Letters to the editor on water threat, pipeline spill, abortion access, military letters, helpful strangers

10/26/2013 12:00 AM

10/25/2013 6:28 PM

Be prepared for water emergencies

Regarding “City, FBI confirm threat to Wichita’s water system” (Oct. 19 Eagle): Rose Hill, where I used to live, originally had its own water wells but switched to Wichita city water for residential household needs. However, my parents drilled a private well in the drought year of 1980. It was a great well, serving more than 70 fruits trees and providing ample water for my large garden. My folks took the extra step to make sure it was equipped with filtration equipment to enable potable use to serve our household needs in an emergency. And back then we weren’t worried about terrorists, but about outages because of a leaky city water tower or broken water main.

In the future, water is going to become a scarce commodity. A backup plan is wise for any town or city. Becoming too dependent upon a single source or pipeline is putting your eggs into one vulnerable basket. Security personnel need to be vigilant but can’t be everywhere. Teaching youngsters how to boil water safely may seem like a trivial matter, but it could help them avoid sickness if water were contaminated with bacteria. Water security is now as important as national security, perhaps more so.

There has been a localized threat, so there should be a beefed-up localized response. Preparedness matters.

JAMES A. MARPLES

Esbon

No more pipelines

Another 20,000 barrels of crude oil spilled from a pipeline rupture, and authorities in North Dakota said nothing about it for 11 days. It seems like someone wants to make pipelines sound less risky to the public so Keystone XL will sound like a good idea. But it’s not that easy to hide a spill the size of seven football fields, even in North Dakota. Typical stupidity.

No new pipelines. No to Keystone XL. No new coal-fired power plants without meeting proposed Environmental Protection Agency guidelines. It isn’t that difficult to comprehend, people. Deal with it.

KEVIN D. PLESS

Wichita

Limiting access

It would be helpful to know which clinics Kansans for Life’s David Gittrich was referring to when he said law enforcement officials found unsanitary and dangerous conditions (Oct. 22 Letters to the Editor). In the recent past, only one Kansas clinic, in Kansas City, Kan., has been found to have such conditions, and it is now closed. Other clinics where abortions are available are no less sanitary and no more dangerous than any other medical clinic.

In fact, the hygienic requirements for abortion clinics are now and have always been the same as those for other medical clinics.

I wonder if Gittrich is thinking of a time pre-Roe v. Wade, when abortions were illegal and often performed under unsanitary, dangerous conditions. During that time, a woman risked injury or death when she sought an abortion from a nonmedical provider.

The purpose of the clinic licensing law now being challenged is not to “protect women,” but to make remodeling facilities prohibitively expensive for providers. This, in turn, will limit abortion access to Kansas women. I, as a Kansas taxpayer, do not want my taxes used to pay for such restrictions.

DIANE WAHTO

Wichita

Thanks for letters

As we prepare for the Christmas mail campaign, Mail for Our Military would like to extend special thanks to Wichita’s West Douglas Church of Christ, which participated in the most recent one.

Led by Debbie Kirkland, it was the top church in Kansas. Also participating were Daisy Girl Scouts Troop of Haysville, Noah’s Ark Child Care Center, Westlink Church of Christ, East High School, North High School and Carpenter Place.

Cards and letters are received from all across the nation, mixed thoroughly before being divided into hundreds of packages, then sent to military units across the U.S. and around the world.

As the continuation of the Vietnam Mail Call launched in 1965, this project has been bringing smiles to our men and women in uniform for almost half a century.

Those who would like to know how to join the Mail for Our Military campaign can receive complete information and instructions by sending their name and mailing address to P.O. Box 100, New Madrid, MO 63869. The troops will thank you, and so do we.

KEITH BOARDMAN

New Madrid, Mo.

Grateful for help

I have balance problems, for which I am receiving therapy. At the conclusion of the football game between Friends University and Tabor College last weekend, my legs froze up as I attempted to reach a railing. Two large boys, one on each side, lifted me down the steps to the main level, where I could shuffle to my car. A kindly woman from Winfield also provided assistance where there was no railing in the stadium. I am so grateful to those three Good Samaritans.

It is tough to go from making a touchdown (60-yard pass from Bob Hudgins) in Friends’ homecoming game in 1951 versus Bacone College to currently being an 86-year-old partial invalid.

DON STOWE

Wichita

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