Fortunate to have board members
Regarding an Opinion Line comment suggesting we should recall the members of the Wichita school board: Where would we find seven qualified people who are willing to volunteer (in other words, without pay) 20-plus hours a week? Our school board members include a banker, a police officer, two retired educators, a homemaker and a retired state employee. They are not only required to attend the two regularly scheduled board meetings a month but also respond to e-mails and telephone calls, and attend other meetings that may relate to their responsibility as members of the school board. I am sure each has agonized over how we can deal with the reduction of funds for education.
I have known Barb Fuller most of her life. She had great passion for her job when she was teaching, and she displays that same passion in carrying out her responsibility as a member of the school board. I feel sure that each school board member strives to determine how to make best use of the funds available to our district.
What AFP is about
Regarding “AFP smugness” (March 8 Letters to the Editor): It’s obvious the letter writer doesn’t understand what Americans for Prosperity is about.
AFP activists, like every citizen, have the right to express their views with elected officials. In this instance, the activists who stood up against this additional tax incentive for the Ambassador Hotel were not doing so with their own “correct developers” in mind, as the writer suggested.
Never has this organization stated that a certain developer should be hand-selected by the city, nor will it do so. To do so goes against core free-market tenets.
It’s not surprising that people are upset about the election outcome; a lot of effort was exerted to prevent the election from happening in the first place. But it’s disappointing to see that some are avoiding reality and making up excuses for why the outcome was as one-sided as it was.
We would ask all interested parties to join AFP activists in appearing before the Wichita City Council on these types of matters in the future. We guarantee we won’t ask the city to handpick a particular developer. Will anyone else?
It is distracting to have a conversation with any passenger while driving a car. But we do it all the time.
It also is distracting to reach to operate any of the buttons, knobs and other controls on the dashboard while driving. But again, we do it all the time without thought.
Texting while driving is an extreme form of distraction and should be illegal.
But that wasn’t what Steve Griffin was doing (“34 drivers ticketed under texting ban,” March 4 Eagle). He should get his money back, along with an apology from the officer who wrote the ticket.
When did U.S. citizens become so elite that they cannot do manual work? We would not need illegal workers if our own citizens would do some part-time work when not employed.
Why would it be so wrong for the government to require able-bodied people who are on welfare or receiving unemployment benefits to help landscape companies, farmers or others needing help?
Some people might find out that they enjoy being outside instead of watching TV all day, and the extra money from being employed might also be welcome. (Of course, some people physically could not do this work.)
College students used to get manual jobs during the summer to help with college expenses, and high school students used to get jobs in fast-food places. Now, it is hard for them to find work because illegal immigrants have taken these jobs.
Many people may read this and gasp that someone would suggest people who are on welfare or temporarily unemployed do some extracurricular work. If so, it’s no wonder our economy is in such a sorry state.
I read with great interest the article on the Fuller Brush Co. (“Fuller Brush calls Kansas home,” March 5 Local & State).
I was a farm child in the 1930s, and I remember well when the Fuller Brush man came to call. My mother bought clothes brushes and a brushlike broom, as well as hairbrushes and more.
But the thing she bought that I enjoyed the most was a shower bucket that hung on the wall and was filled with warm water. There was a rubber hose attached to a brush with a plastic tube with tiny holes in the center of it. This attached to a spigot on the bucket.
We had an old washhouse, and my dad made a tin box with a drain for us to stand in. By today’s standards, it doesn’t sound like much. But on a hot day on a farm with no running water, it sure felt good.
I have one of the clothes brushes my mom bought. It still works great.
WINIFRED J. BRIM