Letters to the editor on military spending, grandparents, capitalism theology, fluoridation, scamming seniors

09/07/2012 8:09 PM

09/07/2012 8:09 PM

Evaluate spending on military complex

It is a tragedy that the United States has become the modern-day Rome. Ancient Rome fell because of excess taxation to fund wars and military. Our military budget is larger that the next three nations’ military budgets combined. About half of the government’s discretionary budget goes to fund the U.S. military complex, yet we hear little about military cuts – only of cutting social and education funds, which are paltry amounts compared with military funds.

Has U.S. intervention solved problems in Afghanistan, Iraq or any other Middle Eastern country? The military actions brought death and destruction but not peace or increased safety to Middle Eastern citizens. If peace is one objective, the military has failed in that area.

We should take Dwight D. Eisenhower’s advice and evaluate the military complex. Does it have too much power and too much expense to be a benefit to our society? Could the military complex survive some spending cuts?

MARSHA SEARS

Wichita

Thank our elders

Sunday marks our nation’s 34th-annual Grandparents Day, a time to celebrate the countless grandmothers and grandfathers who have contributed so much to our families and our state.

These men and women, often long past raising their own families, continue to serve as mentors, caregivers and cheerleaders to their grandchildren and other youngsters in the community. Many make a greater commitment to their families, serving as caretakers to grandchildren.

Like many Kansans, I’ve witnessed firsthand the difference a loving grandparent can make in the life of a child. My sister passed away at a young age, and my mother raised five grandchildren on her own. I saw the sacrifices she made for the love of her grandchildren – and the financial burdens she overcame to keep her family intact.

Grandparents are playing a crucial role in their grandchildren’s lives. Not only do we need to recognize these men and women for the love they share, but we must make sure that a system is in place to support them. That’s the best thanks of all.

Sen. OLETHA FAUST-GOUDEAU

District 29

Kansas Senate

Wichita

No footnote in Bible

My search through various translations of the Bible has not produced a footnote for arguably the most memorable of Jesus’ instructions to believers: Feed the hungry; clothe the naked; provide for those in need.

The GOP platform, created by leaders in that party who publicly claim to be Christians, followers of Jesus, would add such a footnote: “Do these things, as long as in doing so you do not create a negative imbalance in the profit-and-loss statement, as this would not be acceptable to our commitment to capitalism, the free-enterprise system. Instead, attend first to assuring your wealth, your comfortable lifestyle, and the guarantee that the cost for feeding those who are hungry, clothing the ill-attired or providing health care for those without coverage will not impinge upon this earned status.”

Capitalism ideology trumps Christian theology.

Surely politicians and citizen-voters who espouse the teachings of Jesus while embracing and touting profit over compassion must sense a disturbing dissonance in their thinking. Nowhere in the various translations of the New Testament can I find where Jesus is admonishing His followers to place arbitrary conditions on how we ought to treat one another, such as by favoring the “haves” and disdaining the “have-nots.”

JOHN H. WILSON

Wichita

Give out toothpaste

Instead of putting fluoride in the water, why not give each student at the start of the school year a free toothbrush, and every six weeks a free tube of toothpaste with fluoride? Buying in quantity from a wholesaler should be affordable.

This way we would encourage kids to brush, and we would know that our tax dollars were being used to get fluoride on their teeth, not on the lawn we water or down the toilet.

JEROME MATZA

Wichita

Scamming seniors

I got some really good news recently. A lady called and said I had won $2.5 million.

How could that be? I hadn’t entered any contest.

“Oh, Publishers Clearing House submitted your name since you had bought magazine subscriptions from them,” she said.

How would I receive the money?

Federal Express, she said. Then she wanted my bank account numbers and a check for more than $1,000 to pay for the delivery.

I may be 87, but my brain works just fine. I told her she could go to you-know-where.

She was just another schemer trying to take money from the unsuspecting. Unfortunately, there are a lot of senior citizens who fall for these schemes and lose their money.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t true.

WINIFRED J. BRIM

Wichita

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