Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor on abortion pills, prisoner voting, helping others and AG Barr (May 5, 2019)

Not doctors

Physicians practice medicine by exercising their best judgment about each patient, and politicians are barred from this activity because they lack the requisite knowledge and skills. Ignoring this, the Kansas Legislature passed a bill that would have required physicians to tell patients about an unproven treatment, thus interfering with the practice of medicine. Fortunately the bill was vetoed, and a veto override was defeated, but just by one vote (May 2 Eagle). Emotions run high since the medical procedure in question is the pill to induce abortion. But the principle still applies. We must not vote for politicians who arrogate to themselves privileges reserved for doctors.

Dwight K. Oxley, Wichita

Prisoners voting

The April 16 editorial “There’s no good reason prisoners shouldn’t vote” by Jamelle Bouie of the New York Times, is interesting to say the least. The political left has now decided that negating prisoner voting privileges subjects them to some sort of “social death.” This longstanding penalty is now somehow in conflict with the concept of “inalienable” rights. But voting isn’t a right.

Voting is an earned privilege and responsibility of citizenship. It comes with a rite of passage through schooling formal and otherwise at 18 or by completing the education required for naturalization, including an individual’s responsibility to laws and society. People who commit acts serious enough to land them in prison have in some manner not upheld their responsibility to society. So they face certain consequences, loss of freedom and social disenfranchisement.

Prison isn’t meant to be life as usual. Individuals whose thought processes and judgment lead to incarceration should not be involved in determining our future course until they have proven themselves worthy and paid their debt to society. What the left refuses to admit is individual rights, inalienable or otherwise, come with individual responsibilities.

Bill Leistiko, Wichita

More to do

Domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault and stalking are so prevalent that it surprises me housing protections were never introduced until recently. Senate Bill 78 (previously SB 150) was passed by the House and the Senate and enrolled and presented to the governor on April 12th. This bill prevents landlords from evicting or denying tenancy to someone who has within the past 12 months been victim to or is in imminent danger of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault and stalking. If the tenant has to leave because of danger, no more than one month’s rent will be required of them to pay to leave.

It's 2019, but why is it that this bill was presented and could be signed into a law just this year? Shouldn't we as Kansans be there for one another and give a hand to those who are trying to better their lives? It's disheartening that these victims are lacking the basic necessities like housing and are at risk of returning to a dangerous situation because they have nowhere else to go. We need to start improving and advocating for these fellow Kansans who lack basic needs.

Alma Delgado, Wichita

Barr accountability

Attorney General William Barr’s “summary” of the Mueller report should be permanently forgotten and his decision to not pursue an obstruction of justice charge against President Trump should be scrutinized. Not reading the evidence in the Mueller report before declining to pursue that charge is unacceptable for the person with a responsibility “To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law.” The AG is not the president’s lawyer, and his impartiality is paramount to the integrity of our republic. He seems intent on obscuring Mueller’s findings. We need accountability in Washington, now.

Mark Camenzind, Wichita

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