Letters to the editor on public employees, gun violence, Gaza play, loud commercials

02/06/2013 12:00 AM

02/05/2013 5:30 PM

Don’t demonize public employees

Some Kansas House members say they voted to deny public employees the right to have donations to political action committees deducted from their paychecks because public employees cannot withstand the pressure from union leaders to make such deductions. Legislators must think public employees are automatons who mindlessly follow their masters’ bidding. As a lifetime National Education Association member active in KNEA, I can guarantee that teachers are capable of standing up to any pressure. I would imagine this is true of all public employees.

Kansas Chamber of Commerce members are behind this move and other legislation to undermine public-employee union negotiation laws in Kansas. They fear that public employees’ political activity will interfere with chamber plans to dominate the Kansas Legislature with lawmakers who will end taxes and shrink government.

If the Kansas chamber is a proponent of free enterprise, as it claims to be, one would think that it would relish competition from the public-employee unions in the political arena. Obviously, chamber members aren’t as keen on free enterprise and competition as they would have us believe.

Public employees should be respected for the work they do, not demonized for union activities. After all, we vote.

DIANE WAHTO

Wichita

What they wanted

Gun violence is an issue of the human heart. It cannot be blamed on the mechanical devices that propel the projectiles.

Americans have gun violence because that is what they want. That is what they have been asking for these past few decades. They wanted the up-and-coming generations to be free from the bonds of religious and moral restraint. That’s what they got.

They wanted their children to ignore Judeo-Christian principles and be obsessed with their own godhood. That’s what they got.

They wanted all those antiquated traditional values eradicated from the public arena. That’s what they got.

So why all the uproar about gun control after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre? Why are the liberals surprised at such tragedies? Couldn’t they see it coming? Are they so naive as to believe that their anti-Christian, anti-American policies will not have dire consequences?

Will they continue to ignore the writing on the wall? Will the majority of American voters keep putting them into office? Their politics will not correct the human condition.

Gun violence is ultimately a spiritual issue that needs a spiritual solution. Of course, at this point, a majority of Americans are looking to the wrong “messiah” for that solution.

SCOTT E. BLADES

Wichita

Reach out

Some say the solution to gun violence is to make guns illegal. I don’t think that is the solution.

In most cases involving mass shootings, the shooter has had a horrible home life or been bullied at school or at some other point in life. Those of us who have good home lives and are successful at school or work need to show kindness to those kids who don’t quite fit in or don’t have the greatest home lives.

Those who have friends need to branch out to the kids who are having hard times and don’t have friends. I believe this would cut down on shootings by cutting down on angry shooters, who are often trying to get revenge for something hiding in their heart from earlier in their lives.

JAKE BERDAN

Andover

Moving play

Congratulations to Bethel College in North Newton for presenting the play “My Name Is Rachel Corrie.” I saw the excellent production Friday night at the college.

It is a one-woman play about the life and death of a young American woman working with a nongovernmental organization trying to make life as tolerable as possible for the Palestinians in the Rafah region of southern Gaza. She was killed in March 2003 by an Israeli bulldozer as she put herself between the machine, operated by an Israeli soldier, and the home of the Palestinian doctor’s family she had been living with.

An amazing young actress, Renee Reimer, played Corrie, and the play was professionally directed by Megan Upton-Tyner of Bethel. The original play was taken from the writings of Corrie, edited by Katharine Viner and actor Alan Rickman.

I worked in Gaza this past April with Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Reimer had me in tears several times with her 90-minute passionate and realistic portrayal of Corrie and the horrors of life in the Gaza Strip. There was even some well-placed humor, which keeps hope alive for many of the Earth’s oppressed and terrorized people, including the 1.6 million living in the world’s largest outdoor prison, the Gaza Strip.

MICHAEL POAGE

Wichita

Still violating

I am very annoyed that local TV stations are still violating the Federal Communications Commission’s ruling that commercials’ volume be at the same level as the base program. I have notified two stations about this.

Those in the area who wish to report violations to the FCC can do so by using an online complaint form at www.fcc.gov/complaints. Complaints need to include the date, time, name of program and TV station.

Hopefully, if enough viewers complain, something will get done about this.

ROBERT BLENCOE

Mulvane

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