Letters to the editor on educators, Keystone pipeline, Detroit’s bad example

05/22/2014 12:00 AM

05/21/2014 5:11 PM

Educators need a summer break

As the school year winds down, most education professionals will have a summer break. Some will be involved in summer school activities, and others will continue professional development. No matter the circumstances nor the indifference and ridicule that the education profession endures, these dedicated individuals continue to be the critical element for preparing people of all age levels to be productive and responsible citizens.

I wish each of them an enjoyable summer and hope they come back refreshed in August.

ROGER ELLIOTT

Wichita

Reject pipeline

As part of a national day of action, residents of Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas met at the Keeper of the Plains plaza on Saturday to ask the president and local officials to reject the Keystone XL pipeline and other dirty-fuel projects that threaten our communities and destabilize our climate.

The Wichita Hands Across the Land rally was a strong show of support for clean energy at a time when a host of new dirty-fuel proposals are under consideration. As millions begin to understand that we must keep dirty fuels in the ground if we are to have any hope of halting climate change, there’s a rising tide of grassroots activism demanding that we choose a clean-energy future.

The damage from the Keystone XL pipeline and other dirty-fuel projects is far-reaching – from worsening climate disruption to the destruction of our nation’s special places. We united against dirty fuels and spoke out for clean energy.

We’re here to tell our leaders that they need to protect our communities by rejecting projects that expand the extraction and use of dirty fuels. We should be putting our innovation to work to accelerate the shift to clean, renewable energy and better transportation options.

YVONNE CATHER

Chairwoman

Kansas Sierra Club

Wichita

Bad examples

“Suffered greatly” (May 8 Letters to the Editor) urged everyone to use common sense in voting. I think it would be prudent to point out that Detroit has been voting strictly Democrat for more than 50 years. We see how that’s worked out. Also note that Chicago is almost to the point of imploding financially and economically. There have been only Democrats in the Mayor’s Office since 1931.

I’ve seen no evidence of any positive change in the Democrat Party, while the bad examples of Detroit and Chicago speak for themselves.

In the upcoming primary and general elections, please do utilize common sense as well as intelligence, knowledge and education when voting for those seeking public office.

Keep Detroit and Chicago in mind while doing so.

KEVIN HENDERSON

Halstead

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