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Letters to the editor on Mission of Mercy, basketball bill, moochers, abortion, pacifists

  • Published Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at 12 a.m.

Letters to the Editor

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Free dental project will provide relief

If you have ever had a toothache, you know how miserable it can be. This year, the Kansas Mission of Mercy free dental project will be held March 1-2 at Kansas Pavilion II. Once a year in a Kansas community, volunteers – including dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, pediatric dentists and oral surgeons – come from all parts of the state to provide free dental services to those who cannot afford care. They donate their talents to provide treatment for the most urgent dental needs – extractions, fillings, oral surgery and dental hygiene for both children and adults.

One thousand dental and community volunteers will provide free cleanings, fillings and extractions. We anticipate treating more than 2,000 patients who are in pain and great need, representing more than $1 million of donated care. Since 2003 this privately funded, all-Kansas volunteer effort has treated more than 21,000 patients at a value of more than $11 million.

For more information, including how to donate or receive dental care at the event, visit www.ksdentalfoundation.org. As co-founder of KMOM, I would like to thank Wichita and Park City for their wonderful support. Because of them, KMOM will provide many adults and children the relief they so desperately need.


Dental director

Delta Dental of Kansas


Stop complaining

I have read several comments about Sen. Michael O’Donnell, R-Wichita, and his bill that would require the University of Kansas and Kansas State University to play Wichita State University each year in men’s basketball. How many complainers actually care about basketball? Or is this just something to complain about?

Rep. Nile Dillmore, D-Wichita, brought to vote last week a bill that got defeated 118-0. Someone always tries to introduce marijuana legislation. Those are waste-of-time issues.

O’Donnell’s bill would financially benefit this city. Those of us who actually follow the Shockers have wanted some sort of action on this issue for years.

Instead of complaining, send your politicians some ideas. If you don’t have any ideas, help the people who do. The complaining-from-the-couch thing is getting old.



Not ‘moochers’

Regarding “GOP moochers” (Feb. 12 Letters to the Editor): I am 74 years old, have paid into Social Security since I was 14 years old, and am on Social Security. I have served our country and do not receive veterans benefits, but I do resent suggestions that veterans are mooching. I am sure that the servicemen and women who have lost parts of their bodies in battle so others can have freedom of speech feel the same way. Walk a mile in their shoes before calling them moochers.

As for there being more “moochers” in red states: Maybe there are more veterans, farmers, American Indians and all around good people in the red states than in the blue.



Abortion isn’t answer

Cassie Tinsmon, chairwoman of the Trust Women Foundation, said she never understood why there were abortion clinics separate from offices that provided women’s health care (“South Wind prepares to open, offer women’s care,” Feb. 7 Eagle). Really?

Of course I care about women’s health – I’m a woman. Of course I care about women’s health care. But aborting an unborn child has nothing to do with either “health” or “care” – for the child or the mother.

How can we stand by without lovingly warning a woman that abortion is not the cure-all it is hyped up to be, that it will complicate and damage her life in ways she never thought possible?

Tinsmon said she wants women to be able to exercise their reproductive rights “without intimidation or threats.” I want to assure any women considering abortion right now that there are caring churches and centers here in Wichita that will welcome them. No intimidation. No threats. Only open arms, caring hearts and a gentle reminder: “Abortion will not help you the way you think it will. Abortion will not solve your problems. Abortion is not the answer you are seeking.”



Act of patriotism

When I lived in Newton and would wait for the college library to open, I passed the time looking at quilts made by Mennonites and other pacifists. One in particular stands out in my mind. The letters stitched on it said, “Peace is patriotic.”

Pacifists and peace activists have been hearing for years that they are “unpatriotic” or “not true Americans.” I disagree. If we devoted half as much energy into negotiating, educating and looking for alternatives to war and violence as we have to building nuclear weapons and spreading propaganda about the military and our “foreign foes,” that would be the ultimate act of patriotism.



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