I am weary of hearing about our elected officials avoiding their duty toward illegal immigration.
We have our immigration problems today because our elected officials ignored the laws of this country governing immigration. Most American citizens have no problem with legal immigration.
What is the message to immigrants trying enter our country legally If we allow 700,000 illegals to bypass them and go to the head of the line? Will they no longer respect this country’s laws? Is it fair to those immigrants trying to do the right thing? Wanting to do the legal thing?
To be passed by for a flawed political convenience is conscienceless. Shame on us for not expecting a higher standard of duty from our lazy elected officials.
Tom Brown, Wichita
Sorting out sexual offenders
Against popular belief, offender registries create a false sense of safety and security in communities. Kansas lumps all violent offenders in one registry, combining low-level sexual offenses with high-level crimes, such as murder, together.
Studies show the longer a low-level sexual offender goes without offending, the likelihood of them sexually offending again lowers. Senate Bill 407 proposes a change to the registry. However, it proposes violent offenders, required to register for 15 years, be allowed to ask the court to cease their registration requirement after successfully registering for a minimum of five years. Those convicted under the 25-year and lifetime statute would not qualify.
This request is like an offender requesting parole. The victim/victim’s family would be notified and heard from during the petition hearing.
I would like to see the current proposal of SB 407 separate the sexual offenses from the other violent offenses. In effect, this would reduce the list to those convicted of sexual battery, adultery, patronizing a prostitute, and lewd and lascivious behavior as qualifiers to petition the court. Allow these individuals a second chance at life. Contact members of the Judiciary Committee to have them move this bill out of committee.
Derick Gonzales, Wichita
Money wins at Naftzger Park
Flatten a landscaping work of high art so upscale puppies can have a place to pee? No, thank you. Let the money-mad developers near Naftzger Park create a roof garden where their faux elite renters and their dogs can enjoy complete isolation from the peasantry.
We’re hearing the same old Wichita song: “Whatever money wants, money gets. And little folks, we’ve more money than you.” Even if we fund another junket for our illustrious decision makers to observe such enlightened innovations as have been embraced by other cities, the developers will prevail.
In light of that inevitability, let’s insist that the full names of those developers be emblazoned on a large brass plaque in the park alongside a kiosk featuring melancholy color videos of what was not lost, but thrown away in the name of profit.
Richard E. Brown, Wichita
Pleasant time at museum
I always enjoy reading Mike Berry’s “Wichita on Wheels” in Saturday’s Eagle. A recent edition featured the “Twisted Oz” cycle museum in Augusta. I’m not a biker or cycle guy at all, but I visited the museum some time ago with a group of old friends that were all motorcycle and scooter enthusiasts. (I felt a little like Jack Nicholson wearing his football helmet.)
Although pretty much in the dark as far the history of these grand old machines, I had a great time while we looked around, sometimes guided. Owner Kelly Modlin and sidekicks Jerry Ottaway and Paul Belt treated our little group and others that came in as if we were guests in their home. No admission was charged, but a donation container was available. It was great to read of their success and expansion. I look forward to going back.
Don Maxey, Wichita
Youth can lead us to ballot box
In response to a letter last week that criticized “the youth are leading us,” these are the same “children” we send off to war, who pay taxes, and that the NRA wants to have full availability of assault weapons.
Also, most frightening, many will have the right to cast a ballot in this November’s election.
Dan Gentry, Wichita
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