Letters to the Editor

Letters on Trump, Clinton, old news, green energy, dog bites

Trump sounds like the Mad Hatter

Well, folks, we’ve gone right down the rabbit hole, and the Mad Hatter is about to take over.

Trouble is, America is no Wonderland. The problems we have cannot be fixed by a gal named Alice, and they certainly won’t be fixed by a man who can be summed up by a quote from that Lewis Carroll book.

The Mad Hatter, speaking to Alice, said: “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything won’t be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what it is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”

That’s about as coherent as Donald Trump was throughout this campaign and an indication of what his presidency will be.

The only prayer we have is Mike Pence, who, as the only part of the ticket who has held office as a congressman and governor and, thus, knows the ropes, can hold Trump’s hand for four years. Pence could be like a kinder and gentler former Vice President Dick Cheney, though hopefully without the war mongering.

“We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad,” the Cheshire Cat said to Alice.

“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.

“You must be,” the cat said, “or you wouldn’t be here.”

Mad is right, in more ways than one.

Kathleen C. Butler, Wichita

Clinton options

Angola, Moldova and Rwanda have no extradition treaty with America. This information may be of value to Hillary Clinton if President Obama neglects to pardon her for corruption and treason.

She can always revert back to extorting money from Haiti.

Note to the mainstream media: Please tell me who’s going win the Super Bowl, so I can bet on the other team.

Michael Mackay, Mulvane

Yesterday’s news

Using the World Series and the election as prime examples, The Eagle’s decision to move the printing of the paper out of town gives the opportunity for a new logo. How about “Yesterday’s News …Tomorrow”? Or maybe “Better Late Than Never”?

Dave Geis, Wichita

Not frivolous

I read with interest recent statements by Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., about renewable energy in Kansas (Oct. 1 Eagle). To imply that the only thing that green energy is doing in Kansas or elsewhere is a frivolous “add on” is incorrect.

Currently installed wind and solar are eliminating hundreds of millions of tons of carbon dioxide while providing reliable energy at competitive prices. The idea that fossil fuel plants must be constantly kept running to back up intermittent sources such as solar or wind is not true.

When President Obama’s Clean Power Plan is allowed to go into effect, there will be a dramatic reduction in respiratory and cardiovascular diseases nationally and internationally. Proponents of burning fossil fuels should recognize these benefits and champion clean energy, saving lives and lowering health care costs.

Furthermore, the price of fossil fuels is not the just cost of fossil fuels. Because of that, there is a constant error in the way pricing is discussed.

Moran and his colleagues should consider a practical and well-studied proposal to charge a fee on carbon and give a dividend to each household, protecting those who would be harmed by the increased cost of their energy beyond their ability to pay. It is not a tax. Most importantly, it uses the market to send price signals to consumers to move their purchases away from fossil fuels, which will reduce climate change harm from burning them.

Pat Pirotte, Wichita

Don’t allow pets

I disagree with allowing pet-friendly restaurants in Wichita (Oct. 7 Eagle). My sister was critically injured by a dog bite at a pet-friendly restaurant last month.

There were 34 dog bite-related fatalities that occurred in the United States in 2015 – 41 percent of whom were children ages 9 years and younger.

There are 4.5 million dog-bite victims per year in America. Nearly one out of every five – 885,000 – are serious enough to require medical attention. Every day about 1,000 U.S. citizens require emergency care treatment for a dog-bite injury.

Nonya Horning, Wichita

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