Letters to the editor on pollution, Beechcraft testing, bullying, tinfoil analogy, drone deliveries

12/09/2013 12:00 AM

12/06/2013 5:08 PM

What you get with no EPA, watchdog

This is what you get in countries with no Environmental Protection Agency or other government watchdog agencies: In an effort to have the largest economy in the world, China went all-out building coal-fired power plants to produce electrical energy. What did it get?

“Hazardous air pollution forced schools to shut or suspend outdoor activities in at least two cities in eastern China, where residents complained of the yellow skies and foul smells that are symptomatic of the country’s crippling smog crisis,” Reuters reported Thursday.

Government does have a role in our lives, and its top priority is to protect “all” of our population.



Loud testing

Does Beechcraft realize that it is part of a community? It is no longer in the middle of a wheat field east of Wichita.

It tests propeller engines at midnight, 9 p.m., 6 a.m. or whenever it so desires. What about residents who reside near its structure, who have paid tax money to keep the company afloat? Some of us have jobs and a need for sleep, which it obviously could not care less about. I would think it could do its testing at a reasonable time of day.



Can’t end bullying

What a Florida mother is trying to do in championing anti-bullying laws is needed (Nov. 25 Kansas.com), but bullying is almost impossible to stop. I know this because I have been through it.

In junior high and high school, bullying happens every day. Talking to the principal does not help. I tried it. Bullying was something I had to get through myself.

Kids need to know how to be mentally tough in these situations. They cannot expect these people to stop bullying them if someone tells them to stop. They won’t.

However, this mother is very courageous to push for tougher laws. She has my sympathy for her daughter, and I hope she is able to pull through this. But it is hard to make a law about bullying when most people do not realize bullying is going on around them. Teens like to keep things inside and not express their issues.

Unless teens are monitored at all times in schools and on the Web, bullying will always be an issue.



Tired analogy

Once again, when commenting on an issue with which The Eagle editorial staff and freelancers disagree (or don’t understand), they default to the tired, old “tinfoil hat” routine (Dec. 1 Richard Crowson cartoon). How totally pathetic. Instead, how about an intelligent discussion of the issue? And why would The Eagle choose to insult so many of its customers (conservatives) with editorial comment and cartoons?

The tinfoil hat analogy needs to go. The Eagle editorial board obviously hasn’t had a fresh thought in 40 years. It comes off as either lazy or stupid – take your pick.

As for the news, people are forced to rely on several sources because The Eagle and most of its journalist cousins practice selective reporting and deliberate omissions. The liberal media seem to fear that the full and complete story would undermine their position.



Drone delivery?

Regarding “Amazon working on delivery drones” (Dec. 3 Business Today): I cannot believe technology has advanced this much. Still, the idea of drones delivering packages might have a few problems. What if the item lands in a neighbor’s house? What about big, fragile stuff? What if a drone drops a package on someone’s head?

I do not think it is as easy as delivering pizza in 30 minutes. We should also be very careful, because this might be a new way for criminals to do the transactions.

Well, in this computerized world, anything can happen. I am just happy someone is thinking of putting drones to good use, not to spy on civilians or kill humans.



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