Letters to the Editor

November 9, 2012

Letters to the editor on Obama, Congress, working together, fluoridation, Electoral College, daylight saving time

Did your guy lose the election? Do you feel like impaling yourself on his yard sign? Hold on – the world didn’t end. That comes on Dec. 21.

Will weeds take over garden?

Did your guy lose the election? Do you feel like impaling yourself on his yard sign? Hold on – the world didn’t end. That comes on Dec. 21.

I hope you listened to our president’s acceptance speech. It was most excellent. I hope he means what he says. I am dubious.

There is a plant called bindweed. Many think its flowers are pretty. Thistles have pretty flowers, too. So why do farmers spend so much time and money trying to eradicate these plants? Because they are harmful. This is the way that I view Democratic proposals, laws, taxes and regulations. They sound good and look good, but they are destructive.

Now what? Will our garden grow, or will it be overtaken by bindweed and thistles?

If our president doesn’t do what he said in his speech, then we will have more bindweed and thistles growing. On the other hand, that might be a good thing. More people would be able to see what the pretty flowers are doing to our country.

You can’t weed your garden if you can’t see the weeds.



Earn its pay

The election has come and gone and, like it or not, President Obama will lead us for another four years. The composition of the Senate and House have changed little, so what does this mean?

I suggest no mandate was handed to either party except to say, “Git er done.” For the past few years, Congress has averaged fewer than 150 days per year in session. Most of that revolved around gridlock. We need a full-time government working to earn its pay.



Work together

Congratulations to those successful candidates who were elected at the local, state and federal levels of government. Our expectations as citizens are that you will work together in a bipartisan way with the greater good in mind, not your own personal interest. The majority of us will support you and consider your work as statesmanship over politics.

Does it not bring shame to all of us and our candidates who were part of a more than $2 billion election? We could have fed many hungry children or given part of the excess to our churches and charities. Lowering the deficit should be a high priority, second only to meaningful work for all who are able to work.



City Council’s fault

The Wichita City Council is to blame for Wichita’s inept decision to reject water fluoridation.

The job of the City Council is to make the hard, and not necessarily popular, decisions that improve the life and well-being of those living in the city. While citizens fall prey to scare tactics and unscientific proof of harm and fear of government intrusion in their lives, the members of the City Council should be intelligent enough to overlook the nonsense and do what every other city larger that Wichita has successfully and safely done for the past 60 years.

The City Council should have made the decision to add fluoride to the water – just as it should have made the decision to implement citywide trash and recycling service.

If you owned a big company looking to relocate to Wichita, you would take one look at the unprogressive population and the spineless City Council and look elsewhere. Wichita will never be a thriving city with positive economic growth until we wake up and join the 21st century.



No Electoral College

It is time we did away with the Electoral College and elected our president by popular vote. This past election, the candidates concentrated all their campaign time in just six to eight so-called swing states. What about the rest of the country?

I know the states in the rest of the country have historically been either “red” or “blue,” and their Electoral College numbers are “set.” So whether 50 or 100 percent of their citizens get out to vote, those states probably will remain red or blue, and their electoral votes the same. But if your individual votes really counted along with the rest of the nation’s, what a difference your vote could make. The outcome might not even be decided until Hawaii’s votes were counted.

Let us stop pretending to be a democracy and actually start acting like one.



Stop time change

On Sunday I had to do my semiannual ritual of fiddling with my clocks because of daylight saving time. All the while I wondered what justifies it. Does anyone really believe that we gain any daylight?

A plausible explanation for daylight saving time is that it was instigated at the behest of influential New York bankers who wanted more time to play golf at the end of summer days.

I propose a sensible, uncomplicated arrangement: Those who want more sunlight at the end of the day simply start their daily routines earlier, instead of imposing it on others.



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