Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor on Howard Stern, abortion, food drive, WW II memories

Putting Stern on show is disgusting

NBC’s decision to replace Piers Morgan with Howard Stern as a judge on the “America’s Got Talent” series was an insensitive, cruel and disgusting move.

Stern, a radio shock jock, has made a career of making vulgar, rude and distasteful comments on his syndicated radio show and has been successful at being the best of the worst. But as objectionable as much of the material he spews is, he went beyond what any normal person would find acceptable when he said on his radio program that the Columbine High School killers should have raped the female students before murdering them. That, he went on to say, is what he would have done had he been in their shoes. If you doubt this information, just google Stern.

But my issue is not with Stern; it is with NBC for hiring him. The advertising for the show depicts Stern as a suitable host for what has been a very popular program. That is hogwash.

By putting Stern on the show, NBC is displaying a level of cruelty and mean indifference to the families of those girls at Columbine High School. It should be ashamed.

RICHARD STEPHENS

Wichita

Pass abortion bill

I am a high school student. I believe the abortion bill that was shelved in the Senate would have proved a positive force in Kansas. The bill was designed to keep Kansas from subsidizing abortions, even through tax breaks. Abortion providers no longer would be exempt from sales tax. The bill also would ensure that no taxpayer funds go directly or indirectly to abortions, abortion providers or abortion training.

Taxpayers’ money should not be used to fund abortions. I pray this bill will be passed soon so that our state can continue moving toward preserving life.

ALLISON HAGER

Wichita

Promotes dishonesty

Considering how much he prays about everything and everyone else, Gov. Sam Brownback should start praying for a more honest outlook on legislation that affects the entire state. One of the anti-abortion bills he has said he would sign would allow doctors to lie to women about potential prenatal health issues that they think might lead to an abortion, and dodge civil lawsuits in the process. The bill lays waste to common sense and makes dishonesty permissible by law.

Never could I imagine a true Christian promoting dishonesty for the sake of a political agenda. Maybe Brownback could learn a thing or two.

RACHEL KEITH

Wichita

Drive a success

I wish to thank the citizens of Wichita who donated food for the 20th-annual Letter Carrier Food Drive on May 12. Through your generosity, more than 153,000 pounds of food was collected by the city and rural carriers of Wichita. All food collected was taken to the Kansas Food Bank for distribution to people in need.

Thanks also are in order for the volunteers who helped unload the postal vehicles upon their return to the stations. Among those are members of the International Association of Machinists locals 733, 834 and 639, in addition to the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace Local 2001. Also assisting were Sheet Metal Workers Local 29 and a Boy Scout troop.

Trucking firms and their drivers also helped collect the food to be taken to the food bank. They are Dugan Truck Line, UPS Freight, Vitran, Land Air Express, Con-way and Old Dominion.

Thanks to the carriers who added this duty to their normal routine. It made for a longer, harder but worthwhile day. A final thanks to postmaster Evie Tan-Todd for her assistance in the food drive.

We hope the food drive accomplishes its goal of helping families cope with their difficulties in tough economic times.

PATRICK HILL

President

National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 201

Wichita

WW II memories

Much has been written about the lives of our nation’s men and women during World War II. But the experiences of American children have been largely overlooked in historical accounts of World War II.

As a master’s student at Washburn University, I hope to fill some of the gap in historical accounts as my final thesis project, “At Home on the Range: Childhood in Kansas During World War II.”

If you are between the ages of 75 and 85 and willing to participate in this project, I invite you to contact me and express your willingness to share your memories.

Once I’ve heard from you, I will send you a questionnaire that will ask about your childhood experiences during World War II.

You may reach me by e-mail at donna.clark@washburn.edu, or by note or postcard sent to Donna Clark, care of World War II Research Project, Washburn University, 1700 S.W. College Ave., Topeka, KS 66621.

I look forward to hearing from a large variety of Kansans.

DONNA CLARK

Topeka

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