Letters to the editor on medical school, Constitution, gay athletes, abortion, drinking

05/18/2013 12:00 AM

05/17/2013 5:04 PM

Don’t cut program at KU medical school

The proposal to cut funds to the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita and go back to a two-year program is unwise (May 14 Eagle).

The difference between the local branch and the Kansas City medical school is focus. The Kansas City school is part of a large urban area and focuses on procedures and specialties, which can do marvelous things with costly appropriate equipment. The Wichita branch promotes family practice utilizing volunteer faculty, often in small-town locations.

Kansas is a large, sparsely populated state where rural residents need physicians and pharmacies focused on their needs. The more wealthy urban areas will take care of themselves through well-financed medical practices. The state needs primary-care physicians who are willing to risk rural practice, and our local medical school is where many of them are produced. Therefore, keeping the local branch as a four-year school is urgent, and it should be fully funded.

RICHARD GILMARTIN

Wichita

Read Constitution

There have been a large number of inaccurate or misleading positions in The Eagle and other media recently that contribute to ignorance in our community.

One is the position of some separation-of-church-and-state zealots that only one provision of the First Amendment should be considered, with no regard for the other provisions. Banning references to God or religious holidays would violate the First Amendment and its intent. The founding documents include references to “nature’s God,” “their Creator” and “divine Providence.” Clearly, the founders who wrote and approved these documents had no problem recognizing God.

Another common misconception involves the term “democracy.” The Constitution actually states in Article IV that “the United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government.” I did not find any such reference to democracy and certainly no mention of using polling to justify support for a legislative proposal or policy.

Finally, there is the assumption that earlier Kansas court decisions on school funding settle that the courts are the authority on amount of dollars for our public schools. But the “make suitable provision” portion of the Kansas Constitution allows multiple sources of revenue for school funding, such as bond issue money approved locally.

BOB WINE

Wichita

Let athletes live

I’m sure it took a lot of guts for NBA player Jason Collins to come out as a gay man (April 30 Sports). I hope the time will come when this will not be news, and professional athletes’ sexual orientation will be their own business. They shouldn’t have to worry whether they will be accepted by team owners, coaches, teammates and fans.

A person’s only concern about gay players should be how well they play the sport, not their lifestyle.

Athletes, just like everyday people, shouldn’t have to live in a proverbial closet or put up walls to hide who they are. They should be able to live their lives without the fear of having to suffer consequences from the media or society.

REGINALD S. NULAN

Wichita

Faulty thinking

I’ve heard pro-choice people say that the Kermit Gosnell incident supports legalized abortion, because if abortion were to become illegal, all abortions might be conducted this way. I have two problems with this.

First, it seems as if these people approach lawmaking with the ideology that “if we can’t stop it, legalize it.”

Second, I doubt anyone who heard of Gosnell’s horrific killings would want to go to him for an abortion (especially when he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of one patient).

How many unborn children might be saved if a woman had to risk her own life to abort the innocent child inside her?

JUSTIN BOSTIAN

Goddard

Problems increased

Yes, I remember when liquor was illegal (“Unenforceable laws,” May 10 Letters to the Editor). It didn’t quite flow like water. Yes, there was liquor and there were gangs. But there were not liquor stores on nearly every corner and liquor in most cabinets.

Unfortunately, the problems associated with liquor have increased, including automobile accidents, injuries and deaths.

Families are torn apart by liquor-related violence. Liquor also influences gangs and criminals, and many who want a different high graduate to harder drugs. Not only are families torn but the nation is divided.

There are also still botched abortions even though the procedure is legal, including in abortion clinics.

The downward slide of morality leads to immorality and encourages sexual deviation that will destroy the nation we love.

LARNARD SMITH

Wichita

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