Letters to the editor on Tiahrt-Pompeo race, Lincoln Street dam, dirty coal

06/05/2014 12:00 AM

06/04/2014 5:32 PM

How will Pompeo, Tiahrt split hair?

We have started once again down a path toward inspired mudslinging, innuendo and good old name-calling. The Todd Tiahrt challenge to U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, will surely unleash the surly and uncivil in both.

That’s not at all new in politics, but this race will be interesting in that there is only a thin hair’s difference between them. How that hair is split will be fascinating.

Each side will be required to employ dirt-diggers to determine how many devils can dance on the head of the other’s pin. The main questions will revolve around how far to the right each contestant can get. That will be difficult, because both are pushing the limits now.

Is Pompeo really for spying on American citizens? Does he want genetically modified foods to poison us? And is he secretly (very secretly) that most horrific of all creatures, a liberal? Why did Tiahrt endorse Pompeo two years ago when he now finds him unacceptable? What is motivating Tiahrt’s attempt at a comeback?

These questions and many more will blare at us from the TV screen, jar us in printed form, and amuse or horrify us for the next couple of months. We must enjoy this, and that says a lot about us.

DAVE CROOK

Derby

Slow go on dam

In the early 1970s, an inflatable dam was installed under the Lincoln Street Bridge. It was bragged up by the city as the first of its kind. It only lasted a couple of years before failing.

Fast-forward to 2013, when we put in a new dam with a fish passage that was heralded as unique. There have been issues with it ever since. Heavy equipment has been sitting there for months with no apparent progress and seems to be abandoned.

The city, the engineers and the construction company should be embarrassed.

JOHN CALLISON Jr.

Wichita

Coal plants dirty

I lived in the area of Bullhead City, Ariz., and Laughlin, Nev., for 18 years. The coal-fired power plant near there was talked about a lot. The residents would have been glad to have officials move the plant or do away with it (it was shut down in 2005). Houses were always dirty.

Do not let them tell you they can control the dirt and grime. No way. We need to fight the new coal plant in Kansas.

ELLEN YOCUM

Newton

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