Letters to the Editor

Letters on excessive lawmakers, bicycle dangers, financial advisers

Kansas has too many lawmakers

It would appear to me that a remarkably conservative red state such as Kansas would find the majority of its citizens favoring a smaller government. I would also anticipate that such a state would find the U.S. Senate and House to be adequately staffed with 100 senators and 435 representatives. Perhaps some might even argue that Congress has too many elected officials.

The U.S. population is about 319 million people. Dividing this number of total citizens by 535 (the combined number of U.S. senators and representatives) gives us a number just less than 600,000. There is one legislator for each 600,000 of us.

In the Legislature, we have 40 senators and 125 representatives for a state population of about 2.9 million. If we divide this figure by the 165 senators and representatives we have, we get 17,575. The point being, we’re exceedingly overrepresented in Topeka. It’s no surprise our state legislators dream up so much bizarre legislation.

I contend we could enjoy vastly lower legislative costs and much more legislative efficiency if we’d reduce our senators and legislators in Kansas to match the citizen-lawmaker ratio in Congress.

In Kansas, if we took our 2.9 million citizens and divided by 600,000, we’d only need five legislators. I, for one, would be happy with three Kansas House members and two senators.

MIKE SCHEIDT

Eastborough

Drivers, be careful

A middle school child was hit by a car last week near the ultra-busy, super-speedy Central and Tyler intersection. Despite the new Wichita Bicycle Master Plan and new Wichita Pedestrian Master Plan, there is actually little protection for our children (or for our seniors) as they bike and walk for health, fresh air and independence.

Cars are our children’s worst enemies. Citizens and drivers, please watch carefully for our children.

JANE BYRNES

Wichita

Work for you?

You’ve worked hard to save for retirement, and you deserve a financial adviser who works just as hard to protect what you’ve earned. Right now, loopholes in the law allow bad actors in the financial industry to provide retirement savings “advice” based on what’s best for their pocketbook, not yours.

Your fiduciary could be a broker, registered investment adviser, insurance agent or other type of adviser. Some of these advisers are subject to federal securities laws and some are not. Hidden fees, unfair risk and bad investment advice rob Americans of $17 billion of retirement income annually.

A new standard will ensure that all financial professionals who offer retirement advice make recommendations designed to serve your best interests by keeping costs low and recommending sound investments according to the “risk” you are willing to take.

GERALD and DIANNA SCHMITT

Wichita

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