Letters to the editor on River Festival, mail delivery, Boy Scouts, revival, box tops for education

03/02/2013 12:00 AM

03/01/2013 5:19 PM

River Festival a mix of new, retro

In the fourth quarter of last year, staff and volunteers of Wichita Festivals transitioned into the detailed planning phase for the 2013 Wichita River Festival. As a longtime volunteer and former Admiral Windwagon Smith, I am looking forward to May 31.

I can confidently say that community feedback from past years has been heard and is being acted upon. I believe that 2013’s mix of new and retro events and activities, the rejuvenated venues and a fresh look at schedules and entertainment will create a vibe that will have Wichita celebrating at its best for Riverfest’s nine days. It’s also energizing to see the many new as well as returning sponsors on board.

The purchase of a $5 button (new for 2013, a $3 button for ages 6-12) will allow entry into Riverfest venues and nearly all events – including all concerts. Comparison of that cost with other regional events is a reminder of what a great value that represents.

Reflecting on 35 years of Riverfest memories, I am energized to see the event respecting its celebrated history and the contributions of those who have been involved, while bringing lots of fresh energy to Wichita’s largest community party.



Where was mail?

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays mail couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds, except on Ida, Laura, Lulu, Pattie, Ellis, etc., between 43rd and 47th streets south. Washington Street gets its mail; so does Hydraulic. But we don’t get our mail unless the weather is just perfect.

The flag was up for mail pickup Feb. 20-22, but there was no sign of a mail vehicle within 6 feet of my mailbox or anybody’s up or down the street.

But may God bless those who actually brave the elements to deliver the mail on time.



Stand up for nation

Isn’t the whole idea of the Boy Scouts of America to build character and godly values in our boys, who become the men and leaders of our country?

Is America swaying under the winds of perceived persecution, afraid to stand up for what is right? Where is the backbone America was founded on?

God clearly states that homosexuality is an abomination. God created Adam and Eve, one man and one woman, to subdue the Earth.

Immorality is just that. Yet we have allowed it to creep in and corrupt our soul, our character, our values, our families, our workplaces, our organizations – even our churches – and, most of all, our nation.

Just because our president shouts acceptance from Capitol Hill and our pastors preach acceptance from the pulpit doesn’t make it right in the eyes of God. God calls it sin for which repentance will bring forgiveness and restoration.

Why are we so afraid to stand up for God’s righteousness? Rather, shouldn’t we be afraid of God’s judgment upon our nation because we didn’t stand up?

Please stand up and preserve our nation.



Pray for pardon

I am alarmed at the division, not only in our government but among the citizens of our great country. Issues such as abortion, gun control, gay marriage, the national deficit and the rise in violence are troubling.

We have come to think that we are smart enough to decide these issues for ourselves. We believe we have the answers. According to the Word of God, things are not going to get any easier or better, but worse and worse. Our only chance for survival is falling on our face before Almighty God in prayer, asking His forgiveness for what we are doing wrong against His will and begging His pardon and blessing upon our great country once again.

His blessing is what has made our country so great in the past, and without it we will never be great again. I pray that we wake up and not push for liberal or conservative revivals, but push for a God revival among our great people.



Thanks for box tops

I would like to offer a heartfelt “thank you” to the loving, caring, wonderful people in the Wichita area who have been sending their Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education to me, “Grandpa Tim,” at Stanley Elementary School, 1749 S. Martinson, Wichita, KS 67213. We recently received $1,504 from General Mills for our efforts and are buying needed supplies and equipment for our classrooms and students.

All 650 of my “grandkids,” staff, teachers and I truly appreciate your help and are extremely grateful. It’s people like you who help our underprivileged kids enjoy school, learn more and greatly increase their chances of achieving a successful future.



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