U.S. needs to change its warfare ways
After this most recent debacle in Afghanistan, in which a U.S. soldier went on a rampage, it should be quite clear that we should not be there and should leave immediately.
We have killed Osama bin Laden, who was our primary reason for being there in the first place. Our soldiers are weary of fighting, and we must realize that we will never rid the country of terrorist fighters, especially when we occupy their country.
Why must we be constantly at war? It is because we are a warfare state – meaning that we fight wars for economic reasons, to gain control of areas and to keep oil flowing in our direction.
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These are not good reasons to send our soldiers into harm’s way and to kill innocent civilians.
There are other ways to boost the economy and keep our country running smoothly. And just as happened in Great Britain, we will go broke if we continue our empire-building ways.
I urge all those in Congress or wishing to be in politics to insist that we leave Afghanistan now and change our warfare ways. Please bring all our soldiers home.
Don’t close landfill
The Wichita City Council is closing the Brooks construction and demolition landfill. Its reasoning: no more room. But there is room to operate for 19 more years, according to personnel at the landfill.
If remodelers, roofers, tree trimmers and contractors are forced to use the trash-transfer station, their rates (and yours) will go up. Where do you think Westar Energy’s tree-trimming contractors dump their debris?
It costs nearly three times as much to dump a load at the transfer station as at the demolition landfill.
If you think closing the Brooks C&D landfill is a poor choice, call the city manager’s office (316-268-4351) or your representative on the City Council.
Congratulations to the people who ran the GOP caucus Saturday morning. It took only about 20 minutes to complete the process.
I took the advice of the late William F. Buckley and voted for the conservative who had the best chance of winning in November – Mitt Romney. Rick Santorum is a social conservative; I am not. Ron Paul has no chance to win the nomination or against President Obama.
Were there really only 30,000 voters statewide? Kansas isn’t requiring a citizenship test yet, but we made sure voters had their driver’s license for identification.
Why is it that so few are legally allowed to annoy so many? I’m referring to the car stereos as loud as sonic booms.
I pondered this question the other night at about 1 a.m. as a car parked down the street and I listened to my windows rattle and watched things move around on my shelves.
I called the police and was told a car would be sent, and that this bothersome noise was perfectly legal except from 10 p.m. until 7 a.m. So much for the children, infirm and others who are trying to relax or sleep from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Plus, I believe our fine officers are very busy and don’t have the time to chase down these noise polluters.
I call on the city of Wichita to completely ban all of these stereos. Most of our lives will be much more peaceful for it. Anyone else agree?
OK to carry
Regarding “Guns in buildings get House OK” (March 10 Local & State): I do not believe it would make any difference if licensed gun carriers were allowed to carry guns in government buildings, except to make the buildings more secure.
Because criminals do not generally obey signs banning guns, it is only right that citizens have the right to protect themselves. One must go through a lengthy process to become a licensed gun carrier. As the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona, stated, licensees tend to follow the law more than other groups of people.
I believe that all Americans legally allowed to carry a gun are reliable, trustworthy citizens and generally do not pose a threat to the other people. Rather, they offer protection.
Abortion, contraception and women’s health care continue to be emotional and heated topics. As I read letters to the editor and articles about legislation, I find it unfortunate that we cannot have civil discourse and understanding.
There is speciousness to our government officials devoting so much time and money to this issue rather than trusting women with their own choices about how to take care of their health. Health care and, in particular, the availability of contraceptives and abortion are difficult and heart-wrenching issues that should never be considered lightly. As a person of faith, I trust a woman’s right to make her own decisions and choices, with family, friends, safe medical facilities, compassionate doctors and a community of faith supporting and loving her and her family.
Rev. KENT H. LITTLE
College Hill United Methodist Church