Letters to the Editor

November 29, 2013

Letters to the editor on Eisenhower airport, water rates, airplane display, west bank development

I am really amazed by all of the discussion about why we should or should not name the new airport after Dwight D. Eisenhower. It shouldn’t be because he is or isn’t from Abilene, or matter that he didn’t live here after he was president.

It is fitting to honor Eisenhower

I am really amazed by all of the discussion about why we should or should not name the new airport after Dwight D. Eisenhower. It shouldn’t be because he is or isn’t from Abilene, or matter that he didn’t live here after he was president.

We would be honoring probably the most important man from Kansas, not only our president but, beyond a doubt, one of the greatest decision-makers of World War II. Eisenhower was the supreme Allied commander of all the armed forces. Ike’s accomplishment putting together the master plan for the D-Day invasion put him in the ranks few could follow.

How nice that would sound on approach, “Welcome to Eisenhower Airport in Wichita. Enjoy your stay.”

And we should have a statue of Ike as Allied commander in the lobby.



Naming option

As an occasional user of Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, and not being a Wichita resident, I am still quite interested in the question of whether or not to make some sort of a name change. Honoring our own Kansas son Dwight D. Eisenhower is surely the best idea I have heard and certainly would be honoring not only a great Kansan but one of the greatest Americans of all time, and one of the heroes of the “Greatest Generation.”

The overall cost of a name change such as this, however, turns many people off to the whole idea. May I offer another plan for consideration?

Keep the present name, to include the entire airport complex, roads, buildings, etc.

The central part of the airport that is used by aircraft and known and used by the traveling public – including runways, taxiways and the new terminal – could now be known as “Eisenhower Field.” A sign on the front of the terminal could proudly proclaim the name.

This may eliminate most of the cost that a general airport name change would entail. No need to change road signs, for instance. Signs directing traffic to Mid-Continent might have a smaller sign attached below, reading “Eisenhower Field.”



Put rates to vote

When compared with those of the 50 largest U.S. cities, Wichita’s water rates are deceptive (Nov. 20 Eagle). After all, with Wichita’s water we get about 25 percent more tooth decay – it is hard to put a price on tooth decay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed fluoridation as one of the top 10 public health enhancements of the 20th century, and Wichita is one of the largest U.S. cities that does not add it.

Remember that our City Council decided to put fluoridation to a public vote, and Wichita decided it would rather have cavities. Maybe the City Council should put increases in water rates to a vote and let the informed citizens of Wichita decide if we want to pay more to be a national showcase of decay.



Install new plane

After being gone from Wichita for 40 years and living out west, my wife and I have been back for a couple years now to retire and enjoy the rest of our lives. Wichita has made a lot of improvements during the past 40 years. I really appreciate the changes in the infrastructure.

As a history buff, I enjoy Old Cowtown Museum and the way Wichita’s downtown has come alive. But I do miss one thing: that old B-47 that used to meet you when you came in town from the west.

I would like to see another plane on a pedestal on the west end of Kellogg. Maybe a 737, one of Boeing’s most popular airplanes, could remind people that Wichita is the Air Capital of the World. It also represents the great talent we have in Wichita.

How can we forget Rosie the Riveter and the women who came forward and built planes during World War II? Some of those women are still around.

Wichita is a great city, and my wife and I are proud to be a part of it once again. One other thing: If Century II is razed, it will tear the heart out of Wichita.



Grand debacle

I am sorry I’m late in writing on this issue; I’ve been out of town. But I came home and saw our great city’s new plans for the west bank – a multicolored hodgepodge of apartments. After years of making the bank so beautiful, why throw in the towel now?

Apartment buildings may sound good for a few investors, but who can think of an apartment building that after a few years doesn’t have the police responding to domestic violence, drugs, wild parties and abandoned junk cars? This is to be our future west bank?

If we have to give up our beautiful river property and wonderful views to the Mid-America All-Indian Center and Exploration Place on the grand ol’ Arkansas River, why can’t it be to a nice, quiet national corporation that builds a building suitable for the river view, employing Wichitans, paying property tax and donating to local charitable organizations?

Elections will be here before you know it and I, for one, will remember this grand debacle. Anyone else?



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