Opinion Line (June 5)

06/05/2014 12:00 AM

06/04/2014 5:32 PM

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Mom asked: If everyone else jumped off a cliff, would you? The same applies to a city sales tax. The fact that Wichita’s is the lowest in the area is something for which we should be proud.

It doesn’t matter how much money Wichita offers in a jobs fund. No business is going to relocate here until we offer curbside recycling and put fluoride in the water. Time to enter the 21st century.

The state or city is not responsible for setting airline ticket prices. Nor is it the city’s purview to subsidize the tickets’ cost. The free market is responsible.

Anyone using a laser on any plane should be tried as a terrorist, especially on or near a municipal airport.

When your energy bills soar in the next few years, don’t automatically blame the utility company. The blame will fall mainly on Obama, the Democratic Party and their Gestapo-like and likely unconstitutional tentacle of government, the EPA.

Evidently top Republicans hope their willful ignorance of climate science is a successful strategy, and Koch money will try to ensure that it is.

President Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are to be commended for their prisoner exchange. Our boy is safe and the five released detainees will be of little threat to us because they’ll never be trusted by the Taliban. Plus, who knows where they might lead us?

We all know that four Americans were killed in Benghazi, in a foreign country surrounded by civil war. Are they more important than the many children shot in schools here, in the land of the free?

Let’s all help the Child Advocacy Center assist our most precious resource, Wichita’s children. Participate in or support the Wichita Gladiator Dash on Saturday at Sedgwick County Park.

To those who think like they can use their neighbors’ pool when they aren’t home or using it: Please stop. This puts a great burden on the pool owner. They may be too nice to tell you “no,” but I promise you they don’t want uninvited guests in their backyard, ever.

I guess I’m getting old. I sat for two hours bored with the movie “Neighbors” but laughed out loud at least a dozen times during the Don Rickles roast on TV.

The best thing about the Riverfest is when it’s over. It’s a fine example of corporate cronyism. It needs to go back to the way it was when events were held in Riverside Park and Sim Park and the block party was held in Old Town.

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