Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor on city buses, God and government, progress on race

Bus system should be in city risk pool

Regarding the recent coverage in The Eagle about the Wichita bus system: The City Council should justify why Wichita does not include city buses as part of the city services risk pool. Wichita appears to be the only city in the nation without any type of insurance, inclusion in a risk pool, or self-insurance program for its bus service.

Because of that, every time there is a settlement that results from an accident caused by a city bus, the money has to come out of the transit budget. And because there is no money in the budget, it has to come from reducing routes and services.

It is no different from driving a car without insurance and expecting to pay for a lawsuit out of your savings. Most people don’t have that kind of money in savings, and neither does the Wichita transit system.

VIC HECKART

Wichita

God, government

People just don’t get it. They keep saying our nation will be in trouble if we do not “put God back in government.” If you want to see what a “God”-centered nation looks like, look at Afghanistan, and at the abuses of the God-centered nations of the Middle Ages.

With the increase in right-wing fundamentalist religions (which can’t even agree among themselves) and their adherents being elected to political offices, we already are seeing the results. Look at the constitutional issues now in court.

And If you think deadlock in Congress is bad now, wait until more fundamentalists get elected.

JIM LANEY

Wichita

Progress on race

Some comedians used to say that if we ever had an African-American president, he would not last long because his life would be in constant danger – or that if a white president didn’t want to have any problems with his safety, he should have an African-American vice president.

Well, Barack Obama has almost finished his first term as president and, thankfully, there have been no successful attempts to hurt him.

That tells me America is changing for the better and there is hope. I think we have a long way to go, but every day we get a little closer.

We still have these ridiculous comments about Obama. But I wonder if this is less because of his race and more because of people’s ignorance.

We can always find things to agree to disagree on. That is just the world we live in. But when we do it because of the color of a person’s skin, that is when we have problems.

REGINALD S. NULAN

Wichita

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