‘Lazy poor’ know how to work hard
Regarding “The new dream?” (Dec. 12 Letters to the Editor): People are taxed based on their income. It is an income tax, not a poll tax, which would be the same for each person. Of course those in the top 1 percent pay more in taxes; they earn more.
As for the radical right’s insistence that the only reason people are poor is that they don’t work hard: How ignorant and insulting. Do you think that the heirs of Walmart founder Sam Walton have ever worked hard? I’m not talking about going to the office and putting in a long day. I’m talking about true hard work — the kind that comes with low pay, no benefits and needing a shower at the end of the day, as the vast majority of the “lazy poor” do. And who do you think shops at Walmart? It’s not the 1 percent. It’s the “lazy poor” 99 percent making the Waltons rich.
During this Christmas season, think about what George Bailey said to Mr. Potter in “It’s a Wonderful Life”: “Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that this rabble you’re talking about — they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath?”
Some on drugs
“All on drugs?” (Dec. 14 Letters to the Editor) posed the question: “Do they honestly believe that the poor and the unemployed are all on drugs?”
No one believes the poor and unemployed are all on drugs. The point is that those who are on drugs shouldn’t be getting public assistance (your tax dollars and mine) to feed their addictions.
Not our interests
Fellow Kansans, please wake up before it’s too late. We elected Gov. Sam Brownback, but he is obviously not working for average Kansans’ best interests.
He has cut school budgets, arts programs and safety nets for the poor and middle class. He continues to be bought off by the top 1 percent of wage earners and lobbyists from bordering states. He is so bent on right-wing influences and deep-pocketed lobbyists that he couldn’t even welcome the president to our state.
Study other faiths
Regarding “Gift of faith” (Dec. 10 Letters to the Editor): I believe there are many people out there like me. I spent 39 years of my life trying to make the Christian faith work. I was born Mennonite, turned Church of God, and then turned Assembly of God. No matter what I did, no matter what I tried, nothing seemed sufficient. Nothing seemed to fulfill me long term.
Thirteen years ago, I stepped out of the forest to see the trees. I started studying other faiths. The whole world opened up to me. It seems that every culture worth its salt has a religious expression in place to help tell its stories. There are many very interesting ways to express faith. Christianity is only one of them.
So my challenge to unengaged Christians is to give yourself a gift this holiday season. Study the various faiths of the world. Perhaps there’s a reason why you’re struggling so. Perhaps you’re not meant to be a Christian. Perhaps your personal heritage is telling you that you have something already spiritual in you that needs to be expressed in another way. Do this, and you will give yourself the greatest gift ever.
Botanica advertises its “Illuminations” event as “seven days a week.” But when we bundled up our grandchildren and braved rather cold weather on Dec. 8, we found that Botanica was closed to the public that evening for a private party. How many others, possibly even from out of town, made the trek, only to be turned away?
I can recall no other event where a publicly advertised promotion was privately recalled. I can remember no concert, movie, civic activity or other event so widely promoted and yet so compromised in its delivery without something like an ill performer or weather to make it understandable and acceptable. For Botanica, it wasn’t OK to do that. It showed poor consideration of its prior commitment to the public.
I would like to share with everyone how privileged we are to be able to attend outstanding music concerts.
I was able to hear the Singing Quakers from Friends University at their Christmas presentation. Then I attended Derby High School’s very professional “Sounds of Winter” concert. I was really amazed at how well the students performed and was especially pleased that the majority of the songs were of a Christmas and spiritual nature.
We all should be extremely happy and proud that we live in this community.