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Letters to the editor on Huelskamp tweet, older caregivers, Shinn, Bridges program, KWCH men

  • Published Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at 12 a.m.

Letters to the Editor

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Huelskamp needs to stop grandstanding

As a Hutchinson native, I was disgusted by comments by U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler.

Huelskamp criticized President Obama for politicizing the military when he highlighted Cory Remsburg, an Army Ranger who was a guest of first lady Michelle Obama. Remsburg, who was nearly killed in Afghanistan during one of his 10 deployments, rose slowly from his seat and was greeted by long and thunderous applause from the president and lawmakers.

Huelskamp tweeted that Obama was acting like an imperial president, a king, that his executive orders were “dictates,” and that he was lawless. Has Huelskamp ever read the part of the Constitution that gives the president expanded powers? Obama had to resort to executive orders because of Huelskamp and the obstructionist wing of the GOP.

Huelskamp is another one of these off-his-rocker tea partiers. When interviewed on MSNBC by Rachel Maddow, he wouldn’t answer her questions directly.

It’s about time Huelskamp started listening to the people in his district – all of them, including those who didn’t vote for him – instead of grandstanding on Twitter, on WorldNetDaily and even on MSNBC.

JOHN J. MESH

Enid, Okla.

Consider age

The Children’s Law Center has been looking closely at how to represent children who return to family court after an adoption from foster care. In a study of these cases, we found that 75 percent of adoptions “broke” due to the death or infirmity of the adoptive parent. The children in our study were an average of age 12 when their adoptive parent passed away or became infirm. We were thus troubled by recent Eagle articles about whether a 2-year-old child will be adopted by her 67-year-old great-grandmother.

Far too often, we have seen children who supposedly found a “permanent home” return to the system after a foster care adoption. This lack of true permanency can have a devastating effect on a child’s future.

While efforts to keep children with their family members are admirable and important, they should not come at the expense of providing each child with a caretaker likely to be able to meet the child’s needs until adulthood.

DAWN J. POST

SARAH McCARTHY

Children’s Law Center

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Thanks for memories

It was a privilege and an honor to know Truman Shinn (“Crash kills popular former teacher, coach,” Jan. 22 Local & State). I was proud to call him my friend.

Mr. Shinn was buried last weekend in Conway Springs on a springlike day for January. The pastor spoke eloquently of Mr. Shinn’s passion for life, teaching, coaching and farming, as well as of his wonderful sense of humor.

Those of us who were fortunate to know Mr. Shinn experienced a friendship of love, compassion and laughter. His farm stories were legend, and his smile was contagious. He never met a stranger, and he knew what hard work was all about.

He influenced my life, as well as many others. He will be missed.

MIKE FLORIO

Wichita

Bridges to future

Regarding “Start a different way forward” (Jan. 17 Letters to the Editor), which lamented that we have “turned our backs to the poor, the poorly educated and the different” and said we need to “start a different way forward”: There’s a great program at the Wichita Children’s Home called Bridges.

The program serves youths and young adults in our community by helping them complete their high school education and then attend a trade school or a four-year college. Youths are also taught important life skills such as making and keeping a budget, putting money into a savings account, anger management, cooking healthy meals, and successful parenting. Bridges helps these youths become contributing and productive citizens of our community who are able to support themselves and their families.

I attend the Bridges graduation every May, and it’s the most uplifting day of my year. These youths are so excited about their education and their new lease on life. They are almost always the first in their family to graduate from high school and certainly the first to go on to higher education.

I’m sure there are other programs in our community that work with this population. So if we want to help these young people and make a huge difference in our community, we should find a program like Bridges to support so that we can help more and more youths achieve their dreams and escape the vicious cycle of poverty.

Every dollar makes a difference in the lives of these youths and in the success of our community.

BARBARA RAY

Andover

KWCH men look nice

I’m a watcher of the news on KWCH, Channel 12. I think the men are always nicely dressed. I can’t understand how anyone could complain about their appearance (“Check appearance,” Jan. 21 Letters to the Editor). The gals always look good, too.

Keep up the good work, Channel 12. I’ll be watching.

MARGARET TOOMBS

Derby

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