Letters to the editor on Koch, voter fraud

08/08/2013 12:00 AM

08/07/2013 5:09 PM

Koch disconnected from working class

Most people understand that Charles Koch has taken the company his father founded to levels his dad could only have dreamed of, benefiting not only the Koch family but also this community. Like most reasonable people, I don’t begrudge him his success and I wish him many more years of the same.

But where people like me, just punch-a-clock working stiffs trying to keep a roof over our heads, part company with guys like Koch is when they say they want to do a better job of raising up the disadvantaged and poorest in this country while in the same breath railing against the minimum wage because it “reduces the mobility of labor” (“Charles Koch to launch Wichita ad campaign,” July 10 Eagle). This is where the disconnect on Koch’s part starts and the working class’ resentment of him begins.

Surely Koch realizes that, out of desperation, a man will work for little or nothing, dragging his standard of living down and taking every workingman or woman with him. The minimum wage was created to put a “floor” under which wages could not go, so one could keep life and limb alive. One only need look around the world to see how big business exploits that desperation every day.

And you’ll have to forgive the few of us who still have a job who are confused at Koch’s assertion that U.S. economic freedom is in decline and an avalanche of regulation is bad, while his company and many like them keep getting richer and we keep getting poorer.

KATHLEEN BUTLER

Wichita

Fraud a problem

Voter fraud is not almost negligible (“Kobach’s latest folly,” Aug. 4 Eagle Editorial). Judicial Watch is one of the nation’s leading government watchdog organizations. It’s been very busy cleaning up voter rolls in many states, and its legitimate ongoing lawsuits against the Obama administration never seem to end.

GORDON MICHEL

Wichita

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