Letters on paying for military, Fesen, questioning science, gay wedding cards

08/29/2014 7:06 PM

08/30/2014 12:06 AM

Should ask: What would Caesar do?

Everyone asks what Jesus would do. But I am curious about another first-century character’s response to current events today.

Caesar controlled most of the world in the first century. What would he do?

The Romans, like Americans, had a very powerful military and kept the peace with it. When Rome eventually fell, the world entered the Dark Ages.

As Americans, we elected a leader who believes that America’s role in the world was to dominate and thought that through diplomacy we could bring peace. As current events unfold, we are all having second thoughts. It is becoming more clear that without a dominant military force, history will repeat itself with the Middle East breaking down into warring factions and eastern Europe being threatened by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The world is slowly evolving into feudalism.

Unlike the Romans, America has never been or aspired to become an empire. I believe that, for the world’s sake, we need to reconsider this belief. Like it or not, we have the world’s most powerful military. But unlike the Romans, it is solely financed by us.

We should ask ourselves this question: What would Caesar do? If we do not find a way to be compensated for our burden as world police, our nation will become bankrupt, and the world will fall back into the Dark Ages.

MIKE HUBBELL

Kingman

Dedicated doctor

Oncologist Mark Fesen took care of my husband when he had advanced colon cancer at the age of 32. We had two sons, ages 5 and 7. I was so scared, and being a nurse added to my fear. The five-year survival rate was only 10 percent. Fesen and his staff worked with us, and my husband is now a 17-year cancer survivor.

Did Fesen aggressively treat my husband’s cancer? Of course he did. And because he did, my husband lives today.

Now, about the Hutchinson Clinic audits of Fesen (Aug. 24 Eagle): Shame on The Eagle for digging so deep and going so low to try to bring down this man, who has dedicated his whole career and life in the treatment of cancer patients. Shame on The Eagle for putting doubt in people’s minds about his competency. God put him in our lives for a reason.

LYNETTE STREIT

Larned

Question ‘science’

I take issue with “Learn, don’t preach” (Aug. 23 Letters to the Editor).

The letter said: “Creationism holds back scientific progress and hinders our growth.” This ignores the fact that some of the greatest scientists in history were Bible-believers and creationists. In fact, one of them, Sir Francis Bacon, is credited with formulating and establishing the scientific method.

An underlying premise of the letter seemed to be that children belong to the government, not the parents. This is wrong on so many levels, not the least of which is that the “science” taught in schools today serves to undermine much of what the parents might believe and what the church teaches.

Science is constantly changing, correcting, etc. In fact, in too many schools today, it is not even allowable to question evolution or to point out its many anomalies or the fact that much of what is still in the science books today has been proven wrong. The doors to the science classroom are too often closed to anyone who might question “science.” Yet many of those same scientists demand free rein to indoctrinate our children without question.

I would aim the letter writer’s own words back at him, concerning what is taught as science today: “By teaching our young children these things as facts that should not be questioned, we are grooming a generation devoid of imagination and critical thinking. We need the next generation to think critically of our world and universe in order to advance technology, medicine and society.”

KEN RANEY

Wichita

Action hurt no one

My partner and I were recently in a Wichita card shop. Because we are acquainted with some of the staff, they related a story to us about a customer who came in and noticed a section of wedding cards that happened to celebrate same-sex couples. The customer became very vocal and asked the staff to remove the cards. The staff informed the customer that the shop’s parent company supported diversity and, besides, this type of card had been in the shop for three years. To this, the customer walked out stating she would never return until the cards were removed.

I would like to address that customer: Your action hurt no one, certainly not the card shop or its parent company. The gay community couldn’t care less about where you buy cards. In fact, the gay community frequents many, many of the same places you do. Will you stop shopping for groceries? Will you not buy clothing, a car, medication, go to the doctor, dentist and so many other locations? Just think, the next time you pick up a grocery item or sit at a restaurant, ask yourself: Did a gay person touch this? Enjoy.

STEVEN TUCK

Wichita

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