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Letters to the editor on private school tax breaks, virtual schools, guns, Obamacare, Stallworth

I once asked my childless-by-choice sister if she resented paying taxes to educate other people’s children. Her reply: “Of course not. I may not have kids, but it behooves me not to be surrounded by stupid people.” Good answer.

Letters to the editor on sandy roads, protecting wildlife, AFP ad

While running some errands Saturday morning, I saw an elderly man with a broom and a shovel cleaning sand off a sidewalk and bridge. I presume the sand got there after it was spread during the most recent snowstorm. Three hours later I drove by again, and he was still out there cleaning. He must have cleaned a half mile of sidewalk, including two bridges.

Letters to the editor on selling Hyatt, Haysville jokes, dumping peanut butter, ACA success story

My vote is to sell the Hyatt Regency Wichita, the Finney State Office Building and the nearby parking garage, plus other city-owned real estate, to the highest “cash” bidder without public financing incentives of any kind and to put them all back on the tax rolls (“Sell Hyatt or not? City Council weighs city-owned real estate,” March 29 Eagle). The cash proceeds derived from these sales should be directed to solving our city’s water, sewer and street maintenance needs, and used to offset a sales-tax increase to pay for these important projects.

Letters to the editor on drones, dog racing, Statehouse circus, global warming, ‘bling bishop’

As a very old former military and lifelong commercial pilot, I read with alarm the article on drones (“Technology not waiting for FAA rulings on drones,” March 27 Business Today).

Letters to the editor on slots bill, Shockers

I wish to clear up any confusion The Eagle editorial board created in its March 27 editorial “Slots bill anti-democratic.” While accusing the Kansas Senate of being “anti-democratic,” the editorial then confirmed that no one is losing a right to vote on expanded gambling because a right does not exist.

Letters to the editor on quality of life, valuing nature, Doctors’ Day, ALEC agenda, Common Core, gays

Corporate headquarters of many companies have left Wichita for Dallas, Chicago, Oklahoma City. Why? Who wants to live in a city that is not willing to invest in a decent public transportation system, a new library, an updated sewer system that inhibits street flooding, street repair, an updated Century II or a secure water supply?

Letters to the editor Obamacare, child-welfare system, pre-K, Christianity

Despite the best efforts of the Brownback administration to deny health care and coverage to less-fortunate Kansans, and despite this administration’s efforts to present arguments against Obamacare and the Medicaid expansion, the facts speak differently.

Letters to the editor on global warming, legalizing pot, Shockers

By some trick of fate, I came across a copy of The Eagle this week. I live in the Cotswolds area in England.

Letters to the editor on renewable energy, Shockers

Regarding “Bill would nix renewable energy rules” (March 21 Local & State). Not only did our legislators try to kill the renewable portfolio standard law, but they did it by amending a completely unrelated bill. This followed a series of misleading ads hinting that any energy-rate increases during the past several years were caused by renewable energy.

Letters to the editor on food safety, Koch brothers, Shockers

I’m a conservative of the highest magnitude: pro-life, pro-gun, pro-business.

Letters to the editor on Medicaid expansion, Phelps, loud commercials, Ag Day, distracted drivers

If you could provide health insurance coverage to 78,000 Kansans and provide about 4,000 new health service jobs in the state for no charge the first three years and 10 percent of the cost for the future, would you do it? We would and so would 72 percent of Kansans, according to a poll by the American Cancer Society. The Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback could, but their excuse is that they can’t depend on the federal money being there for this program.

Letters to the editor on conservation easements, tolerating others, problem cars

Ducks Unlimited opposes Senate Bill 323, which would severely restrict the use of conservation easements, infringe upon property rights, and prevent landowners from benefiting from an important land-conservation instrument and financial tool.

Letters to the editor on public transit, cab drivers, lack of pride in state, protected species, enforcing laws, concealed-carry

Good for the city of Wichita. Rethinking the way the transit system in Wichita operates is absolutely overdue (“Health study leading to changes at bus system,” March 18 Eagle).

Letters to the editor on Ike airport, right of conscience, IUDs, book signing

Congratulations to Mayor Carl Brewer and the Wichita City Council on their laudable decision to name our new airport for President Eisenhower. It is commendable because of several aspects:

Letters to the editor on birth certificate, Kochs in control, Obama

I read recently about a man with no birth certificate trying to get an ID card so he could get a visa (“Hard to get ID,” Feb. 26 Letters to the Editor). Now I find myself in the same boat, but regarding a driver’s license.

Letters to the editor on Syrian children, newborn screening, women Shockers, executive orders, Democrats

The children of Syria need help. Living in squalid encampments, steeped in abject poverty, 5.5 million are suffering. One million live besieged by government forces. Soldiers routinely block relief workers, doctors and trucks of food from entry.

