Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor on McLean, ‘Unplanned’, wind farm and health care (April 19, 2019)

Reducing McLean to two lanes

I don’t know where the heads of those who support narrowing or closing McLean Boulevard rest, but it must be closer to pocketbooks/billfolds than their shoulders.

Just this week I took an out-of-town friend through town on McLean and announced it as “the prettiest drive in Wichita.” I believe that to be true and also that it’s an appropriate advertisement, and enjoyment, of our “river city.” To think that ball park commercialization should destroy that is extremely hard to swallow.

The “walkability” of the area is supposedly addressed by the planned walkway OVER the river; the distance is not diminished by cutting vehicle traffic lanes. The argument that ballpark traffic will not impact day commuting is extraneous since the 10,000 commuters have used four lanes — not two — for a very long time. McLean is a boulevard — a major thoroughfare from 30 blocks south and east to 40 blocks north and west — diminishing it for hoped-for commerce is specious and certainly not in the best interest of Wichitans.

I call for reconsideration of this unreasonable alteration of our city.

Carolyn Chambers, Wichita

‘Unplanned’

Addressing “‘Unplanned’ is soft propaganda that normalizes the extreme” (April 17 Eagle), if “Unplanned” is just propaganda abortion supporters don’t want you to see, why are you writing about it? Why are you fighting it so much? If it isn’t true, then just leave it. It’ll die on its own. Unless, it isn’t just propaganda, and it’s true? If a fetus isn’t alive, why are three chairs at the OKC Bombing Memorial dedicated to unborn babies? I would suggest you see the movie. Even if it’s false, it’ll just secure your viewpoint.

Grace Johnson, Wichita

Voices heard on wind farm?

The public hearing regarding the massive wind farm proposed just north and northeast of Cheney State Park, extending to the Sedgwick County-Reno County line, has lasted multiple days. The Reno County Planning Commission has heard more than 13 hours of public comments and an outpouring of opposition to this wind farm, which NextEra deceivingly titled the “Pretty Prairie Wind Energy Center.”

They’ve heard, despite this big corporation’s opinion otherwise, that it’s not appropriate to put 88 turbines, each 500 feet tall, so close to towns, schools and a state park that gets up to half a million visitors per year. They’ve also heard the corporation’s ridiculous praise for a project that’s planned for Reno County yet won’t be using Siemens, the wind turbine manufacturer IN Reno County. Of 250 jobs proposed, only about 10 for the project may be permanent, according to a Feb. 24 Hutchinson News article. And NextEra wants to sell the wind energy to another corporation in Boston.

Those are just a few of the concerns voiced time and time again by citizens in the area, but will their voices be heard?

Darcy Gray, Andale

Health care is in our best interests

Public schools, streets, highways, parks, libraries, police and fire protection, government backed flood insurance and protected bank accounts and the militay are some of the things considered to be in our best interests and made available at taxpayers’ expense. Is health care less important than some of the above?

Is there something to be learned from countries that consider citizens’ health to be in their best interest? They provide care for half our cost and have a healthier population. Why are we willing to pay double and settle for less-healthy people? Why do we let some go without care, and declare bankruptcy when they have a catastrophic illness?

Why is our care so costly? Some can’t pay and wait until their problem is serious, then go to the ER for treatment, and the cost is absorbed by the treatment facility. Treatment decisions are at times made on ability to pay. At times, overtreatment is done in fear of malpractice charges. Medications and medical supplies are much higher than in other countries. Why? The terms usury, price gouging, fraud and greed comes to mind. Billions are made at the expense of sick people. And it will continue until enough of us get louder than the corporate lobbyist and say, NO MORE!

Jim Laney, Wichita

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