Letters to the Editor

December 8, 2012

Letters to the editor on shopping tips, honoring election, Opinion Line comment, thanks

Now that we are in the holiday shopping season, I would offer a shopping primer based on years of experience in retail.

Tips for more pleasant shopping

Now that we are in the holiday shopping season, I would offer a shopping primer based on years of experience in retail.

Check your attitude at the door. Leave behind what happened at home, on the way, in the parking lot, etc.

Don’t expect to check out in just two minutes.

Unless you are absolutely sure your shopping trip will only take a few minutes, arrange for child care. Children tire of shopping quickly and can make life miserable for those around them.

If you know you only have a certain amount to spend, bring a pocket calculator; they are inexpensive. Perishables left at the checkout will be discarded.

Above all, be courteous. You don’t know what other shoppers and store personnel are going through. If they seem rude, you don’t need to return it.

If these suggestions are observed, your shopping experience, and those around you, will be more pleasant. And we will all have a happier holiday season.



Honor election

A letter writer wrote that “the election of 2012 set all mankind, male and female, back into the Garden of Eden” (“Back to Eden,” Nov. 28 Letters to the Editor). Really? I wasn’t aware of that. Blanket statements like this are most offensive.

Obviously the letter writer is Christian, as she thinks we have done God wrong by re-electing Barack Obama as president. But the Bible contradicts this opinion. Allow me, a non-Christian, to point out the writer’s fallacies.

Romans 13:1 states: “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.”

1 Peter 2:13-15 states: “Therefore, submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God.”

It seems more Christian to honor the election than to degrade it.



Must pay costs

Monday’s Opinion Line included the following ridiculous statement, undoubtedly submitted by an Obama supporter: “Grocery companies should sell food for exactly what it costs them.”

So how is that store supposed to pay its employees or pay the rent and utilities? Do people not even know that stores have built-in expenses that must come out of the revenue generated by sales? If there is no profit margin, there is no store.

To paraphrase a Winston Churchill quote, the shortcomings of a democracy can be found by spending two minutes with the average voter.



Thanks for cane

On Tuesday, as my wife and I left our volunteer work at the Wichita Public Library, I carelessly left my cane on the car. We were driving east on Douglas to a medical appointment when I realized the cane was not in the car, and I slowed to return to the library lot. A man in a convertible pulled up beside us, waving my cane.

I did not want to block traffic, and I wanted to get on to my medical appointment, so I did not get his name. I thanked him and drove on but later wished I had done a better job of expressing my appreciation.

There are good people in Wichita. And I certainly do appreciate what this man did to help a careless old man.



Help after fall

I parked in front of the Old Mill Tasty Shop on Douglas recently. I got out of my car and was going to get two bowls of green chili to go. One of my old shoes came apart, and I fell really hard on the brick sidewalk. My arm and ribs hurt so badly I could not get up.

The restaurant owners called the Wichita Fire Department for help. The firemen from Fire Station No. 1 were there in just a few minutes. Several firemen helped me up and half-carried me into the restaurant. My ribs hurt on one side, and one elbow got chewed up.

One fireman astutely bandaged my arm. They couldn’t do much for my ribs. One fireman even repaired my old shoe that had come apart and caused me to fall. What a great job they did for me. Wichita is lucky to have such great guys in our Fire Department. As an attempt to thank them, I offered to buy each of them a bowl of green chili. They declined, saying they had to get back to the station.

The owners of the Old Mill also were helpful. They followed me home just to be sure I got there safely.



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