Letters to the editor on conserving water, Maughan, ex-presidents’ perks, abortion bill, presidential vacations, just a game, symphony spirit

04/12/2013 12:00 AM

04/11/2013 5:15 PM

Start conserving our water source

Cheney Reservoir is drying up into a mud hole, and the water levels are the lowest I have seen in 40 years. But I guess the city of Wichita prefers to raise water rates in lieu of conserving our water source.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. But as long as our tax dollars roll in, who has time for commonsense conservation?

DON HOAGLAND

Wichita

Will she recuse?

Well, good for the governor for bringing some long-needed diversity by appointing Faith Maughan to the Sedgwick County District Court (April 9 Local & State). But it should be noted that he failed to have a broad range of advice from other legal advisers outside his GOP office.

I will be assuming that with his appointment, he advised Maughan to recuse herself from any and all cases concerning abortion. It has been made abundantly clear that she has a predisposition on this particular topic. Citizens will be watching for the appropriate self-judgment during her term.

VICTORIA DRAPER

Wichita

Reduce benefits

The U.S. government paid $3.7 million for services for ex-presidents in 2012 (March 26 Eagle). Similar amounts were paid in 2010 and 2011. This does not include the cost of Secret Service protection for ex-presidents, their spouses and children.

I think that ex-presidents are able to acquire income from various sources. Taxpayers should not be footing the bill for large subsidies to ex-presidents.

Members of Congress should also consider the cost to taxpayers for their salaries, health care and pensions, plus other perks available to them. Originally, lawmakers were elected to serve the people without pay. Later, they received a per diem and a small salary. Now, the taxpayers are serving congressmen lavishly.

Being a member of Congress was never intended to be a lifelong career, just a short-term sacrifice. We need to get back to the original intent: serve one or two terms only. Members of Congress should receive no pensions, just Social Security and the same health care plan that regular taxpayers are entitled to receive.

I am certain that the taxpayers would be happy to share some of the sequester sacrifices with the president, ex-presidents, lawmakers and ex-lawmakers.

JERRY ROTHE

Wichita

Omnibus attack

In its entirety, House Bill 2253 represents a clear threat to women’s access to abortion care in Kansas. In addition to declaring that life begins “at fertilization” and rewriting the tax code to penalize both abortion providers and women seeking abortion care, this bill requires providers to give patients medically inaccurate information.

Under HB 2253, health care providers are required to warn their patients about a false link between abortion and breast cancer. Experts from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have all concluded that there is no causal link between abortion and an increased risk of breast cancer.

It is despicable that legislators would require that physicians give women incorrect medical information. Women deserve the facts about their health care, not misinformation aimed at dissuading them from choosing abortion care.

I am disappointed, yet not surprised, that Kansas legislators decided to pass this measure. Anti-choice legislators obviously would rather advance their extreme social agenda than ensure the health and well-being of women in Kansas.

VICKI SAPORTA

President and CEO

National Abortion Federation

Washington, D.C.

Vacation king

A little information for everyone whining that our current president spends too much time vacationing: President Obama took 131 vacation days during his first term. George W. Bush took 1,020 in his two terms. On average, that’s four times as many as Obama.

James Baldwin said that “ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”

Welcome to Kansas.

KEVIN D. PLESS

Wichita

Just a game

The Wichita State University men’s basketball team lost to Louisville 72-68. Losing a game in which young men bounce a ball and try to put it through a metal hoop is not that significant when there are other young men defending our freedom, and giving it their all.

The Sunday Eagle had a front-page headline about the WSU game, “End of an incredible ride.” On Page 3A of the same newspaper, another headline said, “U.S.: Five Americans killed in Afghan suicide bombing.”

There is a place for sports, for recreation, for entertainment. But, folks, it’s just a game.

BILL RODGERS

Wichita

Symphony spirit

The Eagle’s reviewer missed the most unusual part of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra performances last weekend (April 8 Eagle). Maestro Daniel Hege began each concert with the Wichita State University fight song, in honor of the great basketball success the team achieved. Violas and cellos playing a fight song is news and reviewable. I am sorry he missed the point.

BILL BUCHANAN

Wichita

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