Letters to the editor on suicide, Obamacare, Breakthrough Club, evolution, political addicts

11/23/2013 12:00 AM

11/22/2013 5:12 PM

Those left behind struggle with loss

Each day in the United States, about 100 people take their own lives, leaving behind loved ones to struggle with the loss, grief and all of those questions that begin with “why.”

Too often survivors of suicide loss believe the death of their loved one is somehow shameful or that they or their family are to blame. But research shows that more than 90 percent of people who die by suicide have an underlying, although not always diagnosed, psychiatric illness at the time of their death, most often depression.

The holiday season can be particularly difficult for survivors. To help, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s International Survivors of Suicide Day will be held Saturday in more than 300 cities around the world, including in Sedgwick County. For more information, visit www.afsp.org.

RICK BURR

Wichita

Big Brother to rescue

There is an insurance commissioner either elected or appointed in each of the 50 states. The duties of the position vary from state to state, but their general role is as a consumer-protection advocate and insurance regulator.

The Obama administration seems to want us to believe that these 50 regulators have been derelict in their duties and have allowed millions of worthless health care policies to be sold. Consequently, Big Brother had to rescue those people who were taken advantage of.

We now know this was an excuse in order to help pay for Obamacare. Will this administration ever be truthful with the American people?

RAY PECKHAM

Derby

Reconsider cuts

Regarding the Breakthrough Club’s possible shutdown (Nov. 17 Eagle): I have several friends who worked at the Breakthrough Club, and through that connection I had the pleasure of getting to know more about what the club does, as well as getting to know several of its members. I’m deeply saddened to hear that, as of right now, its funding will be cut and it may soon have to shut down.

Breakthrough is different from other mental health agencies in the way it is run, as well as the services it provides. The facility is client-run, and you will find recipients of Breakthrough’s services running the snack bar, performing office tasks or helping keep the building in order. This model allows the members to have a sense of purpose and be active in their community, fostering change that promotes growth and sustainability.

Breakthrough also provides services that help the members find full- and part-time jobs in the Wichita community. That keeps them out of jail, out of rehab and off the streets, and allows them to be contributing members of society. The club also provides a fitness center for the members to use. More and more research proves the link between physical health and mental health, and the powerful, positive impact that working out can have.

Closing Breakthrough Club would be a huge disservice to its members and the entire Wichita community. I urge Sedgwick County to reconsider the cuts.

KELSEY BECKMAN

Wichita

A lie is a lie

“Evolution questions” (Nov. 9 Letters to the Editor) and “Offensive questions” (Nov. 16 Letters to the Editor) responded to a Summit Church advertisement in The Eagle on a sermon series concerning evolution. A general comment first: A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it; the truth is still the truth if no one believes it. I guess we can say truth or consequences.

Evolution cannot answer three questions it must answer positively to be true: Can life originate from an inorganic substance? Where did the information for DNA come from? What are the mathematical odds of one human cell resulting from a random process? These questions and many more demonstrate that evolution never has worked, does not work and will never work. Evolution definitely does not meet the criteria of “theory” in the scientific definition.

JAMES W. KILPATRICK Jr.

Wichita

Politics and addicts

At one time, one political party was unified in a plan that would be the best for the health of the American people. Now that the plan is having problems, 39 members have defected and decided re-election was more important than the health of people (“Vulnerable Democrats break ranks, back health changes,” Nov. 16 Eagle).

The most important thing on a politician’s mind is getting re-elected. He or she will say or do anything to get re-elected. Truth and facts can be reinterpreted or misinterpreted.

Politics is addictive. A wino will do anything to get another bottle of wine. Cheap wine is better than no wine. If falsehoods help – good, use them again.

Politicians become the highest-paid welfare cases the taxpayer supports.

TOM FORSTER

Wichita

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