Letters to the editor on school board service, voter suppression, Eric Holder, abortion law

07/01/2013 12:00 AM

06/28/2013 6:22 PM

Will never forget board experience

On Sunday I completed 14 years on the Wichita school board. Serving on the school board has been a profound experience and one I will never forget. I would like to thank the citizens who voted for me in each election, the friends and supporters who generously funded and worked on my campaigns, the incredible teachers and staff members of USD 259 who came to work every day focused on educating our students, and my fellow board members who over the years stood together and stayed focused on our students. Most important, I want to thank and recognize the incredible students who attend our schools. They are an awesome group of young people. Thank you for trusting in me and allowing me to serve.



No suppression?

Leave it to four white guys who never experienced discrimination and one black guy who would rather slit his wrists than admit he stands on the shoulders of black men who were willing to die so he could become a lawyer, let alone sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, to eviscerate the Voting Rights Act (June 26 Eagle). Do they really believe that just because there are black elected officials in this country (not to mention a black president) that voter suppression does not exist?

One need only look at the all-day pain of trying to get a license, one of the required voter IDs in Kansas, to see what an impediment to voting that has become. Not everyone can take or get a full day off of work to do that exercise in frustration. It becomes a poll tax by another name.

It can be argued that the sins of the fathers – the voting era of the Jim Crow South – should not be visited in perpetuity on the sons, those who run elections today. But one can understand the skepticism from a minority community who took 200 years to finally get what was rightfully theirs – full participatory citizenship – and who now have five men telling them, “Trust us – you no longer need the act that gave that to you.”



Holder should go

Since entering office in 2009, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has spent substantial Justice Department resources to stymie legitimate efforts by states to verify citizenship for new voter registrations and to require proof of identity for voters.

That’s just been blocked by the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Voting Rights Act – on the basis that data more recent than 40-plus years ago needs to be used to guide voter issues (June 26 Eagle).

We also learned recently that the Justice Department had stopped reimbursing for local prosecutions of traffickers caught with fewer than 250 pounds of illegal drugs – with the result, in some cases, that they are simply let free (“Uncertain future for border drug prosecution program,” June 20 Eagle).

It’s way past time to get that terribly incompetent Holder out of office.



What isn’t true?

Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit over a new Kansas law requiring doctors to inform women seeking abortions that they’re ending the life of a “whole, separate, unique, living human being” (June 27 Local & State). So the baby is not whole, not separate, not unique or not alive?

Which part of that statement is not true?

Apparently Planned Parenthood is arguing that being forced to tell the truth to its clients, which is required by the Hippocratic oath, is a violation of doctors’ free-speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Hmmm – what a conundrum when first we practice to deceive.



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