Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor on abortion, missed coverage, Obama, fluoride, knitters

Disturbing stories; horrible solutions

There were several disturbing stories in Wednesday’s Eagle, including one about New York City public schools distributing morning-after pills to teens, so as to not allow “a mistake” to affect their lives. Dear Abby advised a wife to divorce her husband in order to maintain her “need” to “swing” with other couples. And more abortionists are probably coming to Wichita.

In what way are we discouraging the behaviors that are causing these so-called mistakes? Until wants are no longer defined as needs, horrible solutions will be advised to undo the “mistakes.”



Life at conception?

According to the Guttmacher Institute, 98 percent of Catholic women ages 15 and 44 who have had sex have used birth control. Of U.S. women who obtained abortions in 2008, 28 percent were Catholic.

Development biology notes that there are a number of ways to describe when life begins. One is that if life ends with the cessation of brain waves, life begins with the onset of brain activity.

However, if life begins at conception, how should we understand the hundreds of thousands of miscarriages (what the medical profession calls spontaneous abortions) that occur in the U.S. every year? Francisco Ayala, an evolutionary biologist and former Dominican priest, wonders if it makes God the biggest abortionist of all.



Missing coverage

The Rev. Barry Lynn recently came to Wichita to speak to the Great Plains chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Lynn, executive director of AU, is an ordained United Church of Christ minister and an attorney specializing in civil liberties.

Lynn has appeared on many national news shows, yet only one local media outlet, KNSS 1330-AM, carried any information about the event or Lynn.

Lynn’s message of separation of church and state is vital in this time of worldwide sectarian violence and religious absolutism. Religious freedom, a First Amendment right, is not a controversial issue. Americans do not want government encroachment into religion, nor do they want the government imposing religion on them. This right should be important enough to all Americans to warrant media coverage of one of the most articulate spokesmen for it. The lack of coverage gives the appearance that the media purposely chose to keep the community in the dark about this speaker.



Need to fire Obama

If I were holding down a full-time job and couldn’t handle the position, I would be fired.

It seems to me that President Obama has failed on many issues, yet he seems to keep his job. Let’s take a look at his report card.

Leadership: failed. Foreign affairs: failed. Health care: failed, as most people don’t want Obamacare. Stimulus: failed, as it didn’t create many jobs.

This list goes on and on. Obama doesn’t have a record to run on, so he has to attack his opponent to make himself look better.

He needs to be fired.



Fluoride practical

I’ve got a lot of hot buttons that flare my emotion. The fluoride issue is not one of them, but it’s an important one.

There is already fluoride in Wichita’s water – just not enough to protect the enamel on our teeth. Raising the fluoride level will protect the enamel on the teeth of thousands of Wichita residents who do not have access to good dental hygiene, and it acts as a good insurance policy for those of us who think we practice good dental hygiene but likely don’t do as good a job as we should.

Let’s not let our emotions get the best of us. Let’s join the rest of the 21st century and do the thing that makes the most sense. It’s only practical.



Thanks to knitters

Knitters and crocheters shared their skills, experience and artistry by covering “Millipede” and other sculptures and trees on the Wichita State University campus (Sept. 19 Local & State). I enjoyed and delighted in the beauty of the projects. Thanks to the artists who shared their unique talents and to WSU.



Shame on writer

I took great offense at “Shame on knitters” (Sept. 26 Letters to the Editor), which criticized the knitters who did such a wonderful job of covering various sculptures on the Wichita State University campus.

First, who does the writer think he is to dictate to very talented artists what they can do with their time and talent? Second, as a former volunteer at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center for more than 10 years, I saw many knitted and crocheted items given to the veterans. I am sure many of those items were made by those talented artists.

I suggest that the writer know the facts before he lays shame on anyone.