What kind of pop Wichita really wants
In a recent “Pivot Point” opinion (“Party Snaps for Everyone”), Kirk Seminoff brought out the importance of and dependence on District Advisory Boards by the City Council regarding the levying of more punitive fireworks ordinances.
Might I suggest that in that particular instance (and I’m sure others), the advisory boards represent only a subset of the Wichita population, and therefore relying too heavily on their opinion can produce a biased estimate of what the community as a whole wishes.
I’ll wager that most of the people who wanted less-restrictive fireworks ordinances are not represented by advisory boards; these are people who are willing to break unpopular laws to demonstrate what they truly want. Just remember what the Wichita skies looked like on the last Fourth of July to see their opinion.
I suggest the City Council revisit the fireworks ordinances, and try to get a result which is derived from a more honest sample of the entire Wichita community.
Tom Lezniak, Wichita
I read an article about a proposed traffic study of Waco between Douglas and Central due to increased foot traffic downtown. The cost was estimated at $25,000, no doubt taxpayer money.
If we handed the project over to Wichita State students as a project, I’m betting the cost could be sharply reduced. I’ve been following some decision making by Wichita leaders, and there is room for cost improvements.
Joe Vail, Wichita
Postal Service has important role
I support the U.S. Postal Service.
I strongly dislike the derogatory term “snail mail” and wish we would eliminate it from conversations.
Since Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first Postmaster General in 1775, the postal service has been one of the pillars of our society. Like other services, it is now under attack by those who want to get rid of all public services and institutions. “Snail mail” is used to undermine a vital public service and to demean the men and women who bring us our mail. It is the rhetoric used by those who brand the legitimate news media as “fake news” and who encourage physical attacks on members of the media. These people also regularly attack unions as being hindrances to development and want to get rid of all of them.
The employees who get us our mail — every day and no matter to where in the U.S. it is addressed — are all represented by two public employee unions. These workers deserve our respect and support. Their efforts should not be disparaged by us, anyone who ever has mail delivered to them, or by any worker in the United States.
Mark E. Ritchey, Wichita
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