Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor (July 3)

A second in time

Congratulations to Wichita Eagle photographer Travis Heying for his recent photo of a Kansas storm.

The photo was picked up by the Associated Press and sent out nationwide. The Washington Post each week publishes the top photos of the past week. Last week the No. 2 image was Heying’s photo.

The overall work of all the Eagle photographers is outstanding on a daily basis. We are lucky to have these dedicated image makers working among us. Their efforts capture a split second in time, and allows the reader to more completely understand the news of the day.

As the famous photographer Dorothea Lange once said, “Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” Thanks to Heying and the other Eagle photographers for holding life still each day so we can see it more clearly.

Barry Gaston, Wichita

Separations at the border

I cannot describe the extreme anger and disgust I am feeling. People must not understand the extreme trauma children go through when separated from family, and the lasting emotional damage that can occur. Otherwise they are heartless zombies.

Children fear abandonment more than death. And the people carrying out this atrocity are on the level of Nazi Germany. End this now.

Jim Laney, Wichita

A rush to tear down history

As a Wichita native who makes an annual pilgrimage to back home just to take in a Wingnuts game at historic Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, I was saddened to read of its imminent demise. Lawrence-Dumont is a site rich in Wichita history.

The stadium itself was a project to provide work during the Great Depression. President Franklin Roosevelt spoke in the stadium in 1936. It was one of the first public places in Wichita where people of all races could attend public events together.

Again, the Solons of Sedgwick County are rushing pell-mell to tear down a historically significant structure in order to build a garish stadium that will enrich the few and tax the many. In honor of this terrible trend, I think it only appropriate that any team that occupies the new stadium be named the Wichita Vandals or the Wichita Philistines to reflect Wichita’s race to tear down as much of its history as it possibly can.

Jeff Miller,

Fort Collins, Colo.

Lombard for U.S. House 4th District

I have gotten to know Congressional candidate Laura Lombard over the past year. I relate to her as someone who grew up in Kansas, then left a few years, and returned to the state after gaining experience working and traveling in other places.

Some of the supporters of her primary opponent have criticized Laura for having spent time outside the state. Even dishonestly saying she doesn’t live here now. She might have left, but I don’t see this as a negative.

In my book, her leaving, gaining experience, and bringing it back to the state is a major reason I support her. Laura gained a lot of valuable experience in her 20s and early 30s. She earned her Master’s in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins; she worked for a former Secretary of Defense in Washington; she built her own organization that helped companies with exporting in new markets. She knows the economy.

She is someone who brings experience at local, state, national and international levels. She will use that experience to help her home state and her country. I can’t imagine a better fit for someone wanting to representing us.

Kyle Wittorff, Augusta

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