Letters to the Editor

September 28, 2013

Letters to the editor on renaming airport, Fed buying bonds, Bel Aire signs, WSU fund, KU professor

Please contact your Wichita City Council member and show your support for changing the name of the new airport to Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower International Airport.

Come together to honor Eisenhower

Please contact your Wichita City Council member and show your support for changing the name of the new airport to Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower International Airport.

In 2004, I visited with Mark McCormick, then an Eagle columnist, about changing the name of the airport to honor President Eisenhower. McCormick agreed with the idea, and he wrote an excellent column supporting an airport name change. Now, Jan Harrison and Phil Thompson from 104.5-FM “the Fox” are promoting the potential name change. They have received calls from Kansans across the state in support of the idea.

Harrison and Thompson plan to present a name-change petition to the City Council on Oct. 15. I urge you to go to www.1045thefox.com and sign their petition.

Wichita is not just a great place to live, but also a great place to visit. I believe that changing the name of the airport will positively increase the national exposure of Kansas and Wichita. In a letter to “the Fox,” former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole wrote: “I have never believed President Eisenhower received all the honors he deserved, so this would be a fitting tribute to a great American and fellow Kansan.” I hope we can all come together in agreement and give this beloved president and Kansan the rightful honor he deserves.



Help the 99 percent

The Federal Reserve is spending $85 billion per month buying bonds to stimulate the economy. It is not working for 99 percent of America. The economy is worse now than in 2008.

This $85 billion a month could help the U.S. Postal Service, and give retired seniors a real cost-of-living raise to pay for $3.50-a-gallon gasoline and higher Medicare insurance, medicine and food costs. It could help students pay tuition and loan costs. It could feed millions of hungry people who lost jobs and can’t find work because employers can’t afford to pay health benefits. It could help rebuild homes destroyed by floods, fires, hurricanes and tornadoes. It could help repair or replace the nation’s roads and bridges (which would employ hundreds of thousands of people).

The economy needs to help the 99 percent.



Replace city signs?

The city of Bel Aire wants input from its citizens about entrance signs. The survey is on the city website, belaireks.gov. The website indicates that new city seal signs will cost “just under $5,000” to replace and the new signs will cost “just under $3,000. “ You can also submit your own design.

Area cities have spent $30 to $222 on installation of welcome signs.

Do you believe that new signs are needed? You might have seen new ones along Woodlawn and Rock that have the Lions Club sign attached.

How much do you think the city of Bel Aire should spend on entrance signs, given the amount paid by other cities? Should it spend $250, $500, $1,000, $3,000 or $5,000?

Please let City Council members know. They are asking for your input and would appreciate it.

They can be reached at City Hall at 316-744-2451.


Bel Aire

Honor, remember

Wednesday is the 43rd anniversary of the Wichita State University plane crash, which killed football players, administrators, supporters and crew. Inspired by crash survivor Rick Stephens’ bicycle ride from Cessna Stadium to the accident site in 2011, several of his classmates joined to form the Football ’70 Scholarship Fund. The fund serves to honor the survivors, remember those who died in the crash and provide means for students in financial need to pursue a degree at WSU. It is the only scholarship that honors the victims collectively. Our hope is that those who are able to graduate as a result of this scholarship will look at the memorial near Hillside and be thankful that there were many people who remembered and cared about the people named there.

If you would like to participate, send your donation to the Football ’70 Scholarship Fund, Wichita State University Foundation, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS, 67260-0002.


Austin, Texas

Rights always first

Had University of Kansas journalism professor David Guth directed his untoward comments at the children of President Obama, it would have spurred an investigation by the Secret Service (“KU professor on leave after tweet,” Sept. 21 Local & State). More important, we all would have been united in condemning his opinion. However, it was the children of National Rifle Association members who were targeted by Guth’s opinion, and we find ourselves divided once again.

Guth explains that he wanted NRA members to understand violence from the perspective of being victims by his intemperate opinion. Nothing good ever comes from violence. Understanding would not blossom if violence were to befall anyone, including the children of NRA members.

Guth enjoys rights recognized by the First and Second amendments. He fails to understand that others enjoy the same rights.


Palestine, Texas

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