Letters to the editor on election, gifts, abuse, art exhibition

11/21/2012 5:19 PM

11/21/2012 5:19 PM

Nation went forward again; not Kansas

In President Obama’s re-election speech, he said that “despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America’s future.” The direction that 51 percent of America voted for will not happen in Kansas. I don’t even think most of the other 48 percent of Republicans nationwide would agree on what Gov. Sam Brownback is doing to progress his party in his experiment here in Kansas. Our governor is doubling down on extremist right-wing views that the country just voted against by a pretty big margin.

Many of us liberals found Obama’s second presidential campaign less joyful than his first, yet it’s worth noting that it was thematically sharper and more progressive this election. In a nutshell, the nation went forward again, and Kansas voted the opposite.



Not victims

As a conservative, I was interested in why so many voters chose to overlook the high employment, debt and deficits, and other failed policies of the past four years and vote for more of the same – especially when the president presented no new plans.

It is no surprise that lower socioeconomic groups voted overwhelmingly for President Obama. They often look to the federal government for assistance, and the president was more willing to provide that assistance.

But many more prosperous people also voted for the president. They don’t need assistance or want high unemployment and debt. Why would they vote as they did?

The reason may be that our education system from grade school through college indoctrinates many students with the notion that big government can solve society’s problems, and that people are often victims and have little control over the events of their lives. Can we have a strong and prosperous country when so many believe this way?

The president has gotten rich through government, but it’s not likely the rest of us will. So that our kids can be successful, please teach them they have control over their lives and are not victims who need big government in order to succeed.


Bel Aire

GOP ailments

Any unease of swing voters who voted for President Obama was wiped away with Mitt Romney’s recent condescending, arrogant and ignorant comments concerning “gifts” to voters. Romney’s tax rate is lower than that of a lot of middle-class families, all thanks to “gifts” of tax shelters, interest carry forward and low capital-gains taxes.

Unfortunately, many other Republicans seem to suffer from the same ailments as Romney does. They are still convinced that gifts of government programs bought votes, or that they lost because of how their message was delivered (the rape comments). But it was not the messengers who lost the election; it was the message.

A majority of people across this country do not believe that rich people pay too much in taxes and that the middle class pays too little. They do not believe cutting taxes to the wealthy will increase tax revenues and create more jobs. Nor do they believe that there are different kinds of rape or that contraception and abortion should be illegal. A majority of Americans do not want Social Security cut and Medicare turned into a voucher program, and they understand these are not gifts but rather benefits they have been paying into for years. These are the issues Democrats won on.



Where is justice?

I have never in my life heard so much about innocent babies and people of all ages being maimed or killed as I have heard in 2012.

There are abusers and bullies in most all professions and almost everywhere you go in public. Some people in authority abuse and bully and sometimes get away with it.

Where is justice? God will eventually get justice, as the Bible says whatsoever people sow, that shall they also reap.



Rare chance

I want to recommend an exhibition at the Wichita Art Museum on view through Jan. 20: “The Disquieting Imagination: A Visual Duet Between James G. Davis and Judith Burns McCrea.” It is a rare chance to see the works of two important artists and, more important, celebrate the success of the University of Wichita’s influential art program of the 1950s and 1960s.

Davis received his first degree at the university in 1959 and received his master’s degree in 1962. He had successful teaching careers at the University of Missouri and the University of Arizona. By the 1980s, he was exhibiting internationally and maintained studios in the United States, Germany and Canada. His works are in the permanent collections of major art museums around the world.

McCrea received her bachelor’s of arts from Wichita State University in 1967 and her master’s of fine arts in 1970. She embarked on a successful teaching career in several Kansas colleges and universities. She is currently on the faculty of the University of Kansas. She has influenced countless students for nearly two generations. Her paintings are also in collections throughout the United States.

Davis and McCrea are examples of a vibrant and successful art program that flourished in Wichita after World War II, largely centered at the University of Wichita.



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