Letters to the editor on David Koch’s philanthropy, immigrant children, fuselage derailment

07/16/2014 12:00 AM

07/15/2014 5:47 PM

Proud of Koch’s philanthropy

I would like to congratulate reporter Roy Wenzl for his article on David Koch (July 13 Eagle). With all the negative comments about Charles and David Koch, this was a refreshing and thorough piece focusing on David Koch’s philanthropy involving medicine and the arts, among other efforts.

Wenzl pointed out that Koch is a Libertarian and not a conservative Republican, and there is no space in this letter to point out the major differences between the two labels. The article also mentioned that Koch was the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential candidate in 1980 (with Ed Clark running as the presidential candidate). I was a proud Libertarian Party delegate that year, and I still have my identity label signed by both of them. Clark and Koch offered a platform with a consistent set of principles based on individuals’ rights to life, liberty and property. As a Cuban-American, I am extremely glad for the work being done in the cause of freedom.

It is likely that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s vicious attacks on the Kochs have had some impact on some voters and members of the news media. However, regardless of political affiliation, Wichita should be proud of the philanthropic work of one of its native sons.



Can’t buy legacy

It is true that David Koch is doing something worthwhile with his money (July 13 Eagle). However, his lasting legacy likely will be the Koch name etched on the backs of politicians bought by the Kochs. These politicians have carried the Koch agenda into legislative bodies in order to cripple the public school system, privatize social services and kill public-employee labor unions.

When Koch ran for vice president in 1980, he ran on a platform of abolishing Social Security, the program that workers pay into to keep them afloat after they’ve retired. Other issues included eliminating welfare, minimum-wage laws, corporate taxes and several government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Most of those agencies enforce regulations that keep Americans safe and healthy and keep the economy strong. I doubt that his thinking on those issues has changed since then.

When I think of those who have left a lasting legacy, such people as Rosa Parks or Abraham Lincoln, I think of their courage and sacrifice. Wealth did not figure in the equation of their legacies.



Be realistic

It is good to have compassion for the children who are now flooding across our border. However, we must also be realistic.

Our government does not have the capability or the money needed to care for them properly. Many are being released with a court date, which will not be kept in the majority of cases, and the kids will disappear into our population. They are not receiving vaccinations. Most of the medical examinations they are receiving consist of being asked: “Do you feel sick?” School is about to start, and some of these children will be mainstreamed into our educational system. Some may have drug-resistant tuberculosis and diseases that are not common to our children. The possibility for epidemics is enormous.

The damage and cost to each of us could be long-lasting and destructive to ourselves and our country.



Real-world faith

Some believe that we are a Christian nation, others that we were founded on Christian principles, have gone astray and need to return to those values. Some believe we are a compassionate nation. Some believe that we are an “exceptional” nation, better than others. Some may believe in various combinations of the above.

So what are we going to do about the illegal immigrant children who have come to our country?

If one ascribes to one (or more) of these characterizations, is the answer not clear?

“‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger...?’ Then he will answer them,… ‘As you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me’” (Matthew 25: 44-45).

Perhaps such a simple answer will not work “in the real world.” Is that to say that Jesus did not intend that his teachings be applied to the real world?



Wichita works

Regarding aerospace consultant Scott Hamilton’s comment that Boeing “should consider creating a second fuselage production line” (“Boeing, Spirit assessing derailed 737 fuselages,” July 8 Eagle): Tornado strikes occur just about as often as eruptions of active volcanoes, such as Mount Rainier in the Puget Sound region of Washington state. Tidal action is also problematic in that area. There is a reason we build aircraft in Wichita: It works.

Oh, and since when is it Spirit AeroSystems’ fault that a train wreck occurs in Montana? Name one place on Earth that does not pose a risk to manufacturing or transport and delivery of an aircraft part.

Boeing’s parts will arrive as scheduled with minimal disruptions.



No boots?

President Obama says he is not going to put any American boots on the ground in Iraq. He is sending more than 300 advisers to Iraq. What will they be wearing? Flip-flops?



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