Letters to the editor on charter schools, gun control, stolen wheelchair, recycling

05/09/2013 5:21 PM

05/09/2013 5:21 PM

Charter schools not viable alternative

I find it interesting that Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, herself a former public school classroom teacher, continues to disappoint so many of us who support public schooling. Her latest initiative to create an easier path for originating charter schools is yet more evidence of her disdain for encouraging and funding our present public schools (April 20 Local & State).

Charter schools have not proven to be a defensible alternative for the sound education of K-12 students. On the contrary, research provides no clear evidence to support the claim that charter schools are superior in producing greater measurable academic gains, nor are they proven to be more cost efficient.

A more sensible suggestion for how Wagle ought to expend her energies to see a greater return on investment would be for her to address the current diminishing in funding for our public schools.

I urge Wagle to spend time in our schools to be reminded about how diligently and tirelessly public school professionals work. Surely more personal contact with our present public schools would enlighten her about the critical need for “adequate funding” as she observes the evidence first hand.

As one of her former teachers, I am confident Wagle would abandon this inappropriate consideration of charter schools as a viable alternative.

JOHN H. WILSON

Wichita

Unenforceable laws

Does anyone remember when liquor was illegal? It flowed like water.

Does anyone remember when abortions were illegal? There were botched abortions that sent women to Wichita hospitals. Some died.

Drugs are illegal, yet anyone can buy them.

If we control the guns, the nice people will not have them. This will provide a new industry selling guns to the bad people.

We do not need more laws that cannot be enforced.

ELMER PINKERTON

Wichita

Why do that?

With all the unreal things you hear in the news today, you just have to ask: Why would they do that?

After my son had a lengthy stay in the hospital, we come home to find that someone had stolen his wheelchair. Now, our deaf, blind, mentally handicapped son has no way to get to his day program. He has to have his chair to ride the bus.

So, you ask yourself, why someone would take a wheelchair that was specially designed to fit him and his special needs? A replacement for this chair is very costly and would be worth only a fraction of that cost to the thief.

Why would they do that?

On a good note, the wheelchair supplier has offered a loaner chair until a permanent one can be built. There are some good people out there, too.

MELVIN LINOT

Rose Hill

Require recycling

I am a 7th grader and a Boy Scout. I moved here from Maryland. In my previous city, it was mandatory to recycle. In Wichita, we do not do this.

Could you imagine the difference it would make if everyone in Wichita would recycle? There would be less trash in the landfills, and that would help our environment.

I believe that we should help the environment by making recycling mandatory in Wichita.

JOSEPH HARRIS

Wichita

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