Opinion Line Extra (June 22)

06/22/2013 12:00 AM

06/21/2013 5:59 PM

Who do the Wichita City Council and Sedgwick County Commission think they are in trying to avoid state law and, more important, the will of the people regarding the lawful carrying of guns? Time to be hauled into a court of law to explain themselves, then be removed from office.

We were told initially the NSA surveillance program stopped one terrorist act. Then the story was that one additional bad guy was located. Later we were told 50 threats were thwarted. President Obama would have crowed if that were true.

Obama told Charlie Rose that the NSA is transparent. Because it is reviewed by and approvals are given by a secret court? I think he actually believes the baloney he says.

Now that the Syrian government has crossed Obama’s “red line” by the use of chemical weapons, Obama will have to figure out just what that means.

So Obama is an excellent president and Hillary Clinton will be better? And I have some beachfront property in western Kansas and a bridge over the Arkansas River. I will cut you a great deal on either or both.

To paraphrase renowned science-fiction author Robert A. Heinlein: The only honest politician is one who stays bought.

The Wichita Eagle editorial board said that Secretary of State Kris Kobach was wrong in believing voters must have proof of citizenship to vote. I think the editorial board should have to pass a sanity test before writing editorials.

I am an old, fourth-generation Kansan raised Republican who finds himself almost always in agreement with The Eagle editorial board. Could this be the onset of age-related cognitive impairment? Should I seek help? Will I be banished from the state if I confess publicly?

Newspapers do their job, and are well within their rights, and the corrupt get nervous.

A suggestion for those who decide how to collect parking fees at Century II for events at specific times, such as Music Theatre of Wichita performances: Do as the young band members do in “The Music Man” and think, think, think.

You don’t “catch” obesity. You eat too much. You don’t “catch” alcoholism. You choose to drink and the habit takes over. You can choose not to drink, smoke or overeat. Stop labeling bad habits as diseases. It’s an insult to people who really have a disease.

The one who controls the dictionary controls the debate. Hence, the unborn child is relentlessly called a “fetus,” and homosexual behavior is relentlessly called “gay.”

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