Letters to the editor on inner-core neighborhoods, Medicaid expansion, loud commercials, hospice volunteers

04/07/2014 12:00 AM

04/04/2014 6:09 PM

Make city strong from inside out

As downtown Wichita supporters, we were interested to read what downtown needs according to three of its biggest developers (April 1 Eagle). Downtown is certainly a jewel that needs to continue to be polished.

We were disappointed, however, to read that corporate human resource departments told the developers that “they could recruit the workers and sell them on the job, but then they’d get in the car to figure out where they’d live and have to go to the greenfields outside Wichita.”

There are many wonderful, inner-core neighborhoods that are close-in and have single-family homes with backyards, parks, sidewalks – wonderful places to raise a family. How wonderful would it be if the young workers who moved downtown next moved to our already established, inner-ring neighborhoods in order to raise their families, and then could go back downtown when they retire? This is how the major cities mentioned in the article function.

Let’s follow their lead and have a city that is strong and desirable from the inside out.

SHARON POWELL QUINCY

President

North Riverside Neighborhood Association

LINDA McCUNE

President

Riverside Citizens Association

GLADYS HOEFER

President

Historic Midtown Citizens Association

Wichita

Expansion needed

Medicaid expansion is an essential part of the Affordable Care Act, because it allows participation in health care for those who live at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level, a large proportion of Kansans.

Health care includes early identification of mental health issues and provides addiction services. This not only helps those individuals but allows us to redirect funds from jails and prisons, homeless shelters, and hospitals and emergency rooms. All these are challenges for the Wichita area and the rest of Kansas.

In addition, community-based health programs can more adequately monitor the progress of recovery-based care and improve the quality of life for all of us.

Let’s get the focus away from peripheral concerns and get back to core services, especially as our funds are available for this purpose.

CATHIE HAY

Wichita

Abide by law

I agree with “Law ignored” (March 25 Letters to the Editor). It is disgusting that the federal Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, signed in December 2010, has not been instituted. When watching programs, including Wichita State Shocker basketball games, I have to lower the volume when a commercial comes on. Up, down, up, down. This is irritating and frustrating.

When will the television stations step up and abide by the law? It is long, long overdue.

KAREN COATNEY

Derby

Angels among us

It was 40 years ago that President Nixon declared the first National Volunteer Week, and it was that same year, 1974, that the first hospice in America opened its doors in Connecticut. Even before that first hospice began to serve the community, volunteers were an integral part of the way that hospice brought care, compassion and dignity to the patients and families selflessly served.

This is National Volunteer Week, and during this important time of recognition it’s fitting that we honor all of our nation’s hospice volunteers for the heroic work they do to ensure people at life’s end find comfort, love and respect.

Right here in our community, more than 30 trained volunteers are working with Harden Hospice Kansas to give of themselves to support people during one of life’s most challenging experiences – the journey at life’s end. These dedicated volunteers are helping patients and families live as fully as possible, and our community is better because of their service.

They spend time at the bedside, help out family caregivers, participate with outreach efforts, assist in the office and much more. They are angels among us.

RANDALL TURNER

Manager of volunteer services

Harden Hospice Kansas

Wichita

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