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Opinion Line (Dec. 12)

  • Published Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at 12 a.m.

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Only President Obama understood the meaning behind the day of celebration for Nelson Mandela’s life. He shook Raul Castro’s hand and invited George W. Bush to ride with him on Air Force One.

I don’t understand the adulation of Nelson Mandela, especially by Republicans. Sure, he helped end apartheid in South Africa. He was also a former communist and a friend to the world’s dictators while president.

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid. Unemployment is only down due to the short-term hires for the holidays. The people promoting this may fool many, but not me.

It’s easy for Rep. Tim Huelskamp to say he’s “standing for life” (Dec. 7 Local & State). In fact, with no action on the farm bill and by denying constituents help to even consider ACA sign-up, what does he do but stand around and enjoy all the perks in D.C.?

I think that with the Russian helicopter fiasco, the claim that there is “no waste in the defense budget” can be put to rest.

The drawings for the renovation of the Orpheum Theatre are ugly (Dec. 7 Eagle). It looks like something from the 1950s. Now that you’ve broken the ice, show us the real set of drawings.

The Orpheum article stated that the existing historic entrance and marquee will be retained with renovations, but the drawings show an added glass structure. Please do not destroy the beautiful historic entrance.

Without the dedicated volunteers, the historic Orpheum Theatre would not exist today.

We expect our fine City Council members to commission a $175,000 “study” to decide whether to repair or replace the $175,000 train engine in O.J. Watson Park anytime now.

Gov. Sam Brownback serves the state well by strengthening rural economies.

The only health care legislation worse than Obamacare is KanCare.

Thanks much for the beautiful calendar included in our Sunday Eagle. The pictures do a good job of telling the Wichita story, and the date squares are ample for writing in events.

I love the Lights on St. Paul, but would some of the patrons please not block intersections? Some people would like to drive home after work.

Smile. It’s contagious.

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