Keep lobbyists from committee
I propose that Congress pass a requirement that the deficit-reduction "supercommittee" of 12 lawmakers shall not be in any contact with any lobbyists until the committee has submitted its work to Congress and Congress has taken final action on the committee's recommendations. Any committee member violating this requirement must be relieved of committee duties immediately and replaced by a nominee agreeable to the remaining committee members. Lobbyists attempting to contact supercommittee members while the committee's work is in progress shall lose their lobbying privileges.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm getting really tired of having my government run by unelected power brokers. As far as I'm concerned, after Congress gets our financial affairs in order, its next priority should be to outlaw the practice of representatives and senators or their staffs giving "face time" to any registered lobbyist.
We are paying Congress, and its members should not be entertaining people (or being entertained by them) representing narrow interest groups on the public dime. The public has full access to elected officials through an array of channels and is perfectly capable of expressing the will of the real people in this country.
J.T. (ZAK) MANUSZAK
I want to thank all politicians — Republican, Democrat, liberal, tea party, etc. —for helping my wife and I settle a discussion we have every voting year: whom to vote for.
After these politicians bickered about the debt ceiling and did what their rich handlers told them to do, most Americans lost more than 15 percent of their investment values.
I have found that all — yes, all — politicians are liars who tell American voters what they want to hear just to get into office, and then do what their rich handlers tell them to do. They forget about the promises they made to Joe and Jane Public. Now they are in office and the people are stuck with them.
I recently had lunch with some of my retiree friends and found that they do not plan to vote again either. We believe that many other people throughout the United States will stay away from the voting booths.
I again want to thank all politicians for saving me the time of driv- ing to the polling place, waiting in line and coming home to see that they lied and wasted my time.
Right to carry
I beg to differ with the person who wrote that permission to carry a concealed gun is not a right (Aug. 10 Letters to the Editor). The writer said the Second Amendment grants Sedgwick County Commissioner Richard Ranzau the right to own a weapon, but the permission to carry it comes from the state.
The Second Amendment states: "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Therefore, it is the right of every law-abiding citizen to carry and bear arms. The Constitution should trump the state law.
I believe that I should be able to carry a weapon anywhere in the United States without being harassed by law enforcement, because the Second Amendment gives me that right. However, as a law-abiding citizen, I do adhere to the conceal-carry law that was passed by the state of Kansas.
I will stand behind Ranzau.
Idea from Bible
Do not give credit to someone for an idea stolen from someone else ("Fair share?" Aug. 16 Letters to the Editor).
"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need" is a fairly well known quote from Karl Marx. He stole the idea expressed by those words from someone else.
Acts 2:43-45 states: "And fear came upon every soul; and many wonders and signs were done by the Apostles. And all that believed were together and had all things in common; and sold their possessions and goods and parted them to all men, as every man had need."
Yep, old Karl stole that idea from the Bible. Shame on him.
JOHN E. KARLIN
In case anyone has missed it, here is a short list of the drivel being taken seriously in our culture:
A Kardashian wedding and the couple's celebrity. Rick Perry, Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann for president. Market speculators. TV talk-show personalities Nancy Grace and Michelle Malkin. Collegiate athletics. Reality television. Singer Justin Bieber's love life. Creationism as a legitimate science standard. Hollywood's inability to come up with an original idea. Hollywood's inability to come up with an original idea, the sequel. Whiny millionaire professional athletes. Apps. Singer Taylor Swift. Praying out the gay. Gold prices.
All I can say is: Really! Thank goodness there is no need to focus on the homeless, unemployment, our health, poverty or our planet.
Once again, our "woodsy" yard has been deemed a "neighborhood nuisance."
In the meantime, trucks roar down our street, spraying chemicals on expansive green lawns; inground sprinklers spray day and night; and gas-gulping mowers rasp continuously.
Wake up, people of Wichita. It's a new day, new times. We no longer can afford water waste, gasoline waste and poison leaching into our water wells.
"Lord of the manor" yards are out; native growth and ground cover are in.