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Letters to the editor on shutdown, Kansas insurance exchange, Wichita Race for the Cure, historical museum

  • Published Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at 12 a.m.

Letters to the Editor

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GOP afraid ACA will be a success

The Republicans are trying to blame everyone but themselves for the shutdown. But Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has been calling for a shutdown all along. Several GOP members of the House have also called for a shutdown, but no Democrats.

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., says that the Affordable Care Act is a train wreck, that it is going to cost jobs and so on. If that is true, why not let it take effect, and when we have that train wreck Republicans will win the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016?

The answer is simply: It will be a success, and Republicans fear that so much that they are willing to destroy the American economy.

I have heard that there was no Republican input on the ACA. But the individual mandate is from the Heritage Foundation and much of the rest of it was from Mitt Romney’s health care law in Massachusetts, so it is mostly Republican ideas.

EDWARD EVERHART

Bel Aire

Extend shutdown

Maybe the government shutdown should be allowed to continue. I think we would all learn and benefit from it.

Yes, there would be hardships for many, but there are hardships for many now. Maybe in a few months of a shutdown, the real issues would reveal themselves.

Maybe in a few months we would know how many Americans represent us, rather than Republicans and Democrats. Maybe some private enterprise would take over the national parks or the U.S. Postal Service and make them even better. Maybe if “we the people” knew we could not fall into the arms of Uncle Sam, we would become more responsible for ourselves. Maybe many who are able would actually look for any job rather than waiting by the mailbox for the next government check.

Maybe a mindset would set in regarding the fact that “a man should provide for his own.” (Oh, excuse me – that was biblical.) Maybe we should review the original writings of our forefathers and reaffirm that God was definitely a priority in the beginning of this great country. Maybe we should pray about things. Maybe.

GENE COOK

Benton

Blame Brownback

The Affordable Care Act provides millions of Americans with affordable health insurance. If you live in Kansas, however, your choices are limited. The person responsible for this is Gov. Sam Brownback.

With the hard work of Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, Kansas was awarded a $31 million grant to create a quality health-insurance exchange. Because Brownback didn’t think the U.S. Supreme Court would uphold the ACA’s constitutionality, and he expected President Obama to lose the 2012 election, he sent the money back. This left Kansans at the mercy of a federally run exchange, leaving us with substandard plans.

Brownback’s refusal to accept the $31 million and to allow a federal expansion of Medicaid, which was no cost to Kansans for the first three years, has devastated many.

LOUISE SMITH

Hesston

SHELLEY DUNHAM

Council Grove

Focus is saving lives

With the start of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I am writing to thank all of those in our community who give of their time and resources to support the critical work we are engaged in every day to educate people about breast cancer and to help local women in need access potentially lifesaving breast health services.

I was disappointed recently to see criticism aimed at one of our valued supporters, Via Christi Health, for its sponsorship of the 2013 Wichita Race for the Cure, particularly since the criticism was not based on the reality of how our local race funds have been invested (“Committed to life?” Sept. 21 Letters to the Editor). The truth is that thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, donors and race participants, we have been able to invest more than $5 million since our inception in education, outreach, research and screening services. This includes paying for 40,000 mammograms for Kansas women.

We have one focus, and that is on our mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever. We are grateful to all of our supporters for partnering with us in this cause.

LINDSAY SMITH

Executive director

Kansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen

Wichita

Blast to past

As the leaders of Wichita and Sedgwick County make decisions for the present and plan for the future, it may be helpful, and even enlightening, for us all to look back and see how we got here. It took huge risks, determination and faith for those who came before us to build the thriving, vibrant city we live in today. Fortunately for us, much of this rich local history has been preserved and documented and is beautifully displayed at our Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum.

For a “Blast to the Past,” a look at how we got here and clues to where we are going, the museum is throwing a block party from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at 204 S. Main. There will be eats, treats, music and free tours of this wonderful historical museum, including tours of the clock tower. This is a chance for everyone to have fun, celebrate and preview the “future of your history.”

JOANNE McCLELLAND

Trustee

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

Wichita

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