Kobach’s not doing his job
Like a Whack-A-Mole, I see where our ambitious, self-serving and mostly absent Kansas secretary of state has reappeared. Just in time for his next election campaign.
This time to personally defend his very own — and very grotesque — proof-of-citizenship law in court. In all this, clearly, he has taken a few pages from the alt-right playbook: Keep repeating the same lies and eventually people will believe them. Appeal to voters’ tribal emotions by marginalizing and attacking the most vulnerable in our society.
Who cares that the Kansas taxpayer foots the bill in this quest — or that he suppresses 18,000 people from voting — as long as it furthers his own ambitions?
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I care. All Kansans should care. His so-called proof-of-citizenship laws are little more than voter suppression and veiled forms of racism.
Apparently our secretary of state did not read the job description about the duties of his office: You’re not supposed to suppress the vote. You’re supposed to encourage the vote.
There is no room for racism in Kansas. There is no room for racism in the governor’s office. There is no room for racism in Kansas politics. Shame on Kris Kobach.
Bob Stotts, Wichita
Abortion rights don’t empower women
During the Kansans for Life rally, I listened to an inspiring speech by Melissa Ohden. Melissa survived a botched abortion attempt on her life and is now a very intelligent, articulate woman who speaks out on behalf of the 59 million people lost due to abortion since the tragic Roe vs. Wade decision.
Many people believe that having the unrestricted ability to end the life of their unborn children somehow empowers and liberates women. Freeing them to adopt the Hollywood mentality on sex and morality with little concern for the consequences. One could argue on the contrary, that it is disrespectful and harmful to women’s bodies and diminishes their dignity by treating them as sex objects.
As a husband, with a daughter and granddaughters, I believe that women should have the same opportunities as men and be treated with respect. However, that does not remove accountability for their actions and those that would take advantage of them, especially in life-and-death decisions. If abortion advocates were truthful they would stop using euphemistic words like “abortion” and state that they support the right to destroy their unborn children and have others pay to have it done.
Ken Stuchlik, Marion
Anti-Semitism in editorial cartoon
For a moment on Monday I thought I had died and gone to Nazi Germany. Before me on the editorial page of The Eagle was an ugly big-nose Jew stereotype. The cartoon was about Mark Zuckerberg. The message, by itself, was not particularly anti-Semitic. So why did the cartoonist choose to give Mr. Zuckerberg a face straight out of a 1941 Nazi propaganda magazine?
If the Eagle was pleased with the anti-Semitic character of the cartoon – that would be one thing. But I think the editors at The Eagle looked at the cartoon and were oblivious to the anti-Semitic nature of the drawing. And that is worse.
Stan R. Harder, Wichita
Congress policing Congress
Congress is instituting a sexual harassment program. Are you kidding me? Seems too many are already proficient at it. They probably mean an anti-sexual harassment program, signifying that there are many scoundrels in Congress.
Just think, people who have no integrity, common decency or morals passing laws regulating our behavior.
If a member of Congress is found guilty of sexual harassment, they should automatically be expelled from Congress, lose all benefits (including pensions), pay back any funds used from the “shush” fund and pay their victim restitution.
Richard A. Hopper, Derby
Support Taylor Force Act
I read with interest the House of Representatives passing the Taylor Force Act, which would freeze U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority until it stops paying terrorists and their families. The Palestinian Authority provides incentives to potential terrorists through offering U.S. funds..
I hope the Senate will support passage of the Taylor Force Act. We need to share that info with our senators.
Doris Weller, Wichita
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