Not a reality show
As a reality TV host of “The Apprentice,” 15 people would leave the show either voluntarily or be fired by Donald Trump. As of Feb. 10, 37 people have left the Trump administration. I included the date because others might leave before this letter is printed.
This is the picture of the administration after Trump said, “I will surround myself with smart and good people.” Moreover, this a picture of Trump acting like a dictator, instead of the president. Yet there are those blindly following him, maybe for job protection.
The latest split in his party comes from the budget bill. The Republican Party used to be known as the party of fiscal conservatism. So why did it go along with a bill that produced a huge deficit? What changed? There is a core of Republicans blindly following the leader that is leading them right off the cliff.
They are blindly following a businessman who somehow got elected to the presidency and now is trying to run the government like a business. He forgot one thing. The government is not intended to show a profit, like a business, but to serve the people.
Wayne Powers, Derby
The Wonder school that is coming to Wichita is great news in so many ways. It is a lesson in the fundamental facts about “schools” and “education” — whether you modify them as private or public.
Parents are the best catalysts for school formation and change. Some will object that too many parents are unable or unwilling to play the primary role in their children’s education. OK, but that is not a reason for the institutional marginalization of all parents, which characterizes the educational bureaucracy we have today. It is better to search for ways to empower parents, such as vouchers.
Parents need to have strategic choices. Wonder may take a different pedagogical or content approach to the student’s development than a science magnet, liberal arts, parochial or home school. That’s OK since all learning relies on the same few fundamental cognitive principles.
There are many ways Kansas can enable parents to approach education with the courage and resources needed to believe that a truly wonderful school for their kids is just waiting to be discovered — if they will only step out and search for it. The only question is whether Kansans are willing to trust and assist parents with the education of their own children.
Bob Love, Wichita
The right attire begins at home
The letter “Scant reasons to be scantly clad” produced some interesting thoughts. While restaurants like Hooters and now evidently Brews and Views don’t add much to our bank of morals, the real issue isn’t bawdy restaurants. If only women’s marches were the answer.
I continually see grade-school girls dressed to go to school in shorts that couldn’t even qualify to be called hot pants. Elementary and middle-school boys walking around with plumber’s crack and worse.
We accept this craziness under various names. The most common is fashion. They only do that because parents allow it.
A teenager’s function in the human condition is to push the boundaries. There were dress codes in public schools that were driven by what the parents knew was morally right.
Impressionable youth still value the things their parents do and say, even if all the other visual and audio inputs say otherwise. Do as I say, not as I do, doesn’t cut it with the younger generations. The little word “no” is still probably the most important communication device available to parents. Women’s marches have their place. But the remedy starts in the home.
Bill Leistiko, Wichita
‘The Royale’ spotlights boxer
The Forum Theatre’s professional production of “The Royale,” by Marco Ramirez, is an excellent theater experience.
“The Royale” is a fictionalized account about Jack Johnson, who became the first African American heavyweight champion of the world in the early 1900s, during the Jim Crow era. Pursuing his dream exposed Johnson, his friends and family to the violent racism of early 20th Century America. But his bravery in the face of death threats also made him a role model.
The production runs through Feb. 25 at The Wilke Center in First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway.
Cindy Entriken, Wichita
Get it straight
The expression “you can’t eat your cake and have it, too” was conventional and logical many decades ago, but at some point people reversed it to the nonsensical “have your cake and eat it, too.” Of course, if you eat it, you can’t have it anymore; it’s gone. But if you still have it, you can still eat it.
Tina Bennett-Kastor, Wichita
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