Opinion Line (Feb. 11)

02/11/2013 12:00 AM

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If we are to believe that the postal unions are to blame for the dismal performance of the U.S. Postal Service, why is it that UPS can pay its Teamsters union employees a much higher salary without going broke? It’s a management problem, not the unions.

I don’t care about Saturday mail delivery. I just would like to get my mail delivered to me, and not get the mail belonging to someone else the other five days.

It would be nice to have the Heartland Flyer in Wichita someday. But for now, we should fix the existing rail system in the western two-thirds of the state. If grain has to be shipped over the road, KDOT will be fixing every highway in Kansas.

The fourth-quarter GDP number was terrible. Obviously, higher taxes and government spending yield only sluggish or no economic growth. Same for the Federal Reserve’s zero interest rates and silly quantitative easing. These policies don’t work.

Government and corporations shouldn’t mix. Government has little incentive to resist corporations’ demands, since only stockholders’ money is at stake and corporations fund many politicians’ election campaigns.

Nick Jordan, the governor’s revenue secretary, says he isn’t anxious about a forecast that we will face a $781 million-dollar deficit by 2018. Why should he be? Both he and Gov. Sam Brownback will be long gone by then. It’s the rest of us who will have to clean up the mess. Better elect a Democrat to do it.

More Americans have died just since 1960 from gun incidents – suicides, accidents and homicides – than died in every war in U.S. history. As Lynyrd Skynyrd sang, Mr. Saturday Night Special “ain’t no good for nothing but putting a man 6 feet in a hole.”

I was at the recent gun show and saw many people buying assault rifles and lots of ammunition. This situation did not exist until this president took office. Lead on, Mr. President.

How many “undocumented” horses are there in Wichita’s Riverview neighborhood? It smells like there are quite a lot.

To the person disappointed in “Jersey Boys” because of the foul language: Signs on the walls of Century II said the show had such language. And you obviously may have grown up in that era, but you didn’t come from Jersey. The story and language were true to form.

Eating establishments that advertise “buy one, get one free” deals are not being fair to widows, widowers or any singles. They’d have more business if they offered “half-off” specials.

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