Misgivings with Project Wichita
I was surprised to learn that Project Wichita, a group of primarily private business people, had tasked themselves with deciding a future plan for Sedgwick County. More alarmingly, they hired WSU to do the research that could determine the county’s future.
WSU, like other state-funded universities, has over the past few years received reduced state monies. As a result, they have sought income from private individuals and businesses in order to meet their budgets. When ask to do independent research, the results are often perceived to be suspect. When policy is based on questionable research, the results are predictably poor.
I want a modern and vibrant Sedgwick County. However, I stand strongly against private interests determining public funding. We do not need the literal and figurative ugliness of another Innovative Campus.
Doug Young, Park City
No one man should begin a war
I am very concerned about the possibility of nuclear war with North Korea. With our current administration, I fear that an impulsive decision might set things into motion — things that are destructive, expensive and devastating for both our own troops and the people of the Korean Peninsula.
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., has sponsored a bill would bar the president from attacking North Korea without first getting authorization from Congress or an imminent attack on the U.S. or our allies.
Congress must not allow one person to make the decision to start a war. It is the duty of the Congress to be involved in that decision. Congress needs to take control of this escalating situation and stop the dangerous rhetoric that threatens millions of lives.
What would ensue if Congress does not take its place in this discussion would be a global catastrophe. I am calling on our Kansas senators, Sen. Jerry Moran and Sen. Pat Roberts, to sign on to this bill as co-sponsors and demonstrate their commitment to exercising their duties when it comes to authorizing war.
Susie Ternes, Wichita
Don’t condemn Brazilian church
The April 5 story about a Brazilian Catholic church being criticized for using a drone during Easter Service was fascinating. The drone was delivering the monstrance, which is a sacred vessel to the priest at the altar. Although drones are relatively new, the church has always kept pace with technology, using modern microphones, modern slide projectors, modern air conditioners and heaters.
I see no difference. The drone simply did what a human would hand-deliver. Nobody was hurt, except maybe the pride of traditionalists. The Roman Catholic Church, nor any church, cannot remain absolutely stagnant. Otherwise, congregations would still be meeting outdoors and speaking the Latin language.
In a way, I like tradition. However, I don’t think the Brazilian parish should be ostracized merely for using a drone. Privacy isn’t an issue if churches have security cameras, and as malfunctions go, I have an 87-year-old friend, who accidentally toppled an Easter candle when he was an altar boy, which nearly started a fire. At first he was chided, but in his later years he joked about it. We are taught to “Love Thy Neighbor,” not “Condemn thy Neighbor.”
James Marples, Esbon
Perspective in swatting case
The police in the Wichita swatting case received a report that a man had killed his father and was holding his sister and mother hostage. The police responded, in force, as I would want if it were me.
We all know each person surrounding that house had his own perspective. The presumed perpetrator was on the porch in response to commands with his hands in the air. One person, with a different view, saw him lower one arm and fired. I am not saying “tough cookies.” They did not know this was a prank by someone who should never be allowed near any electronic device nor society ever again.
The police did not know he was innocent, wondering what was going on. Yes, there are trigger-happy, power hungry, lord-it-over everyone police that shouldn’t be allowed to wear a badge or walk in society, either. But look at each individually.
Beatrice Davis, Harper
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