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Letters to the editor on Koch’s propaganda, press cover-up, kid movie reviewers

  • Published Thursday, August 1, 2013, at 12 a.m.

Letters to the Editor

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‘Economic freedom’ for whom?

Though Charles Koch’s propaganda professing the benefits of “economic freedom” may sound ideal to many, consider the consequences. No minimum-wage laws? When was the last time you tried to support yourself, let alone a family, on the current minimum wage? Imagine being paid less than that.

Fewer environmental restrictions? How many people remember when the atmosphere of our industrial centers, such as Pittsburgh and Chicago, was visible 50 miles away and contributed to health problems of a large percentage of people living there?

Ask the people living in West, Texas, if they would have preferred more fertilizer-storage oversight.

The “freedom” Koch asks for comes at the sacrifice of freedom of the public and working-class citizens everywhere. Such “freedom” increases Koch’s economic empire and bank statement. His concern isn’t about us but himself and his peers.

KEVIN A. PLESS

Wichita

Press cover-up

Regarding “CIA agent’s trial shielded higher-ups” (July 28 Eagle): Can’t Jonathan Landay of the McClatchy Washington Bureau find anything better to do than cover the allegations of Sabrina De Sousa? And why did The Eagle think this story deserved front-page coverage, especially since the story’s legitimacy hinges on a former senior U.S. intelligence official, who likely is a Democrat, saying De Sousa’s story is “fairly consistent” with the recollections of other former CIA officials? As former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once asked, “What difference does it make?”

It appears that the McClatchy crew is still after George W. Bush and his administration, even though they have been out of office for years and the offense in question happened 10 years ago. How about covering something of a little more immediacy, such as the IRS scandal, the “Fast and Furious” gun program, Benghazi or the National Security Agency’s collection of data on American citizens?

Every knowledgeable person knows that this administration has screwed up in a number of areas and is doing its best to cover up the mistakes it has made. But because the press refuses to investigate anything involving this administration, it’s becoming apparent the press is complicit in these cover-ups.

JERRY W. DAVIDSON

Valley Center

Eyes of a child

I totally agree with the 12-year-old letter writer about kids reviewing kid movies (July 30 Letters to the Editor). I have often wondered why adults give us these reviews.

I told a friend recently that the adult reviews of “Despicable Me 2” and “Monsters University,” which were a bit pessimistic, would have been different through the eyes of a child. We went to the movies and her children loved them.

I am behind a group of kids of all ages being on The Eagle review board, so parents can get a less biased and more realistic view.

J.M. NEUROTH

Wichita

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