Letters to the editor on Dole, Maize boundaries, Syria, unequal justice, Brownback tax cut

07/11/2014 12:00 AM

07/10/2014 5:28 PM

Brownback could learn from Dole

I noticed in the article “A look at Brownback’s economic claims” (July 5 Eagle) that a great bulk of the claims were listed as “incomplete” or “misleading.” Those undesirable traits are probably why I drove to the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Minneapolis on July 1 to see former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole on one of his “thank you” tours.

Although I sometimes agreed with Dole and sometimes disagreed with him, I generally knew where he stood on issues. That is in sharp contrast to the smoke and mirrors, diversions and parsed language of Gov. Sam Brownback. I have little confidence in Brownback.

Dole told the audience that everybody in the room has had to compromise a little at various points in life, whether it was buying a car or whatever. “You give a little in order to get a little,” he said.

I thanked Dole for his military service, for his governmental service in Congress and as a former presidential candidate, and for his service toward the Kansas Masonic Home and Shriners Hospitals for Children. As I left the building, I was glad that I paid tribute to him in a Kansas VFW hall.

Dole has much more dignity than modern politicos such as Brownback.



Whose interests?

The Maize school district administration is to be commended for its endorsement of establishing boundaries in the district (June 26 Local & State). The district’s recent “scientific” survey was limited to households in Maize that have a student who could be affected by any board decision. The problem is that these parents have a conflict of interest: their child.

Only one-third of district taxpayers have a child in the district, and even fewer meet the survey criteria. The survey focused on the self-interests of a few, rather than the best interest of the district.

By contrast, the teachers, who have lived the past few years with the “parental preference” decision of recent school boards, strongly support boundaries, as an online survey showed. Teachers have the district’s best interest at heart, not their own. Now it is up to the school board members to determine whose best interest they have in mind – their own prideful interests, or the district’s as a whole, including the more than two-thirds of non-patron district taxpayers (and voters) concerned about the long-term success of the district.



Don’t fear us

As a veteran, I was appalled by the facts and logic of a letter about Syria (“Tiahrt is best,” July 1 Letters to the Editor). The letter writer’s approach would make America less safe.

Former Rep. Todd Tiahrt seems to think that too much American involvement is the root cause of the Islamic takeovers we see in Iraq and Syria. But we all know that the reason our enemies no longer fear us is because President Obama has repeated his reluctance to engage and failed to take aggressive action and hold true to his word. (Remember the “red line,” or Benghazi?) Tiahrt apparently agrees with Obama that we should stand by while our enemies from al-Qaida to Russian President Vladimir Putin fill the void left by American withdrawal from the world stage. Meanwhile, our allies – especially Israel – are left twisting in the wind.

Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, wanted to follow President Reagan’s philosophy in Syria: “Peace through strength.” Want to protect the country? Give our enemies something to fear and fight them where they are. I trust Pompeo to play it straight with Kansans and to never walk away from our men and women in uniform.



Unequal justice

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom asserted pride in the justice system for enacting laws based on equal justice and rights (“All equal in the eyes of law,” July 2 Opinion). Frankly, equal rights under law are what the U.S. government and courts have generally opposed for more than 40 years.

The 1964 Civil Rights Act greatly limited freedom but supposedly favored removing race considerations. However, that rationale morphed into substantial consideration of race as long as the consideration was against whites. It metastasized into disparate results, then affirmative action and, now, the openly “fewer white people programs” – i.e., diversity.

We no longer have a uniform system for everyone. We have sliced up the legal bologna with special slices for nonwhites, women and, coming up quickly, homosexuals. Grissom even supports thought-crime laws.

Openly sanctioned unequal treatment of whites has even gone into active legal persecution of unfavored groups and ideas. Favored racial and political groups engage in intimidation and threats with little fear of response.

Increasingly, people do not respect the government’s ever-changing politicized definitions of equal justice. Sadly, it is a system of restricting liberty and expanding government power that more resembles George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” than the Constitution.



All the same

Supply-side economics, economist Arthur Laffer’s tax plan and Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax-cut concept are all the same (“Kansas shows enduring power of bad ideas,” July 1 Opinion). None has ever done anything but put money in the pockets of wealthy people and corporations, at the expense of the working middle class, the retired, disabled and the poor.



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