Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor on Medicare, education funding, noise pollution, Kansas values, Good Samaritan

Is anyone against ‘Johnsoncare’?

Debates about national health insurance for older adults occurred during the administrations of 17 U.S. presidents until Congress finally created Medicare in 1965.

I am sure that there were many who were against a federally mandated form of health insurance. But where would millions of older adults be today if Medicare had not been instituted? Many of them would probably be without health insurance and health care at an age when they need it most.

The federal health care law is trying to help provide health insurance to all citizens. Some call it “Obamacare.”

I wonder if those who were against Medicare during its decades of debates called it “Wilsoncare” or “Coolidgecare,” or later “Trumancare” or “Kennedycare” or “Johnsoncare”?

As with Medicare, how many people 47 years from now will actually remember when the health care reform law was passed, and will they wonder why they were against it?

RAY HULL

Wichita

Shaping futures

I very much enjoyed Wichita school board vice president Connie Dietz’s opinion about the plight of our education budget (“Ambush on education,” March 18 Opinion). I cannot believe that our legislators and governor do not have a great sense of urgency for our children’s education. It is a sad state of affairs when a local school board cannot even afford to staff new schools, keep class sizes down and have to agonize so much over opening and closing schools.

Considering the obstacles that were put forth before them, school board members did the best they could for all involved. I feel for those teachers and staff who have to fight overcrowding yet again next year and won’t see a significant raise in their salaries. I also feel for parents who can’t even send their kids to school buildings right across the street.

Gov. Sam Brownback is the one shaping children’s futures, and he seems to not even care about the state of our educational processes today. Those who voted for this current administration should be shaking their heads in disbelief.

JEANNE-MARIE NEUROTH

Wichita

Enforce law

It is with one exception that I fully support the letter about the increasing number of loud radios invading the serenity of our public streets and neighborhoods with their booming, rattling, thump thump (“Noise pollution,” March 16 Letters to the Editor): There is absolutely nothing legal about this noise pollution.

We have noise ordinances in this city, and they need to be enforced along with a severe fine. For the city, enforcement of the noise ordinance would be an easy source of revenue because the policeman can readily hear them coming. An even better method would be not only to fine but to confiscate the “system,” so as to prevent future violations. Why not have the law mean something?

We all have had the unpleasant public experience of being at a stop light and being subjected to these heavy, bone-jarring, nauseous sound waves. However, even in the privacy of our own home we are not immune from this invasion.

Why would anyone want such loud, pulsating, rattling bass to be heard beyond their own vehicle, often at great distances? It is an intentional choice to be inconsiderate and disrespectful to others.

I do respect their wanting to listen to the radio, but I want the same respect and courtesy of not having to.

JIM KEMP

Wichita

Noise not joyful

Regarding “Noise pollution” (March 16 Letters to the Editor): There was a time when penalties were handed out to noise offenders. Oh how I wish those times back again.

I could actually sit at a stop light and hear myself think. I could listen to my television at home or visit with friends on the patio without stopping to wait for a non-conformist conformist Harley guy, with no muffler, to get three blocks away.

I remember getting a loud-noise ticket for having load pipes on my car. I had to get them approved within an allotted time or pay the fine.

Why is it one person who enjoys his joyful noise feels all of us have to enjoy it also? We don’t. People need to quit being obnoxious to those around them. They need to think of somebody besides themselves.

As the letter writer asked, does anyone else agree? Speak up.

BOB CAIN

Wichita

Kansas values?

Regarding “What values?” (March 18 Letters to the Editor): I, too, have wondered about the meaning of “family values” and just whose family was being referred to.

Since moving back to Kansas (where I was born, raised and educated) 17 years ago, I have heard the phrase “Kansas values.” I have wondered what these were and how those values differed from, say, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska or Oklahoma. Does Kansas have a different work ethic, love of family, religion, tolerance of others, etc.? If so, please enlighten me.

Just what are these values and how does living in Kansas make them different and therefore somehow superior?

MEL ZIMMERMAN

Wichita

Lunch Samaritan

I would like to express a heartfelt thanks to a generous Good Samaritan who paid for my family’s lunch at the Old Mill Tasty Shop last Saturday. God Bless you and thanks for your generosity. I will pay this forward.

RANDALL DAVIS

Rose Hill

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