Letters to the editor on Zimmerman verdict, Koch ad, Pendse, global trade

07/16/2013 6:06 PM

07/16/2013 6:06 PM

Rush to judgment was wrong

Though George Zimmerman should bear his share of responsibility for the Trayvon Martin tragedy, the jury rightfully decided it should not be from within the confines of prison.

It was wrong for Zimmerman to have been presumed a racist after Martin’s death. Where was the justice for that? Not only did so much of the media not wait for any evidence of it, but so did many citizens.

The descent upon Sanford, Fla., by those who believed they were seeking justice, and the deference given them by the state, was inappropriate. Though a motivation arising from a concern about possible racial profiling with some intent to harm is to be respected, the rush to judgment was a miscarriage of anyone’s sense of fairness.

The state’s job was to make the case for guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. It had no evidence to do that and yet brought the case anyway. All the prosecutors had was emotion they so desperately tried to instill into jurors, who were instructed by the court not to consider sympathy. That the jurors did not is a credit to them and a positive for the principles of objectivity and fairness. That the prosecutors did so is a discredit upon them and very much a negative against what we all should expect should we ever be similarly placed.

RON A. HOFFMAN

Rose Hill

Unions damage

The only “consternation” I’ve seen about what Charles Koch is doing is coming from confirmed leftists and their groups (“Koch’s ad campaign is not persuasive,” July 14 Opinion). Columnist Barbara Shelly believes greater economic freedom will translate to fewer safety and environmental protections and fewer services for those who haven’t made it to the top of the economic ladder.

In the past, government was in bed with business, and both labor and the environment were exploited. Over the years, the public recognized that changes were necessary and voted in those willing to make those changes. As a result, we have far better child labor laws, labor practices and environmental protections.

But at this juncture, the government is in bed with the unions and the environmentalists to the point that virtually everything an individual or business tries to do is hamstrung.

No, I do not want to return to the days when big business ran roughshod over things. But I also do not I want to continue down this road where people who think they know everything want to control everyone else and what they do with and on the land they own. I believe the people are becoming aware that unions and environmental groups can damage our society just as much as big business did in the past, and that those who hold that power are going to fight to maintain it just as hard as those businessmen of the past did.

JERRY W. DAVIDSON

Valley Center

Koch examples

Watching the Charles Koch propaganda ads (July 10 Eagle), I noted several things about the countries listed as now surpassing the United States. For instance, most have large, strong labor unions. Virtually all have government-run national health care for all citizens. Most of the countries have very strict laws and regulations governing business. Hong Kong is a special region of China, and the entire country is ruled by members of the Communist Party.

Therefore, based on the examples given, I have concluded that Koch wants United States citizens to join labor unions, have government-run national health care for all, adopt strict laws and regulations governing business operations, and change our economic system from capitalism to communism.

PAT LEHMAN

Wichita

Win for future

I’m sorry to see Ravi Pendse move on from Wichita State University (July 12 Eagle) – especially at this time. Pendse and Internet giant Cisco were obviously determined to bring the highest quality of technicians and future engineers via WSU to form a relationship for the future of both. Cisco needed talented, well-trained engineers to support its ever-changing and challenging technology. WSU provides talented students eager to learn, develop and continue technical support in the managing of Cisco’s premium networking and technological equipment.

If Cisco can’t get that at WSU, it will get it somewhere else. However, the relationship with WSU already has been established, thanks to Pendse. With that groundwork and WSU’s recent surge of attention, I’m hoping they will thrive in their win-win relationship. It would certainly be a win for the future of Wichita.

TOM HUSTON

Wichita

Compete globally

Excel Industries has expanded its foreign sales from $2.6 million in 2004 to $21 million last fiscal year (“Hesston firm makes global strides,” July 11 Business Today). This reduces our trade deficit and brings wealth back to our nation. This also provides much-needed job opportunities to working Americans.

If we are ever going to balance our budgets, defend our nation and provide for the needy, this is the only realistic way to do it.

Too many times in the course of global competition, we have come up short.

We can’t continue to live on borrowed money; we must compete. Many thanks to Excel Industries for helping us do so.

MIKE HUBBELL

Kingman

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