Letters to the editor on triumphing over disabilities, peaceful Muslims, leave Middle East, Koch, birthers, disabled a priority

09/18/2012 4:59 PM

09/18/2012 4:59 PM

It’s what you can do that is important

I was impressed to see the article about the positives of adaptive technology and the hope and determination of someone who became disabled in 2010, coincidentally, the same year I did (“Paralyzed ex-baseball star back in the hunt,” Sept. 15 Eagle). I was born with Chiari malformation, a hernia of the brain. The March 2010 emergency brain surgery robbed me of my balance, some coordination, and my tolerance for temperature, which led to months of fighting serious depression and trying to retain work.

I learned to walk again, became a part-time college teacher, and am now looking at a better position with my employer. I’ve had to give up a lot of things, but the article about Carl Hall and his triumph over paralysis to enjoy what he loves reminded me yet again that it’s not what you can’t do but what you can do that’s important.

Having a disability is a challenge, but having the strength and courage to not let it define you is critical. I admire Hall and the people who helped him do what he loves.

KEVIN DAWSON

Clearwater

Clean own house

The unprovoked attacks on our embassies and the killing of one of our ambassadors are truly reprehensible and disgusting acts of cowardice. Once again, however, we hear about how “it wasn’t us, it was the other Muslims.” I’m sorry, but I’ve heard that so many times it’s beginning to sound like a DVD with a bad scratch.

If, in fact, Muslims in other countries are so peaceful and peace-loving, then why are they not trying to find out who these terrorists are and bring them to justice? They say they are being falsely grouped with the terrorists and have done nothing. Boy, is that true – they have done nothing. They lift not one finger to identify the hateful and violent ones within their religion and punish them, and clean their own house.

RANDY MACY

Haysville

Leave Middle East

Please get all Americans out of the Middle East and end all diplomatic relations immediately. The behaviors are horrible and unacceptable.

Middle Easterners have been murdering and maiming one another for centuries in the name of religious values. American intervention cannot fix the problems without devoting the remainder of American resources to the task for the next several hundred years and utilizing brainwashing tactics that would appall most Americans.

The rioting is clearly evidence that continuing American interference is stupid.

BERNY F. ALBRIGHT

Wichita

Ludicrous idea

Charles Koch was again quoted in The Eagle (“Koch versus ‘corporate cronyism,’” Sept. 11 WE Blog excerpts). The idea that “entrepreneurs” think the president doesn’t understand businessmen when he says “You didn’t build that” is ludicrous.

Koch’s comment disparaging the idea that entrepreneurs somehow didn’t get any help from the community they live in, or the family and friends who supported them, or all the public-service employees who daily risk their lives or just sacrifice their time and energy to the community, seemed little and self-serving. Also, not even Ayn Rand would think that the middle class and workers didn’t contribute to this great community, our state and the nation as a whole.

STEVE SEALS

Wichita

Birther garbage

I believe that the majority of the hardworking people in Kansas are embarrassed by their secretary of state and some others in supposed leadership positions considering whether the president should be on the ballot in Kansas. Don’t you believe this birther garbage has gone far enough?

I’m a former Marine, and my concern is about our young people fighting far from home, then coming back to find few jobs. I’m concerned about the people we have put into Congress using their position for political brinkmanship, not for the good of all Americans.

The author of “Leftist tactics” (Sept. 15 Letters to the Editor) was concerned that Israel’s issues were not getting the attention they should. I look on Israel as an ally and a friend to America. But it doesn’t get to write our foreign policy. We’re not sending any more troops to the desert.

TOM McGRATH

Brunswick, N.Y.

Disabled a priority

My husband and I are parents of a 21-year-old born with Aicardi syndrome, a rare and debilitating disorder. I wrote a letter to U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, regarding my concerns about the future of disability funding at the federal level.

Though his reply acknowledged the unique needs of citizens with disabilities, he suggested we must make changes to the biggest drivers of the nation’s spending and put our most critical national priorities first: protecting America at home and abroad, growing our economy, creating jobs, and reinstating budget discipline.

How can it be that people with disabilities do not qualify as one of our most critical national priorities?

In what universe are the disabled among the biggest drivers of the country’s spending? From everything I read, the top three “drivers” of the national debt are the Bush-era tax cuts, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and interest paid on the debt. Nowhere do the disabled show up as villains in this scenario.

MARGO APOSTOLAS

Hays

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