Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor (April 20)

Senate leadership is on right track

The Eagle’s April 6 editorial stating that Kansans need better leadership in our Senate is looking at leadership through the narrow scope of unions and liberals. Instead of President Susan Wagle and Majority Leader Jim Denning lacking leadership, they showed excellent leadership.

Wagle was exceptionally solid when she took her stand to defend Kansans against the strong arm and out-of-control state teachers union and lobbyists who showed up in their red skirts and shirts.

It is not Wagle and Denning who were “motivated by politics,” but the wimp senators and representatives who politically think they will be re-elected if they do what the teachers’ union wants. If that is not true, they would amend our state constitution so the court battles over school funding wouldn’t run on for another decade.

Some of us are sick and tired of over half of our tax dollars going to education, especially after the recent legislative post audit revealed a possible $400 million was taken from transportation funds and misallocated to schools.

Donna Gillett, Leavenworth

On Earth Day, remember how to help

Sunday marks the 50th observance of Earth Day. Each of us can celebrate by reducing our driving, use of electric energy and consumption of animals.

Oxford University’s prestigious Food Climate Research Network and Germany’s Heinrich Bolle Foundation concluded that solving the global warming catastrophe requires massive shift to a plant-based diet. A 2010 U.N. report blamed animal agriculture for 70 percent of global freshwater use, 38 percent of land use, and 19 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.

Carbon dioxide is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by operating farm machinery to grow animal feed. The more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are released from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools.

Moreover, meat and dairy production dumps more animal waste, crop debris, fertilizers, pesticides, and other pollutants into our waterways than all other human activities combined. It is the driving force behind wildlife habitat destruction.

In an environmentally sustainable world, meat and dairy products in our diet must be replaced by vegetables, fruits and grains, just as fossil fuels are replaced by wind, solar and other pollution-free energy sources.

Let’s celebrate the 50th observance of Earth Day at our supermarket.

William Elks, Wichita

E-waste disposal a big hit

Last Saturday, I participated in the Sedgwick County e-waste disposal event. As I approached the driveway of the landfill, I thought I would be there at least an hour as there was traffic from the back of the landfill to West Street.

To my surprise, I made it to the front of the line, had a nice young gentleman unload the car, and was out of the facility within 20 minutes.

I would like to thank the county for hosting the event and for their great organization. I would also like to thank all the county workers who were so helpful as they stood out in the bitter cold that day. I hope the county will choose to host this event again and keep tons of e-waste out of our landfill.

Ruth Wood, Wichita

Be leery of Kansas Offender Registration Act

In response to the April 11 letter “Sorting out sexual offenders,” Senate Bill 407 does not separate low-level sex offenders from high-level crimes such as murder.

Murder under the Kansas Offender Registration Act requires a 15-year registration period, the same as low-level sexual offenses. What this bill does do is allow those convicted of murder to petition for release from regisration. However, those convicted of violent crimes less serious than murder are unaffected and will still be forced to register for 25 years or life, even on a first offense.

Registration is an involuntary civil commitment. It is applied without any information about whether a person is likely to re-offend or the impact of the crime.

The majority of people who currently are forced to register are not a threat to public safety. After competing their sentences, they should be able to go on with their lives, same as any other citizen.

The Kansas Offender Registration Act is a form of social control that we should be leery of. It perpetuates discrimination, violates civil rights and increases the likelihood of recidivism.

William Kangas, Winfield

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