Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor on new library, job fair, water rates, fireworks danger, Hobby Lobby

Alternatives to a new library

Lots of people will be greatly disappointed by the city’s decision not to bond a new Central Library (July 10 Eagle). A friend asked: “How can people not think we need a new library? Do they not know or understand the importance of books?”

But as for running out of space for storing precious historical documents: There are so many empty office buildings downtown, can we not find one suitable for installing temperature and moisture controls for proper book storage? Could we not find in that same space enough room to move the genealogy department? Wouldn’t this be much cheaper than building a new building?

As for needing more electrical space to connect to the Internet: Perhaps this, too, could be housed elsewhere much more cheaply than by building a brand-new building.

The library is many people’s only means of accessing the Internet. The same is the case with air conditioning. Many people (not just the homeless) take refuge in the library on excessively hot days. We are not all blessed with enough money to afford these luxuries that some people take for granted.

We need our libraries for good free books, music, movies, business and technology, local, national and international research. Equally as important, we need a place for the community to gather to further its education.



Job fair misled

I attended the July 10 job fair at Century II. I was there as an advocate for two family members who couldn’t attend, and I visited about 17 company booths.

I had letters of introduction along with appropriate resumes. I was expecting to discuss my relatives’ job interests and qualifications with company representatives but encountered most company representatives who said that they don’t accept resumes or discuss applicant qualifications at the fair. Instead, they distributed business information for job applicants and asked that they contact the company for job openings online.

I am retired and had time available to attend the fair, but the ads in the paper for the fair implied that company representatives would be there to interview job candidates and suggested applicants dress appropriately for an interview. I thought the job applicants who may have taken time off from work or made other sacrifices to be at the fair were shortchanged by the companies that merely blew off job applicants who had resumes and were prepared for interviews.

Why attend the fair when you don’t get a personal discussion with a company representative and can’t even submit a resume in person? I was very disappointed with most of the companies I contacted, but did have a few productive contacts. I certainly hope that those who attended didn’t feel as shortchanged as I did.



Raise water rate

The city of Wichita should raise the rate of every residential water customer by $7.50 per month. That would permit the water department to lower the rate for industrial customers and have enough left over to fund repairs and replacement on the old water mains.



Fireworks danger

How does a homeowner protect his home when firecrackers are landing on the roof, patio and front porch? What recourse do we have? If we wanted to sue for damages, there are so many parties that there would be no way to prove who did it. Two roofs caught fire around the corner from my house. There were illegal fireworks, with people shooting fireworks under cars and at one another.

With fires all over, why are we put in such unnecessary danger?



Business has rights

The writer of “Dictating views” (July 6 Letters to the Editor) believes that David Green, the founder of Hobby Lobby, is wrong to follow his religious beliefs in the operation of his business, also suggesting that Green would have no income from his stores without customers and could not operate without employees.

But if not for Green, customers would not have Hobby Lobby as a place to shop and employees would not have jobs. This is the way business works. Supply and demand. Cause and effect. Employer and employee.

Currently, Green’s employees are not covered by insurance that provides birth control. This is his choice. His employees continue to work for him, without birth-control insurance. What right does the federal government have to force him to do something against his Christian beliefs, when his employees have accepted this as a condition of their employment?

Employees of any company have the choice of whether or not to work for that business. If they don’t like the pay, if they don’t like the hours, if they don’t like the benefits (such as no coverage of birth control), if they don’t like having Sundays off, they can choose not to work there.

True Christianity entails sacrifice. Always has (Jesus on the cross), always will (Green may close his business before he violates his own beliefs). A privately owned business is not a democracy any more than Christianity is a democracy.