Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor (Nov. 6, 2018)


So much has been written in The Wichita Eagle and other news media, regarding our country’s midterm elections.

But I would like to sum up what Nelson Mandela once said: “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.”

Doris Weller, Wichita

Cost of migrants

Sunday’s Eagle ran the article by Paul Sonne of the Washington Post of “Deploying troops could cost $200M.” He compares the cost against the military budget and its use. He didn’t have the courage or the mathematical skills to research what it would cost if the migrants were allowed to walk through our border and scatter to receive benefits from social services, which the paying taxpayer would have to underwrite.

Pew Research estimates that there are approximately 11.3 million undocumented individuals in the U.S. today. The Center for Migrant Studies has an estimate of 10.8 million undocumented. One source stated that the annual cost to the American taxpayer is $132 billion, with undocumented paying $19 billion in income taxes. This leaves a total cost of $113 billion annual expense. By simple division the annual cost per undocumented person would be $10,463 — multiplied by 7000 new undocumented would be $73,240,740. Although not near the $200 million the military would spend, the cost estimate would be considerably more in lost jobs, social problems and the criminal element. If the above figures reported are accurate, of which I am skeptical, then the cost would be staggering over the duration of the occupation of the migrants.

Don Nichols, Wichita

Divided America

I have believed that no matter who is president, our nation will survive. It always has, because we the people own the government. The president is our employee, hired by the voters to manage the government. As our employee, the president is accountable to us for what he says and does and how he acts. I’ve seen presidents come and go, and, as I have always believed it would, our nation survived each time to welcome the next president.

I am beginning to wonder if my belief in our country’s survivability has been overly optimistic. The extreme divisiveness that I see today in our government and our population is highly destructive and of great concern. We have a chaotic and dysfunctional White House and a polarized, dysfunctional Congress whose members don’t seem to understand that a representative democracy survives by cooperation and compromise.

Feeding the fire of divisiveness is the constant flow of misinformation and political propaganda coming from the White House and extreme left and right media sources. President Eisenhower was correct when he once stated “The middle of the road is the usable surface, extremes, right and left, are in the gutters.” We the people and our government need to get back on the usable surface and start working together as the United States of America. I hope voters in the upcoming election and future elections will move us in that direction.

Don Setser, Wichita

Dangerous path

What we are experiencing today is what happens when you put bad people in positions of power. A dangerous path to take. History is littered with similar examples — and none ended well. Although there is a place for ideology, party and policy position in making voting decisions, I believe character, temperament and other virtues shared by good and decent people are more important. Let’s not make that mistake again.

David Glover, Wichita