Letters to the editor on oil drilling guidelines, Heaney, visit to Kansas

09/14/2013 12:00 AM

09/13/2013 5:59 PM

Update guidelines on oil drilling

I am not opposed to drilling for oil in Wichita, as evidenced by my vote at a District 4 advisory board meeting. I am opposed to drilling being done under the current standards. I advocate for a 90-day moratorium so these codes and guidelines can be updated to reflect current technology. When the last well was drilled in Wichita, the technology and materials did not exist to do directional drilling, as can be done today.

I suggest the following changes:

• The surface area of an oil and gas district shall be equal to the subsurface drilling zone.
• Only one well can be approved per application.
• Well drilling shall be far enough away from a public right of way so as not to affect such right of way in case of an accident, or the right of way shall be leased and closed for the duration of the drilling.
• All wells shall be spaced far enough apart that they cannot be affected by the fall of an apparatus drilling or maintaining another well.
• No city land shall be leased in such a way as to affect the mineral rights of another entity.
• No city land may be leased or sold for less then fair market value except by a supermajority vote of the Wichita City Council.



Blood and tears

I noted with dismay the death of Seamus Heaney, the 1995 Nobel Prize winner for literature (“Seamus Heaney, Irish poet, dies at 74,” Aug. 31 Eagle). A native of County Derry, Northern Ireland, Heaney and his birth family lived through the tremors of the “Troubles,” which shook the whole island of Ireland during the 1970s and ’80s. And despite the Good Friday peace accord of 1998, there is still the occasional breach.

Shaken by this news, I made my way to the bookshelves and selected a Heaney book of poetry – or so I thought. But I’d chosen his Nobel lecture, which he had given in Stockholm after receiving his award.

Heaney wrote: “It is difficult at times to repress the thought that history is about as instructive as an abattoir; that Tacitus was right and that peace is merely the desolation left behind after the decisive operations of merciless power.” He added, “Only the very stupid or the very deprived can any longer help knowing that the documents of civilization have been written in blood and tears, blood and tears no less real for being very remote.”

Are we ever to inherit a civilization not written in blood and tears and the desolation left behind by merciless powers?



Good time in Kansas

I recently returned from spending the weekend in Wichita and Hutchinson. The residents were outstanding and made me feel welcome. There were dozens of unique shops, buildings and countless activities going on.

It was Kansas State University Day at the Centennial Kansas State Fair. The buildings were first-rate for both animals and people. It was huge and very well done.

Hutchinson was booked up, so I stayed two nights in Wichita. The motel had a breakfast smorgasbord with a complimentary Eagle newspaper. That was the first daily big newspaper I have read in quite a while that did not try to bury me in liberal hogwash and leave me irritated after I read it.

While in Wichita, I stopped downtown and saw some outstanding places. The arena is a big wow and an impressive showpiece. I also went to the Nifty Nut House. That place is beyond anything one could imagine.

Just for the heck of it, I put the GPS on autopilot to avoid all toll roads going home. It was nice scenery going through the northern Flint Hills. The extra time and gas were worth it.

Thanks, Kansas, for a good time. You have great folks. I experienced nothing but excellent hospitality.


Independence, Mo.

Unbearable mistake

I am an avid reader of The Eagle, as is the writer of “Almost exactly?” (Aug. 31 Letters to the Editor). I am not an English teacher, but I listened well enough in school to notice grammatical errors in the paper. In fact, an error appeared in the same paper as the letter.

“Snyder takes a permanent place” (Aug. 31 Sports) stated that the new statue of Kansas State University coach Bill Snyder “now greets fans at the stadium that bares his name.” Really? A stadium can unclothe one’s name?

Is there a proofreader in the house? Maybe there’s an app for that.



Thanks for pool

We, the members of a Health Strategies water aerobics class, wish to thank the YMCA, especially the Downtown Y, for allowing us to use its wonderful pool and facilities while our pool was closed for repair. The YMCA has a top-notch facility and helpful and friendly staff. We are now back at the Health Strategies pool.

Again, thank you, YMCA, for your support.



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