Letters to the Editor

October 24, 2013

Letters to the editor on politicians, GOP, Kochs’ message, dyslexia conference, speed limit

Only a politician would celebrate having accomplished nothing. It is called self-absorption.

People responsible for politicians

Only a politician would celebrate having accomplished nothing. It is called self-absorption.

Only a politician travels down a dead-end, well-worn path littered with “danger” signs and bones, and declares he can navigate it, avoid the pitfalls and falling rocks, crash through the dead-end sign, and put us on a newly paved highway to the promised land. It is called delusion.

Only a politician would claim to represent the people when he, at most, represents 25 percent of the folks. He does not understand nor comprehend that many share none of his values. It is called arrogance.

Only a politician sees nothing morally wrong with taking from one person or group and giving it to another person or group. It’s called stealing.

Only a politician would pass a law without reading it and then claim an exemption. It’s called superciliousness.

Only a politician could launch a massive health program adding millions of nonpaying consumers and believe that costs will be lowered – the irrational extension of the old adage that “two can live as cheaply as one.” It is called stupidity.

Only a politician never makes a mistake and is blameless. It is called haughtiness.

Only a politician is enlightened and knows what is good for us. The really smart ones can chew gum and walk at the same time. Sometimes we are just too stupid to understand. It is called condescension.

Only the people are responsible for politicians. It is called “what the heck happened?”



GOP tantrum

I did not understand all the talk about how the president and Democratic legislators needed to compromise on the budget. The Republicans demanded that a law that had been passed and then validated by the U.S. Supreme Court be unfunded. That was not compromise; it was petulance.

The compromising already was done when all the laws, including the Affordable Care Act, were debated, modified and passed in both the House and Senate. All that is left is to approve the budgets attached to these laws.

But Republicans said, in effect: “We want to fund our favorite bills but not the ones that make President Obama look good. The president should compromise and let us have our way.”

That isn’t government. It’s a temper tantrum.



Mixed message

The Eagle had a story about Koch Industries breaking ground on a new building (Oct. 2 Business Today). I am personally thrilled to death for the company’s success.

However, I do find it a bit odd. All through the 2012 presidential campaign, it seemed like Koch-backed groups told us that a re-election for President Obama would effectively be the end of America as we knew it. If I remember correctly, re-election would mean that businesses across the country would have to shut down and lay off employees, because (obviously) Democrats hate employers and the Affordable Care Act is evil.

I’m not a businessman; I’m a painter. So I will defer to the Koch brothers’ opinion on this point. But should we hear what they say, or watch what they do? Surely professional capitalists as savvy as the Kochs wouldn’t expand if they predicted immediate failure and the death of America in a few short years.

I guess the real questions are: Were they simply wrong in all their bluster about Democrats ruining the economy and nation? Or do they just feed the masses this drivel to fuel their base, while not even believing it themselves?



Help for dyslexia

An important conference earlier this month was not mentioned in our newspaper. The Fundamental Learning Center Conference featured keynote speakers Sally Shaywitz and Bennett Shaywitz. These doctors are co-directors of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. Together they have devoted 20 years of study and written 500 publications on identifying and understanding the reasons students struggle to read. They are nationally and internationally acclaimed.

Wichita has a learning center for dyslexic children and adults. It is the only one in a four-state area, and Wichita presented the first Kansas speaking appearances of these doctors. What a triumph for children and adults who have been diagnosed with dyslexia and need help, awareness and support.



Lower speed limit

I am a parent concerned about the speed limits near the school zones at the intersection of Harry and 143rd Street East.

Christa McAuliffe Academy is about a mile south on 143rd Street East, where the speed limit is 55 mph. The limit is similar on East Harry. I see this as a dangerous problem. The speed limit on both Harry and 143rd should be reduced, especially near the school area. I have witnessed one accident. It has been very difficult to drive through the intersection when dropping off or picking up kids. It is just dangerous.

As a parent, I witness rushed chaos at this intersection during the school commute every day. A four-way stop sign or a stoplight, along with a lower speed limit, would increase chances of a safe commute for our children and their families. Our children’s lives are at stake.



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