A woman is struck after she returns to where she hit a a mother duck crossing a roadway. For this she receives a citation for obstructing traffic/not being in a crosswalk.
Law enforcement is undecided whether a man injured by fireworks should receive a citation for illegally shooting off fireworks over the Memorial Day holiday 2017 instead of July 4, 2017. What part of illegal is unclear? Should there be any question over issuing a citation for illegally discharging fireworks?
Sheryl Newberry, Derby
The health care bill that was recently passed by Rep. Estes and the Republican House is only a step backward on the road toward needed universal care. I am among the many people who remember being denied insurance due to preexisting conditions in the days before the ACA.
By focusing on preventative care and better caring for chronic illness we can lower health care costs. Senators Roberts and Moran should be wary of dangerous regulations that deny coverage to anyone and ignore the basic truth that we are all in this together.
Ian Gingrich-Gaylord, Newton
There is serious concern over the well documented lack of public school student success. The current test scores on the KAP assessments clearly document the reason for concern. For example, in English Language Arts, the state school score was highest in the fourth grade at 300 compared with the highest score possible being 380. It progressively fell so that score was 282 by the eighth grade. In mathematics the highest composite score (302) was third grade and fell progressively to 280 in eighth grade. In contrast, scores were appreciably higher in private and Catholic schools where they remained stable throughout the eighth years of school.
This is a serious concern that the school administrators attribute to inadequate funding, even though the per pupil state funding has progressively gone up every year.
Our state Supreme Court agrees and demands a new school funding formula before it will approve this year's state budget that satisfies their educational funding standard by a June 30 deadline. Our legislators are in a bind and will have to find new money before they can end this legislative session.
We attended a home school 2017 graduation ceremony for 80 students in Little Rock, Ark. They have accepted $3 million plus in scholarships and all are going on to post graduation education programs. Each student was handed his or her diploma by their parents on a stage. The cost of education per year to the parents was a little over $4,000 per pupil, which is less than a third of the public school cost to the taxpayer.
Clearly money is not the solution. What is needed is most stable and functional families who give witness to economic self sufficiency. This is something that everyone can participate in.
Richard Gilmartin, Wichita
For those deciding the future of Century II, especially anyone who disparages the unique architecture of the structure, I’d like them to look at the June 2017 edition of the Smithsonian magazine. The section titled “building the future” (pg 68) features a picture captioned “Seoul’s techno-futuristic landmarks include Zaha Hadid’s nearly one-million square-foot design center.” The design center is a round, blue-roofed structure surrounded by curving exterior walls. Sound familiar? It bears a striking resemblance of our Century II although the surrounding plaza walls are more dynamic and free form than our curved plaza walls and planters. I also hope any decision takes into account that, although the interior layout may not meet the needs of some traveling productions, it does allow us to produce one of the top musical theaters in the country, Music Theatre Wichita. If we must have a different venue for special events, I suggest we create another structure rather than sacrifice out beautiful and functional landmark.
Charles Eby, Wichita
By now even the most ardent Trump supporter has to realize that America has made a colossal blunder! In his first roughly four months, he has committed such grave errors of judgment that one can only come to the conclusion that he is intellectually unqualified to be the leader of America. He has been sharing classified material with the major adversary of the U.S., firing a department head investigating his possible collusion with Russia, alienating major world powers in his recent trip while acting like a total boor, creating utter chaos even within his own administration while staffing it with his family and other total totally inept lackeys, the man must think he is still the boss of The Apprentice TV program. Being the supremely narcissistic individual, he is psychologically unable to restrain himself from the incessant tweets that have come to be his signature or holding up his Executive Orders for the camera like children with their crayon drawings. He's exhibited limited intellect while pontificating for the cameras using the vocabulary of a fifth grader.
America deserves better than this pretender who is best qualified to play golf at his palace or showboating for public admiration.
George S. Varga, Wichita
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