Letters to the editor on Pakistan, Big Bird, Kochs, fluoridation

10/23/2012 12:00 AM

10/22/2012 5:36 PM

Pakistan is not the same country

As a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, I feel sad about the dastardly terrorist attack by the Taliban on a 14-year-old girl who only wanted to go to school. Pakistan, it seems, has become a lot more intolerant than what I remember when I left it more than 25 years ago.

I urge the government of Pakistan to take severe action against the terrorists who are eating away at the country from inside out. I believe it is time that the government of Pakistan gives an ultimatum to the peaceful residents of North Waziristan to leave the tribal area before finally taking care of the problem for good.

I am sure if Pakistan asks for U.S. military might to assist in eradicating terror, it will not be turned away. Let the tragic attack on a little girl be the start of Pakistan spring. I pray for a speedy recovery for Malala Yousufzai, and I also pray for millions of peaceful Pakistanis who are stuck in this vicious cycle of violence.



Big Bird hoax

I would not be too sorry if PBS lost taxpayer funding. I have checked the financial statement for Sesame Workshop and subsidiaries for 2011, and they had operating revenue of $134.1 million. About $47 million of this revenue was from licensing the characters and brands for toys, games, clothing and food, and $42 million was from distribution fees and royalties.

The total net assets at the end of 2011 were $232.2 million, and they had $15.6 million of investment income.

I do not believe that “Sesame Street” has contributed any of its product income to the taxpayers for its free time on PBS.



Pray to Kochs

O Mighty, Charles Koch, save our country from its enemies. Flood our elections with your cash and our TVs with your word, so that messy democracy drowns, so that discordant voices may not be heard beneath your mighty tide.

Send your disciples among us. Henceforth teach our judges at fancy spa retreats the true law. Awe our scholars at economics departments with the true doctrine, that we may live as dogs in the scramble for money and power.

Endow your think tanks as temples against regulation and taxes. Help Brother Dave Trabert at the Kansas Policy Institute to reform our schools, so that they become efficient. Show us the miracle of clean coal from dirty, and render us immune to the entreaties of those sinners who tempt us with thoughts of brotherhood, justice, equality and peace.

Remind us of the words of Saint Ludwig von Mises, who wrote about having “the courage to tell the masses … you are inferior and all the improvements in your conditions which you simply take for granted you owe to the effort of men who are better than you.”

This we pray in Milton Friedman’s name. Amen.



Fact on fluoride

As Wichita residents consider the important ballot issue of fluoridating our public water supply, we urge voters to support bringing one of the most important advances in public health to the community.

Consider these facts:

Adding fluoride to Wichita’s water will save people’s teeth. Children and adults will benefit from reduced cavities, and adults who drink water with added fluoride are more likely to keep their permanent teeth past age 60.

Adding fluoride to Wichita’s water will save money for your family and the city. For every $1 spent on fluoridation, most cities save an average of $38 in unnecessary health care. Adding fluoride to Wichita’s water will save the city an estimated $4.5 million.

Adding fluoride to Wichita’s water is safe. Fluoride is naturally found in water, but not at levels high enough to prevent tooth decay. The recommended level of fluoridation – 0.7 parts per million – is the smallest amount we can add to water and still see the benefit of reduced cavities and better health.

Vote for healthy teeth: Vote for fluoridation.



Kansas Public Health Association



Executive director

American Public Health Association

Gaithersburg, Md.

Do homework

I am an 82-year-old woman who has lived in Wichita all my life and has fought against fluoridation of Wichita’s water since my children were in grade school. Have supporters of fluoridation done their homework? Go to your computer and search “fluoride.” I did and I was stunned at the information there is against it.

You drink this water, and the fluoride goes to every part of your body, not just your teeth. I have only one kidney and also a thyroid condition, and I’m concerned that fluoridation might worsen these conditions. It is unacceptable to put others’ health at risk when people can buy fluoride toothpaste for their children to use.

Who is going to pay for this addition to our water – most of which will be used for other things rather than drinking? Higher water bills will be a hardship on people with limited incomes.

I will vote against fluoridation, and hope we win.



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