Letters to the editor on refugee children, Rundle, political robocalls, Brownback’s bird plan
07/21/2014 12:00 AM
07/18/2014 5:24 PM
Don’t dim Statue of Liberty’s light
I hope people opposing the United States’ acceptance of the refugees on our southern border will take the time to read this poem by Emma Lazarus about our Statue of Liberty:
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Regardless of our immigration policy, they are children seeking safety. We think Turkey should take Syrian refugees. We think African countries should take their neighboring refugees. We think any country with a humanitarian crisis should work to alleviate the suffering – as long as it’s not in our backyard.
These are children whose parents have sent them through unspeakable danger to the safest place they know. They are truly homeless and tempest-tossed.
Are we to dim our light, put out our torch? What should we do? What would Jesus do?
Vote for Rundle
Sedgwick County residents should consider Seth Rundle as a District Court judge. Since college, Rundle and I have hunted together and stayed in touch as our careers have progressed and our families have grown.
As someone not versed in the law, I appreciate his candor and his unwavering stance on fairly applying the law regardless of his personal convictions. Rundle speaks in a manner in which I understand and feel understood.
When I think of a judge, I want someone who has a perspective of all angles of the law. Rundle has gained courtroom experience while serving as a lawyer in the military, a defense attorney and a prosecutor, and handling civil law. He will be the kind of judge who helps jurors see how important the jury system is to the American ideals about the rule of law.
I look forward to voting for him in the Aug. 5 GOP primary.
All politicians should be advised that if I receive a robocall from them, they will not be getting my vote on Election Day. I do not care what they claim their record is (I can figure that out on my own) or how bad the person they are running against can be (I can also figure that out on my own). These calls are an invasion of my privacy, my time, my sleep, etc. Nor do I care to take a survey about what the politicians have done or have not done.
Please stop calling. I hope other citizens join me in a campaign to end these calls.
A Democratic governor could have come up with the same lesser prairie chicken plan that Gov. Sam Brownback came up with, and though biologists may very well have “dismissed” it, they certainly would not have “mocked” it (“Bird plan is misguided,” July 18 Eagle Editorial). If The Eagle cared as much about reporting news as it does about pushing an agenda, it might have pointed out that even prestigious scientists need to suck up to their employers, the same as everybody else, and the alleged mocking might have had something to do with that fact.
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