Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor on police expansion, weeds and race (April 20, 2019)

Police expansion

The decision to expand the east police substation and usurp the little gem that is Cypress Park was decided before the public ever was informed; it was just a matter of it becoming official. This is how all matters are handled in this city. Those who object don’t hold a chance of being heard, and then it is reported that “few objected.”

It is just wrong to take this little green space that is used by many and pave it over. If the police need more room, they should move. There are so many vacant buildings in this city that could be converted for this use that wasting money on new construction is ridiculous and an irresponsible use of tax dollars. Additionally, this puts increased traffic on Edgemoor, which is partially residential. I am sure those who live there will not appreciate this.

Evon Russell, Wichita

Weeds have a place

I was dismayed to read the article on April 11 by Travis Heying “Seeing Purple Flowers in Your Yard? More Like Weeds.” Not only is the sight of great swaths of purple in vacant lots and yards beautiful and a hopeful sign of spring, but henbit is an important source of pollen and nectar for honeybees and other pollinators in the early spring.

Common weeds such as dandelions, clover and henbit are all important food sources for our pollinators. The idea of a weed-free lawn is a relatively recent development in landscaping. The US Department of Agriculture collaborated with the Golf Association to develop grasses suitable for American climates around 1915. A perfect weed-free lawn is impossible without the use of harmful pesticides, herbicides and gallons of our precious water supply.

Honeybees declined by 59% in 61 years in the United States. The reasons for colony collapse are still being researched, but it’s reasonable to assume that poisoning their food supply isn’t helping.

Let’s rethink the idea of the perfect lawn. Don’t use poison that you have to keep children and pets from walking on. Set your mower on the highest setting. Embrace nature’s colors. Give bees a chance.

Janice Osborn, Derby

Different standards?

Regarding “Angry White Males” (April 12 Letters to the Editor), I think it is reasonable to add an additional note of why whites might be angry.

The Chicago DA dropped charges against Jussie Smollett even though his lies could have caused a race riot where people could have gotten killed, while Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman and other white parents, are facing prison time for doing nothing more than trying to get their daughters into elite universities.

Did these parents try to use their wealth as an unfair advantage in college admissions? Yes.

But the amount of money these parents have already lost, and public disgrace, is more than enough of a penalty for what should be purely civil offenses.

The wire and mail fraud charges that the Department of Justice are prosecuting these parents under are RICO-type charges created to combat organized crime, not send soccer mom parents to prison for months or years.

Why does the justice system have two different standards?

Jussie Smollett could have gotten people killed but gets a pass, while white parents trying to get their kids into upscale colleges are being prosecuted like violent professional organized crime figures.

John Williamson, Wichita