Opinion Line (Dec. 2)

12/02/2012 12:00 AM

11/30/2012 4:10 PM

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It really doesn’t matter how much money was spent in the recent elections. Despite protests to the contrary, it’s the campaign donors’ money and the bleeding hearts don’t yet control how it’s spent.

Maybe the reason there were fewer provisional ballots in Kansas is that the new voter-ID law has created an attitude of “why bother?”

Having recently moved back to Kansas, I was somewhat taken aback that most of the polling places for the recent elections were churches. Whatever happened to separation of church and state? Surely there are other public places that could be used to cast our votes.

Union membership peaked at 35 percent of workers in the 1950s; now it’s at 11.9 percent. The 1950s saw the biggest expansion of the middle class; now we’re seeing the biggest shrinkage. Yet the Derby City Council, like governments everywhere, believes unions are the problem. How sad.

As a resident of southeast Wichita, I’ve spent about $5,000 at Derby businesses over the past couple of years. I guess Derby feels it doesn’t need my union money anymore.

Unions are not the enemy. The American government, big corporations and China are the enemy.

The 2001 terrorist attack killed nearly 3,000 people – on our own soil. The Bush administration had prior knowledge of the possibility of such an attack and took no action. Where was the political outrage over this? Benghazi was a horrific tragedy, but its politicization is the true outrage, and beyond hypocritical.

Susan Rice’s recent evasive and deceptive responses to members of Congress do not help her confirmation prospects. They do, however, confirm her lack of integrity.

The Republicans should stand unanimously against the nomination of Rice for secretary of state in order to stand against lying government officials.

For every soldier killed in combat, 25 veterans are dying by suicide. It’s time to broaden efforts against PTSD.

If at first you don’t secede, lie, lie again.

Go to Civil War battlefields and see the rows of crosses marking just a few of the 600,000 lives lost securing the concept of Union for all time. Then contemplate the supposed patriotism of the misguided signatories to secession petitions. Secession talk does not embody patriotism or freedom.

I sure would like to know how many of these secession signers receive a Social Security check every month.

I heard a rumor that those who want to secede from the Union since Obama was re-elected are going to name their new country “Angrywhitemanistan.”

I checked out a book at the library. The librarian told me it would be due on Dec. 22. Ha! The joke is on her. Since the world will end on Dec. 21, I won’t have to return it at all.

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