Opinion Line (July 7)

07/07/2012 12:00 AM

07/06/2012 4:37 PM

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I am a Vietnam vet; my son received a Purple Heart in Iraq. We are so upset that our city leaders chose not to celebrate our nation’s independence. This city wastes hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. This is a slap in the face to all veterans.

Nice Fourth in Wichita – with all the house and grass fires. We should do it every day. I especially enjoyed the folks lobbing illegal mortars over my house during the drought with 20 mph winds.

The Wichita Police Department did absolutely nothing about illegal fireworks and noise ordinance violations on July 4. Are officers at least going to write littering citations for the fireworks trash left in the street, or do the taxpayers as a whole have to pay for it again?

As with other things in local government bureaucracy, the fireworks hotline wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. I reached a dispatcher fairly quickly, but I never did see a patrol car. The county needs something better, perhaps not directly tied to 911 but to the Fire Department.

Anyone calling 911 complaining about fireworks should be fined, just like someone whose home-security system has a false alarm. And people who have barking dogs and leave messes in other people’s yards year-round should be fined. At least fireworks are just a few days a year.

It would be nice if our city fathers were brave enough to stand up and say, “no more fireworks.” Why our pets have to be subjected to such terror baffles me.

Independence Day came and went. People shot fireworks and celebrated. A few cats and dogs hid and whined. The heavens didn’t fall. The world is still here.

If you still believe human-caused climate change is some sort of hoax, you’re either in deep denial or the heat has fried your brain cells.

If we sent the illegals home, the jobs would not go unfilled. The employers would have to pay regular wages, and no more overtime hours for regular pay. People use illegals because illegals are afraid to speak up about unfair treatment.

The Pilgrims came to America 400 years ago to escape religious persecution. Now evangelical Christians want to force their views on everyone.

As I read “The case for freedom” on the July 4 Opinion page, the one phrase that caught my eye was “for imposing Taxes on us without our Consent.” You can send that one to Congress for it to read and digest.

Yet another American icon is gone. Andy Griffith has joined James Arness, Milburn Stone, Richard Boone, Lorne Greene and so many others who made turning on the television set worthwhile. Farewell, Andy.

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