We can do better the next election
During this past year, members of Congress played a game of politics to see who would win, rather than working together to solve the economic, health, military and social ills of our nation. This “game” of partisan politics has, as Davis Merritt said so well in a Dec. 23 commentary, “rendered Congress impotent to address the nation’s many severe problems.”
For example, Republicans in the House seemed to concentrate on defeating whatever President Obama proposed, rather than working with the president to resolve important issues. It seemed as though they were voting primarily to guard their political party, rather than to do what would be best for the citizens of our country. That disturbed me.
The next time we are at the polls, we can do better than we did in the past election if we go beyond voting solely Republican or solely Democrat, or for the good ol’ boy who is already in office. It is imperative that we change our ways and vote for people, regardless of their political party, who will represent us and do what is best for our country, rather than for those who will continue to shirk their duty and work only to represent what is best for their political party or for themselves and their continuance in office.
Every American is outraged about the amount of cocaine and marijuana that comes across the border from Mexico, but they never seem to give a thought that America produces and exports to foreign countries a narcotic that kills millions of people worldwide. This same narcotic also kills about 450,000 Americans each year.
Since we have the Food and Drug Administration to protect us, why is this happening? The answer is that this killer product is cigarettes, and it all must be legal, because the FDA does nothing about it.
I don’t expect any change with this problem, as the tobacco company lobbyists are given a blank check to pay off the right congressmen to vote their way.
Unwise to compare
In reply to the commentary “Was Jesus a free marketer or an ‘occupier’?” (Dec. 15 Opinion): I do not think it is wise for any of us vapors that appear for a little while (James 4:14) to be asking such questions and making such comparisons with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who shall reign forever and ever.
JAMES E. SULLIVAN
Wichita lost a very special resident last week.
I had the privilege of working as a registered nurse for Ernest Crow from 1978 until his retirement in 1988. I have never met a more kind, compassionate or gentle man. He truly had the best interests of his patients at heart.
A plaque in his office read, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” He lived by that motto. He had an uncanny ability to remember each of his patients and their medical conditions. He gave of himself to his patients and to the medical community as a teacher.
He was indeed an excellent instructor. Many physicians working in Wichita today can attest to his tutelage. I credit Dr. Crow for taking a young nurse and teaching her how to take care of heart patients and patients’ hearts.
I enjoyed Kevin P. Bartram’s commentary on Christmas songs (“Classic Christmas songs didn’t come easily,” Dec. 24 Opinion), but there was a small error in it. In the song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” the line that replaced “Until then, we’ll have to muddle through somehow” was “Hang a shining star upon the highest bough, ” not “Let your heart be light. Next year all our troubles will be out of sight.”
Personally, I’ve always preferred the version sung by Judy Garland in “Meet Me in Saint Louis.” It’s a reminder that there’s a bittersweet element to Christmas that should be treasured just as much as everything else about the holiday.