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Opinion Line Extra (Dec. 13)

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

The Wichita school district’s graduation rate for 2013 rose to 76.5 percent from the 2009 rate of 63.1 percent (still below the state average of 86 percent), and this is good news? Are you kidding me? They graduate if they just show up, and one out of four can’t meet this bottom-rung standard.

The school system should reinstate corporal punishment, so teachers can rap students on the knuckles every time they use a superfluous “like” or “y’know” in a sentence. Of course, someone will need to rap the teachers’ knuckles, too.

The Eagle editorial on domestic violence statistics for Kansas (Dec. 3 Opinion) seemed eager to report that average victims and offenders were white. I have no reason to doubt the likelihood of that. Had average offenders been of a nonwhite race, would we have been told what race they were?

As a country, the question isn’t if we can accept Barack Obama as president. It’s whether or not we can afford him.

The amount of profit the insurance industry made on the backs of the sick is chump change in comparison with the cost of Obamacare on the backs of the taxpayer.

Republican groups are running ads encouraging the young not to sign up for the Affordable Care Act. Ten years ago the Democratic groups should have run ads encouraging those signing up for the military not to do so. Why? They were being lied to; there were no weapons of mass destruction.

I used to be a liberal, but do not want my grandchildren to blame me for the disastrous changes that our country are being led into.

So renaming the airport can be “fun”? What’s so fun about wasting money? I was all for spending money on an improved airport, but not for this stupidity. If the folks calling the radio station want to pay for it, fine – let them collect the funds. But not one more dime from the taxpayer.

Well, our City Council members voting to raise our water bills next year sure helped me to decide what to do come next election. I’m glad mine doesn’t depend solely on what he’s paid to be on the council for a living, because he’s not getting my vote.

I was driving home at midnight when the fog was like pea soup. I was on Hydraulic, south of 63rd, where it is two lanes. Some idiot came roaring past me. He was lucky he didn’t run into another idiot going the other way, or a deer or another animal. Slow down and live.

Don’t people realize we can’t see them in the fog or rain from behind if they just use their running lights? If I rear-end you because you’re too lazy to use your headlights instead of just running lights, I will own you and everything you have.

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