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Letters to the editor on job training, Syria

  • Published Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2013, at 12 a.m.

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Job training key to self-sufficiency

“The need is genuine” (Sept. 8 Eagle Editorial) correctly pointed out that the historic economic downturn has left many jobless and hungry. The editorial was critical of the Brownback administration for tightening eligibility requirements as of Oct. 1 for participation in the food-stamp program for able-bodied adults without dependents who work fewer than 20 hours per week. The editorial neglected to mention the most important aspect of the program is that able-bodied adults may continue food-stamp participation if they are enrolled in a job-training program.

As the editorial stated, “the fewer people relying on food stamps and other public assistance, the better for recipients and taxpayers alike.” The goal of job training is to provide the skills necessary to allow Kansans the satisfaction of self-sufficiency.

Rep. DAVE CRUM

District 77

Augusta

Don’t aid enemy

On Wednesday the nation will mourn the 12th anniversary of an attack on American soil by the terrorist organization al-Qaida that claimed the lives of more than 3,000 innocent Americans and destroyed a national landmark.

Wednesday will also mark the one-year anniversary of another terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that claimed the lives of four more Americans. Our government has spent a full year lying about that event.

Finally, for the biggest insult of all, Congress is debating whether the United States should assist rebels linked to al-Qaida and attack Syria (a sovereign nation).

What has the nation become in 12 years? What have we allowed to happen? We have sacrificed our freedom and our personal liberty. We have allowed the media and our current administration to remove the word “terrorist” from our language, and now we are at the edge of voting to aid the enemy.

Voting to aid the enemy that took so many American lives is unthinkable. Every member of Congress who votes to authorize an attack on Syria should be impeached on grounds of treason.

WILLIAM STOUT

Wichita

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