Arm school guards
Aaron Feis is the source of my greatest frustration when it comes to the Florida shooting. A security guard without a means to protect his charges is like a fisherman without a rod and reel.
He obviously had proximity to the shooter and could have slowed or stopped the carnage if he would have had the means.
But somehow, in a world where these types of events are happening more and more frequently, misguided authority figures and liberal politicians have disarmed the protectors of our children in order to make them safer. Just think of how ridiculous that is.
I’m sure Feis would greatly have preferred to go down attempting to take out the shooter, protecting all of the students, as opposed to becoming a human shield in an effort to protect just a few.
Maybe it’s time that the security guards ignore the rules and carry concealed.
If illegal aliens and mayors of sanctuary cities can ignore the law, to the detriment of the country, maybe it’s time the security guards ignore the law in order to protect the children.
Steve Cartwright, Derby
Parents want to be engaged
While the author of a Sunday letter accepts the impressions from a first-year teacher about lack of parental involvement and school funding (”I was surprised to hear that large sums of money go to feed children breakfast and lunch because parents are not or cannot provide for food”) as fact, I must disagree.
As a veteran public and independent school educator of 40 years in urban, suburban and rural school districts, I encountered only a handful of parents who were either “too tired or too disinterested” or “who have mistaken wants for the needs in their lives.” I met many parents working one, two or three minimum-wage jobs who would gladly meet with me early in the morning, late in the evening or on weekends to discuss their student — times when they would not lose hard earned wages needed to feed, cloth and house their families.
Fortunately, many of these families also participated in the National School Lunch Program, signed into law in 1946 by President Truman. Educators know that hungry students are at a disadvantage in learning. Yes, “education should be a partnership with engaged parents,” and I was blessed to work with many, many of them.
Lisa Schriefer, Wichita
No chicken farming
I was shocked to learn that the Kansas Senate is proposing a bill that would allow large-scale chicken farming within a quarter-mile of my home. That is the same distance a high school runner can cover in 60 seconds.
Senate Bill 405 was written by the Committee on Ways and Means, chaired by my own Sen. Carolyn McGinn. I am actively opposed to corporate farming near urban areas.
The worm never dies.
Doug Young, Park City
The U.S. gun carnage goes on and on, without any action by our legislators. I can come to only one conclusion: they don’t care.
The vast majority of our senators and representatives apparently don’t care since the victims are not their children, brothers, sisters, mothers or fathers. They only care about themselves and getting re-elected with the massive support of the gun lobby.
By their inaction, they are implicit in the deaths of thousands.
Tom Kneil, Bel Aire
Trickle down works
A Feb. 16 letter bashing “trickle-down economy” with a sentence ending that “Trickle-down is the quintessential Pythonian ‘Dead Parrot’ ” was the last straw for me.
For years, liberals have championed the misguided theory that trickle down is a failed policy. I, for one disagree, and here’s why. Water and money do not run uphill. I have made a 67-year living as a salesperson. In all that time, I never sold anything to a poor person. Only those who had money were able to buy what I was selling.
Example: My client agrees to buy a TV commercial. I hire a cameraman, graphic artist, narrator, music person, and final editor. They in turn make payments on their equipment. Who knows what these folks who get the third wave of funds use them for, but be assured the money continues to flow down through the system. Thus, the beauty and action of “Trickle Down.”
Trickle Down economics was invented way back in time when someone picked up a coin and said, “Let’s call this money.” Now tell me how I’m wrong when I say trickle-down economy works. No dead parrots here.
Bob Walterscheid, Wichita
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