Letters to the editor on recall election, anti-gun zealots, exchange students, conservative comments

06/08/2012 12:00 AM

06/07/2012 6:10 PM

Recall election a win for big money

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin won a narrow recall election Tuesday. The recall originated with Walker’s extreme actions against public-employee unions in his state. And it ended with overwhelming contributions from within and outside the state.

Whether or not you like unions, there is no question that unions created the middle class. And as unions lose their power, the middle class is disappearing; more and more middle-class families are dropping into the ranks of the poor.

From 1979 to 2006, the incomes of the top 1 percent of Americans rose 256 percent, while the incomes of the lowest-paid quarter of our citizens rose only 11 percent.

Big money talks in elections, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Citizens United decision makes huge political spending legal. As a result, the lower- and middle-class citizens are being squeezed out of representation.

Big money also provides access to our elected officials. A few big donations can persuade a representative or senator to see things differently and change a vote.

We won’t have fair representation until we pass a constitutional amendment fixing the fractured way we select our government.

BRUCE BALES

Andover

Anti-gun zealots

The right to defend your person is God-given. Delving into all the information involving the Trayvon Martin shooting, two things become apparent: If Martin had been Caucasian, it never would have been an issue, much less generate all the international hoopla; and the physical evidence that exists supports George Zimmerman’s self-defense claim.

Now we have all the outsiders sticking their snouts into Kansas affairs and postulating that our “stand your ground” law must be repealed. But the Martin/Zimmerman debacle has zero to do with “stand your ground.”

These cowardly do-gooder, anti-gun zealots want to completely disarm all Americans and make us a nation of sheep waiting for the police to come save us, just like England. Defending your life, wife or property there will get you prison time.

Please mind your own business and stay out of Kansas.

JIM KEENE

Wichita

Rewarding exchange

My family is hosting a 15-year-old exchange student from Germany this year, and it has been a wonderful and rewarding experience. She has brought a lot of fun, laughter and learning into our home. She has cooked wonderful German meals with us and discovered some American foods that she loves.

We don’t want to think about her leaving us in less than a month, but we believe that we will stay close through Skype, Facebook and e-mail. Hopefully, we can visit her someday in Germany.

Having an extra teenager has been more time-consuming (especially when it comes to driving to sports activities, shopping, friends’ houses, etc.), but it has been so rewarding that we are going to host another exchange student next school year.

AFS Intercultural Programs have local volunteers who support you and your hosted student throughout your experience to help you both receive the most from your time together. You provide a bed, meals and transportation for your student. Most important, you should be eager and excited to share your life and activities while providing the same kind of care, support and comfort you would to your own child or family member.

DIANA TILLISON

Wichita

Other theories

“Who comments” (June 4 Letters to the Editor) noted that conservatives seem more likely to post comments on Kansas.com on weekends, while liberals prevail during the week. The writer suggested that this is because conservatives are working and paying taxes during the week while liberals are staying home and milking the system.

A more likely explanation: Liberals use and abuse computers at work; conservatives have to wait until the kids are home.

Personally, I suspect it’s because the Sunday funnies are in color. Their larger format may be a factor as well.

DANA SHIFFLETT

Newton

Not milking system

A letter presented the theory that more comments on Kansas.com seem to be from liberals during the week and from conservatives on the weekends because conservative contributors are working during the week and the liberals are sitting home drawing government benefits (“Who comments,” June 4 Letters to the Editor).

I have worked since I was age 16. I am now retired, having worked until full retirement age. I took only 12 years out of the workforce to raise two children. The last of my working years were spent in a factory situation, and I sometimes worked 50 or 60 hours a week. During my 25 years at that job, I missed only one unpaid day. I never was sick and took only paid holidays and vacation days.

A couple of my working years were spent in the U.S. Army. I have never drawn government assistance except for going to college on the GI Bill for a couple of years and using the GI Bill to back my first home loan.

As for there possibly being more comments from conservatives on the weekends: Maybe that is because the intelligent person in the relationship is home on the weekend to help the conservative with his grammar and spelling.

MARSHA HEPHNER

Arkansas City

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