Not asking right questions
In a June 17 Eagle story, “American support for the death penalty inches up, poll finds,” reference is made to the latest Pew Research Center poll in which more than 50 percent support the death penalty.
This conclusion is misleading because the poll does not ask if the person being polled would favor the option of life in prison without parole instead of death. When the “life” option is included, more than 50 percent favored it in various polls such as the one in Kansas in 2007 and a Quinnipiac national poll mentioned in the article.
A Pew spokesperson informed me that they do not offer this option because the outcomes could not be compared with all their past results. Surely the Pew Center could find a way to acknowledge how their results mislead the public.
Don Anderson, Winfield
Squashing a message
For each of the past six weeks, I have spent a full day and transportation costs to help deliver the Poor People’s Campaign message in Topeka because poor people can ill afford this sacrifice.
The messengers, committed to non-violence, brought statistics, witness, music/chant and presence to depict damage done in Kansas every day in areas of education, environment, gun violence, health care, immigrant injustice, militarism, poverty, racism and voting rights.
For bringing these messages, hundreds of people were ordered off and locked out of public places, ticketed and jailed in our seat of power.
What more is to be done with our freedom of speech and rights as citizens of a democracy?
Carolyn Chambers, Wichita
Barnett in GOP gubernatorial primary
Dr. Jim Barnett is far and away the best candidate for Kansas governor. And, if Kansas Republicans fail to choose Barnett as their candidate, the next governor will not be a Republican. It’s that simple.
First, Barnett’s qualifications and credentials are without equal among the candidates. As a state senator for 10 years, he proved himself not only as an outstanding legislator, but someone respected by all with whom he served, including Democrats.
As for his Republican opponents, Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach are good men, but they have proven to be lightning rods that the media and their political opponents love to hate.
The Democratic candidates and independent candidate Greg Orman hope and pray that Colyer or Kobach is the Republican nominee because they know they can team up with the news media to defeat either of them.
Barnett and his outstanding running mate (Rosie Hansen, his spouse) will bring maturity, respect, competence and a sense of unity to the office. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a break from all the divisive nonsense? Barnett would serve all Kansans in the tradition of Nancy Kassebaum, Bill Graves and Bob Dole.
Cristy and Brent Anderson, Wichita
Estes deserves re-election
Rep. Ron Estes has been a leader in Congress, fighting for the issues that matter to the people of south-central Kansas. Since being elected to Congress just last year, Estes has sponsored or co-sponsored 103 bills, including a recent initiative to protect the Equus Beds project and secure water for Wichita for 20 years.
He has been a leader on national and local issues including tax reform, supporting McConnell Air Force Base and rebuilding our military, reforming the VA, caring for our veterans, giving farmers stability through a farm bill, finding solutions on comprehensive immigration reform, and successfully stopping Homeland Security from testing at Chilocco, near the Kansas border in Kay County, Okla.
Estes has also remained engaged in our community, coming home every weekend, serving veterans and others needing assistance with the federal government, and keeping constituents informed about what’s happening in Washington. Estes has also met with thousands of constituents from all 17 counties in our district.
I am thankful we have Estes fighting for us in Congress and getting things done.
Myrna Rogers, Augusta
President Trump tweeted, “Democrats are the problem. They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our country, like MS-13. They can’t win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!”
The most egregious propaganda in this statement is he likens illegal immigrants as less than human beings by saying they “infest our country.” I remember studying about the types of propaganda used in a certain country, about a certain group of people, as a way to reduce them as less than human, too.
Floyce Wattson, Wichita
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