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Letters to the editor on ACA, military industrial complex, Episcopal Social Services fundraiser

  • Published Monday, Sep. 16, 2013, at 12 a.m.

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GOP knows public will like ACA

Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, said that if the Affordable Care Act goes into effect and gains political support in the population, it will become difficult to change or kill (“Kan. delegation preps for showdown on debt, more,” Aug. 20 Eagle). That pretty much says it all.

The Republicans know that when Obamacare is fully implemented, people are going to like it and support it. That’s why they want to defund it and prevent it from being implemented, even if that means shutting the government down – again.

Everyone, Republicans and Democrats alike, know this is just political grandstanding at the expense of the citizens of this country. GOP lawmakers will pay a political price for this game playing if they engage in this kind of partisanship again.

SANDY LOVE

Maize

War profiteers

It’s good to see Americans opposed to bombing Syria. Why would Syrian President Bashar Assad use chemicals? He wouldn’t. He has nothing to gain. On the other hand, the CIA-controlled rebels have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

Same old story: Create a lie to get us involved militarily. It’s just like the Gulf of Tonkin incident was a lie, and Iraq was a lie. Yet none of our so-called leaders was ever prosecuted. Between Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, we’ve lost more than 50,000 sons, daughters, fathers and mothers. That’s not counting the suicides and those who were maimed. These were Americans with their own hopes and dreams.

Who gained? The military industrial complex. President Eisenhower warned all America about this complex in his farewell speech. When a president makes such a grave warning, you better believe it’s real. We’ve been experiencing that warning ever since.

The people in and around our government who promote the lies and wars are truly war criminals. They should be tried as such. We as a country suffer from their misconduct – all in the name of flag-waving and false patriotism. We should all be totally disgusted and demand justice for those who have been sacrificed on both “sides” for the profit of others.

CHARLES GIRRENS

Bentley

No experience?

The world is full of ironies. There are things that happen that are contrary to what you would expect. Wichita is no exception. This example made me laugh out loud:

I recently visited with a young man from the Wichita area. He was fresh out of a four-year term in the Marine Corps. He not only served our country but was wounded during his deployment.

After his discharge from the military, he interviewed for a position at a name-brand sporting goods store in Wichita. In the process of the interview, he was told he didn’t qualify for the job because he didn’t have enough gun experience. I think that is hilarious.

JOAN HENKE

Rose Hill

Special evening

The Orpheum Theatre hosted a special show called “Labor Day Laughter” that featured Tommy Davidson with Vince Acevedo and Jovan Bibbs. These stand-up comedians presented enjoyable family entertainment. In addition to these three very funny gentlemen, the show featured a local band that was phenomenal, a veteran tap dancer, and a dance team called the Tomboys composed of young ladies who live in our community.

What made this evening special was that it was a fundraiser for Episcopal Social Services. Unfortunately, the Orpheum was not packed. Perhaps not enough people knew about the program and what it represented.

The show benefited Episcopal Social Services’ at-risk youth program serving children ages 12-17. If you were unable to make it to the show this year, please put it on your calendar for next Labor Day and perhaps take the time to make your own donation to this worthwhile organization at Episcopal Social Services, P.O. Box 670, Wichita, KS 67201. You can also donate through esswichita.org.

CATHY BREWER

Wichita

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