Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor on coach Shinn, custody of grandkids, abortion


Coach brought out the best in players

It has been said that a teacher can have a lifelong influence on a young student. That’s also true of coaches who mold lives rather than just coach a sport. Truman Shinn coached me and 13 other young boys in the seventh and eighth grades at Pleasant Valley Junior High in 1957 (“Crash kills popular former teacher, coach,” Jan. 22 Local & State).

Mr. Shinn was our hero. We had no idea he was at the beginning of his teaching and coaching career. He brought out the very best in each and every one of us. We won the first-ever Suburban League Basketball Championship for him. Only now do we realize he won the championship for us. It was his work ethic and values that took us to the heights when we were only seventh-graders. As a team of now-grown men, we salute our coach today.

Little did we realize the lessons he taught, to be remembered in the 70th year of our lives. He cared. He and his lovely wife attended our weddings and our parents’ funerals, and he watched many of our children play basketball.

We are proud to have known him. He will forever be in our good thoughts. We will be praying for a full recovery for his wife.



Custody of grandkids

In 2012, the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature initiated, and Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita, sponsored, Senate Bill 262, which specified when a grandparent would be given custody of a grandchild. On May 14, 2012, Gov. Sam Brownback signed the bill into law.

We thought we had solved the problem. We were wrong.

The case in which Andrea Dixon is trying to adopt a little girl is a good example (Jan. 22 Local & State). There might be a question about where the little girl should live if the great-grandmother had not been approved to adopt the little girl’s brother. That should approve her to adopt the little girl, too.

To be blunt: The child-welfare system in Sedgwick County is broken. The law has no bearing on the outcome of most cases in juvenile court.

As an example, a little girl I know about now lives with strangers in Idaho while her grandparents live in Moline, Kan., with an empty room and a hole in their hearts.

Sedgwick County juvenile judges, district attorney staff, guardians ad litem and social workers with the Kansas Department for Children and Families need training. If that doesn’t work, the Legislature must pass laws with penalties for ignoring the law.

There appears to be one bright side. The appointment of Bill Gale to head DCF’s Wichita office has to be an improvement.



Can’t exercise rights

Apparently the pro-life movement does not understand that restrictions cause many, many women to be denied the chance to exercise their rights.

David Gittrich of Kansans for Life believes that it’s OK to require doctors to have hospital privileges within a 30-mile area of the clinic (“Not extremist,” Jan. 19 Letters to the Editor). In western Kansas, they are lucky to have a clinic of any kind within 30 miles. And the hospitals are often Catholic and won’t give privileges to abortion doctors. But you do not need your doctor to have admitting privileges to be admitted to a hospital.

The far right also wants to force women to watch a sonogram. What if they just don’t want to do this? Do they have no rights at all?

Gittrich and Kansans for Life also claim that a fetus feels pain, which is hard to understand given that the brain and neurological pathways are not developed that early. And the pro-life movement expects clinics to reach the same sterile standards as surgical centers. Perhaps they should check their dentist offices and eye-care centers as well. Imagine those bills for simple health care.

As for clinics such as Kermit Gosnell’s in Philadelphia and Krishna Rajanna‘s in Kansas City, Kan. – these are rare and few. The fact is, there are few providers anywhere now because of the rabid extremists gunning for abortion providers. It is not something you go into lightly, because you might not be alive after next Sunday.



Source of truth

Jeremiah 1:5 says: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” I believe God was teaching his children how important each of us is, where we came from, and that we have work to do and a destiny far beyond our everyday concerns.

Today abortion is permitted because birthing is an inconvenience, and little groupies “cast lots” for abortion and gay marriage, which projects subjective truth.

Objective truth is not subject to opinion or belief and is true for all people of all cultures for all times. Jesus is the source of all true salvation, truth and life.