Gun locker a waste of tax money
Sedgwick County is spending almost $65,000 on a gun locker (Oct. 13 Eagle). Really?
I guess nothing should surprise me from the Big Three on the Sedgwick County Commission. Still, I thought their ridiculous ideas would be over with commissioner Karl Peterjohn’s defeat in the primary. But he just had to add one more bonehead move to his resume.
Can’t anyone talk some sense into commissioners Richard Ranzau and Jim Howell? We can only hope they are the next two to go when they run for re-election.
Given that they are going to build a locker area to house the “arms” brought to the courthouse, they will need to build it big enough to house machine guns, shotguns, ball bats and anything else that citizens bring to defend themselves on that dangerous walk from the parking garage to the front door of the courthouse.
Come on, guys. Have you no common sense about anything? People can leave their guns and other protective equipment in their cars. Let’s not waste $65,000 of taxpayers’ money on such a ridiculous idea.
Scott Post, Wichita
It is funny to see all of those elected Republicans who voted for and kept supporting Gov. Sam Brownback’s version of a fair tax cut now scrambling for bomb shelters following the results of the primaries.
Democrats will probably not increase their numbers in the Statehouse, but they should. Still, it is comforting to know that fiscal soundness and a truly fair tax code may soon be returning to Kansas and the experiment with tyranny could be coming to an end.
I will note that some of those radical lawmakers who didn’t suffer a primary defeat are getting businesses to put up political yard signs on their commercial property supporting them. I imagine that their message to these business owners is: Vote for me or face having to pay your fair share of the tax burden.
Michal Betz, Wichita
Brownback doing fine
Each morning in the newspaper, I’m exposed to negative opinions of mostly newspaper or other media types regarding the terrible job Gov. Sam Brownback is doing. However, most voting Kansans think he’s doing just fine and re-elected him for a second term, as they enjoy lower taxes.
I suggest that those who feel not enough tax is being collected get their checkbooks out and start writing checks to the state until they feel better.
Also, voters still have important work to do by voting out the activist judges to let Brownback replace them with judges who will follow the Kansas Constitution.
Floyd H. Beck, Wichita
Like it or leave it
I’ve watched this country deteriorate over the past eight years due to inadequate leadership. We are no longer the leader of nations.
We have always opened our doors to people who want to follow our ideals of independence. Now we are a country filled with athletes, entertainers, civil unrest groups and clergy who have no respect for our country, the flag and those who fought for our independence and continue to do so.
The disrespect being shown for the flag and the national anthem is appalling. I wish these so-called “role models” would vacate the country they “can’t stand” and try their rhetoric in Russia, Sudan, Syria, Iran, Africa, etc. How many of them would agree to move to these “glamor spots”? My guess is zero.
I’m a firm believer in “if you don’t like it, leave.”
No one in our government has the intestinal fortitude to put them all on a plane. If one did, he or she would be elected, and our country would be a leader again. I hope some day everyone will have had enough.
Shane Davis, Wichita
Must defeat Trump
It is important to defeat Donald Trump because a Trump victory would embolden legions of citizens whose behaviors at the local levels can negatively impact the rights and aspirations of others who they perceive as not equal to them. It is not outside the realm of possibility to encounter an employer, a fellow employee, a store employee or a rogue police officer whose actions signal contempt for the “politically correct” notion of mutual respect.
Now, imagine these individuals high on the “steroid” of a Trump victory. The phrase “take back my country” becomes very ominous.
As President Obama said, to not vote is a vote for Trump, and to vote for a third party is a vote for Trump.
Eddie J. Thomas, Wichita
Still need to vote
Whether you are a right-winger who is not fond of Donald Trump but definitely does not like Hillary Clinton, or you are a left-winger who is not fond of Clinton but does not like Trump, you need to vote. If you do not vote for president this year, you are making a mistake.
Not voting for your party’s candidate is essentially voting for the other party’s candidate. Also, this is one of the most important elections in this country’s modern day history. If you do not vote for president, you are not participating in this great nation’s history.
Joseph McGuire, Wichita
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