Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor on cutting jobs, city bus tax, Gaza, Romney coverage

Cutting jobs should be last resort

We have all seen it before. A company in trouble brings in a “turnaround expert” who has a record of making ailing companies profitable again. These experts are paid a lot of money and promised bonuses if they will use their skills to work magic with what is left of the company.

Sadly, one of the first moves these experts make is to lay off a sizable group of employees. This move is supposed to save money, but more often than not it is to impress investors and a bankruptcy judge.

What skill is there in laying people off? How is furloughing employees an example of business savvy? Sure, it saves a little money, but it really doesn’t mean the company has become successful.

Wouldn’t a good manager first find ways to get more money coming in through sales of good, competitive products? Couldn’t a skilled manager, a good negotiator, work with the unions to find ways to save jobs? Wouldn’t a good manager, a good leader, look at similar manufacturers and try to discover why they are so successful when his company is flailing in a competitive market? Cutting skilled, experienced employees who build the product should be the last way to generate profit.

STEVE WEST

Colwich

Vote on bus tax

I’ve lived in Wichita more than 50 years, and there has always been a bus problem. The time for study is over. The financing of the bus system should have been solved years ago.

Cutting services and then raising prices for the service that was just cut are two of the most asinine ideas I have heard of in trying to solve the problem.

What we need is to sentence the city manager, the mayor and all those who are dragging their feet to a week of only being able to use the bus system for transportation. The problem would be solved immediately after the sentence was completed.

The people who need the bus to make a living deserve to be served. Our leaders need to put the transit tax up for a vote (May 12 Eagle) and hire people competent enough to implement a system worthy of pride. Of course, that will mean firing the ones now in charge.

MYRLE J. McCULLOUGH

Wichita

Raise fares

I am amazed that the Wichita transit advisory board thinks that the way to save Wichita Transit is to raise taxes on everyone who spends any money in Wichita, rather than raise the cost of riding the bus for those of us who choose to ride (May 12 Eagle). After all, most people who ride the bus have no vehicle, so they pay no fuel taxes, no property tax on a vehicle, no registration fees or insurance.

So let the riders fund the bus shortfall. If Wichita Transit cannot meet its budget like the rest of the city businesses, either public or private, then something must be addressed within. But the answer is not taxing those who do not ride the bus.

JOHN DOPPS

Wichita

Hate makes waste

Regarding “Life inside Gaza prison” (May 8 Opinion): Jews were not the problem in Gaza. The Arabs were – and continue to be. And, yes, Israel will protect itself from terrorism, just as any other country would.

When the Israelis turned over Gaza to the Arabs, they left behind nearly 1,000 acres of greenhouses in which Israelis had grown 70 percent of Israel’s organic produce, including 95 percent of Israel’s cherry-tomato exports. Also, 10,000 agricultural workers lost their jobs, including 5,000 Palestinians. An estimated $120 million worth of agricultural produce exported annually, lost to Israel, was handed over to the Palestinians for free. The Palestinians, however, demolished the greenhouses and set about building bombs and buying weapons.

What if 10,000 rocket bombs rained down on Wichita? What would the people of Wichita want done about it? There is something insidiously anti-Semitic about the idea that it is OK for terrorists to bomb Jews with impunity, but that should not happen to anyone else.

If the Palestinians had even a fraction of the zeal for building their economy that they have for destroying Israel, they would all be very well-off. Hate makes waste.

STAN R. HARDER

Wichita

Publish both

The Eagle had a front-page article concerning an e-mail President Obama’s campaign sent out seeking donations after his declaration of support for same-sex marriage (“Obama seeks to turn marriage issue into cash,” May 11 Eagle). The day before, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was answering questions about assaulting a fellow prep-school student in 1965 and cutting off his dyed hair. Romney chuckled about the incident, saying he didn’t remember it, although he stated, unprompted, that he did not know the victim was homosexual. This news item did not appear in Friday’s or Saturday’s print editions of The Eagle. The Obama story was about his campaign for re-election. The Romney story shows a lack of character and little sense of empathy. Why weren’t both stories in The Eagle?

STUART M. JOHNSON

Wichita

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