Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor on Iran and eSkates (May 4, 2019)

No trust

The Letter to the Editor “Talking Out of Both Sides” (Feb. 16) stated that our intelligence agencies reported that Iran was not now trying to build a nuclear weapon. But Iran’s long history of recalcitrance does not engender our trust or deference.

This is no time for complacency. Muslim Imams cry out “Death to the Great Satan” in their mosques and crowds march in the streets chanting “Death to America.” In 2017, Nikki Haley, then our United Nations Ambassador, stated “I have good confidence in the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) but they are dealing with a country that has a clear history of lying and pursuing covert nuclear programs.” On April 8, our government added Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to its list of terrorist organizations, joining al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Hamas, ISIS and Boko Haram.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement does not permit inspection of Iran’s military facilities, as distinct from its uranium enrichment facilities. Any thoughts that Iran will ever permit inspection of its military bases was decisively squelched by Ali Akbar Velayat, an Iranian official, when he declared, “Americans will take their dream of visiting our military and sensitive sites to their graves....It will never happen.” It’s enough to almost make a sensible person suspect that Iran may be hiding something important.

David J. Gudeman, Wichita

Follow the laws

Does Wichita need updated local ordinances for the eSkate folks to operate on the city streets? There are already a ton of laws that just need to be followed and enforced.

Currently, I have to wear a seat belt to operate on the street, under penalty of the law. I have to pay for a vehicle license under penalty of the law. I have to be tested and pay for an operators license under penalty of the law. I have to pay for insurance under penalty of the law. I have to have operating brake lights on my vehicle under penalty of the law. My vehicle is property taxed and the fuel I use is taxed to pay for the maintenance of the roads that the eSkate folks want to use for free. If a high speed skate board wants to operate on the same street as the big boys, they should play by the same rules.

Larry Novak, Augusta