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Letters to the editor on faith and politics, abortion, ‘morning-after’ pill, offensive cartoon, Friends concerts

  • Published Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 12 a.m.

Letters to the Editor

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Politicians should be true to their beliefs

The writer of “Keep religious beliefs out of state matters” (April 27 Letters to the Editor) seems to want con artists for representatives in government. The writer was upset about Gov. Sam Brownback’s religious beliefs influencing his decision and support for pro-life legislation. Brownback’s positions on this matter and many others are well-known and consistent.

I do not want double-minded people serving as elected officials. Whatever their religious, moral and civil beliefs may be, I want to know what those beliefs are and that they act according to those beliefs. I can evaluate their possible performance when I decide to vote.

I do not get to vote for Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, but I like to attend his speaking engagements. I know I will not like the details of what I hear, but I know it will be the truth. Huelskamp is consistent in his personal life and political life because of his belief structure, even if it costs him status in Washington, D.C.

I will never agree 100 percent with any elected representative. I do want to know who they are and what they are before I vote. And I want them to be true to those beliefs, so I can learn to trust them.

JAMES KILPATRICK Jr.

Wichita

Get the truth out

I agreed with “Missing coverage” (April 27 Letters to the Editor). Let’s get the truth out on some issues surrounding abortion.

Let’s hear about this Pennsylvania doctor who allegedly violated medical practices.

Let’s also hear about all the doctors who withhold information from their female patients regarding a legal medical procedure that could save their lives. Let’s talk about the misinformation that is legislated telling women they are more likely to have breast cancer after an abortion.

Let’s discuss the fact that many states have protected doctors from malpractice for not informing women of a life-threatening defective fetus. Or what about the pharmacists who refuse to provide a Food and Drug Administration-approved medication for contraceptives, or “morning-after” pills? Why don’t we discuss how anti-women groups have used every means to close clinics to ladies in need of health care – whether it’s prenatal, postnatal or cancer detection? Let’s have the media discuss the ways Operation Rescue and its cohorts harass doctors, staff and patients.

Missing coverage? You bet there is. But there are fewer abortion doctors with bad practices than all the other anti-women practices in the world. These doctors provide these services because women need them to be safe. I’m ready to hear the truth. Bring it on.

VICTORIA DRAPER

Wichita

Rights over health?

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the sale of the “morning-after” pill to females ages 15 and older without a doctor’s prescription or parent’s permission (May 1 Eagle). Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius previously spoke against this move based on the immaturity of teenage girls. Since she is a strong proponent of reproductive rights, the fact that she is opposed should raise red flags.

The morning-after pill contains powerful hormones that could result in health problems when taken frequently. How can this possibly be good for a 15-year-old without the supervision of a doctor or parent? How can reproductive rights be more important than the health of our young women? This seems to contradict common sense.

MARILYN HEIN

Wichita

Not comparable

I cannot help but respond to a political cartoon by Clay Bennett from the Chattanooga Times Free Press (April 29 Opinion). To compare the murder and physical injury caused by the Boston bombers to the tactics of Westboro Baptist Church is incomprehensible at best. The bombers allegedly killed and maimed in the name of their god. The church protests (while stretching the limits) with peaceful and nonviolent acts. This is not comparable.

I totally disagree with the tactics of Westboro church members and have spoken out against them many times, but to equate their tactics with that of radical Islam is committing a grievous error.

I am blessed to serve the parish directly across from the mosque in Wichita, which has put me in a position to see both sides of the situation. I am deeply offended by this blatant comparison.

TOM HARMON

Senior pastor

Risen Savior Lutheran Church

Wichita

A great show

Those who didn’t go to Friends University’s Symphony of Spring concerts last weekend missed a great show. They combined the orchestra, choirs and dancers for a delightfully entertaining rendition of some of our favorite Broadway hits.

What talent, what quality, what professionalism all rolled into one. I am sure we will be seeing many of these talented students on the Great White Way in New York City very soon.

Please give your financial support to this excellent higher-education program so that we may continue enjoying great entertainment in our community for years to come.

JUDY L. YOUNG

Wichita

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