There are more than 8,000 people served through Kansas’ intellectual and developmental disability home and community services waiver program whose long-term services and supports will be incorporated into KanCare in January. I want to make sure that everyone is crystal clear about the case-management aspect of this program.
The Republicans in the House of Representatives are shutting down the government because the American people did not vote the way some members of the party wanted them to vote. The American people had an opportunity to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in the 2012 elections. All they had to do was elect Mitt Romney and a handful of Republicans to the U.S. Senate. Instead, they easily re-elected President Obama and even added Democrats to the Senate and shrank the GOP House majority by six members.
When any person continually consumes more than he can afford, he goes bankrupt. When any business continually loses money with no prospect of change, it is shut down. But when a government is growing larger and larger and sliding deeper and deeper into debt, a shutdown is unthinkable. Why the different standard?
“Together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault.” That’s the tagline of No More, a new movement designed to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault.
I am an independent voter who thinks both parties have sold out to special interests. But I am particularly appalled by the Republican Party playing chicken with the president to the point of failure to govern. It is like a little boy threatening to hold his breath until he turns blue to have his way.
Please contact your Wichita City Council member and show your support for changing the name of the new airport to Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower International Airport.
Regarding “Programs for sex offenders scrutinized” (Sept. 17 Eagle): I worked for the sexual predator treatment program from 1995 until 2004, when I retired. These predators are incapable of being corrected or reformed. So why are we spending the money to rehabilitate them? The treatment program has not worked and is currently not working.
Regarding “Gun-control efforts won’t be as urgent” (Sept. 23 Letters to the Editor): A mentally unstable individual – who should not have had a military security clearance, who had previous problems with guns and who should have been in the database for background checks showing he had mental problems – was able to buy a shotgun, enter a military facility and kill 12 people. And that is the National Rifle Association’s fault? I fail to see the logic behind blaming the NRA for a failure of our government to enforce laws already on the books or to ensure that those with mental issues are identified and their security clearance revoked and ability to purchase guns restricted.
I listened to the memorial service for the victims of the Navy Yard massacre in Washington, D.C. Once again, guns were blamed for our problems. Once again, gun control was offered as a solution (Sept. 23 Eagle).
Regarding “Need more deadly weapons?” (Sept. 20 Letters to the Editor): The letter writer said he is a “dumb guy.” I think he is, too.
So on we go. Again, the National Rifle Association, gun manufacturers and gun sellers are bracing themselves for the storm of money coming at them. Perhaps this time there will not be so much money blowing to them because there were no children murdered. Thus, the effort to well-regulate our right to bear arms will not be so urgent, and may fail after a few weeks rather than a few months.
The Affordable Care Act went into effect on Jan. 1, 2011, for those of us who are seniors and on Medicare. I, for one, like it.
Earlier this month, a majority of the Sedgwick County Commission refused to allow me to resubmit my nomination of Bob Weeks to the Wichita Airport Advisory Board (Sept. 5 Local & State). I want to publicly thank Commissioner Richard Ranzau for supporting my attempt to submit this nomination, which was unanimously approved by the commission during its initial county vote.
I agree with evangelical Christians who pushed for a Celebrate Freedom Week in schools. Although schools already teach the Constitution, these concerned citizens wanted to assure that it is clearly understood and that the religious opinions of the Founding Fathers are not “censored.”
My son and his wife who are officers in the U.S. Navy just brought my first grandchild into the world last week in Washington, D.C. She is a lovely little girl, and how I rejoiced. A few days later, a madman attacked the very area where my son works in the Navy Yard. My son was home with his wife and baby. Ordinarily, he walks right by Building 197 every morning at work.
Not enough Americans carry deadly weapons to work.
We are talking about how those who need health care are going to pay for it, and about the mandatory insurance and the fines for not buying the mandatory insurance. Instead, perhaps we should focus on the high cost of medical care.
We support the petition to change the name of the airport from Wichita Mid-Continent to Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower International Airport (“Rename new airport?” Aug. 30 Eagle Editorial). Though a change would involve some expense, consider the importance of an airport as a gateway, the first impression of the place where it is located. We have an opportunity to have it reflect more substance and meaning by invoking the name of Eisenhower, rather than the vague and inaccurate “Mid-Continent.”
With the recent flap over a public school having the audacity to post information about one of the major religions other than Christianity now past (Aug. 20 Eagle), I am reminded about a far more important concern.
International law prohibits the use of chemical weapons, and there is little doubt that the Syrian government repeatedly has used them against its civilian citizens, most recently killing about 1,400 people including children, women and senior citizens.
Let’s all give a collective “Happy third anniversary” for the Kansas Clean Indoor Air Act. A recent Sunflower Foundation survey found that 78 percent of registered voters in Kansas strongly favor the law.
Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, said that if the Affordable Care Act goes into effect and gains political support in the population, it will become difficult to change or kill (“Kan. delegation preps for showdown on debt, more,” Aug. 20 Eagle). That pretty much says it all.
The Syrian crisis gives the United States a great opportunity to show the world what humanitarian help really looks like.
I am not opposed to drilling for oil in Wichita, as evidenced by my vote at a District 4 advisory board meeting. I am opposed to drilling being done under the current standards. I advocate for a 90-day moratorium so these codes and guidelines can be updated to reflect current technology. When the last well was drilled in Wichita, the technology and materials did not exist to do directional drilling, as can be done today.
I’m addressing this to the spineless cowards who are bleating that no action be taken against Syrian President Bashar Assad and his demons of death. How stupid we become. How little we remember.
Whom is Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, “representing” when he supports using our military against Syria? It is not the American people.
“The need is genuine” (Sept. 8 Eagle Editorial) correctly pointed out that the historic economic downturn has left many jobless and hungry. The editorial was critical of the Brownback administration for tightening eligibility requirements as of Oct. 1 for participation in the food-stamp program for able-bodied adults without dependents who work fewer than 20 hours per week. The editorial neglected to mention the most important aspect of the program is that able-bodied adults may continue food-stamp participation if they are enrolled in a job-training program.
The government consumer price index is based 41 percent on housing, 15 percent on food and 5 percent on gas as the three major costs in your life. An alternative price index that tracks goods frequently used by consumers (not including housing) is the everyday price index, which is tracked by the American Institute for Economic Research.
We Americans pride ourselves on being a practical people, yet there is one indisputable fact that we refuse to face. Modern medicine can provide more useful health care than any modern nation can afford. As a result, all modern nations must have policies that limit the amount of useful care provided.
“Act to preserve water” (Sept. 1 Eagle Editorial) joined the chorus for conserving water. That’s surely a good idea and commonsense approach, but it’s not the only approach.