Letters to the editor on sales tax increase, KanCare, reconciling with minorities, Judge Henderson, Koch Vietnam ad, Andover nursing home

05/29/2014 12:00 AM

05/28/2014 5:57 PM

Why agree to a sales tax increase?

Mayor Carl Brewer believes the good citizens of Wichita will pony up another penny for a sales tax, for a job development fund, water development, stabilizing funding for Wichita Transit and the like (May 25 Eagle). Those are all worthy goals, to be sure. But they are not worthy of another regressive sales tax, most of which would fall hardest on the poor, who would have to pay even more for groceries, prescription drugs – items some consider the very necessities of life.

Normally I would support such a suggestion, but no more. Our governor has released too many from paying income tax, those with a business anyway, while my taxes went up. He has refused to accept the Medicaid money we as federal taxpayers are already paying for. He and the Legislature also decided to keep most of the recent increase in statewide sales tax in order to partially pay for his no-income-tax goal. Our state leaders voted to take over Medicare. In short, when government works against the common interest and good, as our state does, why would we agree to increase the cost of groceries?

I am very sorry, Mayor Brewer, but I am not buying into this 1-cent temporary tax anymore. Frankly, I’ve got no more to give if I want to put food on the table and keep the electricity on.



Hold accountable

To see the future of Medicare under control of the state of Kansas, look no further than state-run KanCare (“KanCare providers post losses of $110 million,” May 22 Business Today). Voters should hold irresponsible legislators and the governor accountable in November.



Slow progress

I experienced real pride in being an American while reading Phil Blake’s commentary regarding our graceful, humane manners in making peace with former enemies, such as Germany and Japan, while cultivating them as future trade partners (“U.S. deserves title of ‘exceptional,’” May 26 Opinion). However, there is still a lingering cloud of painful memories of our cruelty and inhumanity toward our “friends” living in the United States.

The history of our treatment of the Native American tribes and all Americans with any trace of African descent will never be erased. We are, thankfully, making significant progress in amending our ways, but the way is slow and often painful. Thank God that we still have a form of government that allows progress to continue.



Reflects badly

An acquaintance of Sedgwick County District Judge Tim Henderson came to his defense (“Evaluate on merits,” May 24 Letters to the Editor). I do not know Henderson and cannot speak to the merits of the complaint filed against him. From my perspective, there must have been something to cause enough concern for our district attorney to take the very unusual step of filling a complaint. News reports in The Eagle of the hearing reported that a least one senior judge had heard off-color remarks of a sexual nature from Henderson.

In this day and age, there is no excuse for any man, let alone a highly educated professional, to make anything that could remotely be considered sexually based comments in a work setting. Many men throughout history have used their positions of power and privilege to reduce many women to sexual objects that can be talked about with no regard to their feelings. Acting this way in the workplace is the textbook definition of creating a hostile workplace.

It is not the responsibility of the women to have the “backbone” to call out the man in the power position. It is the responsibility of the man to have the respect to treat women as equals. Suggesting the women were at fault for not speaking up is victim blaming, pure and simple.

Whatever the results of the hearing turn out to be for Henderson, I am pained to once again be reminded how, still today, some men can reflect badly on all men.



Not so bad

I have never been an admirer of Charles Koch’s political philosophy. However, anyone who broke from the John Birch Society in 1968 and took out a full-page ad in The Eagle proclaiming “Let’s get out of Vietnam now” cannot be all bad.



Pleased with care

I tried to take care of my dad as long as I could. When I could no longer care for him the way he needed, I searched for a care home that I could trust to give him the care he deserved. I explored several options and decided on Victoria Falls Skilled Nursing Home in Andover. I have never regretted that decision, just as I have never had concerns about my father’s care.

The staff keeps in close contact with me and will let me know if there are any concerns about his status. Even if my dad bumps himself on something and gets the smallest skin tear, I hear from the staff. Employees are always pleasant and kind. Unlike at other care homes I visited, they seem truly happy to be there and enjoy their work.

I cannot imagine better care for my dad than what is given to him at Victoria Falls. I feel strongly about this and ask the community to be supportive of the facility in the face of what I believe at this point is a one-sided news story (“Andover nursing home fined over alleged abuse,” May 15 Eagle).



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