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Opinion Line (March 5)

  • Published Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at 12 a.m.

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I didn’t know about the sinkholes in Florida. I do know about the giant one in Washington, D.C. It’s sucking the whole country in.

The Air Force’s cancellation of its self-serving Thunderbirds demonstrations is a thinly veiled attempt to generate disdain for the sequester. The Air Force might be surprised to find taxpayers willing to forgo these shiny, war-glorifying trinkets if it will shave away at the bloated cost of our military.

The lawmakers say the sequestration won’t be that bad. Really? Because of it, I will be put on furlough for 22 days and have a loss of income of nearly $6,000. But members of Congress give themselves a raise. Washington is an embarrassment.

I challenge Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran and Reps. Mike Pompeo and Tim Huelskamp to introduce legislation to cut their own salaries in half until the sequester is resolved.

President Obama says the budget cuts’ impact may be difficult to see right away. That may be true. However, I could see how he is destroying this great nation the first day he was in office.

George Bush went with his gut. Mitt Romney went with his heart. I’m glad Obama goes with his brain.

Environmentalists should be begging for the Keystone XL pipeline – to prevent all the pollution caused by using the dirty diesel semitrailers and train locomotives to move the oil without it.

As we all know, gremlins are melting polar ice. Maybe we should build a water pipeline to Wichita. It could go from Santa’s workshop to the Keystone pipeline in Hardisty, Canada, then run parallel to the expansion pipeline until it gets near Wichita.

If we are going to ask farmers to grow crops that do not require as much water, we should require homeowners’ associations to drop the requirement that we grow cool-season grasses such as fescue and bluegrass. Less mowing also would help Wichita meet EPA air standards.

The city could raise more revenue by enforcing the ordinance pertaining to parking in yards, or by just firing the people who should be enforcing this ordinance.

If, in a flash of anger, you say something mean to a loved one and that loved one dies before you can make amends, it will torment you for the rest of your days. It’s the worst feeling in the world. I know.

That tanning beds look like coffins is an irony not lost on anyone.

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