Letters to the Editor

June 11, 2014

Letters to the editor on energy policy, child abuse, abortion, veteran event

The Obama administration put forth a plan last week to cut power-plant carbon emissions by 30 percent. It’s a noble plan to reduce greenhouse gases and slow global warming.

Need all-the-above energy policy

The Obama administration put forth a plan last week to cut power-plant carbon emissions by 30 percent. It’s a noble plan to reduce greenhouse gases and slow global warming.

The problem is that we are still importing oil and are not yet energy-independent. We are not yet in a position to pick and choose what energy resources we need to use. That’s why we need to produce as much energy as possible and consume as little as possible to reach this goal.

We need an “all-of-the-above” energy policy, as President Obama spoke of in his State of the Union speech earlier this year.

We Americans need to realize that every time one of those tankers unloads its cargo of foreign oil and our trade deficit goes up, America become less prosperous – especially the middle class. Wealthy Americans can invest in foreign markets, but working Americans can only sell their labor here.

Carbon emissions are important, but energy independence should be our priority.



Help helpless

My mother used to hold her children in the only rocker she ever had and sing and work their hands to the old nursery rhyme: “Here is the church, here is the steeple, open the doors and see all the people.” I care more now, in my golden years, about what the people are doing. At what point do we wake up?

A beautiful 3-year-old is dead, allegedly beaten up and abused for some time (“Police: Girl, 3, had been beaten for month before she died,” June 6 Eagle). We must stop this ridiculous, repeat performance. Be aware, listen, keep your eyes and ears open, and not only report suspicious situations but follow up to see exactly when and what was investigated. God help us if we look the other way. It is time for a change – to help the helpless.

I, for one, cannot get that little girl out of my mind or my heart. Let us all remember.



Support parents

When Jesus said, “Suffer the little children to come unto me,” I don’t think he meant how Emma Krueger was sent to him (“Police: Girl, 3, had been beaten for month before she died,” June 6 Eagle).

I request that the religious community, and especially those opposed to abortion, include in their top priorities the support of young parents, so that child abuse can be reduced to an absolute minimum.



Change discussion

The Eagle and KWCH, Channel 12, recently reported on the late abortion doctor George Tiller (“Abortion groups recall Tiller 5 years after killing,” May 31 Local & State). Both stories amounted to free advertising for the South Wind Women’s Center.

Just because South Wind provides other services for women doesn’t justify even one abortion, which it also provides.

Why would anyone want to remember a man who aborted thousands of innocent babies?

Instead of supporting the culture of death, wouldn’t it be better to promote a culture of life? How about stories promoting the benefits of the many crisis pregnancy centers, such as A Better Choice or Choices Medical Clinic? There are six such clinics in Wichita.

Wouldn’t it be better to teach women how to prevent future unwanted pregnancies? Wouldn’t it be better to provide resources such as medical care, counseling, food, shelter and baby items including diapers to mothers who decide to keep their babies? These centers do just that.

With more than 55 million abortions in the United States since 1973, it’s time to change the discussion. When will we see that story?



Where were vets?

On June 3, the Wichita River Festival had a second-annual salute to the military. The lady who was the host said that they wanted to make this a regular event.

The McConnell Air Force Base Honor Guard presented the colors. Windwagon Smith, aka Ron Ryan, and Col. Mark Larson, commander of the Air Force Reserve 931st Air Refueling Group at McConnell, were guest speakers.

Larson walked through the crowd before the ceremonies and introduced himself and spoke with individuals. He mentioned during his brief speech the people he had spoken with, and he recognized veterans for our service, from World War II to the present.

This meant something to me personally. I never heard much from the public after Vietnam. I am so happy that now the general public recognizes our veterans.

Since Desert Storm, I have more people walk up and thank me for my service. I wear a Vietnam veteran or Air Force veteran hat most of the time. This act of kindness always makes me feel better. I always reply: “Thanks for your support.”

However, I was very disappointed with the turnout at the River Festival event. Where were the vets? The event was very well advertised in The Eagle and on television.

I hear many veterans whining about how they get no respect. I hear my fellow Vietnam veterans crying that we didn’t get any recognition. Veterans should have shown up in droves. The event was for them, and they did not come.



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