Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor on voting barriers, barking dogs, holidays, graduation parties, bin Laden, Music Week

Bill erects more barriers to voting

By passing legislation that would move up the requirement of proof of citizenship for voter registration, the Kansas House erected a further barrier to the exercise of the right to vote.

The adoption in 2011 of the Kansas Secure and Fair Elections Act already has led to the creation of a Rube Goldberg maze of processes and procedures that almost seem designed to suppress voter participation.

This outcome is likely because of the complexity of the processes required to obtain an approved photo ID, because some citizens may not be able to provide the required documentation, and because voters and election officials may not have an adequate understanding of what is required under the law. Advancing the proof-of-citizenship requirement adds even more complexity to this convoluted process.

Voting is a fundamental right. Rather than seeking to suppress that right, Kansas legislators should be working to expand legitimate access to the voting booth.


Executive director

American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and Western Missouri

Kansas City, Mo.

Lost cause

Every day women are hearing that their hard-won victories are being taken away.

A 6-year-old in Colorado was suspended for singing a popular song at school.

A 6-year-old in Hays reportedly was suspended for a haircut someone didn’t like.

Now there is hoopla in Wichita over restaurant patios and what color their chairs and umbrellas should be (May 9 Business Today).

With all this idiocy taking place, trying to get the dogs next door to be quiet is a lost cause.



Why celebrate?

An Opinion Line contributor wondered why Americans would celebrate Cinco de Mayo. I can understand Americans wanting to share this historic day with our Mexican brothers.

Here are some holidays I don’t understand:

•  Columbus Day. An Italian stumbled across some islands in the Caribbean by mistake, missed America by 500 miles, and completely failed to establish any sort of settlement in three tries.

•  St. Patrick’s Day. It’s named for an Irish Roman Catholic priest and mostly celebrated by people who are not Irish and couldn’t find Ireland on the map. The Irish would have been better off if the snakes had driven the priests out of Ireland.

•  Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. With the state of the modern American family, it’s all too confusing. Better they should be combined into a single Parent(s) Day.

•  Labor Day. This should be celebrated in blue states only. Red states could celebrate Anti-Labor Day.

•  Thanksgiving. Native Americans kept the Pilgrims from starving to death, then were repaid by being driven from their lands.

•  Christmas. Celebrated by people who claim to be Christians when not 1 in 100,000 truly lives like a Christian.



Stop the parties

I was taught that right is right and wrong is wrong. That lesson is exemplified by the large beer parties sponsored by some parents for their graduating high school children.

Whether it is a “take the keys and spend the night” affair or a come-and-go situation, high school graduates are too young to legally take part. I hope we, as a society, can develop a better rite of passage into adulthood than these parties.

The old argument that parents did the same when they were young doesn’t justify the activity. Good things just don’t happen to kids under the influence. Good things don’t come to anyone under the influence. Let’s put a stop to these parties.



Deserves credit

Why does The Eagle always publish letters belittling President Obama? That’s a dumb question; we all know why. But The Eagle could at least try to be fair.

I’m referring to the letter that said Obama was in no way responsible for getting Osama bin Laden, that the Navy SEALs did it all (“It was McRaven,” May 7 Letters to the Editor).

This is not true. Obama gave the final order to do it. And rest assured that if the operation had failed, he would have gotten complete blame for it.

So, yes, he deserves some credit for it – unlike a former president who said he wasn’t concerned where bin Laden was.


Valley Center

Music inspires

In the belief that music – from humming in the shower to a performance of the Wichita Choral Society – lightens lives, May 6-13 has been declared National Music Week.

Each May the National Federation of Music Clubs, including its local affiliate, the Wichita Musical Club, focuses attention on the value and enjoyment of music throughout the nation. We believe that making people aware of what music means to their lives will encourage support for and participation in this important art form. This public recognition is particularly important now, as many school systems consider limiting music programs as a way to help control their budget problems.

This year’s theme is “Music – Sounds That Inspire.” That ageless truth still resonates.


Music Week coordinator

Wichita Musical Club