Opinion Line (Feb. 8)

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I went down to the Kansas Star Casino for the first time. I was really impressed with it. They spent a lot of money on it. I don’t smoke. The air quality seemed OK to me. Some people will complain about anything.

Not all gamblers are smokers, but all smokers are gamblers. Take it from the widow of one who lost everything.

Those who say unions are a problem are ignorant of history. Just one look at the pay, working conditions and living conditions imposed on early 20th-century Appalachian coal miners by their employers will make you pro-union for the rest of your life.

Like Henry VIII’s Act of Supremacy, the Obama administration’s HHS mandate is an attempt to seize control of all Catholic institutions. But Catholics are only the beginning. If this decision stands, freedom of religion is dead in this country.

How can you tell the difference between a negative ad and a positive ad? The negative ad has at least a partial fact in it.

Republicans don’t seem to have a problem with Callista Gingrich being their first lady, so why did they get so upset about Monica Lewinsky?

If Bel Aire wanted to make sure the new high school was a neighborhood school, it should have donated the land to USD 259 with that as a condition.

Kids aren’t the only ones to do their homework at the last minute. Many of the parents who are protesting the loudest about the inevitable school shuffle must have had their minds elsewhere last year when the school board told everyone what was coming.

No one has stated that Emerson Open Magnet Elementary deserves to be open more than any other school. But Emerson doesn’t fit the bullet points the consultants looked at for school closure. Emerson teaches honesty and respect. It would be nice if the district practiced these two virtues as well.

We want balanced dental protection for all Wichita residents. We want our water fluoridated now.

Why doesn’t the Sedgwick County Jail continue with cold meals for inmates and not waste our tax dollars renovating the kitchen facilities? The county should take a page from the book of the Arizona sheriff who erected a tent city. Let’s make jail less appealing.

How much gas is wasted at intersections because of the extremely long red traffic signals in Wichita?

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