Letters to the editor on child abuse, wage gap, defense spending, Koch donation, atheist billboard

04/21/2012 12:00 AM

04/20/2012 9:19 PM

Prevention helps kids, saves money

Once again, blue pinwheels are popping up in front yards and at community events in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The pinwheels, which have been distributed statewide by the Kansas Children’s Service League, represent efforts by the Kansas branch of Prevent Child Abuse America to change the way our state thinks about prevention.

Research shows that when families are supported, children are less likely to be at risk for child maltreatment and are more likely to grow up happy, healthy and ready to learn. Prevention also saves money. Every $1 invested in prevention saves $7 in more costly interventions throughout the child’s life.

We can help prevent child abuse and neglect from ever occurring by helping parents be the best they can be. At KCSL, we do that through innovative programming such as home-visiting services, developing parents as leaders, and education on the prevention of shaken-baby syndrome and bullying. We also advocate for child-friendly workplaces and flextime programs so that parents have the opportunity to give children the time and attention necessary for healthy development and relationships.

Learn more about how you can make a difference by visiting www.kcsl.org or by calling the Parent Helpline at 800-CHILDREN.

DONA BOOE

President and CEO

Kansas Children’s Service League

Topeka

VICKY ROPER

Prevent Child Abuse Kansas

Wichita

Inequity rare

A letter written by members of the Wichita branch of the American Association of University Women made the common mistake of comparing average incomes of men and women to try to make a point about disparity (“End pay inequity for women,” April 17 Letters to the Editor). If they had compared average salaries for men and women doing the same jobs, they likely would find no differences.

Instead of making the deceptive comparison of median incomes between genders, one needs to evaluate the kinds of careers chosen by men and women and encourage women to prepare themselves for and seek the higher-paying occupations. Women who aspire to be CEOs rather than administrative assistants to CEOs, doctors rather than nurses, or lawyers rather than secretaries will enjoy the benefits of the higher-paying jobs.

Income disparities rarely exist between men and women doing the same jobs.

LOREN MARTINDALE

Wichita

Cut defense

America spends more on its military and security services than the rest of the world combined. Yet in the midst of a major debate over our fiscal debacle, that enormous drain on our national treasure isn’t really on the table.

Nobody talks about it, but our overstretched “defense” budget is bloated with pork, which our members of Congress take back to their district. It also includes military assistance that subsidizes the conflicts in Israel, Pakistan and Colombia, and useless spending on hundreds of overseas bases (27 in Okinawa, Japan, alone).

World War II is long gone, and Germany does not need protection from the Soviets.

And, please, let’s not ask Defense Secretary Leon Panetta about the need for those extravagant billion-dollar embassies in Iraq and Afghanistan – or the private contractors hired to protect them.

Here at home we face stubbornly high unemployment, trillion-dollar federal deficits, and massive and mounting debts, while education flounders and infrastructure crumbles.

Why is our military budget untouchable? Last year, the U.S. spent nearly $1.2 trillion on the military and costly wars. That’s about $2.2 million every single minute. Let’s occupy the military-industrial-congressional complex.

MARY McDONOUGH HARREN

Wichita

At it again

Those rich, offensive people at Koch Industries are at it again. When are these people going to stop intruding on our sacred environment? They just donated $100,000 for tornado relief (April 18 Eagle). Can you believe it?

JERRY ARENSBERG

Wichita

Should be sad

Regarding “God billboards don’t ‘speak ill’” (April 13 Letters to the Editor): The writer stated that she was shocked and displeased to read comments from an area pastor, who said the billboards by an atheist group were “sad.”

Christians should be sad over the plight of millions of people who are attempting to live their lives without God. We should be full of compassion toward such people, as God is. The Bible says in 2 Peter 3:9: “He (the Lord) is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

To repent is to believe in God and in what His Son did on the cross by dying for our sins, so we can be right with God. This is my hope and prayer for each person.

It does sadden me that people are living their lives without God and making a public proclamation of it.

JAMES ENTZ

Benton

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