Kobach piling up house of cards
The most recent “birther” debacle has finally come to a close (Sept. 18 Eagle), but Kansas should expect more outrageous antics from our desperate-for-attention secretary of state, Kris Kobach. Kobach is always scheming up a way to inflate any hot-button issue, but how long can he keep it up?
The birther mess may have kept Kobach’s name in the national limelight, but it has brought a great deal of embarrassment to many Kansans by tying our state to yet another of his absurd notions. This embarrassment could have been prevented by Kobach when the first birther objection was filed in April 2011 by a Wichitan named David Shultz. Kobach and the other members of the State Objections Board dismissed that case, not because of how ridiculous it was but because it was filed too early.
Kobach has reached political stardom by piling up a house of cards made up of media-grabbing shock policy. With his job-approval rating at 35 percent as of July, he should ask himself: “Are the people of Kansas about to pull my card?”
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I’m glad that the Wichita City Council recognized the diversity of opinion about fluoridation and chose to put the question of whether to fluoridate the public water supply on the general election ballot on Nov. 6. The ordinance calling for the election specifically acknowledged “citizens’ rights to choose what chemicals or substances they ingest.”
It really is that simple. Fluoride is medication. Taking medication is an individual choice, not a choice that the government needs to make for us. It’s not even a choice that the majority should make for everybody.
Though the levels of fluoride used in drinking water have been officially deemed safe for most people, not all people are the same. Newborn infants and certain people are more susceptible to the harmful effects of fluoride than an average healthy adult.
The public water supply is simply not an appropriate vehicle for administering medication.
The Portland City Council voted 5-0 recently to fluoridate its public water system. Before this vote, Portland was the largest U.S. city that did not adjust the fluoride in its drinking water to the optimal level that prevents tooth decay.
Why should Wichita residents be at a disadvantage? Do we want to be known as the city with the worst teeth in the country? Let’s get with the times, Wichita, and support water fluoridation.
I wonder why “Send him back” (Sept. 11 Letters to the Editor) told only one side of the story.
True, President Obama had the majority in the U.S. House and Senate for two years, but he did not have the filibuster-proof 60 votes needed in the Senate to get bills into law.
Many good economic- and people-friendly bills were passed in the House under the leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. But when they were sent to the Senate for approval, Republican leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and each and every Republican senator filibustered, just to make Obama look bad, at the expense of millions of struggling Americans.
I certainly do blame the Republicans for creating this economic mess that they have no intention to fix. Their obstructionism toward jobs, health care, women’s rights and a sound economy is epic.
They should be ashamed about all the harm they are doing to poor and middle-class Americans while worshipping at the feet of the ultrarich, who are buying America on the cheap.
JOSEPH R. MUELLER
Back for new term
Regarding “Send him back” (Sept. 11 Letters to the Editor): Send President Obama back to the White House for another term. His accomplishments have been pretty amazing. If the truth should ever be unveiled, we would find out that much of the hatred for the president stems from people who cannot accept that a black man is president.
Bowling Green, Ky.
Regarding “No footnote in Bible” (Sept. 8 Letters to the Editor): When a marketing system creates a negative imbalance, whether corporate or government, the negative imbalance must be corrected. Neither can exist for long without correction.
There is enough wrong in both political parties’ platforms that requires fair regulatory oversight. We the people also must be proactive. There must be controls to keep corporations from oppressing the poor to increase their riches.
We must separate the lazy poor from others in need for no fault of their own, because of physical or mental disability, or families deprived of reasonable bread winners. Overpayments made for continuous childbirth must be discontinued.
Paul wrote to Christians in 2 Thessalonians 3:10: “If any shall not work, neither shall he eat.” There needs to be reform in the welfare system that requires every able body to be trained in public works. This will spare the taxpayer and keep the government and the public from drowning in a sea of debt.
When Jesus told Peter and the other apostles to “feed my sheep,” he was usually talking about spiritual food.