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Letters to the editor on Obama’s economy, Brownback’s economy, oil subsidies, Tiahrt, gun registration, killed kitten

  • Published Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at 12 a.m.

Letters to the Editor

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Obama policies hurt Kansas

“Mixed results on recovery” (June 27 Eagle Editorial) reminded me of the blind man who, feeling the tail of the elephant, reports that the elephant is like a rope. Any discussion critical of the Kansas economy without looking at the national economy is shortsighted.

We have been told for four years that we are in a recovery from the 2008 recession, yet the gross domestic product for the first quarter of this year was a negative 3 percent, which the Wall Street Journal reported was the “largest drop recorded since the end of World War II that wasn’t part of a recession.” It should be obvious to anyone who is paying attention that jobs and the economy, sadly, are not the president’s top priority.

The local economy and, to a lesser extent, the state are greatly dependent upon the aircraft industry, as are the state tax receipts. The loss of Boeing and the demise of Beech can be directly attributed to the president and his policies. During the government bailout and takeover of General Motors, the president shamed CEOs for flying corporate jets. He then made three illegal appointments, according to the recent Supreme Court ruling, to the National Labor Relations Board, which blessed the Seattle union’s stealing of the Wichita tanker work. These were good jobs that won’t be coming back anytime soon, and tax increases and social spending are not the answer.

ARTHUR GLASS

Wichita

Mad at Brownback

I have a feeling that the writer of “Obama should go” (June 28 Letters to the Editor) is really mad at Gov. Sam Brownback, but he blames the president. Recently, statistics have shown that President Obama is running the economy well, as budget deficits are dropping dramatically. But here in Kansas, the governor is spending more than the state takes in, and next year will be even worse. Look at the numbers before pointing fingers.

EZEKIEL HUMPHREY

Wichita

No oil subsidy

Jeff Glendening, state director of Americans for Prosperity-Kansas, was absolutely right about the “harmful practice of meddling in the energy market” (“Stop subsidies,” June 27 Letters to the Editor). He cited credits for “ethanol; for ‘green’ technologies like wind, solar and biodiesel; for nuclear power; for electric vehicles; for hydrogen fuel cells; and for other forms of energy that have been grazing at the taxpayer buffet for years.”

He forgot one. How about the subsidies on oil and gas? With oil exceeding $100 a barrel, the folks in that business hardly need a subsidy.

I’m sure Glendening agrees with me. Or does that shoe fit too tightly for Americans for Prosperity?

GEORGE VAN

Augusta

Tiahrt is best

I have great respect for Rep. Mike Pompeo’s record of achievement at West Point (first in his class) and for his service to his country in the U.S. Army. I supported him in 2010 and again in 2012. Both times, I felt he was the best man for the job. I no longer feel that is true.

Former Rep. Todd Tiahrt is far superior and is the best candidate for the 4th Congressional District seat.

A major disagreement between Tiahrt and Pompeo is Pompeo’s support for arming the Free Syrian Army, at the time under the command of Gen. Salim Idriss. American support of the Syrian rebels has led to the brutal murder of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities by the rebels.

This is a horrible consequence of American support of the Syrian rebel groups. Tiahrt opposes arming the Free Syrian Army.

The choice is clear. Vote for Todd Tiahrt in the Republican primary on Aug. 5.

DON LANDIS

Wichita

Gun clamor

It seems that there has been a recent surge of shooting massacres. As usual, after each one there has been renewed clamor for compulsory registration of firearms.

Though there may be valid causes for registering guns, preventing future violence cannot be one of them. A mentally sick person who is intent on violence will find some means to carry it out, regardless of what and how many well-intentioned laws are enacted.

Of the countless number of citizens who have a history of some sort of mental disorder, none can be incarcerated simply on the possibility that he might become murderous.

Although three of the Santa Barbara, Calif., carnage victims were stabbed to death, no one, so far, has been known to advocate registration of knives.

DAVID J. GUDEMAN

Wichita

Show you care

If we hide our heads in the sand about the connection between animal abuse and domestic violence, nothing changes. With the hope of making a difference, I ask for your help.

If you were traveling south on North Rock Road in Wichita around 4:30 p.m. on June 23 and witnessed a kitten being thrown from a vehicle into traffic, would you please report this felony? We can hope a traffic cam captured the crime, and that at least one eyewitness submitted a report.

One eyewitness was a devastated woman wearing a lime-green maxi dress who stopped her car in front of the dealership at 1633 N. Rock to render aid to the discarded kitten. A man in a red Lexus in front of me stopped. Nothing could be done. So the would-be rescuer kissed the lifeless kitten before walking over and gently laying it under a bush away from the road.

It takes eyewitnesses to file police reports. Will you please help? If you have any information, call any police substation between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or 911 after hours.

DEANNA VAN HERSH

Wichita

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