Letters to the editor on sequester strangeness, climate change, Kobach protest, Forum Theatre
03/08/2013 12:00 AM
03/07/2013 6:40 PM
Is truth stranger than fiction?
Can it be justly proclaimed that truth is stranger than fiction?
The sequester cuts were designed to be so painful and damaging that they would never be used, because the economic fallout would be so bad that everyone would suffer – shades of the movie “Dr. Strangelove.” Yet in our nation’s capital, we have two factions fighting for power and control that have unleashed a political “doomsday bomb” because they cannot work together, solve the country’s problems, serve the people who elected them and be civil. Instead of doing any of this, they allow the deadline to pass, detonate the “bomb” and go home for the weekend.
Are we watching President Obama, cast in the role of President Merkin Muffley, and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, cast as Premier Dimitri Kisov, spar and create such economic and political disaster that they are willing to take the rest of the country down with them? Or are they doing the equivalent of Stanley Kubrick’s mine-shaft escape and taking time off while the rest of us suffer from the fallout?
I honestly thought this country was better than that. I still do, but I have great reservations in the mentalities of those who were elected to lead us.
Truth or fiction? Only the voters can decide.
I was interested to read in “Climate change has skeptics in Legislature” (March 1 Eagle) about the appearance in Kansas of Willie Soon, a global-warming denier. Soon is an astrophysicist with no formal training in climatology and no affiliation with Harvard University. He supports himself with large grants provided from fossil-fuel interests, including Koch Industries.
His controversial 10-year-old report claiming that the Earth was not getting warmer was thoroughly debunked by climate scientists, including 13 who stated that he misrepresented them in the report. He is a prime example of the scientists, but not climate experts, who for the right price will give opinions supporting dirty-energy interests.
This charade hardly seems necessary when we have Rep. Dennis Hedke, R-Wichita, chairman of the House Energy and Environment Committee, who already “knows” that the scientifically established destructive force of carbon dioxide is a “flat-out lie.” I wonder which of the 18 energy companies he works for told him that.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach handled a disgraceful scene with aplomb and good humor at the Wichita Pachyderm Club luncheon March 1. He managed to give an excellent speech about the ongoing expansion of federal power at the expense of the states, even though he was interrupted repeatedly by the shouts and shrill denunciations made by several “community activists” who had infiltrated the meeting.
It would be perverse to say the activists were exercising their own freedom of speech and right to protest. They were doing the opposite. Their actions were in opposition to the right of others to speak. We can’t condemn this sort of totalitarian behavior too strongly.
DWIGHT D. MURPHEY
I recently attended the musical “Cabaret” directed by Kathryn Page Hauptman at the Forum Theatre. It was professionally staged and a very moving theater performance. I have attended other Forum attractions that also had talented casts and amazing musicians. If this theater gem is still unknown to you, seek it out. You will be thrilled.