Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor on Finney building, Custer, Root, ‘Lone Ranger’

State should put files into storage

The state should recognize that the highest and best use for file and folder storage is not high-cost office space (“Agencies out of space at Finney building,” July 16 Eagle). It is hard to imagine that every stored item in the Finney State Office Building needs to be accessed on a regular basis.

Perhaps the state should make a responsible change and do what the rest of us who operate businesses do: Scan and store data on available computers, and send the space-wasting files, file cabinets and other items to the low-cost storage in Hutchinson’s salt mines, where they can be retrieved anytime. This could allow the high-cost office space, vacated of storage, to be better utilized.

I would advise the state to not seek other or additional expensive space to carry along or increase its storage capacity.



Needless expense

Regarding “State DCF offices may leave downtown” (July 11 Eagle): What gives with our elected leaders, and what are the costs for a move? What about the disruption and loss of time? Don’t they care about wasting taxpayers’ dollars on a needless expense?

We elect public servants who tell us they’ll watch out for the people. Then their authoritative egotism comes through, and they never think of the people.

It was the same with the Wichita school board and Southeast High School. The cost of a new high school out in the country is more than twice as much as remodeling the school already there. Plus, there will be increased expense for busing, along with wasted time. And for what? So board members can have their names on a new high school building.



Give Custer credit

Regarding “Custer didn’t change course of battle” (July 13 Letters to the Editor): On the third day at Gettysburg, George A. Custer was under orders to move from the right flank of the Union position to the left flank, rejoining his division. He was not in Maj. Gen. David Gregg’s division but was a part of Gen. Judson Kilpatrick’s division.

Custer saw the danger to the Union right and chose to remain with Gregg on the Union right, recalling his Michigan Cavalry regiments from their march to the other end of the line. During the battle, he employed all four of his regiments in the fight against Confederate Gens. Wade Hampton and Fitz Lee. The 5th, 6th and 7th Michigan made multiple charges and countercharges, stalling the early attempts to break past Gregg. The 1st Michigan was the last to arrive on the field, and Custer led it in the decisive charge that halted Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s main effort to break into the Union rear areas.

In his book “Custer and His Wolverines,” author Edward Longacre wrote: “Stuart would not reach the Union rear in time to salvage the doomed attack against Meade’s center that would become known as Pickett’s Charge. And for that outcome, Custer’s Wolverines could claim a heroic share of the credit.”



Planted a seed

I find so many things that provoke a flood of powerful bittersweet emotion. Retirement parties, class reunions and the passing of friends into the realm of eternity. This hit me like a ton of bricks as I attended the memorial service of Arlene Root, the director of the boy’s choir at Woodland United Methodist Church in the 1950s, ’60s and early ’70s.

In 1965, after hearing from my grandmother that my music teacher at school made me wear a bow in my hair to make me sing higher, an indignant Root requested that my mother bring me (and my little brother, David) to see if we wanted to join the choir. The memory of sitting in the Woodland sanctuary that day nearly 50 years ago, with the afternoon sun coming through the stained glass, hit me full force as I took part in a reunion of several generations of Root’s choirboys assembled by Tim and Steve Martz to honor her.

She deserves honor, for she planted a seed in me that singing was special and could be fun. I truly believe Root thought that singing was a gift from God and just more proof that He loves us.



Entertaining movie

My wife and I went to see the movie “The Lone Ranger,” and we had a great time. We could not see why the critics gave it such a bad rap. It was very funny, full of great one-liners, had plenty of action, and took us away from some serious thoughts we all live with every day. We and many others in the theater laughed and thought it was fine entertainment. Wish we could change the critics’ minds, but not much chance there. If you have not seen it, you had better go.