Military complex no match for Sandy
Our huge, bloated, richly endowed military industrial complex, which survives well on promises to keep Americans safe, wasn’t worth diddly-squat against Hurricane Sandy. Sandy “bombed” the East Coast, bringing misery, despair and anguish to millions – leaving the people at the mercy of underfunded relief and support organizations while our climate-change-denying corporate structure made off like gangbusters.
Shame on us for sending corporate creeps to Congress to represent us. Our House and Senate are but handmaidens of the war department. Try running for office without being in the pocket of some defense contractor.
Shame on us for submitting to months and months and months of loathsome and often offensive campaign rhetoric and foul commercials.
Campaign reform is decades overdue. Our democracy deserves better. It demands a whole lot of integrity. Overturning the Citizens United ruling would be a good beginning.
Now, let’s get back to saving what’s left of our environment, salvaging education, getting our troops as well as thousands of private contractors out of Afghanistan and Iraq, taking better care of our veterans, repairing our crumbling infrastructure – and, well, just passing around a lot of hope.
MARY McDONOUGH HARREN
When our soldiers are killed on Fort Hood, shouldn’t we expect an early trial and resolution? When our military and NATO allies are killed by terrorists posing as police or soldiers, shouldn’t we expect a quick resolution? Now the State Department has an issue in Libya.
Does anyone question why we don’t have better status-of-forces agreements? Seems to me the president doesn’t have anyone’s back.
Vote against interest
I recently moved from Pennsylvania to Wichita, expecting the worst concerning politics. The people in Wichita have not let me down. Year after year, they continue to vote for people who are putting nails in their coffin.
As I travel the city and patronize businesses, I get the strangest looks from the populace when they see my Obama T-shirts and bumper stickers. They actually stare in shock that there could be an individual among them who votes for his own interest.
I am very pleased with The Eagle for printing quite diverse opinions, even though this state is primarily red. This is the original reason why newspapers were written and printed in this country. The Eagle is doing a fantastic job of presenting all points of view in a state that has a very lopsided, skewed and dismal view of the future that will become self-prophesying.
Two are not equal
The article “Voices of Faith: Is science at odds with religion?” (Nov. 3 Faith & Values) should have asked, “Is science at odds with the Bible?” Science cannot contradict the Bible, where religion is a system of beliefs and the two are not equal. The Bible is the Word of God, and His creation cannot contradict His Word. He revealed the end from the beginning, thus the Word has given us all truth.
Look at the Bible compared with religions. The Bible reveals God in all His glory and attributes consistently from the beginning and to the end in Revelations. However, religions have unverifiable gods, hybrids of the God of the Bible, and the most corrupted god of them all – atheism. There is no aspect of this world that we cannot use to confirm the God of the Bible is God of the universe.
Compare scientific theory with scientific laws. No scientist is going to say they are of the same value. The cartoon with the article featured evolution from monkey to Charles Darwin. But the theory of evolution is not the same as the law of gravity. Gravity can be verified by stepping off a cliff, but Darwin’s theory cannot be verified to a law of science.
JAMES W. KILPATRICK Jr.
Let kids play
This fall I went to my grandson’s junior varsity football games. He is on a Wichita-area team.
Most games ended with my grandson’s team winning by two touchdowns or more. At the end of the games, I noticed about a dozen players who didn’t participate. They stood on the sidelines waiting for their opportunity to experience the competition.
The majority of these JV players will not play football after their high school years. It would be great for those players to have a nice memory of their football days in high school and a feeling of how they were a contributing part of their team.
I believe that junior varsity programs should be for developing players and installing team values and, most of all, the game should be for the kids. Winning at the JV level should be a secondary value.
LARRY APPENFELLER Sr.