A letter writer said that churches and charitable organizations should provide for the poor, as it is the moral thing for Christians to do (“Government not solution to poverty,” Nov. 20 Letters to the Editor). He also believes there should be no government aid for the poor. He believes such aid fosters dependency and is not appreciated.
Once again this Thanksgiving, we can be grateful we do not get all the government we pay for. What we do get is bad enough.
While we are hearing much in the media about the glitches in the Affordable Care Act implementation, we hear little about a moral tragedy with regard to the ACA. Refusing Medicaid expansion is not a “glitch” but an intentional policy of many Republican governors, including Gov. Sam Brownback, to refuse federal dollars to provide health care for the neediest.
A letter writer was disappointed that some school districts did not close to honor Veterans Day (Nov. 18 Letters to the Editor). I contend that schools do not need to close in order to honor veterans.
Our county leaders say they want to fund programs that “serve more people” and get “the best bang for our buck,” so they will stop funding the Breakthrough Club (Nov. 17 Eagle). But efficiency based on the numbers served does not mean that the service is effective.
Each day in the United States, about 100 people take their own lives, leaving behind loved ones to struggle with the loss, grief and all of those questions that begin with “why.”
Fifty years ago, I was doing my duty as a young soldier at the National Guard Armory on West Douglas. My first sergeant came to me where I was working in the supply room and told me to go out front and lower the flag to half-staff and then go home. He said our president had been assassinated. It was a very sad time and will never be forgotten.
I was shocked and deeply dismayed upon reading “Without funds, Breakthrough Club may close” (Nov. 17 Eagle). I am an assistant professor at Newman University who has been supervising occupational therapy student interns at the Breakthrough Club for more than 15 years and has spent more than a thousand hours on site. The job that this organization does – efficiently and effectively – in maintaining and improving the lives of hundreds of Wichitans living with severe and persistent mental illness is, frankly, phenomenal.
“Policy, poor disconnect” (Nov. 17 Eagle Editorial) was so disconnected with the people of Kansas that it is amazing it was published in a Kansas newspaper.
I love Common Core. That is a strong statement, but one that needs to be made.
I recently got back from an Amtrak vacation with my niece, going all the way to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. It was one of the most delightful vacations of my life.
Kansas Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan touted the Brownback administration’s “pro-growth tax relief” (“Tax policy helps create jobs,” Nov. 14 Opinion). He wrote: “It is time we put in place policies that grow the Kansas economy by allowing Kansans to keep more of their hard-earned money and small businesses to have the capital they need to grow their business and create jobs while funding the core responsibilities of government.”
Being principled does not mean being unable to negotiate (“Simple principles permit freedom,” Nov. 7 Letters to the Editor). The letter writer confused “unyielding” with “principled.”
I fear that we are becoming a nation of rather simple-minded whiners, critics and fault-finders, fueled by the omnipresent media messages that tend to accentuate the negative. We are prompted to whine about what we do not have, criticize those who are enjoying what we desire, and find fault with everyone and everything inconsistent with our personal values and principles.
Regarding “Simple principles permit freedom” (Nov. 7 Letters to the Editor): Any relationship of human beings from two to millions demands listening, debate, negotiation and compromise. Yes, principles are essential, as they form the basis of debate and negotiation. Yet the implication that compromise is a dirty word, to be shunned by anyone with even a modicum of principle, belies respect for others and freedom itself.
In last week’s gubernatorial race in Virginia, the full-steam-ahead liberal got 48 percent of the vote and the full-steam-ahead conservative got 45.5 percent. That close result is a dark cloud hovering over the immediate future of the United States.
Any thoughts of razing Century II are ludicrous (Oct. 29 Eagle). It stands as an icon of our considerable architectural and artistic heritage.
As a retired admiral and former chief of naval personnel, I would like to commemorate Veterans Day with a salute to all of the men and women who have served and sacrificed to defend our country – and to express a note of concern over future military readiness.
In the current political environment, it is ever more important to give credit where credit is due, so that schoolchildren will grow up learning about the qualities that define leadership, apart from a particular party or issue.
The president and some members of Congress have talked about reducing Social Security benefits via a “chained” consumer price index or other means as a way to reduce federal spending. The Social Security trust fund is separate from the federal Treasury and should be kept that way.
Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, is still raving about repealing Obamacare. It’s over; it’s law. Get used to it and help your fellow Kansans benefit from it.
The continuous media blather about splits in the Republican Party between those with principles and those without them (a supposedly laudable willingness to continuously compromise their “principles”) shows how lost the American conscience has become and how clueless it is when it comes to freedom.
Do you save or raze Century II in downtown Wichita? Why save it?
Nearly every day I speak to fellow Kansans and ask them to tell me the reasons they vote Republican in state elections. After listening intently, I point out that Kansas residents who make their living as “W-2” employees are subject to paying Kansas state income tax, whereas “pass-through” income – income derived from a person’s ownership of a business organized as a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company or Subchapter S corporation – is now exempt from state income tax.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was interviewed on National Public Radio by Neal Conan about two years ago. Kobach was there to make his case for his laws restricting voting rights to those with evidence of their right to vote, even though some legal voters did not have those documents.
The wealthiest 1 percent have garnered 80 percent of all economic growth since 1980, and 95 percent of it since the recent recession. They now own 40 percent of the nation’s wealth. It was gained in part through tax abatements, whereby cities and states are beguiled into bidding wars for the privilege of paying corporations for jobs.
I am disturbed by the disinformation being circulated with regard to the Obamacare website. Let me explain.
I am a “Redskin” and proud of it. I choose to call myself a Redskin, because many years ago I attended Wichita North High School. Now, I wasn’t around when students first called themselves Redskins, so I cannot declare their reasons for choosing the name. However, given the history of the land on which the school sits and the beautiful architecture of the building, I could probably make a few guesses.
With all the negative press about the Affordable Care Act and the HealthCare.gov website glitches, I’m pleased to report that I am now enrolled in a new health insurance policy, effective Jan. 1, that reduces my deductible from $2,500 a year to $1,000 a year plus includes dental coverage that I never had before – at a total cost of about $100 per month less than my old policy.
As a member of the Kansas House Education Committee and a longtime member of United School Administrators of Kansas, I must take exception with Gov. Sam Brownback’s commentary (“Kansas schools not being shortchanged,” Oct. 27 Opinion). The governor stated that Kansas education has received an additional $200 million since he took office, but he failed to mention that the base per-pupil spending has decreased under his administration. The three-judge panel’s ruling that supported the school-funding lawsuit against the state attributed the current financial situation to a self-imposed crisis caused by the governor and his allies cutting taxes to nearly 200,000 business owners in the state.