Letters to the editor on Rolling Stone article, Cheerios ad, bullying, Coronado Heights, aquarium

06/18/2013 12:00 AM

06/19/2013 7:46 AM

Late in listening to warnings

It is 2013, isn’t it? Rolling Stone magazine is getting attention for an article telling people that fanatics have hijacked the state of Kansas (June 14 WE Blog excerpts). The writer shows how the Legislature has been overrun by far-right conservatives, even to the point of purging their own party of GOP moderates.

Why didn’t people listen to those of us who’ve been trying to tell them that since 1991? Was it because we were not standing on the street corners thumping our Bibles and pointing fingers at women seeking medical care?

Was it because our children were already out of school and we didn’t care anymore? Or was it because we were told to sit down and shut up?

So now Kansas is the laughingstock of the country, with a governor who holds prayer meetings in parks while cutting resources for disabled citizens, hungry children and teachers.

Once you hit bottom, there’s nowhere else to go. Maybe next time people will listen when we tell them that the wolf is knocking at the door of the chicken coop.



Ad reflects families

It is a shame that Cheerios is under attack by some racists on YouTube and other social media sites for having a commercial that has a black dad, a white mom and a biracial daughter in it. Good for Cheerios for standing by the ad and not letting racial backlash and ignorance bully it into pulling or changing the commercial.

We see interracial couples in the movies. We see athletes date and marry people of ethnic backgrounds different from their own. So what is the big deal with having a biracial family in a TV commercial?

The executives at Cheerios said that they were reflecting an American family, and I feel they accomplished that. Way to go, Cheerios, for not taking the safe route and for understanding that biracial families are a big part of society, whether or not some people like it.



Deal with bullying

We hear the “experts” talk of how we should eliminate bullying. But there always have been and always will be bullies, not only at school but after school, at the workplace and in the family.

We need to prepare our children to deal with bullying. Teachers, school administrators and security officers can’t be everywhere. They can’t be in every school restroom, every gymnasium, every locker room and every hallway to prevent bullying.

Many children are not learning to exist in the imperfect world in which we live. They are learning that no one fails. And if they feel they have failed in some way, because of bullying, some believe they have an obligation to remove that failure by taking God’s most precious gift: their life.

Children need to learn that we can’t fix every problem. They need to be taught that there are consequences to their actions and the actions of others. They need to learn that every failure increases the odds of success at the next attempt.

Children need to understand that nothing makes their life any less worth living, that time is a great healer of all wounds of the heart, and that life’s race is won by all who persevere.



Wrong county

The Eagle published an article about what to see in all the counties in Kansas (“105 reasons to hit the road,” May 26 Eagle). For McPherson County, it listed Coronado Heights.

It would have been helpful if The Eagle had listed directions to these places.

Last week I drove to McPherson, and the people at three gas stations knew nothing about Coronado Heights. I went to AAA, and it said the park was deeded to Saline County in 1936. The map shows Coronado Heights is in Saline County, not McPherson County.

I’d like to bill The Eagle for a wasted day and a tank of gas.



Add aquarium

Over the years there have been many ideas for adding public attractions to Wichita. I think there is one thing Wichita could greatly benefit from – a public aquarium.

In the entire state of Kansas, there is not one public aquarium, and none of our state’s many fine zoos has a marine-life exhibit. There are pet stores that sell marine fish and small saltwater animals, of course, but if you go in to look at them on a regular basis without planning to buy anything, it can get pretty awkward after awhile.

Some Kansans have never been to an ocean, and the nearest coast, in Texas, is a full day’s drive away. Although there are nice public aquariums in suburban Tulsa and in Kansas City, Mo., each is a three-hour drive from Wichita one way. It would be wonderful to have something closer to home so that schools could bring their students there on field trips and parents could take their kids there without being away from home an entire day.

The Oklahoma Aquarium, which I visited a few weeks ago, is a well-run, popular establishment. Putting a similar venue in Wichita could be great for the people of Kansas.



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