Letters to the editor on immigration, noisy kids, caring staff

05/31/2014 12:00 AM

05/30/2014 5:14 PM

House should vote on immigration

The U.S. Senate passed an immigration reform package with bipartisan support last year. The House Republican leaders will not allow their members to vote on this Senate bill.

Leading Republican and Democratic economists estimate that the Senate bill would boost the national growth rate by at least 1 percent per year over 10 years and reduce the national debt by nearly $3 trillion. National Association of Manufacturers president Jay Timmons said that supporting reform “is a unified position of the business community.”

There are economic and moral reasons to pass immigration reform in the House. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ official position states: “Immigration policy that allows people to live here and contribute to society for years but refuses to offer them the opportunity to achieve legal status does not serve the common good. The presence of millions of people living without easy access to basic human rights and necessities is a great injustice.”

Now is the time to let House members vote on immigration reform.

DAN LYKINS

Topeka

Need honest debate

I found much to be slanted in Michael A. Smith’s May 25 commentary, “State to creative class: Get out,” but this comment struck me as particularly dishonest: “Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s legendary hostility toward immigrants spells more trouble.”

My wife is an immigrant, and I have absolutely no doubt that Kobach would treat her respectfully and politely if he met her. I think he would act the same way toward any immigrant who came to this country legally.

What Smith characterized as Kobach’s “hostility toward immigrants” is actually a concern about our immigration laws not being enforced. Smith conflated legal immigration with illegal immigration, which is a dishonest tactic employed by many on the left.

A February 2014 Gallup poll found that 77 percent of respondents believe “controlling U.S. borders to halt the flow of illegal immigrants” is either extremely important or very important. Another 16 percent believe it is moderately important.

We need to have a debate about immigration. However, it should be an honest debate.

KEVIN GROENHAGEN

Lawrence

Never disappoints

It is always interesting to come back from vacation and read the issues of The Eagle that I missed. Kansas never disappoints.

There have been comments wondering when George W. Bush would be blamed for the Department of Veterans Affairs mess. The VA didn’t become a mess just now. It has been for some time. But the glut of maimed and amputees from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has pushed it to the brink.

Another commenter said that people support Secretary of State Kris Kobach and his efforts to get rid of illegal immigrants. Kobach’s job is not with immigration. He has also yet to produce one ounce of evidence to support his claims about voter fraud. Meanwhile, he has disenfranchised thousands of voters.

If you think that illegal immigrants are going to risk outing themselves by registering to vote on candidates and issues they may not even understand, come by – I have some things to sell you.

I also saw that Planned Parenthood is closing its Hays clinic and cutting some services in Wichita (May 24 Eagle). All that will produce is unplanned parenthood and more trips to South Wind Women’s Center. Some people can’t see the forest for the trees.

DAVE ZELE

Wichita

Sound doesn’t stop

Regarding “Be quiet outside” (May 23 Letters to the Editor): Children need to play. Yes, sometimes they make noise. Dogs need to relieve themselves outside, and sometimes they bark. Sound travels but doesn’t stop at another person’s property line.

I’ll keep my dogs from barking if other people will keep the seeds from their trees from blowing into my yard.

BETTY G. BLUNDON

Wichita

Caring, attentive staff

I have been battling cancer for more than a year and a half and recently got to the point where I was unable to live at home on my own. In March I moved to a nursing home in the area but didn’t get very good care. In May I moved to the Life Care Center of Wichita, which is the place anyone who needs long-term care should go. The environment is clean, and all the staff members are caring and attentive. When I push the call button, they are there within a few seconds and are always pleased to be helping me.

Negative things often are all that people hear about, so I wanted to let everyone know something good.

KEN SAUNSTAIRE

Wichita

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