Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor (May 6)

Don’t diss liberal arts

“Do we wish we were an elite little liberal arts college? That’s not who we are. We’re educating people like you and me who have to go to work for a living.” According to the Sunflower, these are the inflammatory and divisive words of Wichita State President John Bardo, who himself has a masters of arts and doctorate in sociology — both part of the liberal arts.

Setting aside his glowing hypocrisy and the foolishness of saying this while at the same time trying to hire a dean of the College of Liberal Arts, the answer to his question is yes. You want an elite liberal arts college, an elite engineering college, an elite business college, an elite nursing school, and more. It all matters.

The president of the university is supposed to set the direction and tone of campus life. These kinds of caustic words make that life toxic and politically charged. If Bardo thinks this will attract more students and improve the college experience, he has a lot to learn.

Bardo represents all schools and departments and he should do so in a professional manner. If he can’t, he should step down.

Mike Alumbaugh, Derby

KanCare expansion missed opportunity

Marcillene Dover’s well-told story in Thursday’s Eagle (“Legislature missing chance to extend help to Kansans”), demonstrates the necessity for KanCare expansion, as well as the role of a Wichita legislator’s uninformed and irresponsible leadership in preventing this desperately needed provision for the people of Kansas.

The Legislature’s refusal to expand KanCare not only denies 150,000 Kansans essential services, it also deprives Kansas’ economy the federal economic support available to states that expand services.

Why? Last year the Legislature approved and sent a bill to Gov. Sam Brownback, who vetoed it. What was keeping it from passing and going to the governor this year? This question needs to be put to Rep. Dan Hawkins, who chairs the responsible committee, as well as the whole Legislature.

Billie Knighton, Wichita

Tickets for trash

I read recently in The Eagle that the city and our police will be cracking down on bad driving. I very much hope this includes writing citations for trash thrown from vehicles. This inconsiderate habit seems to be on the rise.

More people eat meals while driving than at any time in our past. Especially during the morning commute. Opting to grab something at a drive-through or a convenience store, rather than taking time at home to have their morning meal, seems to be the choice of countless. Unfortunately, many also opt to pitch their breakfast trash out the window rather than wait until they are near a trash can. This is both stupid and lazy.

Do they not care what this does to the environment? It is the height of selfishness to pitch trash out a car window.

Please ticket these offenders. The problem seems to be particularly bad along I-235 on the west side of town. Especially just south of Kellogg. Piles of pitched-out paper trash accumulate along fences and it’s never cleaned up.

Please ticket these lazy idiots who casually trash our hometown.

Douglas Simpson, Wichita

Slowing child deaths

As we leave the private protection of our mother’s womb and enter the world, shocked from the vast expanse that greets us, we come into being. Small hands and unfocused eyes slowly grow and develop until our first words and first steps. During the transition of different phases of childhood that follow, our mother provides the foundation to the building of who we become.

Thank you, mom.

What better way is there to show our gratitude for our foundation than on Mother’s Day? With Mother’s Day approaching on May 13, child and maternal health should be a focal point in society’s vision.

The Reach Every Mother and Child Act addresses issues pertaining to child and maternal health with its mission to end preventable child deaths globally by ensuring healthy and productive lives through funding for proper nutrition and global health awareness.

Sadly, those without access to funding and education suffer. This suffering can end.

I hope Sen. Pat Roberts will support this vital act to not only prevent children from dying each day, but to ensure that the future does not see such tragedy again.

Corinne Thorsheim, Lawrence

Block amendment

Rep. Steve King of Iowa is working hard to add his amendment into the Farm Bill. This amendment, the Protect Interstate Commerce Act, or King Amendment, could force Kansas to allow the sale of dangerous and inhumanely produced products.

King’s Amendment, pending in the House Farm Bill, could alter state laws on many animal protection issues; one being the sale of abused and sick dogs from a puppy mill and the sale of horse meat, dog and cat meat.

This amendment could change the Kansas laws that prohibit misleading labels on agricultural products, and restrictions on sale of raw milk as well as our ban on the sale of poultry injected with water to increase weight.

We must not allow this amendment by King, who plans to undo so many laws that would be a public safety issue. We must ask Kansas congressmen and senators to oppose it.

Nona VanDamme, Wichita

Recognizing public servants

Public servants work diligently on our behalf to ensure our safety and well-being and to provide vital services like education and healthcare to make our communities function and our lives better. Our teachers, nonprofit leaders, safety inspectors, elected officials, clerks, social workers and so many others deserve tremendous thanks for the important work they do.

May 6-12 is designated by Congress as Public Service Recognition Week. I want to invite all citizens to thank our local public servants.

Public service belongs to more than just career public servants, however. Public service is a community effort that takes the dedication of civic-minded volunteers, committed private citizens and business leaders who give back in time, talent and resources.

At the WSU Public Policy and Management Center, we’ve seen this community effort exemplified in Project Wichita, the region’s visioning process. More than 85 private businesses, public entities and nonprofits have stepped up to shepherd the next steps in our community’s development. As we’ve gone out to engage the community, we’ve seen private citizens share their ideas and input for the region’s next 10 years. Their dedication to their community deserves recognition, also.

Misty Bruckner, Wichita

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