Letters to the editor on case workers, gay marriage, Gregg Marshall, Eagle writers

04/02/2013 5:55 PM

04/02/2013 5:55 PM

Don’t shift case management

A bill that would shift case management of care for developmentally disabled Kansans to managed-care organizations appears like nothing more than a power grab by Gov. Sam Brownback (“Don’t break promise to disabled Kansans,” March 31 Opinion). Why is it that the poor, the handicapped and the downtrodden are asked constantly to pick up the tab for Brownback’s government?

My wife is guardian to a senior citizen. He does decently with assistance in all phases of life. How does a case worker with 200 clients work with someone who has been a client of a case worker with 50 clients? Most likely, the case worker with 200 clients must hurry each and every day to figure out a way to save more money.

I would hope our state lawmakers would see that taking people from a 50-client case manager to place them with a 200-client case manager who works for a managed-care organization isn’t the answer.

FRANK SCHNEWEIS

Wichita

Cruel comment

We are dismayed that The Eagle published and therefore legitimized the following comment: “Gays and lesbians don’t realize that their immoral lifestyle is a fulfillment of what is to occur in the end-times” (March 29 Opinion Line).

Society grants us the freedom to develop morality as individuals, influenced by a plurality of factors – among them family, friends, art, science and religion. Yet the Opinion Line comment insinuated there was only one true moral code. This implication – that a narrow reading of one religious doctrine should determine the moral framework for an entire society – is absurd.

The tone of the statement is cruel, inflammatory and inappropriate for an opinion page that should be a forum for reasoned public discourse, not poorly articulated, wrathful ramblings. If we desire this lesser level of discussion, we can, at no cost, frequent the many informal blogs available online. Because The Eagle’s readers pay for subscriptions, they deserve a higher editorial standard.

Finally, this type of rhetoric reflected poorly on the Christian faith during Holy Week, the focus of which should be spiritual renewal, not the renewal of prejudice. In the words of a prayer from The Eagle that same day, “Teach us to be humble and kind.” Amen.

MICHAEL J. HANAWALT

JUSTINE K. SASANFAR

Wichita

Uphold marriage

True marriage – that between one man and one woman – is the pre-eminent and most fundamental of all human social institutions. It is a relationship defined by nature and protected by the natural law that binds all men and women. It finds its foundation in the order of creation.

Civil institutions do not create marriage, nor can they create a right to marry for those who are incapable of marriage. Marriage was established by the Creator with its own nature, essential properties and purpose that include the procreation and upbringing of new human lives.

Sadly, marriage has been reduced to another commodity in our culture.

In an age when children can be manufactured and grown in the body of a surrogate when they are wanted – while millions are being aborted at will because they are not wanted – “civil rights” are being manufactured by the agencies of the civil government. They are multiplying while real rights – fundamental human rights, which have been endowed upon us by God – are being taken away, one after another.

Let’s pray that our justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will do the right thing for all Americans and uphold the traditional meaning of marriage.

S. WRIGHT

Wichita

Game of life

I lived in Rock Hill, S.C., while attending graduate school at Winthrop University. Gregg Marshall was basketball coach there during that time.

My daughter’s middle school class visited a local nursing home on a regular basis to do art projects with the residents. When parents went on a tour of the facility, I noticed some tall young men (in Winthrop T-shirts) also helping the residents with the art projects.

As I was leaving, there was Marshall meeting with his players in front of the nursing home. Those young men were expected to help the community as a part of participating on the basketball team.

Most likely the Winthrop players did not make it to the NBA, but having Marshall as a mentor surely helped them in the “basketball game of life.”

Winthrop was sad to lose Marshall to Wichita State University, but warmest congratulations to him.

JULIA M. FALLON

Blacksburg, Va.

Talented writers

I must say that The Eagle’s sportswriters continue to amaze me with their well-written articles on our Shocker men’s basketball team. Bob Lutz, Paul Suellentrop and Jeffrey Lutz, along with Suzanne Perez Tobias and Amy Renee Leiker doing related stories, are what keep me an avid reader of the newspaper.

On another note, while I am at it: Mike Berry continues to be among the top (if not the top) “gearhead” writers in the country. His Wichita on Wheels column on Saturdays continues to amaze me with how well it is written. Berry’s March 30 article about the 1958 movie “Hot Rod Gang,” along with the pictures in the paper of its Wichita world premiere, opened a floodgate of wonderful memories of the way Wichita looked back in the late ’50s.

The Eagle has a very talented staff of writers. It should do everything in its power to keep them there.

FRANK LaFORGE

Wichita

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