Alcohol and guns
So we are opening up areas to booze and guns. It took early pioneers decades to realize that was a deadly combination, and they began to establish some rules and regulations for both. Now we are throwing that wisdom out the window. But I guess that is OK if your goal is to increase hospitalizations and thin out the population.
Jim Laney, Wichita
Works of art?
The city spends hundreds of thousands of dollars on “art” installations on public property that aren’t nearly as enjoyable or uplifting as Kanbee’s. These aren’t signs, so laws for sign placement shouldn’t apply. The city could sprinkle them around our parks, pop-up parks, or public schools. Or put them up for adoption to forever homes, adding a few much-needed dollars to our coffers. I’m sure there are lots of good ideas out there. Whatever you do, please don’t destroy these whimsical works of art. And thank you, Kanbee, for sharing your inspiration!
Joan Russell, Wichita
State fair racetrack
The Kansas State Fair board continues to under utilize one of their more profitable resources. In recent years the racetrack has been reduced to two shows per year. This is not due to lack of effort to take up more dates. We have been told time and time again that no other dates could be made available. I’m no accountant by any standard, but I struggle to look at their weekly schedule, and see where their current events are more profitable. The upside to making use of a facility that otherwise is left dormant for all but two weeks out of the year, is significant. So significant that to most of us in the racing community, the lack of cooperation can only be seen as deliberate. We as a group recognize that the fair board may not see racing as a priority. Most of us even realize the likelihood that the track’s days are numbered. My one request to them would be this, if you won’t prioritize the track’s existence going forward, at least utilize it as a profitable tool for what little time we have left with it.
Kyle Wiens, Newton
Let’s compare some fiction/opinion statements with research-based factual statements. 1. The earth is flat vs. the earth is round. 2. Most feral cats are sick vs. feral cats are as healthy as pets, especially after being fixed.4. Returning cats to their territory after being fixed is abandonment vs. cats’ bond with their environment. Workers take care to return these wild cats to their home, which just happens to be outdoors. 5. Feral cats should be killed for their own good to get rid of them all vs. Trap, Neuter and Return(TNR) is the only proven method to control the population of feral cats, and is much more cost effective than lethal methods of non-control. Every major animal welfare organization, as well as the National Animal Control Association endorses TNR.
It is time to stop using opinions to make laws and start using research-based facts to enact humane Animal Care Ordinances.
Sue Schamp, Wichita
It’s really too bad that this 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. The seats! It’s exactly as one reader described in an opinion in The Eagle the other day. The further up you go, the worse it 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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