EVELYN CLARK

Haysville

Get rid of parties

Something is clearly wrong with politics today. With the increasing deficit, high unemployment rate, and a country split by political parties to the point where they almost hate each other, something has to change.

I honestly don’t know any good that political parties have done for this country. All they have done is assist big money (corporations) to buy our candidates, and help candidates sling mud at each other by bashing the opposing party’s views. Furthermore, political parties have created the untrustworthy candidates we have today. These candidates stand for things they don’t believe in, simply to meet the criteria for the party they belong to. So whom are we really voting for?

If we were to eliminate political parties, it would make for much more honest elections with much more genuine candidates. Also, it would enable more compromise, as it would take away the labels we use as reasons to not listen to one another.

JEREMY SHEAR

Wichita

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