Letters to the editor on Vet-to-Vet program, Judge Henderson, school spending, sensory disorder

05/24/2014 12:00 AM

05/23/2014 5:10 PM

Veterans can help others recover

As we remember and honor the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces over this Memorial Day weekend, the Compeer Friendship and Mentoring program has a unique volunteer opportunity for U.S. veterans in Sedgwick County through the Vet-to-Vet program.

The U.S. Census reports that there are nearly 39,000 military veterans living in Sedgwick County. Studies have shown that 20 percent of veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, while only 40 percent of those individuals seek professional help for their mental illness. Through supportive friendships, the goal is to help with the recovery process of PTSD, depression, anxiety and the effects of head trauma so that veterans served by Compeer can be as successful in their civilian life as they were in their military career.

Compeer, a program of the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas for nearly 30 years, is seeking volunteer veterans who would like to spend time with a fellow veteran needing a friend through our Vet-to-Vet program. I want to thank veterans for their consideration and, most important, for protecting our freedom and country.





Evaluate on merits

I am outraged at the allegations against Sedgwick County District Judge Tim Henderson (“Judge should be removed, disciplinary panel is told,” May 17 Eagle). This man has held public office since being elected by the voters of Sedgwick County in 2000. Our family has known him personally since before then. He and his family attend our church. He has served as scoutmaster in our Boy Scout troop and has been involved at the council level.

Henderson’s character has been above reproach in every respect. He is a devoted family man. His wife is a brilliant, experienced educator who certainly doesn’t need her husband’s influence to find a teaching position.

I have trouble believing that these female attorneys were so terrified of Henderson that they were afraid to speak up. Surely women who are assistant district attorneys have more backbone than to be intimidated by a few joking remarks.

I believe that these allegations are without merit. The whole situation appears to be a politically or personally motivated vendetta designed to damage this good man’s reputation.

Henderson is a man of good character. He is intelligent and experienced. Sedgwick County voters have returned him to office several times since first electing him. Please evaluate him on his merits and his experience, not on remarks that were blown out of proportion.



Follow the money

Suing the state for not providing enough funding for education is disturbing. It’s like biting the hand that feeds you. It wastes precious education dollars on litigation.

I encourage the public to explore the Kansas State Department of Education website to see where schools are spending our tax dollars. Also check out the Kansas Division of the Budget website. It shows that about 62 percent of the state’s budget is spent on K-12 and higher education. The next highest category is human services, which make up about a quarter of the budget.

We all have to look closely at what we are spending and be willing to give up some things we think are necessities when in reality they are only wants.


Mount Hope

Disorder is real

I appreciated the article “Debate over children’s sensory input” (May 20 Healthy Living). My granddaughter suffers from this disorder, and her parents fought long and hard to get her diagnosed and tested, and to get a school hearing so she could get special services.

We all have read the book “The Out-of-Sync Child” by Carol Kranowitz. Although my granddaughter does not have all the symptoms, she does have a sensory processing disorder (SPD) diagnosis, goes to a child psychologist and has medication to help her attention deficit disorder. She is not autistic. She has a very high IQ, does well on a daily consistent schedule, and has ways to “get away” when the rigors of school or home life get overwhelming.

The hardest part of this diagnosis was for the adults and teachers around her to remember to give her plenty of time to “process” any changes in routine and not to spring surprises on her. Through the years we all have learned how to deal with this diagnosis, and we are grateful for her doctors and the educators in her schools who are willing to work with a child with SPD.

She may never “grow out” of this disorder, but we hope that as she gets older she will learn to deal with it and adjust as things in her life change and rotate around her.



Staying downtown

Thank you to Don McGinty for keeping his machine business downtown and not moving to an industrial area, which I am sure would have been less costly and offered more financial incentives (May 17 Business Today). Good for him for helping to keep downtown thriving and bustling. Having more people downtown is better for the economy.



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