Letters to the editor on developmentally disabled care, air pollution, Second Amendment, school concert

04/17/2013 12:00 AM

04/16/2013 5:16 PM

Carve out I/DD nonmedical care

I am the parent of an 11-year-old son who has childhood disintegrative disorder, a rare form of autism and moderate intellectual disability. I also have a 9-year-old daughter who has bipolar disorder and oppositional defiant disorder. I thought The Eagle’s April 7 editorial supporting a KanCare carve-out of nonmedical services for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) was spot-on, especially in light of the issues we have had with KanCare since Jan. 1.

Since Aug. 9 my daughter has been in a residential treatment center, which is funded through the medical card and now KanCare. Before Jan. 1, my daughter’s treatment was approved on either a 90- or 60-day basis. Under KanCare, her treatment is approved on a weekly basis. People who have the charge to save the state money are making potentially life-and-death decisions regarding treatment. For a parent, it is very scary.

Because of the implementation of KanCare, the residential treatment center was downsized and we lost seven months of continuity of care in our daughter’s treatment. We basically had to start close to square one with all new providers.

What would it be like for my son should his services through the I/DD system have to be managed through KanCare, when the insurance companies do not have anything in mind other than to save the state money?



What will city do?

Thank you, Eagle, for the heads-up on what the city has planned for its citizens to improve our air quality before summer arrives (“Wichita launches plan to prevent air pollution problems,” April 13 Eagle). However, I did not see what the city itself plans to do.

Will our top leaders be advertising their own carpooling to and from city offices? Will the city financially reward all of its employees who carpool to work every day? Will the city abstain from mowing or making street repairs during the hottest part of the day? Will the city enact a citywide siesta every day? Will Sedgwick County show its support by abiding by the same practices?

Maybe, just maybe, it’s time to find out where former Kansas Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby is these days and ask him back. He had some really good ideas on how to protect our health and environment.



Not just flintlocks

An Opinion Line comment on April 14 almost made me lose hope in humanity. The reader said that the Second Amendment contains the words “well regulated,” then asserted that it was written to give us access to only archaic muzzle-loaders.

It is true that the Second Amendment says, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state….” But the words “well regulated” have absolutely nothing to do with my civilian right to bear arms.

Of course, in their time the Founding Fathers were speaking of flintlock weaponry. But this isn’t 1789, folks. Do you really think that criminals would be stopped just as efficiently by civilian gun owners if we could only carry muskets over our shoulders while they sported modern semiautomatic rifles?

This is just another person attempting to sway others by manipulating the legal cornerstone of our nation.



Won’t confiscate

The argument that the Second Amendment is in jeopardy if assault weapons are made illegal is ridiculous.

Some alarmed right-wingers fear that banning assault weapons is the first step toward total confiscation of the millions of guns that seem to be stockpiled in too many homes throughout the United States. The government has no intention of taking rifles, pistols or shotguns that are used in hunting or personal protection.

Is it logical to think the government would have the manpower or the funds to knock on doors throughout the country demanding all guns? Most members of Congress probably realize how unrealistic the “gun confiscation” argument is, but the National Rifle Association has deep pockets and is a big contributor to campaigns. The NRA must be kept happy even when it falsely hints of Nazi-like police coming to get your favorite weapons.

The writers of the Second Amendment may have known about the blunderbuss and the musket – which were often unreliable as firearms. But they probably would be alarmed at the way the Second Amendment is being interpreted by some today. The framers of the Constitution wanted a well-armed militia, but probably would be appalled if they could have foreseen today’s citizens being armed to the teeth with dangerous assault weapons.



Impressive show

On April 11, the band, orchestra and choir from Coleman Middle School put on an impressive show. The concert offered a preview of the pieces each group would take to regional contests. Students were well-dressed, well-behaved and well-trained. The school was clean and the staff members were friendly.

That night, as I wrote out my yearly check to the Kansas Department of Revenue, I realized how fortunate I am to live in a place where music is valued, where education is available to all children, and where we can enjoy one another’s company in peace. There’s a reason why people from all over the world immigrate to the United States, and it isn’t the low taxes.



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