Democrats clamor for a special prosecutor because President Trump fired FBI director James Comey. The only other President to fire an FBI director was Bill Clinton. That incident occurred exactly one day before Vince Foster was found dead, an apparent “suicide.” Now it seems that Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich might be the man who leaked over 50,000 internal DNC e-mails to WikiLeaks, including the embarrassing revelations that Hillary Clinton blames for her epic loss. Seth Rich was murdered last July, shot in the back while walking home. Does anybody else find this sequence of events troubling? Maybe a special prosecutor is warranted after all.
Michael Mackay, Mulvane
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The fundamental task for a “republic” is to continuously and correctly identify and address “the public things.” This means understanding what principles differentiate public things from private things, as well as what principles control and limit the use of public power in pursuit of the “public things.”
In a few months, Trump has confirmed beyond any reasonable doubt that Washington, including both major political parties, long ago ceased to operate as a republic. Politicians and presidents alike make no distinction between their private interests and the public interests. They have no lasting principles that strictly limit their use of the public’s power, but they are crass opportunists who claim to have principles only when they are out of power (to vilify their “unprincipled” opponents) then promptly discard all principles once they are in power. The Republicans have most recently shown us their abject lack of principles on healthcare and budgets, but the Democrats are equally guilty.
Sadly, without principles, a republic cannot exist. Politics becomes nothing more or less than scheming to obtain, retain and exercise power over others [the opposition] by any means possible. America has ceased to be a functioning republic, and this condemns us to flail politically as we descend into the maelstrom in which first subtle and then brute force replaces public law and order.
Bob Love, Wichita
Since the District 4 election of Ron Estes we here in Wichita have three members of who profess their allegiance to fiscal conservatism dedicated to the idea that taxpayers’ money be spent wisely and efficiently.
Two weeks ago, Congress approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill taking us through September 2017. As part of the budget process another bill will need to be passed before Sept. 30. Many of their colleagues will press for an additional increase in Pentagon spending.
It is nearly a universal thought across this country that we provide for a strong national defense. Sen. Roberts says he is dedicated to “providing our war fighters the best of everything.” It would be difficult to find anyone who disagrees. It would be equally hard to find someone who does not believe that there is significant waste, fraud and abuse in the defense budget. Extremely troubling is the knowledge that the Pentagon is the lone federal agency that has never been audited. I urge our congressional members to join with Sens. Cruz, Ernst, Grassley, and five others asking Secretary Mattis to comply with the “Chief Financial Officers Act,” which requires an audit assuring our money is being used wisely.
Tom Savage, Bel Aire
Rule of law
Alexis de Tocqueville, while traveling around the new nation of the United States in the early nineteenth century, said, “There is hardly a political question in the United States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one.” We saw that early on in the Trump administration with the travel ban.
Now, a more significant case has possibly emerged. In an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, and on Twitter, President Trump implied that he had the ongoing investigation into the Russian interference in our election and any possible collusion with his campaign on his mind when he fired FBI Director James Comey. On the face of it, that looks like obstruction of justice.
Former associate Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor in her book “The Majesty Of The Law” wrote, “The underlying idea of written fundamental law that protects the people from excesses by their government profoundly influenced and still continues to guide our constitutional development.” Put another way, no man is above the rule of law, not even a President.
William C Skaer, Wichita
To answer the individual who boasted of Trump “triumphs” in a May 4 letter to the editor:
The stock market up 10 percent? Try a 140 percent like Obama - who you and your party gave zero credit for. Executive orders? Called Obama a tyrant and a dictator for signing his. Pipelines that will add jobs while threatening the aquifer that waters the crops for farmers all across the Midwest is a win? You are giving credit for 46,000 jobs that have not happened yet, but Obama gets no credit for saving 1 million auto manufacturing jobs? Not to mention the 11.3 million jobs created under Obama. Trump enforced Obama’s “red line” in Syria? You mean the one Trump tweeted Obama needed congressional approval for and the Republicans withheld that, of course didn’t apply to Trump? Whining about making a living from speeches after leaving office? Didn’t whine about Reagan making a bee line for Japan for a $2 million, $3.1 million in today’s dollars, payday for two speeches did ya?
Typical alternative facts Republican, completely ignored all the promises Trump made and has already broken in 100 days. Trump and the Republicans sure have sucked you in.
J Duncan, Wichita
When is the U.S. Congress going to represent voters and follow facts? Put country above politics.
Jerry Haney, Wichita
Intrust Bank Arena
It’s really too bad that this Intrust Bank Arena situation has become such a mess. Reading the opinion lines the other day reminded me of how a lot of people I know feel. The parking situation stinks. There are very few if any arenas in other cities whereby every time you go to an event, you never know where you’re going to park. You either go to any number of private lots and hope for the best, or have to ride a shuttle. I’ve been to several arenas in other cities and there is always parking around the venue. The coliseum had good parking, as does Hartman Arena. The further up you go, the worse the seating is! Crammed in like sardines, knees in your back, beer spilled on you from behind and it’s like a wave; everybody up, everybody down, over and over whenever somebody needs to get up or come back to their seat. You pay good money so you’d like to enjoy the show but how can you, all crammed in just so the city can brag about having a 15,000 seat arena.
Kent K. Keene, Andover
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