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Letters to the editor on Syria, Obama’s promises, WSU Dean’s Scholars

  • Published Friday, Sep. 13, 2013, at 12 a.m.

Letters to the Editor

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Syria’s crimes can’t go unanswered

I’m addressing this to the spineless cowards who are bleating that no action be taken against Syrian President Bashar Assad and his demons of death. How stupid we become. How little we remember.

Jews and other ethnic groups were rounded up and exterminated by the millions. Few did anything or spoke out. The shame belongs to all.

Skip forward decades and numerous genocides later, and silence came home to rest on Sept. 11, 2001. Already we begin to forget.

We are our brother’s keeper. We cannot let these things go unanswered. If we do nothing, we are part of the problem and there is no solution. Killing Assad and his crew is only the start. Maybe then these murderous dictators and their kind will begin to get the message: Kill the innocent and you will die.

VERNON L. GILLILAND

Wichita

Obama’s promises

As President Obama continues to present his case for military action in Syria, keep in mind:

He promised to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility within one year of his election. Five years later, it is still open.

He promised to cut the deficit in half during his first term. Five years later, it is higher than when he took office.

He promised to protect Social Security for future generations. After five years in office, the date Social Security runs out of money remains the same.

He promised not to allow lobbyists to work in his administration. There are former lobbyists in high-level positions.

He pledged transparency and to restore trust in government. Anyone remember Benghazi? National Security Agency spying? The Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative groups? Fast and Furious?

I could go on and on. All politicians lie, but this president has elevated deceiving the American people to an art form. But no need to worry; when his military action in Syria turns into a disaster, he’ll find someone else to blame for his failures.

CHUCK JONES

Wichita

WSU’s loss

It’s disappointing that Wichita State University is ending its Dean’s Scholars program. I spent four years with the program and think it significantly changed my college experience for the better.

The program offered weekly meetings, required community service, and required involvement in a campus organization, which all helped me develop into a stronger and more well-rounded individual. Furthermore, the program provided countless resources (not just financial aid), such as providing study groups and helping make the transition from high school to college easier.

When I was a high school senior, the Dean’s Scholars program gave me an inside look at what WSU had to offer and allowed me to make connections even before I was enrolled. This set WSU apart from other colleges when I was searching for universities to attend. The Dean’s Scholars program was the biggest factor why I chose to go to WSU, and it is a shame to see such a great recruiting program end.

ANDREW ESAU

Walton

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