Letters to the editor on city leaders, Supremacy Clause, uncivil cartoons

05/16/2013 12:00 AM

05/15/2013 5:29 PM

City leaders are doing a great job

As a former state senator from Wichita, I recently was pleased and excited to see the amazing developments that have taken place in Wichita since I moved to Australia.

Mayor Carl Brewer and the Wichita City Council have proved that with the right leadership and focus, Wichita can compete with cities twice its size. Whether it be the renovations of the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview and the Ambassador Hotel or the ambiance of WaterWalk and Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita is shaping up to be a destination worthy of international attention.

Brewer’s focus has not only rested on downtown but has extended to projects that have been long overdue. I was amazed by the work taking place on 13th and 17th streets. Although there is much more work to do, this mayor and City Council should take a bow, because they have truly demonstrated that when leaders work together, despite political differences, fantastic work can be accomplished.

DONALD BETTS Jr.

Sandhurst, Australia

Not supreme

When the Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution is cited, why are several key words almost invariably left out – as Steve Cann, a teacher of constitutional law from Topeka, did in “Gun law misses mark” (May 12 Opinion)?

The full text of Article VI, Section 2, commonly referred to as the Supremacy Clause, reads: “This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, any thing in the Constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.”

The key words left out are “which shall be made in pursuance thereof.” This means that for federal laws to be supreme over state laws, they must concern a power granted to the federal government by the states and must not violate the provisions of the Constitution itself.

If legislation passed by Congress fails one or both of these tests, it is not valid law and is not supreme over state law. I applaud Kansas and other states that are standing up against federal usurpation of powers that rightfully belong to the states.

STEVEN A. ROSILE

District coordinator

Libertarian Party of Kansas

Wichita

Uncivil cartoons

There has been a lot of talk lately about lack of civility in political discourse. However, I have noticed that Richard Crowson’s editorial cartoons are very uncivil. If The Eagle is against incivility, why does it print those?

DONALD RAMSEY

Colwich

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