Letters to the Editor

March 22, 2014

Letters to the editor on Ike airport, right of conscience, IUDs, book signing

Congratulations to Mayor Carl Brewer and the Wichita City Council on their laudable decision to name our new airport for President Eisenhower. It is commendable because of several aspects:

Proud that city is honoring Ike

Congratulations to Mayor Carl Brewer and the Wichita City Council on their laudable decision to name our new airport for President Eisenhower. It is commendable because of several aspects:

•  It will bring more attention to our city. Whether people refer to it by its entire name, Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, or simply “Ike Airport,” it reflects a large degree of affirmation, approval and familiarity with our city.
•  Eisenhower is arguably the most famous and highly respected Kansan of all time. He was always proud to be a Kansan – and said so many times.
•  He has been underappreciated and deserves an honor such as this. His military career in freeing Europe from Nazi tyranny, his ending of the Korean War, and his eight years of presiding over peace and prosperity are major milestones in our nation’s history. He was elected by huge majorities twice.

I am proud to be a Kansan who identifies with such an outstanding leader, and I am doubly proud that my home city has chosen to honor him in this manner.



Name brings honor

I am elated that we are changing the name of the Wichita airport to honor Dwight Eisenhower. Most of us are aware of Eisenhower’s impact on our highway system, but fewer understand his involvement with aviation. It was Eisenhower who signed the act to form the Federal Aviation Administration. It was Eisenhower who established NASA. With Wichita being called the “Air Capital of the World,” it is only fitting to name our airport after an aviation trailblazer.

I think that the expense is minor when we are talking about an expenditure of more than $110 million on a new terminal. I also think that the new name will bring honor and attention to our city and state.



Right of conscience

If a person entered a photography studio and wanted to have portraits taken of himself, the owner of the studio could not refuse to take the pictures just because the customer had same-sex tendencies or orientation. That would be discrimination. However, if a same-sex couple came into the same studio and wanted the owner to take pictures of their upcoming same-sex union, the owner could refuse on the grounds that taking the job would go against his religious beliefs and convictions that same-sex unions are a sin. His participation would also be a sin.

A bill in the Legislature attempted to protect the rights of the Christian business owner in the second case, not the first.

The First Amendment guarantees the Christian business owner the right to exercise his religion without government interference. Marriage, defined as between a man and a woman, is an institution that goes back thousands of years and has sacramental implications. What some people are doing is attempting to change that definition. When that happens, you force the Christian business owner not only to act against those beliefs, but also to violate his conscience. What supporters of the bill are doing is defending the right to have a conscience and to act upon it.



Legislate IUDs?

There’s a feeling among certain groups of people that life begins at conception and that life deserves protection. This letter is not to argue that point but to question the believers in what looks like a double standard to me.

If life does begin at conception and that life needs protection, then clearly the IUD birth-control device should be banned from use.

As we know, one of the functions of an IUD is to prevent the fertilized egg from attaching to the wall of the uterus. If life begins at conception, then the IUD is killing that life by not letting it attach itself and the woman using an IUD is guilty of murder.

Come on, governor. Let’s see you legislate the IUD to prevent this useless slaughter of the unborn.



Take for granted

I was not sure what to expect at a book signing sponsored by Watermark Books last week featuring Ishmael Beah. I didn’t realize that this man was actively involved in some of the top humanitarian organizations around the world, and little did I know that every word he said would help me to better understand the conditions that people around the world live in every day.

Beah talked about how education is taken for granted in the United States. In his village in Sierra Leone, he walked barefoot to a mango tree under which he had his classes. If he wanted a drink, he would have to go to the river to fetch water.

It’s amazing how we take for granted things as commonplace as drinking fountains, and how we complain about education when some people around the world are lucky to have it. I greatly enjoyed this discussion and will be looking for more like it from Watermark Books in the future.



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