Letters to the editor on water contamination, senior programs, we the corporations, Bunting, Westar, Dole VA

06/07/2014 12:00 AM

06/06/2014 5:54 PM

KDHE, city failed on water contamination

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the city of Wichita are inept. I contacted KDHE in early May. I was told that I would be contacted within a couple of days to schedule having my water tested for contamination. That didn’t happen.

I did, however, receive an “offer” by the city of Wichita to hook up to city water at what I believe is an exorbitant cost. It is evident that the city is leveraging unsuspecting citizens to recapture the cost of hooking up the homes it is required to provide water to at no cost.

KDHE told me on Monday that my property was outside the “buffer zone.” It must have a contract with Mother Nature as to where groundwater will flow. I was also told that KDHE would install test wells to monitor the area for contamination expansion.

Neither the city nor KDHE did its job enforcing the actions of Four Seasons Dry Cleaners in the first place. KDHE has never disclosed in its “map” of the contaminated area the depth of any of the test samples. Neither the city nor KDHE properly monitored Four Seasons’ activities nor the groundwater in the surrounding area. If either had, this would not even be an issue.

Bottom line is that public safety is not a primary concern of our local or state governments. There is nothing more at hand here than money.

Do we west-siders need to hire Erin Brockovich?

MARK S. MAGERS

Wichita

Protect programs

The Kansas Association of Senior Corps Directors acknowledges and thanks Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., for being a strong supporter of Senior Corps programs such as the Foster Grandparent, RSVP and Senior Companion programs. Moran has seen firsthand the impact they make in communities.

Last year 5,650 Kansas Senior Corps volunteers spent more than 1.2 million hours serving in their local communities.

Senior Corps programs are under threat from the administration’s proposed budget for 2015. If passed, this proposal would result in dramatic cuts and significant restructuring, which would greatly reduce the valuable services provided by these important national service programs. We are thankful that Moran recognizes the worth of Kansas Senior Corps programs and has strongly opposed these changes.

A strong investment in national service programs is imperative for the good of our communities and nation. We are reassured that Moran will continue to stand for these cost-effective programs.

KATHY SHEPARD

President

Kansas Association of Senior Corps Directors

Independence

We the corporations

Time to celebrate. Thanks to certain members of the U.S. Supreme Court, who have wisely taught us that corporations are “people,” we can now say without hesitation that our government is of those “people,” for those “people” and by those “people.” Mission accomplished.

JOHN BROCK

Wichita

Bunting excels

I am writing in support for Barbara Bunting as state representative for the 72nd District. I had the opportunity to work with Bunting on the school board for USD 373. During those eight years, I saw her become a very knowledgeable school board member and president of the Kansas Association of School Boards. She excels because of her motivation to do the best job possible for our school district and for the students of Kansas.

When Bunting makes a commitment to a project, she reads, researches, makes phone calls and seeks out the best way to educate herself so that she knows all the facts and is prepared for discussion and to make decisions. I know that if she becomes a state representative, she will confidently meet these new challenges with her energetic work ethic and do her best for the people of Kansas.

Please join me by voting for Barbara Bunting in the Aug. 5 primary.

DEBBIE PALACIOZ

Newton

Westar at work

Once again, a shining example of our hard-earned dollars at work – or as it’s known in Kansas, the annual shareholder rate hike by Westar Energy.

A minor, at least by Kansas standards, thunderstorm hit Wichita last Sunday evening. My husband and I lost our power. Because of health issues, it is imperative I have air conditioning during hot weather. Also, we have a 13-year-old dog (91 in dog years) who also has health and age issues and needs cool air.

If this is the kind of service we can expect from Westar now, heaven help us the rest of the summer.

JANICE BRECHT

Wichita

Proud of VA center

I am proud of the Robert J. Dole Veterans Affairs Medical Center. My father, Carl Nelson, was a paratrooper during the Normandy invasion and was captured and held in a German concentration camp. He spent some time at the VA center during 2003 and 2004.

When my father died, the director and other hospital staff attended his funeral. The doctors and nurses couldn’t have been better.

CHRIS NELSON

Burns

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