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Letters to the editor on secession, representing all, tax increase, GOP views, Fair Fares, women in combat

  • Published Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at 12 a.m.

Letters to the Editor

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Enough with the secession tantrum

I was saddened and angered by a headline in Tuesday’s Eagle: “A new cry from Obama foes: It’s time to secede.”

In 2000, Vice President Al Gore was denied election even though he won the popular vote. I was sad and furious. I did not, however, childishly pout and have a hissy fit and advocate abandoning my native land. I vowed to be the loyal opposition and continue working toward a more thoughtful, prudent and intelligent leader.

After two immoral wars and the tanking of the American economy by President Bush, we the people found our leader and elected him president in 2008, and now again in 2012. The best man won both times. Get over it, Republicans.

It is said that “hope springs eternal,” so I will not give up the hope that these infantile Republicans will finally face the truth, calm their tantrum and be the loyal opposition with which the president can govern. Can we not come together as Americans, giving thanks for the blessed citizenship we enjoy that so many of the world covet?

BOB LAYNE

McPherson

Not a ‘hissy fit’

This goes out to The Eagle editorial board for its wonderful and whimsical editorial about secession (“Strength in numbers,” Nov. 28 Eagle Editorial).

Let’s all come together behind our wonderful president – kumbaya! Yeah, let’s get behind the guy who has claimed executive privilege to cover up all manner of things. Rah, rah for my-way-or-the-highway President Obama, as he plays Pied Piper running up the national debt and leading us down the road to socialism (assuming that we aren’t already there).

And while we are at it, let’s start “making Obamacare work for Kansas.” Obamacare initiates 27 new taxes and fees, mostly on the middle class. It will bankrupt states. It is a key reason that employers are not hiring or are laying off. All Obamacare is about is making those who work and have health care pay more so that deadbeats can get it free.

What Americans who do work and who do pay taxes are having is not a “hissy fit” but well-placed concern that the government gimmes that got Obama re-elected are leading this country into fiscal ruin.

Folks who have served in the military and have worked and paid taxes all their lives have earned the right to wave the flag. What have liberals done?

STEVE OCHSNER

Goddard

Represent all

Now that the provisional votes have been counted and we know who has been elected, I would like to express congratulations to all the newly elected officials for the Legislature and Sedgwick County. We say every year that “it is going to be a tough year,” and I believe this upcoming legislative year will be no exception. We will definitely need leaders who will work hard for our great state and region.

Former Gov. Bill Graves once said that while candidates run as Republicans or Democrats, once they are elected they should represent their district – and everyone in their district. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also said recently that “you can’t expect to be the leader of all the people and be divisive.”

I hope our newly elected officials will remember that they represent everyone, not just one party, and that decisions may be hard to make but must benefit their district, Kansas and, most important, all the people – young, old, rich, poor.

Good luck.

JEAN KURTIS SCHODORF

Wichita

Fooling again

Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole struck a deal with the Democrats in 1982 that spending would be cut by $3 for every $1 that taxes were raised. He talked President Reagan into agreeing. Taxes were raised, but spending cuts never followed. Reagan later said that this was the biggest mistake of his presidency.

George H.W. Bush broke his “read my lips, no new taxes” pledge with a promise from the Democrats that spending would be cut. Never happened.

Democrats are again proposing that taxes should be raised with promises that spending cuts will follow. Been there, done that.

They say, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Fool me thrice, shame on … both?

RICHARD A. HOPPER

Derby

Dangerous views

We have a secretary of state, Kris Kobach, encouraging people who don’t share his “values” to find another state for their residence (Nov. 18 WE Blog excerpts). What hubris!

We have Kansans taking the outrageous views of the Heartland Institute seriously in regard to the climate scientists and their scientific findings. Do oil companies “own” the Heartland Institute? Of course. Can’t have the alternative energies competing with fossil fuel.

We have a governor who won’t be happy until our state has only one superconservative political party. He seems to be getting his wish. Now he just has to make sure the Kansas Supreme Court does his bidding.

We have people who want government out of their lives but demand that government be in the bedrooms of people who do not share their narrow views on contraception, gays, abortion, religion, etc.

The diverse views we Kansans hold can be entertaining or thought-provoking, but some views are dangerous and may adversely affect our future.

PHYLLIS STANLEY

Augusta

Fares not fair

Wichita’s $6.5 million “Fair Fares” airline-subsidy program isn’t fair. It used to be. During the program’s early days, bigger airlines matched prices of smaller subsidized airlines. Lowered prices let us fly from Wichita instead of Oklahoma City or Kansas City, Mo. Air traffic from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport increased. More flights and destinations were available. The honeymoon for Wichita travelers was in full swing.

Now the honeymoon is over, and prices are going back up.

It’s too expensive to fly to Houston and Denver to see my grandchildren. This makes me grumpier than a toddler who doesn’t get her way. One Sunday flight to Denver from Wichita cost $673. The cost from Kansas City was $271.

My family doesn’t want me – a 70-year-old grandmother – to drive my 20-year-old Honda to babysit my granddaughter in Denver. The other grandmother, who lives in Kansas City, simply flies there. Often.

Yes, I’m whining. It’s not right to spend state and local tax money on a program with insufficient monitoring for shortcomings. And it’s no surprise that businesses – and grandmothers – consider moving from a city they love to a city with competitive airfares.

CAROLYN RAMSEY

Wichita

Combat for men

I served in the U.S. Army for three years and was discharged in 1978, the year the Women’s Army Corps was disbanded. Everyone is regular Army now. But when I joined, basic training was separate for men and women for the simple reason that the men’s training had to be more rigorous because they’d be going into battle and women would not.

My whole stint was served in combat units in the United States and Germany, and my job meant I was stationed three miles behind the front. So I was trained to shoot, dig a latrine and live in the field. But my experience in those years convinced me – and I’m a gal who had five brothers – that women have no business on the front lines (“Women in military want court to give right to fight,” Nov. 28 Eagle). We are just as smart as the guys, so we can fly helicopters and do lots of other things. But when it comes to combat, we are not as strong as men – period.

Let’s get real – do you really want to rely on a 5-foot-2-inch, 115-pound woman to drag you to safety in a firefight, or is a 220-pound, 6-foot-3-inch Marine better suited for that job?

Combat is the Army’s most important function and should be left to those who do it best – the men. If that means a few women have to find another track to promotion, so be it.

KATHLEEN BUTLER

Wichita

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