County budget not good for citizens
The League of Women Voters-Wichita/Metro does not support the 2016 proposed Sedgwick County budget.
Our position on quality of life supports growth, planning and development that assure a high quality of life for future (and present) generations. The Sedgwick County Zoo, Exploration Place, Arts Council, Wichita River Festival, etc., are examples of this quality of life. Funding should not be decreased or eliminated.
The league has studied health care. Health services should be available to low-income groups along with emergency service – which is a “core service.” Though the league thinks it is very admirable to add the juvenile-corrections programming, it seems a little counterproductive to lower property taxes at the same time and, thus, have to cut other human service programs – especially when such a decision does not significantly affect taxpayers.
It appears that some of the county commissioners have their own personal agendas, which include privatization, a certain amount of isolation from other governmental entities and not taking care of certain county responsibilities. The league supports city-county cooperation and privatization only after careful consideration. The proposed Sedgwick County budget is not good for county citizens.
League of Women Voters-Wichita/Metro
I’m perplexed as to why Sedgwick County commissioners want to cut so many important programs in the 2016 Sedgwick County budget. It seems they prioritized roads over people.
Don’t get me wrong: I like good roads, too. But it seems they created a problem that wasn’t there.
We didn’t have a budget issue until the majority of the commission got ahold of it. Because three commissioners don’t want to bond road improvements (as has been done for years), key organizations in Sedgwick County are having significant funding cuts. The public wasn’t consulted, and there were little, if any, cooperative community discussions on the direction the commission was taking.
Word has it that the commissioners are “transforming” the way our government runs. Isn’t that what these same commissioners ranted about regarding President Obama’s style of “transforming America”?
Holding a public office is an act of service to the public – that is, service to all the citizens, not just those who have the same ideology. A good elected official wants to affect the community in a positive way and work with others in a spirit of collaboration and compromise. Sadly, we haven’t seen much of that lately.
Earlier this month, Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, and Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., traveled to Vienna, site of the recently completed nuclear treaty negotiations with Iran. During the course of their visits with officials there, it came to light that the 159-page treaty does not include two potentially disastrous secret side deals. These are deals that Secretary of State John Kerry later admitted to Pompeo that he had not seen or read.
So important, revealing and explosive was this revelation that the respected National Review publication hailed it as the story of the week, and a Washington Post writer saluted Pompeo and Cotton as “distinguished pols of the week.”
Given that this discovery was by our own congressional representative, why did it not merit one timely word of acknowledgment in The Eagle or on local broadcast TV? This is not a political story; it’s of vital importance to the national security of our nation.
How all this plays out in Washington, D.C., will be decided by others. But I truly hope The Eagle and its fellow members of the local media will, as this and other future stories unfold, be considerably more observant and appreciative that Pompeo is now, truly, in a position of leadership on a wide variety of national issues, as he represents our area interests so well.
The concept of fetal pain beginning at 20 weeks has been used to justify laws that only seek to ban abortion. This concept has been soundly debunked by medical professionals associated with mainstream medical groups such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association.
What’s more, with laws such as those passed in both Kansas and Oklahoma, lawmakers are deliberately attempting to ban a procedure that has been proved, with research and statistics, to be the safest procedure for the second trimester of pregnancy. That is why it is an internationally accepted medical standard.
When states pass anti-choice laws based on junk science, women’s health suffers. Less-vetted alternative procedures must be utilized, other procedures become more expensive, or women are marginalized even further because of the necessity of seeking health care out of state. Scientific discoveries and research carry weight. In order to have a healthy community, we have to honor what science tells us and put into place the best policies and practices that are meant to hold women in higher esteem.
South Wind Women’s Center
I have seen the terrible place where Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was imprisoned during the Vietnam War. I wish that Donald Trump and his hair could spend the same amount of time in that facility.
NANCY A. MYERS
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