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Letters to the editor on congressmen tweeting, government pensions, gay marriage, praying, help after fall

  • Published Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at 12 a.m.

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Don’t tweet during presidential address

When the president gives his State of the Union speech, it is considered good manners to listen to his speech rather than to tweet comments during his speech (Jan. 31 WE Blog excerpts). Even if members of Congress do not like the person holding the office of president, they should respect the office, just as they expect people to respect their offices.

Every member of Congress was elected to represent the people of our country, and not paying attention during a presidential speech is not only a slap in the face of their constituents, but a slap in the face of our country. If they have nothing better to do than tweet comments during the president’s speech, they should resign and return home. There is ample time after the speech to make a person’s thoughts known.

The State of the Union address is broadcast to the public, and those who tweet during that speech are only showing that they do not think the American people are capable of understanding what the president is saying. They do no favor to the people, our children and our country by setting a bad example of such pettiness and a total lack of manners.

FLOYCE WATTSON

Wichita

Change pensions

Wichita State University professor H. Edward Flentje criticized Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax reductions while ignoring the local, state and federal governments’ real problems (“Brownback puts lipstick on a pig,” Feb. 2 Opinion).

These government entities are controlled by leadership selected from the voting public. Most have a personal vested interest in benefits provided through taxation. They have no monetary investment at stake in cases of their own mismanagement and failures. Most of the employees are supported by a union with leadership that is dependent on the wages of the members. Most of these entities have defined-benefit retirement plans that are not approved by the voters and often include the elected leadership.

Now, compare the trends we see from employers of all sizes for the past 30 or more years. Defined-benefit plans are a thing of the past. The attitude of the school system is to not count retirement for teachers as funding for schools. Wichita City Manager Robert Layton claims there is nothing the city can do about the retirement plan, including paying many employees’ retirement while they are still working. Perhaps most troubling is the federal government robbing from Social Security.

By placing our government workers on par with nongovernment workers, we could fund Social Security, add more teachers, fund all-day kindergarten, fix our potholes, reinstate neighborhood cleanups and improve public transit.

ROBERT WINE

Wichita

Secular reasons, too

Regarding “Simple questions” (Feb. 4 Letters to the Editor), which questioned the Bible’s opposition to homosexuality: The letter writer thinks that Jesus didn’t care much about homosexuality because He never said anything against it.

There are at least seven references to the dangers of homosexual activities in the Old and New Testaments. Most major religions of the world oppose gay marriage.

However, the secular information regarding why gay marriage should not be legalized is much more convincing. In fact, I have found atheists who write about why they oppose legalizing gay marriage. They have very strong arguments. They are certainly not using religious reasons.

Catholic blogger Brandon Vogt presents 10 common reasons given for legalizing gay marriage and shows the flaws in reasoning, using only secular information.

One should not conclude that just because a church believes a certain activity is wrong there is not secular information to back up that belief. Many of the laws of our country are a direct reflection of religious teachings.

MARILYN HEIN

Wichita

How to pray

I write to support “Simple questions” (Feb. 4 Letters to the Editor). The really noisy “Christians” seem to be stuck in the really hateful parts of the Old Testament. The New Testament is about love and caring.

As far as praying in public, Jesus had a lot to say: “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward” (Matthew 6:5). “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others” (Matthew 6:2).

If you want to pray in public, shut your eyes, put your fingers in your ears, create a calm space and talk to God. You might be able to actually get through that way. Prayer is a two-way street. Listen as well as talk.

TERRY GATTIS

Derby

Thanks for help

Thank you to everyone who helped me when I fell last week in the parking lot at Tuesday Morning on South Tyler. I want to especially thank the gentleman who came from nowhere and helped my granddaughter help me up, got towels for my face, and helped me into the car. We appreciated all of you.

LINDA SUE SHEETS

Wichita

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