Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor (June 24)

Missing the appeal of Trump

After reading a number of Davis Merritt’s editorials on President Trump it has become obvious that he is blinded by hatred of everything Trump. Merritt, and so many others like him, are oblivious to the obvious: Donald Trump is not a politician, at least not in the usual sense.

Washington is deadlocked because of politics as usual. His disconnect from the norm is what endears him to so many voters. He’s not beholden to anyone for anything. He was elected to act on the country’s problems. Agree or not, that’s what he’s doing.

He’s been in office for a year and liberals are trying harder now than they were then to scrape up dirt on him. Not for the good of the country, but to avenge a lost election. Predictions of gloom and doom started the day after.

All we’ve heard for over a year from the Democrats and the media “experts” like Merritt is the sky is falling. Nothing to back this up, just ranting and raving.

Bill Leistiko, Wichita

The emotion of family separation

Only a few times in my life have I seen reporters cry. Reporters have seen many traumatic, moving, catastrophic events. They have learned to control their emotions and stick to the facts. We expect that of them. That’s their job.

But I saw them cry the night of June 19, 2018.

They were reporting on babies and small children being separated from their mothers and placed in internment camps.

The thought was so horrible that both men and women either wept openly or swallowed back tears on TV.

I have always believed we were not that kind of people, or that kind of country, but it seems my belief has been wrong. President Trump, and by association the entire Republican Party, have violated their own claim of being supporters of family values.

Putting babies in internment camps is despicable. Our representatives in Washington should admit their shame. They need to recall basic American ideals. They need work together to fix our immigration system in a humane way. If they do not, we should elect new leaders in November who will.

I don’t want to see reporters cry again.

Robert J. Roberts, Pittsburg

Wichita State’s founding mission

In a speech on Sept. 18, 1978, Dr. Paul Magelli, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences for 14 years at Wichita State University, said this about the work of the LAS general education required for all students:

“It seems likely that society in the years ahead will have a new interest in general education. Fundamental issues to be resolved by society will be only partially answered by the new knowledge. Issues of racial justice, of educational justice, of economic justice, of political justice, international justice, of esthetic standards, of behavioral adaptation to the environment — these and other issues can be resolved by power politics or they can be resolved by power politics enlightened by moral sensitivity and principle.

“It should be remembered that the leading characteristics of our own institution is that its development into university status emerged from a solid base of studies in the liberal arts and sciences, not from one of the many other possibilities, such as from an agricultural college, a teacher training college, or a technical institution.”

The Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences was founded in 1887. Is it now to morph into a Vo-Tech school or a vehicle for private agendas?

Jim Phillips

and Dorothy Billings, Wichita

Governor right to decline pardon

Why would a person who held a gun to a taxi driver’s head (“Kobach sought pardon for VP of corporate donor,” June 21 Eagle) be allowed to have a business importing and selling firearms in Kansas?

When I read the article about Kris Kobach seeking a pardon for Ryan Bader, President of TriStar Arms in Kansas City, Kan., who held a gun to a cab driver’s head, I wondered how my family, friends, neighbors and I are being protected in this state. Bader demonstrated a lack of judgment sufficient to be excluded from dealing guns.

What happen to my right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness? Is this what our Kansas legislators consider “well regulated?”

Rebecca Armstrong, Wichita

Family separation aftermath

There are many considerations in the not-quite-settled “ripping immigrant children from their family” revolt, but one outcome is obvious: This was the most elaborate and extensive use of the unstated “I’m politically correct in my accusation” method since political correctness was invented.

Harry Clements, Wichita

Where is our leader leading us?

American values are against torture. President Trump’s zero-tolerance orders, which result in taking children from their families, possibly for life, is at the very least cruel and unusual punishment.

It is time for Americans to draw the line, come together, and demand justice from our government, for the children, for the families, and for our nation.

The world is watching.

Karol Schlicher, Wichita

Does the GOP still exist?

It has been asserted that the Republican Party no longer exists. Strong words, perhaps, but not without some validity.

Consider for a moment the number of fundamental policy shifts that have taken place within what currently passes for the Republican Party in less than a decade.

A party that once embraced free trade in totality now loves trade wars; a party that once pursued a strong interventionist foreign policy and viewed as fundamental our relationship with our traditional NATO allies now embraces distancing ourselves from those alliances while embracing an authoritarian Russian regime; a party that once stressed fiscal conservatism now seems comfortable with record deficit spending in an era of economic expansion.

And lastly, we see a party that was fundamentally committed to America’s moral leadership in the world responsible for separating toddlers from their parents, producing images sparking international outrage.

How to explain such fundamental shifts? The best, indeed the only viable explanation, is the former party’s affection for nothing less than a personality cult surrounding President Trump himself. The why of this is an enigma; the reality of it is indisputable.

The love affair has produced a new Republican Party: call it the Trumpcultican Party.

Wade Pascal, Wichita

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