Editorials

Letters to the editor on abortion, helmet laws, pay cut, political climate, caring neighbors

Abortion is not a complicated issue

A June 14 WE Blog item suggested that because Americans recognize abortion is a complicated issue, it wasn't surprising that a survey showed majorities of Americans support abortion rights but think abortion is immoral.

Abortion is not that complicated. The real problem is that the mainstream media won't tell the whole story. They filter the truth. I strongly believe that if people knew the truth about abortion, more people would be against it.

When did you last see video of an abortion on television or pictures of aborted babies in The Eagle?

Abortion actually hurts women. Studies show that women who have abortions have a greater risk of developing breast cancer. Other studies show that women who have abortions are more likely to suffer from depression. When did you last read in The Eagle about one of these studies or read the testimonies of women who have had abortions?

When did you last see the step-by-step development of an unborn baby illustrated in the mainstream media?

Abortion is not complicated. Modern science tells you the whole truth. You just have to know where to find it.

TERRY BRENNAN

Wichita

Too much power

Regarding "Require helmets" (June 11 Letters to the Editor): I'm not sure whether the writer is envious or contemptuous of the freedom that motorcyclists enjoy, but my response would be the same either way. Back in the 1960s, a number of self-appointed saviors targeted motorcyclists. By the early 1970s, almost all states had helmet laws. Ungrateful motorcyclists everywhere responded with protests and legislative action. As a result, Congress told the U.S. Department of Transportation to stop "greenmailing" (withholding funds to force a desired outcome) states into passing and maintaining helmet laws, and most states eventually dropped their laws for adult riders.

If the letter writer is irritated by our seat-belt law and believes motorists are unfairly targeted, she can work to repeal the law. I'd be glad to work with her. By the way, I think Kansas has this law only because the feds greenmailed Topeka.

I believe helmets and belts are effective (I wear mine), and I think helmet laws and seat-belt laws will work if enforced, but that's not the issue. The real issue is this: Such laws are against the spirit, if not the letter, of our Constitution, and I think the Ninth Amendment supports me on this. As a free people, do we really want government to have such power over us?

D. MARK SHIFFLETT

Newton

Take pay cut

I was overcome with admiration for Wichita's mayor and City Council members when I read that they had declined their automatic raises in recognition of the economic shortfalls in the city budget (June 8 Local & State). I couldn't help wondering what the effect would be on county, state and federal budgets if county officials, the governor, state lawmakers, President Obama and members of Congress volunteered to take a certain percentage cut in their salaries. Think of the admiration all citizens would have for those officials.

JEANNE BRYAN

Haysville

No victory for state

I am 55 years old and a lifelong resident of Kansas. I understand that people with good intentions differ in their approach to governing and leadership in order to bring health and wholeness to society. I believe our governor and, I hope, the members of the Legislature are serving the people according to their highest ideals and consciousness.

However, it does not take a degree in political science to discern the direction our governing body is driving the state. Victory for a political party or an ideology does not necessarily mean victory for the state.

Sadly, with all the sincere respect due to the governor and Legislature, I cannot think of a single person I would invite to move to this state for employment or residency during this current administrative and political climate. Nor would I encourage anyone to stay who wanted to move elsewhere to seek a more positive atmosphere and progressive vision for the common good of all citizens.

GARY REYNOLDS

Wichita

Caring neighbors

I worked overseas for several years in Iran, China, Germany and the Netherlands. While in Iran, I met a woman, attractive and bright, who is my soul mate and the love of my life. Like me, she happened to be from Kansas.

I retired in 2004 after my lady was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. As the disease progressed, I realized in 2010 that we would need more support. That meant a move to Kansas, where we both still have family.

We moved into our home in the Reflection Ridge neighborhood on Sept. 2 and were immediately welcomed by our neighbors with open arms. In October, my lady was getting worse, and I had to place her in a care facility.

The support I am receiving from my neighbors is phenomenal. They understand the situation I am in. They bring me gifts, invite me to dinner, collect my mail when I am out of town, and do many other kind things. After a big snowstorm in February, I returned home from out of town to find my driveway cleared.

Serendipity has indeed smiled on me, and I am grateful.

CARL FOX

Wichita

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