Commission erred in ending health position
Members of the Sedgwick County Commission voted last week to eliminate the position at the health department that monitors progress on health initiatives designed to address issues in the community health assessment. The CHA was not simply a review of the county’s health data, but it also involved face-to-face surveys to hear from the people who live in the county. Those of us who participated in the CHA and the development of the subsequent Community Health Improvement Plan spent countless hours studying the data in an effort to draw a fair and impartial assessment of health needs.
At no point did politics enter into the discussion. Representatives from nearly every sector of the community were involved in selecting evidence-based strategies to address health needs. County commissioners were invited to participate, but most did not. It is unfortunate that we have elected some county commissioners who either do not view health as a basic human right or they choose to believe that addressing public health issues is not the responsibility of our county public health agency.
Judy Johnston, Wichita
Keep major-league alums out of NBC
Ex-professional baseball players shouldn’t be in the Naitonal Baseball Congress World Series. If you allow ex-pros in the tournament, why not allow ex-pros in the College World Series, March Madness or the football championship?
The tournament should be decided by the teams made up of college players from around the country. At the very least, once the tournament has been decided, the team that wins could play an exhibition game against the ex-pros or the ex-pros could play a team made up of the tournament all-stars.
Russell Shonk, Wichita
Vortex Music Festival had it all
This past Friday and Saturday, there was a new and what may become an annual music festival: the Wichita Vortex Music Festival. Friday evening was a beautiful summer experience in the shadow of the Keeper of the Plains, glistening under a waning full moon. The crowd was treated to musical talents from locally based Carrie Nation to internationally renown Dwight Yoakam.
Vortex was spectacular, from the wonderful musicians, to urban camping along the river, to the midnight movie, to jamming, to Saturday’s pancake breakfast and to a gift of wonderful weather. There seemed to be a unique, special energy as the evening and the morning passed by along the confluence of the Little and Big Arkansas rivers.
The confluence of all the above was a kind of balm for our fractured society — our country’s polarized soul. It was a wonderful expression of what is, increasingly, called the Wichita sound.
Thanks to volunteers and sponsors who made Vortex possible. Special thanks to Wichita Festivals, Inc. and the creativity you bring to the Wichita community. Please, continue Vortex in 2018 for those us who enjoyed it once and those who missed it this year.
Dwight Roth, Wichita
A new school year is here
With the beginning of a new school year, it is important for students to put forth much effort in the academics and social development. Too frequently, a student may achieve minimally and yet could attain much more optimally. This might well become a habit which is difficult to overcome.
There is no better time than the present to put forth maximum effort in learning. In reading at any grade level, the content to be read will become increasingly difficult as the days and months go by. For young learners, it is important to master word recognition skills. Also at any age, comprehension of content is poignant. Each subject matter area enriches the self and for use in society.
It behooves parents to assist their offspring to complete homework and do the best possible in each day of schooling. They may want to learn along with children in the home setting. Enthusiasm for learning is contagious as well as enjoyable. Working harmoniously with the teacher, parents, and/or other learners can assist the child to make continuous progress.
Marlow Ediger, North Newton
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