Letters to the editor on tax-cut betrayal, cafeteria makeover, cartoon bully

12/05/2013 10:53 AM

12/05/2013 10:53 AM

American people being betrayed

About 12 years ago, Washington, D.C., gave us a big tax cut – with the wealthiest getting the biggest breaks.

How did they use this largesse? The 1 percent used it to grow richer and richer, and now we have a bigger difference between the rich and the rest of us. American business shipped jobs overseas. The great wealth created by those earlier tax cuts didn’t create new lasting jobs. Foreign earnings of some American corporations are kept overseas to avoid paying U.S. income taxes.

During the recent Great Recession, American businesses used the opportunity to cut their labor costs. When American businesses engage in expansion, they offer lower wages. At the same time, they engage in competition among cities and states to win big subsidies for locating their expansion. Local businesses seek tax abatements “to make the new construction costs work.”

The rehired and the new entrants in the labor force don’t have the incomes to generate the economic engine they once did. It is no wonder the economy isn’t recovering and generating more jobs.

I believe American people are being betrayed. The government is not this scapegoat.

HARRY WILLIFORD

Wichita

Skip makeover

Regarding the Wichita school district spending up to $250,000 on school cafeteria makeovers (Nov. 25 Eagle): I think this money could be spent on food that’s healthier and tastes better. This money could also be spent on the lunchroom staff’s salaries so that they could enjoy their jobs more and make better food.

As a student who ate lunchroom food my entire high school career, I have had my fair share of terrible meals. Not a single time did I think, “Oh, you know what would make this 3-day-old repurposed spaghetti better? A five-star lunchroom atmosphere.”

Spending money to fix up a lunchroom that is already clean but just not “pleasing to the eyes” is a waste. It is a cafeteria. Few people expect it to be nice.

LUKE SMITH

Wichita

Cartoon bully

With all the focus on “bullying” these days, one has to ask if Richard Crowson’s editorial cartoons don’t often border on this. The cheap shots taken at those who don’t share his opinions seem to typify the mentality of a school-yard bully. Time for a change. After all, isn’t it the season to be nice to our fellow man?

GREG MARTIN

Belle Plaine

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