Letters to the editor on Brownback, economic theory, loud commercials, act of kindness, puppy mills

11/13/2012 6:23 PM

11/13/2012 6:23 PM

Brownback is not representing public

Gov. Sam Brownback’s opposition to Obamacare is ridiculous (“Brownback: Kansas won’t join in health exchange,” Nov. 9 Eagle). He is not representing the many. Instead, he continues to shape his politics by his personal views.

To wait until after the election to make a decision on the health-insurance exchange demonstrated a very one-minded approach to government for the people. Brownback really should start using the word “I” instead of “Kansans” when he speaks, as I do not recall his administration asking the people of Kansas to vote on the measure.



Not simple

We like to think the world is simpler than it is. That is why, perhaps, we sometimes find ourselves accepting bumper-sticker platitudes rather than reasoned solutions.

However, many problems possess too much nuance for simplistic slogans. As complex and polemical as any issues in 21st-century America are our monetary and fiscal policies, and how they should be dealt with in these trying times.

Some of us may find it easier to adopt Orwellian aphorisms about economic theory from one of the many talk-show pundits. But doing so comes with an abandonment of the independence we like to think we exercise in our decisions. Once we take the personal responsibility that accompanies critical reasoning, we soon see that the economic policies and practices sought by the president are recognizable and well-established in American fiscal and economic history.

This does not mean that the president’s course will necessarily succeed. The circumstances of our current economy are fraught with the peril of all troubled times. However, if rather than adding constructively to the debate, we choose to call the president a socialist, profess that we are being led toward perdition, and unreasonably denigrate his efforts on no more authority than the borrowed rationales of airwave proselytizers, we only worsen our plight. In that case, we lose all chance of success.



Lower volume

I am amazed that Republicans and businesses constantly criticize the government for passing laws and regulations that supposedly hinder business. In many cases, if these companies had policed themselves, government intervention would not have been necessary.

A case in point is loud commercials.

After so many complaints from constituents, Congress passed a law in December 2010 that restricts loud commercials beginning Dec. 13, 2012. Why this law took two years to implement is beyond me, as this country won World War II in fewer than four years. Perhaps the business special-interest groups got to elected officials.

Television stations could have simply said to companies that loud commercials no longer would be permitted on their stations. But it seems that the commercials are louder than ever.

Granted, viewers can use the mute button on their remotes, but why should they have to constantly do this?

In reviewing the Federal Communications Commission rules, I do not find what penalties will be imposed on such television stations. Perhaps if enough complaints from the public are received after Dec. 13, 2012, the FCC might revoke the stations’ licenses.

Do the television stations even care what the vast majority of viewers desire?



In it together

We miss many opportunities to applaud the generosity of small businesses that recognize their responsibility to give back to the community. I would like to share the good deeds of several local small businesses.

I am coordinator of God’s Food Pantry, which is a ministry of Holy Savior Catholic Church. Twice a month, we provide a sack of food at no cost to anyone who comes to our pantry, 1209 N. Indiana. We rely on the generosity of our compassionate community to help us fulfill our mission.

In mid-October I received a phone call from Marta Curry of Waddell and Reed financial advisers. She informed me that God’s Food Pantry was to be a beneficiary of its “Can Do” networking social event. This event was hosted by Curry, Sarah McNay of McNay and Voth Coaching Services, Lindsay Young of Building Controls and Services, and Denise Spurlock of Be Amazed Carpet Cleaning. About 150 people attended this business “Mix ‘n Mingle for a Cause” event, and each brought canned goods and other food products that were later donated to our food pantry.

These other small businesses recognize that we are all together in this wonderful, challenging circle called life.



Stop puppy mills

The holidays are around the corner, and I would like to warn readers not to put animal cruelty on their shopping lists. When you purchase puppies over the Internet, through newspaper ads or at some pet stores, you may be unknowingly supporting a puppy mill.

Puppy mills are designed to maximize profits, and they commonly disregard the physical, social and emotional health of the dogs. The “breeding dogs” at puppy mills often live their entire lives in cages, and poor conditions can lead to physical and behavioral problems for the puppies they produce. The best way to stop cruel puppy mills is to stop supporting them. If you’re adding a canine companion to your family, please visit the Kansas Humane Society or find a reputable breeder and insist on visiting the premises in person to see how and where your puppy’s mother is living.



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