Letters to the editor on wrong priorities, big money, poetry as protest

It was interesting to read the views of Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes (March 16 Opinion) and Wichita State University professor Edward Flentje (March 9 Opinion) on state finances.

Letters to the editor on the West’s demise, war on immigrants

The American Conservative magazine recently commented on China’s and India’s unwillingness to join the West in condemning Russia for intervention in Ukraine-Crimea. It observed: “China, Russia and India may be laying the groundwork for a coalition free of what they perceive to be the latest form of Western imperialism: sanctions, exclusion from summits, and influence in the United Nations.” And who can blame them?

Letters to the editor on religious freedom, wind energy, warning for car buyers

It is well-known that religious beliefs can be scientifically mistaken, as is the belief that the world is only 6,000 years old. It is equally obvious that religious beliefs can be morally mistaken, as is the belief of some Muslims that girls should not be educated. It is also obvious that some beliefs that were once held by the majority of Christians can be morally mistaken, as was the belief that interracial marriages are forbidden by God.

Letters to the editor on voting, Marine values, RPS, Shockers, texting and driving, cycling

Some legislators continue to push proposals that would limit the average citizen’s right to vote. First they blindly follow Secretary of State Kris Kobach to require formal proof of citizenship for first-time voters. Then they want to move off-year elections of school board members and City Council members and mayors to the same time and year as state and federal elections, adding the opportunity for these races to become a mess of partisan bickering and ignore real issues facing local communities. Now they want to limit the voting pool before a primary by refusing to allow people to change their party identification within two months before the vote.

Letters to the editor on Crimea, global warming, net metering, Rutgers protest, gay rights, feelings vs. actions, inspirational author

Is it any wonder that columnist Charles Krauthammer lunged for President Obama (March 8 Opinion)?

Letters to the editor on communism, Ike airport

When Mitt Romney said that Russia was our greatest threat, many people laughed. These same people seemed surprised when Russia’s puppet government in the Ukraine killed protesters. Many people were also surprised when reports of human rights abuses came out of North Korea, China’s close ally.

Letters to the editor on nurse practitioners, Shockers

As a health care professional, I was encouraged to read in the Progress 2014 insert about how GraceMed plans to open a clinic to care for the medically underserved in south Wichita (March 2 Eagle). I applaud the medical residents who plan to serve there, but I noticed that there was no mention of how advanced nurse practitioners might be utilized to reach the underserved as well.

Letters to the editor on wind energy, Wolf X-rays, foreign-policy speaker

Americans for Prosperity’s media blitz attacking Kansas’ wind industry tries to exploit lingering anger toward former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for promoting Obamacare. But while the Koch-backed AFP clamors for repeal of the renewable portfolio standard, the American Legislative Exchange Council is the ringleader behind the scenes.

Letters to the editor on Ukraine, airport name

If we look at what erupted in Ukraine as a civil disturbance pitting a part of the Ukrainian/Russia population wanting economic ties to European Union cronyism against those wanting to maintain the status quo with ties to Russian cronyism, we are given to understand it as the likely emergence of just another civil war enveloping yet another distant region of the world in which the American republic has no legitimacy meddling.

Letters to the editor on energy standard, Ike airport, Issa

The renewable portfolio standard is a mandate crafted under former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ voluntary guidelines for energy companies. Those restrictions were then signed by Gov. Mark Parkinson in 2009. The RPS dictated that 10 percent of Kansas’ energy was to be derived from renewable sources by 2010. Additional regulations stipulate that the rates increase to 15 percent in 2015 and 20 percent in 2020.

Letters to the editor on McConnell, airport name, Legislature jokers, same-sex marriage, China trade, ‘12 Years a Slave’

I read with interest The Eagle’s March 2 feature sections on the economic outlook of Wichita. As a member of the Friends of McConnell executive committee and chairman of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce tanker task force, I would like to highlight another important financial impact that will provide tremendous benefit to our community in 2014 as well as into the next decade.

Letters to the editor on climate change, same-sex marriage, Legislature, Shockers

In his attempt to throw ice on the science of climate change, columnist Charles Krauthammer touched on an important principle that is relevant to this debate (Feb. 22 Opinion). Krauthammer stated that “I’ve long believed that it cannot be good for humanity to be spewing tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.”

Letters to the editor on Common Core standards, airport renaming

The Legislature seems to be going down a yellow brick road and encountering some paths with roadblocks. The Senate killed the House-passed religious freedom bill. The spanking bill didn’t survive. But there is still more deserving of a roadblock. The Senate has passed a bill that would make it a felony for federal wildlife agents to do their job in protecting some prairie chickens.

Letters to the editor on Ike memorial, Ukraine, pope

Kansas City Star columnist Steve Paul wrote that the proposed Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C., needed a “reboot” (Feb. 23 Opinion). Paul supports discarding the current design – and designer – in favor of returning to square one.

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