Letters to the Editor

November 29, 2012

Letters to the editor on Kobach, working together, sensory-friendly movie, abortion, Thanksgiving parades

Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s recent comments to the Kansas City Star about how Kansans will “vote with their feet” displayed a deeply flawed understanding of the diversity of the electorate in our state.

State more diverse than Kobach thinks

Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s recent comments to the Kansas City Star about how Kansans will “vote with their feet” displayed a deeply flawed understanding of the diversity of the electorate in our state.

As a liberal Democrat Kansan, I was amused that Kobach said, “If a person wants to live in a San Francisco lifestyle, they can go there.” Though Kansas is largely conservative and Republican, there are many of us who do not share those ideological beliefs yet choose to stay here and make Kansas our home.

Most of us love it in Kansas, despite the occasional intolerance of a minority of our elected leaders. We appreciate the good economy, low crime rate, manageable commute times and low cost of home ownership, and share a variety of other reasons why we make Kansas our home.

Kobach may not believe it, but there are more Kansans who respect the diversity of opinions that exist in our state than those who do not.



Work together

Another election season has come to a close, and I know most people (myself included) are glad that we can get back to business. I was encouraged that in Kansas the general election was not as negative as the primary, and I hope this trend will continue.

People tell me constantly that they dislike negative campaigning. Now that the election is over, it is important that we start working together. Henry Ford put it this way: “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

As I begin my service in Topeka as a state senator, I understand that Kansas faces many problems. Thus, the question: How will we deal with it? I believe that Republicans and Democrats can work together to bring positive change to our state.

I promise to work every day to improve our economy by creating a better climate for job creation, improving education and enhancing our opportunities to attract families to our great state.

I pray that after this election (where there was clearly a divide in our selection of a president), we will make progress in “coming together,” “keeping together” and “working together” to see Kansas become successful.



Men and abortion

Why should men have no say about abortion, as some say? Men have been some of the best allies the pro-choice movement has. Without those brave men on the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973, Roe v. Wade would have taken longer to become a reality, putting hundreds of thousands of women at risk of being punished with babies.

There have since been many more good men involved in the pro-choice movement, including former Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller. And don’t forget heroes like former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden, who have wholeheartedly supported the movement.

These caring and supportive men are all around us. Abortion allows the college-age man who knocks up his hookups to continue his education and career. It allows the executive who impregnates his mistress to keep his wife and community from finding out. It enables the pedophile who preys on girls as young as 11 to stay out of prison if their parents don’t find out. The father who molests his daughter can keep it in the family.

These fine men all support abortion, and the pro-choice movement should be eager and proud to include them. On the other hand, the exploited women and girls may have a different opinion.



Thanks for movie

I just wanted to extend a big “thank you” to Bill Warren and others involved in keeping a sensory-friendly movie-viewing experience in Wichita (“‘Sensory friendly’ movie screening a hit,” Nov. 23 Eagle).

Though my own children do not have sensory needs, we have friends who do, and being able to plan fun outings together like this is a great service to us. I also appreciate the opportunity to teach inclusion to my girls and practice tolerance and understanding at an event like this. The effects of these efforts are far-reaching, and we really appreciate it.



Show parades

There were two Thanksgiving Day parades on TV with thousands of people participating (band members, dancers, people on floats, balloon handlers, etc.). But the people who told the TV viewers about each parade were less than 10 feet from the cameras, while the parade was almost a block away most of the time, except for a few close-ups.

The hosts talked to guests while most of the parade was going by. Then every few minutes there were commercials that would take up several minutes.

Thank goodness for all the thousands of people who watched the parades in person, so that the many in the parade were appreciated.

With all the commercials and bad programs, television is not worth the time to watch it or the cost of cable. After 30 minutes of watching the parades, we turned off the television.

Thanksgiving Day is more than listening to hosts talking to guests and watching commercials.



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