Opinion Line (Feb. 3)

02/03/2013 12:00 AM

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If Sedgwick County officials believe they can meet our emergency preparedness needs without dumping millions of taxpayers’ dollars into the high-profile Heartland facility, more power to them. This kind of public diligence is what is needed. They shouldn’t cower in the face of bullying from the city.

It seems wrong, and perhaps illegal, for the school board to use bond issue funds for expenditures other than for projects that were voted on by patrons of the school district.

Participation in the CommunityInvestmentsPlan survey should be limited to online. Money spent to print and mail the survey could be better used elsewhere. Facilitate participation and accessibility to a broader audience and use SurveyMonkey.

I am all for the bike trails in Wichita. I am also all for bikers paying a daily or yearly fee to use the trails, just like golfers pay to use city golf courses. Bikers could purchase a yearly or daily tag that could be put on their bikes.

Clyde Barrow had to break into armories to steal his killing machines. John Dillinger had to hold up police departments for his. Ah, the good old days.

I would rather have a gun and not need it than need a gun and not have it.

For His first miracle, Jesus turned water into wine. Time for a second miracle – being able to buy wine in Kansas grocery stores.

As the Legislature, Kansas Association of School Boards and Kansas Chamber of Commerce work to deny teachers and other public workers the choice to make payroll deductions to pay union dues, and strip them of collective-bargaining rights, I have to ask myself: Where am I living? Communist Russia?

To our Kansas legislators: You applaud us when we put our lives on the line for your children. Aren’t you willing to let us decide how to ration our paychecks?

Under the present judicial-selection system, lawyers nominate those they believe could best serve and the governor appoints from those nominated. Under the proposed system, only the governor’s opinion will count. Sounds familiar.

The people’s elected representatives in Topeka should determine what “suitable provision for finance of” schools is, not unelected and unaccountable consultants, government bureaucrats or court justices.

It’s fascinating that sales receipts for food and liquor have consistently improved since smoking restrictions took effect. Who could have seen that coming?

Before the smoking ban, bars and clubs didn’t care about nonsmokers. At least smokers now have an outdoor space. In the era of the “free market,” nonsmokers didn’t even have that. So forgive me if I don’t feel sorry for the poor bars because of the mean ol’ smoking ban.

You can’t just tell a kid what it would be like to dig deeper when things get difficult. You have to let him do the digging.

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