Letters to the Editor on big government, Kansas vs. Texas, Scott B. Poor, legislative priorities, Progress 2013

03/21/2013 8:21 PM

03/21/2013 8:21 PM

Everybody pays for bigger government

I chuckled at the reference by state Rep. Dennis Hedke, R-Wichita, to a 37 percent increase in utility rates since 2008 due to government regulations (March 20 Eagle).

That, of course, has come with a more than 100 percent increase in gas prices, commodity (bread, milk, eggs, etc.) increases of more than 40 percent, and soaring health care costs – all since 2008, and a large chunk of the increases due to government regulation.

What else happened in 2008 that might have triggered this?

Let me address Democrats who have shuffled along so happy that “making the rich pay their fair share” meant even more free stuff (welfare, unemployment benefits, cellphones ad nauseam) for them costing nothing.

Take a look around at the price of everything you see. Big government means everyone pays more, much more for everything and not just the people who work.

Big government is bankrupting not only the country mired in $16 trillion debt, not only the rich and others who work paying more than 50 percent of what they make back to the government, but also the “takers” who thought they were just in it for the free ride.

Maybe you liberals will finally wake up and look at what you are paying for things and remember 2008. Perhaps even a few of you may have the decency to feel remorse.

STEVE OCHSNER

Goddard

Poor an asset

I strongly express my support for Scott B. Poor for the USD 259 school board. I believe that financing education in the next few years is very uncertain, and we need someone who has experience with financial planning and goal setting to make the most beneficial use of taxpayers’ dollars. Poor has experience with financial planning and will be an asset on the board.

He believes in transparency in the educational process and wants to increase input from parents and citizens on site councils at every school. He also wants to make sure citizens and parents are included in setting priorities for the budget and for our kids’ education.

The father of a 2-year-old and a kindergartner who attends Hyde International Studies and Communications Magnet Elementary School, Poor believes strongly in public education and the opportunity it provides for every child. He will work diligently and will use his energy to provide quality instruction for our kids, but also ask those hard questions to make sure they get the best education possible with the best use of taxpayers dollars. He is endorsed by United Teachers of Wichita, and current board member Connie Dietz is his treasurer. He is probably one of the smartest people I know, and he would make a great board member.

JEAN KURTIS SCHODORF

Wichita

Not like Texas

Unlike Gov. Sam Brownback, I don’t want Kansas to be like Texas.

In addition to Kansas’ higher per capita spending on schools, better education outcome levels, higher per capita wages and fewer food stamp users per capita, Kansas has three teams in the Big Dance and Texas has none.

The state of Kansas has two current Big 12 men’s basketball titles and the football title, and Texas none. And the Wichita State University Shocker women advanced to the NCAA Tournament. (However, Texas is the current rowing champion.)

So it looks like Texas could learn a thing or two from Kansas.

DAVID BABICH

Wichita

What state needs?

Thanks to The Eagle editorial board, I am sure that whether or not I like what I read, I am getting a good look at the issues that face our legislators every day. The editorial “Promises, schmomises” (March 17 Opinion) was no different. It called out a list of items that obviously were going to make the lives of the less fortunate among us a little more difficult due to the budget maneuverings in Topeka.

Accepting this as a premise, I read the clincher by Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, R-Hutchinson: “Nobody is going to walk away with everything they want, but hopefully it’s what the state needs right now.” That statement has got to be the worst possible rationale for driving more citizens deeper into poverty.

The little people will find a way to fend for themselves because “it’s what the state needs right now.”

Hardworking citizens who are scraping by working and learning a trade will have to figure out some other way to improve their lot because “it’s what the state needs right now.”

Tax credits for child care, for the disabled, food sales-tax rebates and homestead refunds for renters have been eliminated because “it’s what the state needs right now.”

I would ask that readers search inside themselves and decide what is more important, the needs of our most at-risk citizens or what the state needs right now, and then act upon it.

My sense is that Bruce and the others in the Legislature will not feel any pain due to these actions because they work for the state and, of course, that is what the state needs right now.

DENNIS ROBERTS

Wichita

Good work

Thank you for the Progress 2013 sections (March 3 Eagle). I read all of them. I’m sure it took many hours of research to put the sections together, and I appreciate all the information.

THERESA BILLS

Benton

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