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Letters to the editor on buying liquor, legislating basketball games, liberal paradise

  • Published Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at 12 a.m.

Letters to the Editor

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Allow choice on buying liquor

I grew up in Southern California, where grocery and liquor stores both sold liquor, beer, wine and mixers. There wasn’t an issue between the two vendors. My family members often went to the liquor store because it was closer. At other times they purchased their drinks while doing their grocery shopping.

Living in Kansas now, I see the lack of options for the consumer as an unnecessary inconvenience and an absolute monopoly by the state. If the legislation sought by Uncork Kansas passes, I’ll purchase adult beverages from both the liquor store and the grocery store. It will be nice to have a choice.

TINA EAVES

Derby

Small government?

So how exactly does the bill sponsored by state Sen. Michael O’Donnell, R-Wichita, to require Kansas sports teams to play one another fit into his idea of conservative, limited government?

Or could it be – gasp! – that O’Donnell’s idea of limited government is government that is limited to things that make him happy or get him on the front page?

The bill makes no more sense than Congress thinking it’s smart enough to define how the national collegiate football champion should be selected.

O’Donnell – along with anybody in Topeka who supports him on this nonsense – should be embarrassed.

KEITH MURRAY

Wichita

Liberal paradise

Those on the left seem to be of the opinion that if they could just get rid of those pesky conservatives, Kansas would be the land of milk and honey and we would all live happily ever after. Yet they seem to turn a blind eye to other states that have turned their government over to liberal Democrats and where things aren’t quite working out so well.

As I longtime resident of California, I witnessed firsthand what happens when liberal policies are implemented without restraint. Up until 30 or so years ago, California was a fantastic place to live – great weather, abundant natural resources, a vibrant economy and schools that were second to none. In the 1960s and 1970s there was a growing liberal influence, but liberals didn’t start taking over the state and local governments until the early 1990s.

After two decades of liberal Democratic leadership, high taxes are driving productive residents out of the state. Onerous environmental and labor regulations have resulted in many businesses leaving. The “sanctuary city” movement has resulted in a massive influx of illegal immigrants. Generous welfare benefits have resulted in a large increase in people collecting welfare.

I would suggest that any Kansas residents who have a burning desire to live in a state dominated by the Democratic Party just move to California. There you can enjoy a state with a 9.3 percent income-tax rate, sales-tax rates of nearly 10 percent, and a 9.8 percent unemployment rate.

CHUCK JONES

Wichita

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