Letters to the editor on fluoridation, city pay raise, Scott Walker, tax cut, new library
06/05/2012 12:00 AM
06/04/2012 6:14 PM
Learn the benefits of fluoridation
At the Kansas Health Foundation, we take the organization’s mission to improve the health of all Kansans to heart. For 26 years, the foundation has been taking on public health issues such as secondhand smoke, nutrition and, now, oral health.
Poor oral health means children and adults are living with chronic pain from oral health diseases. Seniors are suffering from unnecessary tooth loss. Because oral health affects overall health, it’s imperative Kansans get the facts about the health benefits of water fluoridation.
Right now there are groups using a machine to call Wichitans with false information about fluoride. Scare tactics have prevailed long enough. Kansas communities such as Dodge City, Lawrence and Topeka have been benefiting from fluoride for many years because it is proved to be a safe, affordable and smart way to reduce tooth decay and improve oral health.
Those being affected by this oral health crisis are our family and friends. This is our state and our community. Please take the time to learn why credible health experts and medical organizations endorse fluoride. Get the facts at FluorideForUs.com.
Kansas Health Foundation
Don’t take raise
That Wichita City Council members are even considering giving themselves pay raises is astounding, to say the least (June 3 Local & State). This city has millions of dollars in debt to pay off; nearly 30 percent of this year’s budget will go toward servicing debt. City Council members must ask themselves if now is really the time for them to be accepting pay raises, given the current status of the city’s budget.
I commend council members Michael O’Donnell and Janet Miller for publicly stating they will not be taking the proposed pay raises. It’s important for our elected officials to lead by example, and I thank the council members who recognize that.
Americans for Prosperity-Kansas
Had Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin made known his intentions of union busting, he would not have been elected. But he kept this scheme in his back pocket, and in less than a year in office he began declaring class warfare against the public unions representing state workers.
Big money has been coming in for months from those who have no interest in Wisconsin other than seeing state workers taking a bloody nose. They’ve seen the enemy, and the enemy is state workers. Then in comes the tea party to spread the patriotic word of Walker’s good deed while vilifying those who are paid to serve the public.
If Walker holds on, residents will wonder just what to expect from their state in the future. They might see things sinking as low as they have been here in the Sunflower State. Perhaps even lower.
It will be interesting to notice the consequences of the Legislature’s and governor’s drastic tax cutting. Did citizens of the state of Kansas really want these draconian cuts?
There are a plethora of implications. Locals likely will need to fund more heavily what the state does not provide. Schools, roads, police officers and firefighters, among others, may well have to cut back or curtail services in time. Social services are an easy target to start chopping away at what many deem to be necessary assistance in aiding the less fortunate.
It costs money to provide quality services in any community. Once an institution, such as the public schools, goes downhill, it becomes increasingly more difficult to rejuvenate. Pupils must be aided to optimize achievement in the school setting in order to achieve, grow and develop into fully functioning individuals.
I have utilized the existing Central Library but have been a bit apprehensive about the clientele who frequent the facility. The biggest percentage of users seem to be there for the free Internet.
This irks me because it competes with private enterprise. A small business operating an Internet cafe would not be able to compete with a free venue at the public library. If the library wants to be in the Internet business, then it should meter the computers and charge a fee. This in turn would perhaps attract a breed of clientele on a mission other than loitering and tying up the computers.
My vision of a new library would be an Internet cafe that charges by the minute with a drive-up window to check out books. The books and hard material would be stored on an automated storage retrieval system and not be visible. Keeping the books, etc., in a storage system but available on demand would relieve the taxpayers from providing a high-dollar brick-and-mortar loitering spot.
Today’s libraries are evolving and becoming obsolete to a great degree by the Internet. I do not think we can stop it, but we can get in front of it.
Build a warehouse, not a library.
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