Letters to the editor on Buffalo Soldiers, hatchet job, independent living centers, evolution, reading, pray and watch

08/24/2012 5:38 PM

08/24/2012 5:38 PM

Buffalo Soldiers true American heroes

It is great to see that the Buffalo Soldiers will be honored and remembered this weekend in Haysville for their service in the U.S. Army. These proud African-American men endured prejudices and mistreatment while fighting for a country that thought of them as less than men. They were looked down upon by their peers but persevered and became very skilled at mounted drill and riding, to the point where they were asked to train future white West Point officers.

In the face of adversity, these men showed true courage and fortitude. Their story should never be forgotten and should be learned about by all races. These soldiers were true American heroes.

REGINALD S. NULAN

Wichita

Hatchet job

“Stay with GOP?” (Aug. 21 Letters to the Editor) was another radical left hatchet job on all Republicans who voted against a couple of RINOs (Republicans in name only).

I attended a candidate forum with the local senators. It was a reasonable debate on the issues. What I saw in the mail was anything but reasonable. Most of those mailings were not coming from the candidates but their supporters. To jump from those ads and blame only Republicans is irrational and without merit. Additionally, claiming that Bob Dole and other former “moderate” Republicans couldn’t win a primary today is truly disingenuous and borders on deranged.

Also, the claim that Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is far-right is also ludicrous (“We dare not forfeit our common conscience,” Aug. 21 Opinion). Ryan is broadly recognized as the most knowledgeable member of the House or Senate on matters of the national budget, something Harry Reid has not passed in three years and counting. Ryan’s concerns are for our country and preventing the current administration from throwing the United States off the same cliff as the Europeans.

BOB WINE

Wichita

Few choices

Baby boomers beware. If you start searching for a senior independent living home and are middle income, good luck. There is practically nothing available for you. You have to be either rich or poor, then there are many choices.

One complex owner told me that with my and my spouse’s income together, we just can’t qualify. For us, we were just a few thousand dollars of yearly income over the state’s guideline. It was an odd and very disappointing feeling to be blocked from all of the beautiful facilities out there.

We could afford the more upscale senior residences with both of our incomes together, but when one of us dies, the other would have to move almost immediately.

Attention, all builders and developers, please help us middle-income seniors. Please build for us now.

MARY ANN RIEDEL

Wichita

Teach whole truth

Larry Hatfield wrote in Science Digest in 1979: “Scientists who utterly reject evolution may be one of the fastest growing controversial minorities. … Many of the scientists supporting this position hold impressive credentials in science.” This growing minority deserves to be heard in our classrooms.

The Discovery Institute publicized a two-page statement signed by more than 600 scientists titled, “A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism.” It stated in part: “We are skeptical of the claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life.”

American freedom depends on teaching the whole truth. Give our students both sides of the picture and let them make their own decisions.

Light dispels darkness and, on an even field, the scientific truth of intelligent design will brilliantly expose Darwinism for what it is.

JACK WAIT

Wichita

Need to read

I was dismayed to discover that reading books is on the decline with teenagers and young adults. I was baffled when two young people told me they had never heard of Stephen King. Countless young people flocked to see the “Lord of the Rings” movies, but I wonder how many read the J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy.

If this disdain for reading continues, the day may come when nobody will read soup can labels.

TROY COX

Wichita

Watch and pray

What about all this that is happening in the world today? Someone in a recent weather article in The Eagle was quoted as saying that the heat and drought are “not an anomaly. This is going to get worse.” Do you think the Great God of Heaven is seeking our attention?

One can read things in the Bible, the most relevant book in the world, that throw light on the subject. You should read Isaiah. You will be astonished at what you see there.

There is a day of wrath coming, folks. As it says in Luke 21:36: “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape these things that shall come to pass.”

IRENE REID

Bel Aire

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