Letters to the editor on domestic violence, DMV, Ike airport
09/30/2013 12:00 AM
09/27/2013 5:58 PM
Say ‘no more’ to domestic violence
“Together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault.” That’s the tagline of No More, a new movement designed to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault.
No More has been in development since 2009 and is a way for allies of ending domestic violence and sexual assault to unite under one symbol, similar to what the pink ribbon did for breast cancer.
Last week the movement released a series of public service announcements directed by Mariska Hargitay, star of NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and the founder and president of the Joyful Heart Foundation. The PSAs are an excellent way to raise awareness about No More and why there should be no more excuses, no more “Why doesn’t she just leave?” and other similar statements made about survivors of abuse.
I encourage all to visit the websites nomore.org and joyfulheartfoundation.org to learn more. We all need to say “no more” to these horrific crimes.
It all starts with talking about these crimes. The more we talk about it, the better aware our society will be about recognizing the signs of these crimes.
Talking can save a life. Together, we can end domestic violence and sexual assault.
It looked bleak when I arrived at the state’s Division of Vehicles office in Wichita to renew my driver’s licenses and found at least 25 people already waiting in line before the 7 a.m. opening. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the efficient and friendly service that allowed me to be finished and on my way home by 8 a.m.
A very nice system allows customers renewing driver’s licenses to send a text message to any one of the DMV offices after the 7 a.m. opening time. You simply send a text to 1-626-609-1234, and your message is the name of the office plus the letters DL for driver’s license. In my case, the text message was simply “Wichita DL.” In a short time I received a reply telling me the approximate wait time and giving some options if needed.
With this system, you can send the initial text to get a virtual time slot without even going to the office. You can do your waiting at home or while shopping, and head toward the office before the scheduled time to avoid a long wait. If you arrive too late, you go back in line, so give yourself plenty of time to get there.
This is a great system. My congratulations to the Division of Vehicles for doing everything it can to make its services more accessible.
Like Ike airport
Changing the name of our airport to honor a great Kansan, Dwight D. Eisenhower, would help to redefine our city and our state on the world’s stage. It would help business travelers and others see us in a new light.
Our airport terminal is already going to showcase the history of Wichita’s great aviation leaders. President Eisenhower easily fits with that discussion. He was the first president to have a pilot’s license and the first president to fly in a jet. He even coined the name Air Force One. He also led the effort to utilize jet-propelled refueling aircraft, and we know how this town has benefited from that initiative for decades.
As Abilene’s city council and former Sen. Bob Dole acknowledged, it is fitting for the largest city in the state that Ike called home to rename its airport in his honor.
“Mid-Continent” reflects nothing about our identity. Eisenhower reflects integrity, courage, leadership and intelligence. He helped save the free world in World War II and remains one of our most popular presidents.
Let the Wichita City Council know you like Ike. Sign the petition at ipetitions.com/petition/ilikeike.
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