Letters to the Editor

October 27, 2012

Letters to the editor on blame game, Romney sons, Sauceda, Norton, Ballinger, acts of kindness

How many times have we heard that the mess President Obama inherited from George W. Bush is the reason that things are bad now? There is a lot of crying from the Obama apologists on that issue, but take a look at what Bush didn’t do.

Unlike Obama, Bush didn’t blame others

How many times have we heard that the mess President Obama inherited from George W. Bush is the reason that things are bad now? There is a lot of crying from the Obama apologists on that issue, but take a look at what Bush didn’t do.

Bush didn’t blame Bill Clinton for the attack on the World Trade Center planned and carried out by the same man Clinton refused to “take out” when he had the chance. Likewise, he didn’t blame Clinton for the fiscal mess. Not many remember that the banking reforms were signed by Clinton, and they led to the Wall Street financial meltdown.

Obama learned from Clinton that Democrats will stand behind another Democrat, as they did when they would not impeach Clinton for committing perjury while in office. Republicans did force Richard Nixon out of office for lies and a cover-up. Obama also learned from Clinton that attorneys general can get away with mass murder and obstruction of justice, and enforce – or not – any laws they like or dislike.

It seems clear that the Republicans will remove dishonorable presidents from office while Democrats circle the wagons and claim, “It’s the Republicans’ fault.”



Send sons to war

Mitt Romney’s recent speech to cadets at Virginia Military Institute admonished President Obama for genuflecting to dictators worldwide. He said, “It is the responsibility of our president to use America’s great power to shape history. Not to lead from behind, leaving our destiny at the mercy of events.”

Fine. If Romney becomes president and takes our country into war, every American should demand that his five sons are at the front lines immediately. Any other Republicans advocating the same should also send their sons and daughters into the fray. They need to be responsible, not sitting at home on their duffs enjoying the good life and benefiting from the sacrifices, killings and mutilations of our good American sons and daughters.


Garden Plain

Why have Congress?

The presidential debates did not mention what part the 535 members of Congress might play in the wonderful things the president will do for us. Why do we have that Congress? Are we now a nation run by a dictator?



Not yet helpless

I appreciated the edifying prayer to the Kochs (Oct. 23 Letters to the Editor). We might add that we are also grateful that they have not yet abandoned us into abject helplessness, as was threatened in “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand. She is, of course, the atheist “objectivist” who remains the patron saint of many of our most dedicated, precious and anointed capitalist “creators” – and who has been credited by vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and other right-wing politicians as having greatly influenced them in their devotion to saving us from such a terrible fate. Amen.



Here is a TIF

Public-private partnerships exist across the fruited plain. They come in all different shapes and sizes. Here in Sedgwick County, the standard procedure for economic development is a toxic partnership known as a TIF (tax increment financing).

Essentially, a TIF is sold as a bill of goods to encourage economic development in blighted areas. The incentive is flawed at the start, because it creates an arbitrary zone around the development area and increases the tax burden for existing businesses to offset the development costs. This punishes legacy businesses and reduces projected employment for those businesses.

It seems that the majority faction on the County Commission only understand one way to encourage development. Want economic development? Here is a TIF. Want a grocery store? Here is a TIF. Want a new retailer? Here is a TIF. The majority faction continues to ignore the other side of the equal sign.

Reducing the overall tax burden raises the amount of revenues by incentivizing new and legacy commercial expansion together. It lifts all boats.

On Nov. 6, there is one candidate for County Commission who knows that you can never tax your way into growth. That candidate is Ben Sauceda.



Norton an asset

The Eagle did a very good job highlighting the differences between the two candidates for Sedgwick County Commission (Oct. 22 Eagle). And the differences are rather stark in that Commissioner Tim Norton has years of experience, not only as a commissioner but also real experience gained as manager of the east-side Target store and his involvement in helping others achieve their full potential.

Candidate Ben Sauceda wants to help the county operate efficiently. However, Sauceda doesn’t have enough business-world experience to be of much help. And as a newly elected official, he would need about a year to understand the workings of county government.

Norton can be of greater value to his constituents the minute he reoccupies his old seat. Additionally, Norton is highly respected for his due diligence and patience and his willingness to listen to anyone who comes in front of the commission with whatever problems that need be discussed.

Tim Norton has been a real asset to his district and Sedgwick County, and should be re-elected.



Ballinger respected

As an attorney, I was appalled by Todd Tiahrt’s Oct. 22 letter to the editor. The Wichita Bar Association’s survey of attorneys is anonymous. It does not benefit any attorney to respond favorably regarding a sitting judge. If Tiahrt’s supposition were true, then all of the sitting judges would have received high scores. That was not the case.

The facts are simple. Richard Ballinger is a well-respected judge who follows the law and goes the extra mile to ensure everyone who appears before him is treated fairly. In other words, he does the job the electorate hired him to do.

Does it make sense when someone does the job you hire him to do, and does it well, that you replace him with someone who doesn’t have the experience to do the job? It doesn’t make sense in business, and it doesn’t make sense when selecting a judge either.

I am voting for Richard Ballinger. You should, too.



Aid from others

Like most people, I usually set out to run an errand, or make a purchase, with little thought other than accomplishing my task and returning home quickly. But two times in the past seven weeks I have found myself suddenly and unexpectedly in need of the aid of another person.

I would like to thank the young man who came to my aid at Dillons on one of those late-summer 100-degree days: The two young children who were with you will learn so much more from the way you conduct your life than any number of words of instruction you could give them. Thank you for your assistance.

I also would like to thank the gentleman who aided my daughter and me in the pouring rain outside Century II after a performance of “The Lion King”: Who knew that a fall down a few steps could result in a broken hip? Your kindness was appreciated so much.

I do not plan to repeat these actions. But I will be actively looking for ways to “pass on” the kindness that was shown to me.



Prompt action

I wish to publicly thank the USD 259 facilities department. I called its attention to hazardous sand and mud on the sidewalks around the school where my grandson attends prekindergarten. The sidewalk was overgrown and covered with sand and mud leaking under the fence from the playground. Animals were leaving deposits in our path also.

The first week after I called, the sidewalk was swept. The next week the grass was edged, uncovering 10 more inches of sidewalk, and a barrier was installed to hold the sand and dirt inside the schoolyard fence. My grandson and I and the others using that route now have a safe, clean path to use, and the playground has more sand.



Watched out for dog

We would like to thank the couple who took the time to follow our black Lab onto 24th Street North after watching her navigate Rock Road (and almost get hit twice) during rush hour Monday morning. We so appreciate their kindness.



Act of kindness

I would like to thank the staff at Carlos O’Kelly’s on Ridge Road. Our wonderful server remembered our family Tuesday from having eaten lunch there last week. He said that we must be lucky getting to go out again. My husband explained that he was leaving for Afghanistan, and he wanted to eat at his favorite restaurant before leaving.

It had been a very emotional and hard day for us. He was leaving behind a wife and three boys. When we finished eating, our server told us that his manager had picked up the tab as a “thank you,” and he wished my husband good luck as he shook his hand.

I just wanted to let the staff and the good people of Wichita know that this single act of kindness meant a lot to my husband and the family he is leaving behind.

I also want to thank all of the men and women serving overseas and the families that they leave behind. God bless all of you.

It is not only hard on them overseas but also for the families that will spend Thanksgiving and Christmas without them here in the states. A simple “thank you” or remark means the world.



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