Letters to the Editor

Letters on homeless kids, absent fathers, Deflategate

Count misses most homeless kids

It’s encouraging that Wichita is making progress on homelessness (“Yearly count finds 11% fewer homeless in city,” May 6 Eagle), but the numbers may not be as encouraging as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development wants us to believe.

Nearly a million homeless children lead transient lives – hotel one night, a friend’s couch the next. That includes more than 9,300 children attending Kansas schools, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The roof over their heads isn’t theirs, and they may lose it tomorrow. In every way that matters, they’re homeless.

But HUD says they’re not, technically. So HUD won’t help them find a safe place to stay, counseling and other basic assistance. HUD’s definition – and by extension, its annual count – actually ignores an estimated three-fourths of homeless kids.

The bipartisan Homeless Children and Youth Act fixes the problem, making HUD’s definition reflect reality. And Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., serves on the Banking Committee, which has jurisdiction over the bill.

With his leadership, we can pass this commonsense legislation, make government work better and help homeless children.



First Focus Campaign for Children

Washington, D.C.

Absent fathers

The concept of family increasingly does not include fatherhood, and with this is the loss of the idea of loving guidance of a son by a father. This loving relationship is demonstrated as it was seen during the era of the “greatest generation” in the film “Little Boy,” which is playing in theaters. In this film, the bond between a father and his young son was disrupted by military service in World War II.

Today, the phenomenon of the absent father is epidemic and, not surprisingly, often associated with increasing temper tantrum violence in late teenage males. This is especially acute in decaying cities such as Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo. Unfortunately, when a violent encounter between a black youth and local police results in the death of the young man, the officers are the only ones blamed.

Insight into our current growing crisis of street violence can be gained by watching this powerful film. The return of the father from captivity was curative.



Only a game

It puzzles me why there is such a lack of ethics and sportsmanship in professional sports. After all, schools sell taxpayers on the need for our youths to learn good and fair sportsmanship.

The current Deflategate is an example of “right is what I get away with, and wrong is what I get caught doing” (May 12 Sports).

Another shameful professional sports practice is offering bounties for injuring opposing players. It supposedly continues to this day, even after the New Orleans Saints were found guilty of it.

We as a country need to get back to reality. Sports is not a life-and-death war-zone situation. It’s a game. Period.

Perhaps these highly paid sports figures, who bandy around right and wrong so casually, should serve in our country’s military and get up close and personal with real life and death.



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