Letters to the editor on loss of community, OK to preach politics, Tillman

10/09/2012 5:47 PM

10/09/2012 5:47 PM

Lost our sense of community

You know what terrifies me? Somehow along the way we have lost our sense of community.

Somehow we’ve decided that there are the haves and the have-nots. No longer is our sick brother our brother at all; he is now a moocher, necrotic to our way of life.

We call any government program to help the meek and lowly “socialism.” We’ve forgotten our motto, “E Pluribus Unum,” which is “out of many, one.”

What chance do we have if we can’t even care for our sick, our needy, our hungry? How can we hope to remain a nation if we can’t even help ourselves? It’s a shame.

We’ve become so divisive – the 1 percent, the 99 percent, the 47 percent – that we’ve forgotten who we are – the 100 percent.

ROBERT EASTMAN

Wichita

OK to preach

Talking about religious freedom in places of worship makes all the sense in the world to me (“Don’t preach politics,” Oct. 6 Letters to the Editor). Did the letter writer’s priest endorse a candidate or political party? If not, then her priest is doing what every priest, pastor, rabbi and imam is allowed to do and should be doing.

Though this attack on religious freedom is only “one small part” of the Affordable Care Act, it is a huge issue – one that would circumvent our first freedom, that of religious liberty.

This administration would like to replace our first freedom with a watered-down version called freedom of worship. It would allow us to live our faith within the confines of our religious buildings, but we are called to live our faith every day in all situations. Faith practiced one day of the week is no faith at all.

The current administration picked this unnecessary fight, and we must fight back on Saturday, Sunday and every day.

ROSEMARY BROOKS

Wichita

Slow to speed up

A way of looking at the economy might be that of a fully loaded 18-wheeler brought to a complete halt by the crash of 2008-09. First you have to get the engine started. Then you have to progress through each of the gears, steadily building momentum until eventually you’re at full speed again.

It’s annoying, just like being behind a semi pulling away from a red light is annoying, but that’s the way the economy is structured – creative destruction. The economy is not a Maserati going from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds.

Right now, our task is to get the economy back to full speed. For that reason, this registered independent is supporting Democrat Robert Tillman for Congress in the 4th District.

MIKE DWYER

Wichita

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