Letters to the editor on snow plowing, Obama’s jobs plan, KPI, butterflies, comics, Allen Fieldhouse

02/06/2014 5:23 PM

02/06/2014 5:23 PM

Thanks for great job clearing roads

If I could give every street plower a huge high-five, I would. What a great job they’ve done on clearing the roads of snow.

As with anything, not everyone is happy, and most likely these people will be far more vocal than the ones who are happy. So I wanted to step forward and give a loud “thank you” to all who work tirelessly to make sure our commute to work and school is safe. I have to travel on Kellogg to and from work, and all I had to do was slow down.

So from this Wichitan: Thank you, thank you and thank you.

MARY ROHLEDER

Wichita

Jobs plan failed

President Obama wants to help the unemployed, with or without Congress. The best way to help those wanting to work is to motivate the wealth builders, whose ideas and sacrifices have provided jobs to make this country great.

The president is a good speaker, but he offered no substantial plan during his State of the Union address to put people back to work. His jobs plan has failed. Deregulation and jobs created by energy production are needed to keep jobs in America. When producers stop producing and the trough to feed the poor is empty, self-destruction will occur.

We must be able to take care of those who for legitimate reasons cannot work. We must stop paying those who brag that they don’t need a job because of government benefits. We must also stop paying for child production.

LARNARD SMITH

Wichita

Hired to promote

The Kansas Policy Institute has bought ads in The Eagle meant to show you how flush the public schools are, and how ineffective they are while working with vast financial means. Dave Trabert, president of the KPI, has kindly and courteously worked to undermine the public schools for years. If you engage him, as I have on the Kansas.com blogs, he will never disclose exactly whom he works for, nor what those who pay his salary require him to promote. If you press him, he invokes the Latin phrase “ad hominem.”

Trabert is paid to promote the Kochs’ version of America – no taxes for job creators, little-to-no regulation of industry, no worker representation.

That the public schools have little money, and no money to spare, is the truth. The wealthy do not hope their children will grow up to be teachers so that they will thrive financially.

DAVE CROOK

Derby

Need way stations

“More milkweed may mean more monarchs migrating” (Feb. 3 Eagle) was a very good article. It showed how almost all of us can help by planting a monarch way station. But how about asking our Sedgwick County commissioners to allocate some spots up and down the Big Ditch for this purpose? I do not think the Big Ditch has to be mowed from top to bottom from one end to the other. Why not allocate some spots for monarch way stations?

DON L. JOHNSON

Wichita

Comic diversity

Those of us who start each and every day with the “funnies” (before wading through the other sections of the newspaper) have many choices. We can keep up with workingmen and women, stay-at-home moms, surly teens, kids, babies, grandparents, employers and employees (good and bad), judges, doctors, lawyers, engineers, janitors, soldiers, students, Americans, Elbonians, cavemen, wizards, dogs, cats, fish, sharks, ants, turtles and snakes. We even have one section filled with mystery, intrigue and romance surrounding families that adopted two homeless girls.

But you know what we don’t have? Not a trace of black, Hispanic or single-parent culture. Nothing. I’ll admit that it took a while for me to get used to “The Meaning of Lila,” “Curtis” and “Jump Street,” but I miss reading about the black families that work and play together (cops, robbers, nurses, football players and crazy grandparents) and the difficult adjustment Lila and her best friend went through when she became the co-mother of a little girl with cancer. I want to know what happened to Annie, Curtis and the “Jump Street” family members.

I hope the next time The Eagle does a survey on which comics to keep or pitch, it will ask for the five least-favorite comics. I find that it’s much easier to say what your least favorites are than concentrating on what your favorites might be.

MARSHA NELSON CARR

Wichita

Great venue, fans

By attending the recent University of Kansas versus Iowa State University men’s basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse, I shortened my bucket list in a great way. What an experience. This was just some good old down-home cooking college hoops. The atmosphere and entire venue reeked of classic basketball. The Wilt Chamberlain exhibit was my favorite.

Having grown up in Los Angeles, I am no stranger to big-time college games. My friends and I idolized former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden and attended Pauley Pavilion whenever we could. Some years we literally pinched ourselves because of the great success.

During the KU game, I was in awe of the Kansas fans. My humble thanks to perhaps the best basketball fans on the planet.

WILLIAM BRYDEN

Prescott, Ariz.

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