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Letters to the editor on homeless, food bank, city services, filibuster vote, stolen ring, big dreams, Ike airport

  • Published Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at 12 a.m.

Letters to the Editor

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Don’t ignore plight of the homeless

I was extremely saddened to read about the death of another homeless individual in our city (“Death shows challenges of aiding homeless,” Dec. 31 Eagle). Can anyone imagine the sadness and pain this poor man went through as he froze to death?

It makes me ill to think we live in a nation that is full of so much abundance of everything, and yet we have people freezing to death. It makes me feel like I am failing as a proud Catholic Christian man to help these people. We should all be hiding our faces in shame if we claim to be Christians and ignore the plight of the poor and homeless in this state and country.

It seems to me that there is plenty of hypocrisy in our state and federal governments when it comes to helping the disabled, the poor and the homeless.

I will pray for this poor man, and hope that he is in our loving Father’s arms, warm and protected.

TIM LANER

Wichita

Ideals in practice

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Wichita commends the Kansas Food Bank for its life-affirming social action of serving 11 million meals last year (Dec. 25 Eagle). Brian Walker, the food bank’s director, made several noteworthy points:

First, most of those in need are working people. Second, after the holidays the number of food-challenged individuals and families rises as employers lay off seasonal workers. And third, enthusiasm can greatly increase contributions to the food bank. That was the case with the workers at Leading Technology Composites, whose creativity and commitment resulted in their generous donation of 7,000 pounds of food and beverage.

But, as Walker stated, the challenge of hunger doesn’t vanish along with the holidays. So, we at First UU will give to the food bank each month this year. Throughout the year, as we bring our gifts of caring, we will thank the food bank for holding life sacred and for working throughout the year to put the ideals of universal human kinship and loving service into practice.

Rev. DAVID C. CARTER

Minister

BONNIE TILL

President

First Unitarian Universalist Church

Wichita

Not up to city

The writer of “Depend on services” (Dec. 29 Letters to the Editor) had the correct response to activity she witnessed at a bus stop where people were waiting in the ice and snow for a bus. She saw a need of fellow humans and took care of the problem, instead of calling the bus company or some social welfare agency to handle a mother and daughter who needed a ride home. That is how those in need should be helped by other residents when possible. A bus cannot be provided every minute or at a better spot whenever there is a particular need.

I am a member of the Wichita Pachyderm Club. I was raised dirt-poor and enjoyed many benefits provided by the public, including the world’s best health care system in the 1950s free of charge (and insurance). I also used public transit when I was a kid. The city and the Pachyderm members have nothing to be ashamed of for the services they have and do provide.

I am self-sufficient and contribute privately to many charities. I have helped many out of my own pocket as the need was realized. Government can only provide basic services and should not provide what the private charities can provide and those poor who desire better can earn.

JAMES W. KILPATRICK Jr.

Wichita

Complain to Reid

The reason I voted against ending debate on the Murray-Ryan budget deal is because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., allowed no amendments to be offered by any member of the U.S. Senate (“Moran, Roberts need to stop filibustering,” Dec. 19 WE Blog excerpts). This is a $1 trillion budget; surely someone, including a senator representing the people of Kansas, has a suggestion how to improve the budget that is worthy of consideration and a vote on the floor.

Reid has routinely blocked senators from doing the job they were elected to do since I joined the chamber. Complaints should be directed to the Democratic leader.

Sen. JERRY MORAN

Manhattan

Dream big

This new year, we should promise to do one thing: regain our ability as a nation to dream. And as we dream, we must dream without concern of current reality.

Our dreams are essentially what have made our country great. Two brothers dreamed of flying and eventually used their God-given abilities to make flying a reality. Groups of Americans dreamed of landing on the moon, and young President Kennedy gave that dream to a nation. A young preacher dreamed that we would be judged by the content of our character, not the color of our skin. Though we have not achieved his dream, we have made great strides in race relations.

It is true that we must live and govern within our means, but we cannot set our dreams to meet reality. Instead, we must force reality to fit our dreams.

As a nation, we are using doubts and budgets to kill the dreams of men and women who are destined for greatness, but the reality of now is their greatest barrier.

We should encourage the dreamers. Instead of killing their dreams, we should creatively figure a way to make it possible.

So in 2014, I encourage you to dream big and pursue your dreams.

BRANDON J. JOHNSON

Wichita

Still have sharks

First, let me state my heart goes out to the Kris Zimmerman family (“Man stunned at theft of dying wife’s wedding ring,” Jan. 1 Eagle). I’m sad to say that it appears Wichita hasn’t changed much for the better in the past 30 years.

I say this because more than 30 years ago my wife and I were at a concert at Century II when she apparently had a fainting spell. The sharks and piranha came from all directions offering help in deception, only to steal her purse and anything else they could get their hands on. Evidently, their children are following in their footsteps.

I realize there are good people in Wichita. The Eagle reported there were about nine people at the scene around Danielle Zimmerman’s pickup. I would hope that one out of nine people would stand up and do the right thing. Help put trash like this thief away.

G.N. GUNZELMAN

Bel Aire

Rename airport

I cannot believe anyone would oppose the naming of our airport for Dwight D. Eisenhower. It is totally appropriate to name our airport for him.

President Eisenhower was raised in Kansas, loved this state and chose to have his library, museum and his final resting place in Kansas. Anyone who has served as president of the United States, let alone as supreme commander of the Allied forces in World War II, clearly has a tie to Wichita, as Wichita does not exist in a vacuum. Those qualifications should be enough.

However, there are more ties to the success of our city that can be attributed to Eisenhower. Eisenhower’s interstate highway system clearly benefited the city of Wichita and Wichita’s airport in particular. Eisenhower’s insistence on jet aircraft and his national defense policies that valued airpower resulted in Wichita jobs, building B-17s, B-29s, B-47s and B-52s. It also resulted in building our current airport in a location separate from McConnell Air Force Base.

Eisenhower favored “citizen diplomacy” between countries, resulting in the Sister Cities program. Wichita has four Sister Cities.

Most Wichitans realize the value of naming our airport for a great Kansas president. Let’s do this.

ALISON BROOKINS

Andover

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