Learn lesson from failed experiment
Two strangely related articles appeared in The Eagle recently. One concerned Wichita’s own Earl Browder, who ran for president on the Communist Party ticket (Feb. 20 Local & State). Who would have imagined that communism and socialism once flourished in Kansas, which is now a bastion of conservative politics? He even was a guest in the Soviet Union, where he was able to study Marxism and see how it was applied.
The other article reported that some students are the beneficiaries of three meals a day funded by the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act (Feb. 19 Local & State). As with every entitlement, the numbers, now small, are expected to grow.
When Soviet Jews immigrated to Israel before statehood, they settled in what was known as a kibbutz. The task was to learn how to farm land that had been purchased by wealthy European Jews. As in the Soviet Union, children were the property of the kibbutz. This system failed, because no one wanted to work but preferred to continue in the care of the settlement. The immigrants quickly learned and reverted to the typical, culturally appropriate Jewish family structure and thereafter thrived.
Perhaps we should learn a lesson from this experiment.
City won’t suffer
I encourage Wichitans to vote “no” on Tuesday on the referendum concerning the Ambassador Hotel project. Don’t play into the fearmongers who want you to believe that the city of Wichita will suffer if you vote “no.” Rather, the informed Wichita voter would do well to visit the website dtwichita.com, which provides the true perspective on what the real issues are for this development.
The project is under way and will be completed anyway, with or without the developer’s additional tax revenue. The city already is giving the developer tremendous amounts of incentives and freebies. This represents greed from the developer.
So I guess it really comes down to this: Do you want the tax-generated revenue to go into one developer’s pocket, or would you rather that revenue be used to benefit the city as a whole?
Add to the list
Regarding “Many contradictions” (Feb. 14 Letters to the Editor): May I add to the list of contradictions? How about Catholic bishops so immediately upset over women having contraceptives available to them, but who let priests violate young children sexually for decades? What about some politicians crying that the Affordable Care Act is against all the United States stands for because it “makes us buy insurance,” but seeing nothing wrong with making government workers put their retirement funds into a volatile stock market?
Why would the governor of Kansas fight so hard to save taxpayers money by cutting some children off food stamps but think nothing of serving dinners, at taxpayers’ expense, to committee members at private meetings that violate our laws? Or why would the same governor pay someone $75,000 to come talk to “the choir” about a book he has written rehashing failed Reaganomics?
Here’s just one more: What about Kansas allowing Oklahoma oilmen to use the fracking drilling method in our state when it is known to cause earthquakes and pollution and the Kansas taxpayer will be left to clean up the mess, let alone bury the dead after the Oklahomans go home? I invite others to continue this list.
Pray for children
I am feeling so very sad for the working parents and children who will be losing their schools shortly. When my children began in public school, I had no idea how things would turn out.
Being an early childhood educator, I have seen the importance of education in a child’s life. When I saw the overcrowding in the classrooms, the demands of the teaching styles and content for testing the children, and the moodiness and irritation of the teachers because of those demands, I had to make a choice. I chose home schooling. The one-on-one teaching, the mastering of a skill before you move on, the quality of time together, and the amount of studies we can get done are amazing.
To those working parents who have no choice to home-school: I am so very sorry that you feel helpless in your child’s education process. Let’s all pray for the children of Wichita who already just feel like numbers and not people, because this overcrowding will only make it worse.