Letters to the editor on KU School of Medicine, Wichita and Detroit, Obama snake oil, Snowden, cancer, Riverfest button sales

07/30/2013 5:34 PM

07/30/2013 5:34 PM

Step up and fund medical school

Finally an issue we can all get behind: The University of Kansas has requested $4.5 million in stand-alone funding from the state to fund the KU School of Medicine-Wichita (July 25 Eagle).

Expanding the KU School of Medicine-Wichita during the recession of 2008-09 was a leap of faith, based first on money raised privately, to be followed by state support once the economy recovered from the deep economic downturn. This request represents the second part of that bargain.

According to the Kansas Health Institute, about 50 percent of KU School of Medicine-Wichita students choose to remain in Kansas to practice, many in underserved rural areas. It is unquestionably in the best interests of Kansas, especially in the attraction and expansion of business, to have a strong medical community across the entire state.

The private donors to the KU School of Medicine-Wichita stepped up to the challenge. I hope state government will do the same.

JILL DOCKING

Wichita

Creating fear

“Layoffs another blow” (July 28 Eagle Editorial) said that recent layoffs at Spirit AeroSystems will be followed by, “unfortunately, more warnings that Wichita is going the way of bankrupt Detroit.” How someone gets from losing 360 jobs at Spirit, less than 3 percent of its employment, to the potential of Wichita going bankrupt is beyond me.

The editorial then said that Wichita lacked Detroit’s debt load, shrinking population, municipal mismanagement and political corruption. Those are the things that caused Detroit’s bankruptcy. Why The Eagle editorial board would even make the comparison of Wichita’s financial position to Detroit’s is beyond me. It seems like The Eagle only concentrates on sensationalism, negativism and creating fear, which is too bad for our community.

HERB KRUMSICK

Wichita

Snake oil

Listening to President Obama give his economic speech last week brought back memories of my youth. Every summer a carnival came to my small town. A “snake-oil” salesman would smooth-talk the adults into buying bottles of a “magic potion” guaranteed to cure all ailments and ensure a long life. The carnival salesman was a snow-job artist. So is Obama.

STEPHEN L. GUGLETA

Bel Aire

Enemy of state

As a result of Edward Snowden’s violation of his oath to protect the United States from our enemies, both foreign and domestic, he has made us a weaker nation in our efforts to fight the war on terrorism. That’s right – it’s a war. The enemy will use whatever means it has at its disposal to win this fight against us. Americans need to decide whether we want to win this fight.

Snowden is clearly an enemy of the state, and the reporter who broke the story to the public is no better. Both should be put in jail. The media seem to think the public has the right to know everything. That’s what makes them the greatest threat to our national security.

As a veteran who knows the value of secret operations, I don’t want to know everything our government is doing. I want to win this war on terrorism.

As public opinion seems to stand now, the terrorists could stop attacking us. We’re going to destroy ourselves without their help.

BOB JENKINS

Andover

No cure

The writer of “Cure cancer” (July 9 Letters to the Editor) complained about continuing to lose his friends to cancer. In my view, there is no effective treatment for cancer used by the U.S. medical establishment. It has been using the same “cut, poison and burn” methods (surgery, chemotherapy and radiation) for at least 50 years. I don’t think these methods will ever work, but the “treatment centers” are making a heck of a lot of money.

DON MORTON

El Dorado

Let them in

I read about the 38 percent increase in Wichita River Festival button sales this year (July 26 Local & State). The money sounds good, but at what cost did we get that money?

My wife and I were sitting in the shade at the River Festival when we noticed a young lady with four young children enter the area close to a ticket booth. A festival worker yelled at her and said, “You can’t go in there without a button.” The young lady stopped and said something to the person in the booth. She then walked away, leading the children out of the area. Apparently she did not have the money to get her family into the festival. That’s too bad.

Are we putting success above all else? It seems so.

I’m not sure it a good move to demand that people buy buttons before they can enter the festival area. I’d rather pay more for my button and let in for free those who can’t purchase buttons. We should not turn away children as well as adults because they can’t afford buttons.

We may not make as much money this way, but we can walk away feeling proud about what we have accomplished.

ZACHARIAS BONES

Wichita

Not funny

I had some young friends over for a visit recently. They wanted to watch Disney Channel. I was amazed to see what was on this channel.

Rudeness was the norm. Surprisingly, the ABC Family channel was the same. Walt Disney would be shocked.

Treating others with disrespect isn’t humor.

JERRY HANEY

Wichita

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