Get off sidelines; engage in politics
As our nation's political system heats up toward the 2012 election cycle, just how much political involvement should we embrace?
I have sat on the bench guarding the Gatorade in the past. But as I watch the political teams push and shove up the playing field, I sense a feeling of despair and worry about our nation's future. Are clouds forming over the horizon that we all should be concerned about?
Let's take a short test: Are we concerned about our future employment? Are we worried about our retirement options? Is our nation headed down a path that gives us a warm and fuzzy feeling?
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If you have any concerns about your future, I suggest you get involved in the political process. Your time, talents and a little money directed toward a candidate supporting your political ideology would be a great start in becoming involved in our nation's political problems. Guarding the Gatorade is no longer an option in my opinion.
Warning to rich
"For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God." This is the warning Jesus issued to his would-be followers after a certain rich man decided that being rich was more important than entering the Kingdom of God.
It is important to note that the rich man was not condemned for being rich but for placing a greater value on being rich than on spiritual salvation.
The greatest attribute of capitalism in a democracy is that entrepreneurs can obtain wealth and at the same time provide employment opportunities that sustain the middle class and provide an avenue for the poor to become middle class. However, history has shown that political participation by the middle class and poor was needed to move the government to bring fairness between the interests of the rich and the interests of the majority.
Sadly, only a few rich Americans have spoken out to show that they understand and value the need to sustain the middle class and to provide an avenue for escaping poverty. Too many of the wealthy seem hell-bent on not just becoming richer but obtaining the political control to perpetuate their status at the expense of the middle class and poor.
EDDIE J. THOMAS
Video game jobs
John Richard Schrock is correct that many children dream of becoming video game designers ("Video game fantasy," Oct. 30 Opinion). But these are not fantasies that ought to be discouraged.
Today's youths should be encouraged to dream. There are plenty of positions within the video game industry that can provide lucrative career paths. Currently, video game companies directly and indirectly employ more than 120,000 people across the country, and the average salary for direct employees is $90,000.
Of course, aspiring game designers must understand that a quality education is key to achieving their dream. These positions require a firm grasp of science, math and technology — a fact recognized by the U.S. colleges and universities that currently offer more than 340 undergraduate and graduate programs in video game design, including Kansas' own Baker University in Baldwin City and Johnson County Community College.
Even if students in these programs do not pursue a career in game development, they acquire a foundation of knowledge that enables them to succeed in high-tech, high-paying jobs in other industries and makes them highly sought after in the global marketplace.
Senior vice president Entertainment Software Association
I find the subject of evolution most interesting (Oct. 29 Letters to the Editor). However, I become confused when I learn about the many theories of evolution that have been and are promulgated today.
Evolutionists periodically convene to jawbone their own preferred theories. At their next meeting, we can expect them to update the theories with new ideas, and an entirely different hypothesis might even be presented.
Today a popular supposition is that life originated with a single cell floating around in a primordial soup. But they fail to explain the origin of the cell and the soup.
A theorem with no starting point is the height of scientific madness.
Second-graders from St. Patrick Catholic School in Wichita would like to thank Anthony Horsch for the fabulous tour he provided us a Old Cowtown Museum. He treated my students to hands-on experiences of what life was like of the 1870s.
We also have been privileged this year to visit the Mid-America All-Indian Center and the Keeper of the Plains displays. What a great learning experience this has been for my little ones.
SHARON MILLER HAGAN