Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor on Girl Scout Cookies, Beyonce, Obama, death penalty, Shockers, music teachers

Girl Scout Cookies are on their way

Area Girl Scouts will begin going door to door Saturday selling Girl Scout Cookies. These sales are the main fundraiser for Scouts and their troops, offsetting the costs of camps and activities, and helping more girls attend these fun, learning events. The good thing about this year’s sale, besides a new flavor, is that the Girl Scouts will have the cookies on hand, ready to purchase.

The girls have set lofty but achievable goals of how many boxes of cookies they want to sell. There are special camps and events for girls who meet or exceed their goal. If a Girl Scout knocks on your door, please consider buying a box.

If you don’t wish to buy cookies, please consider buying a “cookie share.” A cookie share donates a box of cookies to a charity or a deployed military member. As a veteran of three deployments, I know that getting a box of Girl Scout Cookies while deployed is an awesome feeling.



Beyonce not same

For everyone comparing Beyonce to Milli Vanilli: Beyonce made her recording of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before President Obama’s inauguration in case the weather or her vocal capacity would keep her from doing justice to the event’s importance. Milli Vanilli was stripped of its Grammy because it didn’t even sing the original recording. Big difference. Most artists make prerecorded versions for major performances for just such circumstances. Often that is what you hear.



Missed in photo

The Wichita Post newspaper and the District 3 and city of Wichita newsletter had pictures of four gentlemen dedicating the new Fabrique Neighborhood marker. Politics 101 states: If you are going to be a “glory hound,” make certain all parties actually involved in the project’s coming together are pictured first and foremost.

I have found out that Ron Cornejo supplied the concrete, and Fabrique Neighborhood Association president Dave Robbins had something to do with the project. Yet neighborhood association vice president Charlotte Foster, who is the former president and was most instrumental in the project, was nowhere to be seen in the picture. She deserves a public apology, as I am sure it was just an oversight.



Deserves respect

I think the criticism that President Obama has received about not having a diverse enough Cabinet is unnecessary. I’m not Obama’s biggest fan, but he deserves more respect than that. He was chosen to be our president for a reason. We should trust him to make the decisions that we can’t make ourselves.



Listen to God

The Holy Bible says in Ecclesiastes 8:11: “Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of men everywhere are turned to evil.” Guilt was established at the mouth of two witnesses, and punishment was quick and based on an “eye for an eye.”

God was silent when an innocent man (Jesus) and two thieves were put to death, except He used the opportunity to pardon one of the thieves. His silence speaks loudly in support of capital punishment. Maybe it is time to listen to God’s words and tell the politicians to be silent.



Support Shockers

I was certainly disappointed in the outcome of the Shockers’ game versus Indiana State Tuesday night, but there was no disappointment greater than sitting at the game and hearing the attendance announced at something less than a sellout. We in this community pride ourselves on being unwavering supporters of our Wichita State University Shocker basketball team, yet we can’t even fill Koch Arena in support of a team that is ranked 14th in one poll, 15th in the other, and is playing the third-place team in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Come on, Shocker fans. Step up and get out to the arena and support your team.



Wonderful honor

Regarding the choice of Dana Hamant as this year’s Outstanding Music Educator by the National Federation of State High School Associations (Jan. 16 Local & State): What a wonderful accolade for an outstanding teacher of thousands of young people in Cimarron and Hutchinson, at Wichita East High School and now with beginning band students at Brooks, Mayberry and Robinson middle schools.

A dedicated teacher of the arts, especially music, can embellish the lives of students. No one can ever take away from those young people the joy of the notes, the discipline needed, and the understanding of the various modes of music.

From symphonies to marches, a devoted teacher endows students with a window into the mysteries and love of the magic of music.


Garden Plain