Opinion Line (July 17)

07/17/2013 12:00 AM

07/16/2013 6:07 PM

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I ride my bicycle almost every day in southeast Wichita and have discovered that you meet the nicest people on the bike and walking paths.

Bicyclists who ride their bikes on public roads should have an official slow-moving vehicle sign mounted on the back of their bicycles.

I thought I had seen it all until I saw a girl driving on Maize Road with a phone in each hand, texting on both. I honked several times. She would slam on her brakes, look up and then go back to texting. Scary behavior.

Is there any grown person who could truthfully declare under oath he has never uttered something that someone somewhere might find personally offensive?

The way things are going with surveillance of American citizens, it won’t be long before they issue a cellphone number and implant the phone, complete with GPS, into each newborn baby. Orwell just missed it by a few years.

I’m realizing just how important freedom, liberty and justice are – because within the past few years, I have seen how fast they are slipping away.

The concept of the “working poor” is appalling. Everyone who is working deserves a livable wage. Anything less is slavery.

Kris Kobach’s pursuit of voter fraud in the nation is looking a lot like Ahab’s pursuit of Moby Dick. It is a defiant, monomaniacal obsession, and his real duties as Kansas secretary of state are lost in the quest.

To all you people sore about the George Zimmerman verdict: What part of “not guilty” do you not understand?

Where were the protesters after the O.J. Simpson criminal trial? Or is it just considered to be a racial issue when a white person kills a black person?

I’m glad I live in a country where a jury, armed with the facts, can overcome a mob armed with opinions and prejudices.

With the verdict in on the Trayvon Martin murder, I only have a few words for young black males: Keep out of trouble, register and vote, and get a concealed-carry permit.

Kansas may be the Wild West, but at least we don’t have legalized murder. In Florida you can stalk a person minding his own business and, when that person rightly confronts you and things go south, you can shoot him and claim self-defense. Wow.

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