Letters to the editor on Bible banners, Kochs, Cubbage, Hicks, Faust-Goudeau, Thimesch

10/24/2012 12:00 AM

10/23/2012 5:53 PM

Let God root for all young people

As a man of religion for all my life, I was interested in the article “Texas cheerleaders win on Bible banner suit” (Oct. 19 Eagle). I surely subscribe to the biblical quotes proclaimed on the banners through which the home team runs: “I can do all things through Christ…” and “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

But some questions did arise. Was the Almighty consulted about using His name to further the football aspirations of the lads from Kountze? If God is on the side of Kountze High, is Satan, God’s opponent, on the other side? That sure might cause the “other guys” some anxiety.

Also, might a Muslim student prepare a breakaway banner that said “Allah Akbar” (“God is great”) or “Alhamdulillah” (God be praised”)? What about a banner that read “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is One!” offered by Jewish students? Or even a banner that read “God is a phony” created by the nonreligious students?

Why not simply have no religious proselytizing at secular sports events? Let the young folks decide the victor, and free God to root for all the young people. I have a feeling God loves those “other guys” as much as He loves Kountze High.



Appreciate Kochs

Regarding the Oct. 14 Eagle article about Charles and David Koch and Richard Fink, executive vice president at Koch Industries: As a former employee who retired from Koch Industries, I had the privilege to work closely with Charles Koch and Fink for a number of years, and to witness their long-term commitment to creating a better society.

The older I get, the more I appreciate how precious the commodity of time is, and I wonder how they can spend so much of their precious time working to improve our society, especially given the abuse that is often heaped upon them. I have the highest respect for their integrity and truly appreciate their willingness to persevere.

It puzzles me that so many in this country believe we are immune to the debt issues currently drowning many European countries. It distresses me that the efforts of the Kochs and Fink aren’t better appreciated. Instead, they are demonized. I am greatly concerned about the future impact of government debt on my children and grandchildren.

I applaud the work of the Kochs and Fink and thank them for their commitment to our country.



Pick Cubbage, Hicks

Why would we send back to the Kansas House or Senate the status quo? Why would we send back the same people who buckle under the pressure from the Governor’s Office? Why would we send back those who do not ensure adequate funding for public education and do not create or strengthen opportunities for all, especially our vulnerable citizens?

I strongly encourage that we vote for Diana Cubbage in Senate District 27 and Liz Hicks in House District 105. These women are much more capable and willing to look at the human costs as well as the economic costs of tax cuts and the current nemesis of our lives – so-called big government. And, yes, I am suggesting that we look at these two candidates specifically because they are women – women with business experience who are community activists. They would bring a larger perspective and hands-on experience. They are in touch every day with the needs and dreams of others, and they have successful records in working to meet those needs and dreams.

The good ol’ boys have been in control long enough, and just look where things are. So let’s do something about it. Let’s vote for these well-qualified women, and let our voices be heard.



Effective legislator

Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita, is an effective legislator. She listens to people in her district and takes their concerns to the Legislature, where she has been successful in introducing bills that were signed into law.

One of those bills became a grandparents’ rights law that allows grandparents to ask for custody of their grandchildren when their parents cannot care for them. The second law guarantees health insurance for families of firefighters killed in the line of duty.

Given the animosity that has marked recent legislative sessions, Faust-Goudeau’s ability to bring people of all political backgrounds together to pass these laws is astounding. I will vote for Faust-Goudeau, and I hope others in Senate District 29 will do the same.



Real representative

Many voters are bothered by my financial troubles – delinquent taxes, foreclosure, etc. (“Candidate admits he owes $200,000 in back taxes,” Oct. 20 Local & State).

How is our country doing? How are you doing?

Many people I have talked to are just getting by. Others have no work, have no insurance or are losing their homes. I counted 23 pages of delinquent taxpayers recently in The Eagle.

Yes, I was one of them.

The status quo is not working. The harder politicians try, the worse it gets. Maybe we should elect real representatives of the people who understand.



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