Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor (June 18)

Foreign workers

A June 7 editorial praises Rep. Marshall, speaking to Chamber of Commerce Republicans, as he supports importing foreign workers, a position likely close to the wallets of many in his audience.

The “reality” of Marshall is, he raised over 1.5 million to obtain his seat - over 95% came from “Large Donors.” A Leawood, Kansas, donor being one of the larger single sources. Marshall’s stance on filling the US labor market with foreign workers oddly comports with the goals of many of his donors, supplying the $1.5 million.

You worry that the farm economy requires Third World workers. I suggest the farm economy either send their kids out at harvest time or sell acreage if they are unwilling to service it. I see Americans living in trailers unfit for habitation all over Wichita, people who need employment.

To test your editorial stance, I hit upon a simple method. I turned to your Help Wanted classified section. I see zero offerings going unfilled for want of Third World workers. I see no effort to seek out unskilled workers. What I do find - our two major political parties now serve their Donor class instead of representing the Constituent class.

Chris Davis, Wichita

Health care reform

While I appreciate that health care reform is extremely complex, I am becoming increasingly impatient with our nation's ability to sort this out. We seem to have the worst of all possible worlds - too few Americans have insurance coverage and prices continue to skyrocket.

Whether we like it or not, the people who gained coverage under Obamacare must find coverage elsewhere if they lose it under repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Fewer people with coverage only puts further pressure on premiums for those of us with coverage.

Additionally, I am concerned with the proposal to alter coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. This important safeguard not only protects fellow Kansans suffering from disease and illness, but also serves to protect all of us by ensuring that the most appropriate and affordable health care can be accessed by those who need it.

I hope our senators will listen to the concerns of fellow Kansans as they work to craft a solution to this incredibly important issue. We need to make sure that adequate coverage is available, those with pre-existing conditions aren't priced out of the health insurance market, and that hospitals have the federal funding they need.

Chris Wallace, Wichita

Labeling poor people

What do we mean when we say “the poor”? As a social worker, I’ve been involved with many low income families, and somehow the term “poor” does not feel like an adequately respectful way to describe them. Especially lately. There seems to be a movement, especially in talking about health care and food stamps, to demonize low-income folks. They seem to have become “morally deficient” because they have no money. They must be lazy and not want to work, or at least not work hard. They must not have any ambition to “get ahead” and therefore don’t try. They prefer to live off of others, i.e. “the welfare state.”

This is all language from the ’60s and ’70s, when there was talk of people on welfare driving Cadillacs. After 50 years, I’m really tired of this. Many low- income people work much harder than I ever did (think farm laborers, hotel housekeeping staff, etc.). I was just more fortunate and was able to go to college and work for a modest income until I retired. People with low incomes are just like the rest of us - but with less money. They may have serious health problems or disabilities or be mentally ill, conditions which require them to seek assistance. Or they may just be children or seniors. If politicians want to disregard the needs of low-income people because they aren’t “worthy,” we might as well reinstate poor houses and call this the class discrimination that it is.

Marcia Allen, Wichita

‘In Cold Blood’

I read The June 8 Wichita Eagle article: “ ‘In Cold Blood’ prosecutor never read the book. He says it’s garbage.” I quite agree with 85-year-old Duane West, who was then a 27-year-old prosecuting attorney for the horrific four murders on a family farm (the Clutter family) almost six decades ago. Yet in 1965, the fiction writer Truman Capote jazzed-up the plot and the book earned $2 million in its first printing. Although seemingly based on “reality,” many individuals cross-checked Truman Capote's interviews. Many of them called Capote's version “fabrications.” That is why I dislike ‘novels’ (even ones based supposedly on reality. The sheer definition of a “novel” is that it is fictional and not 100 percent fact. In his later years, Capote was in and out of drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs and had nervous breakdowns. The man died at age 59, complicated by “multiple drug intoxication.” So, I am glad that the real prosecutor, Duane West, has lived long enough to set readers straight. It gives a twist on a wise saying: “May the reader beware.” Personally, I feel that nationwide laws should be passed prohibiting anyone (other than consenting victims - say, a few survivors of fatal tragedies) from writing, publishing, and profiting from senseless fatal crimes purely for profit. I would exempt academic institutions. I simply detest fiction writers from feathering their own financial net-worth on the misery of grieving families.

James A. Marples, Esbon

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